BOURGOGNE CUVÉE SELECTION
2016 Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson
Tasted in the cellar with Marie, just bottled. As usual this fabulous cuvée is made from bought in grapes, sourced in the Maconnais. From a lovely vineyard in Pierreclos to be precise, which is a great plot. This is Barrel fermented then spends 12 months in old barrels, between 1 and 5 years old. The grapes are all hand harvested then sent up in small baskets form the Maconnais on chiller trucks. Full Malo is clear and this does have super breadth. Nice creamy texture, juicy but nicely textured weight. Dots of white pepper punctuate the hard white peach fruit. Very pleasing. L&S (Dec 2017)
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Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson
Marie, named 'Young Winemaker of the Year' at the Hospices de Beaune as long ago as 2010, represents the third generation of Jacquesons to be making wine here. She was joined at the domaine by her brother Pierre in 2015. Her grandfather Henri started off in 1946 with a small parcel of Aligoté. Henri was quite a pioneer at a time when Rully was not well-known, the vineyards having been substantially abandoned after the first world war. Paul, Henri's son and father of the current generation, was responsible for the drive to quality which gained the domaine its reputation. He still active in support of his children.
The domaine consists now of 13 hectares of vines, mostly in Rully, but also parcels in Mercurey and Bouzeron. The grapes are harvested by hand and vinified in classical fashion, before an élevage in barrel (up to 25% new wood). Under Paul, and now by his children, the domaine has become adept at a sophisticated use of barrels, the élevage here is key to the quality they consistently achieve, and this rubs off on the ,em>negociant 'Cuvée Sélection' which is always beautifully finished.
We have always loved the whites, and especially the Pucelle, which is a model of what a great Rully can be year after year, but the reds are increasingly not to be missed - red Burgundies at sensible prices which have crunchy fresh Pinot fruit, and an excellent velvet feel.
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