Clos de Bougel, which would become Malessert, was given by the priest Marin to the Order of Cluny in 996. The Order was at that time led by abbot Odilon, and represented within the region by the Romainmôtier Abbey.
The Cluniacs had by that time already conquered Europe, expanding the reach of their abbeys and of their winegrowing techniques. This was certainly true of the abbey of Valeyres-sous-Rances, which would centuries later become Domaine du Manoir.
The different terroirs on our estates, whether for white wines at Château de Malessert or red wines at Domaine du Manoir, allow us to cultivate the right grape varieties for our exceptionally sunny position, allowing them to fully express their individual characters.
In 2020, we became the owners of two vineyards in the canton of Vaud, marking the start of a new adventure. Our team includes a number of family members - all wine professionals and all passionate about wine, from cultivation to tasting.
We have ambitious plans that we hope to share with you soon. Our intention is to breath new life in our two centuries-old buildings with various large-scale wine tourism projects. Watch this space…
We aim to revitalize and develop Vaudois winegrowing and wine products while maintaining close ties to its history. The geographical position, architecture and viticulture of our two estates make them both a melting pot of that history and an ideal springboard for its discovery.
Drawing together historical architecture and modern cultivation and winemaking techniques is very important to us. We are committed to preserving essential ancient principles, combining them with reinvented flavors suited to the modern palate.