Luc Camus runs this family domaine of 7.53 ha of principally Savigny, comprising two premiers crus, two village wines, some bourgognes as well as some Beaune and Pommard. It is remarkable for the high average age of the vines.
Luc’s succession occurred in difficult circumstances, following the untimely death of his father in 1961, when Luc was only 12 years old. He took over the domaine in 1971, and although forced to accept the burdens of responsibility at an early age, Luc has had the strength of character to carry them cheerfully and successfully. He has boundless energy, directed by a keen natural intelligence and expressed in a charming manner – at once relaxed, serious and vigorous. Even by comparison with other outstanding Côte d’Or producers he is animated, highly motivated (as he says, ‘C’est la motivation qui fait tout’), passionate and vibrant. He is committed to producing wines of the highest possible quality for the terroir and the vintage. With that ideal in mind, he devotes great attention to detail at every stage, relishing even the most physical tasks in the vineyard and winery.
The domaine’s heart is in the commune of Savigny-lès-Beaune. On account of its baffling diversity of exposures, soils and subsoils, this has been described as ‘the most divided vignoble in Burgundy’. The best sites for red wines are on the opposite hillsides rising up from the River Rhoin and the valley of Fontaine-Froide which shelters the village of Savigny-lès-Beaune itself. Those on the Pernand-Vergelesses side, on the slopes of the charmingly named Bois de Noël, face south and south-east, the soils being gravelly, sandy marl. Those on the Beaune side, on the slopes of Mont Battois, face east and north-east, the soil being more sandy and less stony.
Domaine Camus-Bruchon has holdings in prime sites on both sides of the valley – adjacent premiers crus Aux Gravains and Les Lavières and village Aux Grands Liards on the Pernand-Vergelesses side, premier cru Les Narbantons on the Beaune side.