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Pierre Fenals (Maison En Belles Lies)

Pierre Fenals (Maison En Belles Lies)

Pierre Fenals, the magician of Maison En Belles Lies, an ex-fashion and garment industry professional, by happenstance he bought one of Rudolf Steiner’s book about biodynamic farming on a whim at a Parisian flea market, and thus began his journey from cloth to vine.

His path to a winemaker included cows raising, working with natural wine pioneers such as Trapet, Lapierre, and Emmanuel Giboulot. In 2002 he purchased his first 2.5 hectares of vines in Maranges and in the Haute Côtes de Beaune.

Pierre’s winery is located in Saint-Aubin and he now also rents and owns vines in Santenay, Monthelie and Corton (including a plot of Le Corton itself).

As we first met, we immediately felt imbursed with his passion and knowledge, the attention to details, and the respect to the terroir. As for the name Belles Lies, it derives from a practice developed by 17th-century monks who would dry their barrels and rub them with the lees from the vintage.