In 1860, Prosper Maufoux, who was a notary by trade, left his practice to give his life over to his passion for wine. He set up his own firm in Santenay, a Burgundian village in the heart of the vineyards in southern Côte d’Or. His son, Cyprien, looked beyond the borders of France, taking Prosper Maufoux wines to the tables of England, The Netherlands and The United States. In 1970, his grandson, Pierre, brought Prosper Maufoux’s headquarters to the main square in Santenay. He chose an 1835 mansion house that was built by Jacques Marie Duvault-Blochet, who, at that time, was the owner of the prestigious Romanée Conti estate.
This is the location and setting that the company has chosen to draw on all its skills and mature its gems from Burgundy. In 1994, Mr. Robert Fairchild, the long-time importer of Prosper Maufoux wines to The United States, took up the reins of the company, continuing until his death. The torch was then taken up by Eric Piffaut, whose family’s roots in Burgundian wine go back to 1898. New resources were put into use to perpetuate and reinforce the existing culture of high quality and develop the company’s international renown. At the winemaking helm the Piffaut family has since brought on oenologist Nadine Gublin, now overseeing the production of the house. Gublin was the first female winemaker of the year named by France’s leading wine magazine, La Revue du Vin de France.
Based in Santenay with a long legacy of quality winemaking, their Bourgogne Rouge is sourced from parcels in the Côte d’Or, right around Beaune proper.