From Our Cellar

Dubreuil-Fontaine Beaune 1er Cru Clos Berthet (Monopole) 2017

About this wine

Along with our private label Chablis Vaulorent, this is VDLT's best selling white wine over the years.

 

A Monopole is a Burgundy vineyard with a single owner.  The vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  The red is classified village while the white is 1er Cru.  Dubreuil-Fontaine produces both from their 1 hectare.

 

The Chardonnay, from vines which on average are 30 years old, are harvested by hand, sorted and de-stemmed. Fermentation is traditional in oak barrels with stirring of the lees. The wine ages 12 months in oak barrels, 25% of which are new. Annual production is 5,300 bottles.

 

About the grape

Chardonnay is the most popular wine variety in the world - and in the US. Winemakers love the green-skinned grape as well because it’s so easy to grow and adaptive to many different production techniques. Grown everywhere, Chardonnay’s greatest expressions are widely believed to come from Burgundy. Indeed, this is believed to be where the grape originated. Chablis, in Northern Burgundy and Champagne also offer superlative examples of Chardonnay.

 

About the Vintage (Domaine perspective)

Good weather to start 2017, including a very warm April.  Then frost hit on the same day as the prior year but without harm to the vines.  The summer was warm and dry.  A fine harvest began on August 31st - only the fourth vintage to start in August.  Christine is pleased with the quality and the volume of the crop.

 

Our tasting impressions

Clos Berthet is often our favorite white chez Dubreuil-Fontaine and the 2017 only fortifies that claim.  Deep, expressive aromas that are unmistakably Chardonnay.  The medium bodied wine has great lift.  One of our members says, "it dances!"  The tasty fruit flavors, which lean more tropical than than citrus, have good length.  A real delight now but in several years the experience will likely be more provocative.

 

On your table

Serve at cellar temperature .

2017
Chardonnay
Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine

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Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine

Christine Dubreuil is a fifth-generation winemaker and owner of this Domaine located in Pernand-Vergelesses. The wines are elegant, charming, and delicious - each wonderfully depicting its vineyard.

 

The Domaine offers 28 wines from 22 different appellations. The 20-hectare estate is sizable, by VDLT standards and generates close to 100,000 bottles per year.

 

Christine is a recognized leader in supporting women winemakers. Her daughter Clementine, who is training with mom, appears to be following in her footsteps.

 

Chief has known Christine and her family for many years. They have spent many wonderful evenings enjoying great food and splendid older vintages from the Dubreuil-Fontaine cellar.