The old vines in the Premier Cru Préaux were planted in 1971. This “old vine” Pinot Noir shows intense aromas of red fruit and exotic floral scents on the nose, and the palate shows subtle spice, with a beautiful texture, and a refreshing, long finish. A perfect paring with roast chickens and pot roasts.
About this wine producer: Domaine Jacqueson was established in 1947 by Henri Jacqueson, whose son Paul led its rise to prominence after joining the estate in 1972. In 2006, Paul was joined by his daughter Marie, who went on to be named ‘Young Winemaker of the Year’ at the Hospices de Beaune in 2010. Marie was away when I first visited in 2018, so I tasted with her brother Pierre, who joined the estate three years earlier. The wines have long adorned the lists of many of the finest restaurants in France. There are thirteen hectares of vines, most in the appellation Rully, but also in Mercurey and Bouzeron, of which 60% are planted to Chardonnay (plus a tiny 80-year-old parcel of Aligoté in Bouzeron), and the balance to Pinot Noir. Farming is entirely sustainable, the fruit is hand-harvested, and wines are bottled unfiltered after barrel by barrel fining with egg white. The white wines from the Rully parcels are counted among the best wines of the Côte Chalonnaise.