The jovial Xavier Monnot was introduced to us by Pierre-Yves Colin. They have been great friends since their early twenties, when they did their military conscription together. Frankly we cannot imagine any combative army centred around this affable duo! In 2006, Xavier assumed control of a wonderfully endowed Meursault domaine – largely ex-Rene Monnier, whose holdings include smart parcels of Meursault Charmes, Puligny Folatieres and Volnay Clos des Chenes, which sits very conveniently behind the church at the back of the village. The house is grand, with its own Clos vineyard and beautifully maintained, funded by significant fruit sales to those gluttonous negociants over the years. Slowly Xavier has been fine-tuning things, to the point where he is now keen to change the focus of the business and establish his own label.