Domaine R. Dubois & Fils Côte de Nuits-Villages Blanc “Les Monts de Boncourt”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- This wine comes from parcels aged more than 20 years.
- Only a small amount of white wine, about 5%, is produced in Cote de Nuits-Villages compared to red wine.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Elaboration: The grapes harvested with machines are pressed in order to extract the juice, which is after placed in a vat to a static racking of the must. The clear juice is lodged in barrels and in vat where it will be sowed in yeast to start off the alcoholic fermentation. The temperatures of fermentation are maintained between 61 and 66°F in order to obtain aroma of youth. After 10 days of fermentation, the wines are racked and put in cellar. Wines stay in cellar during 12 months where it undergoes a second fermentation, malolactic fermentation which allows a stabilising of the wine structure. These wines spend all their maturing in oak barrels, 30% of new ones to give them the necessary balance. This fermentation finished, wines are prepared to bottling
Tasting Notes: Nice yellow with a light gold tint, brilliant and limpid. It is young character introduces a nose with a lot of promises such as exotic fruits mixed at a peach flavor and a touch of toasted nuts. This wine is well balanced between the acidity and the structure, rich, pleasant and concentrated. Long at the end, enhanced by a pinch of honey and mint.
The history of Dubois winegrowers begins around 1600 with the birth of Emiland Dubois, the first ancestor and winegrower to be found in official records. More recently, Louis Dubois (1874 – 1947) took over his first plot of vines in 1898, then developed the estate with 5 acres of vines in the village of Premeaux-Prissey and Nuits-Saint-Georges. His son, Robert (1910 – 2004), devoted his life to the estate’s vines, and further increased its size by acquiring his first Nuits Premier Cru plot in 1961. Régis Dubois (born 1939), took up the reins with his wife Christiane, and extended the vineyard from 10 to 25 acres, and then to 50 acres. To increase the value of the wine, he began to bottle the production from 1969 onwards. Presently, Régis manages the technical matters of the domaine.
The fourth generation begins in 1969 with the birth of Raphaël. Since 2006, the vineyard has been managed by Raphaël and his sister, Béatrice Dubois. Raphaël oversees the marketing of the wines and public relations. Béatrice is an oenologist who is truly passionate about wine. She divides her time between producing, analyzing and monitoring the estate’s wines, and customer tastings all over the world, which have now replaced her vinification work in the southern hemisphere.