Bonnes Mares Grand Cru

Region: France - Burgundy


Not long after purchasing vineyards in the late 1960s and releasing his first wines in the early 1970s Jacques Seysses became an international icon. Jacques respect for the terroir of the Côte d’Or is still on display in his viticultural practices and innovative winemaking methods. Dujac wines are more than just varietally correct – they are intimate travelogues of some of the most celebrated sites on earth. Sons Jeremy and Alec along with Jeremy’s wife, Diana, have been handed the reigns of this famous estate.

Grapes / Soils

Pinot Noir Clay & limestone 0.59 ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Total Size: 15.05 ha (37.2 acres)
  • Winery Holdings: 0.59 ha (1.46 acres)
  • This vineyard almost evenly straddles the 919 foot elevation demarcation line and is located just south and adjacent to the Clos de Tart vineyard in the Morey-St-Denis appellation. Bonnes Mares is a climat. It is one of 5 Grand Cru vineyards in the appellation.
  • Only Pinot Noir is planted.
  • It is impossible to pin down the derivation of the climat Bonnes Mares. Is it bonnemarre referring to the ancient French marre “vineyard worker’s tool, a curved shovel”? Is it a bas-relief of the Mother goddesses that the Gauls used to worship? Is it for the good Cistercian nuns? Or perhaps, could it come from a formerly famous vineyard of the Dukes of Burgundy in Dijon named Bonne Mère? You pick.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Pinot Noir grapes.
  • Grown on soils of Clay & limestone.
  • Fermented in stainless steel and enamel tanks, using naturally occurring yeast.
  • Aged in French barrique, 60-85% new.
  • Aged for 18 months.
  • Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

General Info

Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation(s) Morey-St-Denis, + others in Côte de Nuits
Proprietors Jacques and Rozalind Seysses
Founded 1967
Winemaker Jeremy Seysses
Annual Production 2,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable, organic, biodynamic