Domaine A. & P. De Villaine Cote Chalonnaise "Les Clous Aime" 2015
Les Clous Aim' comes from several parcels located on a south-facing slope of Bouzeron's valley, sheltered from summer's north wind during ripening. Our vineyard here is planted with selections of Chardonnay grapes that we have chosen for moderate yields. Les clous Aim' is a vin de garde- it's meant to be aged. It is made from the fruit of old vines on a predominantly limestone terroir, and in its youth displays a pure mineral character.
Domaine A. & P. de Villaine is the personal estate of Aubert de Villaine, the co-director of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Burgundy's most acclaimed winery. The de Villaines farm three appellations within the Côte Chalonaise, namely Bouzeron (Aligoté), Rully (Chardonnay) and Mercurey (Pinot Noir). Their single-vineyard parcels are stunning examples of what this complex and amazing terroir can yield. Though their wines are quite enjoyable young, their ability to age well is what one might expect from a master such as de Villaine. Much of this is due to both the diversity of his vinestock and his organic and biodynamic methodology in the vineyards, both of which Aubert stands by with great conviction. He also ferments his Mercureys in wood cuves, a style adopted from DRC. Pierre de Benoist, Aubert’s nephew, currently directs the domaine, upholding the sense of tradition, excellence, and standards for which it has become so well-known. In 2010, Aubert was awarded Decanter Magazine’s prestigious “Man of the Year” Award, a distinction that, unsurprisingly, the modest Aubert seemed reluctant to accept.