We are delighted to have secured some additional allocation of one of our favourite white burgundies, from what is rapidly becoming one of our favourite domaines: Antoine Jobard's 2018 Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru, rated 'outstanding' by burgundy expert Allen Meadows, which we offer at £395 per six bottles in bond, for delivery later this month.
Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru is well-known to burgundy insiders but overlooked by wine-lovers more generally. Everything about the appellation conspires to make it hard for the casual drinker to grasp: Situated high on the slopes straddling the border between Meursault and Puligny, the vineyards centre on the little Hameau de Blagny, once owned by the Cistercian monks. The vines are some of the most vertiginous on the Côte d'Or and are hard to work, with lots of large stones mixed in with the limestone-soils. If you are ever in Meursault, be sure to take a drive (or walk, or cycle if you have the puff!) up the steep track. Blagny is marked out by a small wood, which looks like a beetling eyebrow on the side of the slopes. Next to this wood is the vineyard known as 'La Pièce Sous le Bois', which is where Jobard has his vines.
The style of white Blagny could be summed up as having the richness of Meursault, with the finesse and minerality of Puligny. The wines also age exceptionally well. We find this combination offers pretty much everything we could want for in a top white burgundy. When you add Antoine's talent for expressing richness alongside mineral and saline energy in his wines, you have something very special.
The 2018 is superb now but will continue to develop over the next five years and will drink well for at least five beyond that. We also have a very small amount of the 2020 vintage left, en primeur, at £495 per six in bond. Do please let us know if you would like to add some to your cellar.
Offered in bond, available for delivery by early April 2022.
|Antoine Jobard - Meursault Blagny 1er Cru
|£395 per case of 6
Meursault Blagny 1er Cru
2018 / 1 case / 75cl
£395 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"The 2018 Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru comes from a single plot of around half a hectare in the lieu-dit of La Pièce Sous La Bois. It conveys superb terroir expression, almost Puligny-like in its evocation of wet, cold limestone, wet pavement after a sudden shower and light lemon peel elements. The palate is taut and crisp on the entry, a fine bead of acidity slicing through the intense citrus and orange peel notes, which segue into a quite a spicy ginger-tinged finish. I just want more on the aftertaste, which disappears quicker than I would like. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"Once again, and all the more remarkably so for the vintage, Jobard coaxes the restrained cool, pure and airy aromas to emanate from the wonderfully elegant floral, citrus and essence of white-fleshed fruit. The gorgeously textured medium-bodied flavors are powerful yet focused with a lovely minerality and just the right blend of bitter citrus zest character that renders the finish super-refreshing. Good stuff that will need to develop more depth but nonetheless, this is already very fine. Sweet spot Outstanding. 91-93 points" Allen Meadows' Burghound------Old vines from the early 1950s and the young vines from 2009. Good flowering but the old vines always produce tiny grapes. Coming to this from the St-Aubin 1ers crus and another dimension is clearly evident. This is a complex supple wine with a nuanced range of flavours, mostly in white fruit, with perfectly balanced oak and fine length. Tasted: December 2019. 92-94 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com