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michel maillard at domaine engel

Now seemingly referred to as Domaine Engel, rather than René Engel – here’s a note from the BIVB:

The Engel domain, under the ownership of François Pinault version, is building up speed. A project to build a vat-room is currently under study. Technical supervision of the domain has been entrusted to Michel Mallard (son of Patrick Mallard, a winegrower at Ladoix-Serrigny), under the management of Frédérique Engerer, who is also in charge of Château Latour, another of François Pinault’s winegrowing properties. Michel Mallard, 31, is an agricultural engineer with a national diploma in oenology from Bordeaux. The Engel domain covers 6.5 hectares of vines in Côtes de Nuits.

What’s not clear from this is exactly where the cuverie might be, Monsieur Pinault certainly bought the vines, but I don’t think he bought the house/cuverie – I assume this is still with the family. For now the barrels from 2006 are maturing next to those of Bichot’s Clos Frantin.

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