There have been Buissons in Meursault for 300 years, though it was not until the first half of the 20th century that Fernand Buisson, married to Marie Matrot, really developed the domaine. He was succeeded in due course by Michel (1935-2021), married to a Mlle Charles of Nantoux, whose sister married François Jobard. Continuing the local networking, Michel’s brother formed Domaine Buisson-Battault and his sisters married into the Michelot and Vaudoisey families. In 2001 Michel-Buisson handed over to his daughter Catherine and son-in-law Patrick Essa, who is Swiss-born of part Polish and part Italian extraction – superficially, not at all Burgundian, but nonetheless passionate about the region and its wines, as you can see from his blog  (Patrick Essa: Pour une Encyclopédie des vins de Bourgogne). Patrick and Catherine’s son Louis has now joined the business, taking over vinification from the 2019 vintage.

Viticulture & Vinification

Patrick has been an ardent defender of the need to wait for the grapes to be properly ripe before picking, which has encouraged a lively debate in and around Meursault on the subject. All depends of course on how you run your vineyard and what style of wine you want to make – or, from the consumer’s point of view, drink.


White Wines

Meursault La Goutte d’Or 0.27
Meursault 1er Cru Charmes 0.18
Meursault 1er Cru Bouches Chères 0.34
Meursault 1er cru Les Cras 0.21
Meursault Les Tessons 0.36
Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2.50


Red Wines

Volnay Santenots 1er Cru 0.30
Pommard En Chiveau 0.25

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