Profile of Domaine Debray

An exciting new face in Burgundy, Domaine Debray has quickly established a formidable reputation for the quality and consistency of its wines. Combining integrity and know-how with a desire to interfere with their vineyards as little as possible, Debray is now a trusted source of both superlative red and white Burgundies. The first generation of the Debray family to go into winemaking, they have proven to be quick studies, making stylish reds and whites at every level but especially from choice vineyards in some of the leading Premier and Grand Crus of the region. Indeed, with such impressive results already achieved, one wonders what this Domaine has in store for Burgundy lovers in years to come!

Domaine Debray is one of the newest addresses in the Côte-d’Or, founded in 2006 by Yvonnick Debray. It is located on the site of a beautiful historic building that was constructed about 100 years ago, near the small city of Beaune. Of course, Beaune itself requires little introduction. The wine nerve center of Burgundy, this delightful place has retained a timeless atmosphere inside its city walls; ancient streets and buildings are full of tempting shops, cafes and restaurants drawing many visitors in the summer months. Drawn from a young age to the world of wine, Yvonnick, originally from Brittany, trained as an accountant and had been selling wine at fairs throughout France for over 20 years. His love of Burgundy and its wines finally encouraged him to take the plunge and leave behind his old life for good in 2006, purchasing some vineyards in the Cote’ d’Or, banking on a successful career in winemaking. Debray has since been vindicated.

Today, the Domaine has managed to create a name for itself in a short space of time, and in a very crowded arena – no small feat! Luminaries such as Jancis Robinson MW have lavished high praise on the wines, a testament to the hard work of Yvonnick, his wife, daughter and their small team. Recognition must particularly be given to master winemaker Philippe Terreau, whose wines have taken on an extra vigor and concentration in recent vintages. But at the true heart of this winery’s success is its devotion to non-interference in the vineyards, allowing the unique character of an individual terroir to shine through in the wines. Only using chemical fertilizers and pest controls when deemed absolutely necessary, respect for terroir, above all else, underpins this Domaine’s approach. The resulting wines are simply lovely – very fruit driven and harmonious. A most reliable address in the Côte-d’Or.

Wines produced

  • Domaine Debray Saint Aubin les Pucelles

    100% Chardonnay. Fermentation takes places in 20% new French oak. The wine is then aged on its lees for a period of 10-12 months. A delicious, approachable Chardonnay that is perfect with shellfish.

  • Domaine Debray Meursault

    100% Chardonnay. Fermentation takes places in 20% new French oak. The wine is then aged on its lees for a period of 10-12 months. A structured, age-worthy Chardonnay that is ideally paired with poultry.

  • Domaine Debray Morgeot (Premier Cru)

    100% Chardonnay. Fermentation takes places in 20% new French oak. The wine is then aged on its lees for a period of 10-12 months. This wine will benefit from further cellaring after release.

  • Domaine Debray Volnay

    100% Pinot Noir. After a pre-fermentation maceration, the wine is fermented in stainless steel vats and aged in typically 30% new French oak for a period of 12-14 months. A soft, approachable Pinot Noir that can be enjoyed at a young age.

  • Domaine Debray Chambolle Musigny

    100% Pinot Noir. After a pre-fermentation maceration, the wine is fermented in stainless steel vats and aged in typically 30% new French oak for a period of 12-14 months.

  • Domaine Debray Pommard Les Chaponnieres (Premier Cru)

    100% Pinot Noir. After a pre-fermentation maceration, the wine is fermented in stainless steel vats and aged in typically 30% new French oak for a period of 12-14 months. A structured, weighty Pinot Noir that will pair with red meat dishes and strong cheeses.

  • Domaine Debray Corton (Grand Cru)

    100% Pinot Noir. After a pre-fermentation maceration, the wine is fermented in stainless steel vats and aged in typically 30% new French oak for a period of 12-14 months. A prestigious Grand Cru Burgundy that will benefit from cellaring.

  • Domaine Debray Clos de Vougeot (Grand Cru)

    100% Pinot Noir. After a pre-fermentation maceration, the wine is fermented in stainless steel vats and aged in typically 30% new French oak for a period of 12-14 months. A legendary Grand Cru Vineyard in the Burgundy region, this wine can be cellared for at least 10 years.

Winery details

Domaine Debray

1, Place Saint Jacques
21200, Beaune, Burgundy
France
Tel +33 03 80 22 62 58
Fax +33 03 80 24 65 72

Appellation
AOC Beaune
Founded
2006
Area under vine
6.5 hectares
Age of vines
25 years+
Oak barrel origin
French
Winemaker
Jean-Philippe Terreau
Owner
Debray family
Production
100,000 bottles per annum
Grape varietals
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

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