Domaine Roblet-Monnot Region: France - Burgundy

Pascal Roblet can trace his roots in Volnay back to the 1600’s on his mother’s side, and back four generations on his father’s side. Pascal’s great-grandfather on his mother’s side, Victor Delagrange, created the domaine in 1865. Victor handed the reigns over to his son-in-law, Henri Monnot (Pascal’s grandfather) in 1926. Henri managed the domaine by himself until 1973, and then with his son, François (Pascal’s father), until 1989. When Pascal’s father retired in 1989, it opened the door for Pascal. In 1990, Pascal took over the family domaine and named it Domaine Roblet-Monnot.

All of Domaine Roblet-Monnot’s holdings (15 acres) are in Volnay. Pascal’s began practicing biodynamic viticulture in 1997. This, along with high density planting, (4,850 vines/acre) and very low yields (~2.5 tons/acre), are part of what has transformed this domaine into one of the leading producers in Volnay.

 

Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation(s) Volnay, Pommard + others
Proprietors Pascal Roblet
Founded 1998
Winemaker Pascal Roblet
Annual Production 1,400 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Biodynamic

VINEYARDS
Pascal was one of the earlier pioneers of biodynamic practices in Burgundy, and uses horses to plow his vineyards, in order to reduce the compaction of the soil that a tractor would cause. In vintages with uneven ripening, Pascal will return to the vineyards again and again, in order to harvest the grapes at their optimum ripeness. Sorting of grapes begins in the vineyard, so that the pristine grapes never come in contact with their rotten or moldy brethren. Once they reach the cellar, the grapes are sorted again on a vibrating sorting table, which helps to remove any leaves, twigs, or grapes deemed unworthy of being part of a Roblet-Monnot wine.

Pascal lives in the town of Volnay, and produces one village and five premier cru cuvees at his small, rustic cellar, located ten minutes away in the tiny hamlet of Bligny-les-Beaune.

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type
Monthelie Village Rouge Pinot Noir Stony red silt
Bourgogne Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir Limestone on marls
Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune Pinot Noir Limestone on marls
Nerthus Hautes Côtes de Beaune Chardonnay Chardonnay Limestone, granite
Nerthus Bourgogne Aligote Aligote
Volnay 1er Cru Pitures Pinot Noir Calcareous marl
Volnay Saint Francois Pinot Noir Clay & limestone
Volnay Saint Jean Pinot Noir Clay & limestone
Volnay 1er Cru Brouillards Pinot Noir Shallow red clay
Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds Pinot Noir Clay, limestone, large stones