Review of Joseph Drouhin Meursault 2011

By | January 23, 2015

Product: Joseph Drouhin Meursault 2011 -Chardonnay white wine

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Alcohol percentage: 13 abv

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Vintage: 2011

Rating: 90/100 clarification here

Price: Reg. $61.99

Web Only Sale: $47.29

28% discount on 12 bottles for $535.08

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Details

The 2011 Meursault Village is a blend of fruit sourced from about eight contracted growers. It is rather close on the nose with light, slightly resinous scents. The palate is nicely balanced and, though soft in texture, it offers good weight. It needs to dial up the attack and tension on the finish.

Vineyard

The site is located a few kilometres south of Beaune, in the celebrated territory of Côte des Blancs (Slope of the Whites). 

History & tradition: Meursault is certainly one of the oldest villages in Burgundy. The camp of Mont Milan, above the present village, was erected and settled in Neolithic times (2,500 BC), before being occupied by the Gauls (500BC) and then the Romans. It was finally abandoned for the present location of the village built during the Gallo-Roman period, at which time the name Muris Saltus (Meursault) was given to it.

Soil: different types of soil are found: deep and colourful around the village, clearer and lighter at mid-slope and nearly white and very rocky in the upper reaches of the appellation.

Vinification

Pressing: very slow so as to respect fruit. Juices from the very last pressings are not retained.

No yeasts or enzymes are used. The wine goes directly into barrels after decanting of white wine to reduce sediment.

Ageing

Type: in barrels (25% in new oak).

Length: 12 months.

Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is then completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.

Winemaker’s note

A refined wine, well appreciated in the whole world. A beautiful golden colour and a great aromatic palette: honey, linden flower, hazelnut butter, sometimes even chamomile or hawthorn. On the palate it has a silky roundness. It is long on the aftertaste, with flavours of yellow plum and gingerbread.

Vintage

At present, the wines are full of aromas with a beautiful freshness.

They are well-balanced with a good acidity level, and show a great potential.

Serving

Temperature: 13°C (55°F).

Cellaring: 4 to 15 years.

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What do the ratings mean?

Score Explanation
95–100 A classic great wine
90–94 An outstanding wine of superior character and style
85–89 A very good wine with special qualities
80-84 A good solid, well-made wine
75–79 A mediocre wine, drinkable but may have minor flaws
50–74 Not recommended

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