Jomain Aligoté – Lutte Raisonnée (following some organic practices)
A true family enterprise, brothers Philippe and Christophe Jomain, along with sister Catherine, launched this Chardonnay-focused Cote de Beaune domain in 1992 with vines inherited from their father, Marc. With precious parcels in four of Puligny’s premier crus and almost an acre of hallowed ground in the Grand Cru Batard Montrachet, Domaine Jomain consistently produces a line of classically elegant white Burgs.
The Jomains tend all their vineyards meticulously by hand with careful eco-sound practices, including bio-alternative vine and soil treatments in lieu of chemicals whenever possible. Harvest is of course also manual. From vineyard to the cellar, gentle handling of their Chardonnay fruit is of paramount importance.
In the cellar, Christophe takes every measure to ensure that the individual character of each terroir is fully expressed by avoiding manipulative technological tricks and excessive use of new oak. The Jomains do like the texture-enhancing effects of extended lees contact with batonnage, but never use more than 25% new barrels during the elevage of their wines.
The Jomain family are best known for creating superb Puligny-Montrachet. Puligny-Montrachet is one of Burgundy’s essential buys for Chardonnay lovers. The small appellation produces some of the world’s finest, purest expressions of the grape.
Aligoté is Burgundy’s “other” white grape, more rarely encountered than Chardonnay; yielding light, citrusy wines. It is also the traditional base ingredient for the Kir cocktail.
A brilliant white from Burgundy, and one of our favorite producers from Puligny Montrachet, the new Jomain Aligoté offers scintillating acidity, saline minerals, and lemony fruit on a full finish. Nice body and complexity for this off-the-beaten-path white variety that’s loved by the French as a companion to Chardonnay. Wonderful with rich cheeses and olives, or try with poached halibut or salmon with a beurre blanc sauce. We are one of the few shops in the country to have this wondrous bottling from Jomain!!