Burgundy, France

Mylene & Benoit Nicolas

Finding value in Burgundy is like finding a needle in a haystack. Luckily for you, I have connections with their finger on the pulse of young, upcoming producers and that is how Domaine Nicolas came to my attention.

The Nicolas family has been making the wine here since the French Revolution - Mylene and Benoit are the 6th generation to make the stuff.

They joined the family business in 2019 and will officially take over in 3 or 4 years when their dad Alain retires.

Burgundy is all about Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and I was blown away by the quality and value here. A combination of old vines, organic practices in the vineyard and expert winemaking give wines of great character, purity, and finesse.

Domaine Nicolas sells 50% of its production in bottle, and the other 50% goes to the local cooperative in bulk. Mylene and Benoit’s goal is to make more wine under the family label, which will make the business more sustainable.

Most of their wine sells locally - they have a tasting room in the charming village of Nolay which goes down a storm with locals and tourists. They export a little to Belgium and Germany, so working with WineSpark is a pretty big step for them.