Domaine Roulot, with the charismatic Jean-Marc at the helm, can be considered the benchmark domaine in Meursault. The domaine’s modern history can be traced back to the 1950s when Jean-Marc’s father, Guy, started to take the humble wines of Meursault to new heights, making collectors the world over stand up and take note. Guy sadly passed away in 1982 while Jean-Marc was pursuing an acting career, and it was not until 1989 that Jean-Marc took over the reins full time. However, once at the helm, it did not take the supremely talented Jean-Marc long to stamp his authority and take this domaine to the next level.
Jean-Marc has increased the Roulot’s holdings through a mix of vineyards purchased and fermage contracts and also bottles more lieux-dits that were historically designed as village Meursault. He has also converted the domaine to organic farming. Like all perfectionists, Jean-Marc is a stickler for detail and precision, something which can be tasted in his wines. He is an advocate of short pruning and early picking; only the best fruit will be pressed and a limited use of new oak is used. These factors combined results in wines of structure and complexity, with a razor-sharp acidic backbone. Roulot’s wines are not your archetypical Meursault’s; yes, they have a richness synonymous with the village, but it is the added acidic backbone, minerality and reductive notes which set the wines apart.