Mommessin was founded in 1865 in Mâcon but it
developed for the most part in the Beaujolais region, soon becoming
one of the jewels in the region's crown. This double ancestry gives
Mommessin wines their exceptional character, which results from
an encounter between the Burgundian quest for excellence and the explosion
that makes Beaujolais great.
The Gamay grape has flourished in Beaujolais more than
any other region in the world thanks to the particularly favourable
climate and the soil, which is made up of mainly decomposed granite.
Mommessin wines are a part of this tradition, one they represent with
the highest standards of excellence.
Mommessin wines blend gracefulness and flavour for
a result that is rich, high in colour, tender and smooth: wines that
blend tradition with exception.
The partnership between Mommessin wines and the growers
is based on strong values of respect for the vines and nature. Mommessin
is careful to cultivate reasonably, controlling turnover by green
harvests, cutting the vines or pruning. Small cases are used to hold
the grapes during harvesting, sorting is done by hand, punch-downs
by foot and the work is organised according to the lunar calendar.
The Château de Pierreux, where the Mommessin
winery is now based, is one of the most beautiful houses in the region.
It is situated at the heart of 100 hectares of land, seventy seven
of which are Brouilly vines. It was built in the 19th century and
is the incarnation
of the nobility of the Beaujolais spirit.