"The domaine has always been the embodiment of Burgundy tradition and spirit, but Benoît’s motivation for taking it over was a more personal one. He was taking on, not just a family heritage, but a vineyard, in the heart of a celebrated terroir, which needed to be tamed. This profound, humble connection to the land through the vine is, in fact, both the realisation of a personal quest and the driving force that would bring out the very best of the domaine’s unique selection of plots, with an eye turned to the future."
The soils in Macon and the Côte Chalonnaise share some common characteristics - Jurassic limestone soils dominant. In some villages, some soils assemblages content a high level of clay while others are Jurassic assemblages where hard limestones and softer marls alternate. Variations in the Mâconnais landform has led to more diversity of soils like brown limestone, clayey, and sandy soils mixed with sandstone pebbles. Vines growing around Solutré are rooted in red marls that have been covered with limestone scree.
History / Ethos
In 2011 Benoit Eschard took over the domaine from his uncle. The estate was created in 1858 and covers 9 ha of contiguous vineyards exclusively within the Mercurey appellation including 7ha of Mercurey 1er Cru, including Clos des Grands Voyens, 5ha as a Monopole. The wines are profound, extremely precise and now considered as one of the top producers in Burgundy.