The history of the Château de Messey estate begins with the acquisition of a 7ha85 wood in the village of Cruzille by Marc Dumont. This terroir, planted and operated by the monks of Cluny in the 12th century and classified as a Mâcon-Cruzille appellation, is exposed to the East, facing the Mont Blanc.
The planting of this fairly high altitude vineyard (« clos ») began in 1989. Three years later, it was time to have the first harvest…. The vinification took place at the Château de Messey in Ozenay. Built as a Romanesque fortress with two wings facing each other, this castle, in its current 16th century form, has been home to many harvests throughout its history until 1958. Thirty-five years later, the beautiful vaulted cellars once again hosted fermenting wines! In the same year, a parcel of Mâcon-Chardonnay was planted opposite the Château on the terroir called “les Crêts”.
After some great experiences in Burgundy, the Dumont family decided in 2017 to refocus their wine-making activity in Ozenay and Cruzille. The wine estate, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019, now farms 10.5 hectares of these two appellations.
From a reasoned cultivation, the estate has gradually switched to full plowing and without weedkiller. Since August 2018, with the arrival of Frédéric Servais as manager and wine maker, it is now in conversion to organic farming.
Le Clos des Avoueries, in the Mâcon-Cruzille appellation, is a 5.5 hectares monopoly in an exceptional location as it is completely isolated in the middle of boxwoods, dry stone walls and limestone lawns. A place very frequented by… game which appreciates its calm and preserved nature. It produces fresh, powerful and mineral wines. A true Burgundy!
Our Mâcon-Chardonnay “Les Crêts” comes from a 5 hectare vineyard, also without any direct neighbour. Facing East, its terroir is composed of white limestone. Younger, it produces round, gourmet and rich wines. Very Mâconnais!
The isolated situation of our vineyards will allow us to produce grapes that respect biodiversity. Harvested by hand, they have been vinified since the 2018 vintage in micro-parcel as naturally as possible, with hardly any SO2. Fermentation takes place at a very low temperature and therefore lasts several months. A unique process!
The wines are already a testimony to the great personality of each place. We have been able to offer on the Clos des Avoueries, from the 2017 vintage, the cuvée “Calcaire” and from the 2018 vintage “Les Pierres rouges” or the evocative “Barre à mine”. This process will naturally extend and notably to the Crêts of Château de Messey.