Footloose and Fancy Free - Theo Dancer

by Hugh French | Feb 29, 2024



The Domaine Vincent Dancer is known and loved by fans of great white Burgundy. In recent years Vincent's son Theo has taken the reigns and has been making the wines completely since the 2020 vintage. Today we are incredibly excited to offer the wines from the incredible side project of Theo Dancer.

"Roc Breia is an exciting new project in the Maconnais led by Chassagne-Montrachet's Theo Dancer. There will only be two cuvees, a red and a white, both released as Vin de France to avoid treading on neighbors' toes. The first wines should be released later this year, and readers keen to remain on Burgundy's cutting edge will want to secure some!"
William Kelly, The Wine Advocate



Theo takes great care in selecting the vineyards he works with to produce the wines. He works closely with the farmers to ensure that the grapes are grown using quasi-organic methods.

In the cellar, the minimalist approach is used resulting in pure, transparent wines; native yeasts, with no additives, natural malo and no battonage, fining or filtering.

These wines are all labelled as Vin de France, as they are produced outside the traditional appellation regulations.


All wines below are available now at our special offer prices for the next 7 days only. To place your order, click on the links below, reply by email, or call us on 03 9419 6990.



2022 Bourgogne  Aligote
Usually $139 - Special Offer $129

"Last year, Dancer’s Aligote was from young vines in Nantoux in the Hautes-Cotes de Beaune. From 2022, Dancer has started working with old vine Aligote from Meursault, and the quality has gone through the roof. It’s made in the same way as the Vincent Dancer whites, crafted using large-format barrel over winter before resting in vat before bottling. There was only one racking, and the wine was bottled with only the barest whiff of sulphur. As for the wine, it is delicious. Pulpy and generous, yet with a long, racy close. There’s more depth and intensity this time around, not just from the quality of the year but also the more powerful terroir."
Importer Notes



2022 Vin de France 'Botanica' Gamay
Usually $139 - Special Offer $129

"Theo Dancer’s Gamay is now sourced from an organic grower in Chiroubles, although the winemaking remains the same: the grapes are fully destemmed and matured in amphora and old cask. The resulting wine has a more Burgundian feel than last year’s wine (drawn from a friend’s vineyard in Lancie, near Fleurie). It’s a fine, energetic, powdery wine with silky, plummy fruit and a lick of cedary oak. Excellent depth on the palate and lingering freshness— Theo is onto a good thing here."
Importer Notes


2022 Vin de France 'Roc Breia' Chardonnay
Usually $249 - Special Offer $234

The village of Bray lies in the north of the Maconnais. It’s the zone that also includes Cruzille and Verze and is one of the cooler, later-ripening areas of the Maconnais. The Roc Breia vines face west, and it’s windy, so there is little disease pressure. The Chardonnay is drawn from vines planted in the mid-1940s and mid-’70s. In the cellar, the winemaking is simple. The Chardonnay is whole bunch-pressed, and the wine ferments in used 500-litre barrels. It’s bottled unfiltered, and the only sulphur added is at bottling: a tiny 20 mg/L. Instead of taking the Macon-Bray appellation, Dancer has chosen to label the wine Vin de France, so he has no restrictions regarding picking dates. As for the wine itself, forget any stereotype about Macon; this is a juicy, punchy white Burgundy, atypically fresh and racy for the region.
Importer Notes

“The 2022 Chardonnay has turned out beautifully, bursting with aromas of pear, white flowers, bread dough and hazelnuts, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy palate with a satiny attack that segues into a charming, lively mid-palate, with good cut and a saline finish. Dancer sold off two-thirds of his crop in 2021, but the quality of his raw materials in 2022 should permit a less draconian selection.”
92 Points
William Kelly, The Wine Advocate



2022 Vin de France 'Roc Breia' Pinot Noir
Usually $249 - Special Offer $234

"The Roc Breia Pinot Noir vines are a touch younger than the Chardonnay and were planted between 1970 and 1985. This wine is vinified with some 50% whole bunches, followed by maturation in used 500-litre barrels. As with the white, Dancer makes a rigorous barrel selection, eliminating anything he doesn’t like from the final blend. It’s a wonderfully elegant Pinot and a great reminder of what the Maconnais can deliver from this variety. And why not? It’s Burgundy, after all, with clay-limestone soils. This is already drinking well, yet it nonetheless benefits from plenty of air. Decant, serve and fall in love."
Importer Notes

“Theo Dancer's 2022 Pinot Noir is rather deep and muscular this year, opening in the glass with aromas of plummy fruit and sweet spices, followed by a medium to full-bodied, deep and primary palate framed by sweet, powdery tannins. It's matured in used 500-liter barrels.”
92 Points
William Kelly, The Wine Advocate



All wines below are available now at our special offer prices for the next 7 days only. To place your order, click on the links above, reply by email, or call us on 03 9419 6990.





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