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2018 & 2019 Mercureys from Jeannin-Naltet, ready to enjoy

We are now shipping the last available parcels of Jeannin-Naltet's brilliant Mercurey 1er cru 'Clos des Grands Voyens' from 2018 and 2019, back-to-back excellent vintages.  We are offering the opportunity now to pre-order, while stock is available, due to land by November.

The 2018 (£220 per dozen in bond) is bit of a unicorn wine; that rare thing, a red burgundy with masses of concentration and generous dark fruits, but with plenty of freshness and nuance, at a very affordable price.  The 2019 (£230 per dozen in bond) is every bit as good, with a fresher, red fruit character and a little more structure.  Ready to enjoy now, we think the 2018 will show well for around 5 years, whilst the 2019 is becoming more drinkable by the day and will be at its peak in around a year.

These are the perfect wines to pair with autumn game and a host of other foods.  With a very small burgundy vintage expected in 2021 and with the logistical issues the nation is experiencing, this is a great time to lay in a few cases in anticipation of Christmas and for the years ahead. Order 2+ cases to receive our offer price on both wines.

2018 Mercurey 1er Cru 'Clos des Grands Voyens', Domaine Jeannin-Naltet

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. 

(Re-tasted September 2021):  Deep, concentrated and intense black fruits and crushed rock aromas on nose, some mint and violet, chocolate even; black cherry; palate is just as generous, could masquerade as an NZ pinot noir, but with excellent acidity and tannins are very present, giving good grip at the finish.  The mineral character is very persistent on palate.  Vgv.  RKL

£220 per dozen in bond OR £210 when you order 2+ cases

2019 Mercurey 1er Cru 'Clos des Grands Voyens', Domaine Jeannin-Naltet

(Re-tasted September 2021): Dark black and red fruit character on the nose, some cassis notes, with lovely purity and intensity. Complexity and depth apparent.  Lovely richness in the mouth with dark, almost Côte de Nuits fruit character. Ripe tannins and balanced acidity. After the immediacy of the entry it shows a good level of elegance and finesse on the finish. RKL

£230 per dozen in bond OR £220 when you order 2+ cases

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.   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 Naugues

The 'Clos des Grand Voyens' is on a mixture of clay and limestone and shows both chalky-limestone character and a softer, more broad-shouldered style.  'Les Naugues' 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.  

RED 2018 1 case Jeannin-Naltet - Mercurey Clos des Grands Voyens 1er cru 75cl £220 per case of 12 Jeannin-Naltet
Mercurey Clos des Grands Voyens 1er cru
2018 / 1 case / 75cl
£220 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. 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
RED 2019 17 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 / 17 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 Naugues 1er cru 75cl £245 per case of 12 Jeannin-Naltet
Mercurey Les Naugues 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
RED 2020 Jeannin-Naltet - Mercurey Clos des Grands Voyens 1er cru 75cl £250 per case of 12 Jeannin-Naltet
Mercurey Clos des Grands Voyens 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£250 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesA beautiful walled vineyard site. 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. Like many producers, Benoit used less pigeage and remuage than in previous vintages. Quite closed on the nose at first, but showing dark cherry and bilberry on the nose and palate, with firm tannins and a tremendous finish. A more refined expression than in 2019 and 2018. RKL
RED 2020 Jeannin-Naltet - Mercurey Clos des Grands Voyens 1er cru Magnum £265 per case of 6 Jeannin-Naltet
Mercurey Clos des Grands Voyens 1er cru
2020 / / Magnum
£265 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesA beautiful walled vineyard site. 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. Like many producers, Benoit used less pigeage and remuage than in previous vintages. Quite closed on the nose at first, but showing dark cherry and bilberry on the nose and palate, with firm tannins and a tremendous finish. A more refined expression than in 2019 and 2018. RKL
RED 2020 Jeannin-Naltet - Mercurey Les Naugues 1er cru 75cl £265 per case of 12 Jeannin-Naltet
Mercurey Les Naugues 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£265 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesLes Naugues (pronounce, rather disconcertingly, with a hard 'g') is a 1 ha south-facing site, with 46 year-old vines, on limestone-marl. The aspect means that the grapes here ripen early. Aged 100% in oak barrels, of which 30% are new. Deep, spciy and multi-layered on the nose, great intensity of aroma, richly textured, dark fruit but with some notes of redcurrant adding maintaining the freshness. Grand Voyens is usually the more immediate wine, but it in 2020 Les Naugues gives it a run for its money and will ultimately have more complexity. RKL

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