The heavy clay and limestone soil of Les Reisses resembles that of the Côte d’Or much more than most of the Roberts’ other vineyards. The expression here is of deep composure and solidity, a golden Chardonnay with reserved yet slowly soaring aromas, a full-bodied and persistent palate, and a vein of chalk holding things together with just the right touch.
|Vineyard:||52 years, .52 ha|
|Aging:||Aged for 18 to 30 months in the same barrels (20% new, 50% two passages, 30% more than two passages|
Jean-Jacques Robert took over five hectares of his grandfather’s vines in the Mâconnais just outside the village of Fuissé after finishing law school in 1988. Though most of the harvest had always been sold off to the cooperatives, the small parcels that made up the domaine were already understood to enjoy unique microclimates, producing Pouilly-Fuissés of great pedigree. Jean-Jacques soon came under the influence of two ardent defenders of terroir, the great master of Morgon, Marcel Lapierre, and American importer, Kermit Lynch. Little by little, Jean-Jacques has introduced radical changes to the domaine, finally realizing its full potential. He is now joined by his sons, Nicolas and Antoine.
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
Inspiring Thirst, page 117