The caves Bailly Lapierre groups 430 winegrowers who provide the grapes for making Crémant de Bourgogne.
Average annual production is 25,000 hectolitres (1hl=100 litres)or nearly 3.5 million bottles (some 290,000 cases).
A permanent stock of 5 million bottles ensures that the quality of our Crémants de Bourgogne remains constant.
Our turnover, more than 15 million euros, continues to increase.
We sell one out of every three bottles on our export markets, notably in Germany, the USA and Great Britain.
IN THE VILLAGES THAT MAKE UP THIS SMALL WINEGROWING AREA, WHERE THE GEOLOGY OF THE SOIL
HAILS FROM KIMMERIDGIAN TIMES AND THE LANDSCAPE IS SHAPED TO THE PATTERN OF VINEYARDS AND CHERRY TREES,
OUR GREATEST PRIDE IS IN MAKING SPARKLING WINES FROM THE INIMITABLE PINOT NOIR GRAPE.
THE WOMEN AND MEN
Our history is the story of how here in the Auxerrois, a region in the northern part of winegrowing Burgundy, men and women over generations have shaped the land on which our vineyards grow. It is this terroir –hard yet rewarding, famed for its quality from time immemorial– that binds us together.
Plowing, clearing the furrow along the row, planting, pruning all winter long... Seventy winegrowing families devote themselves to the vines year-round to ensure that the grapes, ripening in the best possible conditions, attain their finest expression. In spring and summer, they trim the canopy and debud the old wood (the vines reserves thus spared from useless growth). As summer turns to autumn, they harvest the grapes by hand and bring them in to the caves Bailly Lapierre, their mutually-owned company.
Inheritors of a very long winegrowing tradition, these men and women first combined their efforts in 1972. At this time, together with others, they set up a project to create an appellation dorigine contrôlée –A.O.C.– “Crémant de Bourgogne”. In 1975, a statute officially recognised their wine: it became Frances first Crémant appellation (along with that of the Loire Valley winegrowers).
Since then they have not ceased to refine their skills, both in vineyard and winery, their wines achieving even greater purity, balance and incisive finesse... the truly noble expression of this outstandingly original terroir.