Philippe grew up in the Beaujolais and had dreams of making wine there, but without any relatives in the wine trade he was unsure where to start. For a while he worked as a sommelier. Then, in 1997, he and his wife Catherine purchased their first vineyards. In early 2000 they found a house with a wine cellar in the town of Chasselas and continued purchasing additional plots of vines. They currently have 3.5 hectares of vines growing on what Philippe believes are some of the finest sites in the Beaujolais.
From the beginning, they’ve worked with the highest respect for nature and have never used synthetics or chemicals in the vineyards. In the cellar, Philippe is extremely hands-off. While he has a cellar full of wine in barrels, until he is convinced a wine is ready for bottling, he refuses to bottle.
Because of his patience in the cellar, and an unfortunate series of a few years of terrible weather, Phillippe has had very little of his own wine to sell. Because of this he started a project collaborating with other organic growers to make wines together under the label “Une Tranche” (a slice). We’re lucky to be able to sell (and drink) some of his fantastic wines.