Domaine du Jaugaret is a tiny family estate that has been run by the Fillastre family since 1654. It's now headed by Jean-François Fillastre, who is focused on preserving the winery's traditions as well as those of the Saint-Julien appellation. Wine writer Eric Asimov wrote about the estate in an article in The New York Times in 2010, and his words still capture its allure: “Compared with the grand chateaus of the Médoc, the tiny Domaine du Jaugaret may seem irrelevant. The critics don’t score its wines, it’s barely mentioned in guides, it doesn’t play in the futures game. The winemaking facility is no more than a series of stone sheds with floors of dirt and gravel and walls covered in a mushroomlike mold. Calling it rustic would be putting it kindly.”
Jaugaret encompasses a mere 1.3 hectares of vineyards, made up almost exclusively of Cabernet Sauvignon (80%) with some Petit Verdot and Malbec to supplement this classic Médoc structure. The average age of the vines is over 50 years (as of 2011) and some of the Malbec vineyards are in excess of 100 years old. This combination of grape varieties permits Jaugaret to find the ultimate expression of the terroir of Saint Julien, taking advantage of the deep gravel beds and the long growing season that mark St. Julien as a unique and special appellation. Jaugaret’s Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend is kept in barrels for 30 months, mostly in older barrels, allowing for aeration without imparting oaky flavors.
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