Arnaud and Catherine Tessier loves their vineyards. In fact, when we first visited their small cellar in the heart of Meursault, Arnaud was nowhere to be found. It was only until around 9:00 PM that he strolled in with his head lamp on, wearing work clothes were a reflection of the terroir he was born to be the steward of. In fact, their work ethic has become famous around town, with fellow producers conceding that they have some of the most immaculate vineyards in all of Meursault. There are no gimmicks here, it is the Tessiers and their vineyards. Period.
Arnaud started working the vineyards with his father when he was just 14 years old. After his father died suddenly and tragically in 2009, Arnaud was thrust into the spotlight of leading a domaine at the age of 21. His wife Catherine joined him at the domaine shortly thereafter. The holdings here have always been some of the best, with prime parcels in the best crus of the village, including Charmes-Desuss (directly adjacent to Comtes Lafon’s parcel), Poruzot-Dessus, and Genevrieres-Dessus. The vineyard work is fully organic with careful ploughing by horse. In the cellar, they use indigenous yeast for the fermentation and allows the wines to go through a long and slow elevage. The work that this dynamic duo put in have put them squarely in the conversation among the top producers of Meursault.