DOMAINE ROULOT

DOMAINE ROULOT

MEURSAULT
Owner:
Jean-Marc Roulot
Domaine Guy Roulot is an old family estate based in Meursault. Managed by Jean-Marc Roulot, it is considered as yielding white Burgundies with exceptional purity.
DOMAINE ROULOT

The estate was really developped by Jean-Marc’s father Guy Roulot even though the family had begun to purchase vineyards in the early 20th century. Guy Roulot bought more vineyards and he was a pioneer in the region for bottling his wines at the estate, and not only the high-end ones like some estates did at the time. He dies in 1982 in his early fifties and Jean-Marc’s mother Geneviève looked for someone to take on the winemaking. With the help of Jacques Seysses, she found a young American who had studied oenology in Burgundy and had been an apprentice at Dujac : Ted Lemon. He was only 25 years old then but did a good job at keeping Guy Roulot’s work style that he learned through the other employees. Ted Lemon was followed by Franck Grux. Jean-Marc Roulot, who had been pursuing his acting career in Paris, decided to return to Meursault in 1989 and from then on managed the estate with his sister Michelle. He progressively turned the estate organic and slightly increased its vineyard surface from about 11 hectares to 15 hectares.

The wines are built - not in the sense of any artificial construction, but by the weaving of layers one upon another. These are exceptional Meursaults, which show their real class at ten years old. The vineyards have been farmed organically since 1999, with some experiments in biodynamics - all is in place first-class raw material, and Jean-Marc is not afraid to pick early if the condition of the grapes suggests it.

Where the skins of the grapes are healthy, he likes to crush them before pressing, which he finds gives a greener juice with a degree more acidity without changing the pH of the wine. The barrles fulfil their role of aerating the wine, with no more than 20 per cent new wood for village wines and 25-30 per cent for the crus.