J.Bambara & Cie

The fulfillment of a lifelong dream


John Bambara’s passion for Burgundy and winemaking led him to start producing his own wine in the village of Santenay in Burgundy`s Côte d'Or. This project, the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, allowed him the opportunity to put his beliefs for this legendary region to work and to further develop his wine knowledge. Working with talented grape growers to obtain top quality fruit, the wines are made by him at his friend Anthony Olivier’s winery. This approach is different from many other "négociants" in the sense that John is involved in all stages of the winemaking process: choice of vineyards and grape growers, date of harvest, approach to winemaking, as well as decisions on aging and finishing. The wines are made without the use of additives, with only a strict minimum of sulfur and very little other intervention. The goal is to obtain the best expression of the vineyard site and vintage.


The first vintage to be released was the 2011 with two wines, a Santenay Vieilles Vignes red and a Santenay white. For the 2014 vintage the range was expanded to include two different Aligoté, one fermented in tank and the other in barrel, in addition to a Bourgogne Rouge and a barrel fermented Bourgogne Blanc. His 2011 Santenay white won the best price - value ratio in the competition "Best Chardonnay of the World " at RASPIPAV Exhibition in Montreal in November 2013.

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