Meursault `Le Limozin`

Côte de Beaune

Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Claude Boisset has undergone a radical transformation since the arrival in 2002 of...

viniculteur Grégory Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.

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Vineyards

With nearly 400 hectares of vines, Meursault is a key appellation in Burgundy. The fairly gentle slopes at 260m above sea level have easterly exposure. Soil here is mostly clay with limestone. Of the thirty or so climats, with their good hillside location, a few are famed for their exceptional white village wines. 'Le Limozin', named after the stream En Limosin that used to flow near the vineyard, is an excellent example. Often described as 'a Premier Cru dressed as Village', Limozin is located close to Charmes. The vines here are single Guyot trained and up to 80 years old, making it one of the oldest sites in the appellation, with yields of approximately 45 hectolitres per hectare.

Vintage Information

The demanding 2013 vintage required a lot of effort that has been rewarded with success. The wines reveal an aromatic purity and deep colour, and are particularly well-balanced.

Vinification

Grapes were harvested by hand into perforated 20kg crates, then whole bunch pressed for 2.5 hours. The temperature of the must dropped down to 12°C, then it was transferred directly into barrels without settling, for a long fermentation with natural yeasts. The wine was aged without racking off and no stirring accentuated the mineral qualities of the wine, 25% of the barrels were new French, with a delicate toasting. The wine was lightly filtered before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Pale gold in colour. Very fine bouquet with aromas of ripe fruit and citrus. This wine is very mineral for a Meursault and shows good acidity before the fresh finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 13%