One of the most enjoyable meals we had during our cask tasting trip to Burgundy this year was lunch in Puligny-Montrachet, from the inexpensive menu du jour at a little brasserie on the village square, next to the mairie. Just a few yards from the Michelin-starred Le Montrachet, the brasserie was bustling with vineyard workers. This authentic face of Puligny sits very easily alongside its more glamorous aspect, as does Domaine Jean Pascal. Alexandra Pascal's wines are listed at Le Montrachet, but we feel sure she would be happier nattering with her fellow vignerons over lunch at the brasserie. Recently elected mayor of the Puligny (pop. 387!), she is at the heart of the most famous of all wine making villages. Her wines are consistently authentic, honest and brilliant value, with amazing purity of fruit. You can read more about Jean Pascal in our profile of the domaine, below.
As at most domaines in the Côte de Beaune, very little wine has been made in 2021 and their stocks of earlier vintages are already low. We have been very fortunate with allocations this year, especially since their wines are such staples for many of our customers. We strongly recommend buying them whilst they are available, as goodness knows what allocations will be like next year.
Always a show-stopper, the 2020 Bourgogne Blanc was exceptionally elegant this year. Alexandra's Auxey-Duresses always captures something of the structure and intensity of top quality Chassagne and this is especially the case with the 2020, which shows some wonderfully integrated new oak influence and lots of concentration. The Puligny-Montrachet 'Les Enseignères' lieu dit was a masterclass in tension and energy, with a streak of minerality and fine floral aromas. However, this year, the Folatières 1er Cru was the star wine here. Despite the value offered by the other wines, there was an undeniable step-up, with complex layers of aroma and flavour, the finest vintage of this wine that we have tasted.
As we said last year, these are superb, honest wines that take you right into the heart of one of the Côte d'Or's most prized wine villages, without the associated elevated prices. We recommend adding them to your cellar while they are available.
Offered en primeur, landing Autumn 2022.
|WHITE||2020||10 cases||Jean Pascal at Fils - Auxey Duresses Blanc||75cl||£240 per case of 12||Jean Pascal at Fils
Auxey Duresses Blanc
2020 / 10 cases / 75cl
£240 per case of 12
Tasting NotesWow, intense orchard and stone fruits on the nose balanced by pronounced new oak aromas, giving an impression of classic white burgundy. A very complete wine, delivers a huge amount of flavour and structure, great value. RKL------"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. 13%. Drink 2023 – 2030. 16.5 points" jancisrobinson.com (JH)
|WHITE||2020||3 cases||Jean Pascal at Fils - Bourgogne Cote d'Or Chardonnay||75cl||£160 per case of 12||Jean Pascal at Fils
Bourgogne Cote d'Or Chardonnay
2020 / 3 cases / 75cl
£160 per case of 12
Tasting NotesLess expressive than the 2019, more linear, more elegant, with exceptional purity of aroma and fruit on the palate. Pear and citrus on the nose, with a saline finish and that familiar lemon pith note which you often find here at Jean Pascal. RKL