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Didier and Geneviève DARVIOT are quintessential vignerons; as a husband and wife team they oversee every phase of the winemaking procedure from pruning and ploughing to racking the casks and bottling on their own premises .

Didier learned how to make wine from Geneviève’s father, Pierre PERRIN, a legendary winemaker in Meursault and Volnay. Together, Didier and Pierre were responsible for the domaine’s first commercial bottling, just a handful of cases of the 1989 vintage. Today the property stands at 11 hectares and is internationally considered one of the finest sources of domaine bottled red & white Burgundies. Recently, in 2001, by family succession, the domaine acquired a prime half hectare plot of 1er Cru Meursault Genevrières, rounding out their range of exquisite Meursault vineyards. Other jewels in the crown are the 1er cru Blanchots-Dessus in Chassagne – this vineyard is just under Montrachet (and tastes like it!) and the Volnay Les Blanches and 1er Crus Gigotte and Santenots.

Viti/Viniculture: the average age of these prized vineyards is 50 years and it is an emphasis on the work in the vineyard which makes the difference at Darviot-Perrin. The key to making fine Burgundy is bringing healthy , ripe grapes to the vats. Vinification is important, if ultimately secondary to bringing in impeccable fruit from the vineyard.

“Minimal intervention” is the watchword in the cellar, which is maintained at a very cold temperature. Malolactic fermentations frequently take almost a year to complete, enhancing the complexity and quality of the wines. Red wines undergo a pre-fermentation soak at 14° C. White wines are all cask fermented. Wines are aged in barrels for 10 – 15 months.

Tasting Notes:

Meursault AC Clos de la Velle : a vineyard toward the eastern extremity of the village; a clos shared with only one other producer
Production : 3 000 bottles
Colour : pale gold , green tints
Bouquet : softly mineral aroma with hints of citrus fruit when young
Palate : loose-knit, broad structure ; a round, ample wine with appealing , biscuity finish

Meursault AC Tessons :
Production :
Colour : gold with green tints
Bouquet : stylish , racy bouquet with flares of fresh floral aromas
Palate : good structure and weight with fine flesh; long, elegant finish

Meursault 1er Cru Charmes :
Production :
Colour : pale gold, silver tints
Bouquet : open , ripe and opulent with touch of vanilla
Palate : soft, gentle and fleshy, with exquisite acidity balance

Meursault 1er Cru Perrières :
Production : 1 500 bottles
Colour : gold, silver tints
Bouquet : class and breed tempered by mineral overtones ; refined, complex ; discreet when young
Palate : depth ; dense and suave with coiled acidity ; rich and compact with a silky texture

Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières :
Production : 2 500 bottles
Bouquet : unctuous and fresh with caramel, ripe apricot and peach
Palate : ripe, powerful, fleshy, broad with freely intertwining acidity; long smoky finish

Chassagne-Montrachet AC La Bergerie : 250 metres south of Montrachet ; vines dating from the 1920’s
Production : 1 200 bottles
Colour : pale gold , green tints
Bouquet : fresh and floral ; multi-facetted aroma promises latent complexity
Palate : broad, expressive yet compact with flavor ; an almost premier cru structure; very long , persistent finish

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Blanchots-Dessus : 50 year old vineyard situated immediately under Montrachet
Production : 1 800 bottles
Colour : gold , green tints
Bouquet : gloriously complex with abundant freshness and floral overtones – dominant honeysuckle
Palate : sleek and seamless with extract, texture and structure of Grand Cru quality

Monthélie AC : small holding on southern edge of village
Production : 900 bottles
Colour : medium ruby
Bouquet : fresh and perfumed; redolent of strawberry jam
Palate : medium weight and structure with good savoury length

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Bondues : old vineyard 200 yards south-west of Montrachet
Production : 1 500 bottles
Colour : almost garnet ; deep rim
Bouquet : deep , brooding red fruit, polished wood
Palate : robust and meaty with full body

Volnay AC Les Blanches : immediately above Clos des Chênes, 50 year old vines
Production : 2 500 bottles
Colour : ruby
Bouquet : wild strawberry jam with violet overtones
Palate : elegant, rich and flavoursome ; distinguished perfume hovers into finish, ethereal

Pommard AC : small plot high above the village on Volnay side ; white pebbly terrain
Prouction : 900 bottles
Colour : deep ruby
Bouquet : cherry-stone ,with good “Pommard” vigour
Palate : intense and dense with ripe , finely honed tannins

Volnay 1er Cru La Gigotte : next to “La Chapelle”
Production : 1 500 bottles
Colour : ruby
Bouquet : elegant , strawberries and raspberries
Palate : soft and round ; velvet texture

Volnay 1er Cru Santenots : originates from “les Pelures” a highly rated climat within “Santenots”
Production : 1 800 bottles
Colour : deep ruby
Bouquet : complex and perfumed with liquorice and violets, with latent power and vigour
Palate : broad structure with great richness and power ; this wine ages impeccably

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