Henri Prudhon born in Saint-Aubin in 1921, is at the origin of the estate.
Son of a winegrower, he married in 1945. That is how the HENRI PRUDHON estate was born, from the wine-producing heritage that each spouse inherited from previous generations.
Their second child Gérard, born in 1949, was fascinated by this wonderful craft and came back to work with his parents. In those days, the estate's harvest was mostly sold as grape must or wine to the region's wine merchants.
In the early 80s, Gérard wanted to develop bottling and direct marketing activities, well aware of the quality potential the estate wines possessed.
The operation grew with the acquisition of new plotsin Saint-Aubin, followed by Chassagne Montrachet and Puligny Montrachet. More and more of the production was sold in bottles by the estate. Foreign markets took an interest in the Saint-Aubin appellation due to its proximity with the great Montrachet vintages and its reasonable prices. The HENRI PRUDHON estate quickly took advantage of this situation to establish a lasting presence on the English and American markets thanks to the work of well-known importers such as Neal Rosenthal in New York and Richards Walford in London.
Nowadays, the domain is managed by Gérard's two children, Vincent and Philippe, who respectively hold a degree in wine marketing and oenology. They continue the work the previous generations began, by bottling new appellations, developing new markets, erecting a building dedicated to preparing orders, modernising the cellar and vineyard equipment, etc.
Nowadays, the HENRI PRUDHON estate represents:
- 14.5 hectares of vineyard
- 90,000 bottles/year
- 85% of its business is export (see our distributors' page)