The Domaine René Engel, located in Vosne-Romanée in Burgundy (in the prestigious wine region of the Côte de Nuits), has a rich and complex history spanning several generations. The estate was founded in 1919 by the eponymous René Engel, a future professor of oenology at the University of Dijon and co-founder of the famous Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin in 1934 (along with his friend Jacques Prieur). Quickly, the winemaker gained a reputation for producing very high-quality wines, particularly his Vosne-Romanée appellations, considered among the best in the region. Under René's guidance, the estate thrived, developing a strong viticultural identity.
His son, Pierre Engel, inherited the family estate in 1949 when René decided to retire. Unfortunately, Pierre fell gravely ill in the 1970s and could no longer care for the vineyard, which was nearly abandoned. He passed away in 1981, five years before his father René. Philippe Engel, René's grandson, took over the family business afterward. Thanks to him, the Domaine René Engel rose from its ashes and regained its prominence in the Burgundian landscape.
Regrettably, Philippe's last vintage was in 2004. He passed away suddenly in 2005, marking a significant event for the Engel family. The following year, François Pinault, a French businessman and owner of the global luxury group Kering, acquired the small estate. Unable to legally use the name "Domaine René Engel" following the founder's death, François Pinault decided to change the name. Thus, the "Domaine d'Eugénie" was born in 2006.
With the creation of the Domaine d'Eugénie, the vineyards and terroirs of the Domaine René Engel continued to be maintained and operated by François Pinault and his team. Significant investments were made to maintain and even enhance the quality of wines produced from these historic vineyards. Thus, although the name of the estate changed with the new owner, the Domaine d'Eugénie represents a respectful continuation of the winemaking legacy of the Domaine René Engel, showcasing the richness of the Burgundian terroir and the quality of its wines.