Domaine Dupré was founded in the early 1950s with only 3 hectare of vines, along with cereals and livestock. By 1990, when Jean-Christophe joined his father, they farmed 12 hectares of vineyards only. After absorbing several other smaller holdings, today Domaine Dupré covers 26 hectares, just under 10% of which are planted with Pinot Noir. The choice of grapes is guided by the soils and micro-climates. The domaine’s 2.3 hectares of Pinot Noir vines dedicated to their Bourgogne Rouge are on two, southeast-facing slopes in the communes of Mancey and Royer, both at 300 meters of altitude. The vines average 45 years of age and are planted on ideal clay-limestone soils, the same as found in many more “prestigious” Cote d’Or sites. The combination of the relatively cool microclimate and the ideal soil and exposition allows the Duprés to harvest late, enhancing the wine’s complexity and richness. The Duprés plant grass between the vine rows and cut it only twice per year. The grass serves to check erosion, limit yields, enrich the soil and foster a healthy natural ambiance. The Duprés also prune severely by using the Cordon Royat method, with only one cane. “Viticulture raisonnée is not a vain word for me” states Jean-Christophe Dupré, who has installed a weather station on his property to guide his vineyard work to attain perfectly ripe and healthy fruit. Only organic fertilizers are used when neces- sary. At harvest, the Pinot Noir fruit is destemmed and is given 2 days of cold-maceration to obtain full color and aroma. Fermentation occurs over 12 days in temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks. Dupré punches down the cap of grape skins once per day for the first 5 days of the vatting period and circulates the juice over the cap daily. The Dupré Pinot Noir is aged entirely in 228 liter barrels (5% are new, and the rest are 1 to 5 years old) for 10 months and is not fined. Malolactic fermentation take place naturally in the barrels over the winter. The barrels are assembled into a tank and the wine is clarified in June before bottling in July. The rich- ly textured, round, fresh and expressive old-vines Pinot Noir character of the Dupré Bourgogne Rouge puts it on the same level as the finest Bourgogne Rouges made in Burgundy today.