Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron

In 1988, Alain and Sophie Meunier took over the Jean-Jacques Confuron domaine at Premeaux-Prissey, close to Nuits-Saint-Georges. It had formerly belonged to Sophie’s father. They knew practically nothing about vines and wine, but they shared a love for the soil and for well-made things. From the start, one thing was clear to them: great wine begins with the vine and Alain promptly enrolled upon a viticulture course at the Young Winegrowers Group in Beaune.

He still remembers a lecture given one day by Claude Bourguignon, a specialist in the microbiology and in the flora and fauna of soils. The die was cast and the Meuniers decided to go organic. In order fully to respect the character of each terroir, they have chosen to use only natural products to treat their vines and have done so since 1990.

The domaine has eight hectares of vines, in twelve differnet Côte De Nuits appellations. These include prestigious Chambolle-Musigny and Vosne-Romanée Premiers Crus, and Clos De Vougeot and Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grands Crus. Alain Meunier takes great pride in his vines and he loves to show them to visitors. Not a voluble talker, he walks along the rows and says almost timidly: "There is life in there, you can see it." He points out the parcel of Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru because, at eighty years old, it is the oldest in the domaine.

Since 2003, Alain has ploughed this and certain other parcels by horse to avoid soil compaction and to encourage aeration and microbiologic life. This is a slow and costly job, which requires patience and precision but which has the utmost respect for the soil. If the results are as good as he expects, he will extend the practice to other parcels.
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