Roumier is considered one of the greatest Burgundy producers. The wines from this Domaine are in such high demand among enthusiasts, acquiring any quantity whatsoever seems to be increasingly difficult.
The domaine was founded in 1924 by Georges Roumier and he began domaine bottling in 1945.
The historic winery is located in Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits. It all began with the marriage of Georges and Geneviève Roumier Quanquin, who brought as a dowry vineyards of the caliber like Les Amoureuses, Fuées and Les Bonnes -Mares. In the 50s, the Domaine acquired other important wine-growing land in the Clos Vougeot, the Clos de la Bussiere in Morey St Denis, in Corton-Charlemagne and in the grand Musigny.
Since 1982 the Domaine has been run by Christophe Roumier who graduated in Oenology in Dijon. His choices in the vineyard minimize any kind of treatment, herbicides and chemical have been banned, land regularly tilled and the vineyards kept healthy and well ventilated. The training system used is the Guyot, with effeuillage operations carried out in the summer on the north side of the plant; Christophe recently is engaging the principles of Biodynamics.
Christopher attaches great importance to the age of the vineyards, much to replant a vineyard only when the vine has reached 50 years. The Domaine Roumier harvests by hand, generally later than other manufacturers, one by one by selecting the best grapes. In the cellar the grapes are de-stemmed in different proportions depending on the vintage and the Cru; the fermentation is slow and natural and triggered by indigenous yeast, the maceration lasts 25 days and is carried out in steel tanks. The wine aging takes place in old and new oak. 20% new oak for the Village, 25-35% new oak for the Premier Cru and 35-45% new oak for the Grand Cru wines. Christophe delays malolactic (or secondary fermentation) by maintaining low temperatures and elevating the wine in wood for 18 months, until April 2 after the harvest. The wine is then bottled and left a few months in the bottle.
The wines of the Domaine Roumier are sensual, elegant, pure and crystalline, qualities that were maintained over the years due to the great potential for aging. Christophe's personality is well reflected in his wine, precise and meticulous, always looking for harmony and balance.
The wines are seductively fruity in their youth yet with excellent ageing potential. It is without doubt one of the most famous and sought after Domaine de Bourgogne.
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