Domaine Dujac is an old favorite … one of the first estates I visited in Burgundy back in the 1990s. A lot of wine has passed the palate since then – but Dujac is sort of a safe haven quality and aromatics wise.
The tasting at Dujac was this year with a larger gathering of prominent sommeliers from New York – a very cheerful bunch who had a friendly banter with the very eloquent and witty Jeremy Seysess.
Dujac in recent vintages
As mentioned I always liked the Dujac wines – they bring me joy and satisfaction – a very important – but not all great burgundies offer this. The old story .. not all good Burgundies are great, and not all great Burgundies are good!
I always used to say that the 1999 vintage is my favorite from Dujac – and that i sensed a slight change in style over the next decade towards wines that needed more time to unfold – and wines with slightly less immediate appeal. Pehaps this was not the case .. but it was nevertheless my impression.
The 2010 vintage did however mark a return to “form” and perhaps a slightly lighter hand vinification wise – Although they are very intense the 2010s … and correcting myself … the this is in fact the best vintage so far from Dujac.
So where is the mighty 2015 vintage in this context … firstly Jeremy underlined that they have tried to make the 2015s with a light hand – not extracting too much. This is for me very important in the 2015 vintage – and they have indeed succeeded in that regard .. the wines are fine, fresh and transparent.
As all other estates the heat in 2015 has given big and generous wines, in some cool places very vibrant and juicy wines, in some hotter climates more ripe and dense wines. This is indeed the nature of the vintage and this is how one spots the gems of the vintage – find the cooler climates and plots and areas with sufficient water during the hot summer.
Tasting Notes – Domaine Dujac 2015s
To … the tasting notes!
Dujac Fils et Pere, Morey-Saint-Denis 2015
Starting with one negociant wine .. the Morey-Saint-Denis village – a lovely and elegant village. The nose offer fresh red and dark berry fruit – lovely depth for this level. On the palate juicy fruit – quite weighty with fine almost silky tannins. Love the balance and drinkability here … a lot of wine at this level.
Domaine Dujac, Morey-Saint-Denis 2015
Moving to the Domaine Dujac Morey village we see a step up in concentration, definition and focus. The nose is a bit closed (SO2 added and a slight reduction) but juicy fruit notes are lurking below the reductive cover. On the palate vibrant and and fresh fruit – fine acidity – lovely depth. It’s a big village wine, but it’s nevertheless both fresh and light-footed.
Domaine Dujac, Morey-Saint-Denis 1er cru 2015
The Morey 1er cru is showing its beauty claiming its right in the 2015 lineup. It’s a very harmonious effort offering the best sides of the 2015 vintage. The bouquet offer charming red and dark fruit – very juicy and with a nice deep earthy minerality – textbook Morey. On the palate fine mid-palate weight – love the ripe and delicate red core of fruit – generous and even on the sexy side … very enjoyable indeed.
Domaine Dujac, Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Combottes 2015
The Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Combottes is one of the highlights in the 2015 lineup. This wine is coming from a cool terroir below the Monts Luisants hill. This is a brilliant wine and clearly the best Aux Combottes I have tasted from Dujac so far .. and I have followed this wine for two decades of vintages now. The bouquet is brimming with vibrant red fruit – raspberries, strawberries, red currant and pomegranate. On the palate so juicy and energetic on the mid-palate offering a gorgeous core of sweet and very delicate red fruit … love the tension and energy in this wine .. a magnificent wine.
Domaine Dujac, Charmes-Chambertin 2015
The Charmes-Chambertin 2015 is a generous and velvet wine. The nose is bursting with layers of red and ripe fruit. On the palate it’s very generous with ripe and sweet predominantly red fruit .. a very charming and seductive wine .. balanced with a nice freshness but lacking a bit of the vibrant energy found in the wines from cooler terroirs. This is a classic Charmes-Chambertin 2015 … and a very fine one at that.
Domaine Dujac, Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux Monts 2015
The Vosne Beaux-Monts 2015 is a very fine effort not quite matching the extraordinary Aux Combottes. In the bouquet airy red and dark berry fruit finely spiced with violets and hints of allspice. On the palate fine weight with a lovely silky fruit brought forward by the filigree minerality. It’s refined and light-footed with a lovely energy.
