Marsannay Sylvain Pataille


Sylvain Pataille is perhaps secretly one of the most important figures in Burgundy today. Beyond being a leader in organic and biodynamic viticulture, he is also a consulting oenologist for some of the most famed domaines in the region. Sylvain grew up around wine, though his family didn’t own any vines. His father was a bus driver, who spent the free time in his afternoons helping his vigneron friend Jean Fournier. Sylvain and his brother Laurent would meet their father in the Fournier vines after school, forming an attachment to the life of a vine farmer. His paternal great uncle also owned a domaine in the Médoc that the Patailles visited every summer. Sylvain knew from an early age that winemaking would be his career and he attended winemaking school in Beaune to make that dream come true. Right before graduating he was hired by a local lab as a salesperson, where he admittedly was very bad at sales. He quickly left to start his own domaine in the village of Marsannay, at the northern edge of the Côte de Nuits, while consulting on the side from contacts made during his sales days. Starting with just 1 hectare in 1999, he slowly grew his domaine to its current size of 15ha. Sylvain’s older brother Laurent, a trained oenologist himself, eventually joined the domaine in 2008, becoming Sylvain’s right hand.

The domaine consists of vines across Marsannay, with a large portion planted to Aligoté, to go along with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Sylvain is a leading proponent of the potential of Aligoté to make world-class wines, making more than 5 different cuvées from different single sites. In the vines, he practices very low yields, ploughs by horse, and works biodynamically, earning him the reputation as one of the finest farmers in the Côte d’Or. Their typicity is that of the Côte de Nuits, and their style resemble that of their neighbouring appellations Fixin and Gevrey-Chambertin.



Tasting Notes from Pinto Wines

Colour Palest raspberry colour
Nose intense bouquet of red fruit
Palate Silky palate with a distinct gamey character and great tannic appeal.

Fact Sheet

Size 75 cl
Grape Variety Pinot noir
Alcohol % 13%
Style Light red
Estate/Producer Sylvain Pataille
Country France
Region  Marsannay, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy-Blend of multiple terroirs across the village appellation
Vintage 2021
Vinification 30% whole-cluster, indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged for 18 months in older oak barrels, low sulfur additions at bottling
Closure Natural cork
Cellaring/Ageing Potential Great age potential but excellent young as well


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