For nearly half a century, Domaine Dujac has been run by Jacques Seysses. He has overseen the expansion of the domaine from some 5 hectares that it was in 1967, to the 15.25 cultivated today. Whilst the baton of day-to-day activity may have passed to Seysses’ sons, Alec and Jeremy and daughter-in-law, Diana, Jacques remains an integral part of Dujac.
Located in Morey-St-Denis and covering 11 appellations, including the Grand Crus of Bonnes Mares and Charmes Chambertin as well as the 1er Crus of Malconsorts, Aux Combettes and Morey-St-Denis - parcels are small and selections precise. Inspired by the great Burgundian vigneron, Charles Rousseau, the Seysses’ aim is to make elegant, fine, complex and charming wines.
Fermentation includes stems so as to avoid bruising the grapes, macerations are short, with maturation taking place in 80% new oak for Premier Crus, 100% new oak for Grand Crus, remaining on lees for a year.
A town in the Côte de Nuits producing some of Burgundy's most renowned red wines. With 400ha of vineyard area this is the largest wine-producing region in the Côte d'Or. Gevrey-Chambertin's wines are typically some of the sturdiest in the Côte de Nuits, certainly bigger and heavier than those of close neighbours Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny. As such the best examples require a longer bottle-ageing to show at their best, however whilst the best examples rate as highly as those of Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny, being a large commune there are all too many disappointing wines that lack the ripeness structure and power they should have. Fortunately there are a number of top class growers making Gevrey, including Armand Rousseau, Denis Mortet, Bruno Clair, Drouhin-Laroze, Trapet, Rossignol-Trapet, and Denis Bachelet.
Gevrey also boasts eight grands crus, perhaps too many!, the finest of which are Chambertin and Chambertin-Clos de Bèze. Whilst it is questionable whether some of these are worthy of their Grand Cru status, Gevrey also boasts two Premiers Crus, the region's best, considered worthy of elevation to Grand Cru status. These are Les Cazetiers and Clos St-Jacques, a particularly fine bottling of the latter is produced by Domaine Armand Rousseau, who charge more for their Clos St-Jacques than for several of their other Grands Crus.