Always an appealing and very classic style of Meursault with hints of honey, quince, mango and fresh double cream. Despite its ripe exotic fruit character, it has a balancing freshness providing drive and energy. A very rewarding wine.
This too is aromatically difficult at present with strong matchstick nuances that mask the fruit. Otherwise the utterly delicious and caressing middle weight flavors coat the palate with dry extract while delivering very fine complexity and persistence on the citrus-inflected finale. This is at once lovely but quite serious. Outstanding. Top value. Drink 2023+.
Straw-yellow. Fresh aromas of ripe apricot, peach and gingery spices. Concentrated and dry-verging-on-austere, with its fruit currently dominated by a stony mineral underpinning. This dry, saline wine boasts good material but it will need some time in bottle to harmonize its tartaric edge and chewy tannins. Finishes with very good length and grip. This was the highest 2017 in acidity at harvest after the Tête de Murger, noted Marion Javillier.
Visits to Patrick Javillier’s cellars are always a delight. His enthusiasm and passion for his subject and in particular the wines of Meursault are second to none. Like all great winemakers he has his own views as to how wines should be made and the benefits of ageing both in cask and bottle and everything is thought out meticulously with this in mind. He makes wonderfully textbook wines, which for us are the most perfect reflection of the wines of Meursault. His wines have the natural exuberance that one expects from this the most exotic of the three famous white Côte de Beaune villages, whilst having a complexity of texture that only the very finest vineyards and producers ever seem to produce.
Meursault is the first great white wine area that one stumbles upon on leaving Beaune. Unlike other white dominated appellations in Burgundy, Meursault has no grand cru vineyards. It nonetheless has significant flair and power which make up for this deficiency. Indeed, if tasted blind some of these wines could even surpass other Burgundian grand crus. They are no fainting daisies. This may partially be due to Meursault's lower water table which enables the roots to delve deep in the soil picking up many trace minerals and which further stresses the vines. In addition, the cellars are more profound and cooler, enabling long fermentations, which increase complexity and longevity. Some interesting red wines are also made.