Domaine Lucien Jacob
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Country of Origin: France
Location: Cote de Beaune, Burgundy
People: Jean-Michel Jacob, Christine Jacob, & Chantal Jacob-Forey, Owners & Winemakers
Domaine Lucien Jacob is a family estate in the Hautes-Côtes. Jean-Michel and Chantal's grandfather created this domaine based in the village of Echeveronne in the hills above the villages of Pernand Vergelesses and Aloxe Corton. The estate was subsequently, and aggressively, enlarged by their father Lucien during the 1960s. Lucien was also politically active and served for many years in the National Assembly in Paris. Retiring in 1989, Lucien handed over the reins to his daughter Chantal and his son Jean Michel. Today, Jean-Michel, his wife Christine and Chantal run the estate.
The domaine originally specialized in growing cassis and framboise in the Hautes Cotes de Beaune and the prosperity occasioned by this type of farming provided the resources to purchase vineyards in the neighboring villages of Savigny Les Beaune and Pernand Vergelesses. Recently, Jean-Michel Jacob has further expanded the family holdings in the Cote de Beaune to include additional vineyard sites in several 1er Cru vineyards in Beaune. The Jacob domaine now owns nearly 15 hectares of vineyards, 7 of which are planted in the Hautes Cotes de Beaune (in and around the village of Echevronne). In the appellation of Hautes Cotes, the vineyards are planted principally to pinot noir with a single hectare planted to Chardonnay. Important holdings also include: 3 ½ hectares of village-designated vineyards in Savigny Les Beaune; 2 hectares in Savigny 1er Cru divided between Les Vergelesses and Les Peuillets; and, now, the family sharecrops nearly 1 hectare of vineyards in a trio of Beaune 1er Cru vineyards: Avaux, Toussaints and Cent Vignes.
Upon taking the reins of the domaine, Jean-Michel Jacob modified the vinification to produce wines of considerably more structure than those crafted by his father, Lucien. Prior to Jean-Michel’s arrival, the wines were charming with an appealing fruitiness. Jean-Michel has worked to reduce yields in the vineyards and has also extended the cuvaison to bring more backbone to the wines while maintaining the lovely aromatics and elegance that are the hallmark of wines from this part of the Cote de Beaune. A brief period of cold maceration is followed by a cuvaison designed to provide higher extracts of color and ripe tannins. Respect for terroir is a fundamental value at this domaine and the purity of these wines has never been sacrificed in the search for artificial power and depth of color.