Antoine Jobard – 2020


Antoine Jobard 2021Tasted in Meursault with Antoine Jobard, 16 December, 2021.

Domaine Antoine Jobard
2 Rue Leignon
21190 Meursault
Tel: +33 3 80 21 21 26
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Antoine on 2020:
No frost! The earliest harvest I’ve ever seen – 18 Aug I started – taking only half a day for some reds – then I started again 22 August, finishing 28 August – the domaine has never finished in August before. I’m happy with the 2020s, they taste good and it was a good harvest after the smaller 2019 harvest or even smaller 2021 harvest – I had 80% losses here. I like the balance – it was a hot year but we still have a year with acid and peps – 2014/2017 in style but elegant. Reds are super too; there’s a concentration of fruit but they are still easy to drink – unfortunately, it was a small harvest for those – 17-18 hl/ha. I could already see the colour in our tests of the reds a week before the harvest but I took the non-interventionist route and didn’t want wines that were too powerful.

The wines…

I’m extra appreciative for the modest – if still deep – colours of the reds at this domaine in 2020 – his 2019s were not bad either! As for the whites there is much class to be found in this cellar – particularly I think his new villages Meursault cuvée – the blend – a sure-fire winner!

Probably bottling between January and March. All still 100% cork here:

2020 Bourgogne Chardonnay
Bottled. From 5 parcels all from in the commune of Meursault – so could label Côte d’Or, but that’s not what his clients have habitually bought.
That’s an attractive nose, faint barrel and very welcoming. Round but supple and energetic, Vibrant finishing. That’s lovely!

2020 Puligny-Montrachet Le Trezin
​A tank sample. 70-year-old vines, quite high, ‘always a super quality with grapes that keep clean, whilst resisting the rot.’
Not long sulfured and you can see that. Here is concentration but there is proper tension too. Vibrant, tasty but not yet in place. Long and super finishing – that’s a great line of persistent flavour – super!

2020 St.Aubin 1er Sur le Sentier du Clou
2012 was the first vintage, 2 barrels. Came from wife’s family. Some parts planted in 1992 and 2002 but the average vine age is 40 years. Back to barrel samples.
A noble reduction. Vibrant, wide, complexity too. This is completely delicious and has an extra growth of finishing flavour too – excellent wine!

2020 Meursault
An assembly of all the domaine’s villages lieu-dits this vintage – Antoine has been testing this for a number of years and found this approach to be the most complete and complex. ‘Of course, it’s more simple for me but there are advantages to making a large cuvée – you take up less oxygen, you lose less sulfur – and I have anyway a number of separate 1ers and with the reds – I still have over 20 cuvées.’
That’s a really impressive nose – complex, properly Meursault, still with good freshness. This does seem to have it all, a decent tension, weight of flavour, minerality and a mobile and changing complexity over the palate. Not a shrinking violet – this is excellent and vibrantly long finishing. Bravo.

2020 Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru
A part with 60-year-old vines plus some from 2009.
A smaller nose that’s more mineral. That has a lovely vibration of flavour energy – also a little compact vs the last yet in some directions with a more open, fluid, flavour profile – then a burst of more floral complexity that holds really well in the finish. Fine, elegant and complex – I love.

2020 Meursault 1er Cru Poruzots
That’s also a small nose – like the Blagny – but with purity and agrume complexity. Larger in the mouth, the flavour rolling from side to side. Large-scaled in the finish, never hard, long and mouth-watering, almost a little tannic finish – lovely here.

2020 Meursault 1er Cru Charmes
Also a smaller nose – quite narrow but with crystalline purity. More direct and vibrant again – slowly melting with super-attractive flavour – just a suggestion of extra richness to this flavour. Delicious, complex, and growing in finishing intensity – Bravo!
2020 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières
Together with Remi, part was replanted in March 2017. The vines were on the SO4 rootstock and the longevity of those vines wasn’t great.
Also a calm nose but here of more width and subtle complexity. Like the nose, this is wide over the palate, starting silky before showing some bitters and a little phenolic texture. A wine that melts over the palate – really super texture. Another great wine I expect but showing just a hint behind the Charmes today in terms of expressiveness. Great finishing – really a wow length!

Les Reds!
All bottled since mid-October – all the fermentations went well. I started harvesting early – 18 Aug and I think that helped – still 13.5° though. For me, it was only my second vintage with these so I’m just happy that it went well.

2020 Bourgogne Pinot Noir
All in the commune of Pommard – about 1.5 ha. All destemmed.
Broad and again lovely energy – darker red fruit but not too dark – the colour also. A faint gas, but here is a wine that widens over the palate, quite silky, mobile. I love the texture and the easy pure flavour. Simply excellent – well done – lip-smackingly delicious in the finish!

2020 Volnay
In Combe near Pommard – – only 2 barrels in this vintage from 0.2 ha.
A lovely and quite forward aromatic – easy pure red fruit with a faint floral accompaniment. A little extra attack and structure – growing some florals again – lovely perfumed flavour with a structure that suggests waiting a couple of years. Delicious!

2020 Beaune 1er Montrevenots
Narrower, deeper – a more mineral aromatic. Here a bit more structural again – a tannin that slightly dries the wine today but there’s no grain – I expect this to be largely gone in 2 years. What remains is mouth-watering with a lovely finishing energy – like the last, the finish is really super.

2020 Beaune 1er Epenotes
More open, deeply fruited – a little darker red fruit but also a small cooked gooseberry impression too. Really mouth-filling but still retaining a good open if not quite an airy feel. Complex and highly attractive in what is often a slightly anonymous 1er – bravo!

2020 Pommard
A mix of Rue au Porc, Petit Noizons and Combe
A less forceful but wider, higher-toned nose. Vibrant and fresh – wide over the palate with cool fruit. Beautiful and intense finish with a super clarity of flavour – a great villages finish!

2020 Pommard Epenots
Narrower and more intense – fine clarity and aromatic intensity to this fruit. More direct, more open in the mouth, lovely purity – airy almost but certainly with class – not an intense and concentrated Epenots – there are enough of those in this vintage – but here is elegance allied to the structure and with admirable purity. A great wine.

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  1. weawines23rd December 2021 at 3:20 pmPermalinkReply

    Bourgogne Pinot Noir should be 2020?

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