La Chaume des Lies
There are some domaines which strike us directly in the heart, and this is exactly what happened with La Chaume des Lies, a viticultural domaine created in 2021 by Margaux and Lothar.Margaux and Lothar, well it’s above all a chance meeting which started in 2018 at their home, in Belle Lies. Before then, Margaux had passed her BTS exam at their rural family house in Grandchamp, and then left to go to New Zealand where she was able to work in the vines as a sommelir. As for Lothar, he passed his BTS exam (Viti/Oeno) at the Lycée Viticole de Beaune, and then went through several apprenticeship opportunities with Léon Barral, Schuller in Alsace and Claude Quénard in Savoie; after that, he worked for 1 year at his parents, who have an organic fruit and vegetable business in northern France. From 2018, Margaux and Lothar worked at Pierre Fenals (a property at Belles Lies) and learnt the basis of biological biodynamic agriculture. They also learnt about the vinification process without sulphur or other input; so, in a nutshell, a very good base to start making some free wines ! At the end of 2020, the opportunity presented itself for them to take hold of nearly 2 hectares of vines, principally in Auxey, Bouzeron, Saint Aubin and Hautes Côtes de Beaune. With this, they jumped on the occasion and started their domaine, whilst Lothar continued (still) to work at Pierre Fenals. Simultaneously, they were able to find a magnificent winery in Baubigny and, to our delight, the project was therefore able to start ! The 2021 millisime was their first harvest, with some chiselled juices, uncovering with brilliance the expression of the lands from where originated. During the tasting, we really appreciated the steps taken by this joyful binome to call into question and to regularly interrogate as to how to make their work as coherent as possible.The work of a life, and the start of a lovely avinture, which we are delighted to present to you !