Meursault is almost entirely planted with Chardonnay – with only 5% Pinot Noir. It is known for its citrus-flavoured chardonnay, which can very floral in the most balanced vintages. Barrel fermentation and wild yeast will contribute a cashew and oatmeal character, which is what draws most drinkers – interestingly, a winemaking character rather than the grapes themselves. The reason we pay for this regional fruit however is that the primary grape flavours are so powerful, the later wine can withstand the addition of these rich characters without losing its essential grapiness. And that’s why the region is so expensive. Meursault itself has no grand cru vineyards, which makes it an interesting choice for the most discerning drinkers. However, its Premier Cru and Village wines (ours is a village wine) are however the most respected of their grade in the Bourgogne.
This 2011 has a youthful straw colour with green edges. The nose quite closed at this stage – it’s lightly leesy, with a little clotted cream and Brazil-nut. Green apples and honey melon are our fruit scents. Palate is forward, much bolder than the nose. Spicy savoury oak and barrel ferment characters lead, with some crisp pear and grapefruit following into the middle. Finish is long, nutty, creamy and savoury. Will keep well for a few years, but a very, very nice wine right now.
Drink now to 5 years
180AED (Purchased at Dubai Duty Free)