Domaine R. Dubois & Fils Côte de Nuits-Villages Rouge “Les Monts de Boncourt Vielles Vignes”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The Côte de Nuits-Villages are planted on soils displaying clay limestone which tend to be very stony. Côte de Nuits-Villages is an appellation that includes 5 different villages : Fixin, Brochon, Premeaux-Prissey, Comblanchien, Corgoloin.
- The wines of the domaine come from the vineyards : Les Monts de Boncourt, les Issards, les Vignottes. These vineyards are aged on average of 40 years old.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Elaboration: The harvest of the grapes is performed manually. After reception of the winery and destemming, the must is placed in a vat for a period of 12 to 15 days. For the three first days, the temperature is maintained between 61 to 65° F. This process allows to keep the primary aromas in the wine. After the temperature of the vat naturally elevates to be maintained between 83 and 91° F during a few days. Wines stay 15 months in cellar before being bottled. During this period, the wine undergoes a second fermentation named malolactic fermentation which allows it to stabilise its structure. It spends about 6 to 9 months of its life in oak barrels with one third in new barrels, in order to give it the necessary tannin.
Tasting Notes: Good color, with red ripe fruit and hints of liquorice. This wine is characteristic by a very nice bouquet and soft, well-defined palate. In young wine the fruit aromas are well balanced with a earthy perfume.
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.