2013 Jean Jacques Morel Saint Aubin
This is a blend of JJ’s two 1er Cru vineyards: ‘Le Combe’ on deep chalky clay and ‘La Chateniere’ on chalk rock, because yields were so low it was impossible to ferment and elevage them separately. 12%. Soft pale golden straw colour. The nose is richer here, with more obvious ripe yellow peach, grapefruit rind and even a hint of yellow guava. Broad earthier mineral notes with lightly toasted nuts, fresh cream, lemon curd, fresh hay, salted caramel, dried florals and white spice notes. Sea minerals also feature. Medium palate weight. It starts out rich and textural with ripe yellow fruit. Then the acidic and phenolic structure kicks in to restrict the generosity and shape the wine into a rod of Chardonnay. Again more richness is discernible on the finish with white grapefruit pith, clarified lemon juice, white peach, chalk and bitter white herbs. This will be outstanding with 2+ years.