Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Blanc, Maison Jaffelin 2022
"... Jaffelin Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune is from one of the smallest but oldest burgundy producers (est: 1816) and a classic of its type."
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator Magazine
2022 has proven to be a brilliant vintage for the region; a lengthy, warm summer preceded by a cool winter resulted wonderfully ripe fruit and it shows in this latest release.
There's an attractive silvery-gold shimmer in the glass, with vibrant, expressive aromas of pineapple, exotic stone-fruit and a subtle nougat-like character.
The palate follows suit offering exotic fruit; peach, pineapple and pear, with delicate stone-fruit, freshening citrus notes and a hint of salinity on the lengthy, dry finish, that slowly evolves into a delicately, creamy palate feal with orchard fruit re-emerging.
Judicious use of older, less influential, oak barrels has added gently to the texture, with a very slight hint of warming hazelnut and orchard fruit in the background with the flavours knitted together beautifully.
In summary; a thoroughly enjoyable white wine with levels of complexity and concentration that whilst delicious now, will also reward further cellaring.
- James Russell-Grant