The DESERTAUX-FERRAND estate celebrated its centenary in 1999. It was founded in 1899 by Amable DESERTAUX, a Beaune dealer in building materials. He built an entire domaine including house, cellar and winery, and the estate covered around 3 hectares, a figure which barely changed over 60 years. It took the arrival of Bernard DESERTAUX, Amable’s grandson, and his wife Janine FERRAND for the estate to grow to 12 ha and begin bottling and selling its own wine in 1965. It has created a faithful network of clients selling mainly direct to individual consumers, with about 20% exported. Today their children Christine, her brother Vincent and his wife Geneviève carry on the estate. Since 2000 the size of the estate has increased to 14 ha through the addition of Beaune 1er Cru, Pommard, Meursault 1er Cru and Ladoix. Their wines have been regular award winners in France and England.
Vincent won the coveted award of “Young Winemaker of the Year” in Burgundy in 2004 and the wines reflect his special care and passion. A great majority of the vines are over 30 years old on Southeast facing slopes and clay/chalky soil for the village and 1er Cru wines, and at the foot of the slope for the regional ‘Bourgogne’ wines. Gradually their viticulture is moving toward organic through the abandonment of herbicides and grassing between the rows of vines. The harvest is 2/3 manual and 1/3 mechanical (only the regional wines) and they use traditional vinification including 95% de-stemming, cold maceration from 3 to 5 days and around 15 days fermentation.
Cote de Nuits Villages “Les Perrieres”
Cote de Nuits Villages Blanc
Meursault 1er Cru “Les Boucheres”