Domaine Joliet Fixin 1er Cru 'Clos de la Perriere' Rouge 2021
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
94 Points Decanter "This wine continues to be a touchstone for the northern Côte de Nuits. The wine is still aging, so we tasted each component separately. The northern part of the vineyard is a bit less forward; it is more tannic, and the acidity is sharper. The southern part is more generous and fleshy. An approximate blend shows deep colour, lush, plummy fruit, plenty of spice and menthol, and a firm, dense structure that retains a velvety approachability and lingers on the palate. Delightful."
89-91 Points Neal Martin, Vinous "From the 5-hectare monopole, the 2021 Fixin Clos de la Perrière 1er Cru is aged in around 25% new oak and with 66% whole bunches. It has a very attractive, perfumed bouquet with black plum and touches of cassis. Fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with quite succulent tannins, fine flesh here, blueberry and blackberry intermingled with a sweet and pleasurable finish. There is a sense of joy in this Fixin and it will be irresistible in its youth."
Variety - Pinot Noir
Country - France
Region - Burgundy
Sub Region - Fixin
Extra - Cork
Year - 2021
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