Domaine Michèle & Patrice Rion

About the producer

Founded by husband and wife team Patrice and Michèle in 1990, they launched their Domain with only two wines while Patrice continued to work as winemaker at the family’s domaine Daniel Rion. In 2000 when Patrice left Daniel Rion, he enlarged his own winery and created his own negociant business SARL Patrice Rion. In 2005 Patrice was joined by his son Maxime following the completion of his oenological studies.


Patrice was one of the first to train his vines higher than the Burgundy standard, to increase the canopy without shading the grapes, which gives better ripening and colour. Yields are limited and the vines are pruned short and bud selection is strict. Disease and pest control are carefully managed to minimise interference. Weed killers are not used, instead ploughing and the occasional hoe are the preferred methods of weed control. A natural grass is sown in winter to prevent erosion and encourage soil fauna. While minimal intervention is the preferred method of farming, the domaine is not organically certified.


The wines are made in Patrice’s purpose-built small winery in Prémeaux. Matured in oak barrels with a well-judged percentage of new oak (usually 50% new) for 18 months, without racking or fining.


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