“The youthful, well-trained Romain Cornin is undoubtedly a winemaker to keep an eye on” - Tim Atkin
Not only is this Domaine run by great people, but the potential of the Pouilly Fuissé region is mesmerising. The terroir is a huge patchwork of soils which is unique in Burgundy, from limestone to schist. The Solutré escarpment is a rich geological site dating back to the Palaeolithic era and the domaine's best site, Les Chevrières, is soon to be elevated to Premier Cru status.
Domaine Cornin was established in 1993; before that they were a métayer family, cultivating and managing vineyards on behalf of the landowner in return for a share of the yield. They were hired by Les Hospices de Beaune in 1995 to look after their métayer vineyards, learning new techniques from this partnership. The family's great friends include Jean Thevenot at Domaine de la Bongran, and Pierrette et Luc Guillemot-Michel. They soon followed in the footsteps of these vignerons and applied organic / biodynamic methods to their own vineyards.
The individual vineyards of this domaine are an apt reflection of the Cornin family. Each parcel carries a part of the family’s history in the Mâconnais. Les Chevrières is the plot Dominique’s grandfather – Romain’s great-grandfather - planted more than 50 years ago, and the 100-year-old parcel in Les Serreuxdières reaches even deeper into the Cornins’ roots in Mâcon. The credo at the Domaine is as little intervention as possible. In the vineyard the vines have been worked manually since 1998, with all chemicals proscribed since then; biodynamic farming has been practised for the whole domaine since 2003. In the winery, chemicals are similarly proscribed, fermentation begins naturally with indigenous yeasts and all the wines are fermented in stainless-steel tanks, and the single-vineyard wines are aged in used oak barrels.