Domaine Billard has approximately 12.5 hectares of vineyards in different appellations throughout the Cotes de Beaune. Their largest holdings are in the Hautes Cotes de Beaune with other small plots located in Saint Romain, Saint Aubin 1er Cru, Auxey Duresses and Beaune.
The domaine passed from father to son recently and Jerome Billard has brought a new philosophy to his family domaine. Farming is done with respect for nature and follows the principles of organic farming. Yields are kept low through the use of cover crops and severe pruning and all the vines are harvested by hand. Only indigenous yeasts are used for the fermentation. Jerome’s father sold his wine to the local cooperative but Jérôme is now estate bottling his entire production.
Saint Romain is a small appellation that is deserving of more attention. The vineyards are nestled between 900 and 1200 feet in elevation along a valley that runs east to west behind Meursault and Monthelie. The Billards own 2.25 hectares in Saint Romain with 1.25 h of Chardonnay planted in the lieu dit “La Combe Bazin”. The white wine is barrel fermented with 25% of new wood. It is matured “sur lie” for a year and is minimally fined and filtered before bottling. The “La Combe Bazin” terroir produces a wine with lively acidity which offers a perfect balance to the sensual mouth feel of classic white Burgundy. The Saint Romain Rouge is produced from 1 hectare on calcareous clay soil. The Pinot Noir is fermented in vat with indigenous yeasts and pressing is done partially by foot. The wine is matured in barrels, 20% of which are new, for 15 months.