A more discreetly wooded and cooler nose shyly offers up its aromas of black pinot fruit, earth, and abundant forest floor elements. The rich, velvet-textured and succulent larger-scaled flavours are less refined; they're moderately rustic and more powerful, but the overall sense of balance is better. This is a quality effort that is worth checking out.
Drink from 2027 onward
Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (April 2021)
The 2019 Aloxe-Corton Les Vercots 1er Cru initially has a tight, backward bouquet before opening to offer intense black cherries, cassis and violet aromas. There is a good definition here compared to some of the Pernand-Vergelesses cuvées.
The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and quite effervescent thanks to veins of blood orange and marmalade notes toward the finish. This is unashamedly opulent in style but manages to retain plenty of freshness.
Drink 2023 - 2033
Neal Martin, Vinous.com (October 2020)
About this WINE
The domaine has a long and storied history that dates back to the 18th century when the Dubreuil family founded it. In 1985, Christine Dubreuil took over the estate and has played a significant role in modernising and elevating winemaking practices.
Several vineyards are operated across the estate in some of the most prestigious appellations in Burgundy, including Pernand Vergelesses, Corton, and Pommard. These are planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, the primary varietals used in Burgundy wine production.
The winemaking philosophy at Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine emphasises traditional and meticulous techniques. They focus on terroir expression, which involves careful attention to the specific characteristics of each vineyard. The use of oak barrels for ageing is standard, emphasising using French oak to impart subtle flavours and textures to the wines.
The domaine produces a range of Burgundy wines, both white and red. These wines often showcase the elegance, finesse, and complexity typical of Burgundian Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Some of their notable cuvées may include Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines from renowned appellations like Corton-Charlemagne, Pommard, and Aloxe-Corton.
These two Grand Cru vineyards, Corton and Corton-Charlemagne, lie astride three villages at the northern end of the Côte de Beaune: Ladoix, Aloxe-Corton and Pernand-Vergelesses. The main body of the hill of Corton faces due south, with an extended flank exposed to the east, and another facing westwards. The white wines mostly come from west and south-west expositions, along with a narrow band around the top of the hill.The Emperor Charlemagne owned vines here in the eighth century, and legend has it that his wife insisted he planted white grapes so as not to spill red wine down his beard and clothes. Corton-Charlemagne is always white and there is also a theoretical Grand Cru appellation called, simply, Charlemagne, which is never used. Corton is almost entirely red but there are a few white wines too.
Ladoix is a rarely-seen appellation, as most wine here are sold as Côte de Beaune Villages. Aloxe-Corton is better-known, but as with Ladoix the best vineyards have been designated as Corton and Corton-Charlemagne.
There are also 25 lieux-dits that may be used on wine labels, together with Corton: Les Bressandes, Les Chaumes, Clos des Meix, Clos du Roi, Les Combes, Le Corton, Les Fiètres, Les Grèves, Les Manguettes, Les Maréchaudes, Le Meix Lallemand, Les Paulands, Les Perrières, Les Pougets (Pougeots), Les Renardes, La Vigne au Saint, Les Basses Mourottes, Les Carrières, Clos des Cortons Faiveley, Les Grandes Lolières, Le Rognet et Corton, La Toppe au Vert and Les Vergennes.
- 90 hectares of village Aloxe-Corton
- 38 hectares of Premier Cru Aloxe-Corton
- 118 hectares of village Ladoix
- 14 hectares of Premier Cru Ladoix
- 72 hectares of Corton-Charlemagne. The finest from En Charlemagne (Pernand) and Le Charlemagne (Aloxe)
- 160 hectares of Corton. The best from Clos du Roi, Bressandes, Pougets
Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.
Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.
Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.
The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.