Meet the Producer
Domaine de Vedilhan (pronounced 'Domaine de Ved-ee-ohn') is the estate of the Fayet family based on the outskirts of the village of Moussan near Narbonne, the Fayet family have lived at the Domaine since 1824. Starting with 63ha of land, the estate has grown to 220ha, managed today by three siblings, Bruno, Pierre and Dominique.
The cellar is colossal, built in 1903 on a grander scale than was ever needed, along with the imposing Bordeaux-style Chateau de Vedilhan, it’s parklands and lake reflect the heyday of the early 1900’s. In the 1980’s the family removed many of the lesser known varietals and planted more renowned ones such as Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Syrah and latterly, Pinot Noir.
Boutinot has worked with the family for nearly 20 years and just over 10 years ago we were making wine together.
The vineyards are between 82 and 160 feet above sea level. The red varieties are planted on the higher slops in slightly heavier clay soils, dashed with pebbles.
About the Winemaker
A native of Burgundy or more specifically the outskirts of Chablis it’s safe to say Guillaume was born into wine and totally natural that he chose to become a wine-maker in his teens..basic studies first and a degree in Oenology and all in Burgundy..it may explain why he’s our resident Pinot specialist with a fetish for Chardonnay!! His first job was more cellar rat than winemaker but he was exposed to what life could be like with a vintage in Beaujolais and after that short experience it became a serious pursuit, with winemaking experience in Chablis (William Fèvre), Côte de Beaune (Château de Santenay), Beaujolais area (Saint Amour, Moulin à vent…), Languedoc Roussillon (ile de Porquerolles).
After 8 years spent as a cellars master in the south of Burgundy, he became a wine consultant specializing in wines from the Maconnais along with the Crus of Beaujolais.
Bored of 'working alone' and in need of a new challenge, he joined, in 2015, the Boutinot family and as he says ‘I’ve not had time to get bored since..!’ 'The diversity of working in new countries, with different vintages, across the globe, working with the sales teams in different markets and learning about consumers and the new approaches required from both a marketing and wine-making perspective is just a fantastic challenge’.
A passion for walking, running and mountain biking are easily combined with his love of wine - ‘being in the field, on the spot, we learn so much more about the people we work with, the vines that grow and the country itself and we combine all of that with our wine feelings along with winemaking skills so that, at the end, we improve and produce great wines together!'