Mission Codename Meur-so-good
“There is no doubt that today’s archetypal styles of Chardonnay were born in Burgundy, in the heartland of the Côte de Beaune… creamy yet chiseled and well-defined expressions of place, and is considered the benchmark for where the grape reaches its greatest heights… such as the creamy richness of Meursault.” - Wine Enthusiast (Hooray for Chardonnay: A Global Guide to the World’s Best Bottles, Anne Krebiehl MW)
Over 10+ years and nearly 5,000 wines we’ve NEVER had a Meursault deal.
That ends today.
And so much Meursault to be had here for under $50… if there ever was a thing as “Budget Meursault” this would be it.
This little Chevalières vineyard can be SO big amongst Burgundy collectors that the top producer’s version costs OVER $1,000 a pop. That, dear Operatives, is 20+ bottles worth of this sub-$50 steal. No kidding.
Lemon-lime aromas lead the nose with rind and pith, stone fruit, tons of minerals, and a faint touch of roasted hazelnut. Superb palate definition with an explosive purity of fruit providing cut to a pleasantly piquant mouthfeel. The delineated lively acidity wraps up long on the exquisitely clean finish, with impeccably balanced floral and crushed rock nuances. A rich, creamy risotto or a pasta dish with a potpourri of seafood and shellfish would be sublime with this fine white Burgundy, a textbook example of why this terroir is considered PERFECT for Chardonnay.
Wine Advocate raves; “the genial Xavier Monnot is an avowed devotee of the pleasures of the table, and the wines are made in their maker’s image: gourmand, charming and expressive, privileging pleasure above all else… nicely concentrated and clearly differentiated by site” and Vinous defines the exceptional vintage as; “the ‘17s stand out for their fresh, pure stone, orchard and citrus fruits and their charm and easy digestibility… the better ‘17s entice with high-pitched notes of minerals, flowers and white pepper and noteworthy delineation of flavor.” Bingo!
92 Points – Wine Enthusiast
“This well-balanced wine connects intense bright acidity with the pure citrus fruits. The wine is perfumed by accents of flowers, with rich fruit as well as spice. Drink from 2021.”
91 Points – Wine Spectator
“A lean, flinty white, this reveals apple, lemon and stone flavors, backed by lively acidity. Deceptive, showing balance and subtle length. 200 cases imported. Drink now through 2023.”
90+ Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“One of Monnot’s more serious cuvées, this unfurls in the glass with notions of yellow orchard fruit, citrus oil and sweet spices. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, tangy and incisive with a tight-knit core and a long, vibrant finish. Drink 2018-2030.”
What the Winery Says
2017 Meursault Les Chevalières
- Xavier Monnot
- 100% Chardonnay
- Meursault, Côte de Beaune, Côte d’Or, Burgundy
- Les Chevalières
- Vineyard size
- 6 acres
- Stony clay and limestone
- Average vine age
- 40+ years
- Total acidity
- 5.8 g/L
- Residual sugar
- 0.7 g/L
- 14 months
- 20% new French oak