Domaine Georges Jayer, Emmanuel Rouget 2017 Nuits-St-Georges, Burgundy, France

Domaine Georges Jayer, Emmanuel Rouget 2017 Nuits-St-Georges, Burgundy, France

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Domaine Georges Jayer, Emmanuel Rouget 2017 Nuits-St-Georges, Burgundy, France

The history of Domaine Emmanuel Rouget is forever tied to the famous vigneron Henri Jayer,  Emmanuel’s uncle. By the early 1980s, Henri had already become one of the most legendary  winemakers in Burgundy, influencing a generation of young vignerons in Burgundy and around the  world. Henri began to think about the future of his domaine and though he had two daughters,  neither of them were interested in making wine. In 1985 he took on his nephew Emmanuel Rouget  as his protégé and began leasing some of his vines to him. Over the years, Jayer gave up more and  more vines to his nephew. In 2001, following his retirement, all of the his vines went under the  control of Emmanuel Rouget, including the Georges Jayer vines, which have been vinified in the cellar of Rouget since 2002. Since 2011, the control of the domaine has passed to Emmanuel’s two sons Nicolas and Guillaume. Nicolas keeps watch over the vineyards while Guillaume is principally in the winery.  

Not much has changed here since Emmanuel first began making wines under the watchful eye of his uncle. The vines are still farmed with a respect for nature, that is to say no pesticides or herbicides at all, and organic treatments are used almost exclusively. The grapes are destemmed just as Jayer did, and the wines are fermented in concrete vats before ageing in barrel. Chez Rouget, the ageing  is often a full 20 months or more before bottling. 

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