2008 Domaine Michel Caillot Meursault "Tessons"

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Michel Caillot is the nephew of Pierre Morey, former winemaker at Domaine Leflaive, and now proprietor of Domaine Pierre Morey and Maison Morey-Blanc. Michel took over from his father Roger Caillot. Unusually for modern Burgundy, he tends to wait a full 24 months before bottling, although he transfers the wine to tank after 12 months so as to preserve freshness and avoid drying out or oxidizing the wine. His two Meursaults are very different in character. The Tessons comes from what is arguably the best candidate from promotion from village to Premier Cru. It sits high on the hill on a steep slope of limestone and thin topsoil at about the same elevation as Meursault Perrieres or the upper part of Genevrières. The vineyard sees a cooler summer climate here than in the lower vineyards. This is a wine of elegance and class, with energy, minerality , and drive to accompany the nutty Meursault quality. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)

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By: David Othenin-Girard |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/28/2011  | Send Email
This is how oak should be used with Chardonnay. Nose of Citrus and Marsh Mellow Root. Palate: Lime, baking spice, intense mineral, rich and robust, but not fat or flabby at all.

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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Meursault

- The town of Meursault is a prosperous village, with a Gothic town hall and narrow winding streets. It produces a small amount of red wine, but is justly famous for its whites. Although it has no Grand Cru vineyards, its Premiers Crus are justly famous, particularly Charmes, Poruzots, Perrières and Genevrières. A good Meursault has concentration, grip and backbone, in addition to its soft and rich fruit.