Meursault 1er Cru `Les Charmes`

Côte de Beaune

David Moret

David Moret makes top quality white Burgundy from his small cellar in Beaune....

David studied winemaking at school, but didn't have a family domaine to work in when he graduated, so he began his career in wine by selling winery equipment to local vignerons. His personable character ensured success in this endeavour, as well as friendships with some of the top growers of the Côte de Beaune. He purchased his first barrels in the late 1990s, and since then, has continued to buy small parcels of grapes from top growers to vinify in his cellar, always from the same plots of vines.

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Vineyards

Meursault has 17 Premiers Crus, of which the highest-regarded are 'Les Charmes', 'Les Genevrières' and 'Les Perrières' (many regard these three as the unofficial 'Grand Crus' of Meursault). The 30 hectares of Les Charmes sits on the southern border with Puligny-Montrachet; the limestone and clay soils give wines which are round and appealing. The grapes were all handpicked into small boxes, which ensured the berries remained intact and healthy for their arrival at the winery.

Vintage Information

In 2017, Bourgogne enjoyed a return to average yields. Some areas were impacted by spring frosts which reduced yields slightly but generally the vines’ growth cycle benefitted from an earlier than usual budburst in early April followed by a very warm summer interspersed with a few very hot spells of weather as well as more mixed conditions. Generally ripening progressed at a good pace with the first grapes being harvested across the region two weeks ahead of average.

Vinification

Grapes were brought straight to the winery and were pressed immediately, to preserve the precious Chardonnay aromas and flavours. The wine went through alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels and was aged for 18 months before being bottled and rested in cellars for several months. David used 30% new French oak, to ensure that the fine character of fruit shines through.

Tasting Notes

Floral aromas and hints of white peach aromas come through on the nose. On the palate, the wine is concentrated with lively acidity, fine, integrated oak and a creamy texture.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker David Moret
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%