This domain is renowned for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vintages. It began in the village of Saint-Aubin, right in the heart of Burgundy. Now the vineyards of Domaine Roux extend across the Côte d’Or, Côte de Nuits, Côte Chalonnaise and Côte de Beaune.
Fathers and sons and grandsons
Founded in 1885 on just four hectares of land, Domain Roux has now grown to encompass more than 70. Marcel Roux and his sons Christian, Regis and Emmanuel have made their family domain one of the top ten largest landowners in the area. Grandsons Sebastian and Mathieu have now joined the team.
Marl, limestone and clay
The terroirs of the domain vary enormously. At its northern tip, vines are planted on clay-limestone soils facing east. Another lies across the road from the famous white Grand Cru Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet. In an area bordering Chassagne-Montrachet, gently sloping vineyards face south-east on a terroir of marl and limestone.
From eighteenth century cellars to the present
The family combine advanced technology with cherished traditions to produce superior Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They plant their vines on eastern and southern facing slopes. All grapes are harvest by hand and wines are aged in new oak barrels. Even though a new cellar was constructed, the old cellar at the heart of Saint Aubin is still used for ageing some wines.
The Domaine Roux winemaking process is the same for all the white wines from Communal to Grand Cru appellations. They are barrel fermented for 3 to 4 weeks and aged in French oak barrels. The difference lies in the amount of time the wine spends in oak which depends vintage and hierarchy of the appellation. The Roux family use oak as they believe it doesn’t overpower the aromas and flavours of the wine.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
The estate produces rich, textured Chardonnay wines which are well-balanced, aromatically complex and long on the palate. For its Pinot Noir, Domain Roux manages to emphasize the aromatic complexity and flavours of the grape without over extracting other elements.