This approachable Pinot Noir from Domaine Billard is charming and characterful with ripe berry fruit aromas and flavours with sweet spice and fine tannins. A great value choice – with good Burgundy getting more and more difficult to find for under £20 this is a definite steal!
Domaine Billard has approximately 12.5 hectares of vineyards in different appellations throughout the Cotes de Beaune. Their largest holdings are in the Hautes Cotes de Beaune with other small plots located in Saint Romain, Saint Aubin 1er Cru, Auxey Duresses and Beaune.
The domaine passed from father to son recently and Jérôme Billard has brought a new philosophy to his family domaine. Farming is done with respect for nature and follows the principles of organic farming. Yields are kept low through the use of cover crops and severe pruning and all the vines are harvested by hand. Only indigenous yeasts are used for the fermentation. Jérôme’s father sold his wine to the local cooperative but Jérôme is now estate bottling his entire production.
Jerome Billard, who has 12 hectares on the Cote de Beaune, is an instinctive winemaker who believes in a natural approach in the vineyard and cellar. His two Hautes Cotes de Beaune make two excellent entry-level domaine Burgundies.
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