The Cave des Vignerons de Buxy was founded on 30 June 1931, thanks to the efforts of 98 pioneering wine-growers from Buxy and the surrounding area.
They decided to work together to find a collective solution to their problems relating to making, storing and selling their wines.
The appellation d’origine contrôlée MONTAGNY was officially recognised by the decree of 11 September 1936. It was one of the first appellations to have been recognised. It is spread over Montagny-les-Buxy, Saint Vallerin, Jully-les-Buxy and Buxy. The appellation MONTAGNY is composed of ‘premier cru’ classifications. There are 53 of them. The most famous are: Montcuchot, Les Coères, and Les Chaniots (or Chagnots). At Montagny they are mostly situated in intermediary zones and frequently on the upper slopes.
The cellar frequently has difficulty finding place for all of the harvested grapes. Even though the size of the harvest fluctuates (16000 hl in 1935 and 5130 hl in 1938), it even resorts to stocking wines in rail tankers at Buxy station during the winter.
That is why it regularly expands its site whenever finances permit it so as to increase its vinification capacity.
Mechanisation is introduced in the Cote Chalonnaise vineyards. The first high clearance tractors replace horse in the fields.
But it is also the period when clogs and brodequins were replaced by boots!
M. Roger RAGEOT is named director of the Cave des Vignerons de Buxy.
The board employed a director for the first time and entrusted him with the tasks of managing the cooperative and developing sales and marketing so as to promote its member’s production.
This was a particularly difficult time for the market.
On 24 January 1977, the Cave de Saint Gengoux le National joined the Cave des Vignerons de Buxy. From then on the production area of the Cave des Vignerons de Buxy covered both the Cote Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais.
This means that nowadays the product range includes wines from Santenay to Cluny with appellations such as Montagny, Mercurey, Givry, Rully, Macon Villages or Macon St Gengoux, making the Cave des Vignerons de Buxy the leading partner in Burgundy for the sale of Bourgogne Aligoté.
The wine cellar’s management and board wish to improve the quality of upstream work.
From 1985 on they decided to set up technical committees and a process for selecting quality vines prior to harvesting.
This system already meant that payment varied depending upon the potential quality as observed in the vineyards prior to harvesting. This system has been supplemented and reinforced over the years.
The GIE BLASONS DE BOURGOGNE was created alongside La Chablisienne and the Caves Bailly-Lapierre.
The main remit of the GIE was to market the wines from the cellars to supermarkets. The GIE was very successful and extended its scope to export markets. In 1998, the Cave de Prissé-Sologny-Verzé joined this organisation allowing the BLASONS DE BOURGOGNE to offer a complete range of wines from Burgundy.
Playing host to the peripatetic Saint-Vincent Festival was quite an event.
The festivities were organised under the aegis of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. Decorating the villages and developing the Saint-Vincent vintage took months of preparation and involved all the winegrowers and the entire population of the villages of Montagny, Saint Vallerin, Jully les Buxy and Buxy.
For the first time, developing the vintage was a collective project. Each winegrower brought 40 kg of grapes per hectare to the Cave des Vignerons de Buxy.
The cellar produced, matured and packaged the four Saint Vincent vintages for all the producers of the appellation. It was a roaring success!!
In 2006, the Union Blasons de Bourgogne was created and the Cave des Hautes Cotes à Beaune joined the group. The underlying aim of this union is to share a common approach to other business activities: marketing, purchasing, logistics and so on.
The GIE BLASONS DE BOURGOGNE today has a turnover of 53 million euros and sales of 16 million bottles.
Modernization of fermenting cellars and barrels
The Vignerons de Buxy’s Cellar is 80 years old and now has more than 270 members.