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Philippe Jouan 'Clos Sorbe' 1er Cru Morey-Saint-Denis 2020


The domaine is run by Philippe who has taken over from his father Henri. Henri is a contemporary, friend, and neighbor to Jacky Truchot, and there is a commonality to their wines. With many of the same vineyards sources and approaches in the winery. The Jouan wines could be described as slightly coarser in comparison, which is like comparing silk and satin and calling the satin rough. Philippe has continued the winemaking practices of his father. The domaine, located in Morey-St.-Denis, is tiny. Farming less than four hectares in the Cotes de Nuits, and selling most of his grapes, they do not produce much. The winemaking is all about bringing their old vines to prominence. 100% destemming, gentle extractions, cool fermentations, and minimal influence of new wood across the range. As simplistic as it sounds these wines taste how you want them to taste. They are expressive of their origin, giving of fruit and, texturally lush and elegant, but balanced with tension, and with a subtle earthiness and minerality we crave.

The Jouans regard this 1er Cru vineyard, as their other Grand Cru site, and is broadly acknowledged as one of the top 1er Crus of Morey-St.-Denis. The vines are well over 80 years old. Succulent is a great descriptor of this wine. Showing the lovely berry fruit of the village with spice, cocoa, rose, and loamy soil. Itโ€™s full-bodied and fleshy, but with fine tannins and structure to balance. A very very very long finish. .

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