Born from an advantageous marriage in the 1920s, Domaine Georges Roumier has been producing some of the most sought-after wines from the Côte de Nuits village of Chambolle-Musigny. Georges Roumier’s new wife, Genevieve Quanquin, brought her family’s vineyards to the union, which her husband immediately began to grow and develop. But Roumier took a different path than many in his position: deciding not to purchase plots himself, he applied the French principle of metayage. The practice allowed individuals to cultivate land for an owner and in turn, is entitled to a portion of the product. Roumier initiated his plan in Musigny, then extended his efforts to Bonnes-Mares, Clos de Vougeot and eventually Ruchottes-Chamertin, where it receives nearly 70% of the harvest. Upon Georges’s death, the estate was taken over by his son, Jean-Marie. But it is Jean-Marie’s son Christophe, the domaine’s current director, who has been its strongest creative influence. Considered a true artisan by most of his colleagues, Christophe is dedicated to producing authentic wines that reflect the terroir. To align with this approach, the domaine uses very little new oak, and fermentation takes place at lower than usual temperatures to protect the fragrance and gentility of the fruit. Domaine Georges Roumier’s most impressive plots are its grand cru vineyard in Bonnes-Mares, and the premier cru Les Amoureuses vineyard in Chambolle-Musigny. These two sites are responsible for some of the fine wine world’s most acclaimed and desired wines.