The denomination of Côte de Nuits Villages suggests generic anonymity, but the vines of Dufouleur’s lieu-dit Le Vaucrain are anything but that.
Le Vaucrain stands on the northern boundary of the village of Comblachien, adjacent to the Premier Cru vineyard of Nuits Saint Georges Clos de la Maréchale. With the rocky soil that might be expected of the commune that supplied the marble for the Paris Opéra (the name Vaucrain means infertile soil – ideal for the vine if for little else), this south-easterly facing mid-slope vineyard offers a fresh mineral core well adapted to the warming climate; the wines are characterised by a finesse, depth and balance that one would expect in Burgundies of more elevated appellation and price, certainly superior to most Nuits Saint Georges village wines.
The Dufouleur family has a long history of winemaking in Burgundy and the family can be traced back to 1596 and the village of Nuits-Saint-Georges. The original family name fouleur literally means grape crusher (depicted on the label), and this manual trade was practiced until the end of the 19th century.