These are the wines of Domaine Philippe & Valerie Jeannot which was started in 1999. Young Quentin Jeannot took over management of the 10-hectare property in 2013 and represents the second generation of vignerons in the family. They are based in Chalon-sur-Saône in the northern section of the Cotes de Chalonaisse but their vineyard holdings are just up the road in the Cote de Beaune and include Santenay, Pommard, Chassagne, Meursault, and Maranges. The Maranges vineyards average 60+ years old and have excellent southern expositions. Quentin is completely focused on low yields to produce serious quality. The use of new oak is judicious not to overwhelm the fruit and terroir.
The wines here are among the best values I have tasted from Maranges.
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 20% new oak; 60% 1year & 20% 2-3 year old barrels; 60 year old vines. Fussière is often considered the best of the Maranges vineyards for its southern exposure. Brilliant dark garnet core, loads of black cherry & underbrush in the nose. The mid-palate of the wine is compact and focused cherry and cassis fruit with structured mineral notes and lots of savory components that follow through to the extended finish. This is an excellent example of how good Maranges can be.
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