10 November 2016


The online world was shaken last October by the news of our project to jointly vinify the Montrachet of the seven estates most affected by the frost of April 27. This initiative is first and foremost a story of mutual friendship.

It is Dominique Lafon who first had the idea, ''with the frost, we are unlikely to have enough to vinify our Montrachet. What if we did it together?'' addressing Aubert de Villaine and me at the Musique et Vin Festival at the Clos Vougeot. And why not indeed!

This wonderful idea became reality on Wednesday, September 28th when we harvested the seven (*) estates 1,255 hectares of Montrachet. The impact of the frost is severe: we harvested the equivalent of two barrels where generally we get about twenty of them. It shows how severe was the impact of this late frost.

This is a good example of solidarity among vignerons. It is also the story of mutual friendships between us and between families that allowed this exceptional endeavours.

For my part, one of these friendships developed about twenty years ago with Aubert, through a common friend whom we both admired and who passed away in 2010. It is also the story of friendship with Dominique Lafon, a long term friend of the Leflaive family, who welcomed me generously when I took over Domaine Leflaive, providing me with advice and encouragement. I also remember last year, how kindly and with such openness Sébastien Caillerat from Domaine Lamy-Pillot shared its research and technical trials on corks and closures. I also remember the warm and straight forward enthusiasm with which Nicolas Fleurot, Mrs Petitjean and Mr. Amiot associated with this project.

These stories of mutual friendships are a reflection of this exceptional terroir of Montrachet.

(*) : Domaines de la Romanée Conti, Comtes Lafon, Amiot, Leflaive, Lamy-Pillot, Petitjean, Fleurot-Larose,