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Domaine de Villaine is located in Bouzeron, nestled in the Côte Chalonnaise region between Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay to the north and Rully and Mercurey to the south. Planted with vines by the monks of Cluny in the Middle Ages, this small, sunny valley has a rich and lengthy tradition of producing quality wines which reflect their exceptional terroir.

A discreet touch of wood frames a somewhat raw nose that still reflects some fermentation aromas that dissolve into rich, full and nicely voluminous flavors that possess real size and weight plus an attractive minerality on the delicious and persistent finish. This is finer than the '05 if not necessarily better. Tasted: Oct 01, 2007 Score: 86-88 Drink: 2008+ Comments: Outstanding! Top value Issue 28

Aubert de Villaine, who has slowly but surely been turning over the responsibility for much of the day to day operations to his nephew Pierre de Benoist, calls 2006 a "very ripe, even opulent vintage that gave us relatively high alcohols, which is to say on average over 13% for the whites with a range of 12.5 to 13% for the reds. The crop was relatively clean though there was some sorting in red but not much in white. We did very little bâtonnage (lees stirring) for the whites and didn't push the extraction for the reds as it would have resulted in astringency. Overall, it's a fine but not great vintage that will provide much pleasure as the wines are easy going but delicious and should offer up to moderate term aging potential. Allen Meadows; Burghound


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