Rully is the most exciting village in the Cotes Chalonnaise. It is effectively a continuous south, south-east facing slope of clay and limestone the same attributes of the Cote d’Or’s best vineyards. Historically the region has sold much of it’s fruit to large negociants who blended the fruit away. This is still the case today, but there are a number producers making interesting and exceptional wines.
The wines of Vincent Dureuil-Janthial set the benchmark for the Rully appellation. Not only is he a gifted winemaker, but he is blessed with older vine vineyards. The estate consists of 20ha, 16 in Rully including 1.7ha of chardonnay in Le Meix Cadot the largest of the 1er Crus and 2ha from the eastern vineyard Mazieres from where the fresh, mineral infused Rully Blanc comes. The rest resides in Mercurey, Puligny-Montrachet & Nuits-Saint-Georges. The family have existed in Rully since the 14th century.
Dureuil-Janthial is intensely dedicated to his vines, yields are limited and only harvested when perfectly ripe, physiologically and phenolically. In the winery reds are de-stemmed and left to slowly macerate at cool temperatures so as to gently extract colour and tannin while preserving freshness. Whites are pressed directly and undergo fermentation in new barrel. The exclusive use of Chassin barrels combined with stainless steel vats enables Vincent to express the best of his terroir.
Domaine Dureuil-Janthial is a super estate of the Cote Chalonnaise and Vincent a rising star of Burgundy. 2016 was a difficult vintage and its reflected in the price of Burgundy but not here. The wines are fresh, textured and elegant and could easily come from a more prestigious appellation in the Cote d’Or but without the price tag. This shipment has just arrived and in normal circumstances this exceptional grower would be appearing on our wine lists. For the time being they are in our shops. Enjoy!