Burgundy 2018 Domaine Michelot
Friday, October 23, 2020 in News
Burgundy 2018 Domaine Michelot
Langton’s Head of International Buying looks at the latest imports from Burgundy with the 2018 vintage release from Domaine Michelot from Meursault. These liquid luxury wines are rich and creamy and immediately call out to Australian Chardonnay lovers while still offering something distinctly Burgundian. Shop Domaine Michelot 2018s.
‘...some of the best white wines produced anywhere in the world.’
The white wines from Meursault are revered by most wine lovers and the wines from this small village, just south of Puligny-Montrachet are regarded as some of the best white wines produced anywhere in the world.
Tasting in the Domaine Michelot Cellar.
A visit to the small town of Meursault will evoke strong emotion in the heart of any wine lover and anyone who has ever had the delight to experience the rich, velvety, creamy wines from Meursault will understand what I am talking about. Meursault is a village in the Côte de Beaune, south of the historic town of Beaune in Burgundy. Unlike its neighbours to the north, Puligny and Chassagne, Meursault doesn’t have any Grand Crus but any wine lover will agree that the three famed premier crus of Perrieres, Genevrieres and Charmes are worthy of such titles. There are many reasons that these three vineyards aren’t classified Grand Cru but it is widely accepted that it came down to a political decision when the classification was first created in 1861.
Meursault sits on a bed of clay with deep limestone and gravel and this is something that is evident in the wines. What has made the wines from Meursault famous is the character of a rich and full-bodied wine but with great poise and focus, finishing with a great line of acid. In many eyes, they are the perfect example of Chardonnay.
Domaine Michelot is run by the sixth generation, the very charming, Nicholas Mefre. Nicholas took over the winemaking responsibilities, just short of his 23rd birthday, from his father in 2009. The estate uses 70% traditional barriques, 25% larger formats and 5% goes into concrete eggs. As they don’t want any dominating oak flavours, only 20% of the barrels are new.
‘...some very fine wines full of lush richness, tension and poise...’
Tasting the older vintages.
The heat of the warm 2018 vintage helped with a larger crop and has produced some very fine wines full of lush richness, tension and poise. Also so for Michelot, a Domaine that often sees the domination of a linear tension and acid drive has fared extremely well with 2018’s. The lushness of the fruit paired with the drive and minerality has created fabulous wines which will appeal to Burgundy lovers and Australian Chardonnay drinkers alike.
The Michelot range consists of five wines; a Bourgogne Blanc made of fruit from parcels scattered all over the Côte d’Or. A Meursault Villages from the famed lieu-dit Les Narvaux and the three 1er Cru from the outstanding sites, Charmes, Genevrieres and Perriers.
I am a big fan of Domaine Michelot and year after year, it’s one of our most popular imported producers. As always, these wines are very limited and they won’t last long. Access current and back vintages from Domaine Michelot and host of other producers from Burgundy online or contact your broker of off-market access.