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Joseph Drouhin Meursault Perrieres 2012

Joseph Drouhin Meursault Perrieres 750ML 2012      
Sku: 53745

Meursault, as a wine village, goes back to Gallo-Roman times. The origin of the name Meursault itself is somewhat controversial. Some people believe it is derived from the Latin "Muris Saltus" translated as "jump of a mouse". More probably, it comes from an old Celtic root, "mare", meaning swamp : the lower part of the village is actually on very flat land. During the Middle-Ages, the monks realized that there were wide distinctions between the vineyards. They also started to give them names related to the general aspect of the fields or the kind of vegetation they bore. One such vineyard was planted with juniper trees : it became "Genevrières". Another one was very stony : they called it "Perrières". As a matter of fact, the soil of Perrières has a very hard and chalky soil. It has a light brown colour with many broken stones that reflects the sun during the day. It is dry, poor, and the roots of the vines have to go deep into the soil to find water. The grape variety is Chardonnay 100%. At harvest, the grapes are hand-picked and pressed very gently in a pneumatic press. The juice starts to ferment naturally in barrels. The malolactic fermentation is always left to follow its course. The percentage of new oak varies with the vintage, never exceeding 40%, so that oak never dominates the fruit. During the next nine or ten months, the wine slowly matures in barrels and develops its complexity.

Tasting notes
The bouquet of Meursault Perrières is not only elegant and refined but also very complex. Among all the Premier Crus of Meursault, it is the most reserved and it always takes a few minutes for the wine to fully develop its aromas and flavours. It is a wine of great distinction.

 Vinous 91 points (Sep 2013)
(25% new oak): Pale yellow-green. Knockout high-pitched nose combines lime, clove, herbs, minerals and a whiff of licorice. Juicy and concentrated, with terrific energy and mineral lift to the fruit and spice flavors. Lovely inner-mouth aromatic character here, along with the creamy intensity that comes from old vines. Finishes long and light on its feet. 91-94 Points

Technical notes
Site: a few kilometers south of Beaune, in the prestigious area known as Cote des Blancs (slope of the whites). History & tradition: at the center of the Meursault appellation. The vineyards were given their names at a very early time, according to the general aspect of the land or the type of vegetation which grew there. This is why we find names such as ”genevriers” (juniper trees), ”tilleuls” (linden trees), or ”Perrieres” (stony soil). Soil: poor soil, with outcrops of dry, chalky layers. Viticulture: Plantation density: 10,000 stocks/ha in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir

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Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub-Region: Cote de Beaune
Appellation: Meursault
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
Classification: Premier Cru
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