A year living in Burgundy was an experience unlike any other. Studying French, meeting new friends, and learning all about the fabled domaines and vineyards from the ground up was a dream for me. Without a doubt, the highlight was the opportunity to stage at Domaine Dujac, starting in the summer in the vineyards and cellar, and then the cuverie through harvest. As much as I learned working, I think the daily lunches and dinners with the Seysses family were even more educational. And it was getting to know the most generous family in Burgundy that was the ultimate reward of my 2012 abroad.

Below is a tour through Domaine Dujac's parcels offered from north to south.

Gevrey Chambertin is home to Grand Cru Charmes-Chambertin, the largest of the village. The holdings here encompass several parcels with different expositions—a true representation of this iron-rich site. There is a power and dark spice here synonymous with Gevrey, with a grace befitting Grand Cru status. Premier Cru Aux Combottes is surrounded by Grand Crus Clos de la Roche, Latricières-Chambertin, and Charmes-Chambertin, and it shows it's more than your typical Gevrey 1er.

The Morey Saint Denis "Premier Cru" cuvée holdings are just north of the domaine. Further up the slope, we come to the fabled Clos de la Roche and Clos Saint-Denis––the largest Grand Crus of the domaine and the quintessential Dujac bottlings. Clos de la Roche is powerful, with dark earth. Clos Saint-Denis is slightly more lifted and ethereal.

Moving south to the village of Chambolle Musigny, the Grand Cru Bonnes Mares is sourced from vines in the white and red soil that differentiate the vineyard. Bonnes Mares shows the elegance of Chambolle with a powerful structure that calls to mind a slight Morey influence. The "Village" Chambolle Musigny cuvée comes from a vineyard with noticeably white and chalky earth. In turn, the wine is very fine. Premier Cru Les Gruenchers is arguably the most important vineyard of the domaine, as it's the source for most of the selection massale replanting that began in 1968 and resumes today. It's a vineyard that gives the impression of walking through a museum––the vines are beautiful and perfect in every way. The wine is prototypical Chambolle with a lacy texture and full of perfume that's hard to get past to finally take your first sip.

Vosne Romanée is home to the most exotic spices of Burgundy. Premier Cru Beaux Monts is about a marriage between a firm structure and a racy personality. Premier Cru Aux Malconsorts is a stunning wine and Grand Cru quality in all but name. Malconsorts lies directly south of La Tâche and shares that same quality of weightless texture and magically long finish. Grand Cru Echezeaux is always centered around its exotic spices and suave tannins. Although it can age for decades, it's always one of the most approachable Grand Crus of the Côte de Nuits.

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