Jean-Baptiste Patriarche was a school teacher in the village of Savigny a few kilometres from Beaune. In the 1770’s he established a wine merchant business there, moving into Beaune in 1780 when church and state property was seized and sold off during the Revolution. He bought a former convent, that of the nuns of the Order of the Visitation, and the wine business that bears his name is still there today, visited by thousands of vinous pilgrims every year. The winery boasts the most extensive cellars in the Burgundy region with “caves” that extend for five kilometres under the streets of Beaune and which contain thousands of bottles of fine wine from the company’s long and distinguished history.
The ownership of the business has only passed through a handful of families since his time and was built up to its present importance by the Boisseaux family post World War II. It is now a part of the Castel Group who are Bordeaux-based, but the management of the Burgundy business is still in Beaune.
Patriarche has upped their game in the classic appellations in recent vintages, winning a string of gold and silver medals in Decanter World Wine Awards, IWC and IWSC as the investment in buying better wine and better oak barrels, and working more closely with a few top estates continues to pay off.
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