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The Domain Rijckaert was created in 1998 by Jean Rijckaert, a passionate Belgian established as a wine producer in Burgundy since 1990. Nowadays, in addition to 4 ha in South Burgundy, the Domaine RIJCKAERT cultivates 5,5 ha of vineyards in the Jura where Jean felt in love of outstanding terroirs. Thus, thereare two cellars : one at Davayé (South Burgundy, near Mâcon), one at Les Planches, near Arbois in the Jura.
The Maison RIJCKAERT also purchases fine grapes from all Burgundy vineyards, vinificated with the same precision and the same savoir-faire than its own vineyards.
In 2013, Jean decided to gradually pass the torch of his passion on to Florent Rouve and also pass down the “savoir-faire” that have made the reputation of his wines: restricted yields, manual harvesting, slow and moderate pressings, indigenous floras, long wine aging and, ...some precious secrets! A careful and natural winemaking, which aims to express the typicality of the grape and the specificity of the terroir where it comes from.
2013 Côtes du Jura Blanc
Alcoholic fermentation and malolactic fermentation (100% completed) are spontaneous, made by the natural floras of the grapes and of the cellar. No selected yeasts nor bacteria, no enzymes and no activator are introduced. The whole vinification takes place in French oak barrels, most of them are 5 to 8 years old, followed by on lees fermentations. In order to preserve the elegancy of the vintage there is no racking nor stirring; however, there is regular topping-up of the barrels; the duration is 21 months. There is no fining and bottling is at the cellar by the producer.
The pale yellow color with light silver touches are and invitation to discover this Chardonnay from the unknown Jura region. The smell is rich and elegant, with a great range of fruits (lemon, orange skin, fresh quince, green pear, …), a light touch of fresh honey and a intense minerality. The richness of this wine is surprising in the mouth, where all the aromas "explode" and give way to an amazing minerality close to salinity, given by the Jurassic marls on which the grapes are grown. A wine with a great harmony!
2014 Côtes du Jura Savignin
This wine is a pure expression of the Savagnin, an aromatic variety (in the Traminer family). On the nose it is crispy and lemony, with a touch of exotic fruits. In the mouth, this wine has a great roundness, thanks to the long ageing on the lees (22 months with no battonage nor racking) and, still delivers alot of fruity aromas (grapefruit, ceder, light pineapple, with a touch of spices (whitepepper, peony,...). The long aftertaste has an unexpected "energy" thanks to an amazing ripe acidity, carried by a deep minerality. Definitively, a wine for gastronomes.
SKU: AB: 995639
2014 Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes
The manual harvest and attentive sorting of the grapes is made at the optimum maturity of the grapes (not too green of course, but neither overripe…as Florent does not want to lose the freshness of this fine Chardonnay).
After a long and careful pressing the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations (completely done) are done in neutral Les Voges French oak barrels, which are from 5 to 8 old just to highlight the structure of the wine. The duration of the ageing on the lees is 18 months, with no racking nor stirring, in order to avoid giving any heaviness to the wine. Unfined, it is bottled at the cellar.
This wine offers a beautiful typicality of this well known appellation: yellow ripefruits (pear, apricot, …) and white flowers aromas, the mouth is full and round, with a light woody taste, and the finish is fresh and tense. This Pouilly-Fuisse expresses all the complexity that a Chardonnay could give on a great terroir of Burgundy.