Philippe Engel, grandson of the eponymous René, took over this 7 hectare domaine on the death of his father in 1981. He was only 26 at the time and subsequently made the domaine into one of the best in Vosne-Romanée.
The percentage of new oak employed has increased over the years, with 50% of the village cuvée matured in oak, whereas the Grand Crus are now aged in 50/50 new and one-year-old barrels. Philippe Engel produced big, succulent, flamboyant and individual wines which age impressively.
Tragically, Philippe died at the age of 49 while on a sailing holiday in Tahiti.
From 2006 the domaine has changed hands to the Francois Pinault group.