Minimum purchase 6 bottles (or equivalent of 4500mL) mix and match with other Direct wines from this producer. Purchases must be in multiples of 6. Ships directly from winery to you in a few weeks - $4/bottle for 12 or more & $6/bottle for 6 per producer.
Our tasting impressions
I'll share my little secret, of the three excellent Cortons at this address, the Perrières is my favorite. Funny, thing is, I am not entirely sure why. It's not as sexy as Bressandes or as regal as Clos du Roi. Maybe what the French call Je ne sais quoi... Sure it leans rustic but I find it expressive and transparent. The 2017 floats my boat again. It was playing a bit of peekaboo with me but the gorgeous, earthy fruit was there.
About this wine
100% Pinot Noir from vines averaging 35 years old. The grapes are harvested by hand, sorted and de-stemmed. The 18-day fermentation is in stainless steel vats with punching down occurring twice a day. The wine spends 20 months in oak barrels, 30% of which are new. Annual production is 2,000 bottles, the fewest of the Domaine’s Grand Cru Cortons.
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.