Bourgogne La Fortune smells of cherry pie, with its baked, intensely sweet but also faintly toasty and spicy suggestions. Succulent in the mouth, it deposits a fine, tactile, chalky line amid the generous, ripe fruit in its finish. The wine has excellent values which can be enjoyed right away, while experience shows that several years in bottle will bring interesting development.The wine is an excellent match with turkey and chicken!
The de Villaines farm three appellations within the Côte Chalonnaise, namely Bouzeron (Aligoté), Rully (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) and Mercurey (Pinot Noir). Their single-vineyard parcels are stunning examples of what this complex and amazing terroir can yield.
Though their wines are quite enjoyable young, their ability to age well is what one might expect from a master such as de Villaine. Much of this is due to both the diversity of his vinestock and his organic and biodynamic methodology in the vineyards, both of which Aubert stands by with great conviction. He also ferments his Mercurys and Rully rouge in wood tanks, a style adopted from DRC (Domaine de la Romanée-Conti).
Pierre de Benoist, Aubert’s nephew, currently directs the domaine, upholding the sense of tradition, excellence, and standards for which it has become so well-known. In 2010, Aubert was awarded Decanter Magazine’s prestigious “Man of the Year” Award, a distinction that, unsurprisingly, the modest Aubert seemed reluctant to accept.