Domaine Dujac, Vosne-Romanée Aux Malconsorts 2015
The Malconsorts is a big step up from the Beaux Monts … with its combination of power and refinement. The bouquet is quite restrained – as most Malconsorts tend to be at this stage – but one sense the additional weight and depth in the layered fruit. On the palate intense and weighty fruit – it’s velvet, rich and generous but also quite firmly structured … love the juicy mid-palate fruit – a big Malconsorts that will need plenty of time to unfold.
Domaine Dujac, Echezeaux 2015
The Echezeaux is more forward and expressive than the more backward and densely structured Malconsorts. The nose is bursting with red and dark fruit .. brought forward by a vibrant minerality offering some lovly spicy notes. On the palate quite cool and with a zappy mid-palate fruit .. energetic with a nice stony minerality. One of the best Echezeauxs I have tasted from Dujac .. a delightful glass of Pinot.
Domaine Dujac, Clos Saint Denis 2015
The Clos Saint Denis is a true beauty … The nose is brimming with juicy red fruit .. pomegranate, red currant and some darker notes – very detailed with a fine filigree minerality. On the palate very refined and complex offering a very energetic and juicy mid-palate fruit – lovely playful tension between the rich sweeter notes and more acidity driven pomegranate hints. A gorgeous wine by all standards .. so detailed and refined.
Domaine Dujac, Clos de la Roche 2015
The Clos de la Roche 2015 is a more weighty and powerful effort than the Clos Saint Denis. This is a more ripe and dense wine .. lacking a bit of the exuberant freshness and energy found in the Clos Saint Denis. In the bouquet more darker notes – dark cherries, plum and cassis – deep earthy minerality. On the palate rich, weighty and long with a impressive depth. A big wine – it’s balanced and intense – a wine for the cellar.
Domaine Dujac, Bonnes Mares 2015
The Bonnes Mares is a step up from the Clos de la Roche – offering additional depth and weight. It’s quite reduced offering only hints of whats underneath … but clear signs that it’s a a quite cool Bonnes Mares with some energetic red currant and pomegranate notes in the nose and on the palate. It’s a great wine – beautifully balance with a vibrant sense of freshness and tension … its delicate and detailed despite the reduction and the cheer weight of the mid-palate. This is a magnificent Bonnes Mares in the making.
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Lastest Tasting Notes for this producer
- Hope for an old Romanée-Conti, and a delightful Dujac 1976 September 27, 2019
- Domaine Dujac, Vosne-Romanée Aux Malconsort 2010 March 25, 2019
- Domaine Dujac, Bonnes Mares 2004 February 8, 2019
- Domaine Dujac, Bonnes Mares 1999 January 19, 2019
- Domaine Dujac, Clos de la Roche 2007 October 25, 2018
- Domaine Dujac, Echezeaux 2008 July 16, 2018
- Domaine Dujac, Vosne-Romanée Aux Malconsort 2008 July 14, 2018
- Domaine Dujac, Chambolle Musigny 2015 April 12, 2018
- Domaine Dujac, Chambolle Musigny 2014 April 11, 2018
- Domaine Dujac, Bonnes Mares 1976 October 20, 2017
- Domaine Dujac, Clos Saint Denis 2009 August 18, 2017
- Domaine Dujac, Bonnes Mares 2015 July 8, 2017
- Domaine Dujac, Clos de la Roche 2015 July 8, 2017
- Domaine Dujac, Clos Saint Denis 2015 July 8, 2017
- Domaine Dujac, Echezeaux 2015 July 8, 2017
- Domaine Dujac, Vosne-Romanée Aux Malconsorts 2015 July 8, 2017
- Domaine Dujac, Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Combottes 2015 July 8, 2017
- Domaine Dujac, Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Combottes 2015 July 8, 2017
- Domaine Dujac, Morey-Saint-Denis 1er cru 2015 July 8, 2017
- Dujac fils et Pere, Morey-Saint-Denis 2015 July 8, 2017
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