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The hard Comblanchian limestone which disappears deep underground around Nuits-Saint-Georges reappears here where, as one moves southward, red wines give way to whites. Nowhere in the Côte de Beaune does the Chardonnay grape do better than it does here. Along the village streets are a succession of little houses belonging to the vineyard workers, mixed with more imposing dwellings. The stone-work on the 53 metre-high church tower looks like it could be the work of fairies. The excellent soils were planted with vines by the monks of Cîteaux as early as 1098. A small amount of red wine is produced here, though white definitely dominates. Meursault's appellation of origin status dates from 1937.
The best soils are found at heights of 260-270 metres with exposures along an arc between east and south. They consist of Jurassic marls and marlylimestones. There are some patches of magnesian limestone. The ancient callovien limestone and argovien marls shave the crus.
There are observable but minor differences between the wines of the different " Climats " (named plots). In most cases, Meursault is greeny-gold in colour or canary yellow, leaning towards bronze as it ages. Limpid and brilliant, it sometimes exhibits silvery highlights. Its bouquet has strong aromas of ripe grapes. The young wine is redolent of toasted almonds and hazelnuts in a floral (mayflower, elder, bracken, lime, verbena) and mineral (flint) setting. Butter, honey, and citrus fruits are also present. On the palate it is rich and fat with a cheerful and appealing taste of hazelnut. Unctuousness and freshness are in silky balance. Long and structured, it needs time to mature - this is a great white wine for laying down.
Its aromatic power and exceptional balance between fat and acidity make it an aristocrat among burgundies. Unsurprisingly, it has a natural affinity with noble and fine-textured fish or meat, which it can match without overpowering. It performs a similar feat with joints of veal or poultry in white sauce, which are rendered sublime by the wine's unctuous texture and long, distinguished acidity. Still better are grilled lobster, crawfish, or king prawns in sauce - dishes whose aromatic intensity and crisp texture match the lively and supple balance of the wine. Even blue cheeses and goose liver take to it immediately.
Serving temperature : 12 to 14 °C.
Two parcels, one of 2 'ouvrées' (856 sq m) situated at the south of the appellation in the 'Perrières-Dessous' and fairly young, and the other of 16 'ouvrées', also in the Perrières-Dessous but the first parcel at the north of the appellation.
Facing south east, these vines mature very early but with an irregular yield, (30 to 45 hl/ha). Less soil though whiter and with considerable limestone and marl over a subsoil of flaky slabs of limestone.
It produces very powerful wines with a specific mineral flavour typical of this 'terroir'. Elegant and mineral sensations dominate whilst very long on the palate.
A third small parcell (14 ares) has been bought in 2004, first harvest in 2010.
Appellation Meursault Perrières Premier Cru
Parcel Les Perrières Dessous
Exposure East / South-east
Surface area 0.77 ha
Gradient 10 to 16%
Plantation dates 1955 (87%) and 1983 (13%)
Rootstock 161-49 (1955 vines) and SO4 (1983 vines)
Graft Mass selection (1955 vines) and clones (1983 vines)
Appellation Meursault Perrières Premier Cru
Parcel Perrières Dessus dite "Perrières Ginette"
Exposition Est / Sud-Est
Surface 14 ares
Pente 22 %
Plantation dates unknown
Fine spring weather resulted in a rapid fruit-set, followed by a textbook summer and a warm start to autumn. However there was little green harvesting at the time, so the resulting crop was huge. Pinot Noir is very sensitive to high production and, despite the ideal growing conditions, this has affected the character of the vintage. The red wines were light and offered immediate drinking pleasure in their early life; the whites did much better because Chardonnay is less sensitive to high cropping levels. The best climats could still provide some surprises.