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
An excellent wine from a stellar vintage. At 10 years from the vintage, there is some bricking in the pale burgundy color. The nose offers hints of maturing red fruit. Presently, the acid is a bit pronounced, giving the impression of being light bodied and quite feminine. While I think this will always be a rather juicy wine, I believe this is just a phase as the tannins continue to resolve. Over the next 10+ years, look for it to evolve nicely but already the purity of the wine is a delight.
About this wine
100% Pinot Noir from plots totaling 2 hectares. The vines were about 30 years old. The 1er Cru vineyard is mid-slope facing southeast. The soil is a light, gravelly blend of clay and limestone.
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, 15% 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
An outstanding and classic vintage - certainly the best since 2005, and possibly its equal. While the weather often threatened ripening, a glorious end of season sealed the deal. The calling cards of 2010 are balance, profoundness and vigor.
Glassware Suggestion: 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.