2019 Domaine de Villaine Rouge 'La Fortune'
Highly allocated! Personal domaine of Aubert de Villaine - proprietor and director of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti! This is still an "under-the-radar" estate and a crazy bargain for the quality and pedigree of this wine! 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. This rouge is so silky and aromatic, reminiscent of strawberries and cherries. Open it over the next five years to fully enjoy its bright, fresh character. Organically farmed. 20-25 year old vines.
91 points, Decanter Magazine. "La Fortune is a single lieu-dit on the slopes above the northern portion of the village of Bouzeron, planted to young vines. This is fermented in open-top wood fermenters, with about one-third whole clusters to produce this forward, accessible wine, with a lovely cherry fruit scented with violets. On the palate, the wine is fresh and youthful, lacking the substance of La Digoine."
90 points, James Suckling. "This has a pretty nose of mulberries, wild raspberries, violets, chocolate orange and red tea. It’s medium-bodied and bright with fine-grained, lightly chalky tannins. Stones and minerals underneath the high-toned red fruit. Drink or hold."