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The scene is changing in Burgundy with more vibrant young women taking over the running of the wine production - a changing landscape in this very traditional, male dominated region. The Domaine was founded in the 1960's by Jean-Pierre Bony and his wife but 40 years on, their daughter, Fabienne is at the helm.
The Domaine is now 6 hectares in size in Nuits St. Georges in Burgundy's famous Cote d'Or. and the wines produced include Bourgogne, Nuits St Georges Village, Nuits St Georges 1er Cru and Crémant de Bourgogne. 95% of the wines produced are red. Fabienne works alone with part-time help from one worker and assistance, where possible, from her husband, Samuel, who works full-time on his side of the family’s arable farm.
When cultivating their vines, the driving force is healthy grapes and great ripeness. They work ‘lutte raisonnée’ (supervised control), and adapt vine treatments according to the threat of disease, using products that respect the environment.
At the winery the Pinot Noir grapes, already selected in the vineyard, and again on the sorting table pass into open vats for the alcoholic fermentation.
After around 15 days they are put into oak barrels to mature. The percentage of new oak varies according to the cuvées. This is where the malolactic fermentation takes place after which the wines stabilize. After 12–16 months maturing, bottling can take place.
The wines are usually an intense red with a powerful and complex bouquet blending cherry, blackcurrant and often spices. Fabienne’s village and 1er cru are wines to drink after three years with ageing potential of a decade or more. The wines are available at the Domaine.
Around the time Fabienne took over the Domaine in 2000, an association of women winegrower/owners was formed, “Femmes & Vins de Bourgogne” also known as “ExceptionElles”. Their aim is to stick together, share knowledge and operate good practice. There are now 30 estates belonging to the association and the members are gaining recognition. Recently three members were admitted to the prestigious "Confrérie du Chevalier du Tastevin" at the Clos Vougeot.