2010 Domaine Ballot-Millot & Fils Meursault "Les Criots"

SKU #1117045 Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the nose offers a bit more aromatic depth with its green fruit, pear and stone nuances giving way to supple, round and delicious barely middle weight flavors that possess a fine sense of underlying tension before culminating in a dry and persistent finish...Drink 2014+  (6/ 2012)

K&L Notes

This vineyard is located on the Volnay side of the village, adjacent to Santenots. It tends to produce a wine of elegance and charm. This is no exception, showing a bit of softness at the entry, followed by a bit more weight than his village cuvée. Additional comments from Burghound: "The young Charles Ballot now directs this old line domaine of 11.5 ha of which 70% of the production is white. He arrived at the domaine full time in 2000 after having spent half of 1999 working in California and the other half in New Zealand...For his whites he employs a pneumatic press that is followed by a very short lees settling period where no clarification enzymes are used. Similarly, Ballot uses no artificial yeast and no lees stirring during the élevage where the new wood percentage is between 15 and 50. The whites are typically racked 12 months later and then again one month before the bottling, which usually takes place 15 months after the harvest. In preparation for the bottling Ballot considers fining to be an optional tool that can be used but he stresses that it's not necessarily systematic...He notes that he wants to make terroir-driven wines that are refined and elegant and he does just that. As with the reds, I sometimes find the wines to be a little on the light side but they are certainly transparent, elegant and pure." (06/2012)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/31/2013  | Send Email
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Single vineyard Meursault from a specialist Meursault producer. I think Charles Ballot's wine making style perfectly suits this village. He manages to bring out the soils best expressions without placing to heavy a fingerprint on the wines. This is a classic broad expressive Meursault. Spicy white oak, crunchy orchard fruit, brioche and the tell tale hazelnut finish. So full of flavor and yet elegant and pure on the palate.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5