Domaine Michelot Meursault
Monday, November 19, 2018 in News
Langton’s Head of International Buying, Jesper Kjaersgaard visited Domaine Michelot in Meursault during his buying trip to Burgundy...
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The white wines from Meursault are revered by most wine lovers. The wines from this small village, just south of Puligny-Montrachet are regarded as some of the best white wines produced in the world.
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A visit to the small town of Meursault will evoke strong emotion in any wine lovers heart and anyone who’s ever had the delight to experience the rich, velvety, creamy wines from Meursault will understand what I am talking about. Meursault, a village in the Côte du Beaune, south of the historic town of Beaune in Burgundy. Unlike its neighbours to the north, Puligny and Chassagne, Meursault doesn’t have any Grand Crus but any wine lover will agree that the three famed premier crus of Perrières, Genevrières and Charmes are worthy of such titles. There are many reasons that these three vineyards aren’t classified Grand Cru but it is widely accepted that it came down to a political decision when the classification was first created in 1861.
Meursault is a village that sits on a bed of clay with deep limestone and gravel and this is something that is evident in the wines. What has made the wines from Meursault famous is the character of a rich and full-bodied wine but with great poise and focus, finishing with a great line of acid. In the eyes of many, the wines of Meursault are the perfect example of Chardonnay.
Tasting in the cellar
Domaine Michelot is run by sixth generation, the very charming, Nicholas Mefre. Nicholas took over the winemaking responsibilities, just short of his 23rd birthday, from his father in 2009. Although very traditional in his approach, Nicholas is always looking for ways to improve and from 2017 he will experiment by vinifying a small parcel from each lieu-dit in concrete eggs. The estate uses 70% traditional barriques, 25% larger formats and 5% goes into the aforementioned concrete eggs. As they don’t want any dominating oak flavours, only 20% of the barrels are new. In 2016, Nicholas created very clean and pure wines with great acidity and length.
Domaine Michelot Bourgogne Blanc 2016
The 2016 Bourgogne Blanc is 100% Côte d’Or fruit and it gets treated the same way as the estate’s premier crus. This wine is textbook Michelot. It has a wonderful round and rich palate with great length and acidity. A very appealing young and vibrant wine.
Domaine Michelot Meursault 'Les Narvaux' Villages 2016
2016 Meursault 'Les Narvaux' Villages comes from the lieu-dit vineyard of Narvaux. It sees 30% large barrels, 70% barriques of which 20% new. It has a very nice lemon pithiness as a core playing against the deeply structured palate.
Some of the Villages wines that are blended there are particular single vineyard wines that have developed a greater reputation over the years. One such vineyard is, Narvaux in Meursault. Narvaux is located at 300 meters’ altitude on the slope above the famed premier cru, Genevrières. The 2016 Meursault Narvaux is a gorgeous wine with floral blossom, white peach and almond on the nose. It’s fairly light on its feet but with great texture and length. A wine well worth searching out!
Domaine Michelot Meursault 1er Cru Charmes 2016
Now onto the premier cru’s. The 2016 Meursault 1er Cru Charmes is a wine of sheer balance. Michelot’s parcel comes from the limestone heavy mid-section of the slope. In 2016, Nicholas has produced a fabulous wine of perfect balance. There isn’t a single element that sticks out and the wine is covered in sun-soaked stone, white flowers, stone fruits and a vibrant pithiness.
Domaine Michelot 1er Cru Genevrières 2016
Michelot farms two parcels (0.9ha) on easily breakable rock soil in premier cru Genevrières. The 2016 Michelot 1er Cru Genevrières is an absolute textbook version of flinty and mineral chardonnay. If you’ve ever wondered what minerality tastes like, this is the wine for you. It has struck match, flinty, smoky overtones and on the palate, it is warm and saline with beautiful tension and rich stone fruit.
Domaine Michelot 1er Cru Perrières 2016
The most famed premier cru in Meursault is Perrières. There is little doubt that Perrières would have been classified Grand Cru had the classification happened today. Michelot owns two plots (0.5ha) close to the Puligny border in the northern part of Meursault. The 2016 Michelot 1er Cru Perrières is a much more linear wine. It has great minerality and mouthfeel but is moving more in the citrus spectrum than its siblings. This wine is always a little bit shy when young but give it 5-10 years and you will see it blossom into a beautifully open and charming wine. Your patience will be rewarded.