Jean Tardy – 2019


Guillaume Tardy 2020 Domaine Jean TardyTasted with Guillaume Tardy in Vosne-Romanée, 24 November 2020.

Domaine Jean Tardy et Fils
46 Départementale 974,
21700 Vosne-Romanée
Tel: +33 3 80 61 11 86
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Guillaume on 2020:
28 August started and finished 31st – it was a 27 August start in 2003 but they had more vines so didn’t finish in August! The dryness did block the maturity but I harvested at 12.8-13.3° and still with good acidity – pH 3.3. So everything is there for a fine balance and a very Burgundian vintage – nothing overripe, I’m very satisfied.

Guillaume on 2019:
We had two strong heatwaves, the one at the end of July resulting in many grilled grapes – as much as 10-15% which was a shame. 07 September start for the harvest, and I was always 13.5-13.8° with pHs after malo 3.5 on average. In terms of yields, it’s not a party in either 19 or 20 but 35 hl/ha was roughly ‘correct.’

The wines…

I love the definition of the terroirs here – if I offered you the Nuits, Chambolle and Vosne, blind, you would would easily guess which was which! All delicious in 2019 – a great selection! guess

All the wines are still in barrel, to be racked at the end of the year. The bottling planned for February. “I see my personal style much more in the 19s than the larger 18s.

2019 Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Cuvée Maelie
Named for Guillaume’s daughter. Vines from Conceour, just above Vosne-Romanée; 40-year-old vines, no new oak, rather with one and two-year-old barrels – ‘We still get a decent maturity here in cooler years, but bizarrely it’s the wine with the least acidity in this vintage!’
Medium colour. A nice freshness here, very attractively red-fruited. Easy, lovely texture, a mouth-watering slightly mineral style. A delightful Bourgogne.

2019 Fixin La Place
The lieu-dit, near Fissey. 45-year-old vines, near the route de grand cru. 35-40% new oak, the last was only 5%
More colour here. A deeper nose – there’s more density here – more perfume too. The palate is not just mouth-watering with fine freshness of flavour but a good concentration too. Almost juicily delicious. Keep for a couple of years, you will be rewarded.

2019 Chambolle-Musigny Les Athets
50 year-old vines.
Starts compact but this nose bursts from the glass with a little swirling – that’s so perfumed. Beautiful over the palate a sense of the serious and saline but that always fades quickly here – what is left is open, ethereal and completely delicious. Classy, classy villages… Bravo!

2019 Vosne-Romanée Vigneux
From the north of the village
That’s a big and fresh nose – very perfumed and indeed deeper perfumed and shaped than the Chambolle. A little extra concentration and depth to the flavour too. Saline-accented again, yes a faint spice element too. A small but alive explosion of floral flavour in the finish too. Excellent villages.

2019 Nuits St.Georges La Bas du Combe Vielles-Vignes
80-year-old vines – on the border of Vosne and Nuits – the oldest of the domaine.
Bright, floral, almost in the direction of gentian but not pyrazine. Wide, structured, mouth-watering. The structure more like Clos de Vougeot than Nuits with a lot of elegance in form. To wait for but this is really quite something. Bravo.

2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Champerrier Vieilles-Vignes
60-year-old vines whose roots go directly into the base rock.’
A deeper nose – wide at the base – the more modest higher tones are quite silky. Extra silky in the mouth, relatively linear to start too. I like the mineral drive here – not overly energetic but cool-fruited with melting flavour. Beautifully constructed and like the other wines in the cellar a very fine and growing floral accent to the finishing flavour too. Excellent! This, probably harder to pick blind than the last 3…

2019 Nuits S.Georges 1er Aux Argillas
‘From the north of Nuits, not the southern Argillières!’ Just under Thorey
Just a little more colour. Higher-toned freshness, the merest accent of mixed herbs to the deeper, darker but glossy fruit. Here is the tannin of Nuits but über-fine-grained – this fineness still has some associated dryness though. Very fine depth of pretty fruit flavour here. A wine to have patience with while drinking the villages… It will be excellent.

2019 Echézeaux Les Treux
On the flat near Grands-Echézeaux. 80-year-old vines from 0.3 hectares. All new oak this year.
The aromatic spice of the oak mixes with the spice of the wine. Ooh – that’s beautifully textured – tannic but silky, almost becoming velvet as the tannin exerts itself a little more. So mouth-watering, great clarity of darker-fruited flavour. A wide, wide panorama of finishing flavour. Already delicious!!!

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