The 2011 Céline et Vincent Dureuil Bourgogne Blanc is a white Burgundy made from 100% Chardonnay grapes grown by organic methods in clay-limestone soil on a tiny vineyard named “La Combe” in the commune of Puligny-Montrachet. The grapes are hand-picked and then lightly pressed, followed by 24 hours of static settling before the juice is transferred to barrels for fermentation in oak, with 25% new wood. Élevage includes stirring the lees in the barrels throughout the winter, giving the wine a rich full-bodied texture and flavor. This Chardonnay was medium yellow in color with notes of gold and had a fresh clean aroma of white flower blossoms, lemons and peaches. On the palate, the wine was dry and full-bodied, with pronounced flavors of yellow peach, melon, lemon, vanilla and cream, along with crisp, refreshing acidity.
The 2011 Céline et Vincent Dureuil Bourgogne Rouge is a red Burgundy made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes, also grown by organic methods on several tiny parcels of 40 year old vines in the communes of Prémaux and Puligny. The grapes are hand-picked and hand-sorted to assure quality and then undergo 8 days of cold maceration before fermentation and maturation in oak barrels, with one-third new wood. The 2011 vintage we tasted was ruby red in color, lighter bodied than the Rully we reviewed previously, with aromas of fresh cherries and raspberries, and juicy flavors of red currants, cherries and pomegranates. There was a good balance of fruit, acidity and peppery spice, with light, smooth tannins on the finish.