Domaine Stéphane Aladame

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Winemaker

In 1992, at the young age of 18, Stéphane Aladame was already, entirely independently, building up his own winemaking estate, after only just finishing his viticulture and enology studies in Beaune. He yearned to work in the vineyards, but did not inherit vines or any winemaking tradition whatsoever from his family. So when a grower in his hometown of Montagny-les-Buxy decided to retire and give him the opportunity to rent just less than three hectares of vines, the determined and ambitious Stéphane dove in headfirst. Over the years, he acquired new contracts and replanted abandoned vineyards, bringing the total surface area for the domaine up to 7 hectares today. He’s earned an outstanding reputation, and his bottles grace the tables of an impressive number of Michelin-starred restaurants throughout France and abroad. The appellation owes a great deal to Stéphane, who is now a driving force for an area otherwise somewhat lacking in inspiration and dynamism.

History

Originally from Montagny, but not from the vineyard environment, Stéphane Aladame created its own field in 1992.

The first (micro) harvest in 1992 is 1800 bottles produced on a plot of 28 acres.

In 1993, with the recovery in rent of 2 ha of Montagny 1er Cru, marks the real start of the field.

Gradually, the field has expanded by recovery of vineyards and plantations to almost 8 hectares today (including 7 hectares in Montagny 1er Crus).

Since 2014, the marketing of wines of Domaine is provided by the SAS Aladame Stephen and Julie. This trading company (founded in 2003) also produces wines from Montagny village and White Burgundy.

Practices & Techniques

The vines are grown in respect for the land. The soil is worked mechanically (plowing, scraping ...). In certain fields, natural grass helps limit erosion and preserve soil.

Phytosanitary treatments are made only with natural products (sulfur and copper). These treatments are not systematic but made depending on weather conditions. Their number may vary from 5 to 12 next years. The key is in the grape! Most important to make a great wine is having good grapes that will bring balance and purity in the wines.

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20 Rue du Lavoir
Montagny-lès-Buxy, Saône-et-Loire 71390
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