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Nenad Jelisic's rating system (Nenad Jelisic Points = NJP)

5,0 NJP = A fabulous, unique and world-class wine. Closer to heaven, you cannot come. If you like wine then it is a must to buy and try this wine; 4,5 NJP = A extraordinarily good wine. Only small micro details distinguish this wine from to be a 5 points wine; 4,0 NJP = A very good wine. A wine that has almost everything that the most highly rated wines (4,5 and 5,0 NJP) should have; 3,5 NJP = A more than good wine. A wine that has both finesse and good taste and a wine that you greatly enjoy while drinking it; 3,0 NJP = A good wine that is well above average. A wine that lacks just a little to end higher up, i.e. to 3.5 NJP; 2,5 NJP = A wine that has ended up in no man's land. Close to be a good wine, but also close to be a below average wine; 2,0-1,0 NJP = A below average wine. You can drink it, but in return it provides no excitement; 0,5 NJP = A bad wine, but still if you make an effort when you drink it, it is drinkable; 0 NJP = A catastrophically bad and non-drinkable wine. It does not even suit for cooking.

Please Burgundy, you can do so much better then this! Bourgogne Wine Tour 2015, Grand Hotell, Stockholm, 10-02-2015

(18-03-2015 by Robert Jonasson and Nenad Jelisic)

   What has happened? My favourite area is really underperforming! I tasted all the wines that were available (183 pcs) and only 29 got 3,0 NJP or more, which means 16%. For one of the world's premier wine regions, as Burgundy, an acceptable percentage should be that at least 30% of the wines get 3,0 NJP. One explanation could be that very few producers offered wines classified as Premier Cru or Grand Cru. Another explanation could be that only a few of the most well-known producers were represented. There must to be major improvements to keep up my interest for Bourgogne (Burgundy) Wine Tour.


   To the wines that got 3,5 NJP or more belong:


1. Domaine Génot-Boulanger Meursault Premier Cru Les Bouchères 2012, white dry wine, 4,0 NJP,

2. Domaine Génot-Boulanger Volnay Premier Cru Le Ronceret 2012, red dry wine, 4,0 NJP,

3. Domaine du Clos Frantin Clos-de-Vougeot Grand Cru 2010, red dry wine, 4,0 NJP,

4. Domaine du Clos Frantin Gevrey-Chambertin Les Murots 2012, red dry wine, 3,5 NJP,

5. Domaine du Pavillion Pommard Clos des Ursulines 2011, red dry wine, 3,5 NJP,

6. Domaine des Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Les Brûles 2012, white dry wine, 3,5 NJP,

7. Domaine Génot-Boulanger Aloxe-Corton Premier Cru 2012, red dry wine, 3,5 NJP and

8. Domaine Roland Lavantureux Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir 2013, white dry wine, 3,5 NJP.


   The best wine maker (producer) at the tasting: During the tasting, it was primarily one producer who stood out, as last year, Domaine Génot-Boulanger. What is actually required to be represented in Sweden? This is the second year in a row that Domaine Génot-Boulanger is named the best producer of the tasting by NJ consulting & import and they are still not represented in Sweden. Wake up importers!


   Domaine Génot-Boulanger is a family estate run since 2008 by the couple Aude and Guillaume Lavollée. The estate was founded in 1974 by Aude's great-grandfather, and it is located in Meursault, Côte de Beaune. Domaine Génot-Boulanger owns 22 hectares of vineyards, and about 50% of them are Premier Cru and Grand Cru classified vineyards.


   The estate produces wine from 13 appellations. Listed from north to south these are Chambolle-Musigny, Clos de Vougeot, Aloxe-Corton, Corton, Corton-Charlemagne, Savigny, Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Mercurey. Wines classified as Villages and Premier Cru are produced from each appellation except Chambolle-Musigny. The grapes are grown using organic farming, but the estate is not currently certified as organic. Domaine Génot-Boulanger produces between 80,000-100,000 bottles by year.


    The best white wine at the tasting: Domiane Génot-Boulanger Meursault Premier Cru Les Bouchères 2012, 4,0 NJP. This wine is produced from a 0,61 hectare plot of the vineyard Les Bouchères, which is located southwest of the village of Meursault. The vines have an average age of 15 years, and grow in clay/limestone. The wine is fermented in oak barrels and about 25% of them are new. Thereafter, the wine is aged in oak barrels for 8 to 10 months before bottling. About 3,000 bottles are produced by year.



   The best red wine and the best wine in all categories at the tasting: Domaine Génot-Boulanger Volnay Premier Cru Le Ronceret 2012, 4,0 NJP. The wine comes from the vineyard Le Ronceret, which is located south of the village of Volnay. Domaine Génot-Boulanger owns 0,4 hectares of this vineyard, and the vines average age is 40 years. The soil consists of clay and limestone. The grapes are totally destemmed, and maceration takes place in stainless steel tanks for 15-20 days. The wine is aged 10-15 months in oak barrels of which 30% are new. About 2,000 bottles are produced yearly.



    The best appellation at the tasting: Chablis.


   Chablis, a French wine district (or appellation), which is a part of the wine region of Burgundy. The appellation has 5,044 hectares planted with vine of which 25% is own by the cooperative La Chablisienne. A good Premier Cru Chablis can be cellared for about 10 years while a good Grand Cru Chablis can be cellared for about 20 years. The majority of other Chablis wines should be drunk within 6 years after bottling. A Chablis wine has often a very dry and fresh taste with a mineral character.


   Chablis the best vintages, 1962, 1966, 1969, 1989, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2010 and 2012.


   Chablis grapes, Chardonnay. Other grapes are also grown but they may not be included in a Chablis wine.


  Chablis soils, mixed soil that consists of marl and limestone and that is rich in fossils of small oysters, so-called Kimmeridgian soil. This combination of soils gives the wines from Chablis, the specific mineral taste.


   Chablis quality classes, Chablis has four quality classes: 1. Grand Cru (the highest class, 100 ha), 2. Premier Cru (778 ha), 3. Chablis (3,318 ha) and 4. Petit Chablis (843 ha).


   Chablis and Petit Chablis, the allowed yield is 60 hl/ha for both quality classes. Most of Petit Chablis wines are almost impossible to drink due to the fact that they are very unbalanced and have an extremely high acidity.


   Chablis Premier Cru, there are 40 Premier Cru classified vineyards. The best vineyards are Fourchaume, Mont de Milieu and Montée de Tonnerre. Those 40 Premier Cru classified vineyards cover 778 hectares. The allowed yield is 58 hl/ha while the average yield is 57 hl/ha. What is most alarming about this quality classification is that more and more vineyards, which are far from suitable to be classified as Premier Cru, are classified as such.


  Chablis Grand Cru, there are seven Grand Cru classified vineyards in Chablis: 1. Blanchots (12,7 ha), 2. Bougros (12,6 ha), 3. Les Clos (26 ha), 4. Grenouilles (9,4 ha), 5. Les Preuses (11,4 ha), 6. Valmur (13,2 ha) and 7. Vaudésir (14,7 ha). Those seven Chablis Grand Cru vineyards are located just outside the village Chablis, mostly on south-west facing slopes. They together cover about 100 hectares. Of these seven Chablis Grand Cru vineyards, Les Clos gives the most powerful and rich wines, which are built for a long life in the cellar, Blanchot gives the most delicate and elegant wines while Grenouilles gives the most fragrant wines. In the best vintages, Valmur is considered to give as powerful, rich and long lived wines as Les Clos. The allowed yield is 45 hl/ha.


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