Domaine Agnès Paquet

Year Established: 2000
Location: Burgundy
Size: 13 hectares
Varieties: Aligoté, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Vinification: Indigenous yeast fermentation, aged in stainless steel tanks and barrel, proportions and duration vary by cuvée and vintage.

Agnès became a winemaker in 2000, when she purchased a three-hectare parcel in Auxey-Duresses from her parents, who had held the land and sold the grapes grown on it since the 1950s. (It had been leased to other vignerons over the years, and her folks were now considering selling.) Agnès had just finished business school, and says she knew nothing of viticulture. She immersed herself in study and apprenticeship, producing her first vintage in 2001.
Her holdings have grown over the years to include thirteen acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Aligoté, and she has constructed a beautiful winery by renovating an old stone barn in the courtyard of her home in Meloisey, a tiny village perched on a hillside in the Côte-d’Or.
The domaine has used no herbicides since 2004, and has been farmed organically for many years, receiving certification in 2020. The only treatment now used in the vineyards is copper sulfate. Harvest is done by hand, sorted in the vineyard and then again at a sorting table at the cuverie. Fermentation takes place with indigenous yeasts, and minimum amounts of SO2 are used.