Domaine de Villaine Bouzeron 2017
Picked and sorted by hand, the grapes are put "whole" on the press. Pneumatic pressing is slow and gentle to obtain clear juices without astringency. The musts ferment in barrels, vats and oak barrels, where the temperature is controlled to preserve the freshness and the specific aromas of each wine.
This gives a particularly intense wine to the nose with floral notes of white flowers completed in the mouth by a sensation of white flesh fruit. The acidity that remains present brings a nice freshness, a salt sensation that makes it very digestible.
The 26ha of Domaine de Villaine are centred in Bouzeron an area first planted to the vine by the monks of Cluny in the middle ages, situated just south of the Cote d’Or and north of Rully. Here the poor soils and limestone-rich slopes are reserved for Bouzeron’s speciality, Aligote. The impeccable terroir here shows that given a chance to shine, this is a grape variety that can produce wonderfully characterful, harmonious wines. The Domaine is run by Pierre de Benoist who is the nephew of the Domaine’s founder, Aubert de Villaine, and is fiercely committed to producing wines of outstanding quality in as environmentally friendly a way as possible. The Estate has been certified organic since 1986 and Pierre has been making bio-dynamic trials. Yields are low, up to 20% less than the maximum allowed for AOC rules, and picking is by hand at optimal maturity. The heart of the estate lies in the oft-forgotten Aligoté grape. In Bouzeron the Aligotée Doré grape takes centre stage, a variety that is lower- cropping than its more widely-planted cousin Aligoté vert. At Domaine de Villaine it takes pride of place, reserved for the best vineyard sites the prime, steep limestone- rich slopes, and here it shows just how striking the wines can be.
De Villaines reference wine not only comes from the best slopes of the Appellation, but is also produced exclusively from the yellow-skinned variety Aligoté doré, which provides lower yields and more aromatic expression. The wine can inspire in its youthful fruit just as much as with the suppleness and complexity of up to ten years of bottle aging.
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