Le RenardAll products from this vendor
This love story of one family for the Burgundy vine began several centuries ago. The family-owned Château de Chamirey, built in the 17th century, overlooks the vineyards of Merkyre in the Côte Chalonnaise appellation. In 1934, the Marquis de Jouennes, Bertrand Devillard's father-in-law, filled the first bottle of Mercurey red wine. Already in those days they talked about the Château de Chamirey without mentioning the appellation. Thus began a long and wonderful story. Step by step, the family became more and more significant in the history of Burgundy winemaking. Members of the Devillar family work together to take care of three wineries. Since 1996, Bertrand and Christiane Deville, as well as their children Amaury and Aurore Devillard, have run the Domaine des Perdrix winery located in the Côte de Nuits wine region, with 12 hectares of the best vineyards in the villages of Nui-Saint-Georges and Vaughan. Roman. Almost 5 hectares are dedicated to the production of Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru, which also includes the excellent Quasi Monopole (99%) Aux Perdrix wine. In total, the family owns 37 hectares of vineyards, of which 15 hectares are classified as Premier Cru. Pinot Noir grapes grow on 27 hectares, while the remaining 10 hectares are planted with Chardonnay vines. A limited number of wines selected by the Deville family from the finest vineyards in Burgundy are sold under the name Le Renard.
ChardonnayAll products from this varietal
Fresh chardonnay shows bright fruity profile and strong body. Chardonnay wines usually have expressed aromatic complexity and usually it happens due to winemaking techniques (particularly the use of oak promote notes of vanilla, smoke and hints of spices) rather than the variety's intrinsic qualities. Also, this variety can develop cream, yeast and brioche bread notes. Because of this high level of winemaker influence, Chardonnay has become famous as the "winemaker's wine".
Burgundy (Bourgogne) can be confusing because of the multiplicity of its appellations - all the small vineyards are divided between multiple producers so it can often be difficult to understand this diversity. However, it is the exact reason why the wines of Burgundy are considered to be the finest in the world. A common topic of discussion, when talking about Burgundy, is the concept of "terroir" - a unique combination of soil and climate conditions that affects the taste of wine in the appellations, making it unique to each village. Winemakers mainly use the capricious Pinot Noir and the classical Chardonnay to create true masterpieces, while Gamay and Aligote are used to make wines of a bit simpler style. Particular attention should be paid to the hierarchy of wines. First there are the regional and village wines, a step higher - the Premier Cru wines and the outstanding Grand Cru - at the top. Due the complex and inconsistent weather that can notably impact wine quality especially in bad harvest years, a very important factor here is the so called millesime - the harvest year of the grapes the particular wine is produced of, because each of these years has its own unique taste. Purchasing Burgundy wines is not easy because there are many details that should be taken into consideration - the class of the vineyard, the assessment of the manufacturer, the age of the vines, the quality of the wine as well as the millesime and, of course, the potential of ageing. The sellers play a big role here - they must be truly passionate about wine and able to offer only the best quality producers with a good reputation. That is exactly the way "Noble Wine" works!