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Burgundy 2022 En Primeur: Domaine Jean Pascal, Puligny-Montrachet

The 2022 vintage from Domaine Jean Pascal in Puligny-Montrachet is now available to buy en primeur and we are pleased to say the wines are exceptional.  Following a generous harvest, we have the full range of cuvées to offer and Alexandra Pascal has even reduced her prices slightly!  Our own stocks of these wines rarely hang around in our cellars long enough to reach drinking maturity, so we recommend securing your preferred wines now and giving them a year or two of bottle age to enjoy them at their peak.

Alexandra was all smiles this year, proudly showing off her new purpose-built, wine barrel-shaped tasting room.  She and her husband Yann have recently managed to buy out various family members to take full ownership of the domaine (the ownership of most small estates in the Côte d'Or is divided among numerous family shareholders, due to the Napoleonic succession laws).  Alexandra's son is studying oenology in Bordeaux, due to be followed by a stage in New Zealand before returning to the domaine, so the future looks secure in more ways than one. 

The line-up of wines we tasted here showed crazy levels of fruit purity and fine delineation, saline and mineral notes, as well as a rounded texture on the palate, quite different from other vintages we can recall tasting.  The overall effect is a sublime range of wines that offer value at every level.  

Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to order, before they are all gone.

Offered en primeur, landing Autumn 2024


Domaine Jean Pascal, Puligny-Montrachet

Producer Profile

Domaine Jean Pascal, Puligny-Montrachet

The white burgundies from Domaine Jean Pascal in Puligny-Montrachet have become a benchmark for us of what white burgundy should offer, with their amazing fruit purity and a chiselled ("cisele"), focused character, even in the recent run of warmer vintages. 

The domaine is just 500 metres from Puligny's village square, home to Domaine Leflaive and Hôtel Le Montrachet, but compared with these starry names it could not be more down to earth, a 'paysanne' domaine (in relative terms).  Nevertheless, Pascal's Bourgogne Chardonnay and Puligny's are a staple of Le Montrachet's list...quite a recommendation.

The domaine was started by Joseph Pascal in the early 1900s when he arrived in the village and began working in the vineyards for Domaine Leflaive.  Gradually, he acquired his own vines.  In the 1950s, with low demand for fine white burgundy, the family also started a vine nursery ("pépinière") which now produces half a million vine rootstocks each year.  Now run by Jean's grandson Yann and his wife Alexandra, the domaine's 15 hectares of vineyards are spread over four towns (Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay and Auxey-Duresses).

Perhaps being so firmly rooted in viticulture gives the Pascals their skill at making wines with such brilliant fruit character.  Many domaines produce wines with more layered complexity (at many times the price) but few surpass them when it comes to purity.

WHITE 2022 10 cases Jean Pascal at Fils - Auxey Duresses Blanc 75cl £295 per case of 12 Jean Pascal at Fils
Auxey Duresses Blanc
2022 / 10 cases / 75cl
£295 per case of 12
Tasting NotesFrom just under two hectares of vines in Auxey, averaging 30 years of age, on clay-limestone. The Auxey goes through the same winemaking process as the Bourgogne Côte d'Or, so the additional weight and concentration here is all down to terroir. Saline, mineral and full of energy, with a sweet-sour chracter to the fruit. Auxey is adjacent to Meursault and there is some of that villages richness here. Alexandra commented that Auxey is usually the last area they harvest (being a slightly cooler area) and this has probably helped the 2022 reach this full, intense expression. Beautiful salinity on the long finish. RKL
WHITE 2022 7 cases Jean Pascal at Fils - Bourgogne Côte d'Or Chardonnay 75cl £210 per case of 12 Jean Pascal at Fils
Bourgogne Côte d'Or Chardonnay
2022 / 7 cases / 75cl
£210 per case of 12
Tasting NotesFrom two plots of vines averaging twenty years of age, totalling around two hectares. The terroir is clay-limestone. The wine is fermented in barriques, followed by ageing for 11 months in oak, 10% of it new. Intense citrus fruit on the nose, with excellent elevated acidity on the palate to balance more very ripe citrus on the palate, which has a rounded shape and a mealy texture. Baby Puligny-Montrachet! RKL------"Light, bright lemony aroma with a creamy top note and a light salty impression. Quite a lot going on for a Bourgogne Côte d'Or. Lots of interest, well-balanced between crisp lemon freshness and creamy texture. Drink 2024 – 2027. 16 points" (JH).
WHITE 2022 18 cases Jean Pascal at Fils - Puligny Montrachet Les Enseignieres 75cl £275 per case of 6 Jean Pascal at Fils
Puligny Montrachet Les Enseignieres
2022 / 18 cases / 75cl
£275 per case of 6
Tasting NotesThe domaine's holdings in the 'Enseigneres' lieu dit extend to just over half a hectare of vines, averaging fifty years of age. The winemaking is as for the Bourgogne Cote d'Or, with a touch more new oak. Aromas of white flowers, nuts, and marzipan. Mineral and saline on the palate, with a savoury character and excellent structure. RKL------"Fragrant and open, with herbal citrus aromas. Creamy, full of pure fruit and finishing with a light, dry grip that adds finesse. Fruit depth and texture make a deliciously complete wine. Drink 2026 – 2030. 16.5 points" (JH)
WHITE 2022 3 cases Jean Pascal at Fils - Puligny Montrachet Les Folatières 1er cru 75cl £415 per case of 6 Jean Pascal at Fils
Puligny Montrachet Les Folatières 1er cru
2022 / 3 cases / 75cl
£415 per case of 6
Tasting NotesIntense minerality on the nose, with a vivacious palate, showing citrus fruits, lots of salinity and crushed rock on the finish, which is very long. The energy of this wine is what stands out above all else. An excellent vintage, from one of the top sites in Puligny, from a producer at the top of their game. RKL------"Riper and more intense than Les Enseignères. Lemon and a touch of apricot. Rich and creamy on the palate, too; the fruit just balanced by the chalky texture and fresh acidity. Deep, crisp and long. Drink 2027 – 2033. 17 points" (JH)

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