Enter into Harmony: The Jessiaume Family and Their Connection to Terroir
Deeply rooted in Santenay, Burgundy, the Jessiaume family has been cultivating their profound connection to the land since 1830. As born winemakers, their journey is an ode to the terroir of Santenay, where each vineyard is tended to with unwavering passion, and every step of the winemaking process is a deliberate effort to bring forth the finest aspects of their land.
A Legacy of Excellence:
The Jessiaume family's story is one of generations nurturing the vines of Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, and Côte Chalonnaise, exceptional regions that inspire them to consistently push their boundaries. This journey began in 1830 when the family acquired the estate of the Marquis of Saint-Innocent in Santenay. Since then, succeeding generations of talented winemakers have woven the fabric of the Jessiaume Estate, crafting high-quality wines year after year. The responsibilities were shared, with Uncle Pascal overseeing the vineyards and Marc, the father, tending to the fermenting room.
"What I've inherited is not only an estate. It's an expectation of ensuring the exceptional quality for which my family's wines are known," emphasizes Jean-Baptiste Jessiaume, representing the sixth generation of the family. Today, he leads his own wine trading and making maison, striving to honor the legacy while carving his path. In 2022, he expanded his reach by acquiring 12.5 hectares of vines in appellations like Pommard, Saint-Aubin, Beaune, Saint-Romain, and Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune. In 2012, his passion and inherited expertise earned him the Young Talent trophy, bestowed by Allen Meadows.
Discovering Harmony Through Wines:
For the Jessiaume family, finding harmony with their wines is not just a goal—it's an understanding, a connection, and a sense of spirit. Their meticulous care and rigorous approach blend seamlessly with energy, passion, and an unwavering pursuit of excellence. With each harvest and winemaking process, they extract the true essence of their land.
The Essence of the Wines
The unique climatic variations and soil richness in Santenay enable the creation of a diverse range of fine, distinguished wines. These wines showcase the character of Burgundy grape varieties at their best. The careful attention to detail, from vineyard to cellar, ensures that each bottle encapsulates the essence of the terroir and the family's winemaking legacy. In the world of Jessiaume wines, the journey is not just about the taste—it's about connecting with the land, understanding its nuances, and experiencing the spirit of the region in every sip. As they continue to write their story, the Jessiaume family invites you to join them on a journey that transcends time and generations—one where wine is more than just a drink; it's a harmonious symphony of the past, present, and future.
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Pommard 1er Cru Les Charmots: Unveiling the Essence of Terroir
Grape Variety: The soul of Pommard 1er Cru Les Charmots is a symphony composed entirely of 100% Pinot Noir grapes—a testament to the heritage and character of Burgundy's finest varietal.
Soil: The terroir's secret lies in its calcareous clay soil—a nurturing foundation for vines that reach for the skies.
Vinification: The artistry begins with a manual harvest, with 100% destemmed grapes that have undergone meticulous selective sorting. A graceful dance of flavors is coaxed through a 6 to 8-day pre-fermentation maceration, carefully regulated temperatures, and a 30-day vatting. Maturation is a patient affair, with 15 months of crafting, including 12 months in barrels, where 10% are new barrels.
Tasting: The bouquet is an invitation to the senses, with notes of raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry, intertwined with delicate touches of spice. On your palate, powerful yet refined tannins present a wine that finds its balance in elegance. Pommard 1er Cru Les Charmots embodies the essence of the terroir—a symphony of flavors, textures, and sensations that linger long after the final sip.