Jérôme and Elisabeth Billard are the 4th generation of his family to have managed Domaine Billard Pere & Fils. Their winery is located in La Rochepot, a village just west of Saint-Aubin. Jérôme has built up the estate's vineyard holdings to an impressive 18.5 hectares, with the largest area in Hautes Cotes de Beaune, as well as Beaune, St Romain, St Aubin, Auxey Duresses and Pommard.
Jérôme’s philosophy is "expressing the typicity of the terroir.". Yields are low and grapes are concentrated because of organic farming techniques, extensive pruning and cover crops between vines. His trusty Percheron steed, Raphael, ploughs the vineyards at the estate and for Domaine de la Romanee Conti. Grapes are hand harvested and sorted on a vibrating table to ensure only the best are selected. Winemaking is low intervention.
As a consequence of these meticulous efforts, Billard offers high quality wines with layers of complexity and concentration at surprisingly low prices.
The Saint Romain white comes from a 2.25 ha holding in the south-west facing La Combe Bazin vineyard, one of the best sites in Saint Romain, a village without Premier Crus.
It is aged 15% in new oak barrels. ON the nose it ha subtle hints of roasted nuts, baked citrus, and stone fruit. On the palte is spicy, creamy, with high acidity, savoury flavours, and a saline finish. Long pressing time gives the wine weight and texture. Thoroughly enjoyable, and should develop well.