A FAVORITE FROM DOMAINE DUBREUIL-FONTAINE
"We have been fans of and supported Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine wines for many years. Their (5th generation!) winemaker/proprietor Christine Dubreuil even did a 6 month internship with The Wine House back in the 1980’s. A solid producer with a style that leans more to the traditional than the modern, Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine describes the recently-released 2014 vintage as ‘classic’ and ‘charming.’ Due to the miniscule production of this wine, our supply is very limited, so act quickly to avoid disappointment! – Jim Knight, The Wine House (6/28/17)
IMPORTER’S NOTES ABOUT DOMAINE DUBREUIL-FONTAINE
If you haven’t figured it out yet, we like old, historic things at APS. We like old churches and roads, historical events and figures, and wine estates that have been around since our great-great grandmothers. Established in 1879, Dubreuil-Fontaine is a fixture of the Côte de Beaune. Christine Gruère-Dubreuil is the fifth generation and oversees a property of 20 hectares divided among the southeastern hill of Corton, and the villages of Beaune, Volnay, Pommard and her hometown, Pernand-Vergelesses. Bourgogne Aujourd’Hui, France’s leading publication on the wines of Burgundy, named her one of "Les Femmes aux Commandes," along with Anne Gros and Caroline Lestime of Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard.
Change at the estate has been patient but noticed since Pierre and his son Bernard relinquished control to Christine. After vineyard expansion in the 1970s (from the acquisition of the house Rameau-Lamarosse) and the completion of a new winery in 1985, the Domaine destined its improvement of the status quo. Christine influenced the style and more importantly, the taste of the wines. For red wines, she focused on: initial sorting taking place in vineyard, removal of all the stems, stainless steel fermentations, less punch-downs, and a glass ceiling of 30% new oak for the Grand Cru wines. The wines today are more energetic and textural, they are more Christine. She’s in a wine element of her own, Dubreuil-Fontaine 21st century woman.