2014 'Vignes Nouvelles' Domaine Rémi Jobard
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In 2013 Rémi bought some new vines in Bourgogne Blanc, all parcels which, like his original holdings, touch the appellation Meursault. However they had not previously been worked organically, so he took the decision not to include them in the main cuvée for at least five years, by which time he hopes the conversion will be complete. The 2014 is already a step up on the 2013 - fat, with good body and weight, it picks up a linear consistency as it goes, after a slightly stolid start (compared to the cuvée of his other parcels), it finishes well. Drinking range: 2016 - L&S (Nov 2015)
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The 2014 Bourgogne Blanc "Vignes Nouvelles" refers to the three parcels that Remi Jobard purchased in 2013, rather than the age of the vines that are a respectable half-a-century old and farmed biodynamically. The nose is delineated and crisp with green apple and chalky scents. The palate is crisp on the entry, nicely balanced with citrus lemon and dried orange peel that leads to a pear-drop-tinged finish. Enjoy this over the next 4-5 years. Drinking range: 2016 - 2021 Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2015)
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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