Philosophy The power of terroir: An unrivalled Meursault Premier Cru and a ce lebrated classic, the “Charmes” climat once again offers an example of the role terroir plays in Burgundy. Identified over the centuries by wine growers for its unique qualities, its vines were specially pampered and its grapes vinified separately, little by little building the appellation’s repu tation and uniqueness. The wines from “Charmes”, as deep and powerful as they may be, are nonetheless charming.
TerroirLocated south of the village, at midslope, the “Charmes” plot is one of the three most prestigious Premier Crus from this legendary village in the Côte de Beaune, which has no Grand Crus. The largest climat in Meursault, “Charmes” is usually subdivided in two terroirs: “Charmes Dessus” (Upper) and “CharmesDessous” (Lower). Most of the grapes for our MeursaultCharmes come from “CharmesDessus”, a calcareous clay terroir with a high proportion of pebbles at the surface.
Vinification and ageingThe grapes were handpicked and gently pressed after sorting. The juice obtained was then allowed to settle for approximately 24 hours before being transferred to barrels where it underwent slow fermentation, relying on indigenous yeasts. Malolactic fermentation, which also occurred slowly due to the coolness of our cellars, finished in the spring. The wine was stirred regularly to return the lees into suspension. Ageing lasted a total of 12 months, in oak barrels (25% new oak) from the Vosges forests of Eastern France.
Tasting notesEndowed with a gorgeous pale golden hue, this wine instantaneously stands out with its expressive nose that boasts remarkable aromatic inten sity. The first scents are woody, reminiscent of candied chestnuts, fresh hazelnuts and chestnuts. These are directly followed by greener, fresher notes of lemon verbena, vetiver and lemongrass, opening up to scents of orange blossom, lemon and orange. Freshness dominates on the palate, which is underpinned by pleasing, firm acidity. The wine is rich and powerful with nice depth. The f lavours evolve to warmer notes of crème brûlée and caramelized apple tarte tatin. Hints of barley sugar are fol lowed by lovely nuances of beeswax and fresh honey. The palate finishes on a saline note with a hint of f lint and gunflint due to the calcareous soil profile of “Les Charmes”. This is an excellent white wine for laying down.