In 1974, when Patrick Javillier became a wine broker, he joined a generations-long family legacy. However, his dream was to establish his own Domaine, so armed with an oenology degree from the University of Dijon, he began making wines from a seven-acre parcel that he’d inherited from his father. In the years that followed, Patrick produced wines of repute and founded Domaine Patrick Javillier in 1990. The Domaine has grown to 24 acres and spans 14 appellations. There are some red vineyards (via his wife’s family), but the core of the Domaine’s holdings are planted to white grapes.
Patrick’s approach to winemaking is simple and straightforward – with each vintage, he questions everything. He is both deeply thoughtful and a perfectionist – the result is a portfolio of wines that are startling for their purity and character, especially when you realize that he owns only one tiny 1er Cru parcel and an even smaller plot of Grand Cru! Patrick is convinced that a long elevage on the lees is essential for proper development of the wine and vinifies parcel by parcel and also cask by cask before making the final assemblages.
Patrick’s wines are beautiful, balanced expressions of terroir and a testament to his skill as a winemaker and blender.
| Wine Enthusiast 91 points (Dec 2013)
This is a delicate and perfumed wine that is so elegant. Its soft tannins offer a fine counterpoint to the red berry fruits and acidity, giving fine balance. It’s fresh, full of crispness as well as depth of flavor. It will continue to improve with age, but it can also be drunk now.