The History of Domaine de Villaine
Domaine de Villaine is located in the northern part of the Côte Chalonnaise, south of Beaune, in Burgundy. The surrounding villages have prestigious names in the wine world, such as Santenay in the Côte d'or or Rully and Mercurey, in the Côte Chalonnaise.
Already in the Middle Ages, the monks of the abbey of Cluny cultivated the vines of the region. For centuries, a very particular grape variety has grown on this terroir: the Aligoté which guarantees to produce wines with strong personality. The 18th century historian, Abbé Claude Courtépée, compared Bouzeron's Aligoté to Chablis.
In 1971, Aubert de Villaine and his wife Pamela bought the estate and renamed it after themselves. Since 2003, it is the couple's nephew who has taken over, while the de Villaine couple devotes themselves to the wines of the Domaine de la Romanée Conti.
The Domaine de Villaine vineyard
Domaine de Villaine has been cultivated in organic agriculture since 1986. It was certified by the Qualité France label in 1997. The terroir is very chalky, with thin soils. The vines, exclusively cultivated on hillsides, are located at an altitude between 270 and 350 meters. The microclimate is warmer than the average for the region and favors the ripening of the grapes.
The Domaine de Villaine vineyard covers 29.6 hectares. The 9.6 hectares dedicated to red wine are planted solely with Pinot Noir. The 20 hectares reserved for white wine are divided between 55% Chardonnay and 45% Aligoté. The average age of the vines is 45 years. The average production of Domaine de Villaine is 140,000 bottles per year.
The Golden Aligoté
The name Bouzeron is inseparable from the Aligoté grape variety. It gives the wine roundness and great finesse. The nectar is fruity and lively. The AOC Bouzeron distinguishes the production of Domaine de Villaine from all other communes where Aligoté is produced.
Since the acquisition of the domain, the Villaine family has pursued a scrupulous selection within the very old vines of Bouzeron. These are specific varieties, called "golden". The term is used in opposition to the so-called "green" type. The golden Aligoté produces a more aromatic and finer wine. On the other hand, the yield of this type is lower than the green type.
Chardonnay & Pinot Noir
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes round out the Domaine de Villaine vineyard.
The flagship wine of Domaine de Villaine: the Bouzeron Blanc
Domaine de Villaine's Bouzeron Blanc comes from Aligoté grapes grown on the most prestigious slopes of the appellation.
Domaine de Villaine's Bouzeron is lively and fruity, very fresh and always presenting a truly unique roundness, due to the originality of the terroir. It should be drunk young, between 2 and 3 years, to fully enjoy its fruitiness. However, if you prefer a fatter wine with more amplitude, you can keep it for up to 10 years, without any problem. In any case, it is best served at 12 °C.
Domaine de Villaine Bouzeron is a delightful accompaniment to seafood and fish. It can be served as an aperitif, but also with various cheeses, including goat, cantal, beaufort, parmesan or roquefort.
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