The 2011 Meursault Les Tesson Clos de Mon Plaisir is showing very well. In the nose pure white and yellow fruit … quite rich for the vintage with a lovely citrus and hazelnut infused minerality. On the palate fresh and refined fruit – very balanced and harmonious with a focused and very persistent finish for this level. The acidity is quite powerful but filigree and the underlying minerality in the finish is very energetic. Offers a beautiful balance between refinement and power that is rarely seen in a village wine … gorgeous glass of Meursault.
The 2007 Roulots are starting to show more complexity with some maturing notes. The Meursault Les Tessons Clos de Mon Plaisir 2007 offer a approachble bouquet with quite expressive notes of white peach, hazelnuts, allmonds and citrus infused minerality. On the palate lovely midpalate fruit focused by the impressive 07 acidity … superbly balanced with a fine energy and nerve. Love the balance in this 07 as the fruit is a finely tuned match for the powerful acidity.
The 2005 Meursault Perrieres from Roulot is a brilliant effort for this vintage. The bouquet is open and quite expressive with notes of orchard fruits – pear, apricot .. spiced with hints of citrus, almonds, hazelnuts and a quite intense minerality. On the palate very harmonious and focused with a lovely midpalate fruit …. effortless and airy … with a intense underlying minerality. The finish is long, intense but also very refined. A great Perrieres … what a gorgeous wine … very focused for the vintage.
The 2011 Meursault from Benjamin Leroux is a quite impressive effort. The nose offer fresh and pure notes of citrus, pear with hints of apple and some more exotic orchard fruits. On the palate quite rich and rounded with a lovely balance and depth. The minerality offer a nice support in the finish adding to the complexity … according to my sources it’s made 100% from the delightful Crotots terroir (located just below Porusot). A very good Meursault from Leroux.
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Sadly quite premoxed … however not totally undrinkable.
Need to mention that Etienne de Montille is one of the few producers who has been quite open and forward about the premox problems. He really deserves some credit for his open approach … others could learn a great deal from this … no need to mention names!
The “R” Meursault village 2010 from Jean-Marc Roulot is a truly gorgeous effort. The bouquet is very expressive with crisp orchard fruits and a beautiful citrus driven minerality. It’s perhaps a bit more openly knit than the domaine Meursaults from Roulot … but very charming and forward. On the palate lovely quite openly knit fruit … very good weight and length for this level … and very focused by the excellent acidity and a fine minerality. A very impressive and lovely village Meursault.
Very badly premoxed – undrinkable.
Old wines should be treated with respect and given the appropriate time to resolve in the glas. This is true for most wines, but especially old white Burgundies can be misunderstood and wasted if they are not given sufficient time in the glas. This bottle of 1986 Meursault Charmes from Bouchard Pere et Fils seemed tired and slightly oxidative when it was poured … and it took at least 10 – 15 minutes in the glass before it started to show it’s qualities. After quite some time in the glass it showed the most lovely mature complexity combined with a delightful vibrant freshness. In the nose yellow fruit, acacia, almonds and hazelnuts with notes of orange zest and coffee. On the palate pure and quite crisp, with a lovely balance and weight. It’s not a big wine, but a perfectly mature old white Burgundy … with all the qualities an old white Burgundy should possess … but rarely have.
The 2002 Meursault Goutte D’Or from Comte Lafon is really showing well. In the bouquet delicate yellow fruit with a fine citrus infused filigree stony minerality. On the palate fresh and vibrant fruit with fine weight and length – very well balanced with a lovely acidity. Love the freshness and the airy nerve in this wine … pure, crisp and so refined for the level. A lovely matured Meursault … will keep …. but beautiful now – so why wait.
The Coche-Dury Meursault 2011 is a lovely energetic and vibrant wine. In the bouquet hay, pear, melon with beautiful citrus infused minerality and a suitable impression of oak – classic Coche!. On the palate fine and harmonious fruit with a vibrant minerality for this level and a crisp acidity. Very good length and focus for a village. A gorgeous wine from the king of Meursault – impressive.
This wine is most likely produced on the vineyard Les Narvaux, one of the 4 or 5 single vineyard Meursault sold as Coche Dury Meursault.
