Cote d’Or. “If gold were a flavor,” Matt Kramer once wrote, “it would taste like Meursault.” Though it has no Grand Cru, the wines of Meursault are some of the most sought after in the world. For most, the name recalls white Burgundies of decadence, opulence, and style.
Stretching across nearly 1000 acres, Meursault also spans a wide range of terroir, producing taught, elegant wines (like last week’s Tillets) high on the slope, and softer, richer wines nearer the town. Today’s 2013 Meursault from the Domaine Boyer-Martenot is from the lower slopes, and draws on extremely old vines for extra concentration and depth.
90 Years Old. Planted in 1924 by Vincent Boyer’s great grandmother Lucie, the “Ormeau” vineyard is named for the elm trees that once shared the clay-rich ground. This is classic, mouthfilling Meursault – showing peaches and citrus, with licorice and a faint nuttiness in the nose. All of Boyer’s wines are rich, elegant, and complex, but “Ormeau” is among the most classically Meursault in the lineup.
Boyer’s suggests any fish in a lemon butter sauce, and we heartily agree with his suggestion. Last week we served the 2013 Ormeau en famille with Thomas Keller’s roasted monkfish, and the match was delicious. This is a concentrated, wintertime white Burgundy, perfect for a chilly afternoon, a crackling fireplace, and a glittering Christmas tree.
BOYER-MARTENOT Meursault “Ormeau” 2013
Ansonia Retail: $56
case, half-case: $49/bot
AVAILABLE IN 6- AND 12- BOTTLE LOTS
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