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.
An exuberantly spicy and fresh nose displays a wonderful array of liqueur-like black cherry aromas that are liberally laced by notes of tea, lavender and hoisin. There is both fine richness and volume to the medium-bodied and caressing flavors that tighten up on the firm and beautifully well-balanced finish. This understated effort should be approachable after only 7 to 8 years of bottle age though reward 12 to 15, perhaps even longer. Tasted: Jan 2017; Drink: 2027+; Issue: 65; Rating 91-94 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
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