One of the best visits I had in 2017 was at Domaine Jean-Marc Vincent in Santenay. Several friends have been encouraging me to visit Jean-Marc Vincent and his wife Anne-Marie to taste their lovely wines.
Sometimes I’m a bit slow .. but finally I felt compelled to arrange a visit in connection with expanding the area of Burgundy I want to cover.
I actually have a soft spot for Santenay – and now I also have a great veneration for Domaine Jean-Marc Vincent – lovely people makes lovely wines I thought before tasting a drop of wine, and right I was ..
Jean-Marc Vincent is very talkative, enthusiastic and openminded – not afraid to try new initiatives, methods and advice to improve the quality of his wines. I know some of the vignerons in his network quite well – and it’s always a treat to visit these estates – as they make all kinds of experiments – and share the results and findings amongst each other and often with visitors.
A local estate with great class
Domaine Jean-Marc Vincent is a local estate – established by Jean-Marc Vincent and his wife Anne-Marie Vincent. Most of the vineyards originate from Jean-Marc Vincents grandfather – André Bardollet-Bravard who retired back in 1970 – the family have been present in Santenay for centuries.
The estate as present was formed in 1997 when Jean-Marc took over the first of his grandfathers vineyards, since then he has rebuild the family estate as he gradually have retrieved the vineyards that was rented out via metayage agreements.
Jean-Marc now have three red 1er crus in Santenay and one in Auxey Duresses, two white 1er crus in Santenay and one in Montagny. Finally and perhaps not least a fine Puligny village to complete the lineup.
So primarily local vineyards – making some tremendously enjoyable wines.
Tasting notes from the visit on November 17th 2017
The 2016 vintage has been difficult also at Domaine Jean-Marc Vincent, the frost and the mildew have reduced the yields – in some cases dramatically – in the end the quality has proven surprisingly fine – as healthy grapes were harvested after all the hardships the vignerons had to endure.
As I have little experience with the wines from this estate it’s difficult for me to say how affected the wines are by the frost and the low yields.
Me feeling is that the wines are quite intense, but not overtly so, and the wines do not seem so show a nervousness or tension following the frost. They are finely balanced with a fine energy and tension but also an effortless balance … so a great starting point indeed.
In short – I really like these wines – they appeal to me, they “talk” to me with their good energy.
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