The Au Pied
du Mont Chauve vineyards are predominantly based in the Côte de Beaune: with
vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet, including six Premiers Crus; Puligny-Montrachet,
including two Premiers Crus; and Saint-Aubin, including three Premiers Crus.
They also have a Montagny Premier Cru as well as two Grand Cru plots: Corton
Clos des Fiètres and Corton Charlemagne. They produce both red and white wines
in the Premier Cru vineyards of Saint-Aubin Pitangerets, Le Charmois and Chassagne-Montrachet
Premier Cru Les Chaumées.
vineyards at Au Pied du Mont Chauve are all farmed biodynamically, fed only with
natural fertilizer from the surrounding farms and entirely ploughed by horse. The
fruit is all hand-harvested. According to Francine, their conversion to
biodynamic farming was in order to preserve and strengthen the structure
of the plant, through an increase in soil health.
The 40-strong team at the estate carries out in-depth
studies on the vines’ health, while also working in a harmonious way with
nature, something which Francine believes increases the precision of the fruit.
In May 2019, Antoine Lepetit de la Bigne, a specialist in biodynamic
viticulture, joined the estate as Technical Director.