Our roots are deep, like the vines
Pascal PRUNIER was born on October 23, 1964, in Auxey Duresses. He is the eldest son of Jean Pierre and Andrée PRUNIER. Though his mother is from the Morvan, his father is the son of Jean PRUNIER, grape-grower, and well-known figure in Auxey Duresses at the head of a large family. The name Prunier is still widely known and associated with the village.
At the end of high school Pascal entered the school of viticulture in Beaune and he settled down when he was not yet 20 years old, in 1983. At this time, his estate consisted of 3 ha of vines, all rented. And so he started working, relentlessly.
In 1999 Pascal married Christine BONHEUR. Christine’s family is of agricultural origin, and she is an Engineer by training. Though she is not from a winemaking family, the two names sound lovely together. To honor her contribution to the business, they immediately decided to rename the estate Domaine PRUNIER BONHEUR.
The estate now covers 8 ha made up of plots of diverse sizes in the communes of Saint Romain, Auxey Duresses, Meursault, Monthelie, Pommard and Beaune, a wide range of terroirs which makes the work of crafting wines from each terroir exciting.
We are winemakers and grape-growers, or as we like to say, “wine-growers,” in our very soul, heart, and spirit. The values of Burgundy drive us and we put all our efforts into making wines that are representative of their terroirs.
The vine is a perennial crop whose longevity can equal, and sometimes exceed, a human life. At the winegrower’s level, this encapsulates the notion of transmission and multiple generations.
An eternal cycle, this is how we can see the profession of winegrower: year after year, the same vines are surrounded with the same care and the same attention. But what pleasure, and such pride, vintage after vintage, to elaborate on what the earth gives us and tells us about the growing season.
Thus, the magic of Burgundy is renewed annually despite the single-varietal cultivation, the grapes are the vectors of their terroir and the climatology of their vintage. Each year they give us cuvées that write the history of Burgundy. Our rules of work and life can be summed up in three words: passion, respect, and humility.