2017 1er Cru Les Préaux Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson
This vineyard was planted in 1964-5, but is a recent acquisition for Marie, just below the family's Cloux parcel. Deeper soils and more clay here. Lovely nose. Rich dark cherry juice. A touch of bright cherry-skin 'cut' too. Deep, tingly blackberry flesh. Bright and with good flow. I like this very much. The feel is good too with more precision and texture building and tightening - there is some damson fruit and an almost rooty, more savoury whiff at the end, adding yet another dimension. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 L&S (Nov 2018)
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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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