Tasted in Marcy-sur-Anse with Jean-François Pluvinage, 21 February 2017.
Domaine des Josephins
444 Chemin des Fûts
Tel: +33 6 07 25 28 51
Jean-François on 2016:
“Fortunately, almost no frost, almost no hail. Basically no impact on the yields from those things, so in the end it was really a good yield – and I like the quality very much.”
Jean-François on 2015:
Actually only the whites are bottled.
The usual eclectic range from Jean-Françios – a winemaker with a great sense of humour – lots of emotion in the wines too!
2015 Beaujolais Blanc
Elevage sur lees.
A little floral but it has quite a tight nose. Bright, wide, quite a nice tasty complexity, a little hard in the finish. Quite okay.
2015 Beaujolais Blanc
Here with barrel elevage.
A little sweeter, a little oak presence. Here a little rounder, nicely and sweetly mouth-watering, some oak coating. A little less hardness and much easier to drink. Also quite okay…
2015 Viognier Vin de Pays
Also elevage in barrel
Floral but really not a heavy florality – I like the freshness here. Round, nice energy, a good line of flavour with a little minerality. This is my favourite white – a similar minerality in the finish but no hardness.
2015 Rosez Josephine
Maybe there’s a hint of bubble-gum, but this is really a very appealing, pretty, not too sweet nose – yum! A hint of gas. Slowly there’s a nice texture and a good line of fresh flavour. Not too sweet and nicely detailed. Yum!
Named as Philippe le Hardi might say! Here is an homage to cote rotie with long elevage – just finished elevage.
There’s a little oak, but there’s also a nice width of complex dark fruit. Very direct – very. A depth of flavour. Slowly melting from the core, but this is a mineral monster that will require another 5 years to start to open. Very fine intensity of flavour. Lovely and mouth-watering in the finish. Really super…
2015 Beaujolais Coeur de Millésime
Tank sample, soon to be bottled.
A little tight but there’s a good depth of mainly red fruit. Fresh and direct, not unlike the Gaamez. A wide almost aged fruit quality in the middle. Good, fresh, mouth-watering finish, but with a structure that says ‘wait’ – you might not guess 2015! Yum!
A selection of parcels with vines of 60-80 years old, otherwise the same wine as previous. The first with local yeast, also waiting for bottling.
The return of a more bubble-gum, red-fruited nose, but wait and it develops into a much more interesting width. Also rather fresh, good volume, layers of classic BJ flavour but couched in freshness and nice texture and plenty of structure. It’s really a more pinot style of flavour delivery and structure. Oh, and it’s excellent!
IGP wine, in a Super-Tuscan bottle – from 7 year-old vines.
Dark, sauvage – an exciting nose. Big volume, very good texture, silky, there seems a hole in the middle but slowly, mouth-wateringly it is filled as the flavour melts from the gums. Cool style despite the vintage, tasty wine with a very attractive finish. Very nice indeed – I could drink this all day…