🏅 Rating 87/100 (3,7⭐)
It is more variety driven rather than terroir driven wine to me. It is not masking or pretending it is Chardonnay. Very clean, predominantly herbal, with piercing acidity. Green and grassy.
Not mineral in the sense of stones, salinity. More herbal.
It is quite Southern appellation, but the wine does not seem hot at all. Acidity gives the freshness, and weightless body leaving no sense of heaviness.
This Domaine is founded and owned by Aubert de Villaine of DRC and his wife Pamela. It is directed by his nephew Pierre de Benoist. Yields are kept low and vineyards are farmed organically and following biodynamic principles.
Bouzeron is the appellation dedicated to Aligote.
Before it's obtained its own village appellation in 1997 mostly due to the advocacy of Aubert, it was sold as Bourgogne Aligote de Bouzeron. — 9 days ago
🏅 Rating 90+/100 (4,05⭐)
Fresh, floral and energetic. Slightly reductive, but with light touch of oak. Bee wax, yellow plum. Saline minerality on the palate reminds of Chablis from Kimmeridgian limestone. Silky texture, flavours support the nose. Difficult to believe it is regional Bourgogne appellation. It does have this Saint Aubin signature to it. And we know from Olivier Lamy that fruit comes from vineyards adjacent to village and often times declassified fruit from superior appellations enriches this Bourgogne blend.
Superb value for money.
Drink till 2023 — 25 days ago
🏅 Rating 94/100 (4,4⭐)
Beautiful clear bright ruby color. One can sense high breed of top Burgundy right away. Immense depth. Bouquet of forest red berries with some black, forest floor, Indian spices, sandal wood. With some time in the glass develops floral aromas of dark red roses. It feels like it has significant influence of new oak, but it is very well integrated and adds to wine's complexity.
Smooth, but rich and ripe juicy on the palate.
Tannins are also ripe and finely grained giving pleasant mouth feel. All elements are in perfect balance as you want your Grand Cru to be. Looong finish.
Wine opened its drinking window and delivers ultimate pleasure already.
It has this Corton character which gravitates towards Côte de Beaune rather than Côte de Nuits.
This is Domaine Bouchard, not their negociant wine. Own grapes come from 3,95 ha East facing vineyard in historic lieu-dit of Le Corton. — a month ago
🏅 Rating 88+/100 (3,85⭐)
Yet another beautiful example of lesser appellations - Côte de Nuits Village.
Pale ruby color. Juicy forrest berries, both red and black. Rose petals, cedar. Light body and refreshing acidity altogether make it an ideal red for summer ligh dinner. Chill it 2° below the usual serving temperature for your red Burgundy. So pure, opulent and effortless wine that reminds of Cote de Nuits. Such a great vfm!
Françlcoise de Nicolay negoce house was established on the basis of family domaine in Savigny-lès-Beaune and focuses on buying organic and biodynamic grapes. — 9 days ago
🏅 Rating 87/100 (3,7⭐)
Another Mersault style wine. Oaky, nutty, sunflower seeds, sunny wine. Orchard fuits, pears. Nose suggests it is more heavy wine than it appears on the palate. Light weight and somewhat flat on the palate. Good mouth watering acidity.
Doesn't meet my high expectations for this Domaine in this particular vintage. — 14 days ago
🏅 Rating 88/100 (3,8⭐)
I'm quite pleased with this Bourgogne Pinot Noir from a negociant branch of Jacques Prieur. It is made in a friendly style with good attempt to be perceived as more serious wine above its regional appellation. However, it lacks village identity. Previous vintages came from Maranges terroir, not sure about this one.
It is generously oaked. More of a cedar and muted red forest berries in dark chocolate. Not enough fruitiness to my palate. Light body, refreshing acidity and gentle grip of tannins, altogether make a good impression. Very well crafted Pinot Noir which has distinct Burgundian signature to it.
I would recommend it as a good buy. That's the invitation to a great portfolio of Domaine Jacques Prieur wines.
Drink 2021-2025 — a month ago
🏅 Rating 89/100 (3,9⭐)
Ripe and solar, floral with orchard fruits. Full malo milky aroma. Slight presence of oak. Lovely acidity, minerality. Citrus finish.
Would be great if it had just a bit more concentration on mid palate and longer finish. But wait, that would have been 1er Cru )) Actually this cuvee is a blend of the best sites owned by Domaine in Chablis appellation, many of which just next to 1er Crus. — 11 days ago
🏅 Rating 87+/100 (3,75⭐)
Young color with purplish hue. Hot vintage at first makes the impression of quite advanced wine. Jammy sweet red berries: strawberries, cherries. Oak is evident and marries nicely with the wine. Light body, refreshing juicy acidity. Leaving sweet aftertaste.
It might seem simple and lacking aristocratic character. Give it some mercy, it's Irancy and it's beautiful. Up to 10% of local César is allowed in the blend. — 12 days ago
🏅 Rating 89/100 (3,9⭐)
White flowers and summer herbs. Oak is gentle and not overwhelming. Creamy milky notes. Citrus finish and good length. Medium body and satisfying concentration puts it above its regional hierarchy.
Stylistically it gravitates more towards Mersault which is home village for Domaine Jacques Prieur. It sets a good base line and high expectations for the rest of Domaine wines in the portfolio.
Drink now - 2025 — a month ago
🏅 Rating 90/100 (4,0⭐)
Candyfloss, white flowers. Oak is present, but in the most pleasant way. Sylvain is not afraid of new oak barrels (pieces). Aligote made in classic Burgundian Chardonnay style. Only light green hint suggests it's Aligote. Warm, ripe and solar. Soft creamy texture, medium to light body. Surprisingly long length.
Made according to organic and biodynamic principles.
I'm a big fan of Sylvain Pataille wines. I might not be objective here, but this is among the best expressions of Aligote in Burgundy. — a month ago