A 2002 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche, a 2003 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast and a 2001 Felton Road Block 5 were all it took and I found myself leaving my career in advertising to become a stagier interning with some of the great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay winemakers across the world. My patrons, firstly Michael Browne and Shane Finley at Kosta Browne in California, then Blair Walters at Felton Road in New Zealand, James Halliday at Coldstream Hills in Australia and lately, Patrick Bize at Domaine Simon Bize in Burgundy have all taught much about what it takes to make world class wines. Teaching me to be true to the vines and vintage, to eschew ideologic/dogmatic ideals and to make your own wine, not something you think fashion or others might want you to make.

Along the way I fell in love with the tiny village on the road to nowhere in particular, Savigny-lès-Beaune, in the heart of the Côte-d’Or. My times working vintages at Domaine Bize and getting to know the people and the terroirs convinced me this was home. I love how approachable but layered the Pinot Noir can be and how complexly fruit, floral and mineral notes interweave in the Chardonnay.

 

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