2012 Narvaux Domaine Rémi Jobard

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

Rémi explains that this is up above the premiers crus, so is a cooler spot and needs waiting for, but it repays the wait with 'super minerality and density'. Quite a deep yellow-green gold, a broad attack contains a lot of savoury flavour. Mouthwatering. Very supple. There is a chew to this too. Very long and the richness of flavour takes another bound forward. L&S (Dec 2013)

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Bright, light yellow. Fresh apricot, mint and a hint of wild herbs on the nose. Dense, sappy and young, but already showing lovely inner-mouth perfume to the flavors of fresh stone fruits and crushed stone. Strong acidity nicely buffers the wine's subtle sweetness and extends the stony, rising finish. Showing well now but this very youthful wine is built to age. Rating: 91(+?) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(Sep 2014)

There is a discreet application of pain grillé perceptible on the otherwise heavily reduced nose. Here too there is good volume but with better precision marking the mouth feel of the medium weight flavors that possess a lovely bead of minerality that adds lift to the clean, persistent, mildly austere and notably dry finish. 2018+ Rating: 89-91 Allen Meadows, 2014)

This sample from pieces. Tight, pure and bright. Lovely acidity. This is finer, high toned. Taut onto the finish with a bright shimmer of minerality. From Foudres. Pure, singing and bright. It is tense and zesty and well defined. Seems more energetic than in the pieces and vibrant. Particularly good. From 2015 Rating: 17 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Feb 2014)

Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, 2014)

Interesting flinty vibrancy here, and powerful, pushy green apple fruit. Fine-tuned; lovely sparky acidity on the finish. 2014-2022 Rating: 17+ Richard Hemming MW - 2014)

The 2012 Meursault Les Narvaux comes from 40 and 50-year old vines in the lieu-dit “Narvaux-Dessus” that was purchased in 2008. It has more potency on the nose compared to the En Luraule and the Sous la Velle, whilst the palate is crisp and taut with good focus and impressive tension on the vibrant finish. This is another great Narvaux – premier cru in all but name as far as I am concerned. Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, 2014)

Domaine Rémi Jobard

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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