- Wine: Côte de Nuits-Villages blanc
- Region: Côte d’Or, Burgundy
- Vines: Chardonnay & Pinot Blanc
- Domaine: Domaine Désertaux-Ferrand
- Winemaker: Vincent Désertaux
- Guide bottle price: £14.40 (collect price)*
Your allocation: 48 bottles per year – you can order as much as you want (6s/12s), no obligation to b uy
Annual vintage release: April
Accommodation nearby: Yes, we can arrange
Event at this vineyard: Yes, we visit Vincent at his domaine and taste is Meursault Premier Cru amongst the vines during our Taste of Burgundy Weekend
The vines & wine
These vines are situated in the famous Côte d’Or region of Burgundy. Literally this means ‘golden slopes’ and with good reason as this is an area blessed with some of the greatest geography and geology of all. This is what the French call ‘terroir’ when referring to the situation of their vineyards. And this situation, on the boundary between the Côte de Nuits in the north and the Côte de Beaune in the south is perfect for growing some of the most elegant Chardonnay around.
Neatly sandwiched between these two famous regions is Domaine Désertaux-Ferrand, where the family have been winemakers for generations.
Vincent Désertaux makes Partners’ award-winning wine from mostly Chardonnay grapes blended with a little old vine Pinot Blanc his grandfather planted after World War I. It is a lightly-oaked white burgundy that has astonishing depth and spicy complexity.
The Désertaux family have been winemakers for generations. Vincent is now in charge. He is incredibly talented and highly respected in the region. As well as crafting delightfully fragrant and supple wines from the Côte de Nuits, he also owns small parcels in Meursault, Pommard and Beaune itself.
The Côte d’Or is a continuous slope of about 50 km where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines enjoy some of the greatest terroir on earth. It is the limestone soil, cool climate and a thousand years of know how which makes this region’s wines so very special.
The centre of the region, both geographically and spiritually, is Beaune. It’s a very special town – in the summer it is ‘a-buzz’ with tourists from all over the world enjoying the lovely atmosphere, ancient cobbled streets and beautiful architecture. There are over 100 cafés, bars and restaurants to choose from and given the regions reputation for fine gastronomy, eating well is guaranteed. It is also home to many of the region’s most famous and historic merchants, such as Bouchard Père et Fils and Louis Jadot.
After enjoying the buzz of Beaune, you can then drive up into the hillside villages dotted around the Côte d’Or and see some of the most famous vineyards on earth. Places like Gevrey-Chambertin, Vosne-Romanée, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet will have you salivating. It is fascinating to discover just why some vineyards are responsible for some of the most expensive, sought-after wine of all, and yet other vineyards situated close by, are not.
* Wine prices may vary slightly due to exchange rate differences. If you choose to have your wine shipped to the UK, shipping costs and duty will be added.