Domaine Billard has approximately 12.5 hectares of vineyards in different appellations throughout the Côtes de Beaune. Their largest holdings are in the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune with other small plots located in Saint-Romain, Saint-Aubin 1er Cru, Auxey-Duresses and Beaune. The domaine passed from father to son recently and Jérôme Billard has brought a new philosophy to his family domaine. Farming is done with respect for nature and follows the principles of organic farming. Yields are kept low through the use of cover crops and severe pruning and all the vines are harvested by hand. Only indigenous yeasts are used for the fermentation. Jérôme’s father sold his wine to the local cooperative but Jérôme is now estate bottling his entire production.
Domaine Billard Pere Et Fils Beaune Rouge Les Bons Feuvres 2018
Beautifully cherry red with plenty of strawberry, cranberry and cherry on the nose. Lots of fruit on the palate with little sign of development, lovely silky tannins. This is one to keep in the cellar for a few years.
Beaune is the third largest commune in the Côte D’Or after Gevrey Chambertin and Meursault. Most of the vineyards are classified as Premier Cru with smaller parcels of “village” wine on the southern and northern fringes. Les Bons Feuvres is one of the “village” parcels in the southwest corner of the appellation quite close to Pommard. The Billards own a mere .28h of Les Bons Feuvres from which they produce about 120 cases annually. The wine is vinified in stainless steel tanks with a maceration of 15 days. The “pigeage” is done by foot. The wine is matured for a year in Tronçais oak barrels, 20% of which are new.