Meursault

Right Place, Ripe Grape, Right Time

“I know of no other white wine so exquisite,” wrote Dr Jules Lavalle in 1855, in his now-famous The History of the Statistics of the Vineyards and Great Wines of the Côte d'Or. A stone’s throw from Beaune, the next stop on the Route des Grand Crus south from Pommard, the village of Meursault is world-renowned for its Chardonnay: the grape thrives here more than anywhere else in the Côte de Beaune. Château de Pommard’s Meursault wine comes from grapes planted on the "Vireuils" plot, planted in the high slopes of the village’s hills, where remarkable soils can be found. Covering more than 1,500 hectares, Meursault is the largest white wine producing commune in Burgundy. Meursault is also acclaimed for its hard comblanchien limestone and well-concentrated soils, in part thanks to the savoir faire of the monks of Cîteaux Abbey who planted the soils with vines as far back as 1098.

Varietal: Chardonnay

Our Meursault Vintages

Meursault 2014

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Waves of Citrus

Fresh and crisp and straight from the "Vireuils" plot, planted in the high slopes of Meursault's hills, where remarkable soils can be found, our Meursault 2014 is a bright, golden and extremely clear nectar – the distillation of a hot Summer's day. One deep intake of breath will reveal smooth, rich and complex scents. Expect white peach, pineapple, roasted almonds and Bourbon vanilla. The flavor trails then arrive in waves of lime, citrus fruits, butter, honey with ample support from a flinty minerality. The palate is fresh, round and powerful, but without any heaviness and a trace of hazelnut is left behind on the tongue. Anticipate a finish that is super long and offers the tastebuds a sensation that is at once fruity and ever-so-slightly savory. Let this Meursault 2014 lie down a little at home, allow it five years to properly mature and come to life.

An Excellent Burgundy Vintage

This year’s vintage captured the memory of 2014’s unusual, and unpredictable, weather. An unusually mild winter – the Asian fruit fly had made its unwelcome introduction – something we would all wish to forget. At the beginning of the season there was much promise. The three months of Spring were warm and dry, culminating in an early bud break and bloom at the start of June. However, by the end of the month, cooler and wetter weather reigned supreme. On June 28th, a hailstorm – similar to the devastation that struck in 2012 and 2013 – damaged several villages across the Côte de Beaune, including Pommard. Third year in a row. Summer was defined by wetter-than-average weather and cool temperatures. A few hot days in July helped the vines recover their ground, but worsening conditions took control again during the first two weeks of August. By mid-August the weather improved, with mostly dry and sunny conditions aiding the grapes to a steady and juicy maturation. In September, the sun remained a constant element and a northerly wind bolstered ideal conditions; the grapes reached optimal maturity come mid-September with most appellations hand-picked under sunny skies.

Meursault 2013

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Waves of Citrus

Fresh and crisp and straight from the "Vireuils" plot, planted in the high slopes of Meursault's hills, where remarkable soils can be found, our Meursault 2013 is a bright, golden and extremely clear nectar – the distillation of a hot Summer's day. One deep intake of breath will reveal smooth, rich and complex scents. Expect white peach, pineapple, roasted almonds and Bourbon vanilla. The flavor trails then arrive in waves of lime, citrus fruits, butter, honey with ample support from a flinty minerality. The palate is fresh, round and powerful, but without any heaviness and a trace of hazelnut is left behind on the tongue. Anticipate a finish that is super long and offers the tastebuds a sensation that is at once fruity and ever-so-slightly savory. Let this Meursault 2013 lie down a little at home, allow it five years to properly mature and come to life.

Force of Nature

After the small yield, but opulent flavors, of the 2012 vintage, 2013 was another year that mother earth proved its hegemony over the vignerons and vignobles of Burgundy. The bud break was relatively late, seeping into June, following a cold, rainy and frigid Spring. Throughout June, intense rainfall delayed floraison (flowering), introducing an increased risk of blight. Pommard, as well as surrounding appellations Volnay, Beaune and Savigny-lès-Beaune, experienced a near-fatal hailstorm, identical to the power that struck in 2012. In July and August, the weather transformed again, this time for the better. Warm temperatures and sunshine envelop and clothed the vines – with some summer downpours relinquishing the heat – guiding the grapes to ripen delightfully at the end of September. Harvest began around September 23rd, with the vineyards bare of all ripe fruit come October 2nd. The year’s unstable conditions struck again with huge storms across the region’s vineyards on October 5th and 6th. Thankfully, just a few days too late to do any more damage to the net yield. Overall, the small vintage has great potential. We should all be thankful.

Meursault 2012

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Waves of Citrus

Fresh and crisp and straight from the "Vireuils" plot, planted in the high slopes of Meursault's hills, where remarkable soils can be found, our Meursault 2012 is a bright, golden and extremely clear nectar – the distillation of a hot Summer's day. One deep intake of breath will reveal smooth, rich and complex scents. Expect white peach, pineapple, roasted almonds and Bourbon vanilla. The flavor trails then arrive in waves of lime, citrus fruits, butter, honey with ample support from a flinty minerality. The palate is fresh, round and powerful, but without any heaviness and a trace of hazelnut is left behind on the tongue. Anticipate a finish that is super long and offers the tastebuds a sensation that is at once fruity and ever-so-slightly savory. Let this Meursault 2012 lie down a little at home, allow it five years to properly mature and come to life.

Small Yield, Big Flavors

Small Yield, Big Flavors An almost-devastating beginning, this vintage would prove to be tricky. The earliest days were perilous: a Spring frost and a hail storm in June threatened the blossoming of the buds and the safety of the vines. Intense rainfall between April and July, high humidity levels, fungal diseases, rot and, in particular, mildew were some of the other major challenges the vintage threw Burgundy’s way. Strange and unpredictable weather was the norm – heatwaves, hail, cold springs, thunderstorms, all made an appearance. The beginning of August, with dry and warm temperatures, saved the vintage for many and gave the 2012 vintage the softest of soft tannin textures. Despite a low net yield across many vineyards and appellations, the glorious weather that concluded the season ultimately produced a vintage that is both super-concentrated and highly-collectable.

Meursault 2011

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Waves of Citrus

Fresh and crisp and straight from the "Vireuils" plot, planted in the high slopes of Meursault's hills, where remarkable soils can be found, our Meursault 2011 is a bright, golden and extremely clear nectar – the distillation of a hot Summer's day. One deep intake of breath will reveal smooth, rich and complex scents. Expect white peach, pineapple, roasted almonds and Bourbon vanilla. The flavor trails then arrive in waves of lime, citrus fruits, butter, honey with ample support from a flinty minerality. The palate is fresh, round and powerful, but without any heaviness and a trace of hazelnut is left behind on the tongue. Anticipate a finish that is super long and offers the tastebuds a sensation that is at once fruity and ever-so-slightly savory. Let this Meursault 2011 lie down a little at home, allow it five years to properly mature and come to life. .

Uneven Season, But Great Results

2011 first emerged from a dry and warm Spring, allowing sunny days and high temperatures in April, resulting in a slightly earlier bud break than anticipated. Warm temperatures continued throughout May, fostering an accelerated, but healthy, growth of the vines. Floraison and fruit set came together beautifully on May 20th – one month ahead of schedule – compared to previous years. Harvest was initiated on August 20th, when the grapes had ripened to perfection. Due to uneven and unpredictable weather conditions during the season, the results throughout the region were patchy in parts. But this is an outstanding 2011.

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