Domaine Henri Jouan, now labelled as Philippe Jouan, is a small domaine located on a side street in Morey-St-Denis, a village in the Burgundy wine region of France.
The estate has a rich family history rooted in winemaking, with Philippe Jouan's great-grandfather being a barrel cooper and his grandfather involved in wine distribution. The vines for the Domaine were acquired from Philippe's grandmother's side of the family, the Noirot family.
Although the Domaine is relatively small, spanning only three hectares, it has gained recognition over the years. Philippe's father played a significant role in putting the Domaine on the map, albeit discreetly.
Previously, a significant portion of the grapes were sold in bulk to a distinguished négociant, but recently they have expanded their winery and can retain more wine for their own production. However, they still maintain a relationship with their long-term merchant customer, with whom they have collaborated for 65 years across generations.
The Domaine values gentle pressing to avoid extracting complex tannins in winemaking practices. Philippe follows his father's approach of destemming the grapes but has introduced a variation by adding back a small proportion (up to 10%) of the stems. They have also made some vineyard adjustments, reducing treatments and implementing strategic de-leafing on the north side to inhibit oidium, a fungal disease.