Welcoming Domaine de la Douaix
Gilles & Mark Moustie of Domaine de la Douaix at the Salon des Jeunes Talents
When we first met Mark and Gilles Moustie, the charmingly affable Belgium father/son team of Domaine de la Douaix, at the Salon des Jeunes Talents at the Grands Jours de Bourgogne, they were one of fifty young winemakers pouring their selections that day. And though we had tasted through most all of the wines at the event, it was clear to all of us that the wines from this duo were by far, the best that were presented at the Salon des Jeunes Talents.
Acquiring their first vineyards in Hautes Côtes de Nuits and in Savigney les Beaune in 2002, the family officially established their winery in 2006, when they released their premier vintage. And what surprised us most then, and even still now, is the level of sophistication on the palate of these wines, all of which are the winery’s third vintage. From the Bourgogne Blanc “En Mairey”, from 35+ year-old Chardonnay (60%) and Pinot Blanc (40%) vines (0.5ha) planted to soils of rocky lava stones over a limestone clay base; to the Côtes de Nuits Villages Vieilles Vignes, from the lieu dit “les Chaillots” (0.5ha) with its 80+ year-old Pinot Noir vines planted to silt and sand over clay; and the Savigny les Beaune “Dessus les Vermots” (0.32ha) from the lieu dit of the same name with 30-year-old Pinot Noir vines also planted to silt and sand over clay, these are beautiful wines from Burgundy.
From Belgium, Mark and Gilles purchased their small farmhouse in Arcenant in 1997, and soon after their initial vineyard acquisition, the family continued to grow their holdings in the following years with new vineyards in Premeaux and Corgoloin in the appellation of Côtes de Nuits Villages. Farming without pesticides, they practice “biological agriculture techniques” or lutte raisonee; and in the winery, they use only indigenous yeasts, fermenting their red wines in cement tanks and aging both reds and whites in oak barrels, a portion (25%-40%) of which are new.
While both father and son studied winemaking, it is the younger Moustie, Gilles who studied at the Lycée Viticole de Beaune, and who is living and working at the winery full-time, while Mark travels back and forth, continuing his work as an IT consultant in Brussels. A very limited production, of the three wines that we added to our portfolio, there are anywhere from 125 to 250 cases produced annually.
Recently, Neal Martin of eRobertParker.com wrote of this father/son team:
“Keep a look out for this name. Owned by a belgian Moustie family whose annual vacations in Burgundy led to them taking the next step as winemakers, their 2010s have the panache of a winemaker with 30 years under his belt instead of three….It is growers like these that make Burgundy such a dynamic place…”
At the Salon des Jeunes Talents, we tasted the 2009 vintage, which was divine, and is what we recently received. As we look forward to the next vintage, we toast the beginnings of our relationship with Mark and Gilles Moustie.