Magnificent White Burgundy: Smooth, Golden, Old-Vine Meursault

Burgundians have made wine in Meursault since 1098. Over the last nine centuries the village has proudly earned its glowing reputation, and today produces among the most sought after wines in the world. Though it has no Grand Cru vineyards, Meursault’s wines are among the world’s most exquisite expressions of Chardonnay.

We began buying from Vincent Boyer more than a decade ago, and since then the international wine press has widely acclaimed him as a rising star. One of our favorites each year is his Meursault “Narvaux,” a village level white considered among Meursault’s finest. Boyer coaxes his 70 year old Chardonnay vines into perfect expressions of this extraordinary terroir.

Burghound named this wine “Outstanding” and a “Top Value” for the vintage, finding “volume and richness,” with a “classic Meursault nose.” Jancis Robinson found it “full and fleshy,” and “bold and convincing.” Narvaux is considered among Meursault’s best village-level plots — a splash of this on your palate will quickly explain why.

The nose shows baked lemons, pineapple, flowers and stones. The mouth is typical Meursault, a perfect balance of generous, rich golden fruit and stony tension — weight and richness without heaviness. Serve this a just a bit below room temperature, with veal or chicken in a cream sauce.


Boyer-Martenot Meursault “Narvaux” 2017
bottle price: $69

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