2018 Domaine Jeannin-Naltet En Primeur
Does such a thing as 'good value burgundy' exist anymore? Absolutely it does, and we can prove it, by offering you the wines of Domaine Jeannin-Naltet - a new find for us this year. We have no doubt that if these wines had a more famous 'address' on the label, they would command a far higher price.
This 9 hectare domaine in Mercurey has been family-owned since 1858, but has had a new lease of life since Benoît Eschard took it over from his uncle, six years ago.
In a vintage with lots of generous fruit character and with their own distinctive terroirs, these are just the kind of wines to be laying down in quantity, to enjoy over the next 3 - 7 years. At around £25 per bottle including VAT (less, for the 'Grands Voyens') they deliver the combination of elegance, richness and sense of place which we look for in Burgundy.
Benoît came into winemaking from engineering, an approach shows in the meticulous overhaul he has given to his vineyard and winery practices. His uncle had been selling the domaine's wine to negociants. Almost 8 of Benoît's 9 hectares are premier cru, so it was an obvious move to vinify and bottle the wines seperately, focusing on terroir.
As you might expect from a former process engineer, the vineyard and winemaking procedures have been improved from end to end. Benoît is especially proud of his team's attention to detail when it comes to the sorting table. Like a number of great winemakers, this is where he positions himself at harvest time, overseeing every berry which comes into the winery.
Benoît has been working hard to emphasize freshness and minerality in his 1er Cru Clos des Grand Voyens (a monople, owned solely by the domaine) and Les Nauges. These characteristics blend perfectly with the generosity of the vintage. Only a few pounds seperates the two wines. 'Grand Voyens' is on a mixture of clay and limestone and shows both chalky limestone character and a softer, more broad-shouldered style. Les Nauges undoutedly has more concentration but more limestone in the terroir results in a more taut structure which will take longer to come round for drinking.
View Jeannin-Naltet's wines below.
Prices are ex-VAT per case of 12 bottles, unless otherwise advised. DP = duty-paid ex-London. IB = under bond ex-London.
|Red||2018||Jeannin-Naltet - Mercurey Clos des Grands Voyens 1er cru||75cl||£210 per case of 12||IB|
A beautiful walled vineyard site (in the centre of the photo below, just in fron... Read more
A beautiful walled vineyard site (in the centre of the photo below, just in front of the woods). All 5 ha are owned by Jeannin-Naltet, making this a 'monopole'. Planted at a very high density, 10,000 vines per hectare. 25-30% new oak. Earthy humus aromas, with beautiful dark black fruits. The balance earthy minerality and black fruit reminds me of Clos de Vougeot! Very well-balanced, with a great length. 2021 - 2027+. RKL Close
|Red||2018||Jeannin-Naltet - Mercurey Les Nauges 1er cru||75cl||£225 per case of 12||IB|
Strong family resemblance to the Grands Voyens, but with the intensity turned up... Read more
Strong family resemblance to the Grands Voyens, but with the intensity turned up by way of that limestone minerality and slightly more purity of crunchy red and black fruit. This will need longer (4-5 years) to be ready for drinking, but the reward should be an impressively fine red at this price. The length is already impressive. 2022 - 2030+. RKL Close