2019 Sous la Velle Domaine Rémi Jobard
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
|Vineyard||Sous la Velle|
Intense and cool and pure. Lots of concentration of all the elements, fruit, acid, mineral, all intense and long. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 L&S (Oct 2020)
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(from a .33 ha parcel). Discreet but perceptible wood surrounds aromas of hazelnut, pear compote and pretty floral wisps. There is better volume and refinement to the utterly delicious medium weight flavors that possess a beguiling texture that carries over to the sneaky long, clean and nicely dry finale. Drinking range: 2025 - Rating: 88-91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jun 2021)
Cask sample. Cool, fresh and revitalising on the nose. Not the most concentrated but nicely balanced with sufficient acidity. Friendly and approachable, with just a little astringency on the end. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2021)
Domaine Rémi Jobard
Rémi has been been making small qualitative changes ever since he took over here in 1996. 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 domaine has been certified organic from 2008. He 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.
Rémi has two vast presses, to enable him to press very slowly over six hours, and 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.
Rémi made a move from traditional barrels to foudres made of a mix of French, Austrian and Slavonian oak, constructed by Austrian cooper Stockinger, and having added a new one (or two) each year, there's barely a normal barrel left. He likes the way the wines develop in these large volumes, in which the 'oaking' effect is minimised.
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