Michel Bouzereau et Fils Meursault-Perrieres 1er Cru 2016


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Grape(s): Chardonnay

Localization: Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France

Tasting Notes: Healthy pale yellow. Complex, inviting nose displays classic citrus and hazelnut aromas complicated by wild herbs. Nicely concentrated, spicy wine with an attractive creaminess of texture and a good balance of sweet and salty elements. Bouzereau did some batonnage for some of his wines in 2016 but less here, as he felt that this wine was "already rich and large enough" and possessed sound acidity. But he added that his sugar fermentations normally extend into December so that the fine lees remain in suspension. He also normally picks Charmes "even before Genevrières, to keep its salinity." Still, there's something in this rich, round wine that suggests it will evolve relatively quickly. 

Notes: Clay and limestone, very stony soil, marl decaying.

Ages of vines: 1939 1956 2005

Breeding: 16 to 18 months in barrels (30% new barrels)

Food Pairing: Serving temperature 12-14° C

The Domain: Known to offer a magical balance of smoothness and freshness, Meursault's quality is hard to rival. The village lies in the middle of Côte de Beaune, just south of Volnay. Meursault is said to mean “mouse’s jump” because in the past the plots producing Pinot Noir and those producing Chardonnay were no more than a mouse’s jump from one another. Today the village is almost exclusively Chardonnay. A tiny bit of Pinot Noir is produced here with the best coming from Les Santenots on its northern side near Volnay.

While there are no Grands Crus, Meursault’s numerous acclaimed Premiers Crus can compete with any other top-notch white Burgundy. Some to know are Les Perrières, Les Genevrières, Les Charmes, Le Poruzot, Les Bouchères and Les Gouttes d’Or.

Meursault produces outstanding village-level wines as well. In general great Premiers Crus and even village-level Meursault (Chardonnay) have enticing aromas of lime peel, tropical fruit, crushed rocks, spice, and hazelnut.