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The reputation of the 2009 vintage is already suffering from several preconceived notions, notably that of its presumed heaviness.The topic is regularly discussed in the region's cellars, the echo of a tenacious reputation that originated during the first days of the harvest, under the warm September sun. The season was perfect: a long, harsh winter; an early start for the vegetative cycle in mid-April; temperatures that promoted quick, even flowering; regular but not excessive rainy periods; and hot, sunny weather from late July through the Indian summer of October.These favorable conditions, further aided by a low incidence of oidium, gave us perfectly healthy grapes that ripened undisturbed. But there was still one essential point to decide: when to harvest?

We took samples for testing and tasted the grapes more often. Though the late summer sun encouraged us to take our time, the earliest parcels were harvested on September 1st.The harvest was then spread out over two weeks, following a schedule determined by the results of the tests.A healthy harvest and beautifully balanced must made for an excellent vintage.

The malolactic fermentation progressed faster than usual, and the wines were already starting to reveal themselves in the spring of 2010.

We racked early (in July instead of September) in order to lengthen the second phase of the élevage, in vat*, which helps keep the wines taut.The wines were bottled between mid-February and early April, 2011.To me, 2009 resembles the 2002 vintage, but a 2002 that didn't suffer the heat of the summer of 2003 during its élevage in barrel; or, even better, a 1992.And finally, in 2010 we began the organic certification process that will formalize the farming practices followed here since 2000.

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History

The death of Guy Roulot in 1982 took many by surprise. This legendary producer of some of the finest Meursaults, if not some of the world’s finest white wines, had taken his family’s small production domaine to stardom. Guy’s marriage to Geneviève Coche and his own hard work added more prime parcels to the family’s holdings, which he vinified and bottled separately – a novelty for a domaine which had been distilling, rather than vinifying, their grapes just a generation before. As a result, Domaine Roulot has become the master of the lieu-dit, not to mention the five premier cru parcels they farm in Meursault and Monthelie. Guy’s sudden death left the family in transition, as his son, Jean-Marc was in Paris pursuing a career in acting. A series of three winemakers aided in the changeover until 1989, when Jean-Marc was at last ready to take on the direction of the estate. 

Jean-Marc Roulot has been in charge of Domaine Guy Roulot since 1989, when he dropped his budding movie career to pursue a full-time job with the Domaine created by his father just after World War II, but based on the work in the vineyards of Meursault and the initial purchases made by his grandfather Paul Roulot. Roulot is very much a purist and white wine specialist. Despite several opportunities to acquire plots of red wine producing parcels, he has stayed true to the origins of his family in the region, tracing back to the 1830’s when his forefathers arrived in the tiny hamlet of Meursault. The reputation of Jean-Marc Roulot is also that of a perfectionist who strives - in every vintage - to create the perfect expression of the chalky and mineral-laden soils of Meursault in his wines. 

Since then, Jean-Marc’s progress has brought even more notice to a domaine that has already enjoyed such a great reputation. The wines of Domaine Roulot are now among the most sought after wines in all of Burgundy.  Jean-Marc has been successful in fine-tuning the domaine’s particular, stand-out style.  While Domaine Roulot had once pioneered the single-vineyard bottlings of Meursault, they were now influencing other domaines to follow suit, thereby raising the stakes in this exalted appellation. What sets the domaine even further apart is Jean-Marc’s commitment to a bright, chiseled, thoroughbred style of Meursault, while many other wines of this village tend towards richness and concentration. Jean-Marc’s wines certainly express a certain depth and sumptuousness thanks to the appellation’s terroir, however his wines also show focus and restraint. Their elegance and amazing precision lend themselves to long aging in the cellars. Jean-Marc and his wife Alix de Montille (daughter of famous Volnay producer, Hubert de Montille) love cooking, and they believe the strong mineral backbone of the wines and their fresh acidity marries well with food. 

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Vineyards

Vineyards are farmed organically•The majority of vines are pruned in Guyot, with some in Cordon •Soils are plowed regularly •Yields are limited by de budding •A rigorous sorting of the grapes follows the harvest

Whites:All of the whites (except the Aligoté) are fermented in wooden vats, an average of 15-18% of which is new. Aligoté ferments in stainless steel• Whites are stirred on their lees every two weeks

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Winemaking

• Wines undergo malolactic fermentation • After malo, wines are racked back into barrel, on the lees • Aligoté ages in stainless steel and is bottled after one year • Bourgogne Blanc ages in both barrel and stainless steel • Bourgogne Blanc and all Meursaults age in barrel for 11 months and stainless steel for 7 more months •

Reds:•Grapes are de-stemmed•Vinificationin open top, wooden cuves •Must is kept at a low temperature for 3-4 days before fermentation starts•Fermentation lasts about 12 days, with pump-overs and occasional punch-downs•

Reds age for 12-15 months in barrel, 15-18% of which is new

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 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  2 wines  from  Domaine Guy Roulot . In a tasting of  13 wines 

DRC La Tâche tasting 1962 -1996:  1962 vintage  99-100 Points / This actually came across as a tad too young initially, and so did not give ‘quite’ the immediate pleasure of its cohorts hedonistically. But to me, this could be the most complete and compelling wine of the evening. Sweet spices, licorice, anise, swirl bewitchingly on the nose. On the palate, raspberries, plums, La Tache spice, truffle, a touch of smokiness, astonishing complexity, but at the mid palate, amid the silky, sumptuous richness, this was still a little coy, coquettish almost. Yet it flared forth again after some time especially with the amazing St. Canut dish and after, richness and delicacy swirling for dominance. And then a sweet encompassing grace perfumes the powerful finale, auguring still further treasures ahead. Actually, over a 2 to 3 hour period at dinner, rather than in a flight, I believe it more fully reveals its profundity. This is the gold standard for La Tache stylistically and for the Domaine, an acknowledged standard bearer. 

