Jaffelin’s history is inseparable from that of the Collégiale Notre Dame de Beaune (the Notre Dame collegiate church in Beaune). Over the centuries, their cellars have housed the wines of the Collégiale and the Cardinals. The Chapitre’s cellars changed ownership in 1816, the year in which the Jaffelin brothers established their ‘ maison de négoce’ (trading house). Today, their wines rest in the monastic tranquility of the Chapitre’s cellars as they did eight centuries ago.
Rully, located in the Côte Chalonnaise, produces wines which are expressive and pleasant to drink when young. The grapes come from a parcel located to the southwest of the village, above the famous ‘Les Pucelles’ 1er cru. Bordered by forest, this terroir retains plenty of freshness and is one of the last to be harvested in the appellation area.
The grapes are harvested by hand and then directly pressed in a pneumatic press. Alcoholic fermentation takes place entirely in stainless steel vats, after which the wines are transferred by gravity into French oak barrels, 20% of which are new. The lees are not stirred (bâtonnage) during ageing, which lasts 11 months.
A beautiful golden hue with green tints. this wine is gold flecked with green, and the gold deepens with age. It is redolent with superb aromas of hedgerow flowers (acacia, may, honeysuckle, and a very delicate elderflower) as well as violet, lemon, white peach or flint. Time brings out honey, quince, and dried fruits. Indeed, this wine is full of fruit, which on the palate is lively and well-rounded, meaty and long. It has both the coolness and the polish of marble.
Try with blue foor or French Bresse chicken with morel mushrooms, smails in garlic butter, or vegan pasta salad or hard cheeses such as Comté.