2018 Bouzereau Bourgogne Cote d’Or Chardonnay
Michel Bouzereau is an imminent figure in Burgundy and one of the top producers in Meursault. Burgundy authority and Master of Wine Clive Coates named Domaine Michel Bouzereau one of the “best cellars for these crus. [They are] racy, stylish wines which can be held longer than most.”
La Revue du vin de France, France’s only serious wine magazine according to Jancis Robinson, recently noted, “Jean-Baptiste Bouzereau has managed to enter the ultra-selective circle of Coche-Dury, Comtes Lafon and Roulot.” That is serious praise indeed as these are the only producers, along with Bouzereau, toreceive the magazine’s highest rating.
Jasper Morris, Master of Wine notes, “These wines offer very good value for money and are benchmark examples. His is a voice to be heard.”
And finally, Allen Meadows of Burghound says of Michel Bouzereau: “As the scores and commentaries confirm, I was quite impressed with what I found here in 2017. Sophisticated. Excellent.”
Indeed, Michel Bouzereau is a Burgundian force to be reckoned with. He was president of the Burgundy Growers Union and is a vocal advocate of traditional winemaking.
“Traditional” gets bandied about quite a lot these days. What does it mean? Michel ferments in cask and gives the wines a long elevage on the lees. He is determined that his wines taste and smell of wine. New wood is present to support the wine, but only in the background.
His son Jean-Baptise, the seventh generation wine-grower and 20 years now at the helm, respects his father’s traditions but has pushed the Domaine even further. With meticulous viticuluture and enology, he has pushed these wines to the apex of all white Burgundy. And this example is a knockout:
The nose leads with lifts of floral – acacia blossom, honeysuckle and lilies. It is quickly joined with fruit notes of white peach, starfruit, quince and a touch of yellow apple. All of that is anchored to a classic Burgundy underpinning of chalk and saline minerality. The palate is vivid, with a focused purity that gives way to a creamy (but not overdone) textural element. It finishes with a fineness of medium-weight flavors, effortlessly expressed. In a word: lovely.
Further, this wine is not just a “Bourgogne” – the lowest common demoninator of Burgundy’s wines. Rather it is 60% Merusault and 40% Puligny. It comes from four small vineyards across these regions that don’t make enough wine to be separated. In other words, it’s all village fruit that normally would be twice as expensive. As with most of our domaine-based Burgundies, production is small and allocations are tight. Please let us know as soon as possible your interest in this exquisite wine.