A Burgundy producer is expanding to the nearby Jura. Domaines Devillard, owners of Domaine de Perdrix in Burgundy’s Côte d’Or and Château de Chamirey in the Côte Chalonnaise, are partnering in a deal to buy Domaine Rolet. Domaines Devillard, the Flambert family, hoteliers from Paris, and the Dupuis family, whose Groupe Venum-Dragon Bleu sells mixed martial arts clothing and equipment, now own equal shares of Rolet. The price was not disclosed.
Domaine Rolet, founded in 1942, is one of the largest estates in the Jura, producing red, white, sparkling wines and vin jaune, a regional specialty, from 160 acres of vines in Arbois and Côtes de Jura. It’s owned and managed by four siblings: Eliane, Pierre, Bernard and Guy Rolet.
“My sister Aurore, my father Bertrand and I have been looking to buy another wine estate for the last two years,” coproprietor Amaury Devillard told Wine Spectator. “Jura is a region separated from Burgundy by the Saône River. It offers a cool climate able to produce fantastic fruity, tasty, fresh and balanced wines with a very unique expression. We strongly believe in the potential of Jura.”
The Rolet siblings will stay on through the 2018 harvest. In a statement, they said, “It is a new era that is beginning for Domaine Rolet with the entry into the heart of Domaines Devillard, which has the ambition to continue to develop the estate, while also conserving its identity and savoir-faire.”
Amaury and Aurore Devillard will manage Domaine Rolet with the help of Cédric Ducoté, Devillard’s export manager for the past six years. “We want to keep it independent with regards to our Burgundy estates,” said Amaury.
In addition to Domaine des Perdrix and Château de Chamirey, Domaine Devillard includes Domaine de la Ferté in Givry and Domaine de la Garenne in the Mâconnais. Its wines are distributed in 60 countries around the world.
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