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'It took me 10 years, and Guillaume 12, to finally work full time for ourselves. It was painfully long, but it was worth it.'
We have been looking forward to this moment for a very long time, and it is an immense joy to formally introduce the winery and wines of our friends Tomoko and Guillaume of Domaine Chanterêves to the shores of the U.K. We first met them in their cellar in Savigny-lès-Beaune back in 2019, at a time when they were solely considered a négociant vinificateur, working closely with grape growers in the surrounding villages of Savigny and buying fruit for their wines.
Much has changed since that first visit, and when we caught up with them earlier this year, the evolution of this start-up estate is nothing short of inspiring. Through many years of tireless work, blood, sweat and tears, they have now been able to purchase their first parcels which allow them to take their knowledge and passion for organic growing to a new level.
Working and living in Burgundy requires a deep understanding of the intricacies of tradition and etiquettes, and while this is deeply rooted in their
understanding and appreciation for appellations and lieux-dits, their open mindedness for people and winemakers around the world has allowed them to intertwine their unconditional commitment to regenerative farming and low intervention winemaking with the savoir vivre of France’s prime cultural landscape.
It would be impossible to name the many professional stints, important mentors and close friends that both Tomoko and Guillaume have accumulated over the years but it shows their wonderful charisma and impressive drive that makes them one of the most relevant domaines in France today.
We will be starting with three of their cuvées, namely their Bas Des Ees Aligoté, Hautes Côtes de Beaunes Chardonnay, and the Chorey Champs Longs Pinot Noir, and because of the limited nature of these wines, they are on an allocation only basis.
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