Meursault, Les Perrieres, 1er Cru, 2008

  Vincent Dancer

Meursault, Les Perrieres, 1er Cru

Vincent’s parcel in Les Perrières is perennially low-yielding, producing small, thick-skinned grapes. The 2008 is typically serious and uncommunicative initially, certainly in its youth, but gradually in the glass the strength and depth of flavour comes through, enormously brooding mineral, dry stone, rock salt, lime butter and nut characteristics, a giant of a wine.

Contains Sulphites.

About Vincent Dancer

Vincent is one of a small crop of young growers passionate about good wine who are gradually taking back, bit by bit, their family vines that were originally leased out to négociants. His small Domaine amounts to 5 hectares of Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet and Pommard vineyards that are treated with the utmost care and respect. The purity of Vincent’s wines is staggering, owing to the fact that he won’t put his name on anything unless he is 100% happy with it; in 1999, for example, yields for his Pommard Villages were slightly too high, resulting in a wine that did not quite come up to his own high standards, so he sold it off to a local négociant.

Appellation: Meursault

Meursault is the largest commune in the Côte de Beaune (spanning over 370ha) producing predominantly white wines. There are no Grand Cru vineyards, but its Premier Crus can equal the best white wines in the Côte de Beaune. The finest vineyards are Les Perrières, Les Genevrières, and Les Charmes. In addition Meursault has a plethora of other named vineyards that aren't Premier Cru but nonetheless show their own distinct characteristics and can offer excellent value, some of the best are Chevalières, Tessons, Clos de la Barre, Luchets, Narvaux, and Tillets. These are lower-lying than the Premiers Crus but are much more interesting than the villages wines of Puligny where the water table is higher. The low water-table is also the reason why some of the region's deepest cellars can be found in Meursault. The commune is big so the style and quality are varied. Generally speaking Meursault is known for its full body and, nutty, buttery character. The best examples have enough vitality and acidity to balance out the 'fat.'

Grape Type: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most widely-grown and versatile of all white grape varieties. As a relatively neutral grape, it offers a near transparent map of winemaking style, climate and terroir. It is the ideal grape variety for Burgundy, where it serves to mirror the complex nuances of the myriad of terroirs found in this hallowed land. Chardonnay produces a variety of wines from the minerally and unoaked styles found in Chablis, the fatter nuttier examples in Meursault, to the tropical fruit-driven versions found in the New World. It is also the major grape variety in Champagne, where it produces lively floral wines, namely in the Côte de Blancs. It can be found throughout Europe and the New World thanks to its versatility. As a non-aromatic variety, it has an affinity with oak, whether new or used, French or American.