Mix and match with other Direct wines from this producer for minimum purchase of 6 bottles (or equivalent of 4500mL) per producer. Purchases must be in multiples of 6. Ships directly from winery to you in a few weeks - $4/bottle for 12 (+$2 if order less than $400) or more & $6/bottle for 6 (+$2 if order less than $200) per producer.
Our tasting impressions
From the great 2005 vintage comes this splendid 1er Cru. It remains youthful and structured but the tannins are fine. What impressed most about this Burgundy is the integration. There are no defining elements that standout, just the whole harmonious, well-balanced package. I expect it will generously rears mid and even ling-term cellaring, despite how attractive and satisfying it is now.
About this wine
100% Pinot Noir from vines that were about 35 years old. The 1er Cru vineyard is mid-slope and has eastern exposure. The shallow soil is composed of red clay on top of limestone rock.
The grapes are harvested by hand, sorted and de-stemmed. The 15-day fermentation is in stainless steel vats with punching down occurring twice a day. The wine spends 12-15 months in oak barrels, 25% of which are new.
About the Grape
Pinot Noir is an ancient grape from eastern France. Notoriously challenging, it thrives in cooler climates. The concept of terroir is most closely identified with Burgundy because the lightness of Pinot Noir enables it to so transparently express minor differences (which is why experienced tasters can discern the difference in wines produced from vineyards in very close proximity). Intense popularity resulted in plantings all over the world but most agree that its finest expression is in the Côte d’Or of Burgundy.
About the Vintage
Many experts consider 2005 the best vintage for red Burgundy in this young millennium because of the heights capable of the top wines but also consistency across appellations. Fiercely backward and surly for most of their lives, many of the wines are coming around as the tannins resolve and blend with the fruit and acidity. In general, they are seriously concentrated Pinot Noirs.
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Christine Dubreuil is a fifth-generation winemaker and owner of this Domaine located in Pernand-Vergelesses. Her wines are elegant, charming, and delicious - each wonderfully depicting its vineyard.
The Domaine makes more than 20 different wines. The 20-hectare estate is sizable, by VDLT standards and generates close to 100,000 bottles per year.
Christine is a leader in supporting women winemakers. Her daughter Clémentine, 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.