Have you heard of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, reverently referred to in wine circles as DRC? Widely considered to be the greatest Burgundy, if not red wine, in the entire world, it also commands staggeringly high prices (if you can even manage to get your hands on it) with current vintages of its eponymous vineyard's bottling selling for over $20,000 per bottle. That's not a typo, they really go for $20k!
But did you know that Aubert de Villaine, heir to the DRC estate and its most famous manager and director, also owns a small estate in the town of Bouzeron in Burgundy's Cote Chalonnaise?
Aubert and his wife Pamela purchased this run down estate in the early 1970s, seeking somewhere to make wines in his own style without all of the fame and pressure that his international acclaim (and $20k price tags) bring.
The de Villaines farm three appellations within the Côte Chalonaise, namely Bouzeron (Aligoté), Rully (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) and Mercurey (Pinot Noir). Their single-vineyard parcels are stunning examples of what this complex and amazing terroir can yield. Though their wines are quite enjoyable young, their ability to age well is what one might expect from a master such as de Villaine. Much of this is due to both the diversity of his vinestock and his organic and biodynamic methodology in the vineyards, both of which Aubert stands by with great conviction. He also ferments his Mercureys and Rully rouge in wood tanks, a style adopted from DRC.
We have received tiny allocations of five of Aubert's amazing wines- three single cru Chardonnays and two Pinot Noirs. Click on any to learn more about the individual wine.