‘O8 Alexandre Jouveaux (Magnum)
Vineyard: 0,2 ha
Production: Don’t now how many magnums (1.120 for the o,75cl)
Soil: Clay and limestone
Wines age: 50 - 104 years old
Glass: Zalto Burgundy
Midsummer 2012. I knew this was the day, where I would pop the cork on one of my ‘O8 magnums from Alexandre Jouveaux.
I had very high expectations since I have had a small sip some 1½ year ago of this divine wine.
The opening of the wine was insane. The wine set my mind on a journey of fascination, lust and anxiety. You see it was quite oxidized and put itself in-between the smell of aged Champagne, Chablis, and even some Sherry resemblance. It had my doubts - was it over the hill? However it was also incredible exotic and complex with notes of brown apples, yeast, orange blossoms, pastry and melted butter. The taste was however not what you would expect from such a nose, as it was exceptional fresh with an unheard mineral spine and a diamond sharp acidity. I remember saying to my fellow tasters – who absolutely adored it – that I wouldn’t be surprised if it would actually be less oxidized with some air. It happened half an hour later and what made me make that guess was a combination of thinking of the Champagnes from Jacques Selosse and how the wines from Alexandre Jouveaux in general change with air.
Now more flowery sensations came forward together with chalk and the apples turned from brownish to ripe and juicy. Yet it preserved this elastic creamy feel of melted butter, zippy freshness, vibrant energetic core and mind-blowing complexity.
Seriously one of the best white wines I have tasted in a long time.