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Domaine Jessiaume

"Wine is a living thing. It is made, not only by grapes and yeasts, but of skill and patience"

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While the tie-up labor is finishing, the weather is still hot and dry. The vine is still in a great shape and is growing fast.

Grapes are quite healthy and only some powdery mildew is present in a few parcels.

The grapes are growing fast and the quality for harvest might be very good. Yields this year are not important. Frost in April and the weather condition during the flowering affected the crop.

We have to wait until mid-September and we will know...

Now, the seasonal help finished the season. We thank them again for all the work they have done this year. It is time to complete a few things in the winery and in the vines before vacation.

The grapes will start to ripe then...It has already begun in some parcels...

When we will be back, "véraison" will be completed!

Le Domaine Jessiaume

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At the beginning of June, we start to tie-up the vines. While it grows, we need to tie the shoots straight up. This task is done several times in the vineyard.

Usually, it takes 2 to 3 times per vine to tie it up.

During that time, the vine starts flowering. The potential grapes are now being prepared. This year, flowering is quite long. The weather conditions were not perfect for it.

At the Domaine, we received new tools for the soils. These tools will be used for a gentle plow of the soil. Also, they will help reducing the number of tractor uses and avoid the soil compaction.

It needs some time to set it up perfectly but they are very interesting.

Second part of June is getting very hot in France.

Temperature records have been broken and we start to have a lack of water.

Hopefully, vines are resilient and we might have some rain during July...

 

Le Domaine Jessiaume

 

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It is the beginning of disbudding in the vines. We select shoots that have potential grapes on it and remove the ones we do not need. This task is done in two times.

In the vineyard, disbudding is done following the growth. It needs a lot of people to make sure we are not getting late.

This year, May is also the opportunity for us to present our wines at the Nantucket Wine Festival in Nantucket, MA. During the festival, several tastings are planned. The vintages available in NY and MA are presented.

Our wines received very good feedback and we are very happy to be part of this event.

In Burgundy, the work in the vines continues. Plowing, disbudding, and a lot more to come...

 

 

Le Domaine Jessiaume

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Beginning of April, budbreak has started in the vines. Tying-down is now finished and we just have to wait for the vines to grow before we begin to debud.

Unfortunately, when the vines just started growing, the weather forecast announces a few days of frost in the vineyard.

This year again, we have to fight against frost. We use everything we can to protect the vines. Candles, hay fires and helicopters are used to preserve the crop in Burgundy.

In the end, thanks to our efforts and with a bit of luck, damages and losses are quite limited.

Now that the risk of frost is (almost) gone, it is time to start plowing the soils. First step is to soften the soil and remove winter's grass.

All plots of the Domaine must be plowed in order to avoid competition between vine and grass.

Finally, we finish the month with our first Biodynamic spray in the vineyard. This year, we will spray a 500P preparation added with some valerian to reduce the post-frost stress.

This first try is "energize" the vines by hand.

Now, the seasonal help is going to join us and we are about to start the "travaux en verts"(various tasks while the vines grow).

 

Le Domaine Jessiaume

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Now that the wood were pulled and crushed, it is time to tie-down the vines. This year, we will not do it by hand.

We are now equiped with tying machines that help to progress faster.

The labor will take between 2 to 3 weeks for our 22 acres of vines. Also, we had to repair all the posts and wires in our vineyard.

At the same time, it is a quieter period just before the season and we have the opportunity to do some wine events and presentation of our wines.

This year, we have been to Paris for the Young Talents Wine Event.

This professional event was the occasion to show and present our 2017 vintage.

Also, a short stay in Sweden was done in order to present the Domaine Jessiaume and our wines. We met sommeliers, journalists and private customers during 3 days.

The result was positive and our wines will be exported there soon.

Back in Burgundy, it is now time to plan the work for April. The weather forecast indicates a possible coldness for the beginning of April...

 

Le Domaine Jessiaume

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A lot happened in February at the Domaine Jessiaume. The end of pruning and also the beginning of pulling the woods. Finally, pruning was quite quick this year.

The weather conditions were good and allowed us to prune during entire days.

This year, we bought a wood shredder. The goal is to pull the woods and put them in lines between rows. Then we are able to crush it.

With the wood shredder, it will not be necessary to burn the wood anymore.

Also, we have a naturel addition of nutrients and we avoid the release of CO2 from the combustion of wood.

At the same time, we finally bottled the last 2017. Some bigger bottles have been made on our 1er Cru appellations.

Those nice bottles will be used for special events at the Domaine.

Finally, we finished the month with the replanting of missing vines in our vineyard. The holes we did last autumn are now ready to receive the young vines.

This year, 1300 vines were replanted in our vineyard.

We have already scheduled many things for March. We will tie-down the vines and repair all the posts and wires in the vines. Wine events are planned too.

 

Le Domaine Jessiaume

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First, we are very pleased to wish you a happy new year 2019.

For our part, we want this vintage to be as beautiful as the one behind us.

The year has started with beautiful cold days allowing us to work efficiently . With climate change, seasons can start earlier and it is important not to be late.

