Unfortunately for wine drinkers, the prices of Burgundy have skyrocketed in the last decade with demand surpassing supply for many in the Côte d’Or. At the same time, the quality of satellite regions within Burgundy, such as the Côte Chalonnaise, have grown as well.
Dureuil-Janthial are trailblazers of wine production in Rully and Mercurey, where the majority of their vines are located. Ever since Vincent Dureuil took the reins in 1994, the estate has gone from strength to strength, with an ability to produce both whites and reds of excellent quality—an art perfected by few winemakers only.
Farmed with organic practices, Dureuil-Janthial’s Rully Rouge ‘En Guesnes’ demonstrates his painstaking approach towards quality. Individual berries were cut from the bunches—a practice seen only amongst a select few in Burgundy such as Lalou-Bize Leroy, Arnaud Mortet and Charles Lachaux. Other bunches were kept intact, for 50% whole cluster fermentation. The wine was aged in one-third new oak for a year, followed by a further 6 months in tank.
Vincent Dureuil has long held the respect of fellow winemakers for the quality of his work and was most recently lauded as ‘Winemaker of the Year 2019’ by Revue des Vins de France.