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Given land prices in Burgundy today, the creation of a fine domaine without benefit of inheritance seems almost impossible. Almost. Jacques Seysses managed, beginning in the mid 1960's, and today this Morey based domain has enviable 12ha, including parcels in 5 Grand Crus. Seysses doesn't use press-wines, keeps the fermentation and cuvasion relatively cool, and racks as often as necessary in order to get rid of savoury flavours - yet he does (like his friend Aubert de Villaine at DRC) use all the stems and he also uses new, lightly toasted wood. The result is often wine of relatively pale colour and soft texture, yet great depth, fruit and refinement.

A relatively elegant and quite floral nose displays plenty of earth and game nuances on the softly spicy aromas of mostly red currant and pomegranate. There is excellent volume and ample power to the muscular flavors that possess both good concentration and delineation before concluding in a wonderfully intense, saline and well-balanced finish that delivers outstanding length. This is a bigger and firmer wine than the Ech and will need at least a decade to be approachable and 15 to 18 years to reach its full apogee. Score: 94 Points; Tasted: Jan 2016; Drink: 2028+; Issue: 61; Allen Meadows - Burghound


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