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2019 Rully Blanc 1er Cru “Cloux”

Domaine de Villaine
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When the estate purchased this vineyard right before the 2018 vintage, they were particularly enthusiastic, as it had an old and near-forgotten reputation of being one of the best in Rully. The parcel is perfectly set mid-slope, facing the rising sun, with natural spring water bubbling up (key in hot, dry years like this one). De Villaine is thrilled to do their part to restore that reputation. This wine contains serious energy, with aromatic finesse, refined bitter notes, and a long, elegant finish—sure signs of great things to come.

Chris Santini


Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2019
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chardonnay
Appellation: Rully
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine A. & P. de Villaine
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About The Region

Burgundy

map of Burgundy

In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.

To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.

Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.

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Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

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