2018 Domaine Michelot, Meursault

 

Michelot is our favourite domaine in Meursault and we often sing the praises of their village and lieu-dit wines, not to mention the vanishingly small quantities of their bourgognes which we winkle out of them each year.   With all this good value on offer, the focus is taken off the brilliance of their premiers crus, particularly their Meursault 'Les Genevrières'. 

Meursault does not have a grand cru, but if did, Genevrières would surely be a candidate.  Named after the juniper trees which used to grow here, this premier cru produces some of the richest and most structured Meursaults from the appellation, with excellent ageing potential. 

 

 

 

The soil is clay/limestone with a subsoil of pebblesvolcanic rock and white limestone. Michelot have two parcels in the middle of the slope, at 250-275 metres above sea level.  Known as "Genevrières Dessus", these higher parts of the cru produce superior wines to those from the lower slopes.

 

 

 

Michelot make beautifully saline, mineral white wines in a modern, terroir-driven style.  Genevrières always stands out when we taste their premiers crus from barrel each autumn.  Usually the most powerful and concentrated of the crus, it is also often the most reserved, but in 2019 we were delighted to find it floral and open on the nose and almost opulent, with a wonderful spicy length on the palate.  

Put this wine in a room with some of the most famous grands crus and it will hold its own very confidently.  Prices for the best burgundies have become stratospheric in recent years and it's a mystery why this does not command two or three times the price per case of £310 for 6, so we wouldn't hesitate to recommend adding it to your cellar.

 

Offered en primeur, landing autumn 2021

 

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Prices are ex-VAT per case of 12 bottles, unless otherwise advised.  DP = duty-paid ex-London.  IB = under bond ex-London.

White 2019 Domaine Michelot - Meursault Clos St Felix, Monople 75cl £185 per case of 6 IB
White 2019 Domaine Michelot - Meursault Genevrières 1er cru 75cl £310 per case of 6 IB
More open and aromatic than any vintage of Genevrières I can remember, with whit... Read more
More open and aromatic than any vintage of Genevrières I can remember, with white flowers, candied citrus fruits and minerality. Nothing unbalanced or 'hot' about the palate at all, with citrus and tropical fruit notes and an extremely long and intense finish of spice. Likely drinking sooner than other vintages, perhaps from 3 years. RKL Close
White 2019 Domaine Michelot - Meursault Les Charmes 1er cru 75cl £290 per case of 6 IB
White 2019 Domaine Michelot - Meursault Les Grands Charrons 75cl £190 per case of 6 IB
White 2019 Domaine Michelot - Santenay Blanc Les Gravières 1er cru 75cl £165 per case of 6 IB

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