In 1955, Daniel Rion inherited 5 acres of vines in Vosne-Romanee and farmed the vineyards with a view to selling the wines to local negociants in Beaune and Dijon. He was joined in the venture by his sons, Patrice and Olivier, in the late seventies who brought with them small parcels they had purchased or inherited over the years. Together, the family rebuilt the old winery and home in Premeaux, and expanded their holdings in Nuits Saint Georges, Vosne Romanee, Chambolle Musigny, Clos de Vougeot, and Marey-les-Fussey.
Today the property cover 45 acres of fabled vineyards. The vines range in age of 25-65 years. The vineyards are farmed and harvested manually, usually in whole bunches. The grapes are de-stemmed with most winemaking taking place in open, temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Currently Olivier Rion is the winemaker for this domaine, while Christophe and Pascal Rion handle the vineyards and business ends of running the domaine. Despite its international reputation, Domaine Daniel Rion produces fewer than 9,000 cases in a normal vintage.
The 2004 "Le Vaucrain" is supple, spicy and extraordinarily concentrated Pinot Noir from the Comblanchien commune of the Cote de Nuits, in northern Burgundy. Made with fruit grown on 35-year old vines in the Les Vaucrain vineyard, this wine was fermented in steel, and aged in oak barrels, a small percentage of which are new. This tames the exuberant meatiness of the best wines of the appellation.
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Ageable for several years in a cool cellar, this is wine that could be enjoyed young with braised choice beef.