From: Burgundy, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
There are about 20 villages included in the Hautes Côtes de Beaune appellation. These old villages, many of which are barely inhabited, are secluded in the hills, and their vineyards are interspersed with woodlands and farms that grow a variety of crops. The Billard family home and winery are located in one of these: La Rochepot, a small village noted for its elaborate 13th-century château set into a rocky hillside that lies just west of Saint-Aubin and 15 km south of Beaune. Since 1999, Jérôme and Elisabeth Billard have represented the fourth generation of Jérôme’s family to manage Domaine Billard Pere & Fils. Jérôme has built up the estate's vineyard holdings to 26 hectares in various appellations throughout the Cotes de Beaune. They have the most holdings in Hautes Cotes de Beaune, with other small plots located in Saint Aubin 1er Cru, Saint Romain, Auxey Duresses, Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru, Chassagne-Montrachet, Santenay, and Pommard.
The Billards farm one hectare in the Santenay “lieu dit” Les Hâtes. Les Hâtes is one of the larger “climats” in Santenay and is situated between the 1er Cru vineyards, Passetemps, and Beaurepaire. The vines in the Billard’s parcel are 45 years old. The wine is fermented in cement tanks at low temperatures with a daily punching down of the cap. The wine then matured in oak barrels for 9-10 months. Typically, 20% of the barrels are new.
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