What is your job? Guardian of terroir, which others call more commonly a winemaker
Where is your domaine? In Meursault, right in the heart of Burgundy
Why did you choose to be involved with wine? By tradition, by passion, by humility: the winemaker is there to tend a complex terroir which is in her hands only for a couple decades, and to do her best to pass it to the next generation having tried to prioritize the best agricultural practices. A harmonious vineyard in a healthy terroir should produce good grapes…good wines are then not far from view.
Describe your wines in one word. Only one? Have you ever tasted a wine and been able to say only one word? Not me, but maybe for the terroir of Mersault, the best fitting terms would be minerality, purity.
Your best wine moment? The impatience, at each tasting, between the opening of a bottle and the moment when I smell the first perfumes of the wine.
Your favorite dish? Why always only one? Jambon persillé (ham in a kind of terrine, flavored with parsley and other herbs), my grandmother’s blanquet de veau (creamy veal stew) (she was kind enough to pass onto me her recipes!), sea bass with beurre blanc, cherry tart. Generally speaking, quality is in simplicity, with great attention paid to the quality of ingredients.
Your favorite film? Maybe “La Grande Vadrouille” by Gérard Oury because one of the scenes is shot in Mersault, and my grand-father was an extra!
What does ‘terroir’ mean to you? Terroir, if it is respected, can allow us to tast delicious nectars!
A quotation about wine? “I give mass with a great Meursault for I do not want to grimace at the Lord when I take communion.” Cardinal de Bernis, 18th century.
What are you most proud of? Having learned a lot from my grandfather, and his father before him, and already seeing the passion of the vineyard and of wine spark and grow in my son’s bright eyes.
Your dream? A family, always united, that discovers the grandeur and the beauty of nature a little more each day.
Your idea of happiness? A family, always united, that discovers the grandeur and the beauty of nature a little more each day.
An essential quality for you? Friendship and truth.
The most beautiful place on earth? An old, vaulted wine cellar harboring treasures of old wine bottles.
Your favorite swearword? “When my glass is empty, I am sorry for it…”
Your motto? “Qui boît du Meursault ne vit ni ne meurt sot !…” That we live by it!
Any last words? A wish, rather, to a thousand and one beautiful tastings…