Henry Frédéric Roch founded Domaine Prieuré Roch in 1988. Mindful of the wine-making traditions and pedological singularity of the Burgundy terroir, he developed and enhanced the domaine by scrupulously applying the ancestral methods of tending the vines, the vinification , and cellering which have historically made the wines of Burgundy so glorious, methods known today as “organics” and “bio-dynamics”. Becoming co-director of Romanée Conti following the death of his brother Charles, he shares his viticultural vision and his passion of fine wines with Yannick Champ, whom he has nominated co-director of Domaine Prieuré Roch.
So why did it all begin in 1988?
Because in 1988…
I had an opportunity
to buy a few small vineyards.
And to get started.
but I knew absolutely nothing,
even less than today.
It has been a great adventure,
I have no regrets at all.
I had been trying
to get involved in wine making.
To do something related to wine,
for years, for nearly a decade.
I was interested but I didn’t find
among friends I knew,
there just didn’t seem
to be a place for me.
So I had to create my own situation,
all by myself..
In 1988 I was able to do that, so I did.
The Goillote vineyard actually
was what triggered things.
I visited it in 1979 when
it was being sold,
and it was integrated into a domain,
and then it went back
on the market in 1988.
That really accelerated
my decision because…
I had fallen in love with the vineyard,
nine years before…
it was the starting gun really.