France – Burgundy, Côte de Beaune
Based in Santenay in the south of the Côte de Beaune, Domaine de l’Aste is a small family farm. The working methods remain traditional and combined with the latest technical knowledge, they help to develop quality wines. All viticulture, winemaking and wine aging are carefully made and strictly controlled.
Domaine de l’Aste replaces the Domaine de l’Buissiere. David the grand-son of Simone and Jean Moreau has continued the family tradition and is now responsible for the family vineyards. Continuing a long tradition of producing unique terroir wines, authentic and suitable for long aging. David, after acquiring theoretical and practical quality, is now responsible for the new domaine and continues the work begun by previous generations.
Beginner to Santenay-le-Haut with his father in the 50s, Jean Moreau made his debut with his wife Simone in 1958, when they acquired their home, winery and cellar in Santenay-le-Bas. Then in 1965 the couple decided to create their own domain. They planted their vineyard with vines from the family heritage, appellations Santenay Village (lieu-dit “Cornières”), Côtes de Beaune Villages, and Clos Rousseau (1er Cru). In 1964, they planted the Clos des Mouches (1er Cru), then in 1967, the Hâtes. Beauregard (1er Cru) was purchased in 1968 and the top Charmes. In 1976 and 1977, they planted a beautiful plot of Burgundy, in the hillside in the municipality of Chassey-le-Camp.
During this period, Simone and Jean were among the first Burgundian owners to engage in marketing of bottles, and began to sell their wine in Paris. In 1963 they begin their long history with salons of Agriculture, and in 1969 began to enter the Paris Fair. Their wines were distinguished in the Paris Fair contest, in various specialized guides and General Agricultural.
In 1989, they expanded the area by buying a plot in Pommard and Beaurepaire (1er Cru). The latter planted in 1991. They built up their wine and in 1996 by a purchase in Meursault, in 1998 and extend their surface in Beaurepaire, this time planting Chardonnay.
Their grandson David joined the couple in 2004 to work on the field, and took over the management of the family company in 2009. Most recently, in 2013, David decided to strike out on his own and create Domaine de l’Aste, which operates only family vineyards.