Harmony and wisdom are words that we think best describe the wines of Pierre Fenal and the man himself. The ex-banker, also a fashion and garment industry professional, bought one of Rudolf Steiner’s books about biodynamic farming at a Parisian flea market by happenstance. It was the starting point of his journey to vines.
In 2002, he purchased his first 2.5 hectares of vines in Maranges and the Haute Côtes de Beaune after working with natural wine pioneers such as Trapet, Lapierre, and Emmanuel Giboulot. Located in Saint-Aubin, he now also rents and owns vines in Santenay, Monthelie and Corton (including a plot of Le Corton itself).
The plots where he works are some of the most bio-diversified vineyards we have ever seen. From prestige Grand Crus, for example, Corton Charlemagne (both red and white), to the underlooked Monthelie, the wines are treated in the same way and hence equally interesting. The ecology equilibrium of his vineyards is perfectly demonstrated with biodynamic practices and through the vitality of his wines. We were immediately imbursed with his passion, knowledge, attention to detail, and his respect for nature when we first met. The wines are some of the best non-oaky styles burgundies you can find.
The name Belles Lies (beautiful lees) derives from a practice developed by 17th-century monks who would dry their barrels and rub them with the lees from the vintage.