Joseph Pascal Auxey-Duresses 2020


Always a twist of lime on the finish in this wine, which I love.






Domaine Jean Pascal et Fils








28-year-old vines on limestone and clay. Spicy citrus fruit. High volume, mouth filling- expansive stone fruits and lime, tight and intense. Always a twist of lime on the finish in this wine, which I love.

Pure, piercing citrus toned down by a stony impression. But it’s the fruit that fills the palate. Generous, creamy, mealy and giving so much pleasure already. Bone dry, of course, but creamy and long.

Julia Harding MW 19 Jan 2022

About the Domaine

This 15 ha domaine is now run by Alexandra and Yann Pascal, a husband-and-wife
team. They own vines in Puligny, Meursault, Auxey and Volnay. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve been able to visit and taste, so we’re very pleased to be working together again.

The quality here has taken a definite jump. Since 2018 the elevage has been extended, the whites now see around 9 months in barrel, new oak used sparingly, and 4 months + in tank on their lees, to gain complexity. A minimal filtration is carried out before bottling, and the wines are sealed with Diam corks. Alexandra told us that whereas 2019 was rich, 2020 was classical, remarkably so, despite the conditions.

They enjoyed great weather from March to September, with a little rain here and
there. They began harvesting for Crémant on the 17th of August and were all done
by the 30th. Their earliest ever harvest. The warm, dry conditions had given healthy
grapes with thick skins. Fermentations were trouble free, and Alexandra feels the
wines have a subtle richness, but not at the expense of freshness or tension.


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