2017 Meursault, Les Perrières, 1er Cru, Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur, Burgundy

2017 Meursault, Les Perrières, 1er Cru, Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur, Burgundy

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2017 Meursault, Les Perrières, 1er Cru, Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur, Burgundy

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The nose here offers a stark contrast to the Charmes, with stony reduction and a spicy austerity. The palate is therefore surprisingly rich and dense with more  give and a little more cream and mid-palate weight, before the mineral thread returns on the finish.  Drink 2023-2032. 

François is keen to highlight the importance of the solidarity shown by the Côte’s vignerons at the end of April, when everyone came together to burn dampened bales and create cloud cover to ward off the frost. Without such action this could well have been another catastrophic yield. Having avoided this threat, the rest of the season was fairly straightforward with careful vineyard management and harvest began on the 30th August. He feels the whites are a mix of 2015 and 2014, while the reds are pretty and will drink well from an early age.

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An all but mute nose only grudgingly gives up its aromas of green apple, mineral reduction and lemon-lime zest. The pure, sleek and ultra-refined medium weight flavors brim with minerality that adds a bit of lift to the classy, focused, intense and well-balanced finale that is presently on the youthfully austere finish. This beauty is sufficiently closed to suggest that it will need at least a decade of cellaring to arrive at its apogee.
Alan Meadows, Burghound (June 2019) Read more
Stephen Tanzer91-93/100
(from fruit picked on September 2): Bright, pale lemon-yellow color. Tangy Perrières perfume of musky fresh pineapple, lemon, crushed rock and wild herbs, complicated by a hint of tropical fruits. At once wonderfully fresh and creamy, communicating terrific mineral definition to its flavors of pineapple and crushed stone. A bit monolithic but powerful in the early going, and linear in a positive way, finishing with a light touch. This wine will need further élevage as well as at least a few years of bottle aging to put on some more flesh; today it's more about sheer mineral grip and length. But Bitouzet noted that it really hasn't yet been racked to air. Am I underestimating this wine's potential? (13+% potential alcohol)
Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com (June 2018) Read more

About this WINE

Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur

Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur

Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur – along with current winemaker François – was born of the marriage of Vincent Bitouzet (of Volnay) and Ann Prieur (of Meursault), bringing together two distinguished Burgundian families.

The domaine has a red cellar next door to Lafarge (who are distant cousins) and a white cellar in Meursault, with reds making up approximately 60 percent of production.

The estate’s notable vineyard holdings include a selection of the finest Premier Cru sites in Volnay and Meursault. The whites are elegant and restrained, rather than being broad-shouldered, old-fashioned Meursault. The reds are de-stemmed, with new oak kept to a modest level.

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There are more top producers in Meursault than in any other commune of the Côte d’Or. Certainly it is the most famous and popular of the great white appellations. Its wines are typically rich and savoury with nutty, honeyed hints and buttery, vanilla spice from the oak.

Even though it is considerably larger than its southerly neighbours Chassagne and Puligny, Meursault contains no Grands Crus. Its three best Premiers Crus, however – Les Perrières, Les Genevrières and Les Charmes – produce some of the region’s greatest whites: they are full, round and powerful, and age very well. Les Perrières in particular can produce wines of Grand Cru quality, a fact that is often reflected in its price. Meursault has also been one of the driving forces of biodynamic viticulture in the region, as pioneered by Lafon and Leflaive.

Many of the vineyards below Premier Cru, known as ‘village’ wines, are also well worth looking at. The growers vinify their different vineyard holdings separately, which rarely happens in Puligny or Chassagne. Such wines can be labelled with the ‘lieu-dit’ vineyard alongside (although in smaller type to) the Meursault name.

Premier Cru Meursault should be enjoyed from five to 15 years of age, although top examples can last even longer. Village wines, meanwhile, are normally at their best from three to 10 years.

Very occasionally, red Meursault is produced with some fine, firm results. The best red Pinot Noir terroir, Les Santenots, is afforded the courtesy title of Volnay Santenots, even though it is actually in Meursault.

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Chardonnay is often seen as the king of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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