The Estate is centred on Buxy in Burgundy in the Montagny appellation, which is the southern gateway to the Côte Chalonnaise. History reminds us that the wines were the preference of the Monks of CLUNY and conferred “fresh breath and limpid ideas”.
The Cognard family has its orgins in the Mâconnais but Laurent is a local boy who always cherished the idea of settling here and founding his own Domaine. He took a roundabout way to accumulating the requisite funds to set up. In 1997,he acquired his first vineyards and became a full time vigneron in 2006 at the head of 5,5 hectares.Today, he manages 18 hectares of vines spread over Loché, Montagny and Mercurey with 6,4 hectares in Montagny 1er Cru.
He was initially headquartered in the ancient prison dating back to the middle ages in picturesque but somewhat narrow cellars. He moved the Domaine to the “Château de BUXY” in the heart of the town and built a tasting cellar and a state -of-the -art winery more in keeping with the burgeoning development of the Estate.
Seeking to make balanced wines, Laurent prefers healthy grapes picked at the optimal ripeness. All the vineyard soils are ploughed to force the vineroots to plumb the depths of the terrain. The Domaine limits phytosanitary treatments with the aim of obtaining a TERRA VITIS reconversion ( H.V.E. equivalent) in 2020.
In the cellar, Laurent upholds Burgundian tradition but brings his own nod to modernity. Similarly, the wines are aged in 500 litre casks – an unfamiliar format but which Laurent believes underscores the minerality in his white wines.
“ I like wines with good freshness and balance giving fine drinkability. A good bottle is an empty one and – as my grandfather was fond of saying – A Magnum is the ideal format for a couple (over dinner) especially if the wife doesn’t drink “