Dujac Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2021


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Burgundy, France
97 points




Jacques Seysses, a non-native of Burgundy, discovered his true calling in winemaking, a passion inherited from his father, a discerning connoisseur of fine wines. From his youth, Jacques traversed the vineyards of Burgundy alongside his father, forging invaluable connections with esteemed winegrowers. At 25, after gaining experience in the family biscuit business, Jacques embarked on a new path, immersing himself in winemaking under Gérard Potel at Domaine de la Pousse d'Or in Volnay. In 1968, he purchased Domaine Graillet in Morey-Saint-Denis, christening it Domaine Dujac—a playful nod to his name.

Under Jacques's guidance, Domaine Dujac flourished, expanding from its initial 4-hectare vineyard to 11.5 hectares across prestigious appellations such as Clos de la Roche, Clos St-Denis, Bonnes-Mares, Echézeaux, and Charmes-Chambertin. Guided by a philosophy of minimal intervention, Jacques emphasized the importance of natural processes in winemaking, eschewing filtration and fining while aging all premiers and grands crus in 100% new oak.

The domaine's success soared with landmark vintages like 1969, firmly establishing Domaine Dujac's reputation for excellence. In 1973, Jacques married Rosalind Boswell, a Californian who became an integral part of the team, alongside their children Jeremy, Alec, and Paul, who now play key roles in the business. Over the years, Domaine Dujac expanded its holdings, culminating in the acquisition of exceptional vineyards from Domaine Thomas-Moillard in 2005. Embracing sustainable practices, the domaine transitioned to organic farming, with 75% of its premier and grand cru vineyards cultivated organically.

Jacques Seysses's winemaking philosophy emphasizes the inclusion of stems in fermentation, contributing to the wine's complexity and character. In recent years, the cellars in Morey St Denis underwent expansion to enhance cellaring conditions, enabling precise control over fermentation and aging processes. The Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, situated between Morey-Saint-Denis and Gevrey-Chambertin, embodies the terroir's diversity, with varying slopes and soils that shape the wine's distinctive character and elegance.


97 points
Antonio Galloni

The 2021 Clos-de-la-Roche Grand Cru comes from five lieux-dits. This was slightly more reduced than the Clos Saint-Denis, dark berry fruit, briary; a faint touch of seaweed emerges with time. The palate is medium-bodied with finely-sculpted tannins, harmonious and tensile, again, discretely building with a transparent, lightly peppered finish that lingers in the mouth. Excellent

95 points

More brooding than the Clos Saint-Denis, Dujac's 2021 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru opens in the glass with aromas of dark berries, cherries, sweet forest floor and baking spices. Full-bodied, layered and muscular, with impressive concentration and a long, rose-inflected finish, it's another of the range's high-points

95 points
Allen Meadows

This is also aromatically quite pretty with markedly floral-suffused aromas of poached plum, black cherry and a touch of green tea. There is both fine volume and energy to the powerful yet highly seductive medium weight plus flavors that culminate in a dusty, firm and youthfully austere finale. This is quite compact yet balanced and it stands a very good chance of being excellent in time.


Serving Temp.
12-16 °C
Cellar until
2032 - 2047
Food pairing
Duck, Goose and Game Birds

Tasting Profile

Aromas of sweet forest floor, nori, and dark berries greet the senses, with a subtle touch of reduction adding intrigue. Briary and seaweed accents intertwine with the dark berry notes, creating a complex and alluring bouquet.
The palate reveals layers of flavor, underscored by a muscular structure and hints of baking spices. Medium-bodied with well-defined tannins, it offers a harmonious interplay of layered dark fruits and sweet spices, culminating in a satisfyingly rich and nuanced experience.

Dujac Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2021

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