2006 Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils Cote de Nuits-Villages Le Vaucrain

Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils Cote de Nuits-Villages Le Vaucrain

Since Daniel Rion inherited five acres of vines in Vosne-Romanee in 1955, the domain has acquired an international reputation for their red Burgundy. Initially, Rion aimed to sell wines to local negociants in Beaune and Dijon. But as his sons joined into the venture, and brought in parcels that they had purchased or inherited over the years, the family focused its attention on rebuilding the old winery and producing wines under their own name.

Today the domain covers 45 acres of vineyards across Nuits Saint Georges, Vosne Romanee, Chambolle Musigny, Clos de Vougeot and Marey-les-Fussey. The vineyards, with vines ranging from 25-65 years in age, are farmed and harvested manually, usually in whole bunches, to best allow the distinctive terroir to express itself. The grapes are then 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 domain. Despite its international reputation, Domaine Daniel Rion produces fewer than 9,000 cases in a normal vintage.

Olivier Rion, Winemaker
Olivier Rion, Winemaker
The Le Vaucrain vineyard is located adjacent to one of Nuits-St. Georges' most famous Premier Crus: the Clos de La Marechale. Fruit for Rion's bottling comes from 35-year old vines that reveal the complex character of this special spot in the middle of the Premeaux commune.

This wine is deep red in color, with subtle notes of red fruit and licorice on the nose. On the palate, it's spicy and concentrated, with pronounced cherry flavors and ripe, soft tannins.

Pair this wine with firm, rich cheeses like Morbier or Gruyere, or with classic bistro fare like braised beef.