Sylvain Boutée is not really a Southern guy since he is originally from… Maroilles, on the Belgian border! Yet, Sylvain was immersed in wine from a very young age since both his parents were wine merchants. At the age of 15, he left for the viticole high-school of Beaune, then continued his studies in Bordeaux where he trained in oenology and finally finished with a diploma in wine trade in Montpellier. During his numerous internships, he realized that working for a winery didn’t interest him that much, and that he preferred the winemaking aspects. In 2003, he came across a parcel of 50 year old vines that were about to be uprooted (10 hectares in one piece). His parents joined him and formed the Clos des Boutes, let the adventure begin! In 2004, Sylvain initiated the conversion to organic and in 2012 to biodynamics. The entire estate will be certified by Demeter in 2018. Today, Sylvain produces juices that are both generous and accessible, that call for conviviality, pleasure and sharing.
The name of the cuvée (which translates as “Head North!”) is a nod to Sylvain's northern roots in Belgium, and his desire to produce a cuvée that is "more northern than southern"! An elegant nose with notes of lily of the valley, pear, and minerals. The palate is full-bodied and rounded.