Friday, March 04, 2005

Winecology: Domaine Rijckaert - Vigne des Voises Vielles Vignes - Cotes de Jura, Burgundy - 2001

Burgundy is the traditional home of chardonnay. Jura, in the south of Burgundy, is where Domaine Rijckaert ("ray" - "cart") calls home. In 1998, dutchman Jean Rijckaert enjoyed the maiden vintage of his own label after seeking out affordable vineyard plots in and around Jura (just each of the much-pricier Beaune region of Burgundy). His wines are known for their exceptional value in one of France's most pricey neighborhoods.

Rich gold color in the glass. Presents rich aromas of lemon/lime rinds and minerals. On the palette the wine was steely, juicy and tart. Complex flavor profile of lemon/line fruit, hazelnuts and a touch of banana (?). Great texture and depth. Well balanced with a solid finish. The wine had even more depth and concentration on day 3. One of Burgundy's best QPR domaines and a great contrast/alternative to California chardonnay.

Rating - 9.0 out of 10
Price - $11 (a steal)