November 14, 2007 - Jack

2005 Vincent Dureuil-Janthial Rully 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes Shield Wine Blogging Wednesday #39
This month's theme is Burgundy from the
and Côte Chalonnaise.
The round-up is here.
Thanks to Neil, who writes Brooklynguy's Wine and Food Blog,
for hosting this month's WBW.
2005 Vincent Dureuil-Janthial Rully 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes
Our red wine this month is:

2005 Vincent Dureuil-Janthial Rully 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes $33

Vincent Dureuil is regarded as one of the very top young winemakers in the Côte Chalonnaise. This wine is from Rully, which is also where his winery is located. Just three barrels of this pinot noir were produced. It was aged in 33% new oak.

Joanne's Tasting Notes: Tart nose of cranberry with underlying fresh tobacco. Bright in the mouth with cherry, minerals and biting acids on the finish. A very tart almost cranberry with lemon finish lingers with some tannins. The tobacco shows under the cranberry on the finish. There is a dusty element which is revealed also on the finish. The wine seems young and very tight. We tried it over a few days and the evolution is slow.

Jack adds: Day 1: this was screaming bright fruit and would have been unpleasant to drink a bottle at a restaurant. Day 2: It was capped and left out for 24 hours, and this improved it. Day 3: It's finally softening up and winning me over. This needs, at the very minimum, 3-5 years of ageing before trying another bottle. It is so, so young! 3-4+?

Vincent Dureuil-Janthial wines are imported into the US by North Berkeley Imports. They have a nice page on Vincent Dureuil. Vincent Dureuil does not seem to have a website.
2005 Guillemot-Michel Macon-Villages Quintaine
Our white wine this month is:

2005 Guillemot-Michel Macon-Villages Quintaine $19

Domaine Guillemot-Michel is run by Pierrette and Marc Guillemot-Michel, who are both oenologists. They converted their vineyards to biodynamic back in 1991 and make about 3000 cases of wine per year. The vines are more than 40 years old and yield about 2.5 tons/acre.

Joanne's Tasting Notes: Nose of minerals and broiled pineapple with a hint of ripe banana. Rich and tart on the palate with plum and passionfruit as well a expressed minerality. A hint at honey suggests sweetness but the wine is dry and clean with a crisp finish showing good acids. Yellow plums and ripe bananas linger on the finish. Very nice.

Jack adds: This is a very clean, delicious, balanced chardonnay. Nothing about the wine says oak. It has a bit of residual sugar that shows on the mid-palate and finish. A wonderful value at under $20 and a no-brainer to order at a restaurant. 3+

The importer is Kysela, and they have a wonderul page on the winery here.

Guillemot-Michel does not seem to have a website.

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