This domaine was originally tended by Franck Peillot's father as a farm on which vines were only a small part of the focus and only one wine was made. However, things began to move up several gears when Franck came home to work the land alongside him in the early 1980s.
For one thing, they expanded their holdings as Franck shouldered more of the burden and stretched the domaine from 1.5 hectares in total to become 6.5 hectares of vines. Over the years Franck has added more and more parcels of land, often with very old vines that once belonged to a someone making wine for themselves, and now tends local varieties altesse (also known as roussette) and mondeuse, with a little chardonnay and pinot noir.
The slopes on which his vines thrive are in an area called Bugey, on hills that form the last hurrah of the Jura Mountains, and Franck is based in the village of Montagnieu south of Cerdon and some 60kms north-east of Lyons. His domaine encompasses two soil types, clay in some parts and gravelly limestone in others.
He farms sustainably, using as few treatments as he can to protect his vines In the cellar he uses only indigenous yeasts, fermenting in small 15 to 20 hectolitre vats, and avoiding any malolactic fermentation in the whites to retain their freshness. He produces 100% altesse, mondeuse, pinot noir and chardonnay wines, and sparkling wines from blends.