Patriarche Père et Fils was founded in 1780 by Jean-Baptiste Patriarche making it exactly 200 years older than our company, having recently celebrated its 240th anniversary. Over the years it has grown dramatically from a small, traditional “Burgundy House” to one of the largest négociants-éleveurs in Burgundy, exporting to over 85 different markets around the world.
The scope of the company is large: it starts with the supervision of the plots and selecting of the grapes and continues by vinifying and maturing the wines. It is during the ageing process in the cellars that the wines develop their full potential, substance and structure. Patriarche is home to the most extensive cellars not just in Burgundy but in all of Europe, with “caves” that extend for five kilometres under the streets of Beaune where they receive over 45,000 visitors per year.
Patriarche Père et Fils
Our mothership until we were bought by Champagne Castelnau in 2013, Patriarche holds a dear place in our hearts having worked with them for forty years and indeed being the first wines we ever imported as a company. Their Vins de France range continues to be a benchmark for reliably good house wines and the appellation’s strength is in the freedom it gives the Patriarche winemakers to source from around France to create the best blends at affordable prices. These regional blends, which can differ from year to year, mean that consistent quality can be achieved across vintages.
Historically, as a House of Burgundy, environmental concerns have always been embedded in the Patriarche DNA. Officially though, and for many years now, they have invested in winemaking processes of the highest standard and are IFS certified and BRC grade A+. In the background Patriarche have also been working with their long-term supplier partners as part of their environmental commitments and together they achieved Terra Vitis certification across all Patriarche varietals from the 2021 vintage. Terra Vitis is an environmental certification and is found in all vine-growing regions of France.
Building on the company’s eco-credentials and already under increasing demand Patriarche’s most recent addition to their portfolio are a pair of organic Vins de France: Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Héritage range, which means legacy in French, is a range of house wines dedicated to the founder of the Patriarche institution: Jean-Baptiste Patriarche.