Meursault 1er Cru `Les Genevrières`

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, he has continued to buy small parcels of grapes from the top growers to press and ferment in his cellar, always from the same plots of vines, since he knows the ones he wants.

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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 16 hectares of Les Genevrières sit towards the south of Meursault; the name Genevrière means 'Juniper', from the many juniper bushes that lined the hills in the past. Soils here are extremely stony, and the aspect is southeasterly and therefore sunny, conferring intensity and richness to the wines. The grapes were all handpicked into small boxes, which ensured the berries remained intact and healthy for their arrival at the winery.

Vintage Information

A mild winter was followed by a cold and rainy spring with some frost and hailstorms in some parts of the appellation. August was warm and dry which favoured ripening and accelerated the maturation process. The ideal September weather conditions with mild showers and nice sunshine ensured the grapes reached full ripeness. The 2016 vintage is very finely balanced, fresh and lively.

Vinification

Grapes were brought straight to the winery and 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 the fruit shines through.

Tasting Notes

Made in very limited quantities, this is a great example of how exciting Meursault can be. A very balanced and elegant wine, it balances tropical fruit aromas with a poised acidity. A slight creaminess leads into a mouthwatering finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker David Moret
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%