David Duband

David Duband Burgundy Winemaker

The Story

When I first met David, he didn’t speak much English. These days it flows gracefully off his tongue as someone born speaking it.  Much like his brisk improvement in English, the quality and integrity of his wines and vineyards has advanced at a rapid pace since he took over in 1991, while still attending winemaking school. In 1999 he abandoned conventional farming and by 2006 was completely organic.  An overhaul of his vineyard protocol was a dramatic step that allowed an evolution in David’s winemaking style, which has become more sensitive, more precise, in an attempt to articulate a more intimate engagement with his terroir.  Over the last five vintages or so, he extracts less, uses less oak and has increased his percentage of whole cluster fermentations. These changes and the beauty of the plots he purchased from Jacky Truchot (now-retired, but in his day a vigneron with terrific collection of very old vineyards and a cult following of Burgundy lovers), David’s wines are turning the heads of both his colleagues in Burgundy and wine lovers around the world.

Lay of the Land

It would be hard for a wine Francophile to not be familiar with Burgundy and its famous sub-region, Côte de Nuits. The Côte de Nuits is the most northern part of the central area of Burgundy; of course, there are many appellations further to the north such as Chablis and many other smaller ones. This region is known to reach the highest of highs with one of the worlds most exceptional grapes, Pinot Noir. The general soil composition of the area is very complex and can be oversimplified by naming limestone and clay as the dominant features. The climate brings quite a variation in vintages (even more so recently) which can change the quality of a vintage over night, as it has done many times, with a single hailstorm. It is a region of reverence by the world’s wine elite and has nearly priced itself out of the hands of the average consumer. However, when they are good, they are worth every penny.

David Duband Les Gruenchers

David Duband - 2014 Chambolle-Musigny, 1er Cru Les Gruenchers

Price: $153.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

24+ in stock

Type of Wine: Red
Style: Rustic, Medium Body

Inside the bottle: There are those unsuspecting vineyards that seem to have a special gift; Gruenchers is one of those. Most people who have a piece don’t really know why it is so special, but the proof is usually in the glass. The wine is one of Chambolle’s greatest examples of femininity and reserved strength. As you look at the light color in the glass and take your first smell, you don’t expect to be hit by what the palate has to offer. Inside the mouth, the wine shows its subtle strength with a long, cool and profound length that could, in many cases, outlast many grand crus, especially those that are clipped by excessive oak use. The nose slowly evolves upon opening to deliver to the patient drinker the most beautiful soft orange colored rose, the first ripening strawberry from the garden and sleek wet stone and mineral nuances. The palate hides from the eye its interior octane that effuses your mouth with the same aromas. It’s a lovely, seductive and rare wine. If you’ve not yet tasted Gruenchers, you’ve missed one of the quiet champions of any vignerons’ range who is lucky enough to have a piece.

The Wine

Inside the bottle: There are those unsuspecting vineyards that seem to have a special gift; Gruenchers is one of those. Most people who have a piece don’t really know why it is so special, but the proof is usually in the glass. The wine is one of Chambolle’s greatest examples of femininity and reserved strength. As you look at the light color in the glass and take your first smell, you don’t expect to be hit by what the palate has to offer. Inside the mouth, the wine shows its subtle strength with a long, cool and profound length that could, in many cases, outlast many grand crus, especially those that are clipped by excessive oak use. The nose slowly evolves upon opening to deliver to the patient drinker the most beautiful soft orange colored rose, the first ripening strawberry from the garden and sleek wet stone and mineral nuances. The palate hides from the eye its interior octane that effuses your mouth with the same aromas. It’s a lovely, seductive and rare wine. If you’ve not yet tasted Gruenchers, you’ve missed one of the quiet champions of any vignerons’ range who is lucky enough to have a piece.

About The Wine

Inside the bottle: There are those unsuspecting vineyards that seem to have a special gift; Gruenchers is one of those. Most people who have a piece don’t really know why it is so special, but the proof is usually in the glass. The wine is one of Chambolle’s greatest examples of femininity and reserved strength. As you look at the light color in the glass and take your first smell, you don’t expect to be hit by what the palate has to offer. Inside the mouth, the wine shows its subtle strength with a long, cool and profound length that could, in many cases, outlast many grand crus, especially those that are clipped by excessive oak use. The nose slowly evolves upon opening to deliver to the patient drinker the most beautiful soft orange colored rose, the first ripening strawberry from the garden and sleek wet stone and mineral nuances. The palate hides from the eye its interior octane that effuses your mouth with the same aromas. It’s a lovely, seductive and rare wine. If you’ve not yet tasted Gruenchers, you’ve missed one of the quiet champions of any vignerons’ range who is lucky enough to have a piece.