MORE THAN VINES
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.