Chalonnais

Last year we were rather looking forward to offering a relatively abundant crop of 2018 vintage wines this spring, but the severe frosts of late April 2019, especially in Rully, have dealt a blow. Most producers will have to hold some back to 'bridge the gap'. The Jacquesons reported being 65% down in white and 35% down in red in 2019, and as a result we have no more to offer than we had of the equally frost-affected 2016 and 2017 vintages. This is not a happy time for these vignerons. On the bright side for consumers, there is, as usual, great quality and great value in these whites, but you need to buy early to avoid disappointment. The Dureuil-Janthial wines will not be bottled until Feb-March and may not be released for sale before then.


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Domaine François Lumpp

François Lumpp started as a grower in the family domaine in 1977, but then separated from his brother and set up on his own with four hectares of vines in 1991. He and his wife Isabelle have gradually grown the vineyard to reach nine and a half hectares. They are delighted that they have now been joined by two of their children, Pierre and Anne-Cécile.

François is a passionate viticulturalist and places great emphasis on making the wine in the vineyards, which are farmed with minimum intervention to allow the terroir to express itself fully. In practice this means very careful choice of plant material to give the highest quality results (often at the expense of yield).

2018 has made a slightly smaller than usual harvest here, and as we have noted elsewhere, the Côte Chalonnaise was generally less affected by heat and lack of water, so the reds are the Lumpp's usual style of glossy dark richness with immense fruit concentration and purity, while the whites were singing, with a fine balance. It is no surprise that Tim Atkin described François Lumpp as the 'the best producer in Givry.' All the Lumpp wines still offer great value for money.

2018 GIVRY Blanc Clos des Vignes Rondes Domaine François Lumpp

2018 GIVRY Blanc Clos des Vignes Rondes Domaine François Lumpp

30% new oak, fresh and appealing, the oak being no more than a hint. Succulent and medium-bodied, there's good concentration and nice lively finish.30% new oak, fresh and appealing, the oak being no more than a hint. Succulent and medium-bodied, there's good concentration and nice lively finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025L&S(Oct 2019)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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2018 GIVRY Blanc 1er Cru Crausot Domaine François Lumpp

2018 GIVRY Blanc 1er Cru Crausot Domaine François Lumpp

The step up the premier cru is marked, and this has a more pronounced minerality, firm and with a lively sense of movement and elan.The step up the premier cru is marked, and this has a more pronounced minerality, firm and with a lively sense of movement and elan. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026L&S(Oct 2019)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

Domaine Dureuil-Janthial is simply the leading domaine of the Côte Chalonnaise. What is more, the astonishing Vincent Dureuil is equally adept at making both white and red wines. Vincent inherited from the Janthial side of his family, who have been in Rully since the eighteenth century. Vincent and his wife Céline took over in 1994. As they say 'because wine is first grown in the vineyard, we have chosen to respect the land and let the soils and vineyards live, to produce committed and accurate wines, of great purity and a frank personality.'

The domaine now extends to 20 hectares, 17 in the Côte Chalonnaise (primarily Rully and Mercurey) with 3 hectares in the Côte d'Or, including vines inherited by Céline in Nuits Saint Georges, and some inherited by Vincent in Puligny. The domaine was certified organic in 2009, but after short harvests in 2012 and 2013, Vincent was forced by a late attack of mildew in 2016 to spray with fungicide. The result was that he saved 5 hectares out of the 20, but lost his certification. Stubbornly he immediately set about the three years of 'conversion' he must do before he can be certified again. For this perfectionist, being 'nearly organic' does not quite cut it.

The brief look we had at the 2018s in October 2019 was a joy of a tasting, with both whites and reds showing the precision that Vincent brings to his wines. Yields in this part of Burgundy were more limited than elsewhere in 2018, then 2019 dealt them a cruel blow with a frost through much of the best hillsides. Availabilty will still be limited and we may not know what we are getting until after the February - March bottlings.

2018 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTÉ Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

2018 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTÉ Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

Lively bright and so pure - a lemony briskness crystalline definition. Lively bright and so pure - a lemony briskness crystalline definition. Drinking range: 2020 - 2024L&S(Oct 2019)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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2018 BOURGOGNE BLANC La Combe Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

2018 BOURGOGNE BLANC La Combe Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

From Vincent's parcel at the bottom of Puligny, (where he neighbours Joseph Colin). Rich and bright, so Puligny in style, lots of richness and density this year, but still bright.From Vincent's parcel at the bottom of Puligny, (where he neighbours Joseph Colin). Rich and bright, so Puligny in style, lots of richness and density this year, but still bright. Drinking range: 2021 - 2025L&S(Oct 2019)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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2018 RULLY BLANC Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

2018 RULLY BLANC Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

There's more to this than the négoce version, on both nose and palate, a richer texture and more open and filled-out aromatics. Lovely balance here.There's more to this than the négoce version, on both nose and palate, a richer texture and more open and filled-out aromatics. Lovely balance here. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027L&S(Oct 2010)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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2018 RULLY BLANC Chêne Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

2018 RULLY BLANC Chêne Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

Vincent tells us this is a very cold site with mineral, white soil. On the palate this has a super, brisk feel. Tasting from the tank there is a little CO2 for now, but also a bright mineral threadVincent tells us this is a very cold site with mineral, white soil. On the palate this has a super, brisk feel. Tasting from the tank there is a little CO2 for now, but also a bright mineral thread that dominates the fine feel and runs right through this. Chalky lemon drops and some crisp yellow grapefruit add the crisp touches of acidity. Delicious Rully. Long and intense. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027L&S(Oct 2019)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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2018 RULLY BLANC 1er Cru Vauvry Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

2018 RULLY BLANC 1er Cru Vauvry Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

Lovely weight, freshness and fullness - and a premier cru level of flavour concentration. Gorgeous - super length with citrus a go-go.Lovely weight, freshness and fullness - and a premier cru level of flavour concentration. Gorgeous - super length with citrus a go-go. Drinking range: 2022 - 2029L&S(Oct 2019)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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2018 RULLY BLANC 1er Cru Margotés Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

2018 RULLY BLANC 1er Cru Margotés Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

Open and expressive nose. Really lovely sunny, ripe feel, with that classic freshness, a feel of limestone - salivating, captivating.Open and expressive nose. Really lovely sunny, ripe feel, with that classic freshness, a feel of limestone - salivating, captivating. Drinking range: 2022 - 2029L&S(Oct 2019)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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2018 RULLY BLANC Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru Meix Cadot Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

2018 RULLY BLANC Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru Meix Cadot Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

Vines planted in the 1920s. Rich nose, lots going on; palate is sweetly harmonious, fat and dense, not at all aggressive, but caressing, sophisticated, lively and long.Vines planted in the 1920s. Rich nose, lots going on; palate is sweetly harmonious, fat and dense, not at all aggressive, but caressing, sophisticated, lively and long. Drinking range: 2022 - 2029L&S(Oct 2019)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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