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2020 Bouzeron

Domaine de Villaine
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There is much chatter these days in Burgundy about the future potential of the Aligoté grape, a future in which acidity may be more at a premium than ripeness was a few decades ago. This domaine has long realized the potential for this historical Burgundian white grape, planting their best terroirs to its most qualitative clone and forging Burgundy’s only Aligoté appellation. Made from hillside fruit aged in foudre and sporting its characteristic freshness and energy, the de Villaine Bouzeron is a staple of the KLWM Burgundy portfolio and a timeless classic.

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Aligoté Doré
Appellation: Bouzeron
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine A. & P. de Villaine
Winemaker: Aubert de Villaine
Vineyard: 10 - 90 years old, 12.5 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone, Marl
Aging: The wine is raised for 10 to 12 months depending on the vintage
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

Burgundy

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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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Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch