2017 Domaine Michelot Meursault Sous La Velle
2017 Domaine Michelot Meursault Sous La Velle: Burgundy, France
Winemaker Notes; This parcel, which lies at 220 metres above sea level, has a clay soil with a gravel subsoil. The exciting thing about the wine is that it comes from vines planted in the 1930s over an area of 1.39 hectares. This yields a regular character which is classic Meursault, fine and round but not cloying. And this character remains constant from year to year, no matter what the climatic conditions have been. The vines are very healthy and this parcel could easily attain its 100th birthday. An excellent aperitif, this wine goes very well with light starters and cheeses.
Chardonnay is the world’s most famous white-wine grape and also one of the most widely planted. Although the most highly regarded expressions of the variety are those from Burgundy and California, many high-quality examples are made in Italy, Australia, New Zealand and parts of South America.
Meursault is a large village in the Côte de Beaune sub-region of Burgundy. Its wines are regarded as highly as those of its southern neighbor Puligny-Montrachet. This is despite Meursault not having any grand cru vineyards to speak of. Meursault’s output is almost entirely white wines, made from Chardonnay grapes. The commune’s wines are renowned for being among the richer, more full-bodied Burgundy whites. Tasting notes commonly cite notes of butter, almonds and grilled hazelnuts, alongside the finer citrus fruit and mineral elements. The geological differences across the commune’s vineyards are famously discernible in their wines.
Domaine Michelot has been in the Michelot family for six generations and, having increased in size over the years, now comprises more than 19 hectares which include a number of prestigious 1er cru wines. The domaine achieved widespread recognition in the 60s under the direction of the charismatic Bernard Michelot and this spirit and tradition flourishes and grows in the hands of the current generation.