The Modest Merchant
Philippe Chatillon was estate manager at the much celebrated Arbois winey of Domaine de La Pinte for close to 18 years. And after a good stint managing another's, in 2013, he decided he wanted to create his own, finding and buying a hillside plot of Savagnin in Passenans with which to work. Soon he added plots of Melon a Queue Rouge, Pinot Noir, Tousseau and Chardonnay before exchanging his original Savagnin plot for another worked only biodynamically. He works his steep marl rich vineyard by hand, without the use of any chemical fertilizer what so-ever. The soils are aided by biodynamic preparations and in the cellar he uses old oak, spontaneous fermentations and bottles without fining, filtration and with no added sulphur. If that's not enough in the cellar he works in bio-harmony, using sounds vibrations from his harp to aid in the wines balance.