de Villaine Rully Blanc Gresigny 1er Cru 2012
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.
Aubert de Villaine's nephew Pierre de Benoist forthrightly declared that 2012 is "a genuinely great vintage in the Côte Chalonnaise. One of the aspects of the growing season that really sticks in my memory was the wonderful luminosity and it seems that it is reflected today in the wines as they are energetic and bright. In fact it's really quite hard not to like them for their unabashed exuberance. We had good phenolic maturity as well as solid potential alcohols and acidities that made for very well balanced wines that have the concentration to allow them to be agreeable young but age effortlessly. I used between 50 and 70% whole clusters when vinifying the reds. Overall 2012 is a terrific vintage and in both colors." Sharp-eyed fans of the domaine will notice new wines in the form of a Santenay 1er from Passe Temps and a Rully 1er from Grésigny. Moreover the single vineyard Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise "Les Clous" in white has been replaced by a multi-parcel wine called Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise Les Clous Aimé.
Here too there is enough wood to notice but not so much as to materially detract from the essence of pear, white peach and wet stone scents. I very much like the intensity and beautiful delineation of the relatively big-bodied flavors where the stone character of the nose is picked up on the impressively persistent and impeccably well-balanced close. Lovely stuff. Score: 90; Tasted: Oct 2014; Drink: 2018+; Issue: 56; Outstanding; Allen Meadows - Burghound
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