Domaine Dujac 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin "Combottes" 1er Cru, Burgundy, France
Domaine Dujac 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin "Combottes" 1er Cru, Burgundy
Name of Winemaker/Chef du Cave: Jeremy Seysses
Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir
Terroir: Combottes refers to the Gallic word meaning “hollow, valley”. Located just under 280 meters of elevation, this vineyard benefits from longer sun exposures and is planted upon heavier moisture-holding clay and limestone.
Vinification/Oak Usage: The grapes are fermented in stainless steel.
Aging: Aged 18 months French barrique, 60-85% new
Tasting Notes: Concentrated and brambly, Aux Combottes is brooding with notes of black currants, violets and baking chocolate. The palate is framed by velvety tannins, bright acidity and a juicy, rich finish.
History of the Domaine:
Domaine Dujac is one of Burgundy's most famous estates. Simply put: the wines are highly collectible and very delicious. Jacques Seysses founded Domaine Dujac at the tender age of 26. Fresh off of apprenticeships at Gérard Potel and Domaine de la Pousse d’Or, and Jacques purchased 4.5HA of land in Morey-Saint-Denis in 1967. Not having inherited these vines, he named the domaine after himself: Domaine du 'Jac' (his nickname). By the late '70s, Jacques was attracting intern talent ranging from Ted Lemon of Littorai to Jean-Pierre de Smet, former owner and winemaker of Domaine de l`Arlot. Over time, Jacques continued to acquire more vines in some of Burdgundy's most esteemed plots--Echezeaux, Bonnes Mares, Clos de la Roche, Romanee St-Vivant, and more. Jacques has now gone into semi-retirement, and the day-to-day operations are overseen by his very capable and equally passionate son, Jeremy, and his wife Diana. Today, the ideologies of biodynamic farming and minimal destemming are at the forefront, as the estate uniquely focuses on a "path of soft extraction: a gentle 'infusion' rather than 'extraction'."