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ter­roir, in ad­di­tion to the most el­e­gant grape va­ri­eties. My brother Amaury has al­ways been pas­sion­ate about wines since he was a child. I would say that the three of us are dif­fer­ent but we have a com­mon vi­sion of where we want to go next and how we go there. All im­por­tant de­ci­sions are taken to­gether,” she elab­o­rates. “We are in­ter­change­able be­cause we be­lieve that nowa­days, you need to be a mul­ti­task­ing Swiss Army knife. I must add that we are sur­rounded by a fan­tas­tic and mo­ti­vated team.” On com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity, Amaury han­dles the French (ex­cept Paris) and Amer­i­can mar­kets, while Aurore han­dles the Parisian and Asian mar­kets.

Busi­ness looks a lit­tle dif­fer­ent these days. “I usu­ally spend a reg­u­lar week be­tween Bur­gundy and Paris, which is a very strate­gic place in our busi­ness as it rep­re­sents half of our do­mes­tic turnover. I travel quite of­ten to Asia to look af­ter the mar­kets there. Since mid-march, life has been dif­fer­ent. Paris’ restau­rants and wine shops were closed for three months till June, and it will be long be­fore busi­ness gets back to nor­mal. There­fore, I have spent all my time in Bur­gundy in­stead, sup­port­ing the vine­yard teams and try­ing to rein­vent the busi­ness. I re­main a very op­ti­mistic per­son and hope that this sur­re­al­is­tic time will make the whole world change and be just that much bet­ter,” she shares.

For fam­i­lies in Bur­gundy, wine isn’t just a busi­ness. It’s a cul­tural, moral and pat­ri­mo­nial her­itage, a “won­der­ful present” that gives her the re­spon­si­bil­ity to trans­fer the val­ues, know-how and en­gage­ment to the next gen­er­a­tion. “My chil­dren are 22, 20 and 15 years old. They are in­ter­ested in wines and like to taste, but still too young to know what they want to do later. I would rec­om­mend them to work in other lines of busi­nesses to start their ca­reers in or­der to de­velop their skills, per­spec­tives and open­ness. This is key be­fore join­ing a fam­ily busi­ness,” Aurore be­lieves.

DO­MAINE DE LA FERTE GIVRY 2017 Grape: 100% Pinot Noir Taste: The es­tate was once farmed by monks from the Abbey of Citeaux in 1170, and to­day ex­tends 3 hectares planted only to Pinot Noir. The most ap­proach­able is this Givry, which is medium-bod­ied and gen­er­ously fruity, with lin­ger­ing notes of smoke and spice. Drink now.

DO­MAINE DES PER­DRIX VOSNE ROMANEE 2016 Grape: 100% Pinot Noir Taste: More pre­ci­sion wine­mak­ing has led to a Pinot Noir with cas­sis and sub­tle spice notes, with­out los­ing its power and rich­ness. Tan­nins are ripe and soft, ef­fected by age­ing in 18 months in traditiona­l Bur­gundy bar­rels, mar­ried well for bal­ance and silky length.

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