Since 2010, Yannick Champ is the co-director of the Domaine Prieuré Roch. Originally from Paris, he met Henry Frédéric Roch in 2003 and left the Faculty of medicine to become “vigneron” (wine maker). He did Masters in Vineyard studies in Dijon while Henry taught him his art of culture and natural vinification. Today he represents, with Henry, the spirit and the fame of the Domaine Prieuré Roch.
Ever since working here,
I can’t really speak about
vintages before my arrival in 2003.
It was my first vintage year.
the previous vintages many times,
but as I didn’t have a hand
in making them,
it’s difficult to provide insights.
Therefore since 2003:
The vintage year
that stands out the most is 2004.
2004 was extremely difficult,
between the work in the vineyards,
and the difficulty to vinify,
because it was only a half harvest.
only small amounts in the tanks,
and also I was very inexperienced
at the time…
It was a vintage
that was massacred by the press,
didn’t expect at all.
But today in 2010,
so six years later,
turned to be
one of the best vintages,
that this domain has produced.