The Domaine as it stands today was brought together by Jacques-Marie Duvault-Blochet approximately a century ago; however, its individual component vineyards have an older history. The prime section, La Romanée-Conti, can count but nine owners in eight and a half centuries. The prime section, La Romanée-Conti, can count but nine owners in eight and a half centuries. In 1869, the aforementioned Monsieur Duvault-Blochet, probably the most important vineyard owner in Burgundy since the French Revolution, became the owner. It was he who constituted most of the present Domaine by acquiring the holdings in Richebourg and both of the Échezeaux climates.

The wines of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, however, do not necessarily show their best virtues shortly after release. As Aubert attests, “Burgundies have many different faces, and there is an evolution of these faces from youth to serenity… They also have a lean, hard period where they go to sleep in the bottle; however, a wine that is difficult in its youth can become very gentle in its old age.” These comments are very much an embodiment of the gentle understatement of the genteel and gracious Aubert de Villaine.

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Founded in 1825, Faiveley is first and foremost a domaine. Situated in the heart of Nuits-Saint-Georges, it has expanded strategically over seven Faiveley generations to include prestigious crus from Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, as well as Côte Chalonnaise, such as Mercurey. Today, Domaine Faiveley totals more than 120 hectares, and 80 percent of Faiveley wines come from family-owned vineyards and the balance from select vineyards under long-term contracts with the family.

"Faiveley's wines are …. Supremely clean and elegant: definitive examples of Pinot Noir… above all they have richness and breed, the thumbprint of a master winemaker." Clive Coates, MW

For more information: http://www.domaine-faiveley.com/

Domaine Billaud-Simon has been a part of the Chablis wine region since 1815 and covers almost 17 hectares of vineyards in which Chardonnay reigns supreme. Currently, the domaine counts four Grands Crus: Les Clos, Vaudésir, Les Preuses and Les Blanchots as well as four Premiers Crus: Montée de Tonnerre, Fourchaume, Mont de Milieu and Les Vaillons. It also produces wines from Petit Chablis and Chablis, including the “Tête d’Or”. Billaud-Simon’s exceptional quality vieilles vignes (old vines) are carefully tended to and enhanced by the domaine’s team of winemakers.

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Anne-Claude, who sadly passed away in April 2015, took full responsibility for the domaine while Olivier manages his own vineyards, and in her time at the helm all of the vineyards have been converted to biodynamic farming. Until his retirement in 2008, the renowned winemaker Pierre Morey led operations in the cellar. His traditional Burgundian methods (such as ageing in oak casks, and lees stirring) mixed with the modernity of the cellar's pneumatic presses and temperature control has helped to ensure that the current Domaine Leflaive wines are better than ever.

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An emblematic estate since 1732, the Château du Moulin-à-Vent sits in the very heart of the appellation, 200 yards behind the 15th century-old windmill. Formerly called the Château des Thorins, the estate changed its name when the AOC was born in 1936, but the Château still stands on the flagship terroir of the appellation: Les Thorins. In 1872, as Gevrey became Gevrey-Chambertin or Puligny became Puligny-Montrachet, etc., the village of Romanèche took the name of its most famous Grand Cru to become Romanèche-Thorins. Today, the family-owned estate has 74 acres of vineyards, exclusively in the Moulin-à-Vent appellation, with very limited yield leading to a production of only 8.000 cases a year. Vines here are high density and very old. The Parinet family, along with Brice Laffond, foster a strategy of excellence and a meticulous approach guided by the very identity of their Grand Cru terroirs: les Vérillats, Champ de Cour, la Rochelle, Clos de Londres and Grands Savarins.

Lastly, the domain has been awarded as one of the top 100 domains by Wine & Spirits (US) and one of 10 best domains of France by Bettane & Desseauve (France). Ratings obtained are as high as 93 for Vinous and Burghound or 19/20 for Jancis Robinson, 18/20 for French critics Bettane & Desseauve and Revue du Vin de France.