2010 Domaine A&P de Villaine Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise Rouge "La Fortune"

SKU #1108528

Aubert de Villaine still considers himself a vigneron, even though he doesn't get his hands dirty serving as co-director of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. At Domaine de Villaine, he and his wife Pamela make uniquely terroir-driven yet unassuming wines from the Côte Chalonnaise village of Bouzeron, which they call home. La Fortune is a single vineyard wine from 2.3 hectares of clay and limestone planted with 20-25 year old Pinot Noir vines. Careful selection is done in the vineyard and a minimum of 2/3 whole clusters are fermented each year. It spends 10-12 months in barrel before being bottled.

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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/24/2013 | Send Email
Grabbing a roasted chicken with potatoes from our local BBQ spot, I sped home to open my prized specimen. I love red Burgundy and I'm always on the hunt for something new and exciting. If this turned out to be good, I might be laying a few down for later. Without any decanting the wine's aromas were immediately enchanting and exactly in the style I had hoped for. Bright, fresh red berry notes with just a hint of that earthy Bourgogne thing emanating from the bottleneck. La Fortune is a single vineyard planted with 20-25 year old vines and Villaine does some whole cluster fermentation from the hand-harvested grapes. The wine spends 10-12 months in barrel which really makes a difference, I feel. The fleshiness of the red fruit is keenly balanced by the richness of the wood. While not overly present, the extra weight prevents the tartness of the acidity from overpowering the fruit. Overall, the wine is textbook, young red Burgundy, hitting all the right highs with none of the lows.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.