Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur, Volnay

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A committed classicist, Vincent Bitouzet produces structured, demanding, age-worthy, satisfying wines, both red and white, from the heart of the Cote de Beaune.Based in Volnay. Blessed with extensive holdings in Meursault as well, this domaine is a tried and true standard-bearer for all that is fundamentally good and sound in Burgundy: conscientious and sensitive work in the vineyards, respect above all for the specific character of each lieu-dit, patience and attention to detail in the cellar, and a commitment to producing wines of depth and longevity. The Bitouzets rigorously tend their own vineyards, practicing organic viticulture that includes natural reduction of insect infestations, the use of organic compost when necessary, no herbicides or pesticides, and severe limitations on the use of copper sulfate. Harvest is done manually. Classic Burgundian vinification is practiced and only indigenous yeasts are used. The whites are fermented and aged in barrel, and there is extensive lees contact to develop richness and complexity. Reds receive daily pigeage, depending on the vintage, and are generally aged 24 months before being bottled. For both reds and whites, no more than 20% new oak is used for ageing.