The history of some properties, as well as the value of their vineyards, are beyond belief, especially in Burgundy. Grapes have been grown at Domaine Belleville since the year 853. That is nearly an unfathomable 1,200 years!
The current owners, Mark Nunnelly and his wife Denise Dupre, also own properties in Burgundy. Their totaling properties are just over 50 acres. The cost of buying an acre of grapes in a Burgundy like Belleville can easily cost $300,000 from which you are only allowed to make about 200 cases of wine. Obviously, this venture is not for the faint of wallet.
It's even more in the case of Belleville because they only produce Premier Cru Rully. Which is the highest designation there is in the appellation and one that its owners take very seriously. Rully is one of the best-kept secrets in Burgundy. The grapes are grown very close to neighbors whose appellation fetch two to three times the price of Rully. But, because they're in more exalted places, they can get away with it. The caveat here is that Rully, especially Premier Cru Rully, can easily be their equal.
Our selection has the pedigree of seamless silk with a thread of the soil intermingling with perfectly tended Chardonnay vines. It is seasoned with a touch of oak to accentuate, but not mask the layers of apple, peach and Asian pear suitable for no less than lobster thermidor or veal Oscar.