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Domaine Matrot Meursault Charmes Premier Cru 2010

Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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13.5% ABV
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13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Abundant grapefruit on the nose and also on the palate. White chocolate and powdered sugar flavors, along with tropical banana elements. There is caramelized butter and lemon zest on the finish.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Smoke, slate, super-ripe apricots and butter are some of the many notes that are woven together in the 2010 Meursault Charmes. A generous, large-scaled wine, the Charmes flows with tons of textural richness and body all the way through to the seamless finish. The Charmes is easily one of the more intense wines in the lineup.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
A lush, buttery white, intense and focused, with ripe apple, grapefruit, butterscotch and spice aromas and flavors coursing throughout. Balanced, this persists with a lengthy finish of citrus and stone.
BH 91
Burghound.com
This is a very ripe 2010 with a mix of both yellow and white orchard fruit aromas, mango and floral nuances plus a hint of honey. There is excellent richness and volume to the delicious flavors that enjoy a seductive texture thanks to the abundance of dry extract. I very much like the mouth feel and the natural sweetness of the mid-palate is nicely buffered by the distinct citrus character of the balanced and lingering finish. Lovely if a bit riper than usual.
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Domaine Matrot

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Domaine Matrot, Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
2010 Meursault Charmes Premier Cru
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 has been distributed in the United States for over thirty 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. In order to accomplish this goal, he relies upon his wine making philosophy: "wine is made in the vineyards – and far less than people think, in the cellar. However talented the oenologist, with poor raw materials he is lost before he has even started." 100% estate-bottling has been practiced at the domaine since Thierry's grandfather, Joseph Matrot, took it over in 1908.

Meursault

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Known as the village whose Chardonnay offers a magical balance of smoothness and freshness, Meursault's quality is hard to rival. The village lies in the middle of Côte de Beaune, just south of Volnay. Meursault is said to mean “mouse’s jump” because in the past the plots producing Pinot noir and those producing Chardonnay were no more than a mouse’s jump from one another. Today the village is almost exclusively Chardonnay. A tiny bit of Pinot noir is produced here with the best coming from Les Santenots on its northern side near Volnay.

While there are no Grand Cru, Meursault’s numerous acclaimed Premier Cru can compete with any other top-notch white Burgundy. Some to know are Les Perrières, Les Genevrières, Les Charmes, Le Poruzot, Les Bouchères and Les Gouttes d’Or.

Meursault produces outstanding village level wines as well. In general great Premier Cru and even village level Meursault (Chardonnay) have enticing aromas of lime peel, tropical fruit, crushed rocks, spice and hazelnut. The palate is a wonderful balance of brightness and length with flavors of white peach, pineapple, citrus and a seductive length.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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