Domaine Vincent Dureuil-Janthial

Rully | Côte Chalonnaise | Burgundy

 

dureuil_producerThe talents of winemaker Vincent Dureuil in Rully are such that it’s easy to forget that there are others making wine in the Côte Chalonnaise. But there just is no other artist in the region that faithfully crafts Burgundy with as much purity, elegance or character as does Dureuil.

Not only is Dureuil a gifted winemaker, but also he is blessed with some exemplary older-vine vineyards that for years have been cared for organically—a higher level of attention that sets Dureuil qualitatively apart from the pack. His delicate touch translates each individual terroir into a perfect liquid picture of what the best of Rully—and the best of Burgundy, for that matter—can be.

We first encountered the Dureuil family back in the 1980s when Raymond Dureuil ran his own estate. During a visit in 1995, he offered us a taste of premier cru ‘Meix Cadot’ white Burgundy, vinified by his 20-year-old son, Vincent, who bottled the wine unfined and unfiltered (an idea the father frowned on).

If we hadn’t known the source, we would have thought we were drinking grand cru Montrachet. Even in those early years, Vincent displayed an uncanny talent; and in the decades since, his skills and expertise have only grown, to the point where we can say without hesitation that Vincent Dureuil ranks among the finest artisans in all of Burgundy.

FARMING & WINEMAKING

Vincent Dureuil has cared for all his vineyards organically since the mid-2000s (yet does not include an organic stamp on his labels). Vineyard rows are regularly plowed to control weed growth. Very little sulfur is added during fermentation or at bottling.

For the reds, bunches are destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks or upright wooden fermenters. Wines are aged in French oak barrels for one year (with up to one-third new oak, depending on the cru) and are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

For the whites, whole clusters are pressed directly and fermented on indigenous yeasts. Wines are aged in French oak barrels, with no more than 25 percent new oak, depending on the cru. Wines are racked according to the cycles of the moon, and are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

WHITE WINES

Bourgogne Aligoté

A peerless Aligoté raised like a grand cru on perfect chalky soils in Rully. Citrus zest, fresh almonds, white pepper.

 

Bourgogne Blanc

A fresh and floral, yet full-flavored white from 30-year-old vines grown in a small plot located in the village of Puligny-Montrachet.

 

 

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Rully Blanc

A blend of four different vineyards for the ultimate example of the plush beauty of white Burgundy from Rully.

 

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Rully Blanc ‘Maizières’

With a lemon-inspired tension at its core, ‘Maizières’ combines the herbal essence of Puligny-Montrachet with the savory fruit of Meursault.

 

Rully Blanc 1er Cru 'Raclot' (Celine et Vincent Dureuil)

Located to the west of the village, ‘Raclot’ is one of Rully’s highest-altitude premier crus and as such, offers a more refined profile with fresh, citrus-inspired fruit. (This cru comes from the family’s negociant arm.)

 

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Puligny-Montrachet ‘Corvée de Vignes’

‘Corvée de Vignes’ sits on the border between Puligny and Meursault, not far from Meursault’s premier cru row. Plush fruit with warm, nutty aromas and a tangy finish.

 

RED WINES

Bourgogne Rouge

A juicy, spicy red from older vines grown in the communes of Prémeaux-Prissey (Nuits-Saint-Georges) and Puligny-Montrachet.

 

Rully Rouge

For fans of Côte de Beaune reds, this Rully will impress (and spare your pocketbook, too). Savory red fruits, delicate spice, deliciously long.

 

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Rully Rouge 1er Cru 'Vauvry' (Celine et Vincent Dureuil)

A warmer site, ‘Vauvry’ offers richer red and black fruits with a velvety texture and tons of spice. (This cru comes from the family’s negociant arm.)

 

Mercurey Rouge

A lively Pinot Noir that combines the mineral tang of Pommard with Dureuil’s signature ruby-red, summer-ripe fruit.

 

Rully Rouge 'En Guesnes'

A well-placed villages-level vineyard surrounded by premier cru plots, ‘En Guesnes’ is always complex, smooth and savory.

 

Mercurey Rouge 'Clos des Montaigus' (Celine et Vincent Dureuil)

A special walled vineyard in Mercurey with older vines; Pinot Noir here is concentrated and spicy. (This cru comes from the family’s negociant arm.)

 

Rully Rouge 1er Cru 'Clos du Chapitre'

An older-vine, walled vineyard in the heart of the village, ‘Chapitre’ is structured and rich, with a succulent core of red berry fruit.

 

Established: 1994
Winemaker: Vincent Dureuil
Region: France • Burgundy • Côte Chalonnaise • Rully
Vineyard size: 42 acres

ORGANIC WINERY


Young Vincent Dureuil must rate as one of Burgundy’s great overachievers, demonstrating the quality that is possible in the Côte Chalonnaise…

—The Wine Advocate