Domaine Antoine Jobard
Meursault, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Antoine joined his father François in 2002 and took over in 2007, following his father’s retirement. He produces classic Meursaults, maintaining the family tradition of excellence, whilst adding his own signature at this iconic estate.
He is cited as one of the most talented winemakers in the region and commands great respect and admiration from a number of fellow Burgundians, across the region.
Antoine’s philosophy is that the majority of the work should happen in the vineyard. He says the domaine has always been a bit organic, without shouting about it. They have always ploughed, there has never been any weeding and there has always been grass between the rows. In terms of treatments for plant health, only sulphur and copper have been used since 2006. He has not pursued becoming organically certified, due to it being rather administration heavy, but doesn’t rule this out for the future. For now he wants to take his time. His father, Francois, never used systemic products, or chemical fertilisers, that was always his approach.
The domaine covers 6 hectares, mostly in Meursault – though there are vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet and Saint-Aubin, and from 2019, a small collection of reds. The small plot of Pinot Noir in Blagny he was forced to uproot in 2006 as it just was no longer financially viable. The Genevrières is the flagship bottling of the estate.
Élevage is around 20 months with circa 12 to 14 in barrique and then up to 6 months in cuve. Francois used to bottle after 23 months but Antoine prefers it if the wines do not spend a second summer in barrel. No more than 15% new oak is used.
The wines have an attractive reductive note when first opened, but Antoine says this should blow off after 10 minutes or so and shouldn’t heavily mark the experience of the wine. So a good decant is always recommended.
“Since easing the reins from Jobard père, Antoine Jobard has rapidly become one of Meursault’s go-to winemakers.“Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate, 2015
Meursault 1er cru Charmes:
“The 2018 Meursault Charmes 1er Cru conveys more discipline on the nose compared to the Genevrières, offering walnut and light nutmeg notes, a hint of lanolin in the background and later a discreet petrolly note. The palate possesses the taut line of acidity necessary to counterbalance the intensity and richness of this Charmes. It feels long and generous toward the finish, where hints of stem ginger and grilled almonds linger on the aftertaste. This should offer 12–15 years of drinking pleasure, possibly more.” 92-94 pts.Neal Martin, Vinous, January 2020
|Wine||Blend||Vine age||Soil type||Vineyard area|
|Meursault||Chardonnay||Planted 1960-1999||Clay & limestone||0.66ha|
|Puligny-Montrachet Le Trézin||Chardonnay||Planted 1956||Clay & limestone||0.17ha|
|Meursault 1er cru Blagny (from lieu-dit La Pièce Sous le Bois)||Chardonnay||Planted 1957, 2009||Clay & limestone||0.50ha|
|Meursault 1er cru Charmes||Chardonnay||Planted 1963, 2007, 2014||Clay & limestone||0.17ha|
|Meursault 1er cru Genevrières||Chardonnay||Planted 1970-2017||Clay & limestone||0.54ha|
Viticulture & Vinification
- Organic practising
- Wild yeast fermentation
- No more than 20% new oak
- No bâttonage
- Élevage 22-24 months
- Unfined & unfiltered