Saturday, 29 August 2015

Joblot's Servoisine hits hard for Coates

Clive Coates MW is not generally known for his enthusiasm for wines of the Cote Chalonnaise. However, in an article published in the September issue of Decanter, he writes 'The area has much going for it. Most importantly, the wines are very good value for money'.

I would go a step further in proclaiming that, in the wines of Domaine Joblot, at least, the wines are extremely classy and should not be seen as lesser Burgundies. Yes, the money side of things is important for most of us so the question, where else in Burgundy can you buy this quality at these prices is pertinent but of the Joblot brothers and, perhaps, a handful of others there are wines available with fruit and structures that put too many Cote d'Or wines to shame.

Last year, Andrew Jefford reviewed Joblot's 'Cellier aux Moines' in the FT but admitted he could have chosen almost any wine from the estate. Now, Coates says of the (too young to drink at present) 2013 Servoisine:

'Ripe, substantial and a very high class wine. Splendid quality. The new oak (70%) does not dominate at all'.

I have to admit to liking this review. He says very little about what to expect from the wine in terms of its fruit character, for example; rather, we just know to expect a very good wine. He backs this up by awarding an impressive 95 points.

As I say, the wine is presently far too young to drink (Coates recommends 2020-2030) but the 2011s are more forward and there are (at the time of writing) a very small number of bottles of 2010s still available so hurry before I drink them up myself.