In 1850 Jean-Marie Labruyère, vigneron, settled in Les Thorins, a hamlet of Romanèche-Thorins, acquiring 10 hectares of well-sited vineyards. Since then several generations have run the estate, ultimately acquiring Clos du Moulin-à-Vent, the unique monopole (wholly owned by the family) in the region, the vineyard situated alongside the iconic windmill. The estate is now overseen by seventh generation, Edouard Labruyère who took over the estate in 2008.
Convinced that their plots are located in the best terroirs he has reinvigorated the Domaine, with the help of celebrated oenologist Nadine Gublin and Michel Rovere (Chef de culture). Fundamental to all of the family holdings; Burgundy, Pomerol, Champagne and Moulin à Vent are shared values – family, hard work and respect for nature. Observing individual characteristics in various parcels of the vineyards, Edouard has taken his influences from Burgundy, establishing designated vineyards. This led to three specific, characterful cuvees: Champ de Cour, Le Carquelin and the monopole Le Clos. Edouard’s vision is both to establish a world class reputation and to pass on a great estate to future generations. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with his successors in mind.