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many different wines, from how many different appellations
do you market?
only Appellation d'Origine Controlée (AOC) wines coming
from great Burgundy, from Chablis to Beaujolais. We put on
the market between 100 to 130 different wines depending on
the year. Some of them come from our own vineyards. We control
approximately 130 hectares (320 acres) of vines. These vineyards
extended much the last few years in Côte d’Or
as we bought many premier cru and grand cru vintages. In Beaujolais
we bought Château des Jacques (in Moulin à Vent)
and Château des Lumières (in Morgon).
of wines we provide is divided into 3 groups:
wines which account for 60 % of the bottles sold (Beaujolais-Villages,
white Bourgogne, red Bourgogne, white Macon Villages...)
wines, and in general Villages wines, which account for 30
% of the bottles sold (Pouilly Fuissé, Côte de
Beaune Villages, Gevrey Chambertin, Nuits Saint Georges, Chablis,
Meursault, Puligny Montrachet...)
then, premier and grand cru vintages, they are many, accounting
for 10% of the bottles sold.
What are the nice vintages you would like to recommend?
I started to work here in 1985, Burgundy wine makers have
had the chance to provide rather favorable years. Maybe this
is due to the heating up of the planet ?
red wine vintages are: 1985, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996,
1997, 1999, 2002, 2003 with a very particular preference for
1990, 1997, 2002 and 2003.
preferred white wines are: 1986, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2000,
2002, 2003 with a preference for 1989, 1992 and 2002.
Can you give us some insight on the 2004 vintage?
a little bit irregular. In Burgundy, there will be very good
wines, but also some less successful wines. Indeed, the climatic
conditions of the 2004 summer were rather difficult, with
many storms, in particular a strong hail in August in the
Côte de Beaune. We underwent many attacks of Oïdium
and Mildew. Everywhere where the harvested quantity was too
significant, quality is not great. On the other hand, the
wine makers who were reasonable are producing good wines.
It is of course still a little bit too early to give a definitive
opinion, because malolactic fermentations are not made yet,
but it seems that red wines have very beautiful colors, and
it is a rather good surprise. For the white wines, we think
that they will be really elegant, and we hope so, mineral.