Domaine Joliet Fixin 1er Cru 'Clos de la Perriere' Rouge 2019
Various early wine authorities in the 19th century singled out Clos de la Perrière as an exceptional vineyard, Dr Lavalle (1855) noting it as a Tête de Cuvée making wines which kept for longer than any others of the Côte d’Or. BBR
96 Points Decanter "Joliet has divided the vineyard into sections which he farms and ferments separately before blending just before bottling. The ferments are done with 100% whole clusters on native yeasts and see two years in cask without racking prior to blending. The finished wine is lovely, with aromas of blackberry and plum, then a hint of wild herbs and menthol. On the palate there is impressive density and a silky but powerful texture, just built for ageing. Drinking Window 2026 - 2049."
"Plenty of colour despite the whole clusters – the wine made with wc since 2009. Wide, fine, with a shimmer of oak in the aroma. Not fully ‘together’ at this stage but there’s fine energy here and good acidity. The oak, slightly reductive, is quite prominent in the middle and finishing flavours, but this is hauntingly long – a wine to be very patient with, but the shape, structure, balance are excellent." Bill Nanson, The Burgundy Report 6.10.2020
Variety - Pinot Noir
Country - France
Region - Burgundy
Sub Region - Fixin
Extra - Cork
Year - 2019
Volume - 750ml
The Joliet family purchased the Manoir de la Perrière and its attendant vines in 1853. Bénigne, who has bought out other family members so as to be able to run the domaine as he wants to do it, is the 6th generation of the family. He has moved towards organic farming in the vineyards, reduced yields and developed a style of vinification and barrel maturation to suit this vineyard. From the 2009 vintage the wines are aged for 24 months in barrels, half one year old and half two year old.
Various early wine authorities in the 19th century singled out Clos de la Perrière as an exceptional vineyard, Dr Lavalle (1855) noting it as a Tête de Cuvée making wines which kept for longer than any others of the Côte d’Or. Though attempts to have it classified as Perrière-Chambertin in the 1930s failed, Bénigne is about to start work on a dossier to propose Clos de la Perrière as a grand cru now.
Up to 10,000 bottles are made each vintage, with young vines being declassified into village Fixin. There is a small amount of white made as well from the coolest part of the vineyard. BBR