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David Duband
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The Domaine David Duband, located in Chevannes, in the heart of the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, claims 23 prestigious appellations, from Nuits-Saint-Georges to Gevrey-Chambertin. 17 hectares of vines are cultivated according to the organic ethics required by the Ecocert label. The Domaine also buys grapes from small winegrowers who manage their vines in an environmentally friendly way. But before studying its current production in detail, let's look back at its origins and the unusual career of this real troublemaker, David, a generous man with a heart of gold. When David Duband joined his father Pierre at the head of the family wine estate, his family was farming 15 hectares of vines in Chevannes. Just out of the "VITI" in Beaune, he started to make wine with his first vintage, 1991. This was an opportunity for an enterprising and talented mind to test and experiment with all the winemaking techniques in order to obtain great Burgundy wines. His philosophy was drawn from his father's work in the vineyards and from the sound advice of his mentor, Robert Jayer, a winemaker in Magny-les-Villers. He also listened to the teachings of his cousins during courses at the Arlaud and Pierre Amiot estates in Morey-Saint-Denis. It is also his love of the great achievements of the Dujac estates in Morey-Saint-Denis or Armand Rousseau in Gevrey-Chambertin that have inspired him and guided his choices in terms of winemaking and interpretation. For him, it is necessary to relearn how to work the vineyard. Observe, listen, analyse as the ancients did. To rediscover the techniques that made it possible to produce great vintages before the 1960s. We must forget the extensive viticulture of the 1970s, with its herbicides and pesticides, which certainly made the winegrower's work easier and the yields higher, but at what price... Since 1998, the Domaine Duband no longer uses weed killers and resorts to ploughing. Natural or sown grass can be used to combat erosion and improve the structure of the soil by encouraging the activity of naturally occurring micro-organisms. Pruning is carefully considered in order to limit yields, concentrate aromas and allow the best of the Côte de Nuits climates to be expressed in Vosne-Romanée, Chambolle-Musigny, Gevrey-Chambertin or Nuits-Saint-Georges. Here, the harvest is entirely manual and the grapes are trodden underfoot. In addition, since 2008, David Duband has favoured vinification using whole grapes (40 to 80% of the bunches are kept intact during maceration in vats), which gives the wines structure and finesse. Similarly, the Domaine's wines are aged in oak barrels with a maximum of 40% new wood. They have the true colour of the Pinot grape, which is not pushed during extraction and not tired out during maturation. Very pure and hardly austere in their youth, they evolve marvellously with time towards a floral, spicy and brambly universe, with tannins that gradually acquire a magnificent smoothness and finesse.

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