Burgundy’s Domaine Faiveley has purchased Domaine Billaud-Simon, giving the Faiveley family their first vineyards in Chablis. It was a long process, with the deal coming to fruition three years after Faiveley first contacted the Billaud family. The price for the 50-acre estate was not disclosed, but the Faiveley family is the sole investor, confirmed by president Erwan Faiveley.
Faiveley has bought grapes to make Chablis as a négociant, expanding the range in 2005 to include grands and premiers crus, but now will focus on the new parcels almost exclusively.
“We never bought any wines or fruit from Billaud-Simon, but we had been following them for quite some time,” said Faiveley. “We will manage Billaud-Simon with the Faiveley philosophy: Relying almost entirely on our domaine, but still purchase a little fruit if we are convinced by the quality. The idea being that the négoce should just be an addition,” he added.
Billaud-Simon’s holdings include a little more than 4 acres in the grands crus Vaudésir, Les Clos, Les Preuses and Blanchots; amost 22 acres of top premiers crus Vaillons, Montée de Tonnerre, Mont de Milieu and Fourchaume, and the rest Chablis and Petit Chablis. For now, Faivelely plans to keep the Billaud-Simon name, and the vineyard and cellar team will remain.
The acquisition brings the Faiveley holdings to nearly 350 acres from Chablis to the Côte Chalonnaise. The firm has been on a buying spree since Erwan Faiveley, the seventh generation to run the family’s wine business, took the helm in 2005. The first purchase was Domaine Annick Parent in Pommard (2007), followed by Domaine Monnot in Puligny-Montrachet (2008) and, just this past fall, Domaine Dupont-Tisserandot in Gevrey-Chambertin. Faiveley also has held a long-term contract to purchase the fruit from Domaine Matrot-Wittersheim in Meursault since 2007.