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Domaine ALAIN JEANNIARD

Morey-St-Denis

Alain’s cave is as Burgundian as Boeuf Bourguignon, cramped, the ceiling low and arched, walls stacked with bottles, a spittoon balanced between the barrels. From this most traditional of settings he produces wines which are perhaps unconventional but, at their best, utterly delicious.

Background

Alain left his job in industry to take over his family’s tiny domaine in Morey in the late 1990s. He quickly made a name for himself, from 2000-2006 he looked after the viticulture for the Hospices de Beaune’s parcels of Mazi and Clos de la Roche. He built his domaine to 4 hectares, buying or renting parcels in Chambolle, Gevrey, Fixin and Pommard amongst others and now produces just short of 20,000 bottles a year. Alain thinks deeply about both viticulture and vinification. He experiments restlessly, he has no simple answers and is a joy to question over a glass of wine. Alain prunes his vines to the Cordon Royat rather than the traditional Guyot, he believes it gives low yields and ripe, thick skinned berries. He has been using whole bunch fermentation longer than many, but again, he has his own ideas. Foolish, he says, to try and get the stalks ripe. The wines don’t need the stalk tannin; his grapes have thick and ripe skins, plenty of structure, the stalks are there to keep the cap loose and do away with the need for violent punching down during fermentation, a gentle foot tread is all that is needed. In this way Alain extracts as gently as he can. He farms without herbicides, ferments with natural yeasts and filters his wines as little as possible.

Current Vintages

White WinesVintage
This comes from a steeply sloped, south facing vineyard with 35 year old vines. Alain gives it 12 months in larger, 500 ltr, barrels - only 10% of which are new. Bit of a cult wine here, always seems to have tremendous mineral lift alongside popcorn and hazelnut flavours. These Nuits Blancs can be lovely and show a different side of white Burgundy.
2019
Red WinesVintage
56 year old vines growing in two village sites, En Roncevie & Creux Brouillard.
2016
MagnumsVintage
Gevrey-Chambertin Magnums2016
Two sites - Les Athets (50yr old vines) and Les Chardannes (70yr old vines). Both face south east and have thin, poor soil. They give an elegant, fine Chambolle with intricate red fruits and filigree tannins. 75% whole bunch adds tension and freshness. Fabulous wine, very low stocks!
2016
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