In 1992, at the young age of 18, Stéphane Aladame was already, entirely independently, building up his own winemaking estate, after only just finishing his viticulture and enology studies in Beaune. He yearned to work in the vineyards, but did not inherit vines or any winemaking tradition whatsoever from his family. So when a grower in his hometown of Montagny-les-Buxy decided to retire and give him the opportunity to rent just less than three hectares of vines, the determined and ambitious Stéphane dove in headfirst. Over the years, he acquired new contracts and replanted abandoned vineyards, bringing the total surface area for the domaine up to 7 hectares today. He’s earned an outstanding reputation, and his bottles grace the tables of an impressive number of Michelin-starred restaurants throughout France and abroad. The appellation owes a great deal to Stéphane, who is now a driving force for an area otherwise somewhat lacking in inspiration and dynamism.