Domaine Eve et Michel ReyVergisson | Mâconnais | Burgundy
Eve and Michel Rey produce natural, honest white Burgundy in miniscule quantities from the finest terroir in the Mâconnais. Their “La Roche” vineyards—Mâcon-Vergisson and Pouilly-Fuissé—are not only the highest vineyards in their respective appellations but also deliver the purest expressions of Chardonnay in the region, bar none.
The Reys moved to Vergisson in 1988, as Michael was hired as a vineyard manager for a regional winemaker. Bit by bit, the couple saved their money and purchased small yet select parcels whenever they could.
From the soil to the cellar, Michel and Eve do everything by hand, and it’s just the two of them—such diligence and dedication is what makes their bottles so special. They don’t have tons of vineyards; they don’t overextend. Through hard work and savvy winemaking, this duo is mentioned now in the same breath with Vergisson’s leading artisans, such as Daniel Barraud and Jean-Marie Guffens.
Every time we visit the Rey’s cellars—their modest winery offers a breathtaking view of the Vergisson valley—we are struck at how what’s in our glasses so faithfully mirrors the majesty just outside their cellar door. While the word “artisan” is so often bandied about in wine, it is winemakers like the Reys who are true artisans, crafting with four hands works of vinous art, each and every vintage.
FARMING & WINEMAKING
Eve and Michel Rey care for their vines as naturally as possible, and because they have so few vineyards, they’re able to care for all their vines by hand. They only use organic treatments, if treatments are needed at all, and plow the soil instead of using herbicides.
Grapes are crushed whole cluster in a gentle pneumatic press, and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Wines are aged for a minimum of 10 months in mostly older French oak barrels. Very little sulfur is added at any stage; and wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Mâcon-Vergisson ‘La Roche’ Cuvee Unique
Older vines and pure limestone soils, not to mention the plot’s perch at the top of the “rock” of Vergisson, put this vineyard among the region’s finest. Lively, citrus-lined and beautiful balance.
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Pouilly-Fuissé ‘La Maréchaude’
The ‘Maréchaude’ vineyard is a south-facing, steep hillside vineyard on the slope of the Roche de Vergisson. Aromas of grapefruit and lemon zest, fresh nuts, light smoke. Plush white fruits balance a lively acidity.
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Winemakers: Eve and Michel Rey
Region: France • Burgundy • Mâconnais • Vergisson
Vineyard size: 10 acres
PRACTICING SUSTAINABLE FARMING
The apotheosis of Mâconnais wine stands shoulder to shoulder with those of the Côte d’Or…you can bet your bottom dollar that the tip-top Mâcon would embarrass several hallowed premier crus and perhaps even the occasional slipshod grand cru.—The Wine Advocate