Red Burgundy - 2003 - Clos Saint Denis - Dujac

  • Region: Red Burgundy
  • Producer: Dujac
  • Vintage: 2003
  • Rating: 94
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Tasting Notes

Domaine Dujac
Clos St.-Denis
Grand Cru Red barrel
Score: 91-94
Tasted: Jan 01, 2005
Drink: 2015+
Issue: 17
Producer note: Jacques Seysses, and his son Jeremy who is responsible for the Fils et Père and the white wines, said that they had an extended harvest which began on August 25th and continued until September 8th, noting that "sugars were exceptional, coming in between 13 and 15.5%. The vintage was an intellectual challenge because at first it wasn't entirely evident as to which way we should go given the characteristics of the raw materials the vintage gave us. We decided to go with a short, fast and high intensity fermentation with more punch downs than usual but over a shorter period, which is to say 4 times a day but only for 10 days rather than 14. Yields were down fully 50% and to better manage the lack of volume, we did 100% whole cluster fermentations (no destemming). We did correct the acidities for some wines though interestingly, we found that acidities actually rose during fermentations. The sugars were sufficiently high that a number of wines actually finished their fermentations in barrel because we didn't want to leave the musts in contact with the pomace for too long a time. We also used a bit more new oak than usual though this was as much a function of the reduced quantities than any particular desire to use more wood. We'll bottle in January as usual as we see no reason to rush matters." The Dujac '02s reviewed here all came in at the top of their predicted ranges and they are, as a group, extremely impressive. (Wilson-Daniels Ltd., St. Helena, CA and Chambers & Chambers, San Francisco, CA for southern California; Morris & Verdin, O.W. Loeb, Howard Ripley and Lay & Wheeler, UK).
Maison Dujac Fils et Père:
Tasting note: Very heavy reductive notes presently hide the nose but the flavors are fresh, intense and beautifully textured as the sap buffers the firm and ripe tannins. Like the Charmes, this is a big wine by the usual standards of Clos St. Denis with ample power and volume with a palate staining finish and length to burn.