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2019 Domaine Jeannin-Naltet, Mercurey

Last week we tasted cask samples of Jeannin-Naltet's 2019s.  It was immediately clear that these were from the same domaine, but the vibrant fruit and silky texture is even more obvious in 2019 and the wines were wonderfully fresh.  Benoît points out that the lack of rain before harvest which led to a small vintage also meant that the tartaric acid levels in the fruit were not diluted; a useful explanation to the conundrum of how wines from such a hot year can still be so fresh.

The result is wines which are very accessible now, but which have long ageing potential.  We recommend buying the '19s en primeur and asking us if we have any of the 2018s left (not much) to drink while you wait (not long).

Offered en primeur, landing autumn 2021.

Domaine Jeannin-Naltet, Mercurey

Producer Profile

Domaine Jeannin-Naltet, Mercurey

Domaine Jeannin-Naltet in Mercurey was a new find for us in 2018.  A small, family-owned domaine, it has been undergoing a transformation since Benoît Eschard took over from his uncle, seven years ago.   

Tasting from cask always involves a mixture of experience and trust that the bottled wines will fulfil the potential they show in barrel.  We were thrilled when we re-tasted 2018s in bottle.  The serious and somewhat intellectual style we enjoyed so much at the domaine, with lots of limestone terroir notes, has really fleshed out with dark, sumptuous black fruit character, reminding us of red wines from the Côte de Nuits.  We have no doubt that if they were labelled as Côte de Nuits, they would command a far higher price.

Nearly 8 of Benoît's 9 hectares are premier cru and he has been working hard to emphasize freshness and minerality in his 1er Cru Clos des Grand Voyens (a monopole, owned solely by the domaine) and 1er cru Les Nauges

'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 undoubtedly has more concentration, but more limestone in the terroir gives a tauter structure, which will take a little longer to come round for drinking.  Both well under £20 in bond per bottle, they are the epitome of great value burgundy.

RED 2019 10 cases Jeannin-Naltet - Mercurey Clos des Grands Voyens 1er cru 75cl £230 per case of 12 Jeannin-Naltet
Mercurey Clos des Grands Voyens 1er cru
2019 / 10 cases / 75cl
£230 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesA 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. Dark fruit character on the nose, even some cassis notes, with lovely purity and intensity. Complexity and depth apparent. Lovely richness in the mouth with dark, almost Cote de Nuits fruit flavours. Ripe tannins and balanced acidity. After the immediacy of the entry it (surprisingly) shows a good level of elegance and finesse on the finish. (Linear). RKL
RED 2019 5 cases Jeannin-Naltet - Mercurey Les Nauges 1er cru 75cl £245 per case of 12 Jeannin-Naltet
Mercurey Les Nauges 1er cru
2019 / 5 cases / 75cl
£245 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesVery different nose, with added vegetal and almost farmyard notes. Similar if not more richness and intensity.Much more structured than previous with stronger tannic frame. Denser texture. This will need longer. RKL

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