2005 Domaine Jaeger-Defaix Rully Premier Cru Clos du Chapitre

Red Burgundy To Write Home About

So I mentioned yesterday that I attended a wedding last weekend, and the wine served was Sterling Vineyards.

I had an interesting tablemate during dinner. He works at one of the fancier wine shops in San Francisco, and the sucker brought his own wine! One of those bottles was this, a premier cru red Burgundy.

The Domaine Jaeger-Defaix Rully is from Clos du Chapitre in Burgundy, a monopoly sub-region surrounded entirely by a stone wall. This sounds fascinating to me. The wine is entirely pinot noir.

The Burgundy is very, very light red in the glass. It’s isn’t pink (it is certainly no rose) but it’s very light. On the nose are inviting notes of leather and earth. It’s a very rustic aroma, and pleasing.

The wine is light-bodied and dry, with soft tannins and an almost nonexistant, short finish. There are light red fruit notes that dance around, but it’s all very subtle. Very controlled. I want to get another bottle of this wine, and keep it under lock and key (and cool, and in the dark) for 5-10 years.

It’s something special, and something worth looking for. I wouldn’t pair it with something heavy like steak or roast pork, but as a celebratory wine, I can’t think of much better.

Verdict: 91/100

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