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Sylvain has 3ha of 50yo vines for his Bourgogne. This is 100% Pinot Noir from naturally farmed vines that sees fermentation with the grapes’ native yeasts in fiberglass, 3 weeks skin contact and a long elevage in old barriques. Juicy, multi-layered and tersely elegant: arctic berries with autumn forest floor, black spices, bramble and dark plums.

Born and bred in Marsannay, although not from a winemaking family, Sylvain had to start from scratch to get a domaine of his own. From a young age he knew he wanted to be a vigneron, inspired by his grandfather and father while helping vinifying a few barrels “pour la consommation familiale”. He went to the wine school in Beaune at age 14 and then to the wine university in Bordeaux in order to become an oenologist. And Sylvain explains, “since my parents didn’t have any vines or domaine, my plan was to travel and make several harvests a year. Instead I got a job at a lab in Beaune (with Kyriakos Kynigopoulos), where I stayed from 1997 to 2001. I learnt a lot but it was quite superficial – you try the wines during vinification and ageing, and after that you don’t exist anymore. The wines are not yours and the guy who made them has forgotten about you. I really needed to create something that I could call my own”. As the years have passed, he has gathered an enviable number of some of the finest terroirs of Marsannay, where a layer of limestone is never far from the surface – they have been tended biodynamically since 2015.

13.5% / 75cl