The 2002 Meursault Clos de la Barre from Comte Lafon is normally a very good wine. This bottle was however somewhat disappointing. The bouquet was quite develoed for a 02 with buttery notes and hints of almonds, hazelnuts and citrus. On the palate a bit dense with good fruit and weight – but sadly also tainted with slight hints of oxidation. Lacking some freshness and nerve … but still drinkable.
The Meursault Poruzots 2008 from Mikulski is a focused and bone dry effort with all the extrovert charm of the 2008 vintage. In the nose citrus infused yellow fruits .. notes of apple, pear, grape … spiced with a tremendous mineral note from the lovely terroir. On the palate very focused with a fine midpalate weight and a long mineralic finish. Love this terroir with it’s crunchy minerality, love the extrovert drama of the vintage and the purity of Mikulskis vinification. Not a wine for fans of big creamy chadonneys .. but a lovely treat for admireres of classic white Burgundies – Enjoy!
The Les Crotots is still quite difficult to evaluate – but shows a lovely potential. The nose is still closed and slightly yeasty. The palate show rich and pure fruit – transparent with a perfect view to the lovely village terroir. Will it match the beautiful 2010 … hard to say at this stage – but the components are certainly there – lovely rich fruit and a crisp vibrant acidity. I’m really looking forward to taste this from bottle.
The 2003 Meursault Clos des Ambres is a impressive effort for the vintage. It’s made from the village terroir En l’Ormeau – old vines with a average age of more than 50 years. The nose is offering rich fruit with different orchard fruits, on the sweeter side, and with a nice playful minerality. On the palate rich and on the slightly dense side, but with a quite playful minerality and a nice acidity for the vintage. Not a big fan of the 2003 whites but this is a very nice wine. Better than the 02 version of this wine!!!!
The 2002 Meursault Clos des Ambres is slightly introvert and reserved. It’s made from the village terroir En l’Ormeau – old vines with a average age of more than 50 years. The nose is offering notes of apple, gunpowder … slightly backward and austere. On the palate very focused with a quite powerful acidity for the vintage – it’s tight and slightly lean. Is not really in decline … but think it had more charm and nerve three years ago.
The 2002 Meursault Les Meix-Chavaux from Lafouge is a lovely old school Meursault. In the bouquet matured yellow fruit with notes of melon, apple, hazelnuts and a nice citrus infused minerality. On the palate quite zappy acidity and a lovely fresh fruit – focused with very fine minerality for this level. A very impressive and lovely wine … much better than many of the “modern” styled Meursaults made in this vintage.
The 2000 Meursault Clos de la barre from Comte Lafon is now reaching maturity. In the bouquet mature yellow fruit with notes of pear, almonds and a citrus infused minerality – discrete hints of belle de boskoop and coffee, On the palate zappy acidity and a lovely mature fruit – focused with a lovely minerality. It’s complex and harmonious with a impressive length and focus for this level. A perfect bottle of a very good wine – immensely delightful.
The Meursault Les Luchets 2008 is quite rich and expressive. The bouquet is quite rich with yellow orchard fruits and a citrus driven minerality. On the palate intense and quite rich fruit … the midpalate is quite weighty and powerful … almost dense. Love the purity but it’s lacking a bit of the focus and precision of the 2010 Meursault Les Vireuils from Roulot tasted earlier the same day. Nevertheless a very good and lovely Meursault village.
The Meursault Les Vireuils 2010 is a gorgeous Meursault village. In the nose crisp citrus infused fruit and minerality – slightly floral and quite expressive. On the palate very pure and quite rich fruit …. long, focused and concentrated for this level. Love the balance and intensity – a quite stunningly pure Meursault village … bravo!
The Meursault En la Barre 2010 from Antoine Jobard is getting more focused as it matures. In the nose good complexity – notes of apple, pear, hazelnuts with hints of more exotic fruits and a nice citrus infused minerality. On the palate very nice energy and concentration for this level. The fruit is pure and crisp, structured by the vibrant and racy 2010 acidity. Love the pure expression of terroir and chardonney – the 2010s from Jobard are truly lovely – as are most vintages from this fine producer.