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2011 Meursault Les Grands Charrons Domaine Michel Bouzereau
Now run by Michel’s son Jean-Baptiste, Domaine Michel Bouzereau has garnered the praise of Clive Coates MW, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Burgundy. Coates called it “The best of the Bouzereau cellars” (there are several), and declared it “A domaine to watch.” As evidenced by our direct importation of said wines, we agree wholeheartedly! The growing season began early, and ultimately Jean-Baptiste began the harvest in late August, assuring that the fruit was not overripe and had the proper acidity. He calls 2011 “A very pretty vintage that should age well.” The Grands Charrons vineyard is a large one, just west of the village. This wine has excellent aromas of citrus blossoms and minerals. Allen Meadows of Burghound said, “There is fine volume to the sappy and utterly delicious medium-bodied flavors that also possess good cut on the balanced finish.” If you’re planning on opening it soon, we suggest you decant, otherwise enjoy from 2015 on.
2010 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Champs-Perdrix
Domaine Alain Michelot
The tiny Premier Cru Champs-Perdrix vineyard is roughly .75 of a hectare! Domaine Alain Michelot’s vines comprise half of it, planted in 1937. The vineyard sits above the Premier Cru Chaignots on the Vosne-Romanée side of the village. Alain’s daughter Élodie has been in charge of the day to day operation of the domaine for several vintages now, and what fortunate timing for her to be at the helm for the two blockbuster vintages of 2009 and 2010. Just like her father Alain, she makes wine in the old school style with minimal racking and deft use of new barrel. Taking the family style into consideration, Élodie’s 2010 is a mere infant, made without compromise, suggesting a long life with proper cellaring. The wine possesses generous expressions of concentrated fruit, violets, and earthy minerals with a firm structure. Patience is the key here. This wine is best to be cellared and checked upon, maybe, in a decade. For the impatient: We suggest you decant it for at least 3 hours. – Peter Zavialoff