Olivier Jouan Morey St. Denis "La Riotte" Vielles Vignes Premier Cru 2013 (Burgundy, France)

Olivier Jouan Morey St. Denis "La Riotte" Vielles Vignes Premier Cru 2013
(Burgundy, France)

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About This Wine:

Initially muted but developed a nice cool berry nose with infused minerals of iron and hints of crushed flowers. Medium bodied and definitely burgundian in nature, feminine but has a tense structure that gives it weight without being heavy. Classic notes of strawberry mixed with a bit of leather funk and mushroom.

Sixth-generation Morey-Saint-Denis grower Olivier Jouan became the first in his family to make wine commercially in 1999 after completing studies at the Lycée Viticole (aka La Viti) in Beaune. Even as a teenager, he knew the family domaine was worthy of its own label, as he watched respected négociants such as Bouchard and Drouhin line up each year to buy grapes from his father.

Needing space for production, Olivier and his lovely wife Isabelle moved into a 17th century home with a pefect cellar nestled back into the Hautes Côtes de Nuits. Olivier is a one-man operation and if you need to find him, you know where to look, as his labor-intensive natural vineyard regimen is year-round. Olivier works his vines by hand organically, but has no interest in attaining any bureaucratic validation. He takes several measures to limit yields and intensify the concentration and Pinot expression of each individual terroir, including green harvesting in summer and a making a strict selection at picking time.

Olivier has parcels in two Morey-Saint Denis 1er Crus, Ruchots and Riotte (next to Hubert Lignier's plot), and an acre of Grand Cru Charmes-Chambertin. And his old-vine parcel in the Chambolle-Musigny lieu-dit Les Bussières (just across border from Morey 1er Cru La Bussière) is worthy of 1er Cru status. The Jouan Hautes Côtes de Nuits from 40-year-old vines has remarkable depth for the appellation and is an incredible value.

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2012 Vintage):

"Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Morey Saint Denis La Riotte Vieille Vignes from Olivier Jouan from has a gorgeous, expressive bouquet with dark cherries, red plum, tobacco and mint scents. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, fine structure and backbone here, quite saline in the mouth with just a touch of bitterness lending tension on the chunky finish. There is a completeness here that is very endearing." - Neal Martin (Oct 2015)