In the 1970s, Aubert de Villaine and his American wife, Pamela, settled in the village of Bouzeron, well-situated between Chassagne-Montrachet, Santenay, Rully, and Mercurey, in the Côte Chalonnaise. However high-profile his day job as co-director of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti was, Aubert still considers himself a vigneron like any other, and Bouzeron’s off-the-beaten-path location left him alone to make his own wines without the demands of upholding an international reputation. The domaine was horribly run-down when the de Villaines took over, but years of studying this unique terroir have made them pioneers in one of the last forgotten enclaves of Burgundy. The monks of the great abbey of Cluny first planted vines here in the twelfth century, leaving a legacy that has endured for centuries. Consequently, the grape variety that reigns supreme today is the white Aligoté—an unusual celebrity given its work-horse reputation in the middle of Chardonnay country. Bouzeron boasts the best Aligoté in Burgundy, the Aligoté Doré (instead of the lesser clone, Aligoté Vert) which gives smaller yields to produce wines with more expressive aromatics. Although the grape was overlooked until 1979 when it first earned the appellation Bourgogne Aligoté de Bouzeron, the INAO finally upgraded the appellation to AOC Bouzeron in 1997, largely due to Aubert’s advocacy over the years. De Villaine’s single vineyard Bourgognes, both in blanc and rouge, are equally outstanding representations of the unlikely pedigree found in this corner of the region. Domaine de Villaine—now led by Aubert’s nephew Pierre de Benoist—farms 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 and Pierre stand by with great conviction.
Beaujolais Nouveau release day is undeniably a celebration of this year’s harvest, but it is also a day to put the spotlight on all that Beaujolais has to offer. Today, along with Domaine Dupeuble’s 2020 Nouveau, we are featuring Beaujolais’s reds, whites, and rosés from each regional classification
If there is one thing we have all learned to expect this year, it is the unexpected. Even so, here we are, right on time with our annual Champagne sale—and, boy, is Champagne in order! In case you’re feeling a little humbuggish, convinced there is nothing to celebrate, I asked our three Champagne producers why it’s always appropriate to pop a cork
When traveling the wine route in France and Italy, I come across fine olive oil almost as often as I come across fine wine. Of course, these are the two staples of the diet in this part of the world...
Here at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant we don’t believe in selling anything mediocre, and we would certainly not put our name on a wine we didn’t believe in. So our values are just that, wines that are full of value and quality.
Going into 2017, it had been a few decades since we added a winemaking family to our Beaujolais portfolio. With the likes of Lapierre, Foillard, Thivin, and Thévenet, just to name a few, there seemed to be no need to expand that cohort of all-stars. Then we stumbled across the reds of Quentin Harel
The wines in this collection offer a genuine taste of Tuscany’s varied terroirs, encapsulating a long history of working the land that persists to this day. They are a taste of the earth, conjuring all the images that make us dream about the pastel shades of a Tuscan sunset.
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