Vinous Media 93
"Ripe aromas of peach and hazelnut are enlivened by ineffable treble notes of orange zest, lime rind, crushed stone and cardamom. Saline, soil-driven wine with a tight but suave grain. Not at all a sweet style of Meursault--or 2015--but silky and long.
-- Stephen Tanzer"
From the Côte de Beaune 1er cru region of Meursault, this parcel of land has very rocky soil (‘pierre’ in French) hence the name «Les Perrières». Perrières is located above «Les Charmes» and next to the vineyards of Puligny Montrachet. From a very famous region this wine gives us all the finest flavours and aromas seducing our palates with sumptuous and evocative perfumes ending on hints of chestnuts.
Grape variety : Chardonnay
Color : White
Appellation : Meursault 1er Cru « Perrières »
Nose : The nose is mineral and spicy focusing on notes of pepper and aniseed. It combines finesse, power and structure with the scents of honey and hot almond croissants. The perfume is delicious and very evocative.
Soil : rocky and close to the underground construction sites that created the Meursault village.
Place : located above the vineyard «Les Charmes» and next to the border Puligny Montrachet
Colour : a bright pale yellow colour with subtle reflections of amber
Palate : the palate is mineral and evokes the dryness of the ripe grape. This wine is of great complexity and elegance that opens up to roasted hazelnuts.
Temperature : 13°-14° C
Gourmet agreement : Goes very well with game meat, foie gras, lobster or crayfish and big sea fish.
Aging potential : a big wine that needs to wait 2 - 3 years in a cellar before opening as it will evolve with age and can keep up to 15 years or more depending on the vintage.
About the winery:
This is a truly spectacular domaine, blissfully underrated and therefore a bargain given its level of quality. With choice holdings of old non-clonal vines, Vincent Boyer (who has now taken over the domaine from his father Yves) achieves naturally low yields, which gives his wines great power and expression. On that note, he believes firmly in allowing site character to express itself clearly, as illustrated in his many single-vineyard offerings. His wines occupy a best-of-both-worlds position; they have vineyard typicity and terroir expressiveness on the one hand, and multidimensional flavors and textures on the other. Vincent guides the wines through lengthy malolactic fermentations on their own wild yeasts, followed by aging 12 months in oak, approximately one-third of which is new.
This estate’s stupendous Bourgogne Blanc is the equivalent of many producers’ village-level Meursault, and the wines just get better from there. The lieu-dit Meursault “L’Ormeau” comes from 80-90 year-old vines in the heart of the vineyard, and is very intense and long. Of his fantastic premier crus, “Les Perrieres” tends toward raciness and steely minerality, while “Les Charmes” – considered by many to be the greatest wine in his lineup – is harmonious, ripe, honeyed, and luscious. Yves also produces two wonderful Puligny-Montrachet premier crus, competitive with the very best in the appellation.
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It has been 15 years since Vincent Boyer took the reins from his father and put his stamp on Domaine Yves Boyer-Martenot. His tenacity in the vineyards and dedication to balance and freshness has led to wines of increased terroir clarity and chiseled Meursault typicity. Located in the heart of Meursault, this 4th generation property boasts a lineup of remarkable, high altitude lieu dits and Premier crus that have few equals in the village. Vincent allows only indigenous yeast in the cellar, using little new wood and bottling his whites with low levels of SO2 and minimal to zero filtration. The results recently are crystal pure Chardonnay from some of the best situated holdings in all of Meursault. Vincent's dedication to old vines, tireless work in the vineyards is clearly evident in his wines, even though his decision to shy away from the limelight has kept these beauties under the radar for years. For those in the know, there is no doubt that is one of the elite estates in all of Burgundy.