Mark Haisma gave moi a quick introduction to Burgundy and his own back story on the way from the Dijon train station to Pierre Naigeon’s winery where Mark has been making wine for the past 8 vintages. Pierre and his family have been making wine for generations and as such have a pretty sweet set up where, I later learned, his produces over 40 different wines per vintage. Oh la la.
Mark and I arrived back to the winery right at 10 pm, just enough time to sneak in a tour of the facilities, my accommodation, and a quick taste of some aging white wines- 2014 Aligote and some Chard.
All the people from out of town to help Mark & Pierre out (eventually 6 + me) stayed in a garage behind the winery. I had no idea what to expect about where I would be staying and when I walked in and saw my room (pictured above) I totally laughed out loud at how ridiculously perfect it was. Glorified camping in what is normally a brewery for the boys.
Back story. Pierre has the winery. Mark makes wine & ages it at Pierre’s winery. Mark is building his own winery for the next vintage and has been grooming Jeremy as Assistant Winemaker for the past 3 years. Jeremy had a good friend Fabian who helps out during harvest but also brews craft beer in the garage, where you will find mon lit.
Then immediately to bed for it was a 3:30 am get up Day 1.