2016 Meursault, Blagny, 1er Cru, Domaine Antoine Jobard, Burgundy

2016 Meursault, Blagny, 1er Cru, Domaine Antoine Jobard, Burgundy

Product: 20161261033
 
2016 Meursault, Blagny, 1er Cru, Domaine Antoine Jobard, Burgundy

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Description

A famously high Premier Cru, the wines from here can be very restrained and stony. The long, cool, dry end of the season has produced a wine of delightful precision. With focused fruits of white blossom and almond, the chiselled palate is long and delicate, the finish slowly unpeeling.

Drink 2022 - 2029

Adam Bruntlett, Senior Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (August 2020)

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Stephen Tanzer91/100

This was Jobard's only parcel not touched by frost in 2016, producing 53 hectoliters per hectare.

Highly aromatic scents of yellow fruits and minerals lifted by white flowers. Round on the attack, then discreetly spicy in the middle palate; more about finesse and precision than obvious fruit. 

There's something very natural about this nicely balanced wine, which finishes minerally, firm and long. This is 12.9% alcohol without chaptalization, according to Jobard.

Drink 2020 - 2027

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com (September 2018)

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About this WINE

Domaine Antoine Jobard

Domaine Antoine Jobard

This white-wine focused domaine is renowned for its steely, taut Meursault. Antoine joined his father, François, here in 2002. He assumed sole charge in ’07, after his father’s 50th vintage. Initially, any changes were minimal.

Now, there’s a clear move towards earlier bottling, with two winters in barrel no longer seen as the yardstick. This is both a stylistic choice and a response to warmer and earlier harvests.

All decisions are now taken with a view towards greater flexibility, allowing more or less reduction from barrel age as required.

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Meursault

Meursault

There are more top producers in Meursault than in any other commune of the Côte d’Or. Certainly it is the most famous and popular of the great white appellations. Its wines are typically rich and savoury with nutty, honeyed hints and buttery, vanilla spice from the oak.

Even though it is considerably larger than its southerly neighbours Chassagne and Puligny, Meursault contains no Grands Crus. Its three best Premiers Crus, however – Les Perrières, Les Genevrières and Les Charmes – produce some of the region’s greatest whites: they are full, round and powerful, and age very well. Les Perrières in particular can produce wines of Grand Cru quality, a fact that is often reflected in its price. Meursault has also been one of the driving forces of biodynamic viticulture in the region, as pioneered by Lafon and Leflaive.

Many of the vineyards below Premier Cru, known as ‘village’ wines, are also well worth looking at. The growers vinify their different vineyard holdings separately, which rarely happens in Puligny or Chassagne. Such wines can be labelled with the ‘lieu-dit’ vineyard alongside (although in smaller type to) the Meursault name.

Premier Cru Meursault should be enjoyed from five to 15 years of age, although top examples can last even longer. Village wines, meanwhile, are normally at their best from three to 10 years.

Very occasionally, red Meursault is produced with some fine, firm results. The best red Pinot Noir terroir, Les Santenots, is afforded the courtesy title of Volnay Santenots, even though it is actually in Meursault.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is often seen as the king of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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