2009 Domaine Billard Pere et Fils - Auxey-Duresses Rouge
Domaine Billard has approximately 12.5 hectares of vineyards in different appellations throughout the Cotes de Beaune. Their largest holdings are in the Hautes Cotes de Beaune with other small plots located in Saint Romain, Saint Aubin 1er Cru, Auxey Duresses and Beaune.
The domaine passed from father to son recently and Jérôme Billard has brought a new philosophy to his family domaine. Farming is done with respect for nature and follows the principles of organic farming. Yields are kept low through the use of cover crops and severe pruning and all the vines are harvested by hand. Only indigenous yeasts are used for the fermentation. Jérôme’s father sold his wine to the local cooperative but Jérôme is now estate bottling his entire production.
The vineyards of Auxey-Duresses are located along hills overlooking a valley that extends from Meursault to the Hautes Côtes de Beaune with a predominantly east-west axis. It is an appellation whose potential for quality has recently been realized and it has received a good deal of recognition accordingly. Historically the wines were blended by negociants and sold under their own labels as Côtes de Beaune Villages. Jérôme Billard produces approximately 200 cases from his small plot in the lieu dit “Les Jonchères”. The soils are a mix of clay and chalk. The wine is fermented in vat with delicate pressings and extraction. It is matured in 20% new barrels for one year. The wine is aromatic and delicately structured with an elegant yet firm character.