The wines of Jean-Noël Gagnard have been stalwarts of the J&B portfolio for many a year. They offer outstanding quality, consistency and value for money. 2008, 2009 and 2010 perhaps make up the finest trilogy of vintages ever produced from this historic domaine.
Our offer focuses on the four vineyards: Chenevottes, Morgeot, Caillerets and Batard Montrachet. Caroline, Jean-Noël's daughter, who took over the domaine in 1989 is a great believer in respecting terroir and nature. She and her team work tirelessly to achieve the best possible results from these wonderful sites and produce wines that are cherished by collectors.
is the estate's crown jewel. Situated just below Le Montrachet, the style is rich, exotic and spicy, with the depth and concentration to age for many years. Cailleret
occupies an elevated position just to the South of the village. This stony vineyard produces wines with excellent minerality and a really racy character. Morgeot
is situated at the southern end of the appellation on clay-dominated marl soils. The heavy soils here produce unctuous, full-bodied wines that are remarkably powerful if less slender and elegant than the wines from further up the slope. The final cuvee on the offer is the excellent Chenevottes
. Although close in proximity to Le Montrachet, the vineyard has a very different exposure (being relatively flat). It is largely made up of marl, clay and limestone soils. The wines display notes of exotic fruits and offer wonderful tension and minerality.
Caroline L'Estimée reports that 2008 is "marked by the cool summer despite the fact that we finally obtained the maturities we needed to make excellent wines. The summer weather really was lousy until the middle of September when the north wind began to blow and things turned cool, dry and sunny".
Whilst 2009 is a "very rich vintage that brought us both quality and quantity. Except for our vineyard in the Hautes Côtes, we picked between the 10th and 14th of September and brought in fruit that ranged in potential alcohols from 13 to 14.2%. The maturities rose rapidly at the end and I was worried that we might produce heavy and unduly alcoholic wines but that wasn't at all the case as they're very well balanced. I liken them to a pretty woman with intelligence", L'Estimée states.
"[a] beautiful vintage in white that also produced some really lovely reds though part of Santenay was hit by hail. The flowering did not go well which negatively affected yields though quality was definitely the better for it because if the crop load had not been low we would have never achieved sufficient ripeness levels to make anything of real quality".
Whether you like the classical lines of the 2008s and 2010s or the richer, warmer character of the 2009s, the wines of Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard will excite and charm all white Burgundy lovers.