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About Louis Billard

Passing beneath the archway of Domaine Billard Père et Fils, where Louis Billard has called home his whole life, we are led into a newly renovated cellar that Louis proudly introduces as his “new place.” Louis grew up in La Rochepot, in the Hautes Côtes de Beaune near Meursault, where his family has been making wine for five generations. After spending much of his youth in this cellar, Louis decided to embark on a highly aspirational journey of his own into winemaking.

Louis began locally with a stint at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti for two years between 2018 and 2019, and time spent at Georges Roumier during the harvest of 2020. Louis’ determination to learn and grow at great estates stretched beyond the Côte d’Or, leading him to South Africa where he experienced the specialty of Western Cape Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at Newton Johnson Estate. Next, Louis landed in Australia in search of a new expression of these varieties. Working alongside Nick Farr—the “Best Australian Winemaker of 2020” and tenured Dujac Estate graduate—at the globally recognized By Farr Estate, Louis felt that his understanding of the DNA of his native varieties had grown in a robust way. With this realization, he was ready to head back home.

Armed with a new appreciation for the effect of terroir on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Louis returned home to launch his own micro-négoce label. Louis is sharply focused on purity in his winemaking and building upon the great terroir that balances both longstanding tradition with a bright future. He oversees these cherished appellations all the way through harvest. In the Côte de Beaune, this includes Saint-Aubin 1er Cru ‘Les Castets,’ Pommard 1er ‘Les Fremiers,’ and Volnay 1er ‘En Chevret,’ among some Village bottlings. Further north in the Côte de Nuits, Louis produces classic examples of Gevrey-Chambertin, Vosne-Romanée, and Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, all complimenting his winemaking style well.

For the white wines, the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations take place in barrels on fine lees, with an aim to find a balance between the creaminess and the freshness of Chardonnay. Regarding the red wines, Louis incorporates a large proportion of whole bunch, between 50-100%, during vinification to gain complexity, purity, and freshness throughout his diverse range of reds across the Côte-d’Or. With the release of his first vintage, 2022, he has put together an impressive first effort. His fine touch as a winemaker is very much apparent off the bat.