DOMAINE VINCENT DUREUIL-JANTHIAL
“If I see his name on a wine list, I don’t give it a second thought and simply order his wine.” – Jean-François Coche
“My favourite white wines from Rully! Terrific in 2016” – William Kelley
Vincent Dureuil is an amazing vigneron who, in the 25 years we have worked together, has transformed this domaine. He produces exquisite red and white wines which are among the most highly regarded (and enjoyed!) by his peers in all Burgundy. His family have been vignerons in the village of Rully since the seventeenth century. Having taken over his father’s vines a few years ago, he now owns some 20 hectares (16 of which are in Rully) which are farmed organically. Everything is hand-picked. A large proportion of his vines are in excess of 50 to 75 years old. His reds are rigorously sorted, destemmed and are cold macerated at 10 degrees for 10 days prior to fermentation. They are vinified, with natural yeasts, in temperature controlled open fermenters and see around 30% new oak for 18 months, prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. His whites are pressed long and hard to extract plenty of solids prior to vinification in barriques (20% new) for 16-18 months. All movements of the wine follow the lunar calendar.
Vincent’s cellars are very deep and cold, and all fermentations, malolactic processes and stabilizations take much longer than ordinarily. Vincent uses the minimum amount of SO2 possible, both during vinification and at bottling. This, together with low yielding, old vines, contributes to the great richness and complexity which all his wines demonstrate. His Bourgogne Blanc (baby Puligny!) is from a 1 hectare plot planted in 1955 in the lieu-dit of “La Combe” in the commune of Puligny-Montrachet. Rully Blanc is from five separate parcels planted between 1920 and 2007 and is full, rich and satisfying, with lovely lemony acidity. “Maizières” is now 20 years old and is on lighter clay/limestone soils and offers more elegance and finesse. Rully 1er Cru Meix Cadot comes from vines planted mainly in 1980 and is wonderful, generous and intense with exquisite purity. Puligny-Montrachet “Corvée des Vignes” is from 0.4 hectares planted in 1955 below 1er Cru les Referts. His Bourgogne Rouge comes from 50% Prémeaux, 50% Puligny and is sweet, generous, concentrated and accessible. The Rully Rouge is from vines planted in 1974 and 1980 and offers ripe, generous, sweet dark-cherry flavours. This is a genuine, superstar Burgundy domaine.