The Domaine Jean Tardy & Fils
as we know it started out with humble origins, when Victor Tardy was granted a crop-sharing agreement with the Étienne Camuzet of Méo-Camuzet in the famed Flagey-Échezeaux region of the Côte de Nuits. Later in 1966 that agreement developed into the acquisition of vines by Jean Tardy, the son of Victor and now the winemaker of the domaine, spread across sites in Nuits Saint Georges, Vosnee Romanee, and Clos de Vougeot. I suspect that during this formative time of farming world-reknown sites and a close working relationship with the Méo-Camuzet families, Jean Tardy honed his trade as a skilled vigneron and winemaker. And while in 2007
those vines were returned to Jean-Nicolas Méo, the domaine carried on as it had before, with 4.5 humble hectares under the direction of grandson Guillaume Tardy. Under Guillaume's watchful eye, the vines are farmed without any chemicals, preferring instead homeopathic and compost-based solutions, and yields are kept to a minimum. Tiered use of oak dependent on vineyard classification give a varied range of character and aging potential, and a focus on vintage creates a wide breadth of styles from this esteemed and historical domaine.
vintage saw lots of rain early in the season, producing fruit of minimal yields and immense concentration. In Guillaume's words, the vintage shows a more black-fruited character in the wines, with an integrated acidity and a defined tannic structure. From one of the most northernly sub-appelations within the Côte de Nuits, we experience immense tension and just a touch of a wonderfully wild character here.