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Domaine A et P Villaine Aligote Bouzeron 2019


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The 2019 de Villaine Bouzeron is stunning. The youthful charms are there in spades: it's a yummy, generous vintage, already with more expressive aromatics and more generous fruit than the '17 had -- but no less of the idiosyncratic Aligoté on clay and limestone character. You wouldn't mistake it for a Chardonnay! But the substance — the concentration, the already present minerality, the structure, the balance — they promise incredible things to come.

We think this is one to drink now, to drink in the middle term, and to lay down for drinking in the long term. The only problem is, to do that, you need more than a couple of bottles. And there just isn't that much wine around.

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Aubert de Villaine is co-director of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Burgundy’s most famous and sought-after domaine. He and his wife also own a fantastic yet modest property in Bouzeron, Domaine A & P de Villaine. Aubert had been co-director of DRC for about a decade when they decided to move to this more pastoral, rustic village that is about 45 minutes south of Vosne.

Here Aubert was able to do what he loves and knows best: farm grapes and make wine. He has applied the same exacting methods as he introduced at DRC (biodynamic farming and very meticulous, hands-off winemaking) to the humble appellations of Bourgogne, Bouzeron and Mercury and in fact some of the things he has learned here over the years have been brought back to the regal confines in Vosne-Romanée.

Pierre de Benoist, Aubert's nephew, has been running the domaine for some years now and is the perfect person to continue his uncle's push and passion for these wines. Pierre is very much a mystic, but with a great sense of humor and curiosity.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 91
"The 2019 Bouzeron is a particular success, mingling aromas of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers and clear honey with hints of beeswax and freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, layered and unusually concentrated, it's a seamless, structured wine, with lively acids and a long, intense finish. Attractive though this is today, I can't wait to see it with a decade or so on the clock." -Robert Parker


D 93
"Blended from 17 parcels spread over nine lieux-dits, each vinified separately. The pressing is very slow and gentle, with the fermentation carried out in large, neutral casks, and the wine is racked after a year in cask on the lees. In ripe vintages like 2019, the slight bitterness of the skin of Aligoté can give complexity and balance to the honeyed note of the fruit. This is a complex, sensual wine."

What importer Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...

Blend: Aligoté Doré
Vineyard: 10 - 90 years old, 12.5 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone, Marl
Aging: The wine is raised for 10 to 12 months depending on the vintage
Farming: Organic (certified)
Wine is vinified in wood foudres, capacity of 30 to 40 hecto-liters
The only intervention during fermentation and aging of wine is the maintaining of temperature between 20 and 22 degrees Celsius
Each parcel is pressed separately in a small pneumatic press
The must is put in stainless steel for a 24-36 hour cold-soak, then the wine is transferred to foudre where it stays for fermentation and élevage
The lees are never stirred unless it is needed (in the case of reduction for example)
The wine is raised for 10-12 months depending on the vintage


  • Grape Variety


  • Vintage


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  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Aromatic , Crisp , Fruity

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Light Bodied

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