Domaine Alain JeanniardPortrait of a Winemaker

Anna Caidan is in conversation with Alain Jeanniard owner and winemaker in Burgundy region.
Wine Story

What could you tell me about yourself, and the history of Domaine Alain Jeanniard?

‘Our family has been cultivating vines since the 18th century. After spending 10 years at Siemens, Alain took up the torch of the small estate in 2000 and worked simultaneously for the Hospices de Beaune. He is developing the Domaine to reach today 7 ha in 15 different appellations.’

How would you describe your wines in three words?

‘Authentic, Precise, Complex.’

How do your wines different to others in your region?

‘I have neither the claim nor the intention to create wines different from my fellow winegrowers. My wines are in my image and to my taste: They have character, they are true, they do not leave you indifferent.’

What is your favourite step in the winemaking process?

‘I love the carnal contact of the hot grapes on the legs when punching the feet into the tank.

I also like the first tasting of the wines after devatting and pressing.’

How were you affected by the global pandemic?

‘Our friends restaurateurs and wine merchants from all over the world being deprived of work, this of course had an impact on my business, but my loyal private customers have largely supported the Estate!! We miss the reception in the cellar of our national and international customers.’

What is your best memory since working at the winery?

‘The harvest and the 100% whole harvest wines of the 2010 vintage, year of birth of my daughter Clémence and exceptional vintage!’

What are your favourite food-wines pairings?

‘Noix de St Jacques with my Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits Chardonnay 2008

Leg of lamb with chestnuts with my Morey-St-Denis Vieilles Vignes 2002’

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