The Domaine Rijckaert was created in 1998 by Jean Rijckaert, a passionate Belgian wine producer in Burgundy since 1990. Nowadays, in addition to 4 ha in South Burgundy, the Domaine RIJCKAERT cultivates 5.5 hectares of vineyards in the Jura where Jean felt in love of outstanding terroirs.
Thus, we have two cellars: one at Davayé (South Burgundy, near Mâcon), one at Les Planches, near Arbois in the Jura.
The Jura region gets its moniker from the Jurassic geological period, evident in the soil. In the lowlands, the vineyards are composed mostly of clay, with more limestone in the higher elevations, which can exceed 1300 feet. Also, marl is scattered throughout the best vineyards. Melon d’Arbois is the local name for Chardonnay, Arbois being a principal city in the region. Chardonnay now accounts for nearly 45% of production as its tendency toward early ripening and naturally higher sugar levels are desired.
Although this continental climate is quite similar to Burgundy, Jura gets much colder, causing concern for full ripeness of the grapes. Often harvests are delayed until late October in effort to achieve the highest levels of ripeness.
Jean Rijckaert’s goal is to employ minimum mechanical techniques, instead focusing on a return to manual work. The soil is plowed, thus, allowing the vines to search for nourishment deep into the earth. This adds character and complexity while expressing the terroir of the region. The harvests are done manually with little intervention in the winemaking process, including the use of natural yeasts. Jean prefers to make wine that can be enjoyed with food and good company as opposed to garnering the best scores.
Our area is rich in the diversity of its soils located between Burgundy and Jura. We do not use stainless steel tank. Our wines are raising in oak barrels. In the way to create unique flavors and wines with a true personality.
Wine Spectator – “Very bright, with a wide range of verbena, green almond, yellow apple, dried chamomile, fennel seed and salted butter notes racing along in lockstep. A light plume of talc surfaces on the finish, adding tension and length. Drink now through 2023. 200 cases imported.” (93 Pts)