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INTRODUCTION

This exciting domaine shows that genuine greatness can be achieved in humble terroirs when ambition is combined with compassionate intelligence, hard work and perseverance.

Jean-Baptiste contacted us directly, looking for an agent for the Hong Kong market.


There was something genuine in the message which made me look him up on the internet and on some critics’ websites. I made a note to go and visit him during my next trip to Burgundy.
With Covid restrictions in place, it was my colleague Guy Seddon from the London Buying team and Adam Brett-Smith, my boss and Managing Director of Corney & Barrow who paid him a first visit. After the very positive report of Guy, after tasting the wines and meeting with Jean-Baptiste, we decided to represent his wines!


The domaine has many attributes that we like and relate to. Jean-Baptiste is a young winemaker, with a Diplome National d’Oenologie, who is breaking away from the family estate. He is based in Pernand-Vergelesses, has 11 appellations in his range and over 6 hectares of vines. He is the fifth generation of winemakers in his family. His first solo vintage was 2015.


He is a modern young winemaker in that he has extensive cellar experience, including in Bordeaux (!), the Roussillon, the Rhone Valley and New Zealand. We are starting with a small selection of Jean-Baptiste’s wines with a view to adding more as the relationship unfolds. And with a more generous vintage than 2021.


I finally met Jean-Baptiste in Burgundy in April. I tasted the 2020s from barrel (he had not started to bottle yet) and also had a sneak-peak of the 2021s which were quietly finishing their malolactic fermentation. The tasting notes are a joint effort of Guy and myself.
We are very happy to add this young winemaker to our portfolio and represent him exclusively in Hong Kong. His wines are good and he is a nice man! These wines complement our range well, at accessible prices. It gives us hope to be able to drink good, affordable Burgundy. Until he becomes famous…

Thibaut Mathieu
Managing Director Asia, June 2022

History, the estate and winemaking

After the 2014 vintage, Jean-Baptiste and his dad decided it was time he enjoyed some independence. The next harvest was to be his first solo year. For his first vintage, 2015, Jean Baptiste bottled part of the harvest under his own name and sold the remainder to negociants to generate some cashflow. With the first success and some money in the bank, he took the opportunity to add new plots to the family holdings and increase the size of the estate from 3 ha to 6.5 ha.

His latest additions are 2 prized plots around the hill of Corton: 86 ares of (0.86 ha) Savigny Les Beaune Les Peuillets; a dry and sandy soil, producing engaging wines. And he has also recovered 50 ares (0.5 ha) of precious Corton Les Renardes. The range includes wines from the Côte de Beaune, near Pernand-Vergelesses.  

The cellar, in the upper part of Pernand, very near Domaine Bonneau du Martray, is humble yet efficient. Every square meter is maximised and underneath, carved into the rock, there is a cellar with perfect natural humidity and low temperature to age the wines.

Vinification is simple, in concrete and stainless steel tanks. The white wines are pressed directly, whilst the reds are mostly fully destemmed. Jean Baptiste added some whole bunches in the ripe vintages of 2019 and 2020, but this remains the exception. Indigenous yeast transforms the must into wine. The extraction is gentle, infusion-like in fact. Only a little SO2 is added. The wines are aged in old oak barrels and bottled after a very light filtration (if needed). Jean-Baptiste practises minimal intervention in the cellar. Good wines are made in the vineyard, with lutte raisonnée (sustainable farming) setting the rules.

THE WINES

vineyards

WHITES

Jean-Baptiste vinifies some Pernand-Vergelesses village, Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Sous Frétille, Aloxe-Corton Les Combes and Corton Charlemagne Le Corton.

Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc 2020

This is an enticing white wine from the Côte de Beaune, not the typical razor-sharp mineral-driven Chardonnay. It has a nice crunchy phenolic core, coating your palate. Aromas of hay and pure green citrus dominate the bouquet. And the refreshing minerality leaves you wanting another glass. A fine wine.

Corney & Barrow Score 17.5+
Recommended drinking from 2023 - 2027


£165 / CASE OF 6 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK

REDS

The range covers Bourgogne Pinot Noir Les Barrigards, Aloxe-Corton Les Combes, Pernand-Vergelesses Les Vignes Blanches, Savigny-les-Beaune Ez Connardises and Les Peuillets, Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Fichots and the Corton Les Renardes.

Aloxe-Corton Les Combes 2020

The plot sits at the bottom of the hill of Corton near the grand cru plots. The vines were planted in 1942, over a deep soil of cool clay. These are the oldest vines of the estate. The aromas jump out of the glass with classic Pinot Noir notes of red cherry and raspberry. The wine is complex, with good tension, a good length in mouth, over a fleshy and charming structure. Nice chalky mineral bite in the finish.

Corney & Barrow Score 17.5+
Recommended drinking from 2023 - 2029+


£195 / CASE OF 6 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK

Pernand-Vergelesses Les Fichots 1er Cru 2020

The plot is planted with 70 year-old vines, facing east and benefitting from the morning sun. This is a cool site on the south-western side of the hill of Corton. The wine is tender and lean, with a chalky-mineral tension. Dark fruited, with ripe forest fruit, blueberry, bitter cherry and firm tannins. Ballerina-like, elegant, with a strict and tight core.

Corney & Barrow Score 17.5+
Recommended drinking from 2023 - 2029+


£185 / CASE OF 6 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK

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