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

The Côte de Nuits was severely affected by the hail storms and wet weather that characterised the late spring and early summer of 2012. With poor flowering conditions, there was low fruit set and a resulting grape shortage. Nevertheless, great care of the grapes that did grow throughout the summer, ensured their excellent quality.

Vinification

The grapes were harvested by hand. The grapes were gently pressed and transfered to barrel. 100% of the wine was barrel-fermented (both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations) and matured for a further seven months using 25% lightly-toasted new French oak. This maturation ended with a very fine filtration, before the wines were put into bottle.

Tasting Notes

Ripe and pure on the nose with peach notes. Dry and full bodied, with sweet fruit flavours but plenty of balancing acidity.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 6.15g/l
Residual Sugar 0.4g/l
Wine pH 3.27