The Vineyard


For centuries Pommard has been considered the typical Burgundy: deep red in colour, powerfully aromatic, solid and trustworthy. The very name Pommard has a generous ring to it and fills the mouth as it fills the glass. Pommard with its smiling vineyards lies between Beaune and Volnay where the Côte de Beaune makes a slight turn towards Autun. These lands formerly belonged to the Dukes of Burgundy, to religious houses including the abbey of Cîteaux, or to old families such as the Marey-Monge family. As early as the Middle Ages, Pommard was thought of as the flower of Burgundy wines - the wine to which all others were compared. The appellation, one of the first AOC to be designated (1936), grows only red wines from the Pinot Noir grape.


Auxey-Duresses is situated at the heart of a valley that starts in the Cote de beaune and pushes through the Hautes-Cotes on the route de La Rochepot and Autun. With its small villages of Petit-Auxey and Melin, Auxey Duresses is without a doubt one of the sanctuaries of the gallo-roman and celtic vine. This ancient town was dependant on the Abbey of Cluny, bartering milled flour and grape presses. Only a few Domaines remain today producing from this AOC established in 1937.


On the doorstep of the slopes that become the Cote de Beaune, Monthelie positions itself comfortably forming the head of a triangle with Meursault and Auxey-Duresses, stretching to Volnay. “Picturesquely nestled against the curve of the hill like the head of Saint Jean on Christ’s shoulder, Monthelie has the ambience of a Tuscan village” wrote Pierre Poupon. Sloped and narrow, yet rich in chateaus, ancient buildings and cellars, this village was long under the control of the Abbey of Cluny. There is a saying: “hens die from starvation here during harvest”: as vines have always dominated the area. Still today, the quality of its wines comfortably corroborates its claims. The AOC was established in 1937.