Vincent Dancer

Burgundy

This past year, we have introduced you to the two different labels from Theo Dancer: the eponymous Theo Dancer label as well as Roc Breia. Now, we are thrilled to add to Thatcher's Imports the wines from Domaine Vincent Dancer, where it all started.

Aside from his two aforementioned side projects, Theo returned back to the domaine in 2016 and has worked closely with his father Vincent ever since. In 2021, he took over the domaine fully. With almost 6ha in total, you would think the family has had roots in Chassagne for quite some time; however Vincent is actually from Alsace. The family had owned vineyards in Chassagne for quite some time, but they had been rented out. In 1995, Vincent's curiosity piqued and he decided to spend some time in Burgundy; just like that, he went from engineer to winemaker. The domaine was formed in 1996, which we would consider relatively young for a Burgundy domaine with this sort of prestige and following. Although we have seen small adjustments over the years, overall Vincent has been following the same philosophy for most of his career. The wine is already "made" by the time it gets to the winery; at that point, the vigneron is just there to help take it from one step to the next. Vincent's domaine has been making terroir-reflective wines with incredible energy, length, and texture for more than two decades. With Theo taking over from his father, this won't change. Theo's focus isn't on changing what is happening in the cellar, but just continuing to improve the vineyards as much as he can. He believes in his father's methods - we have seen this in the way he is making the wines from Roc Breia and Theo Dancer with the same approach.

VITICULTURE

Certified Organic since 2012, the vineyards have always been top focus at the domaine, believing the wine is truly made in the vineyard. His viticulture has always been with a focus on respecting the vine and what it needs to support its natural cycle. Theo has continued this ideal with taking things a bit further - he is experimenting with higher canopies as well as lowering the yields, with a goal of 15hl/ha.

VINIFICATION

In the cellar, it is quite simple. The wines are pressed before being fermented with indigenous yeasts, and allowing naturally-occurring malolactic fermentation. The wines are transferred to barrel for aging with 20-50% new oak depending on the vintage and cuvée. There is never batonnage and the wine is transferred to stainless tank to settle for a few months before bottling, which is performed without fining or filtration.

Ask around and the name Vincent Dancer generally draws an "ooh" and that wry smile that says, "Oh, so you know, do you?" The native Alsatian ventured toward his family's land in Burgundy after his schooling and fell in love with the vineyards; he never went back. Today, we consider this perfectionist visionary a perfect blend of the old and new schools, stylistically and in embracing both technology and minimalism.

The next generation has fully taken charge in the form of the wildly-talented Theo, who can't seem to (nor do we want him to) hold back his undying ambitions and talents. As much as we already hold these wines in high esteem, there truly is no ceiling here.

Current Releases

The Wines of Vincent Dancer

Bourgogne, Blanc

2021 Vincent Dancer, Bourgogne, Blanc

2021 Vincent Dancer, Bourgogne, Blanc

THE VINEYARD Two vineyard Meursault & Puligny-Montrachet

SOIL Clay and Limestone

VINE AGE Meursault planted in 2001 Puligny-Montrachet planted in 1990

FERMENTATION & AGING Natural fermentation with no additions and no batonnage. Aged in used barrel for 12 months then racked into stainless tank for 7-8 months

BOTTLES PRODUCED 5000

Bourgogne, Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc

2021 Vincent Dancer, Bourgogne, Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc

2021 Vincent Dancer, Bourgogne, Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc

CT

91

THE VINEYARD Very top of the vineyard

SOIL Dense limestone subsoil with large rocks throughout the vineyard

FERMENTATION & AGING Natural fermentation with no additions and no batonnage. Aged in used barrel for 12 months then racked into stainless tank for 7-8 months

BOTTLES PRODUCED 850

Chassagne-Montrachet

2021 Vincent Dancer, Chassagne-Montrachet

2021 Vincent Dancer, Chassagne-Montrachet

CT

92

SOIL Clay and Limestone

VINE AGE Planted in 1999-2001

FERMENTATION & AGING Natural fermentation with no additions and no batonnage. Aged in used barrel for 12 months then racked into stainless tank for 7-8 months

