Domaine Doreau Monthelie 1er Cru Les Champs Fulliots
WHY WE LOVE IT
Elaboration: Domaine Doreau practices organic farming. They also use certified sustainable methods of vinification. Using the Guyot pruning and sometimes Royat cordon pruning, leaving only 8 eyes per stock to limit yield. Through strict disbudding the number of grapes is reduced. An early stripping allows for better aeration of the vines and better maturity. The harvest is done manually. Then the sorted and de-stemmed red grapes are placed in vats and ferment naturally for ten days, with pumping over then daily punching down and temperature control.
Tasting Notes: Deep garnet red, powerful and fine, ripe fruit. Drink between 3 and 10 years or more.
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Domaine Doreau is in Monthélie, a village in the Côte de Beaune sub-region of Burgundy, 30 miles southwest of Dijon in eastern France. The small estate has been passed down from father to son since the end of the 19th Century. It all began with Pierre Doreau who came to the region to help growers replant vines destroyed by phylloxera. At the same time, he acquired a few plots of land for himself.
Over the years, sons of sons, accompanied by their wives, have assumed control of the business. Today, Jérôme and Emilie Doreau manage the vineyard and the cellar. In 2019, the six-hectare organic estate obtained High Environmental Value certification (level 3), demonstrating their respect of the environment and commitment to sustainable viticulture.