Xavier can trace his mother’s ancestors, the Monniers, back to 1723, with six generations of winegrowing. Xavier took over in 1994 after completing his oenological studies and began replanting parcels with a combination of selection massale from old vines and new clones, and updated the cellar with modern equipment. Prior to the release of the 2005 vintage, the property was known as Domaine René Monnier (Xavier's grandfather). In 2005, along with improvements in the vineyard and cellar, Xavier began bottling his wines under his own label.
“The 2014 Bourgogne Chardonnay La Grande Couture, from 1.5-hectares of vine close to Limousin, has a soft, generous, lightly honeyed bouquet. The palate is smooth in the mouth, slightly lower acidity than other 2014 generic whites that I have tasted, lending it an easy-drinking quality, slipping down the throat with ease.”