The Mancey Winegrowers
Founded in 1929, Les Vignerons de Mancey are spread over 120 hectares of vines (about ten communes) around Mancey, a few kilometres from Tournus and the Saône. The winery and the vineyards are located in the heart of a privileged area, at the tip of the Mâconnais hills, an open region, made up of gentle curves on which the vines climb, between meadows and woods. The production of about fifty winegrowers is thus brought together, with a vinification of the Burgundian grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Aligoté and Gamay. The size of this structure also makes it possible to produce domaine cuvées.
The family winery was founded in the 1950s as a polyculture and livestock farm with a few plots of vines. At the end of the 1980s, it moved more and more towards winegrowing. The Dupré family prefers to plant grass on the entire estate in order to limit erosion. This practice also favours the rooting of the vines and limits productivity. In 1990, Jean-Christophe joined the winery, followed by Vincent in 1994. After the end of the stockbreeding, the vineyard expanded with the acquisition of several small plots in the villages of Royer, Mancey, Vers, Tournus and La Chapelle-sous-Brancion. With the arrival of Jean-Baptiste in 2017, the vineyard now covers about 40 hectares.
The 15-hectare vineyard has been run by François, the new Chapuis generation, since 1997. The farm, which was a polyculture in the 1970s, has gradually turned to winegrowing. François Chapuis is a demanding winegrower, always looking for an osmosis with nature and he promotes sustainable winegrowing.
For the past twenty years, François has banned the use of insecticides, and it is therefore logical that, since the 2019 vintage, the entire vineyard is certified organic. This is the culmination of a long process already started by François’ father. The almost 15 hectares of vines are pampered and all the plots (about twenty) are ploughed with ridging, earthing up and scoring, a technical management of the soil thought out in correlation with the climate, by engaging in an agroforestry approach.
The vineyard’s iconic wine, a magnificent red Burgundy, is located on the site of “Les Confréries”.
Established in 2001, Frédéric Touzot is the third generation of winegrowers on this 11-hectare estate based in the commune of Martailly-lès-Brancion. The vineyard is planted with 9% Gamay, 16% Pinot Noir and 75% Chardonnay.
The particularity of the vineyard is the southern exposure of the parcel “Les Parettes” classified in the Mâcon-Cruzille appellation. The other plots are in Mâcon-Villages and Bourgogne rouge. Frédéric Touzot favours ploughing the soil and harvesting by hand on his red Burgundy plot.