Philosophy Dear to the Delaunays due to family ties, Meursault stands as a universal reference for Burgundy’s great Chardonnays. However, due to its varied terroirs and the growers’ different approaches, the style of Meursault wines differs significantly from one cuvée to another. A blend of grapes from several plots, Edouard Delaunay’s Meursault represents our own interpretation of the appellation: precise balance between opulence and maturity on the one hand, and freshness and elegance on the other.
Terroir Of the three Côte de Beaune villages that are world renowned for their great white wines, Meursault is the largest in surface area. Its calcareous clay terroir presents a variety of nuances depending on location. The grapes that go into this Meursault “village” cuvée were sourced from four plots scattered around the village. These multiple origins result in a final blend that is complex and highly representative of the Meursault appellation in its entirety.
Vinification and ageing The grapes from each plot were vinified separately in order to preserve the typicity of each terroir. The grapes were pressed gently and the juices were allowed to settle, after which vinification was conducted entirely in barrels (30% new oak). Only a portion of the cuvée underwent malolactic fermentation. During the ageing period, regular and thorough stirring was performed to enrich the wine’s texture and lend subtle notes of brioche. Barrel ageing lasted 10 months.
Tasting notes Gorgeous straw yellow in colour. The first nose is redolent of honey and sourdough, a touch of hazelnut and vanilla sugar, opening up to fresh, airy scents of lemon verbena, fresh coriander and fresh herbs. Citrus nuances such as lemon and mandarin then surface, along with a delicate hint of vineyard peach. This is a rich, intense wine whose flavours will require a little time to reveal themselves. Very round start to the palate that is opulent but boasts pleasing, rather lively acidity. The flavours are reminiscent of vanilla and cane sugar. The finish features a delightful hint of citrus and a touch of salinity. This wine stands out for its balance between acidity and sucrosity that complement each other very well. Shows remarkable ageing potential.