Alvina Pernot | Négoce Winemaker of Puligny-Montrachet
From a distinguished family within the Puligny-Montrachet subregion, Alvina Pernot is a vigneron that broke away from family tradition to start her own micro-négoce label. As a descendant of the great Paul Pernot, she grew up among the vines of Puligny-Montrachet and was destined for greatness in the world of wine. As her father and uncle tended to the domaine throughout her younger years, she learnt all the necessary skills for making wines. This vast experience and knowledge gained from working on her grandfather’s vineyards, Domaine Paul Pernot, for 3 years, allowed her to learn the craft of producing fine wines of Burgundy.
“When we started, we didn't want to make a copy and paste of the domaine, but rather try to produce a wine in our image: reflecting our own vision of wine.” - Alvina Pernot
It was in 2018 when Alvina took the leap to start her own label, still based within Puligny-Montrachet, and with her husband Philippe Abadie alongside her. All the grapes she uses are from her grandfather’s domaine, yet she selects each parcel carefully to allow her own signature to shine through. The myriad of appellations owned by Paul Pernot gives her an incredible canvas on which she is able to draw her vision.
“We are looking to make wines with a bit more tension, so for example we chose the highest altitude parcel of the family’s four plots in Les Folatières” - Alvina Pernot
Now more established, Alvina and her husband have a new winery of their own on Puligny’s Rue de Bois. This is a space for them to master the élevage and pressing of the fruit that produces their wines, without feeling cramped within Domaine Paul Pernot. This meant that in 2020, Alvina’s most successful vintage to date, La Rue Aux Vaches was joined by another Puligny lieu-dit cuvée that’s pressed in-house, the Clos des Noyers Brets.
The destiny of Alvina and Philippe is to make remarkable wines, as demonstrated with their ongoing high-quality vintages. With being still young to the winemaking business they continue to change the game for Puligny-Montrachet and we look forward to shipping many more vintages to come.
"Within the Pernot holdings, Alvina and her husband favor earlier-picked fruit and higher-altitude parcels, but it’s the cuvées that are harvested and pressed in house that really give the measure of what we can expect in the years to come. Readers will note that all the wines are bottled under high-quality natural cork." - William Kelley - Wine Advocate