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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 mostly floral nose also offers up notes of apple and fennel before dissolving into rich, full and overtly energetic medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a minerally and linear finish. Very fine quality for its level and this should reward two to three years of cellar time. Tasted: Oct 01, 2009 Score: 87 Drink: 2011+ Comments: Outstanding Issue 36 Allen Meadows; Burghound

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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