Domaine Dujac's highly scored and highly sought after 2014 En Primeur releases have started to arrive (browse them here). FINE+RARE's buyer Jessica Bryans shares tasting notes and insight from her visit to this Burgundian legend...
It was a chilly day back in November 2015 when I visited Domaine Dujac in Morey St Denis. But even on this - the dreariest of days - the greatness of this estate and the huge potential of the 2014 vintage in Burgundy shone brightly. Even if the sun did not...
Dujac: A Brief History
Dujac has amassed an incredible reputation, particularly in the US, for its pure and elegant wines. And this is set to be further reinforced by the 2014 vintage, for which their Grands Crus have received some of the highest scores of any. But before I get on to those, let me first introduce the estate...
Dujac was founded in the late 60s by Jacques Seysses. From his experience as an apprentice at Domaine de la Pousse d'Or, Jacques immediately realized the importance of attention to detail in the vineyard and drastically reduced yields. This, coupled with a helping hand from his wife Rosalind (who came to work for one vintage and never went back to America) resulted in the birth of a superstar winery.
Today, two of their three sons, Jeremy and Alec, and Jeremy’s wife Diana run the winery. Diana, a Californian Oenologist whose family owns Snowden Vineyards in Napa Valley, is now winemaker at Domaine Dujac. Meanwhile, Jeremy works on the commercial side of the business and Alec runs the picking team. And they are doing extremely well, with a string of scores over 95 points in our extensive back vintage list.
Jeremy Seysses on Dujac 2014
I was honoured to be hosted by Jeremy Seysses to sample the 2014 vintage in Dujac's busy cellar. During the tasting, Jeremy expressed his satisfaction with the 2014 vintage and told me that production was higher than the last few vintages, which is extremely positive. He also suggested that there was a real buzz around 2014 Bonnes Mares (browse all 2014 Bonnes Mares here). And that particular wine was a highlight for me.
Dujac 2014 Tasting Notes & Scores
In a nutshell: Dujac's 2014 Grands Crus are outstanding and the two Puligny Montrachets I tasted had a freshness that will give them great ageing potential. To browse Dujac's 2014 wines click here (you will be able order wines that have been released or set alerts on wines that are not currently available). Below, you'll find my notes and scores on the ten Dujac 2014s I tasted:
Morey St Denis Villages 2014
Beautiful nose of cassis, blueberry and sweet violets. Creamy in texture with lovely blue fruit, cassis and violets. Very soft and delicate with impeccable balance.
91 points F+R
Morey St Denis 1er Cru 2014
Expressive nose of cassis, ripe raspberry, violets and rose petals. Concentrated cassis, black plum, violets, blueberries and lavender are blended amongst silk texture. Beautiful from start to finish.
93 points F+R
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Combottes 2014
Delicate red fruits on the nose. The palate is very pure with crunchy texture and flavours of raspberry, strawberry and flecks of baking spices and wild herbs. Delicate and fresh with great tension.
92 points F+R
Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts 2014
Beautiful nose of cherry-crème, raspberry and wet limestone. The palate shows incredible vibrancy with a crescendo of kirsch, sweet black currants, crushed stones and flower petals. Wonderfully long length. This wine is delicious already - such a beautiful profile and stunning balance.
96 points F+R
Echezeaux Grand Cru 2014
Incredible intensity on the nose shows ripe raspberry, herbs de Provence and subtle perfume. The palate is silky and finely textured with great fruit concentration - a wonderful balance of density and lightness. Flavours of sun-ripened red berry fruit, savoury herbs, white pepper and sweet spices and complemented by lively acidity. This wine is elegant with such incredible depth. Stunning.
98 points F+R
Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2014
Youthful nose of red fruit and sweet spice. The palate shows tightly coiled red fruit and spice with some power and energy behind it. Delicious.
97 points F+R
Clos St Denis Grand Cru 2014
*Melange of cassis, ripe raspberry, blueberry and spiced cherry on the nose. Lovely energy and freshness on the palate with fine tannins and a spicy inner core. Pure black fruit and kirsch flavours are long in the mouth with some marine influence on the finish.
96 points F+R
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2014
*Pretty nose of wild strawberry, raspberry and exotic perfume. So elegant on the palate - silky red fruit is complemented by tense acidity and finely-ground tannins. The finish is long with lingering flavours of kirsch and sweet spices. Outstanding.
98 points F+R
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres 2014, Dujac Fils et Père
Nose of smoked oyster, flint and honeycomb. The palate is rich and cream-textured with lovely biscuit, caramel and honey flavours. Well-timed acidity provides freshness even in the deep richness of this wine. Lovely.
94 points F+R
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes 2014, Dujac Fils et Père
Citrus infused nose with lemon and lime sorbet. Fresh and tangy on the palate with acute lemon-lime and custard flavours that coat the mouth. Restrained and elegant.
94 points F+R