Domaine des Terres de Velle - Auxey-Duresses

Domaine des Terres de Velle fact sheet

The name of the domaine was not difficult to find for Sophie and Fabrice Laronze. All they had to do was look down. The Velle river which passes at the foot of the domaine was the natural and easy choice. After having worked as Alex Gambal’s winemaker through the first ten formative years at the eponymously named micro-negociant in Beaune, with Sophie alongside in sales, the two Burgundy natives were casting about, looking for an opportunity they could call their own. In the summer of 2009 said opportunity presented itself and soon after Domaine des Terres de Velle was born.

Fabrice and SophieLocated at the entrance of the village of Auxey-Duresses in the heart of Burgundy’s picturesque Côte de Beaune, the husband and wife team created this new domaine bringing together six hectares of vineyards scattered among 11 neighboring appellations. Though the couple clearly had some good fortune in obtaining a domaine with a selection of many remarkably old-vine parcels scattered among appellations Fabrice knew well, thanks to his years working with Gambal, there would nevertheless be work ahead of them. First and foremost would be revitalising and reconditioning vineyards which were not attentively cared for and rarely if ever plowed; vines which were poorly trained and fed a steady diet of chemical cocktails through many years; and replanting up to 15% of missing vines. This would clearly be a multi-year project.

The completion of a new winemaking facility was completed in 2011 just in time for the harvest of that year and has since given the couple much more control over their raw materials and the ability to move much closer to fashioning the wines they imagined to create. All fermentations, white and red, are now in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and a natural gravity flow allows them to move juice to aging barrels below with minumal mechanical pumping. Initially hesitant to proceed with native yeast fermentations in a brand new building, beginning with the 2015 vintage, all fermentations are now by native yeast alone. Once in the cellar, the wines are left undisturbed and not racked until being blended back in tank, around the time of the following harvest, where they are left to settle naturally for up to 6 months, in order to avoid filtration. Bottling dates are selected in accord with the lunar calendar.

As they settle into their new surroundings and continue to make the improvements in the vineyards and to the facility, it is exciting to see the wines reflect the same upward trajectory each year as they gain in elegance, purity and expression of these individual terroirs which surround the Velle river.

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Regions

France

Beaujolais
Burgundy
Champagne
Montagne de Reims Emmanuel Brochet Côte des Bars Domaine Marie Courtin Valleé de la Marne Flavien Nowack
Southwest
Côtes du Marmandais Élian Da Ros
Jura
Languedoc
Terrasses du Larzac Domaine du Pas de L’Escalette Saint Chinian Domaine Rimbert
Loire
Provence
Rhône

Domaine des Terre de Velle

Bourgogne Blanc, ChardonnayBlend of 1/3 from clay rich soils of Corpeau, in the plains just to the east of Puligny and the remaining 2/3 from the village parcel of Les Pellans in Meursault.

Monthélie, Les Sous RochesA quarter hectare parcel on a steep grade facing directly east toward the village of the same name.

Meursault, Les LuchetsBlend of 1/3 from clay rich soils of Corpeau, in the plains just to the east of Puligny and the remaining 2/3 from the village parcel of Les Pellans in Meursault.

Puligny-MontrachetA quarter hectare parcel on a steep grade facing directly east toward the village of the same name.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Renferts, 1er CruBlend of 1/3 from clay rich soils of Corpeau, in the plains just to the east of Puligny and the remaining 2/3 from the village parcel of Les Pellans in Meursault.

Bourgogne Rouge, Pinot NoirA quarter hectare parcel on a steep grade facing directly east toward the village of the same name.

Auxey-Duresses, Les CloseauxBlend of 1/3 from clay rich soils of Corpeau, in the plains just to the east of Puligny and the remaining 2/3 from the village parcel of Les Pellans in Meursault.

Volnay, Ez BlancheA quarter hectare parcel on a steep grade facing directly east toward the village of the same name.

Volnay, Le Ronceret, 1er CruA quarter hectare parcel on a steep grade facing directly east toward the village of the same name.