A story in Burgundy
Every true wine lover could write his or her love story with Burgundy. A first visit, the first time being thunderstruck by a wine, the revelation and sure knowledge that this place, and its wines, are something unique and special.
For Francois Bannier, it was a Genevrières one grey, cold evening in November when the Chardonnay in his glass became the warm sunshine of springtime. For Gregory Hecht, a Clos de l'Arlot, from the very first place where he began his studies as an intern in 1993. And in Dijon, that same year, when the two, then students, met in the classrooms of the Master of Wine course they both were taking. Later, the two, now fast friends, created their winery in the south of France which bears their names, Hecht & Bannier.
But Burgundy was never far away. Both knew they would have to return. And so, this year, 2019, the Celliers des Dames was born, a negociant, and soon, a domaine, the Domaine du Jardin des Dames, blessed by a small vineyard.
A new, and crazy challenge to return to the source, the vineyard, Burgundy, where both had learned their trade. Burgundy : the rarest and most exclusive vineyard in the world.
After many years of working in the south of France, the desire, the need, to return to the humble basics of the wine trade was irresistible. To return to the work of an artisan jeweler in the vineyard and cellar; each vine, each row of vines, each parcel, each barrel requiring special attention and care.
The "Dames de Bourgogne" pictured on our labels are our spokespeople. These women of yesterday, serenaded by Francois Villon, whose long shadows, visions and loves, formed from the earth itself, the terroirs, the Climats, now eternel, of Burgundy.