DOMAINE VINCENT JEANNIARD – Pommard
The domain was created from scratch by Vincent back in 2012 after he graduated from the Dijon lycée viticole and following a few years gaining work experiences at esteemed domains such as Bouchard Père et Fils and De Montille. Vincent partly owns or works ‘en fermage’ vineyards that nowadays amount to 2,5 ha spread over different appellations. Currently in his first year of organic conversion, Vincent makes the wines with minimal intervention and the red wines are worked the same way as to best express the quality of each terroir. The wines are not fined, filtered and use of oak is kept to a maximum of 20%. The Bourgogne Pinot Noir is from vines form Pommard old vines. His Bourgogne Blanc Les Aures is one of the wine with Chardonnay planted in the Pommard appellation. His Hautes Cotes de Beaune vineyard is complanted with Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc giving welcomed vivacity in the wines. The Pommard wine is partly from les Petit Noizons parcels whilst the Savigny vines are from the reknown Les Planchots climat. A small domain expressing integrity.
DOMAINE JACQUES CARILLON
Puligny Montrachet –
Tradition is the watchword here – hardly surprising for a family that can trace its viticultural genealogy back to 1632.
After the 2009 vintage Louis Carillon’s two sons, Jacques and François, have decided to go their own ways. Jacques is the eldest of the two brothers and has a deep understanding of his vineyards. A humble man at heart, his wines reflect his personality in that they do not scream of winemaking artifices -making them probably less visible on the wine world scene- Nonetheless, Jacques’ domaine has been one of the most successful and consistent domaines in Puligny Montrachet over the last decades. The wines have a striking purity of fruit, are beautifully understated, and beautifully precise. When compared to the strength in depth to be found in Meursault and Chassagne, there are relatively few producers in the first division in Puligny. Some obvious names garner the mediatic attention, but the wines from Jacques Carillon are their equal and often the best of their type. A definite must have!
DOMAINE LUDOVIC ET EMILIEN BONNARDOT –
The two brothers Ludovic and Emilien joined forces in 2006. By the gradual recovery of vines in Côte and Hautes Côtes de Beaune, they naturally continued the work undertaken by their parents Elisabeth and Christophe who were already installed on the historic plots of the estate. After vinifying for 4 years on the family farm in Bonnencontre, they had the opportunity to settle in a winery in the heart of the vineyard, in Saint Aubin. Their aim is to perpetuate the history of this family of winegrowers established in Burgundy since 1470.
The domain is increasingly working their vineyards organically aiming to preserve the richness and the life of the soils. The average age of the vineyards is 40 years. Cordon de Royat (traditional pruning of Santenay and Maranges) and Guyot simple are the two pruning systems used in the vineyards. Manual harvest is in boxes with sorting of the grapes at reception. Vinification is traditional with 12 to 18 months aging in oak casks and natural settling in barrel, no filtration nor fining is carried out. The white wine are barrel fermented with aging from 12 to 22 months in oak casks, natural settling in barrel, light filtration before bottling. As much as possible no added sulfites is used at this domain.
MAISON JANOTSBOS – Meursault
Thierry Janots is French, and Richard Bos is Dutch. They met when studying oenology at Beaune back in the mid-90’s. Joining forces in 2005 to create their now respected négoce house JanotsBos. Thierry has been able to draw from his winemaking experience after working at numerous well-reputed domains in the CÔte d’Or whilst Richard who is also a trained winemaker looks after the vineyards to ensure that their contract growers work according to their strict quality standards.
DOMAINE SEBASTIEN MAGNIEN – Meursault
In his mid-thirties Sebastien Magnien has vinegrowing in his blood for he represents the fourth generation of vinegrowers. Whilst he initially founded the present domain with his mother, he now runs it with his wife; also a trained winemaker. This 12ha estate is located right in the heart of Meursault. Sebastien owns some well-sited Climats (lieux dits) in the appellation; Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint Romain and in the Hautes Côtes de Beaune. His traditional approach to working the vineyards and working in the cellar make for a very pure and elegant expression of both his Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. Authentic wines for an authentic producer.