Isabelle Georgelin & Patrick Bringer

Patrick Bringer in the vineyardPatrick was a bookseller in Paris for twenty years. Now he and his wife Isabelle live in the north Burgundian village of Asquins, where she’s also the mayor; the entire town is dedicated to organic farming – there are no chemicals or pesticides allowed whatsoever.

Patrick and Isabelle farm 6 hectares of vines in the appellation of Vezelay, half Pinot Noir and half Chardonnay with a small amount of the ancient grape Cesar that they use for blending.

Grapes are handpicked, fermented on indigenous yeasts, are neither chaptalized nor filtered, and spend nine to twelve months in old oak. Because of the cool climate of the region they are able, even in warmer vintages, to make wines that retain all the freshness and delicacy that the Yonne has to offer, and that come in at 12.5% alcohol.