Jean-Marc Bouley

Thomas took over this nine hectare domaine from his father in 2012. He has prime holdings of old vines in Pommard and Volnay. He worked side by side with his father since 2002 and he knows every inch of his vineyards extensively - the soil, exposure, elevation, and the age of the vines in each parcel. In the vineyards he wants to protect and promote healthy microbial life, and never uses weed killers or chemical fertilizers. He ploughs the soil, prunes and debuds to keep 6-8 bunches per vine.

In the winery, there is a strict sorting on a vibrating table. He’s doing some whole-cluster fermentations with a maximum of two punch-downs per day. The cellar is cool and perfect for long aging in barrels 16-20 months with only 20-30% new oak. The wines are dark and rich, a very pure style. They are pleasing to drink young, but have the structure to age. Thomas does a great job of capturing terroir in the bottle.