PRODUCED 400

Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Morgeot Blanc

2021 Vincent Dancer, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Morgeot Blanc

2021 Vincent Dancer, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Morgeot Blanc

THE VINEYARD .33ha planted at 20,000 vines per ha

SOIL Clay and Limestone

VINE AGE Planted in 2012

FERMENTATION & AGING Natural fermentation with no additions and no batonnage. Aged in used barrel for 12 months then racked into stainless tank for 7-8 months

BOTTLES PRODUCED 850

Meursault, Les Corbins

2021 Vincent Dancer, Meursault, Les Corbins

2021 Vincent Dancer, Meursault, Les Corbins

THE VINEYARD .45ha lieu dit, located on the lower part of the slope near Clos de la barre and Criots

SOIL Bathonian rocky Limestone

VINE AGE Planted in 1986

FERMENTATION & AGING Natural fermentation with no additions and no battonage. Aged in used barrel for 12 months then racked into stainless tank for 7-8 months

BOTTLES PRODUCED 1000

Meursault, Les Grands Charrons

2021 Vincent Dancer, Meursault, Les Grands Charrons

2021 Vincent Dancer, Meursault, Les Grands Charrons

CT

94

THE VINEYARD 0.29 ha lieu dit mid-slope, located near Les Goutte d'Or and Les Tessons

SOIL Calcareous Clay

VINE AGE Planted in 1958

FERMENTATION & AGING Natural fermentation with no additions and no batonnage. Aged in used barrel for 12 months then racked into stainless tank for 7-8 months

BOTTLES PRODUCED 600

Bourgogne, Oskar

2021 Vincent Dancer, Oskar, VdF

2021 Vincent Dancer, Oskar, VdF

THE VINEYARD Chevalier- Montrachet, Meursault Perrieres, Tete du clos & La Romanee

FERMENTATION & AGING Natural fermentation with no additions and no batonnage. Aged in used barrel for 12 months then racked into stainless tank for 7-8 months

1 Barrel of Oskar was a product of a vintage with extremely low yields. Without the ability to produce the vineyards individually, Theo made a bold decision to put everything into the press together. A decision well made! Oskar is a one-off cuvee for 2021 and we couldn't be more excited about it.

Pommard Premier Cru, Les Pezerolles

2021 Vincent Dancer, Pommard Premier Cru, Les Pezerolles

2021 Vincent Dancer, Pommard Premier Cru, Les Pezerolles

THE VINEYARD 0.3 ha just near Les Petits Épenots and Clos des Épeneaux

SOIL Clay and Limestone

VINE AGE Planted in 1978

FERMENTATION & AGING 12 months in used oak barrels. 100% de-stemmed

BOTTLES PRODUCED 250

Beaune Premier Cru, Les Montrevenots

2021 Vincent Dancer, Beaune Premier Cru, Les Montrevenots

2021 Vincent Dancer, Beaune Premier Cru, Les Montrevenots

BH

89

Bourgogne, Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge

2021 Vincent Dancer, Bourgogne, Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge

2021 Vincent Dancer, Bourgogne, Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge

THE VINEYARD very top of the slope

VINE AGE Planted in 2019

SOIL dense limestone subsoil with large rocks throughout the vineyard

FERMENTATION & AGING 12 months in used oak barrels. 100% de-stemmed

BOTTLES PRODUCED 850

Pommard, Les Perrieres

2021 Vincent Dancer, Pommard, Les Perrieres

2021 Vincent Dancer, Pommard, Les Perrieres

BH

88

THE VINEYARD 0.91ha right outside of Beaune

SOIL Clay and Limestone

VINE AGE Planted in 2012

FERMENTATION & AGING 12 months in used oak barrels. 100% de-stemmed

BOTTLES PRODUCED 1200

Bourgogne, Blanc

Bourgogne, Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc

Chassagne-Montrachet

Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Morgeot Blanc

Meursault, Les Corbins

Meursault, Les Grands Charrons

Bourgogne, Oskar

Pommard Premier Cru, Les Pezerolles

Beaune Premier Cru, Les Montrevenots

Bourgogne, Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge

Pommard, Les Perrieres