The Moillard family has been cultivating vines in Nuits-Saint-Georges since the French Revolution. The arrival of the railway in Nuits-Saint-Georges opened up new commercial opportunities and the Maison Moillard began its activity as wine merchants in 1850.
In 1870, Symphorien Moillard’s son died while serving with the French Army in Algeria. His sister, Jeanne Moillard, took over the family trade and continued the tradition of the Maison Moillard.
In 1873, she married Maurice Thomas, himself an owner of Burgundy vineyards.
From generation to generation, the Thomas family extended the properties, buying up precious plots and developing the trade.
In 2008, Vincent Sauvestre succeeded the Thomas family in running the Maison Moillard and perpetuating its prestigious reputation as one of the finest winemakers in Burgundy.
In 2009, a new winery was built. Its state-of-the-art facilities have been designed to carry on making the fine wine of the Côte de Nuits terroir, combining the know-how of the Maison Moillard with the precision of ultra-modern equipment.
Equipped with small open vats, the winery has been conceived to respect the integral quality of the grapes. After a very selective sorting phase, the healthiest grapes are taken in small tubs to the vats, avoiding any pumping of the precious juices. In keeping with the traditions of the Côte de Nuits, the vatting is allowed to last a long time.
The objective is to produce elegant and powerful wines that will age well and that can be appreciated at any time.
The wines are put into oak casks by using gravity and stored in the very old vaulted cellars of the property, which house over 1,000 barrels. They are carefully monitored by our oenologists throughout the ageing process, which lasts 14 to 20 months. The wines develop their complexity during this time and reveal all the qualities of the terroir.
By leaving the wines in vats and barrels for a long time and limiting human intervention during this crucial period, the wines of the Maison Moillard develop the full range of their taste, expressing the quality of the terroir and highlighting the distinctive character of each small parcel (les climats as they are known in Burgundy) of the Côte de Nuits.
This is why Moillard wines offer the entire palette of the region’s greatest appellations: the delicate flavours and textures of Chambolle-Musigny with its floral bouquets of violets, full-bodied Gevrey-Chambertin which bring out the blackberry tastes of the region’s other great fruit and the Vosne-Romanée which offers its great complexity and harmonious structure.
The different wines of the Nuits-Saint-Georges propose a wide range of tastes and styles.
The Premiers Crus, “Les Saint Georges”, is particularly powerful and elegant. Its aromas are a unique and surprising blend of spices and Morello cherries and the taste is long-lasting and incredibly precise.
Wine lovers often say that they should be classed as Grands Crus, testifying to their finesse and distinction!