2016 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Meursault

SKU #1381265 91 points John Gilman

 This is a great village wine and my favorite of the three top Côte de Beaune white ACs in 2016. The very pretty and complex nose delivers fine purity in its classic blend of apple, pear, almond, bee pollen, chalky soil tones and a discreet framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, crisp and beautifully balanced, with a lovely core and a very elegant, long and zesty finish. A beautiful bottle of Meursault. (Drink between 2018-2035)  (11/2017)

91 points James Suckling

 Five plots around the village. There’s an instant impression of richness, alongside with tropical fruits such as pineapples and melons. Some stony notes, too. The palate has a very smooth core of gentle, fleshy tropical and stone fruits. Good depth and weight. Acidity is working below deck to balance. Drink now to 2020.  (2/2018)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is still a wisp of post-bottling SO2 though not so much as to mask the ripe and fresh aromas of hazelnut, pear compote and acacia blossom. There is both fine volume and mid-palate density to the caressing flavors that coat the mouth with dry extract on the nicely complex, well-balanced and persistent finish. This is lovely and very Meursault in basic character. *Outstanding*  (6/2018)

Decanter

 Drouhin's Meursault is more stout and four-square than the Puligny, offering up aromas and flavours of pear, toasted wheat and a top note of mint, finishing with good grip. A creditable showing.Drinking Window 2018 - 2026. (WK)  (10/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Meursault Village had been bottled three weeks before my visit in Beaune. It has quite a showy, brioche and peach skin-scented bouquet with a smudge of yellow plum in the background. The palate is well balanced with plenty of peach and nectarine on the entry, perhaps a more commercial Meursault, but there is nothing wrong with that if it is well made. And I feel that this is well made. (NM)  (12/2017)

Wine & Spirits

 Hints of wheatsheaf come along with this wine’s concentrated flavors of bold apple and fresh pear. It’s juicy with acidity that’s well integrated into the fruit, so it feels round and supple. A clean, simple Meursault that should develop well.  (4/2019)

K&L Notes

Jasper Morris (MW): "Pale lemon colour. Quite a restrained nose, needs teasing out but balanced. Some yellow fruit on the palate, good concentration, juicy, nice acidity, not a massive Meursault but nicely made." (01/2018)


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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Specific Appellation:

Meursault

- The town of Meursault is a prosperous village, with a Gothic town hall and narrow winding streets. It produces a small amount of red wine, but is justly famous for its whites. Although it has no Grand Cru vineyards, its Premiers Crus are justly famous, particularly Charmes, Poruzots, Perrières and Genevrières. A good Meursault has concentration, grip and backbone, in addition to its soft and rich fruit.