A family of winemakers for 5 centuries
Dominique Piron, born in 1950 in Morgon is the 14th generation since Etienne Bailly, also born in 1590 in Morgon.
Some of the family vineyards have been in the family since that time, mainly the “Terrains Rouges”, “Roche Noire” and “Montpelain” vineyards.
One of my ancestors, Benoit Bailly, was one of the first to use the new Briare canal, from the Loire river to the Seine river, opened in 1642, to deliver his wine to Paris.
The vineyards of “Les Pierres” on the Py hill were bought in 1932 by Benoit Piron, my great-grandfather. The vines had been for sale for 2 years – refer to the document -. Benoit had the choice of enlarging his vineyard between this property of 4 ha 60 in Morgon for 90 000 francs at the time, and another of 6 ha 50 in Burgundy for 110 000 francs.
He chose Morgon, it was less far.
In Burgundy, this property was called “Clos de Tart”!… The experts will appreciate…
The wines of Morgon, Chénas and Moulin à Vent were simply at that time, less than a century ago, of the same notoriety and price as the great wines of Burgundy.
More recently, Kristine and I added the Chénas vineyard in 2004, the Morgon “Javernières” vineyard in 2005, and the Corcelles property in Vieux Bourg in 2010.