2016 Domaine Thierry et Pascale Matrot Meursault 1er Cru "Charmes"

SKU #1352559 94 points Wine Spectator

 Gorgeous, this white exudes peach, honey, spring flowers and vanilla pastry aromas and flavors. Harmonious and engaging, leaving a lemon- and spice-tinged aftertaste. Drink now through 2024.  (7/2018)

89-92 points Vinous

 (Matrot had a normal yield of 48 hectoliters per hectare): Pale, bright yellow. Musky, leesy scents of lively yellow fruits and smoky minerality. Very rich and dense on entry, then plush but savory and dry in the middle, with lemon and ripe peach flavors accompanied by a slightly exotic suggestion of banana. As much Chardonnay as Charmes today, and less graceful than the Blagny. Finishes slightly aggressive and dry-edged, with a mineral firmness and a hint of grapefruit giving the wine a touch of bitterness. Elsa Matrot has been using micro-bullage here but the wine appears to need a real racking.(ST)  (9/2017)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A penetrating nose offers up notes of matchstick, petrol, essence of pear and pretty acacia scents. The generously proportioned, pliant and seductively textured medium weight flavors brim with dry extract while the solidly persistent finish also flashes a hint of natural sweetness.  (6/2018)

K&L Notes

91pts Jasper Morris (MW): "Three plots but only the two near the top provided grapes this year. This has a light colour which belies the wealth of fruit on the nose. A typical Charmes richness suffuses the palate. It has not developed individual flavours yet, but a promising start." (01/2018)

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- 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.


- 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.


- 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.
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- 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.