17d 2h ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  2 wines  from  Domaine Guy Roulot . In a tasting of  77 wines 

Le Montrachet, Domaine des Comtes Lafon 2009 / Quite a lot of new wood masks the flavour and character of the wine on the nose. Plus there is a bit of reduction. I don't find the grip, depth and class I am expecting in Le Montrachet. The follow through is a bit weak. No better than very good today.

3m 26d ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  2 wines  from  Domaine Guy Roulot . In a tasting of  16 wines 

2005 - A magnificent red wine vintage. This was a dry year, though never particularly hot, save for a heat-wave in May. A hail-storm on 17 July devastated the vines between the villages of Santenay and Chassagne-Montrachet. After a mixed August, and much-needed rain on 6 September, the skies cleared and it became increasingly sunny and warm. The Côte d'Or harvest began in the middle of the month and was all but complete by the week-end of 1st. October.

7m 7d ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  2 wines  from  Domaine Guy Roulot . In a tasting of  13 wines 

Burgundy was beset by two problems in 2004: an unprecedented outbreak of oidium (which attacks the fruit, rather than the leaves) and several attacks of hail. Moreover, the crop was more than plentiful, and the season was wetter than usual, greyer than normal and colder than the average. There was an attack of ladybirds, say some, though what effect this would have on the potential crop was not made clear. Ladybirds, after all, are major predators against aphids. September, however, was kind, and what looked like being a disaster at the beginning of the month did in fact turn out at least OK - in those vineyards correctly maintained - for reds, and better still for whites.

11m 23d ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Guy Roulot . In a tasting of  26 wines 

For 2010 Burgundy vintage prices rose, but not by much. Growers were already aware of the deficit in quantity when they announced their 2009 prices, so a gentle shading upwards (I speak in Euros), was the order of the day, except that the elastic between the village wines and the less fashionable premiers crus on the one hand, and the grands crus and top village premiers crus on the other, continues to widen. You will pay increasingly higher prices for Richebourg, Puligny-Montrachet, Les Folatières and Vosne-Romanée, Les Beaumonts, while Savigny-Lès-Beaune, premier cru and Paul Jacqueson's Rully, La Pucelles remain a bargain.

1y 1m ago

 Sebastien Abric / Acker Merrall & Condit, Pro (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Guy Roulot . In a tasting of  10 wines 

MY TOP 10 WINES OF THE 2016


1. Hermitage La Chapelle 1961


2. Château Lafite 1959.....

1y 4m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Guy Roulot . In a tasting of  39 wines 

I was invited to dine at Da Marco’s, where ten locals had congregated with an assortment of fine wines and company. We started with a couple bottles of 1985 Krug, which got the party started, but I didn’t take any notes.


The notes began with a trio of 2005 Niellons, starting with the Clos St. Jean, which was smoky, toasty with lots of rocks, minerals and ‘gaspipe.’ It was round but balanced, lacking a touch of definition (90). The Les Chaumees was simpler and easier, just OK, not as interesting as the Clos St. Jean (87). The Les Vergers had the biggest finish and the most acidity. It was brighter and the most intense of the three (91).

1y 6m ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Guy Roulot . In a tasting of  16 wines 

“In 2010 prices rose in Burgundy, but not by much. Growers were already aware of the deficit in quantity when they announced their 2009 prices, so a gentle shading upwards (I speak in Euros), was the order of the day, except that the elastic between the village wines and the less fashionable premiers crus on the one hand, and the grands crus and top village premiers crus on the other, continues to widen. You will pay increasingly higher prices for Richebourg, Puligny-Montrachet, Les Folatières and Vosne-Romanée, Les Beaumonts, while Savigny-Lès-Beaune, premier cru and Paul Jacqueson's Rully, La Pucelles remain a bargain.”

1y 10m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Guy Roulot . In a tasting of  37 wines 

“This year’s La Paulee was in San Francisco, and on the Friday night before the big gala, a few lucky gentlemen were invited to dinner at Quince, thanks to the efforts of Tom Terrific and Dapper Dave. Magnums were the theme, and Burgundy was the given. There weren’t too many wines to forgive, as almost everything showed spectacularly. Accordingly, this was an evening no one would forget.”

2y 1m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Guy Roulot . In a tasting of  20 wines 

“I think five bottles of 1995 Krug went down the hatch by the time we sat down to dinner. The 1995 is definitely getting better with age, and it is starting to thicken a bit. It was still rustic yet bready, with nice oil and vitamin flavors, flirting with outstanding (94+).”

2y 9m ago

 Mari Kalmari, Pro  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Guy Roulot . In a tasting of  20 wines 

“What a collection! Highlights of the evening were the perfect Margaux and the unicorn of wines, Clos de Joliette!”

3y 5m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Guy Roulot . In a tasting of  11 wines 

“Les Amis de Frank”

4y 8m ago

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