About Domaine Clos de la Chapelle
Domaine Clos de la Chapelle is a new name of a very old domaine, situated in the heart of the Burgundian village of Volnay. Originally founded by Victor Boillot in 1865 with his purchase of Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Chapelle (monopole), the domaine added Volnay 1er Cru En Carelle and Pommard 1er Cru Les Chanlins vieilles vignes over the course of the next half-century. The reputation of the Clos de la Chapelle monopole dates back to the 19th century, with Louis Pasteur himself writing regularly to Victor Boillot requesting bottles of this exceptional wine.
After nearly 150 years in the Boillot family, the domaine was purchased in 2010 by Mark M. O’Connell, a life-long Burgundy lover, in conjunction with two local partners with deep experience in Burgundian vineyards, farming and winemaking. Between 2011 and 2013 an additional 8 vineyards were added to the Domaine. The Domaine now farms about 4 hectares of both red and white Burgundy, all designated 1er or Grand Cru. Together with Pierre Meurgey, General Manager, Coralie Allexant-Manière, Technical Director, and Frédéric Gaillard, Vineyard Manager, the goal is to produce the very best expressions of Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Total production for all vineyards combined is about 1200 cases in an average year.
Since the first release in 2010, the Domaine has received strong press from a variety of wine journalists. For example, John Gilman in View from the Cellar says “This is one of the most exciting domaines in the Côte de Beaune today!” Allen Meadows a/k/a “Burghound” consistently remarks in his annual reviews, “This domaine outperformed.” And Bill Nanson, author of The Finest Wines of Burgundy remarked “A simply fabulous range of wines – it’s just a shame that the quantities are so low!”