Tasted in Marcy-sur-Anse with Jean-François Pluvinage, 18 May 2016.
Domaine des Josephins
444 Chemin des Fûts
Tel: +33 6 07 25 28 51
Jean-François was an optician, but he’s been here for 4 years now – “I renounced my profession for passion, not for family!”
And Jean-François will need every inch of that passion to care for this domaine, as there are 26 hectares. Really only a small part is commercialised here – roughly some 20,000 bottles. The old cement tanks are for the retained wines, there are pretty stainless-steel tanks too – but they contain ‘only’ the wine destined for the négoce…
The domaine, in pierres dorées country, was actually established in 1979, merging the family estate of Josephine Presle with that of Joseph Remilleux – hence ‘des Josephins.’ Today it is Jean-François Pluvinage and Gérard Presle, who make things work, though helpfully the vines have been tended ‘raissonée‘ for at least 15 years now, without herbicides. I quite like the term ‘neo-viticulteur’ which is used here.
A great range of wines, even before you consider their price-points – they range from less than 6 euros to 10 for the Gaamez.
2014 Beaujolais Coeur de Millésime
Deep, darkly fruited, with freshness and a pyrazine note. Supple, layered fresh fruit – very attractive. A faint tannin licks at the base but here is a very good Beaujolais! And with a super finish too!
A selection of parcels with vines of 60-80 years old, otherwise the same wine as previous.
A weightier nose with some showing. Wow ultra-luscious to start, waves of flavour – tannin too, and slowly a note of vanilla rises, but never in the ascendant. This is excellent – Beaujolais-de-garde
Named as Philippe le Hardi might say! Here is an hommage to cote rotie with long elevages – 24 months – then resting in bottle too for 6 months.
Rather tight – a faint herbal freshness, but little more to start. Direct, growing roundness, a little base of tannin a vibrancy of flavour too. Waves of finishing flavour. A wine to appreciate at length – not full energy but no lacking either. Super wine.
2010 Bourgogne Pinot Noir Groge Rouge
A bird’s name. 6 months elevage and destemmed. Argillo calcaire on pierre dorée.
Fresh and floral nose – quite inviting. Lovely burst of higher toned flavour, more floral but not just – finishing with a little tannin and a very nice width. Tasty wine indeed.
2014 Gamaret Tête Noir
IGP wine, in a Super-Tuscan bottle – from 6 year-old vines. What a combination!
Darkly fruited, muted spice – very inviting. Mouth-filling a bigger base of tannin, really a gamay style dark fruit and shape. Perhaps with a hint more spice, really excellent in the finish – super yum. Less overt energy but impressive stuff.