Domaine Yves Boyer Martenot – A Family Winery in the 4th Generation
Winemaking is in the blood of the Boyer-Martenot family. Vincent Boyer is the fourth generation of the family managing the Domaine Yves Boyer Martenot with his sister, Sylvie Boyer. Prior to the siblings taking over operations, their father Yves ran the wine production alongside their mother Marie-Cécile, who came from a winemaking family as well. They had inherited the Domaine from Yves’s parents, André and Juliette. André took over the farm on the death of his mother who had run it single-handedly for many years. The Domaine consists of 10 hectares of vineyards in various parts of the Côte de Beaune. The winery is in Meursault, southwest of the city of Beaune. However, over the years they have gradually bought more parcels of land, obtaining a wider variety of appellations. They now own parcels in Meursault Les Tillets, Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrieres, and Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Le Cailleret.
Traditional Methods and Modern Machinery
Chemical use is minimal or none existent. However, other features of growing and production are green harvesting to thin the vines, and handpicking of grapes. Significantly, they employ a combination of traditional methods and the latest machinery. Rather they age the wine in oak barrels for 12 months, they limit the use of wood and replace one-third of the casks with the new ones each year.
What Influences the Best Wines the Most: Vineyard or Winery?
They grow only Chardonnay grapes and Pinot Noir for their exquisite wines. Vincent and Sophie have a different approach than most Meursault producers. They rarely blend the grapes from the different vineyards and bottle each vineyard separately. They stay true to the belief that the vineyard site influences the best wines more than the winemaking practices.