Unoaked Chardonnay from five elevated plots between Concoeur and Chaux, just west of big guns Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-Saint-Georges, this Hautes-Côtes de Nuits offers a premium Burgundy experience without the price premium of many of the named villages.
There's no oak here, only ten months in steel from cold fermentation to bottling. The aromas reflect that emphasis on fruit, clean and fresh with notes of apple, melon and citrus, and hints of hawthorn, honeysuckle and white nettle. The palate is crisp and fresh but beautifully rounded, lithe, minerally and long. Serve at 12 to 13°C and enjoy up to 5 years from vintage.
The Dufouleurs have been around a bit in Burgundy, with 14 generations involved in growing and winemaking going back to Gilles Dufouleur in 1596. Father and son Guy and Yvan, 13th and 14th generation respectively, are the current custodians, with vineyard holdings amounting to 27 hectares over eleven appellations across the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits.
Despite the 400 years+ of history, these are modern wines, with head winemaker Yvan utilising modern techniques and technology to complement generations of knowledge passed down. The wines are fresh and accessible when young, accentuating the immaculate fruit. Vineyards have been organic since 2000, with yields and quality stringently controlled by green harvesting and hand sorting of grapes after picking.