des Josephins – 2015


Tasted in Marcy-sur-Anse with Jean-François Pluvinage, 21 February 2017.

Domaine des Josephins
444 Chemin des Fûts
69480 Marcy-sur-Anse
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 wines…

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!

2013 Gaamez
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!

2015 Beaujolais Terres Profondes
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!
2015 Gamaret Tête Noir
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…

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