Domaine Henri & Gilles Buisson
Saint Romain, Burgundy, France
Cradled in the hollow of the hills of Saint-Romain, the two energetic brothers Franck and Frederick have inherited their family’s passion for the land. We meet on a crisp spring morning; the boys (Franck and Frederick) put on a generous tasting, a tour of the vineyards, then a delicious lunch at their local restaurant…a seriously enjoyable mornings “work”.
The Buisson family has been present in the village of Saint Romain in the Cote d’Or since the twelfth century. In 1947, Henri and Marguerite Buisson decided to begin bottling their wine at the domaine and selling it under their own label.
Since the 1970s the vineyards have been worked according to organic principles. The vineyards are beautiful and the wines follow suit. The soils are limestone and marls and both the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir vines are averaging 50 years of age.
As rigorous as the farming is, the wine-making is decidedly hands-off. After sorting the grapes twice, there is partial stem inclusion and fermentations commence with native yeasts. Malolactic fermentation is natural and long, elevage takes place over ten months and only a touch of new oak is employed – thus, the wines have precision and energy.