Domaine Denis Pere et Fils
|Domaine Denis Père et Fils is precisely the type of winery Raoul Denis had in mind when he envisioned it over 60 years ago. Today, Domaine Denis Père et Fils is a family business located in Pernand-Vergelesses, a picturesque town located in the Côte de Beaune. The property includes 31 acres of vineyard holdings which encompass the terrains of Pernand-Vergelesses, Savigny-Les-Beaune, Aloxe-Corton and Corey-Les-Beaune.
Just like his father and grandfather before him, Raoul Denis began a career as a vigneron of the prestigious Hospices de Beaune in 1940. Yet Raoul also had aspirations to work on the small 5 acre family property and nurture it into what he believed it had the potential to be. So, together with his wife Raymonde, Raoul began fulfilling a longtime dream. By 1972, Denise and Raymonde had established Denis Père et fils with the help of their eldest son Roland and his wife Annick. With a passion and dedication to their craft, and the acquisitions in the Ile des Vergelesses appellation, their vineyards grew bigger and richer. In 1982, when the Denis family acquired prominent parcels in Corton Charlemagne and Aloxe Corton as well as a other new plantations, they were soon marketing for over 25 acres of various wines. Ten years later, in 1992, Raoul passed the torch to his youngest son Christophe and the tradition, and the dream, continued successfully.
Today, the family vineyards have grown to 29.5 acres. The sales that began in the 1970's with a limited production, steadily reached 50,000 bottles by 2008. The vineyards are worked in a traditional and practical fashion, lutte raisonnée. The Denis family believes the practice of this type of viticulture is the appropriate balance between "all chemicals" and "all organic". Their technique stems from the critical and consistent observation of the vines and the weather, adding organic fertilizers only as needed and using the minimum application of external products necessary to protect against the natural enemies of the vines (mildew, powdery mildew, grapeworm, etc.). By reacting to environmental changes as they occur, the Denis family is able to preserve the integral balance of the vineyards for when it comes time to work (till and weed) the rich soils.
Because of the high number of vines per hectare (acre), more than 10,000, many of the vineyard tasks need to be done manually:
In September, all harvesting is done by hand in order to respect the quality of the fruit.
White wines are matured in oak barrels for 12 months.
The Aligoté is aged in stainless steel vats to preserve the freshness of the fruit, its fragrance and liveliness.
All our wines are bottled at the domaine.