The Domaine's Evolution written by Pascal Mugneret (Nov. 2019)
I decided to become a vigneron in order to have freedom in my professional life. Working for the family domaine was also an opportunity to preserve what my great grandfather René and my father Gérard created. Finally, I wanted to do something with my hands. This is how, in 2005, I took over from my father, with the intention of carrying on the family tradition. Then, a transition took place. I progressively became absorbed in all facets of this unique profession: the vineyards first, then the vinification. Sales came later.
Looking back, I realize that compartmentalizing these different aspects was a habit I had kept from my first career as an engineer. Unconsciously, my first ten years as a winemaker created the framework for a deeper, more integrated reflection...
2016 to...? Freedom
We have reached a true turning point. This is a time to eliminate incoherencies, contradictions, constraints. We continue to perpetually question why we do what we do, with attention to detail. The responses should remain circumstantial. It is the sum of these details that allow us, little by little, to get closer to our goal.
At a Glance
- Size: 0.79 ha (1.95 ac)
- Variety: Pinot Noir
- Vine Age: Planted in 1972, 1978 and 1991
- Terroir: From three parcels (Aux Maladières, La Croix Blanche, Lutenière Près de la Route)
- Viticulture: Biodynamic methods
- Vinification: 45% whole cluster, ambient yeast, usually no sulfur added at vinification. Aged in oak barrels (about 10 to 15% new), duration depends on frequent tastings and observation.