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.
The Côte de Beaune covers approximately 30 kilometers between the towns of Sampigny, Dezize, and Cheilly at the south (that share the Maranges cru) and the Aloxe-Corton and Ladoix-Serrigny appellations to the north. It is the named vineyards of Chassagne-Montrachet, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet that produce Burgundy’s (if not the world’s) finest white wines. The Pommard, Beaune, Volnay and Savigny appellations are famous for their Pinot Noirs of astounding expressions. Geologically, the Côte de Beaune is extremely complex. Each vineyard plot has its unique attributes that are reflected in the wines it produces. Some named vineyards provide more richness and body to the wine while others bring more minerality, finesse and acidity.
The Côte de Beaune is very fragmented and some vineyards in Pommard, Volnay, Santenay, and the southern part of Chassagne-Montrachet are situated on complex hillside fault lines. Because of this, these vineyards are more like the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation of Côte de Nuits than the neighbouring parcels in the Côte de Beaune. This is just one example of the complexity of Burgundy’s named vineyards and terroirs, the cradle of many of the greatest wines in the world.