2015 1er Cru Clos Jus Domaine François Lumpp

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte Chalonnaise
Village Givry
Classification 1er Cru
Vineyard Clos Jus

Darker fruit here with a fragrant black cherry, almost blackberry intensity, bolder fuller but with incredible fresh acid brightness, black cherry, black berry, boysenberry sleek and long, great delivery. L&S (Nov 2016)

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This elevated site was planted as recently as 1990 - and had never had vineyards there before - but the seven vignerons involved made the right decision. Focused, concentrated, yet still closed, it’s a gutsy, serious Pinot with structured, bloody tannins and some pepper spice. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, (Feb 2017)

Cask sample. Beautiful ripe primary fruit with a redcurrant and cherry flavour, edged with fresh mint. So expressive and outgoing - really charming and drinkable. Less substance on the palate than their A Vigne Rouge, but no less enjoyable in flavour profile. GV Drinking range: 2017 - 2030 Rating: 17+ Richard Hemming MW - (Jan 2017)

Soft wood notes float atop the beautifully spicy, ripe and fresh aromas of both red and dark currant, earth and a hint of cinnamon. There is terrific underlying material to the rich and wonderfully refined medium weight flavors that possess fine volume and mid-palate concentration that coats the palate on the lingering finish that is shaped by dense but fine tannins. This is first-rate and about the only nit of notice is a hint of backend warmth. 2021+ Rating: 91-93 Allen Meadows, (Dec 2016)

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). From 2013, they changed their pruning system to limit yields and also to prevent disease of the woody part of the vines. They have not used weedkillers since 1995, preferring to till and hoe. At the beginning of the season they use treatments appropriate to organic viticulture (copper sulphate) as a preventative, but later in the season, if disease threatens, they prefer to use conventional treatments in order to limit the total number of times they have to send the tractors in. Green harvesting will be used if required to limit yields and ensure even ripening.

At harvest, the pickers sort the grapes carefully at each vine, and then they are checked again on the sorting table, so that only the highest quality fruit is used. François 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. François adjusts the level of new wood to suits the vintage, using some one year-old and some two year-old barrels as well, The whites get around 30% new wood, and he uses up to 70% on the reds. The domaine has quite a following among value-conscious Burgundy fans, but it's fair to say that if he was in the Côte d'Or he would be even better-known.

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