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.
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.