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Francine Picard

I joined the family estate in the late 90’s and I am today responsible for the management of Domaine Famille Picard in Burgundy.

In 2010, I decided to limit the treatments of our vines to the strict minimum, by implementing sustainable management techniques for most of the vineyard. I introduced biodynamics to obtain wines of very high quality, beautiful precision, while working in full harmony with nature.

Today, 110 hectares are worked entirely in “agro-ecology”. Since May 2019, Antoine Lepetit de la Bigne, specialist in biodynamic viticulture, has joined our estate as Technical Director to support us in this exciting adventure.

At the same time, I am an active member of several regional institutions including the BIVB (Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne). My goal is to raise awareness and initiate discussions on changes within our industry, changes that are closely linked to our environment. Through the years, I have acquired a deep understanding of all the steps and challenges involved from the soil to the bottle. This allows me to bring together all the main players of the industry to make concrete suggestions for our future.

Finally, the desire to protect our soil and strengthen biodiversity remains a major challenge.

I invite you to come and discover the fruit of our work around a tasting of "Au Pied du Mont Chauve".

I wish you a wonderful discovery of our terroir and our Estate.

Francine Picard

 

 

Au Pied du Mont Chauve

My philosophy is put into practise with various professionals vineyard managers, cellar masters through decisions taken in a collegial and shared manner: the team of the Domains is made up of around forty people, between soil, cellar and administration.

Whether the vineyard is worked in biodynamics or using sustainable management techniques, respecting the Earth is always a priority when choosing the type of viticulture.

Our desire to preserve and strengthen the structure of the plant we grow, guides our daily actions: meticulous work of the soil, aeration of the latter thanks to seedlings, careful pruning, choice of suitable inputs, in-depth study and advanced use of plants, listening, training teams ... those are non-exhaustive elements describing our working methods and areas of reflection.When the harvest comes, we will have braved all the climatic episodes of the vintage and are ready according to the lunar calendar to sort, press, vinify and put in barrels juices obtained on each plot, small or large. Make way for interventionism that is controlled, limited and totally respectful of the terroir during our winemaking and aging. Particular attention is paid to the selection of our casks as well as to the date of bottling

.Our Chardonnays are generally straight, precise, with tension and generally acquire natural fat after a few years

.Our Pinots Noirs evoke aromas with supple tannins and fine precision at the finish.

It's time to taste!

 

A family history

1951, the beginning of a great journey

2019, the story continues with the grandchildren

Settled today in Chassagne-Montrachet, the Domaine Famille Picard was founded in 1951 by Louis Félix Picard, then owner of 2 hectares of vines in the commune of Chagny.

Michel Picard, his son, will join him a few years later.It was at the age of 15 that Michel Picard left school at the request of his father to come and help him with his daily tasks. A symbol illustrating this amazing journey, already steeped in a desire to go further; a Peugeot scooter is parked today at the entrance of Château de Chassagne-Montrachet. For years, at the wheel of his scooter, Michel Picard set off to explore the Burgundy vineyard and its key players.In the early 1970s, he took over the family vineyard, supported by Liliane, his wife, also from a winemaking family.

In 1986, he acquired his first estate, Château de Davenay, particularly known for its Montagny 1er Cru "Clos Chaudron".

In 1997, Michel tookover its fifth estate, Château de Chassagne-Montrachet.Through passion, courage and stubbornness, Michel Picard has built over the years a family winery recognized by his peers. 

Today, 136 hectares of vines spread over 6 areas between the Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte de Beaune, which Francine Picard manages entirely today.

Our Estates

6 Estates in Burgundy - 136 hectares
60% Reds & 40% Whites
110 ha in Côte Chalonnaise – 26 ha in Côte de Beaune
41 ha d’appellations communales
3 ha Premiers Crus
0,33ha Grand Cru

1986 : Domaine du Château de Davenay (Buxy)
1991  : Domaine Voarick (Mercurey)
1993 : Domaine Champs-Perdrix (Rully)
1997 : Domaine Levert-Barault (Mercurey)
1997 : Domaine du Château de Chassagne-Montrachet
2006 : Domaine de la SCEV à Chassagne-Montrachet