The best wines of Rully should be at the very top of the list of people looking for outstanding value in Burgundy. Pronounced Roo-yee, this is the finest commune of the Côte Chalonnaise. The vineyards here are only minutes from Beaune, and share a similar aspect and soil type with the famous Côte de Beaune appellations. In recent years, the reputation of wines from the best producers of the Côte Chalonnaise has blossomed, thanks to the commitment of growers like Defaix.
To put it simply, the best wines are top notch, excellent value alternatives to the more celebrated (and more expensive) appellations to the north.
Jaeger-Defaix is the family Domaine of Hélène Defaix, wife of Didier Defaix (of Chablis producer Domaine Bernard Defaix). Most of the Jaeger-Defaix vineyards are premier cru and brilliantly situated. All the vineyards are managed organically. Given the family connection, it won’t surprise you to hear that the 4.5-hectare Domaine is run in the same earth-to-glass spirit as Didier’s family Estate in Chablis.
The connection to the land here is strong, and goes back to the 16th century.
The great-grandfather of Hélène, Henri Niepce, was instrumental in achieving and promoting Rully’s AOC status in the thirty’s.