Jean-Marc & Thomas BOULEY

Burgundy, France

Although the Bouley family's roots in Volnay stretch back to 1527, the Domaine itself
was only established in 1919. The current estate manager and winemaker, Thomas
Bouley, represents the fourth generation to oversee the domaine. The estate
encompasses 22 parcels, primarily located in Volnay and Pommard, and spans a total
of 8.5 hectares. After studying viticulture in Beaune, Thomas enhanced his winemaking
expertise through stints in other renowned wine regions, including the Rhône Valley and
Thomas adheres to predominantly organic practices, integrating biodynamic principles
to foster a more natural and sustainable approach to viticulture. He manages his
vineyards to naturally limit production, avoiding herbicides and chemical fertilizers.
Strategic pruning and de-budding restrict each vine to just 5-6 bunches. Regular
plowing, careful canopy management (rognage), and the cultivation of grass between
vine rows (enherbage) further enhance the vineyard's health and productivity. While the
grapes are mostly de-stemmed, Thomas occasionally employs whole cluster
fermentation to add complexity.
The winemaking process begins with a brief cold maceration, followed by fermentation
with indigenous yeasts in open wooden vats, lasting about three weeks. During this
period, temperatures are allowed to reach up to 32°C. Aging, or élevage, typically
involves 30-50% new oak and spans over two winters (18-20 months), with no fining or
filtration, preserving the wine's natural character and complexity.

COUNTRY France REGION Burgundy APPELLATION(S)Volnay, Pommard, Beaune WINEMAKER Thomas Bouley FOUNDED 1919 VINEYARD AREA 8.5 hectares FARMING Lutte raisonnée WEBSITE