94 Insider Points

"Year's Best' 92pt -W&S

REVIEWS

The Clos du Clos Genet from Domaine Jessiaume is made from all estate Pinot Noir from the family’s single vineyard around the winery, not a 1er Cru vineyard site, but still site specific and utterly delicious.  Raspberry, strawberry and cranberry blend with cherry, bramble and a hint of spice on the nose.  The palate is fresh and lively, this is still a young wine that can age for quite some time in your cellar.  More red fruit and spice mix on the palate with a vibrant acidity and smooth fine grain tannin creating a wonderful balance on the finish.  A great wine at a great price to enjoy now through 2024. - DZ Sept 2016

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT

A killer value from pricey Burgundy, about as likely as finding that needle in a haystack. And yet, find it we most certainly did! This one is the “Year’s Best Red Burgundy” and a “Best Buy” from Wine & Spirits, which rated this glorious value with 92 points.

And while value is certainly a big part of this wine’s cachet, authenticity and sheer deliciousness come in close behind. As a single-vineyard Santenay from the Cote de Beaune’s southernmost appellation, Jessiaume’s “Clos Genet” oozes Burgundy’s typical elegance and charm with the region’s characteristic red fruit notes, fresh acidity and mineral core. Part of the beauty within this bottle of cru Burgundy lies in the vineyard itself, a small section of the larger Santenay AOC that features soil rich in limestone and marl deposits with a beneficial southwest exposure. The family-owned Domaine Jessiaume treats this Santenay like a top Cote d’Or red. Yields are tiny. The vineyard is organically raised. And, after 12 months maturation in French oak, this wine receives a further three months of rest in stainless steel tank before it is finally bottled.

The Wine Advocate notes of this up-and-coming Domaine: “The winemaking is in the hands of siblings Marc and Pascal Jessiaume, as well as Marc’s son Jean-Baptiste, who won best young winemaker at last year’s Hospice de Beaune auction. As well as their philosophy of low yields and organic viticulture, apparently they like to spin a bit of Mozart while the wines mature in barrel… I have a feeling that this is a producer that has more to offer in the future and I look forward to tasting subsequent vintages." (10/2013)

Let’s hope this little insider wine stays a secret for at least another vintage or two. But when Domaine Jessiaume hits the big leagues for real, at least our Members can say they discovered it first!


Reasons why we love it:

The Domaine Jessiaume was built in 1850 and today maintains more than 37 acres spread throughout the Santenay AOC as well as holdings in Auxey Duresses “Les Ecusseaux,” premier cru and Volnay “Les Brouillards” premier cru and a small parcel in the Beaune “les Cent Vignes” single vineyard.

Ever conscious of and conscientious toward the natural environment, Domaine Jessiaume follows the lunar cycle in the vineyards while tending to their low-yielding vines.

The historic underground cellars of the Domaine amass an impressive selection of old bottles—more than 100,000 in total, including a few that go back to the 1908 vintage!

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Try this with salmon or tuna or most any protein seasoned with Asian-inspired spice.