2017 Domaine Thierry et Pascale Matrot Meursault 1er Cru "Perrières"

SKU #1411214 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Coming from 56-year-old vines and fermented and aged in barrel, the 2017 Meursault Perrières 1er Cru is a gem in the lineup and certainly delivers the goods. Offering a vivid bouquet of white flowers and stone and citrus fruits, beautiful wet stone and flinty minerality, and some salty seaside notes, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, racy yet integrated acidity, and a crisp, lengthy finish. It’s a brilliant, perfectly balanced Meursault that almost has a Chassagne-Montrachet-like purity and elegance.  (4/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Buried aromas of lime blossom, yuzu, citronella and stone mark this austere, steely white. The racy structure and tension are exciting, driving the long finish of fruit, mineral and spice. All the components are in the right proportions, but this needs a little time to integrate. (BS)  (6/2019)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières is excellent, offering up notes of lemon oil, white flowers, crushed oyster shell and wet stones. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and layered with tangy acids, a tensile and tight-knit core, excellent mid-palate amplitude and a long, mineral finish. This is one of the most promising young white Burgundies I've tasted from Matrot. (WK)  (1/2019)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A more elegant and distinctly cooler nose offers up airy notes of essence of apple, spiced pear, floral and mineral reduction aromas. The racy, intense and overtly stony middle weight flavors possess excellent delineation that carries over to the markedly saline-inflected, refreshing and very dry finale. I would add that this too should repay a decade's worth of cellaring. *Outstanding*  (6/2019)

91-93 points Vinous

 Pale, light yellow. Tighter on the nose than the Combettes, with aromas of peach, underripe pineapple and white pepper energized by crushed rock. Concentrated, sappy wine, conveying a thickness of texture without any impression of weight. Shows the most urgent mineral energy of these 2017s--and not a bit overripe. This wine, along with the Combettes and Quintessence, will get a slightly longer élevage than the rest, and will be bottled sometime between November and January, according to Elsa Matrot. (ST)  (9/2018)


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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.