Castagnier – 2019


Jerome Castagnier 2020Tasted with Jerome Castagnier in Morey St.Denis, 01 December 2020.

Domaine Castagnier
20 Rue des Jardins
21220 Morey St.Denis
Tel: +33 3 80 34 31 62
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Jerome on 2020:
2020 – this year was the deception! Why? Because all was perfect, no frost, no maladies, good flowering, no hail – a good start to the grapes – unlike 19 which suffered from many things including poor flowering. We started the summer in really great shape – but then came the dryness – it wasn’t a problem of the heat but of the dry. One Thursday just before the end of August – 20th – 36°C but a strong wind too which dehydrated the grapes. Some grapes fell to the ground, but the remaining were fine if rather small. I think there’s great quality in the wines, they are well constructed and have super acidity but it’s a very small vintage – my smallest – less than half a harvest in many places.

Jerome on 2019:
19 also a vintage with a lower volume – minus-40% versus ‘normal.’ So that’s disappointing from the perspective of price, we don’t want to keep increasing the price but stability will be hard – it doesn’t help that all our external costs go up too. At least in terms of class, we have been very lucky with the quality of the wines in our recent vintages.

The wines…

I really loved the wines here in 2018 AND 2019 – they have star-quality!

Bottling is planned for 2021, roughly in the Springtime. All the wines are now assembled into tank:

2019 Bourgogne Passetoutgrains
30% gamay but a single co-plantation
A nice freshness and depth to this nose. Bright, wide, intense, lovely texture too. I love the mineral finish. Bravo PTG!
2019 Côteaux Bourguignone
All pinot, planted opposite the previous vines in MSD
A broad and at the same time deeper nose. Beautiful clarity, super energy, more saline accented flavour, almost a licorice in the finish. Another great wine for the label.
2019 Bourgogne Pinot Noir
That’s a deeper nose, less width but attractive all the same. More structural – a parcel in Gevrey – more intensity for sure. Love this regional again – such a great trio of wines for their labels! Bravo.

2018 Chambolle-Musigny
Vines from 1921 in Aux Echanges, but only the villages part. Grandfather also had vines in the 1er cru part of Aux Echanges but sold them as he thought this superior – next to Beau Bruns
Starting tight from cold but opens beautifully with a fine floral perfume. Supple, more depth of texture – lovely texture, layerd long, contemplative but still with great freshness and a little twist of finishing minerality. Simply excellent and delicious.

2019 Gevrey-Chambertin
From Les Seuvrées
Like the Chambolle, here’s a wine that blossoms with swirling – the cellar is 11° so it’s no surprise! Deeper, wider, darker more cherry fruit here. Vibrantly, minerally finishing. Another really great wine.

2019 Morey St.Denis 1er Au Chezeaux
Next to Charmes-Chambertin.
A deep nose – a little more open and powerful. A linear, direct and properly structured style to this wine – intense, mineral too. I love the almost graphite style of minerality in the finish saline accented – extra length. Excellent – a distinguished wine.

2019 Charmes-Chambertin
Lots of colour. A depth that suggests faint reduction but still some red fruit here. That’s nicely wide and has the mineral style of the domaine this year. Direct wine, a little structure but with a very fine purity – that’s precise and holds my attention very well. A super Charmes!

2019 Clos de la Roche
Deeply coloured. A tight start to the aromas but then real class – width, muscle, a mineral impression but always with a purity and freshness. A little extra density but not fat. Here’s extra depth of flavour – a certain strictness but nothing hard. Extra melting flavour in this darkly fruited wine. If you will forgive – masculine – a wine of power and depth. Simply excellent.

2019 Clos St.Denis
More instantly open aromas – a wide-armed invitation to drink. More mobile, energetic and complex, less overtly muscled and shaped than the CdR. Really top intensity in this finish. That’s completely great here. Sensual texture and darkly fruited but wth red fruit complexity. Bravo. One of my wines of the vintage in 2018 – this is not bad either!
2019 Clos de Vougeot
In Grands Maupertuis
Ooh, that’s also rather open, pure and red-fruited – complex and faintly floral too. I love the shape of this wine. A little extra depth of texture and of concentration, with layers of darker flavour. A long, long way away from the ‘austerity’ of CV. This is a great wine…

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