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"We have been fans of and supported Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine wines for many years. Their (5th generation!) winemaker/proprietor Christine Dubreuil even did a 6-month internship with The Wine House back in the 1980s. A solid producer with a style that leans more to the traditional than the modern, Dubreuil-Fontaine is pleased with the recently-released 2017 vintage saying, 'I'm really happy with the results. The wines are really pretty and very Burgundian in style plus we actually made reasonable quantities for once; in fact, they were better than we imagined.'  I am thrilled to get the 2017 Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine Bourgogne Blanc 'Les Crenilles' in because it is sure to be my new house white." – Jim Knight, The Wine House
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2017 Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine Bourgogne Blanc "Les Crenilles"
Outstanding Top Value
87 Points Burghound

Tasting note: "A spicy, fresh and airy nose combines notes of white orchard fruit with those of petrol and citrus zest. There is fine intensity to the delicious and focused flavors that possess solid depth and persistence on the crisp finish. This is very good for its level and would make for a good all-around house white." - Allan Meadows, Burghound (June 2019)

"85 – 89: Good to High quality. Wines that offer solid quality in every respect and generally very good typicity. "Good Value" wines will often fall into this category. Worth your attention." - Burghound


Grape: Chardonnay
Surface: 0 ha 91
Age of vines: 20 years
Winemaking: This wine is made with traditional winemaking techniques. The grapes are hand-harvested and whole bunch pressed using a pneumatic press, juice is settled then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks
Aging: 12 months of stainless steel tanks
Service: Service temperature 10C Drinking well now
Tasting: Pale yellow color. Expressive fresh fruits and citrus on the nose. The palate is soft and round with notes of butter matched by florals and fresh acidity.
Custody: Cellaring potential 1 to 3 years.


In this modern wine era, producers (typically here in the United States) are quick to print any vineyard’s name on a wine label, leading the consumer to believe "Oh, a single vineyard wine… this must be good!" Ok, let’s talk Les Crenilles: first planted in 1802, in Pommard. This is Pommard Blanc disguised as Bourgogne Blanc (due to Appellation Contrôlée rules, "Pommard" implies red only.) The limestone in Pommard is highly compact which typically yields Pinot Noir of intensity and dusty tannin, so what’s the affect on Chardonnay? A flavor-forward vintage, with Chardonnay pressed whole cluster, celebrated without oak (and no malo), Dubreuil’s example is the perfect reason to find-out.


Our relationship with Christine began when we tasted the heroic 1985s made by her grandfather, Pierre. Now "his" wines are "her" wines, and they are not defined by their vintage but by their character. The wines are more consistent, a little more polished... a Domaine we can confidently rely-on. The medieval town of Pernand-Vergelesses feels like a place of special powers and wands of wizardry. Built into the hill, the town is a natural amphitheater of spirit, dominated by its church, "Our Lady of Good Hope." Settled by the Celts (and not the Romans), Pernand means "the Lost Source" and fittingly applies to the appellation’s underrated and over-delivering charm.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, we like old, historic things at APS. We like old churches and roads, historical events and figures, and wine estates that have been around since our great-great grandmothers. Established in 1879, Dubreuil-Fontaine is a fixture of the Côte de Beaune. Christine Gruère-Dubreuil is the fifth generation and oversees a property of 20 hectares divided among the southeastern hill of Corton, and the villages of Beaune, Volnay, Pommard and her hometown, Pernand-Vergelesses. Bourgogne Aujourd’Hui, France’s leading publication on the wines of Burgundy, named her one of "Les Femmes aux Commandes," along with Anne Gros and Caroline Lestime of Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard.

Change at the estate has been patient but noticed since Pierre and his son Bernard relinquished control to Christine. After vineyard expansion in the 1970s (from the acquisition of the house Rameau-Lamarosse) and the completion of a new winery in 1985, the Domaine destined its improvement of the status quo. Christine influenced the style and more importantly, the taste of the wines. For red wines, she focused on: initial sorting taking place in vineyard, removal of all the stems, stainless steel fermentations, less punch-downs, and a glass ceiling of 30% new oak for the Grand Cru wines. The wines today are more polished, more energetic and textural, they are more Christine. She’s in a wine element of her own, Dubreuil-Fontaine 21st century woman.


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