Stéphane Briday has personality. Just like his wines. Unless it's the other way around and his wines
look like her. It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter. The essential thing is in the quality of the bottles he offers as much as in the quality of the man, of his vision of Burgundy wines: a perfectly healthy harvest for balanced wines with a fruit that "explodes".
Notably for the white wines of Rully. That's how I like them", explains Stéphane Briday. But to specify that this fruit must not be that of the grape variety: it must accompany the terroirs, reveal them: "Our terroirs play on complexity and minerality". Terroirs that he works and respects by not using weedkillers.
With Sandrine his wife Stéphane Briday at his feet in the Rully lands. But he also makes his mark in other beautiful villages of the Côte-Chalonnaise. In Mercurey, for several years now, he has been vinifying magnificent red wines. Dense, tightly woven wines with supple tannins and no roughness. In Bouzeron, he works with the Aligoté grape variety, which expresses freshness and liveliness without excess.
And whatever the appellation, Stéphane Briday is obsessed by a devouring objective: to control quality. In the winery, he draws on his experience to achieve his goals, with the measure and hindsight necessary for success.
Terroir and breeding
The village of Bouzeron cultivates its exception: the Aligoté grape variety. It is the only communal appellation in Burgundy to produce it. The reputation of the Bouzeron aligotés is not new, however. In 1760, the historian Courtépée already mentioned it in a description of the Duchy of Burgundy. In 1998, the village obtained an AOC, recognizing its predisposition to produce great wines. The parcels of the Briday estate are located on the top of the hillside on a white marl soil particularly well suited to aligoté. The soil is moderately deep but compact.
Surface area: 1.5 hectares Age of the vines: 50 years old on average. After hand-picking, the grapes are pressed directly with care. Fermentation starts naturally (without the addition of yeast) in vats. Maturing also continues in vats to preserve all the freshness of the Aligoté grape variety.
The estate's Bouzeron is distinguished by its aromatic finesse: the nose evokes cherry blossom, and more generally white flowers and citrus fruits. If this grape variety often gives half-bodied wines, this is not the case here. The control of yields and a harvest at full maturity give a harmonious wine, with a certain smoothness in warm vintages.