was acquired by Jacques Seysses
in 1967. The domaine in Morey-St-Denis
had 4 hectares of vineyards and he has subsequently built it up to 11.5 hectares. Domaine Dujac now includes holdings in Clos de la Roche
, Clos St-Denis
. "Use knowledge and technology to counter accidents - for example, bad weather - but, if all is going well, don't interfere," says Seysses and this principle guides much of what happens in the vineyards and the cellars. Dujac wines are neither filtered nor fined and all of his premiers and grands crus
are aged in 100% new oak. These are wines of the very highest order.
The first vintage, 1968, was one of the worst years on record so the wines were sold off in bulk, but 1969 was an entirely different matter, putting the domaine firmly on the map. In 1973 Jacques married Rosalind Boswell, a Californian girl who came to work the vintage and stayed for life. The first two of their three children, Jeremy (born 1975), Alec (1977) and Paul (1980) are now involved in the business, as is Jeremy’s wife Diana, also Californian, and a trained oenologist. In 2000 Jeremy Seysses also inaugurated, with his father, a small scale negociant business known as Dujac Fils et Père.
The domaine has expanded over the years as additional parcels of vineyard became available, culminating in the acquisition of some exceptional vineyards from Domaine Thomas-Moillard in 2005. In 1987 the domaine moved to lutte raisonée,
the reasoned application of treatments, and from 2001 to organic farming. Today 75% of the domaine, including all premier and grand cru vineyards, is farmed organically with experiments also along biodynamic lines.
Jacques Seysses is a leading advocate of including stems in the fermentation process, as much so as to avoid bruising the grapes during the de-stemming process as for a desire to include the stems themselves. However each vintage is treated according to its merits and the ripeness of the stems.
The cellars in Morey St Denis have been extended in recent years to improve cellaring conditions. The barrels can now be kept at a cooler ambient temperature, enabling the malolactic fermentation to happen later and for the wines to be racked less frequently.
Dujac wines are not necessarily the deepest in colour but are noted for their exceptional fragrance, structure and longevity. With seven grands crus
in the stable, Dujac is today one of Burgundy’s leading domaines.
Le Chambertin Grand Cru 0.29 ha
Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 0.70 ha
Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 1.95 ha
Clos St Denis Grand Cru 1.47 ha
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 0.59 ha
Romanée St Vivant Grand Cru 0.17 ha
Echezeaux Grand Cru 0.69 ha
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Aux Combottes 1.16 ha
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Aux Gruenchers 0.33 ha
Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts 1.57 ha
Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaumonts 0.73 ha
Morey St Denis 1er Cru Rouge 0.79 ha
Morey St Denis 2.93 ha
Chambolle Musigny 0.64 ha
Morey St Denis 1er Cru Les Monts Luisants Blanc 0.60 ha
Morey St Denis Blanc 0.66 ha
Bourgogne Blanc 0.19 ha
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Aux Combottes
Domaine Dujac is the leading source of this 4.57 ha vineyard which is surrounded by grands crus. Only a small dip in the contours keeps Combottes from similar status. The wine often has a spicy, peppery character alongside the concentrated fruit.
Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts
A marvellous plot purchased from Domaine Thomas in 2005 promises to add another ‘flagship’ wine to the domaine’s portfolio. Malconsorts delivers a richness of flavour and consistency from one year to the next which merits grand cru status.
Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru
Purchased in 1977, comprising several small parcels in Mazoyères Chambertin and one larger one well situated in the upper part of Charmes. A stylish rather than flamboyant wine chez Dujac.
Echezeaux Grand Cru
The holding comprises a single block in the Champs Traversin section of the vineyard. The hallmark of Echezeaux is an intricate latticework of subtle flavours – delicacy and complexity rather than exceptional weight.
Clos St Denis Grand Cru
The substantial holding comes from the initial purchase of Domaine Graillet in 1968. This wine is sumptuously fruity from the start but with excellent ageing potential as well.
Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Most of the holding is from the initial 1968 purchase, supplemented in 1977 and 1990. Dujac Clos de la Roche is one of their longest lived wines. Though often charming at the outset, the firm structure of this vineyard then comes to the fore until after 10 years or more of bottle age when the wine shows to best advantage.