In 1989, Muriel and Jean-Philippe took over the 14 hectare family estate (the former Domaine René Dussauge), handed down over five generations of wine growers. Domaine Jean-Philippe Baptista is located in Bussières, a pretty village in the "Val Lamartinien" (Lamartine Valley) in southern Burgundy, about ten kilometres west of Macon. The richness of our terroir, lying on the sunny slopes of the Maconnais wine region, enables us to produce a wide range of wine. The Gamay grape, from which the MÂCON BUSSIERES red wine is produced, thrives on the granite sand soils. The clay-limestone soils are ideally suited to the Chardonnay and we produce MÂCON BUSSIERES white wines with good ageing potential. This terroir is also conducive to the production of BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, the other white grape of Burgundy. A proportion of the MÂCON BUSSIERES white is vinified and aged in oak barrels, as is the Pinot Noir for the BOURGOGNE ROUGE (red Burgundy) appellation. Winemaking at the Domaine is very traditional yet uses the most modern technical facilities and equipment. The vats are temperature controlled in order to carry out vinifications at low temperature to ensure the grapes' aromas are fully preserved. The Domaine works with skilled winemakers who follow each vintage, from harvesting to bottling. The Domaine sells its wines directly from the property, and at fifteen or so shows and wine fairs in France and Belgium. The wines are also available in some wine stores in the Paris area.