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
Seems like there is an added level of silkiness this year. The red fruit is lovely. Always a joy to drink - even when young - particularly in this vintage.
About this wine
100% Pinot Noir from vines averaging 30 years old. The 1er Cru vineyard, which has eastern exposure and favorable slope, borders Pommard. A lesser portion of this vineyard is classified as village-level.
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 15 months in oak barrels, 20% of which are new. Annual production is 1,800 bottles.
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.
Christine's view of the vintage
A pleasant early start but April was really warm. On the same day as in 2016, the frost hit but this time no real damage. The summer was dry and warm. Harvest began on August 31st, only the fourth vintage (2003, 2007 & 2011) to begin before September. The crop was healthy and abundant, producing round and fruity wines with soft tannins. Pleasant wines for earlier drinking.
Suggested Glassware: Grassl Cru
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.