2019 Meursault, Charmes, 1er Cru, Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur, Burgundy

2019 Meursault, Charmes, 1er Cru, Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur, Burgundy

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2019 Meursault, Charmes, 1er Cru, Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur, Burgundy

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There are just 0.2 hectares here: one parcel at the bottom of the top section of Charmes is divided by the road from another at the top of the bottom section. The small crop persuaded François to combine them year. The wine has impressive intensity with a broad-shouldered texture and a viscous, assertive palate; it’s showy but logical. Drink 2025-2038. 
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Neal Martin, Vinous90-92/100
Jasper Morris MW92-94/100
Neal Martin, Vinous90-92/100
From two parcels, one including the Domaine’s oldest vines planted in 1945, the 2019 Meursault Charmes 1er Cru was affected by frost. The quantity was so depleted that François Bitouzet blended the two parcels in Charmes-Dessus (top part) and Charmes-Dessous (bottom part) in the press for the first time. It has a well defined bouquet with pretty apple blossom, granite and light white chalky aromas. The palate is well balanced with good density and weight on the entry. There is a lot of concentration to this Charmes with an almost honeyed (both in taste and texture) finish that just shaves away some of its potential tension and precision. Still, I appreciate the spiciness on the finish, but it is one that I think will show best in its youth. Nine barrels produced.
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Jasper Morris MW92-94/100
This Charmes is a blend of above and below, half and half, vinified together this year. The lower section dates back to 1952. Very complete, this is extremely good. The colour is light, the fruit has retained a very good level of freshness, some mineral reductive tension. Impressive length of flavour here, all in white fruit.
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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 Meusault), 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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Meursault

Meursault

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

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" 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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