Chalonnais

Very sadly most of the Premiers Crus of Rully were very badly frosted and there's really not much wine. We never have enough white from Jacqueson to get through a full year, and this year the problem is acute. A small ray of hope is in that they bought another four hectares of vines this year from a retiring vigneron, but that won't help the immediate shortage - and the four hectares are mostly planted with red. Lovely wines again from François Lumpp, François Racquillet and not forgetting the perennially excellent Montagny from Jean-Marc Boillot.


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Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson

It is a long time now since Marie Jacqueson was named 'Young Winemaker of the Year' at the Hospices de Beaune in 2010. Working closely with her father Paul, she represents the third generation of Jacquesons to be making wine here since her grandfather Henri started off in the 1950's with a small parcel of Aligoté.

They continue to craft beautiful wines punching well above their weight for the appellation. The family are now well settled in their beautifully equipped, huge cellars directly below their house, less charming perhaps than the original topsy turvy levels of their original space - but eminently more practical and certainly gives them awesome control of every stage of the vinification and elevage. Part of the secret of this domaine has always been the quality of the élevage in barrel. Some of the best examples of what is achievable here in this beautiful corner of the Côte Chalonnaise are made in this cellar, and at some of the most reasonable prices.

The white wines here are refined and hugely impressive and the reds are a joy - silky and expressive and represent real bargains. In 2016 the family has bought a further 5 hectares in prime spots - mostly for red, but with just over a hectare of white too.

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2016 RULLY Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson

2016 RULLY Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson

75cl bottles, case of 12

The village Rully is an assemblage of several parcels From Branges, Chataigneres and La Barre (Very High - new to them in 2016) 20% New Wood. Toasty oak is more apparent here on nose and also on The village Rully is an assemblage of several parcels From Branges, Chataigneres and La Barre (Very High - new to them in 2016) 20% New Wood. Toasty oak is more apparent here on nose and also on the palate for now. There is a good, taut creaminess. For the moment this is a quite tightly furled compared to the Cuvée selection - there is a firmish grip and a streak of Rose's lime cordial that is so appealing in young chardonnay. Needs a moment. L&S (Dec 2017)

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2016 RULLY 1er Cru La Pucelle Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson

2016 RULLY 1er Cru La Pucelle Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson

75cl bottles, case of 12

Tasted after just 2 days in bottle. More cream than the village wine, more ripeness. Wood really well tucked in. Great feel, broad, ripe fruit - nice weight of fruit - but still good shape - nice Tasted after just 2 days in bottle. More cream than the village wine, more ripeness. Wood really well tucked in. Great feel, broad, ripe fruit - nice weight of fruit - but still good shape - nice bright lines. Detailed. Good impact and flows on beyond with a nice bright kick. Mostly Calcaire with 30% Clay. Focus and purity - but not slight. L&S (Dec 2017)

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2016 RULLY 1er Cru Grésigny Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson

2016 RULLY 1er Cru Grésigny Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson

75cl bottles, case of 12

Bottled yesterday. Gresigny is on the rock - all limestone. From old vines planted in 1950. This starts with firmer lines. More tightly wound fruit middle. There is a good mineral, dusty feel. Neatly Bottled yesterday. Gresigny is on the rock - all limestone. From old vines planted in 1950. This starts with firmer lines. More tightly wound fruit middle. There is a good mineral, dusty feel. Neatly focused but the fruit is ripe and concentrated here. I like it. Good impact, a big feel - more broad, but well fleshed-out shoulders than the Pucelles L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 RULLY 1er Cru La Pucelle Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson

2016 RULLY 1er Cru La Pucelle Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson

Half-bottles, case of 12

Tasted after just 2 days in bottle. More cream than the village wine, more ripeness. Wood really well tucked in. Great feel, broad, ripe fruit - nice weight of fruit - but still good shape - nice Tasted after just 2 days in bottle. More cream than the village wine, more ripeness. Wood really well tucked in. Great feel, broad, ripe fruit - nice weight of fruit - but still good shape - nice bright lines. Detailed. Good impact and flows on beyond with a nice bright kick. Mostly Calcaire with 30% Clay. Focus and purity - but not slight. L&S (Dec 2017)

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Domaine François Lumpp

François and Isabelle Lumpp own this impeccable 16 hectare estate in Givry, a region which is so often overlooked by Burgundy lovers and yet which is capable of producing wines of exceptional quality as well as value. François is a passionate viticulturalist and places great emphasis on making the wine in the vineyard. He aims to pick at 'just ripe' rather than into overripe, and wants to make bright wines which are developed rather than masked by their time in barrel. Making the best wines in Givry, by some stretch, if he were in any other part of Burgundy he would be heralded as a super-star. Francois' reds are among the most popular red Burgundies we sell, but his whites also deserve recognition. Now joined by two of their children, Nicolas and Cecile, this really is a family affair and there is a palpable sense of joy and hope for a bright, long future here.
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2016 GIVRY Blanc Clos des Vignes Rondes Domaine François Lumpp

75cl bottles, case of 12

Lumpp noted that this had not been racked and not surprisingly it was noticeably reduced. Otherwise there is both good volume and punch to the succulent middle weight flavors that conclude in a dry, Lumpp noted that this had not been racked and not surprisingly it was noticeably reduced. Otherwise there is both good volume and punch to the succulent middle weight flavors that conclude in a dry, clean and refreshing finish that offers good if not special depth and persistence. Drinking range: 2020 - Rating: 87-89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2018)

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Jean-Marc Boillot

Alongside the wines from his own vineyards, Jean-Marc also runs a successful négociant business, vinifying wines from the Côte Chalonaise with huge success, as well as other vineyards in the Côte de Beaune. 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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2016 MONTAGNY 1er Cru Jean-Marc Boillot

2016 MONTAGNY 1er Cru Jean-Marc Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Nice weight. Pineapple, cream some interesting zip too. Really bright middle, lifts the well ripened peachy fruit. Creamy, butter on warm toast. Tastes like White Burgundy - but rich and southern. As Nice weight. Pineapple, cream some interesting zip too. Really bright middle, lifts the well ripened peachy fruit. Creamy, butter on warm toast. Tastes like White Burgundy - but rich and southern. As it should. Good and weighty and nicely long. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MONTAGNY 1er Cru Jean-Marc Boillot

2016 MONTAGNY 1er Cru Jean-Marc Boillot

Half-bottles, case of 24

Nice weight. Pineapple, cream some interesting zip too. Really bright middle, lifts the well ripened peachy fruit. Creamy, butter on warm toast. Tastes like White Burgundy - but rich and southern. As Nice weight. Pineapple, cream some interesting zip too. Really bright middle, lifts the well ripened peachy fruit. Creamy, butter on warm toast. Tastes like White Burgundy - but rich and southern. As it should. Good and weighty and nicely long. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MONTAGNY 1er Cru Jean-Marc Boillot

2016 MONTAGNY 1er Cru Jean-Marc Boillot

Magnums, case of 6

Nice weight. Pineapple, cream some interesting zip too. Really bright middle, lifts the well ripened peachy fruit. Creamy, butter on warm toast. Tastes like White Burgundy - but rich and southern. As Nice weight. Pineapple, cream some interesting zip too. Really bright middle, lifts the well ripened peachy fruit. Creamy, butter on warm toast. Tastes like White Burgundy - but rich and southern. As it should. Good and weighty and nicely long. L&S (Oct 2017)

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