In a nutshell: A fine example of a white Rully from one of the best producers in the appellation.
The lowdown: This is a lovely, refined Chardonnay from the Côte Chalonnaise village of Rully made by the excellent Vincent Dureuil-Janthiel who is highly regarded by his Burgundian peers. His wines scream class and sophistication and this example from the very good 2018 vintage is no exception. Practicising organic and hand harvested the grapes come from three plots, La Martelle, Chaponnière, La Bergerie, and Le Meix Cadot, directly pressed without crushing in the winery and then matured for 18 months; 12 months in oak and 6 in stainless steel. Fresh and vibrant on the nose with citrus, stone fruit and granite minerally notes lead onto a medium bodied palate with balanced acidity and a core of minerality. A wine with good aging potential.
90/100 - Neal Martin, 90/100 - Tim Atkin MW
When to drink: Drinking well now but has the potential to keep into the middle of the 2020s. A versatile wine try with grilled fresh water fish, sea fish or chicken dishes with a white sauce. Will also work well with some hard cheeses like Comté.
Vincent Dureuil is an amazing vigneron who has transformed his domaine in the last 20 years. He produces exquisite red and white wines which are among the most highly regarded by his peers in all Burgundy. Having taken over his fathers vines a few years ago, he now owns some 20 hectares, 16 of which are in Rully, which are farmed organically. A large proportion of his vines are in excess of 50 to 75 years old. His reds are rigorously sorted, totally destemmed and are cold macerated at 10 degrees for 10 days prior to fermentation.
They are vinified in temperature controlled open-fermenters and see around 30% new oak for 18 months, prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. His whites are whole-cluster pressed, prior to vinification in barriques (20% new) for 16-18 months. All movements of the wine follow the lunar calendar. Vincents cellars are very deep and cold and all fermentations, malolactic processes and stabilizations take much longer than ordinarily. This, together with low yielding, old vines contributes to the great richness and complexity which all of his wines demonstrate.
This a Burgundy domaine on the up and well worth keeping an eye on.