Domaine Jomain Meursault Les Tillets – practicing organic
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 vineyards of Meursault are positioned at the southern part of the Côte de Beaune, on a gentle slope at a height of 230-360m. Facing East, they obtain a maximum of sunshine.
Nowhere, the Chardonnay grape grows better than here, with soils consisting of Jurassic marls, marly limestones, and some patches of magnesian limestone.
Custard and citrus are the best ways to describe this beautiful expression of Meursault, which so rarely lets us down. There is richness here with a beautiful wallop of lemony citrus to even things out. Single vineyard, superb stuff from Domaine Jomain.