Pierre-Jean, the former regisseur at Vins De Vienne, started his own Domaine five years ago, purchasing extremely classy and long established vineyards in the areas he knows best, that is to say in Seyssuel and St Joseph. The quality of his first full vintage in 2009 was impressive.
Grand Clos Rousseau is the most southerly parcel of Santenay's 1er crus and lies next door to the Maranges vineyards. The wine is always well-rounded. The colour is brilliant and dark, almost black. Its aromas are of violets, gooseberry, black cherry and stewed fruit, reflected in a complex palate with a smooth, intense and well-built attack. In the mouth, dense and concentrated notes of ripe fruit are highly present in the finish, suggesting a similarity to the wines of the Cote de Nuits.
Dominique Lafon, when he's not busy running his family's esteemed Domaine des Comtes Lafon, makes wine at his personal domaine "Dominique Lafon". All the fruit is estate-owned or land Dominique rents and farms. Beaune 1er Vignes Franches - "free wine", so-called because historically the owner of this vineyard was not taxed - rests on clay and pebble subsoil, and is generally one of Beaune's more structured premier crus.
Emmanuel and Frederic Humbert took the reins of their family 6-hectare estate in 1989. They have been devoted to continuously improving the quality of their wines and remaining part of the Gevery-Chambertain community. It is here where they apply the combined knowledge and experience of their friends, family and neighbors with their own. The pair are complimentary to each other. Emmanuel is the driving force with unrelenting passion and dedication to the vines; Fredrick is the more reserved thoughtful type. Their methods put emphasis on manual labor and tending each vine, where ploughing and green harvesting are done with utmost care. The fruit undergoes a pre-fermentation soak to avoid over extraction of underripe tannins.