As with my last review this one was also a positive externality resulting from The Grand Crew’s Gary Vaynerchuk Tasting in December. Did I just use the words “positive externality”? Man, I can’t wait for May when I’ll finally graduate from the Master of Public Affairs!
Owner and Winemaker, Christine Gruere-Dubreuil, was the second of about four interested female vintners that I had to sadly turn down for the Wine Library TV tasting, since we were already booked solid. But as with Alexandrine Roy from Domaine Marc Roy, Christine also stepped up to the plate, providing me a sample of her wine for review. And also as with Alexandrine, Christine is a member of the women winemaker’s association of Burgundy, Femmes & Vins de Bourgogne.
Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine manages 20 hectares of vines in the village of Pernand-Vergelesses, located just between the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits. The family owns exactly 20 appellations of Côte de Beaune vineyards, including Aloxe-Corton, Pommard, Savigny-les-Beaune, and Volnay. They produce 21 different labels of red and white Bourgogne wine, including 6 Premier Cru, 4 Grand Cru, and 2 brandies. The domaine dates back to 1879 when Pierre Arbinet founded the estate. Later Julien’s son, Pierre Dubreuil-Fontaine, expanded the domaine, purchasing additional vineyards. Today Christine manages the operations, although her father, Bernard still plays an integral role. Regarding the winemaking, traditional Burgundian methods are used. The red grapes are fully de-stemmed and fermented in open oak vats and the whites are gently pressed and then fermented in either stainless steel vats or oak barrels. After fermentation the wine is aged in oak barrels for 12 to 18 months.
The wine under review today …
2006 Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine “Montrevenots”
Appellation: Beaune Premier Cru
Tasting Notes: 30-year old vines. 13% ABV. Violet purple in the glass. Pretty much all fruit on the nose up front, red fruits in particular, with notes of cherries. Then the nose opens up a little, suggesting some hints of violets, oak and even a refreshing wintergreeniness. Overall a fairly simple, sweet and smooth aroma profile. Lacking some expression on the attack, followed immediately by a silky smooth texture and juicy notes of strawberries, cherries, and blackberries. Again this wine is not too complex, yet has a refreshing appeal and well-balanced tannins. There’s not a whole lot on the finish, although black cherries linger the longest.
Price: 15€43 @ Direct Vin (France)