About Théo Dancer
Théo Dancer, the son of Vincent, has been working with his father at the family domaine for much of his young life, and has recently taken the reins. He has since started his own project, a culmination of the knowledge and experiences he’s garnered from working with his father. Going beyond traditional Burgundian varieties, Théo is incorporating Savagnin and Grenache, while keeping with some classics, including Aligoté and Gamay. With only four cuvées over the next seven years, these are the grapes Théo loves to drink with his father. Across the lineup, you feel Théo’s precision, while wholly experiencing the immense energy and confidence of a talented 23-year-old Théo.
As a négociant-driven project, Théo is focusing on wholesome vineyards, working with reliable vineyard owners whom he has longtime connections with. This guarantees that the vineyards and sourced grapes are being treated with the utmost care, and a low intervention approach—a fundamental philosophy for Théo. This focus in the vineyards paired with direct oversight in harvesting each varietal allows Théo to facilitate the highest quality grapes into the cellar where a variety of inventive winemaking techniques are used.
In the cellar, Théo’s objective is to keep it minimal and trust his instincts: native yeasts, natural malolactic fermentation, no bâtonnage, and no fining or filtering. While consistency remains central to each wine, there is some variation to length of racking, the type of fermentation vessels such as glass globes and amphorae, and a spectrum of used-to-new oak barrels. With this experimental freedom with varietals from the Rhône through Beaujolais and up into the Côte d’Or, Théo has shown a strong ability to translate his Burgundian finesse into these cuvées. As a dynamic project, the opportunities are endless for Domaine Théo Dancer.