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2020 Rully Blanc 1er Cru “Rabourcé”

Domaine De Villaine
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The expansion of the De Villaine family deep into Rully territory, with two acquisitions in 2015 and 2017 of exclusively premier cru vineyards of both colors, has been one of the most important developments in the domaine’s history. We watched and waited with great anticipation as the domaine did all the important work necessary to get to the point where they could proudly release wines such as this one: old-vine Chardonnay from one of the top terroirs of the Côte Chalonnaise, worked organically by their talented vineyard crew, patiently aged to perfection in cask, and bottled with the utmost care. The domaine has overachieved with village-level Burgundy for decades. Now we get to see them do it with premier cru vineyards!

Dixon Brooke

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chardonnay
Appellation: Rully
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine A. & P. de Villaine
Vineyard: 60 years average
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 14%

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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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Inspiring Thirst

A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117

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