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Anne Sophie and Felix Debavelaere

Rully, Rully 1er Cru, Bouzeron, Beaune 1er Cru

7 hectares

 

Anne-Sophie Debavelaere, a native Burgundian, began her domaine in 1984. She farms 7 hectares of vines which are mostly in Rully, but include small parcels in Bouzeron and Beaune. Her vineyards are all worked with respect for the land in a fashion known as “lutte raisonnée”. Her winery or “cave de vinification” is a vaulted cellar which was dug from the Rully hillside in 1850. It was originally built by a local negociant who wanted to have a cellar for sparkling wine similar to those in Champagne. Today, it offers Anne-Sophie a wonderful environment in which to mature her wines. Anne-Sophie farms three parcels in Rully, the 1er Cru “Les Pierres” and the two lieux dits “Moulin A Vent” and “Les Cailloux”.

 

Rully “Les Cailloux”

Anne-Sophie Debavelaere owns 1.8 hectares in the “Les Cailloux” vineyard. 1.5h are planted to Chardonnay and .3h are planted to Pinot Noir. The vineyard is planted at a density of 8,000 plants per hectare and the vines have an average age of over 50 years. Anne-Sophie further insures quality fruit by severely limiting the yields of her plants with the Chardonnay yielding 40hl per hectare and the Pinot Noir between 30 and 35 hl per hectare. The vineyard descends from a plateau at one of the highest elevations in Rully and offers beautiful views of the Rully valleys below and the Côtes Chalonnaise. As the vineyard name suggests, this “lieu dit” has a great many surface stones. They absorb the sun’s heat during the day and radiate it back to the plants after sunset. Anne-Sophie allows natural herbs and grasses to grow between the rows and in the summer it gives her plot the look of a wild garden. The grasses in combination with the rocky soils and dense planting produce an environment where the vines produce few bunches with grapes that are beautifully ripe, concentrated and balanced.

 

Rully “Les Cailloux” Blanc

After the juice is very gently pressed from the skins, the Rully “Les Cailloux” Blanc is fermented in stainless steel. The wine is matured in barrels for a year during which time it undergoes its malo-lactic fermentation. An average vintage produces 800 cases.

 

Rully “Les Cailloux” Rouge

The red wine is fermented in tank with its natural yeasts and without a lot of heating of the tank. This allows the fermentation to be slow and gentle. The wine is matured in barrel, 10% new, for at least a year. An average vintage produces less than 150 cases.

 

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