Jean Baptiste Jessiaume, Burgundy & Chablis Wine Region, FranceDrinking 2022-2027
We are pleased to welcome Jean-Baptiste Jessiaume to our selection. Based in Santenay, Jean Baptiste comes from a long family line intimately involved in wine, stretching back over 200 years. Initially, the Jessiaumes were merchants and accountants in the 18th century and offered a selection of fine wines from the neighbouring communes in the southern Côte de Beaune. In 1830, the family acquired vineyards and became vignerons outright with substantial parcels located around Santenay. This continued until 2007 when the Jean Baptiste’s father and uncle relinquished the vines. If Jean Baptiste had already been steeped in viticulture and wine making (collecting the Young Burgundian Winemaker of the Year in 2012 at the age of 23), his teenage years were spent in other verdant fields: football pitches. Common sense prevailed and he returned to his roots in Santenay. After a stint as head winemaker for a large Côte Chalonnaise Domaine, he finally set up his own business in 2019 and the selection closely echoes the offerings of his forebears 200 years ago. These are beautifully terroir-expressive wines and not to be missed.