April 20, 2020
Insider Tip: The Little Burgundy from 40-Year-Old Vines That Delivers Premier Cru Quality at Village Level Prices from the Finest Vintage for Whites Since 2014!
“Dureuil continues to fashion some of the very best wines in the Côte Chalonnaise…Given how inexpensive the wines are I highly recommend them to you for both quality and value.” - Allen Meadows, Burghound
Strong words from Mr. Burghound himself, and if that was not enough, the highly-respected Jean-Francois Coche, of Coche-Dury, has chimed in, “If I see his name on a wine list, I don’t give it a second thought and simply order his wine.” For the Italian Wine Merchants team and myself, the wines of Domaine Dureuil-Janthial have for more than a decade been the true Burgundy insider tip for value. You will not find the wines at many merchants; in fact, many critics don’t even get to taste and report on the wines. It is simple; overall production is miniscule, and just twenty barrels of today’s featured wine — the pure, mineral infused 2017 Domaine Dureuil-Janthial Rully ‘Maizières’ — is produced. The ‘Maizières’ has once again stopped us in our tracks, so much so we felt compelled to share it with a small group of enthusiasts, as Burgundy values with this kind of finesse and depth at this price do not come around that often.
The 2017 Domaine Dureuil-Janthial Rully Maizières “combines the herbal essence of Puligny-Montrachet with the savory fruit of Meursault for a white Burgundy that showcases the best of Rully.” The wine stands out for its exceptional energy and layers of nuances that build from the limestone influence for a lingering finish. The Dureuil-Janthial Rully Maizières is “the little Burgundy that can,” and it not only shows what energy biodynamic winemaking and 40-year-old vines can deliver, but also what a lesser known region like Rully can do! On top of the critically acclaimed white Burgundy vintage of 2017, the finest since 2014, you can add the following praise from the Wine Advocate - “Vincent Dureuil can make a strong claim to rank as the finest producer in the Côte Chalonnaise…This is quite simply the finest set of young wines that I have ever tasted from Dureuil.”
Coming from vineyards located just south of the more prestigious Chassagne-Montrachet, these wines are a treat for anyone who is fortunate to secure them. The 2017 Domaine Dureuil-Janthial Rully Maizières commands up to $59 elsewhere, but we are pleased to present this pure village gem that is the perfect house Burgundy at just $42.99 per bottle when you buy six bottles or more. We are excited to present this wine alongside the even more mineral-driven Dureuil-Janthial Rully Blanc 'Chenes,' as one our favorite insider Burgundy tips.
FEATURED WINES: Dureuil-Janthial from the Classic and Pure 96-Point Vintage (Click to Order)
ADDITIONAL NOTES AND REVIEWS:
2017 DUREUIL JANTHIAL RULLY BLANC MAIZIÈRES
Christopher Deas, IWM: “This is another 2017 Bourgogne Blanc that is absolutely delicious, and in our opinion drinks more like a premier cru. It is a near-perfect expression of an overachieving lieu-dit wine that delivers immediate enjoyment with a touch of sophistication from the noble varietal — sans the crazy expensive price tag. What you should know is that the grapes are sourced from one of the most mineral-laden sites in Rully, a tiny 2ha of the Mazières vineyard, south of the more prestigious Chassagne-Montrachet. It should also be noted that this overachieving find at just $39 is composed of old vines that average more than 40 years of age. In the glass, this wine screams Burgundy — it's another one of those wines where the aromatics alone are worth the price of admission. With the 2017 vintage, there is more volume, dimension, and staining power in the Mazières than the straight Rully Blanc. The purity of fruit stands out with precision and depth and a finish that echoes from the old vines and limestone influence. Expect racy minerality with nuances of Meyer lemon, a touch of grapefruit, tart apples, wet stone, and sea shells. It's a wine that can easily please those that like the tension in Chablis, with a touch of creaminess on the finish for the Meursault enthusiast. Just 20 barrels produced of this value gem for those Burgheads who appreciate purity and tension in their Chardonnay.”
2017 DUREUIL JANTHIAL RULLY BLANC CHÊNES
William Kelley, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: “The 2017 Rully Chênes derives from a cool lieu-dit, and this is where Dureil finishes his harvest. It's showing superbly well, unfurling in the glass with a delicate bouquet of crisp golden orchard fruit, citrus oil and honeysuckle, followed by a medium to full-bodied, bright and racy palate that's wonderfully focused and precise, with superb concentration and a long, penetrating finish. This should evolve beautifully in the cellar.”