With no vineyards in the family Sylvain Pataille had to start from scratch when he felt he wanted a domaine of his own. He went to wine school in Beaune at the age of 14 and then to wine university in Bordeaux in order to become an oenologist.
His first vintage was in 1999, when he was still working as an oenologist at the lab. Having qualified as an enologist in 1997 he still consults for another 20 domaines in the Cote D’Or among them Tortochot and Chateau de la Tour.
Nowadays the domaine farms 15ha of land in Marsannay.
Le Chapitre is located at west of the village of Chenôve and for this reason the AOC decided to leave it outside the Marsannay appellation in 1987. In the 16th and 17th centuries it was considered to be on par with the grand crus. But today it is still classified as Bourgogne. This is made from 1ha of 25, 40 and 70yo vines. 100% whole cluster, indigenous yeasts. Matured for 18 months in older barrels; unfined, unfiltered, low sulfur added only at bottling.
Chapitre has more elegance, more concentration, and more structure than Clos du Roy. The soil is the same. White clay, rich in iron. Le Chapitre is warmer. It is the steepest slope of the appellation. It’s the first vineyard to be harvested.