DOMAINE DE VILLAINE

DOMAINE DE VILLAINE

BOUZERON
Owner:
De Villaine Family
Manager:
Pierre de Benoist
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Domaine de Villaine is located in Bouzeron, nestled in the Côte Chalonnaise region between Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay to the north and Rully and Mercurey to the south. Aubert and Pamela de Villaine bought this domaine in 1973. Their nephew, Pierre de Benoist, applies since his arrival in 2001, the same rigor and discipline transmitted by his uncle to work in the vineyards: organic agricultural methods, control of the yield through selective planting, manual harvesting, natural vinification…
DOMAINE DE VILLAINE

The White wines from the Aligoté grape have made Bouzeron's reputation. As early as 1730, the historian (some might say early travel writer) Abbé Courtépée, in his Description du Duché de Bourgogne, praised their distinctive caracter: dry, yet delicate, and distinguished by roundness and finesse so cherished in the varietal. Aligoté has long been cultivated in Burgundy, formerly in a position of favor on the slopes of the Côte d'Or's great white villages of Meursault and Pernand-Vergelesses. The dictates of popular taste led to its replacement by such better-known grapes as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and today Aligoté has been largely relegated to flatter regions with richer soils which produce an abundance of Bourgogne Aligoté that doesn't live up to its potential. In 1979 its Aligotés were awarded seperate Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée status among Bourgogne Aligotés, and 1997 saw the creation of the full-fledged seperate Bouzeron Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée

Planted with vines by the monks of Cluny in the Middle Ages, this small, sunny valley has a rich and lengthy tradition of producing quality wines which reflect their exceptional terroir. Here, vines are grown exclusively on the slopes : the nutrient-poor, limestone-rich soil allows precise yield control, while a warm microclimate favours ripening of the grapes.