Burgundy 2018 Jerome Galeyrand
Thursday, October 8, 2020 in News
Burgundy 2018 Jérôme Galeyrand
Langton’s Head of International Buying indulges his love of Burgundy and looks at the 2018 vintage from Jérôme Galeyrand. Shop Jérôme Galeyrand 2018s.
I am always excited when the new vintage arrives from Jérôme Galeyrand. His wines have become some of my favourites over the last few years and when a vintage like 2018 comes around it adds to the excitement.
If you’ve followed these wines for a few years you will be familiar with Jérôme’s story. Jérôme hails from the Loire Valley and decided to leave his cheesemaking career and move to Burgundy to follow his passion. After learning the trade under some legendary makers (mainly Alain Burguet), Jérôme set out on his own acquiring a tiny (0.05ha) vineyard in 2002. Over the years he has acquired more land and he now owns more than 5ha in and around Gevrey-Chambertin.
2018 was, by Burgundian standards, considered a warm vintage. There were good rainfalls in spring and a warm summer led to some great wines being made. Generally, in warmer vintages we see the more tannic and rustic wines fair better and this is also the case in 2018.
‘the elegance that we’ve come to love...’
DOMAINE JEROME GALEYRAND Cuvee Alligotay, Bourgogne Blanc 2018
For Jérôme, having most of his holdings in the northern part of Côte de Nuits, the warmer vintage has resulted in stunning, dark wines with lots of charm and personality and the elegance that we’ve come to love in his wines.
The only white wine in the lineup is the Alligotay, a Bourgogne Aligoté. Jérôme is a member of a group of 50 Aligoté producers called Les Aligotéurs. The group's main goal is to raise the profile of Burgundy's second white grape. The grapes from this wine are mainly grown in Puligny-Montrachet and is a great example of the grape with good fruit and tantalising acid.
The Bourgogne Pinot Noir is a great introduction to Burgundy and an absolute steal at the price. It’s earthy, spicey, and delicate. The Bourgogne Pinot Noir delivers that wonderful symbiosis of earthiness and fruit sweetness that Burgundy can achieve.
‘This has always been the wine I take to show people Jérôme’s style.’
The Côte de Nuits Villages comes from the little known village of Brochon next and to the north of Gevrey. The vines were planted between 1960 and 1980 in heavier clay soils and the wine spent one year in barrel before release. This has always been the wine I take to show people Jérôme’s style. It’s delicate yet spicy, red-fruited but with a great sense of power and presence.
The Marsannay - La Combe du Pré comes from a very cool sight and was picked one week later than the Gevreys. Again, a red, delicate and seductive wine yet more mineral than the others. We are really starting to see the signature that is Jérôme Galeyrand–a gorgeous wine and arguably the best I’ve seen from this cuvée.
‘Considered by many to be Jérôme’s flagship wine...’
We now move on to the three top wines. Two single-vineyard cuvées from Gevrey-Chambertin and one from the most southern village in Coôte de Nuits (Comblanchien) called Les Retraits. The Les Retraits comes from a vineyard bordering Clos de la Maréchale in Nuits-St-Georges owned by J-F Mugnier. The vines were planted between 1925 and 1932 on deep, clay soils. The wine is raised for one year in oak and 30% whole bunch. Considered by many to be Jérôme’s flagship wine and I can’t really argue with this statement. It’s a silky, pure and regal wine which you would place in one of the top appellations in any blind tasting.
Gevrey-Chambertin La Justice comes from a large vineyard on the eastern side of the appellation. The vines are grown on sandy, limestone soil and were planted in the 1960s. This is again a red-fruited wine and with gorgeous floral-scented notes that almost leads you to delicate Grenache. This is a cool, lifted wine and much more delicate than the Gevrey-Chambertin Billard. The Billard is arguably the most Gevrey-like wine in the lineup. Still, the delicate house style that we’ve seen in the other wines but much more dark and spicy. The Billard is looking terrific in 2018 and at this young stage might be slightly edging its two fellows in the top tier.