We are so excited to welcome Domaine de Courcel to the Vineyard Brands portfolio!
You can’t get much more Burgundian than Domaine de Courcel. Family-owned for over 400 years, the winery is located in the village of Pommard on the Côte de Beaune. Domaine de Courcel is known as one of Pommard's grandest domaines.
Gilles de Courcel, the current owner along with his three sisters, has a strong wine background. One publication described him as “born in the vineyard,” just like the wines. Gilles has a business degree and worked in the industry in Beaune, Reims, and Bordeaux before returning home to Pommard.
The vineyard is cultivated using organic farming techniques, careful age-old practices, and modern methods. Low yields, late harvesting, whole bunch vinification, cold maceration, long cuvaison (barrel fermentation) and a lengthy élevage (maturation) with minimal racking are all key to the wines' excellent quality.
Almost three-quarters of the domaine is composed of the prestigious Premier Crus, making it one of the largest estates of Pommard Premier Crus. The four Pommard Premier Crus are Le Grand Clos des Epenots, Les Rugiens, Les Fremiers, and Les Croix Noires. Le Grand Clos des Epenots and Les Rugiens are in a class of their own in Burgundy.
The Domaine's other three lots are Les Vaumuriens, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, and Bourgogne Chardonnay.
Domaine de Courcel wines are known for their elegance, minerality, as well as their strong tannins and great density, something rare on the Côte de Beaune. The wines are subtle and rich with a remarkable ability to age.
Annual production never exceeds around 30,000 bottles. The wines are frequently mentioned and reviewed in leading wine publications, some of which are featured in the slideshow below.