Rodolphe Demougeot - 2016 Meursault
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Inside the bottle: When thinking of 2014 in the Côte de Beaune, many people first think of the disastrous June hail that decimated a huge part of the crop. Yes, yields were way down and Pinot Noir ended up suffering. But the vintage, which started cold, wet, and cantankerous, softened at the end of the summer and offered warm and dry ripening conditions in August that led to a concentrated, superb crop.
Demougeot’s Meursault is a blend of two plots. One, Les Pellans, boasts deeper limestone soils on the shallow slope in the south of the appellation, touching Puligny. The other is at the top of the slope, above Perrieres, where the soils are too thin and bony to qualify as Premier Cru. Though this wine is only village level, you can well imagine that the fusion of these two sites would make a compelling wine—the flesh from the deeper soils of the lower slope given tension and structure from austerity of the higher vineyard, balanced on through-line of ripe, juicy acid. This wine offers all of this on top of a searing palate, laden with green pear with a bright splash of lemon. Meursault’s characteristic butter element appears, but less as “buttery” and more as fresh cream. The finish is beautifully thorough and broad, cleansing the palate while simultaneously leaving a lasting impression.