Domaine Michel Briday
Stéphane Briday has personality. Just like his wines. Unless it’s the other way around, with the wines resembling him. No matter. What’s most important resides in the quality of the wine he produces just as much as in the quality of the man and his vision of the wines of Burgundy: a perfectly healthy harvest giving balanced wines with fruit that “explodes”. “Especially for the white wines of Rully. That’s the way I like them,” explains Stéphane Briday. He adds, however, that this fruit mustn’t simply be that of the grape variety; it has to go with the terroirs, revealing them: “Our terroirs enjoy complexity and a mineral quality.” Terroirs that he cultivates by plowing, and respects by not using chemical treatments. With Sandrine his wife Stéphane Briday has his feet firmly in Rully’s vineyards. He also makes wine in other excellent Côte-Chalonnaise villages. In Mercurey, he vinifies magnificent red wines. Dense wines, with a tight structure but supple tannins and no rough edges. In Bouzeron he works with the Aligoté grape variety, expressing freshness and liveliness without overdoing it. Whatever the appellation, Stéphane Briday is obsessed by one all-consuming objective: to master quality. In the cuverie, he draws on his experience to achieve his goals, with the moderation and reflection necessary for any success. Stéphane Briday, who is in charge of things today, personifies the domaine. Just as his father did, taking up the challenge of creating a wine domaine in Burgundy in the 1970s. Michel Briday started out with 6 hectares of vines on a sharecropping and vineyard rental basis. Along with his conviction that he’d succeed, plus the sweat of his brow and that of his wife. Today, the domaine runs to 15 hectares. Stéphane and his wife have taken over smoothly, putting their own stamp on things, with the same ambition as the first generation.