An interview from one of our favorite websites and bookmarked resource for information on the wines of Burgundy, Bergman’s Bourgogne.
Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier in Chambolle-Musigny has been running the domaine that bears his name since the mid-1980′s. Over the years he has acquired a very down-to-earth view on his work.
– I don’t have a very romantic idea of winemaking, he explains. It’s not a creative process. The creation is done by nature. I’m just in charge of providing the proper environment for the grapes to transform themselves into wine.
Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier is sitting in his office in the Château de Chambolle-Musigny at the top of the village. He is talking about his work as a winemaker, his philosophy. After a quarter of a century in this profession it all boils down to one thing, the work with nature. That’s what he finds most rewarding.
– Many young winemakers see it as a challenge, he continues. They see it as a creative thing, crafting the wine. But I would say it is the wrong approach. Every young winemaker does that. I used to be like that when I was young. I saw winemaking as a challenge and that I would be the greatest winemaker in the world and make the greatest wine.