Henri and Gilles Buisson, Saint Romain Certified organic by Ecocert
Frédérick, (oenologist) and his brother Franck (commercial) are the eighth generation of Buisson vignerons at this estate. Their grandfather Henri began bottling his own production as early as 1947 when Saint Romain achieved its own AOC status. In the 1970s, his son and the boy’s father, Gilles began farming using an organic approach. In 2009, the estate became Ecocert certified and the brothers produce an experimental natural/zero sulphur cuvée each vintage (‘Absolu’). The philosophy is one of hard work in the vineyard, indigenous yeast fermentations only and a low intervention approach in order to maximise the terroir-expresson and to produce balanced wines that have the capacity to age well.
The vineyards of Saint Romain are often overlooked since they are located to the west of some of the most famous vineyards of the Cote de Beaune and are somewhat isolated in a valley tucked away on the road that runs from Meursault and Volnay through Auxey Duresses and then on to Saint Romain. This appellation, however, deserves considerably more attention as the exposure of the vineyards is excellent, the slopes are steep and the soil is a mix of clay, limestone and marne. The slightly cooler temperatures result in a longer growing season and wines that carry a pleasant and refreshing level of acidity. The Buisson domaine is a fine source of terroir-expressive wines that offer outstanding value.
‘This vineyard planted to Pinot Noir faces the « Sous la Velle » vineyard on the opposite side of the valley. Also, on steeply planted slopes, the soil of this lieu-dit is a mix of limestone and marne. The vines are planted to a density of 10,000 per hectare. The grapes, harvested manually, are destemmed to 90% and the wine is aged in barrel for a twelve month period. The Pinot vines in “Sous la Roche” are of an average age of 50 years (as of 2011) with low yields and excellent concentration. There is great purity to this organically grown fruit and somewhat rustic in nature with notes of wild red fruits in the nose. Discretely tannic, this is beginning to drink well, but will continue to become rounder and more elegant with a few more years bottle age’ Claire