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Profile: Domaine Jessiaume

DSC00058Tasted in Santenay with Megan McClune, 19 April 2016.

Domaine Jessiaume
10 Rue de la Gare
21590 Santenay
Tel: +33 3 80 20 60 03
www.jessiaume.com

Keith Murray and his father are the owners of this domaine at the entrance of Santenay – they bought from the family Jessiaume, who then set-up a new domaine in Bouzeron. The Murrays are also owners of the ‘Chateau Ritas in the Var.’

The domaine extends to 9 hectares, with 20% white from Santenay and Auxey – plus some Bourgogne Blanc too. This domaine is the largest owner in Santenay-Gravières with 5 hectares – red and white. Indeed the majority of the domaine’s vines are in Santenay. Management is raisonnée, and they are also now starting the conversion to Bio.

The changes are not just in the vines, the cuverie got a new ceiling and lighting in 2014 and a new floor in 2015. The cuverie like the main house dates from the mid-1800s, and mainly houses stainless-steel tanks for fermenting, though there are a couple of wooden ones too.

The market for these wines was mainly French, currently it is down to 50% of production – or looked at another way, exports are now up to 50% 😉 The domaine have a target of 70% export.

The wines…

The bourgognes were bottled in December, the 1ers in March. The quality of these wines is really on a high level – with each new pour I was more and more impressed. Super, super Santenay.

2014 Bourgogne Pinot Noir
All the fruit from within the Côte de Beaune,
Almost medium colour. Pretty red fruit, some sweetness. Delicious entry, a little harder finishing flavour but a good line of flavour too – wait, it should be fine in 6 months

2014 Santenay, Clos du Clos Genet
‘Definitely a clos within the clos,’ – also bottled in December.
A deep nose, more concentrated red fruit. Lithe, nice fine texture, growing acidity, refreshing, delicious. Excellent!

2014 Santenay 1er Gravieres
More complex, a little darker fruit, fresh, finer focus. Lovely, fuller, lots of waves of flavour, sweetness, but not too much, super wine – lovely! Still a hint of finishing oak – tasty wine.

2014 Auxey-Duresses 1er Les Ecussaux
The domaine has a mix of 1er and villages – some white too. The villages is the lower section of the vineyard.
The nose is fresh and much more floral. A little extra fat, a slowly growing intensity of flavour, then narrows but follows with lots of little waves of flavour. Less extravagant than the Gravières but every bit as complex and interesting.

2014 Beaune 1er Cent Vignes
Lovely. Not so intense but darker, almost a hint of spice. Ouf – lots of concentration, a little tannic texture, really lots of concentration. There’s a great finishing flavour too. Really you should wait 2-4 years as the tannin is forward, though to be fair this has no dryness as the tannins are ripe. Super!
2014 Bourgogne blanc
A big, bright lemon yellow and inviting nose. Lovely texture, fine flavours with good waves of flavour. Excellent!

2014 Santenay 1er Gravières blanc
From two parcels, one lower, one higher.
A nice vibrant nose, a little airy, and a suggestion flowers too. Hmm – nice. Good concentration, wide and lovely wine, a little mineral, a lot complex. Lovely, lovely finish, with mouth-watering flavour.

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