Fortunately, some beautiful sunny days allowed a quick pruning. 

Winter is also a good period for wine events, the work in the vineyard is less important at this moment so we have the opportunity to show our wines in different places. This year, we were at the first edition of the Grand Bourgogne Hotel in Paris. It has been a chance for us to present our wines and extend our distribution in Paris and its region.

This first edition was a success and we enjoyed our participation.

In late December, we bottled some of our 2017, we are now preparing our fisrt shipment of these wines. The last bottling for the 2017 vintage will be done in February. All the wines will be available in March 2019.

This month quickly ended at the Domaine. What we plan next is the end of pruning, pulling and crushing the shoots trough February.

 

Le Domaine Jessiaume

 

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The end of the year is coming and the past months have been busy in the vines. We have renovated a 100 feet stone wall La fin in our parcel of Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravières.

The restoration took 3 weeks to be accomplished.

We have also planted organic peas in the vines in order to energize our soils. Some experiments with organic nutrients for the soils have been set too.

This period is a good opportunity for tasting and shipping wines. The stock of the 2016 vintage is now very low and we are looking forward for the 2017 to be ready. We have bottled a part of it at the beginning of December.

The rest of the 2017 will be bottled at the end of February.

We will now start the pruning season that will last from December to March. The weather condition is not always good during winter and we navigate between vines and cellar.

Since there, all the crew at Domaine Jessiaume wish you a good festive season.

 

Le Domaine Jessiaume

 

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After the last devatting by the end of September, we leave the wines to settle a few days in tanks. It allows the lees to settle at the bottom. It is a good opportunity to taste the vintage.

No doubt, 2018 is a great vintage.

Then, we start to fill the barrels. The wines will stay from 12 to 16 months in the barrels for the aging. The origin of each barrel is different for each appellation. With the help from the barrel maker, we select the origin of wood, the kind of toast and the percentage of new oak we want for our wines.

We generaly do not use more than 30% of new oak for our wines.

After that period, we can now return to the vines. The setting of the posts for our parcels Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravières and Santenay 1er Cru Beauregard is beginning.

The posts are set with precision but the dryness of the soil slows us down.

October is also the date of the arrival of our new tractor. The 3 wheels tractor Pellenc. This will allow us to dig holes in order to replant vines and crush vineshoots on the floor during winter. It is also with that tool that we will spray our organic treatments in our vines during spring and summer.

For now, it allows us to dig the holes in order to replace vines at the end of winter.

 

Le Domaine Jessiaume

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That is exceptional! After this rich and intense year, it is time to get the result. The yield is great and the grapes are beautiful! Maturity is perfect with good aromas, deep color and silky tanins.

While we are harvesting our grapes, everybody is smiling in the vines. Led by Loïc, the crew of 30 pickers is in a full swing. Grapes are healthy so the sorting is very simple.

Everything is ripe and needs to be quickly picked in order to avoid overripe fruits.

We started with our parcels of Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravières White. At the winery, the grapes are directly pressed with the stems. Then, the must is cooled down and settles for 24 hours. The racked must is then filled in the barrels for the alcoholic fermentation.

With the reds coming next, we filled the steel and wooden tanks and cooled down the grapes during 5 days. After that cold maceration, the fermentation can start and we worked on the extraction of tanins and color with pumpovers and punchdowns. We keep the skins macerating and fermentating during 20 days and we will fill the barrels for the aging after that.

As usual, we work as naturaly as possible at Domaine Jessiaume. The fermentation occurs with natural yeast and we do not use tanins, enzymes or anything else.

Also, for the first time this year and after many experiment the years before,

All the red wines have been vinificated without adding sulfur.

The colors we obtained are beautiful and the wines have incredible aromas and structures.

The harvest finished on the 7th of September at the Domaine and the "Paulée" party was done this day. On its side, the vinification lasted for the whole month and the ultimate dig out happened on the 27th of September.

We are very happy with this great year and we would like to thank all the pickers and the team at Domaine Jessiaume for what they have accomplished during this period.

Wines are now ready for the barrel aging and we will closely follow this great vintage that is coming...

 

Le Domaine Jessiaume

 

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We are back from vacations after a 3 week deserved rest. It is now time to check all the parcels of the Domaine and start to analyse maturity samples. The sampling method is as follows:

We randomly pick 200 berries for each vineyard every week.

The berries are then pressed and sugar concentration, ph and acidity are measured. The results and the evolution week after week allow us to decide the date of harvest and the order of picking between the different parcels of vines. Also, it is very important to taste the grapes in order to check the aromas, the color and the tannins.

For sure, harvest will start in August for the Domaine Jessiaume.

We decided to start on the 29th of August and we contacted all the harvest crew to make sure they are ready.

Now it is time to start the cleaning of the bins, the buckets, the vats and prepare for the process of the grapes.

This period has to be well planned, the harvest crew is composed of 30 persons and they must know what to do to make sure everything will be fine. Loïc will be in charge of the crew this year.

Here we are, let's hope for a great harvest!

 

Le Domaine Jessiaume

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