2011 Thierry & Pascale Matrot Bourgogne Blanc

SKU #1122285 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A killer wine from just outside the appellation of Meursault, the 2011 Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay (100% barrel-fermented Chardonnay) is used by Matrot to break in new oak casks before his more expensive and prestigious Meursaults go into barrel. Medium to full-bodied with surprising intensity, the it is a sensational generic white Burgundy to consume over the next several years. This fabulous buy is a rare find from the super-premium world of Burgundy. RP  (2/ 2014)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is a hint of sauvignon blanc to the citrus, pear and floral aromas. The round, delicious and nicely vibrant flavors possess good vibrancy on the dry, clean and grapefruit-infused finish that is a bit lean.  (6/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Organic. Interesting nose. Bizarre as it sounds, I thought there was a hint of coffee along with the bright citrus but perhaps it is just a touch smoky. Creamy and very moreish. Straightforward and satisfying. A little bit hard on the finish.  (2/ 2013)

Wine Spectator

 A fresh, apple- and lemon-flavored white. Balanced in a straightforward, easygoing way. Drink now. (Web-2013)

K&L Notes

The Matrot domaine is one of the oldest estate-bottlers in Burgundy and one of the largest and most important properties in Meursault. It is widely represented on the wine lists of France's greatest restaurants, and it has been distributed in the United States for more than 30 years. Thierry Matrot and his wife, Pascale, are the owners. The domaine farms about 3/4 of its 45 acres, some of the finest vineyards in the heart of Burgundy.The average age of the vines is an impressive 30 years. Thierry Matrot works towards the achievement of one major goal: to produce a wine that retains its elegance while maximizing both the fruit and the native tang of the soil. This is from vineyards located next to Meursault. and finished with a stelvin top to preserve freshness. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/18/2014  | Send Email
An unbeatable bargain in a white Burgundy. Richly textured. Lightly nutty. Very satisfying. Eminently drinkable. One of the best values in the store and a "must try" for Chardonnay fans.
Top Value!

By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/5/2014  | Send Email
Great minerality and acidity, with nice subtle toasty oak in the background and a great soft texture.

By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/28/2014  | Send Email
As Thierry and Pascale's daughters become involved, we move to the sixth generation of this wine-growing family. As is often the case, the number of heirs keeps growing over time as ownership gets split up. Thierry was farming all of the land, but had to sell much of the fruit to the negociants. So they formed Thierry and Pascale Matrot to be able to buy these grapes and make wines from all of the family vineyards. If you are a Meursault lover, and looking for a Tuesday night wine, this is a terrific choice. It comes entirely from vineyards in the Cote d'Or near Meursault, is hand-harvested and both rich and bright in character. At this price, I suspect this will fly out the door. I know I'll sure take some home.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2016

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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

- 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.
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.
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