Originally created in 1946, the domaine is now run by Marie Jacqueson who took over from her father in 2006.
The property has long been recognised as one of the very best in the Côte Chalonnaise and its wines adorn the lists of many of the finest restaurants in France. They have 13 hectares of wonderfully sited vines, many of which are very old, and prune hard to reduce yields to around 35 hl/ha. They only work the vineyards manually, with very minimal vine treatments. They are one of very few producers in the village to hand-pick everything. Extremely proficient winemaking and judicious use of new oak (20% for whites and 25% for reds) make for beautifully crafted, ripe, intense, sensual wines which have the class to belie their origins.
“Chaponnières” is on quite deep clay/limestone soils, planted in 1985, and has generous, crunchy fruit.
Natalie Theulot inherited her share of the Juillot family domaine in 1987and is today ably assisted by her husband Jean-Claude Theulot. Their estate comprises 10 hectares of red and white Mercurey. Harvesting is by hand, the fruit is 100% destemmed, given a light crushing and cooled to 10°C for 4-5 days before being fermented at a maximum of 30°C. Ageing is for 12-15 months in barrels from Tonnellerie de Mercurey and Seguin-Moreau.
The Vieilles Vignes is from three lieux-dits; Clos Laurent, Vaux & Montelons. It is rich and generous with lovely red and black fruits, a sumptuous texture and sweet finish.
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