Dureuil-Janthial Rully Le Meix Cadot Premier Cru 2017
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The 2017 Rully 1er Cru Meix Cadot is drinking beautifully, and I have already personally accounted for five or six bottles in restaurants throughout Burgundy. Offering up an inviting bouquet of crisp orchard fruit, citrus oil, blanched almonds and nutmeg, it's medium to full-bodied, elegantly textural and incisive, with fine depth at the core, marrying tension with generosity, concluding with a long, elegantly mineral finish.
Named France's "Winemaker of the Year" in 2019 by magazine Revue de Vin du France, Vincent nonetheless is still an insider's secret among Burgundy lovers here in the United States. Granted, Vincent doesn't make a lot of wine, and most of his bounty remains in Europe, appearing on the wine lists of the finest Michelin-ranked restaurants in France. The French do know a good thing when it comes to great Burgundy! Not only is Dureuil a gifted winemaker, but also he is blessed with healthy, older-vine vineyards that for years have been cared for organically -- a higher level of attention that sets Dureuil qualitatively apart from the pack. His delicate touch in the cellar translates each individual terroir into a perfect liquid picture of what the best of Rully -- and the best of Burgundy, for that matter -- can be. “Dureuil continues to fashion some of the very best wines in the Côte Chalonnaise.
Given how inexpensive the wines are in most markets, I highly recommend them to you for both quality and value.” -- Allan Meadows, Burghound
Exclusive for its bright and charming whites, Rully is optimally situated in the northern part of the Côte Chalonnaise where light and sandy soils create fresh Chardonnays. Here they have perfumes redolent of acacia or honeysuckle, with bright peach and lemon flavors and a flinty finish. With time, Rully whites evolve to fuller flavors of honey, quince and dried apricot.
Rully is also one of the best sources of premium sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne and while over two-thirds of Rully’s production is white grapes, its reds are also worth seeking out, especially as an introduction to Burgundy Pinot Noir. Rully reds express pleasant aromas of rose, licorice and have ripe, red cherry fruit on the palate. Grésigny, Rabourcé, and Les Cloux are its most popular Premiers Crus.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.