As many know, Aubert de Villaine was the co-director of Domaine Romanee Conti but moved to start his own Domaine outside of the Cote d'Or. De Villaine brought a classic yet refined approach to these undervalued terroirs and has been the source of some of our favorite wines from Cote Chalonaise. Now under his nephew's control, Aubert pushed the Cote Chalonnaise into the limelight, unsheathing the beauty of the terroir with his nephew doing a great job continuing his legacy but under a watchful eye. De Villaine farms all biodynamic and organically, and in the cellar has a more hands-off approach with a focus on freshness and terroir expression. Structured and expressive wines with excellent aging potential but are still quite approachable in their youth and really show some of these unknown crus in a previously unseen light. Les Margotes is one of de Villaine's most prized crus and isn't a wine we have offered from this address before. Sourced from Chardonnay vines up to 60 years old growing on white clay and limestone, Les Margotes, as William Kelley notes below, is one of the finest sites in Rully. A textbook wine from de Villaine with excellent terroir expression, classic profile, with remarkable complexity and length, this is a wine that will continue to age beautifully. The 2017 vintage for white Burgundy is excellent, and this wine is no exception. We have low pricing on this back-vintage bottle, and if you love de Villaine as we do, this is a great choice.
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 92 points! "From one of the village's finest sites comes the 2017 Rully 1er Cru Les Margotés, a lovely wine that unwinds to reveal notions of pear, orange rind and almond paste. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and inciive, it's elegant and chalky, with a penetrating, mineral finish. This is well worth seeking out, and it will evidently be a bottling to follow particularly attentively in future vintages."