Our climats and terroirs in Burgundy
The wines of the estate are aged in oak barrels, 30% of which are renewed each year. They have the real color of pinot noir that is not over extracted...the tannins are round rather than aggressive...the presence of pronounced tannins having never been a guarantee of good ageing potential, far from it!
Whether an Haute Côtes de Nuits or a Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Procès, the wines of the estate drink well both young and with age. With age the wines are simply different, having evolved over time...
Nuits St Georges : In the northern part of the commune, the soils are composed of silt from rocks fallen from the hillside and alluvial deposit from the valley of Meuzin. In the southern part the silt is deep, whereas on the top of the hillside, the vines sit right on the rock.
Among the wines of the estate, the Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Procès is distinguished by its minerality. Sunny vintages emphasize this minerality particularly well in this small appellation of 1.5 hectares farmed by only three reputable estates: Domaines Duband, Arnoux and Maison Joseph Drouhin.
Vosne-Romanée : This village appellation surrounds the greatest Grand Crus of Burgundy, from the top of the hillside to the foothills, sometimes even at the same altitude as the Grand Crus. The soil is composed of limestone and marly clay with depths ranging from a dozen centimeters to a meter.
Chambolle-Musigny : From an east facing hillside with an altitude ranging from 250 to 300 meters, this commune is remarkable for its thin soils. Lumps of gravel insure good drainage at the bottom of the valley. The wines produced in this appellation are highly refined and elegant.
The vineyard of Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers is located on the limit of the commune of Morey-Saint-Denis. This Premier Cru is elegant and has a long finish. Without a doubt once of the best Premiers Crus in the appellation.
Morey-St-Denis : The east-facing vines grow on limestone and clay between 220 and 270 meters altitude. Directly above the village, the variation of expositions and marl-heavy soils produce extremely high quality wines.
In the commune of Morey-Saint-Denis, the Domaine Duband produces Clos de la Roche, a mineral and particularly distinctive Grand Cru.
Gevrey-Chambertin : At an altitude of 280-380 meters, the Premiers Crus in this commune occupy the upper part of the hillside with dark, thin soils covering the limestone rock. The village level vineyards are made up of dark limestone and calcic soils. The vines benefit from a marly sub soil covered with red silt from the plateau above. This silt brings elegance and finesse to the wines while the marl, which is rich in fossilized seashells and clay, bring structure and body.
The Gevrey-Chambertin of the Domaine is located in the commune of Brochon. It is a masculine wine though elegant without aggressive tannins.
Hautes Côtes de Nuits : This vineyard is situated between 300 and 400 meters altitude and spreads across twenty communes. Vines grow on the hillsides of the valleys which cut though the plateau of Jurassic limestone to the west of the "Cote d'Or”.
The Hautes-Côtes de Nuits are the birthplace of the Domaine Duband. The Hautes-Côtes de Nuits blancs and rouge are fresh wines with good minerality. They are ready to drink soon after bottling. The whole cluster fermentation confers an elegance to the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits that softens the acidity of these higher altitude wines.
Côte de Nuits-Village : The hillsides of Comblanchien and Corgoloin are carved into the hard limestone of the superior Bathonian. The communes of Fixin and Brochon are located in the foothills and lay on darkish silt soils fallen from the top of the hills mixed with limestone pebbles.