Domaine Dujac Chambolle Musigny les Gruenchers 2012
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Owner/winemaker Jacques Seysses is known for his detail-oriented practices and passion for producing extraordinary Burgundy wines. He came to the region from Paris in 1966 and bought a small wine domaine in 1968 which he named Domaine Dujac. He has always had the greatest respect for the older generation of winemakers in Burgundy, and manages to blend time honored traditional practices with modern methods when he feels they are warranted.
Dujac wines are known for exuding the unique terroir of Burgundy and each individual vineyard site. Jacques Seysses founded the domaine in 1968, and regularly employs interns from around the world as he is highly receptive to the exchange of winegrowing and winemaking ideas. Jacques' spouse, Rosalind is an American. Their son, Jeremy, is married to American Diana Snowden Seysses, who grew up in the Napa Valley, studied enology at the University of California at Davis, and interned at wineries in California and France. She met Jeremy while they were both working at Robert Mondavi Winery in 1998. Now she is the enologist and cellarmaster for Dujac. Jeremy grew up in Morey-St.-Denis but spent time in California and was educated in England as well as Dijon. Since 1986, the Domaine has pursued a green approach to viticulture and much of the Domaine's vineyards are farmed organically and biodynamically. The Domaine owns about 37 acres. primarily premier cru and grand cru vineyards. Use of a large percentage of stems is the rule, varying with the vintage, and the wines are almost entirely aged in new oak.
Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Gruenchers comes from a small 0.32-hectare parcel of vines planted after the war. It has a gorgeous bouquet with an intermingling of red and black fruit, minerals, hints of seaweed emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, almost obdurate tannins. This feels like a more masculine Chambolle, structured and perhaps even introspective towards the spice-tinged finish. Good persistency in the mouth, fine matiere here, it should develop more charm once in bottle.