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.

2019 GIVRY Blanc 1er Cru Crausot Domaine François Lumpp

2019 GIVRY Blanc 1er Cru Crausot Domaine François Lumpp

This premier cru is always a bit of a revelation and this year is no different - there's some real class both in the linear shape and the sunlit brightness. Both aérien andThis premier cru is always a bit of a revelation and this year is no different - there's some real class both in the linear shape and the sunlit brightness. Both aérien and gourmand, if such a thing is possible. Drinking range: 2021 - 2025L&S(Oct 2020)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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2019 GIVRY Blanc Clos des Vignes Rondes Domaine François Lumpp

2019 GIVRY Blanc Clos des Vignes Rondes Domaine François Lumpp

Very ripe, but as with so many whites in 2019, the ripeness is matched by exceptional freshness and crisp acidity - citrussy and a subtle oak spice - good energy and drive.Very ripe, but as with so many whites in 2019, the ripeness is matched by exceptional freshness and crisp acidity - citrussy and a subtle oak spice - good energy and drive. Drinking range: 2021 - 2025L&S(Oct 2020)

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 2019s in October 2020 was a joy of a tasting, with both whites and reds showing the precision that Vincent brings to his wines. After low yields in 2018, 2019 dealt them a cruel blow with a frost through much of the best hillsides. 'The smallest harvest of my career' said an unhappy Vincent, but 2020 is 'a beautiful year', so at least there has been some good news. Availability of 2019 will still be limited and we may not know what we are getting until after the February - March bottlings.

2019 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTÉ Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

2019 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTÉ Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

Fine and bright, like so may Aligotés in 2019, there's a sort of golden glow of bright ripeness along with the expected vibrant freshness.Fine and bright, like so may Aligotés in 2019, there's a sort of golden glow of bright ripeness along with the expected vibrant freshness. Drinking range: 2021 - 2024L&S(Oct 2020)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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2019 BOURGOGNE BLANC La Combe Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

2019 BOURGOGNE BLANC La Combe Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

Despite the vibrancy there's a sort of lushness here - the mineral Puligny character too - slip-slidey on mineral and sleek stony fruit.Despite the vibrancy there's a sort of lushness here - the mineral Puligny character too - slip-slidey on mineral and sleek stony fruit. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027L&S(Oct 2020)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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2019 RULLY BLANC 1er Cru Margotés Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

2019 RULLY BLANC 1er Cru Margotés Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

Very much on yellow fruit - a ripe expression - whether the site or the exposition this has a yellower sunnier aspect, smiley even, along with the citrus brightness. Juicy balance.Very much on yellow fruit - a ripe expression - whether the site or the exposition this has a yellower sunnier aspect, smiley even, along with the citrus brightness. Juicy balance. Drinking range: 2021 - 2032L&S(Oct 2020)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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2019 RULLY BLANC 1er Cru Vauvry Domaine Dureuil-Janthial
75cl bottles, case of 12

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2019 RULLY BLANC Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

2019 RULLY BLANC Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

Concentrated and ample, very citrus, very bright and linear - lemon zest too - lovely!Concentrated and ample, very citrus, very bright and linear - lemon zest too - lovely! Drinking range: 2021 - 2028L&S(Oct 2020)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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2019 RULLY BLANC Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru Meix Cadot Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

2019 RULLY BLANC Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru Meix Cadot Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

Very deep colour, even allowing for the fact that it was not yet clear when we tasted. Wonderful old-vine intensity - massive and so precise and long. Quintessential Rully.Very deep colour, even allowing for the fact that it was not yet clear when we tasted. Wonderful old-vine intensity - massive and so precise and long. Quintessential Rully. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035L&S(Oct 2020)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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2019 RULLY BLANC 1er Cru Maizières Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

2019 RULLY BLANC 1er Cru Maizières Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

Very pale green, this is fatter than the village wine, full on the palate, but it's a cool fresh pure citrus and mineral drive, then it opens more on the finish - good power and length.Very pale green, this is fatter than the village wine, full on the palate, but it's a cool fresh pure citrus and mineral drive, then it opens more on the finish - good power and length. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026L&S(Oct 2020)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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2019 RULLY BLANC 1er Cru Meix Cadot Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

2019 RULLY BLANC 1er Cru Meix Cadot Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

Rich again - there's a hint of sweetness in this, a broader complexity, citrussy, and flesher white fruit too.Rich again - there's a hint of sweetness in this, a broader complexity, citrussy, and flesher white fruit too. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026L&S(Nov 2020)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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Jean-Marc Boillot

Jean-Marc's daughter Lydie has been at the helm here for years now and continues the brilliant work. The white wines are particularly impressive. with power and energy in perfect balance. Their fantastic holdings in Puligny are the real prize and the 2017s once again offer fantastic quality and real terroir specific wines - at a very sensible price. Alongside the wines from the family's own vineyards, she also runs a successful négociant business, vinifying wines from the Côte Chalonaise with huge aplomb. In Montagny in particular, the wine is the best we have found in the appellation, and remarkably consistent from year to year.
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2019 MONTAGNY 1er Cru Jean-Marc Boillot

2019 MONTAGNY 1er Cru Jean-Marc Boillot

As good as ever, a fat attack and some real richness on the nose, gathering mineral notes on the palate and finishing brightly - there's lots of concentration and volume even on the finish.As good as ever, a fat attack and some real richness on the nose, gathering mineral notes on the palate and finishing brightly - there's lots of concentration and volume even on the finish. Drinking range: 2021 - 2025L&S(Oct 2020)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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