“Domaine Fabien Coche ... is one of the most underrated sources of high-quality white Burgundy in the Côte de Beaune. Alain Coche took his time, leaving his wines on the lees to mature at a leisurely pace for two winters, and produced classically balanced, textbook Meursault that evolved beautifully in the cellar; today, his son Fabien follows suit…"
— Wine Advocate, May 2019
Hailing from one of Burgundies most famed families (Coche-Dury was part of the same domaine until 1940 and is now run by his cousin Raphael), Fabien Coche took over the family Domaine in 2005. Owing 12 hectares of vineyards spreading across Meursault, Monthelie, Pommard and Auxey-Duresses, Fabien has quickly become one of the most notable Coche of the current generation.
THE FAMILY HERITAGE
In the 1920s, Léon Coche started his domain after acquiring 6 parcels in Meursault, Auxey-Duresses and Monthélie. He started to bottle his wine but most his grapes were sold to négociants. After he died, he passed the estate to his 3 children.
In 1940, Julien Coche founded Domaine Julien Coche-Debord with just a single hectare in Meursault. The estate was expanded with some of his inheritance from his father Léon and was further enlarged when his son, Alain. Alain’s son Fabien joined the family estate in 1991. Wines have been produced under the label Domaine Alain Coche-Bizouard until 2013 but now the estate is known as Domaine Fabien Coche.
Georges took over his share of the family estate in 1964 and expanded his holdings with parcels in the Volnay Premier Crus of Clos des Chênes and Les Taillepieds. In 1973, Jean-François Coche took over from his father Georges, and added the surname of his wife, Dury, to the estate. In 2010, Jean-François’ son Raphael took over the family domain as the 4th generation of Coche.
The inheritance of Léon’s daughter, Marthe, eventually passed to her daughter Geneviève who married Guy Roulot of Domaine Roulot. That estate is now ran by their son, Jean-Marc Roulot.