Tasted in Meursault with Marion Javillier, the 8th October, 2014.
9 Rue des Forges
Tel:+33 3 80 21 27 87+33 3 80 21 27 87
This domaine is up to 10 hectares of vines, 14 different appellations, of which 80% is white wine. In terms of volume, the domaine’s most important wines are their Bourgogne Blancs and their villages Meursault. Marion’s brother-in-law has now been working at the domaine for 3 years. The 2014s were now all safely in barrel.
Marion on 2014:
“A good reds harvest but on the Volnay side of Meursault, such as their Clos du Cromin, we lost as much as 70%. The southern side of the village had much less severe losses.” The domaine sometimes uses a harvesting machine, for instance this year in the hailed Clos du Cromin, and a part of the Bourgogne.
Marion on 2013:
“It was a very complicated vintage in the vines, so all I can say is that we are extremely pleased to see how it has turned out.”
Starting with 2012s before jumping into 2013s. There was a little whole cluster use for the reds in 2009 but Marion hasn’t felt that the quality of stems since then has warranted further experimentation, so all wines are made with destemmed grapes, a cold maceration and up to 30% new oak. The reds have been sealed with DIAM for the last 3 years, but their tests are still ongoing for whites. I find these 2013 a very nice range that perfectly showcases the freshness of the vintage.
2012 Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Grands Liards (red)
Of-course a large part of this harvest was lost to the hail.
Fresh, but with concentrated and sweet red fruit aromas. Round, sweet and with a nice concentration and lots of fruit. There’s interest in the finish too. Very easy to drink already – but not too ‘easy!’
2012 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Serpentières (red)
There’s more depth of aroma here. More lithe and energetic with a good fresh intensity and a nice growth of wide flavour. Another rather sweet wine but fresh and lovely too.
2012 Bourgogne Cuvée des Forges
From vines located towards Volnay.
Here is a good freshness coupled to a ripe, aromatic, fruity core – nice citrus. I find roundness and a little softness, but a leaching, mouth-watering acidity makes this wine very tasty.
2012 Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Montchenevoy
A higher-toned and more floral aromatic that has a core of lime. More direct in terms of shape and acidity, softly textured. Quite long finishing and rather yum!
2012 Meursault Clos du Cromin
This 10 hectare Clos sits just below the caravan park above Meursault, and still includes about 5% pinot noir in the planting.
A wide and spiced Meursault nose. More weight of flavour, indeed slightly floral flavour, with good enough underlying acidity. Lithe and contemplative wine, and tasty too!
Here is more aromatic punch, a few herbs and an overlay of sweet, spiced bread. More mineral and lithe with lovely energy and an insinuating flavour. Super punch before the finish. Excellent.
2012 Meursault Les Clousots
For those of you who are eagerly checking the map to find this vineyard – it’s a made-up name. The vines come from Clous and Crotots, hence the Clousots!
The nose is high-toned and flighty with a little understated lime-skin that slowly becomes more prominent. Round and sweet, but with a leaching acidity. A fine core of complexity here. Modest weight of finish but not length. Very tasty.
Only one wine is bottled – the Savigny – everything else is in tank, assembled in July.
2013 Bourgogne Cuvée des Forgets
The deep, forward nose slowly softens, giving off a little sherbet and faint malic. Bigger in the mouth but with energy, not fat. I find a fine growth of mid-palate flavour. This is just a tasty, fresh, bundle of fruit today.
This nose is wide but less deep – fresh aromas. It’s fresh in the mouth too with a nice core of intensity – more direct than the larger-scaled ‘Forgets’ and certainly more mineral too. Fine acid-led finish. This will be super.
2013 Meursault Clos du Cromin
Width but with high-tones too and faint green fruit notes. Round but with fine acidity – good freshness. There’s a jump of intensity in the mid-palate flavour before slowly fading. Fine!
This is a very modest, but quite pretty nose, mainly high-toned. Lovely acidity and a measured intensity. A good mineral and tasty wine. Sweet, mouth-watering acidity in a Chablis style. Yum!
A sweeter note on the nose, backed with citrus-skin. Faint CO2 but this remains a super-vivacious, tasty and energetic wine with just a little more concentration. Very yum!
2013 Meursault Tête de Murger
A blend of two vineyards.
Here is a picture-perfect, round, faintly sweet Meursault aromatic. A little fuller in shape, but carried by perfect, slightly sweet acidity. A good mouth-watering finish too.
A depth of herby, fresh aroma. Round and full in the mouth, with perfect freshness allied to ripeness. Super intensity and a little saltiness. A good reprise of flavour after you think it’s done. Lovely wine.