The Dufouleur Family is deep rooted in Nuits Saint Georges in the center of Burgundy’s renowned vineyard, since Gilles Dufouleur, born in 1596.
They went across the centuries by carrying on Burgundy traditions, secrets of winemaking and by transmitting the taste for elitism..
In 1848, Symphorien Dufouleur founded the trading house: Dufouleur Père & Fils. He transmitted his heritage to Alexis Dufouleur, his eldest son, inheriting a full success in a time where nothing was easy: the reputation of Dufouleur wines is already recognized worldwide.
Symphorien Dufouleur also contributed to reinforce the family domaine by acquiring more vines.
Further to the French Revolution in 1789, all properties owned by the Catholic church were seized and sold.
It is during one of the auction sales organized to sell the Clos de Vougeot that the Dufouleur family acquired a plot of land.
In 1804, Dufouleur Père & Fils became one of the Imperial court’s wine supplier.
The introduction of Dufouleur Père & Fils wines to the Emperor was facilitated thanks to a cousin who happened to be one of Napoléon very close collaborator, Colonel Commandant Supérieur du Génie aux Armées Impériales Anne Emmanuel Charles Blanc-Dufouleur.
The legend also says that the Emperor fell in love with the wife of one of his General (Artillery General Gassensi) who happened to have a house in Nuits-Saint-Georges When visiting Madame Gassendi, Napoléon was said to be drinking only Dufouleur Père & Fils’ Clos Vougeot grand cru...
A piece of history and the best of burgundy !
In memory to this glorious past, Dufouleur Père & Fils decided back in 1919 to have the name « Cuvée Napoléon 1er » branded, till today Dufouleur Père & Fils is the only wine company in the world to be able to use this name.
Dufouleur Père & Fils
Rully is a village with a long history. Rully was granted its AOC in 1939 and now produces red wines (Pinot Noir) and white wines (Chardonnay) with both village and Premier Cru appellations. Since the early 19th century it has been, in addition, an important centre for the making of Crémant de Bourgogne.
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Colour: This white wine is very clear with greenish-gold tints.
Nose: It has aromas of apricot, acacia, white blossoms and hazelnut.
Mouth: Its suppleness is heightened by a rather discrete touch of acidity. Barrel ageing adds toasted richness. A good year, with very ripe grapes will produce a wine similar to a Meursault. Soft on the palate with marked notes of fruit, and beautiful length.
Alliance: Aperitif, seafood, fish and white meats.
Bourgogne Pinot Noir Cuvée Napoléon 1er
Burgundy’ appellation is produced in three departments: Yonne, Côte-d’Or and Saône-et-Loire.
Logically speaking, there can not exist only one unique appellation ‘Burgundy’ for every wine produced within the same region that is why every wine has its own character and its own difference due to the influence of the terroir.
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Colour: Ruby red with medium intensity accompanied by orange reflections.
Nose: Very aromatic, it offers smells of red and dark fruits.
Mouth: Soft and not very tannic. It is pleasant with a lovely structure.
Alliance: Burgundy beef, mild, cheese…