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Episode 489 of 2000

IDTT Wine 489: Sylvain Pataille and the New Old Style

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Sylvain Pataille is the owner and winemaker at Domaine Sylvain Pataille, which is located in the Marsannay area of Burgundy, within France.Sylvain discusses the impact in Burgundy of economic changes over the last one hundred years, and notes the special situation of Marsannay, which is near the city of Dijon in France. He does into some depth about the the vine planting history of the Marsannay area, and the commercial success of rosé wine from Marsannay. Sylvain then relates the more recent history of his own family's wine domaine, including its association with the Aligoté grape. This leads him to contrast old viticultural practices in the region, which he has identified from reading older books, with more recent norms.Sylvain also describes his own progression in oenology, from a more technical lab background to his very different focus today. He talks about working with "the best and worst" winemakers in Burgundy as an oenological consultant, and what feelings led him to leave that sort of business behind, with a shift of focus to his own wine domaine. This episode also features commentary from:Bruno Clair (translated by Peter Wasserman), Domaine Bruno ClairJohn Kongsgaard, Kongsgaard WineBecky Wasserman, Becky Wasserman & Co.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at