Meursault 1er Cru `Les Charmes`

Côte de Beaune

Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Claude Boisset was radically transformed with the arrival in 2002 of viniculteur Grégory...

Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.

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Vineyards

"Les Charmes" lies on a soil of average depth, alternating between clay and limestone, and crucially covered with calcareous stones. This gives the wines plenty of fruit and body. The grapes were grown from selected old vines, and with strict control of yield, from healthy soils with good levels of humus and nutrients.

Vintage Information

2007 was marked by varied weather conditions with a mild winter and warm spring which provoked a very early start of the vegetative cycle. The summer was cold and rainy, encouraging the formation of some pockets of rot if growers did not pay enough attention to the vine health. Fortunately, sunny weather during the first fortnight in September allowed the grapes to sufficiently ripen in order to produce wines of medium ageing potential if red (to drink within two to five years), and whites with a strong mineral structure which will certainly stand up to time.

Vinification

The grapes were harvested by hand using small, perforated cases. As traditional winemaking philosophy holds "All we have to do is gently press the grapes and put them in a barrel". With this same purist logic, no yeasts were added to the wine; instead nature did its work. 100% of the wine was barrel-fermented (both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations) taking around 10 months, and matured for a further 7 months using only a little new wood (25% lightly-toasted new French oak). This maturation ended with a very fine filtration, before the wines were put into bottle.

Tasting Notes

Light gold in colour with a pure, fine nose, with restrained perfumes of vanilla and white flowers. On the palate it is full but fine, with generous, warm-honey and lemon notes, great intensity and a lively, elegant finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2007
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 6.72g/l
Residual Sugar 0.9g/l
Wine pH 3.29