2006 Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils Nuits-Saint-Georges Lavieres

Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils Nuits-Saint-Georges Lavieres

In 1955, Daniel Rion inherited five 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 in addition to Vosne Romanee, Chambolle Musigny, Clos de Vougeot and Marey-les-Fussey.

Today the property covers 45 acres of fabled vineyards, with vines ranging from 25-65 years in age. 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.

Domaine Daniel Rion
Domaine Daniel Rion
The 2006 red Burgundies from the Cote de Nuits have been particularly impressive so far, thanks to a harvest that, thanks to a relatively dry August, was more favorable than that of the Cote de Beaune. As a result, this rendition of Nuits-Saint-Georges is a classic and is true to its style as well as to its substance. Made with fruit grown on 35-year old vines planted in the vineyard Les Lavieres in the commune of Nuits-Saint-Georges, this wine was fermented in steel, and aged in oak barrels, 20% new, to tame the exuberant meatiness of the fruit. It is forward, dense, and plush with a firm, lingering finish.

Pair this wine with herb-roasted pork chops, grilled swordfish, or roasted cornish game hens.