2008 Chevalières Domaine Rémi Jobard

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Meursault
ABV 13%
Vineyard Chevalières

Ripe, lifted, mineral and flowing, really terrific. A real sense of the minerality here, layered and exciting, complex and intense.

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This was planted in 1940 Warm floral and lifted aroma with notes of honey. Sweet and expressive on the attack. Lovely purity and glimmering minerality in the middle palate. It is very fresh as there is plenty of malic acidity, but has the intensity of fruit to balance softened acidity. It has an engaging energy. Slightly tense towards the end and there is a fine line above the expressive white peach fruit. White floral notes on the finish. It’s a pure, but inviting. Very Good to particularly good. From 2011

Racy and dense and really very charming. Tense and gathers its skirts about it but it should deliver eventually. 2012-2016

Healthy pale yellow. More lemon and less orange on the nose, with a strong impression of crushed stone. Then much less exotic in the mouth than the Narvaux, with a penetrating quality to the juicy citrus and floral flavors. Finishes pure, firm and nicely perfumed.

Much richer and more buttery than the 2009 - perhaps counter-intuitively. Tropical fruit and a bit of caramel on the finish. Fine citric character too. Quite a chewy sort of texture. 2011-2018


Rémi has been been making small qualitative changes ever since he took over here. The entire vineyard is cordon-pruned, so yields are naturally limited. There has been no use of fertiliser since 1994, and the vineyard is grassed-over to encourage the vine roots to go deep. The entire domaine is certified organic from 2008. Rémi says that the two most important things are the absence of weedkiller (and thus the necessity to plough, which cuts any surface roots and makes the vine go deeper) and not adding any fertiliser which again makes the roots go deeper to find nutrients. Remi has two vast new presses, to enable him to press very slowly over six hours, and is sure that this has resulted in a big jump in finesse. The élevage now lasts nearly fifteen months, so as to allow the wines to develop slowly and to avoid fining. As a result these are wines which take a moment to show, but which reward the patient with complexity and great depth of flavour. One of the absolutely top domaines of the Côte de Beaune, and still at prices that are well, well below his qualitative equivalents.

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