Domaine des Perdrix which is located in Premeaux-Prissey has recently been bought by Bertrand Devillard who is the director of Mercurey-based négociants Antonin Rodet. There are 12 hectares of vines in Vosne-Romanée, Nuits-St-Georges and Echézeaux, including the 3.5 hectare monopole Les Perdrix. Bertrand Devillard and his children Amaury and Aurore took back control of the Domaine des Perdrix in Prémeaux in 1996. The heart of the holding is the monopoly of Aux Perdrix, from which, since 2006, a ‘super-cuvée’ called Les 8 Ouvrées has also been produced, coming from a plot of ancient vines, planted at 13,000 vines per hectare, in 1922. The grapes are destemmed, allowed a cool pre-fermentation maceration, after which the temperature is monitored so as not to exceed 32°, with punching down rather than pumping over. Afterwards the wines are matured in barrel, with about 50-60% new wood, for 12 to 18 months without racking. The Devillards also own the Château de Chamirey in Mercurey, Domaine de la Ferté and Clos du Cellier aux Moines in Givry and now Domaine de la Garenne based in Azé in the Mâconnais. Domaine des Perdrix produces full-bodied wines that are packed with ripe, spicy, black fruits yet retain a natural Vosne elegance. Until recently they very rarely left French shores but now they are attracting attention in the US. Buy while you still can! Jasper Morris MW, author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.
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