Emmanuel Sainson

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Since starting as Vineyard Manager at Château de Pommard towards the end of 2017, I have wanted to quickly set up an excellent working relationship with the already established, and hard-working, vineyard team. The one thing that immediately struck me when I arrived to Clos Marey-Monge was the friendly atmosphere. There is a very good dialogue between each of the separate team and everyone works well together, bringing joy and good humor to work too. There is a great team here – both in the vines and in the offices.

In order to ensure excellent progress in the vineyard throughout all the seasons, we must work hard to make sure Clos Marey-Monge produces her finest fruit yet. This is what I aspire to accomplish in my first year within the company: to ensure a rewarding yield and to receive as close to a perfect quality of the harvest as nature and luck allows us to get. Wine begins in the vineyard, as they say, so the harder I work the better quality of the wines!

After leaving school in 2002, I went looking for vineyard experience in Lebanon where I found work at a large French estate assisting the winemaking and vineyard team. I missed my home and family, so I returned back to France in 2003 and began managing my family’s wine estate, before setting up my own two-hectare domain with my wife, Domaine Sainson-Rossignol, in Volnay, just down the road from Pommard. I worked alongside my family until 2013, when I decided to travel to the south of France to discover another vineyard culture and increase my knowledge of winemaking techniques outside of Burgundy.

For me, biodynamic winemaking is the future. I am very concerned about the environment, so when I read that Château de Pommard were converting to biodynamic winemaking, and Emmanuel Sala was collaborating with Antoine Lepetit de la Bigne, I knew that I wanted to be involved. In my vineyard, and in Clos Marey-Monge it is important to use only natural products in order to be respectful of nature. By being respectful of the soil and the plant, working with the vine naturally and ensuring a high quality of the vinification, the wine will be transformed. I cannot wait to taste the first vintage of biodynamic wine from Clos Marey-Monge – that will be a great day.

When I am not out in the vineyard tending to the 200,000 vines and the many requirements the Clos needs, I like to play sports, go hiking and walking in the wilderness with my wife, drink wine and, when time allows, take my motorcycle for a spin around Burgundy. Heaven!

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