Due to a law attributed to the Napoleonic times – the laws of equal inheritance–small vineyards in Burgundy are being divided between children and it means that over time individual growers may only own an even smaller row of wine.
Raised working in the small family vineyard of domaine des Valanges in Saint Véran, Camille and his brother Mathieu were aware that they had to expand and they seized their chance in 2015 by acquiring a small plot in the neighboring Pouilly Fuissé appellation.
The Maconnais vineyard marks the southern border of Burgundy and stretches over thirty miles of gentle hills that heightens as we move south. It is precisely on these lofty slopes that is harvested one of the greatest wines of Burgundy: the famous Pouilly Fuissé and Pouilly Vinzelles.
Camille, the younger brother studied viticulture and winemaking for four years in Beaune. He trained at well-established wineries such as domaine Champy and domaine Ferret Lorton in Fuissé for a few years before moving to Australia.
He expanded his experience in the new world before coming back to Burgundy to take over the winemaking at domaine des Valanges.
The few acres he purchased in Pouilly Fuissé being too small to make a living, Camille also contract fruit locally and make a few cuvees of Macon & Bourgogne rouge.