Domaine Hoffman-Jayer Bourgogne Passetoutgrain
The domaine’s Passetoutgrain comprises 50% Gamay and 50% Pinot Noir from 0.4 hectare’s worth of vines in the lieux-dits Les Mailles in Magny-lès-Villers and Sous le Mont in Villers-sur-Faye. The 50-year-old vines are harvested together and co-fermented in stainless steel after a pre-fermentation cold soak, and the wine spends 18 months settling in tank before being bottled without filtration. This is a vibrant, snappy Passetoutgrain with great lift and energy on the palate, nicely reflecting the cooler microclimate of these Hautes-Côtes vineyards.
Located in the village of Magny-lès-Villers at the junction of the Hautes Côtes de Beaune and the Hautes Côtes de Nuits, Domaine Hoffmann-Jayer encompasses ten hectares spread across a wide range of appellations: Echezeaux Grand Cru, Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru “Les Damodes”, Nuits-Saint-Georges “Les Hauts Poirets”, Côte de Nuits Villages, Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, and Hautes-Côtes de Beaune. Alexandre and his team treat each parcel with equal diligence both in the vineyard and in the cellar, employing hand-harvesting across the board and eschewing the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides; the domaine is in the process of organic certification, and Alexandre is beginning to experiment with biodynamics as well. This conversion of vineyard practices has already borne thrilling results, and we are eager to follow the domaine as it continues to evolve on that front.