Château de Meursault – tasting 2015s and 2016s whites
By Steen Öhman September 20, 2018
Château de Meursault was not doing well for years and the reputation was to say the least somewhat lacklustre.
In 2012 changes began when Olivier Halley took over the estate, vineyards and buildings. Olivier Halley not only took over the Château de Meursault he also took over the Chateau de Marsanney including the vineyards in the northern part of Burgundy.
Olivier Halley has a background in the supermarket sector – as one of the owners of Carrefour – previously Promodès – before he entered the wine business in Burgundy.
The acquisition was substantial, and it was clearly a big and large challenge to raise the quality of these wines, and also to restore the historical buildings associated with the estates.
Olivier Halley quickly had a new team ready at the estates – with some of the existing people still there, whereas others are new in this setting. In this article I will mainly cover Château de Meursault.
New managment and new ideas at Château de Meursault
It is pretty clear that Olivier Halley have great ambitions with these mighty estates, and also that these ambitions can not be realised within a few years.
That being said the few wines I have tasted from the resent vintage does indicate that big steps have already been taken to ensure higher quality, and that the guide line for a future style of the wines are being laid.
Manager of the wine estate is Stéphane Follin-Arbelet, who already has optimized the work at the estate, and the wines at Chateau de Meursault are still made by Emmanuel Escutenaire who is doing an excellent job in the celler.
A lot of adjustments have been done to optimize quality to where we are now – amongst others they have moved to using small cases for harvesting, using thermo-regulated tanks for top cuvées, thermo-regulated stainless-steel for the others. Before the harvest took more than 2 weeks, now they are just using 7 days.
So in reality another world – and certainly another game when the wines are being produced. I was therefore exited to taste the wines, and to evaluate the results so far.
Lets start with the whites first
The white sample – 2015 and 2016
I had the opportunity to taste a selection of 2015 and 2016s from bottle, to present the estate, the wines and the resent vintages.
The style of the house is quite clear and forward and given by the oak used (mainly Francois Frères). This does set a prominent and recognisable style for the estate, and without being too dominant or prominent.
Château de Meursault, Bourgogne Clos du Chateau 2016
The frost in 2016 was hard – only half the crop at Château de Meursault. The Clos de Chateau – 8 ha in total only gave 25 hl/ha – a intense and rather darkish yellow wine given the rather low yields. In the nose quite perfumed and exotic berries – yellow orchard fruits with a good mineral base. A intense and powerful wine given it’s level.
(Drink from 2022) – Good+ (86 – 87p) – Tasted 07/06/2018
Château de Meursault, Meursault Clos de la Grands Charrons 2016
The Meursault Clos de la Grands Charrons from a 1 ha Clos inside this fine village vineyard. Quite cool for the vintage, lovely fresh orchard fruits with a lovely citrus driven mineral nose. On the palate lovely depth and power, with a cool restraint character. A tremendous wine for the vintage.
(Drink from 2026) – Very Good (90 – 91p) – Tasted 07/06/2018
Château de Meursault, Meursault Perrieres 2015
The Meursault Perriere is showing fine composure for the vintage. Bouquet quite restrained for the vintage, with some exotic fruits – good energy for the vintage. On the palate we find a lovely balance – and a good energy.
(Drink from 2022) – Very Good+ (90 – 92p) – Tasted 07/06/2018
Château de Meursault, Meursault Les Charmes Dessus 2015
The Les Charmes Dessus is quite a step up from the Meursault Perrieres – is from two of the top-end plots in Meursault Charmes covering 1 ha. This is a quite unique wine for the vintage, offering both good depth and very fine balance for the vintage. Impressive energy and quite intense – well done!
(Drink from 2026) – Fine+ (92 – 94p) – Tasted 07/06/2018
This convivial event allows the faithful friends of the Château de Meursault and Marsannay to taste the finest climats of our domains and enjoy old vintages that have been preserved in our cellars.
On Saturday, October 20th 2018, the friends of the Château are welcomed in the Orangerie from 18:30 and then go down to the cellar in order to taste a wine on the barrels. The large gastronomic dinner is orchestrated by the Master Chef Frédéric Doucet, l'Hôtel de La Poste, one Michelin star, in Charolles (Saône et Loire). During this dinner, the wines of the Château de Meursault and Marsannay are served for a perfect wine pairing !
Book your day on www.chateau-meursault-marsannay.com with the code PAULEE18.
YOUR EVENT ON FRIDAY? JUNE 29TH AT CHÂTEAU DE MEURSAULT
Directed by Aubert de Villaine, the "Musique & Vin" Festival at Clos Vougeot offers for its 11th edition, from June 23rd to July 1st, a meeting between international artists and winemakers.
Château de Meursault is happy to present an exceptionnal event on Friday, June 29th with a tasting and a concert.
- From 17 pm : tasting in the cellars of the Château (30€/pers)
- From 18.30 pm : concert in the Church of Meursault (30€/pers).
Do not hesitate anymore and buy your tickets online on : http://www.musiqueetvin-closvougeot.com/billetterie-musique-et-vin/
- Savigny-Lès-Beaune 2015, Château de Meursault: 90/100
"A tangy, aromatic style, offering ripe berry, floral, sandalwood and spice flavors, this is elegant, with a slightly chewy texture and a firm, dry finish. Best from 2020 through 2030."
Results of the Decanter World Wines Awards 2018, rewarding the 2016 vintage.
"Now in its 15th year, the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is the world’s largest and most influential wine competition. Judged by the top wine experts from around the globe, the DWWA is trusted internationally for its rigorous judging process."*
3 GOLD MEDALS
- Pommard Clos des Epenots 1er Cru 2016: 96/100
- Volnay Clos des Chênes 1er Cru 2016: 95/100
- Meursault-Perrières 1er Cru 2016: 95/100
Results of the 34th edition of the International Wine Challenge (IWC), owned by William Reed Business Media, rewarding the 2016 vintage.
"The IWC is accepted as the world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competition which assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage. Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges and awards include medals (Trophy, Gold, Silver, Bronze) and Commended and Great Value awards."*
4 GOLD MEDALS
- Corton Grand Cru 2016 : 96/100
- Meursault Charmes-Dessus 1er Cru 2016 : 95/100
- Pommard Clos des Epenots 1er Cru 2016 : 95/100
- Volnay Clos des Chênes 1er Cru 2016 : 95/100
1 SILVER MEDAL
- Meursault-Perrières 1er Cru 2016 : 93/100
*Source : https://www.internationalwinechallenge.com/fr/about-the-challenge.html
Ready for an exceptionnal tasting of the 2017 vintage wines?
Saturday, June 2nd 2018 at Château de Meursault
10h30: Tasting of 12 barrel samples of the 2017 vintage
12h30: Buffet in the winery or in the parc of the Château
Registration deadline: May, 23rd 2018
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Tasting and lunch price : 59€ per person
Château de Meursault Winner of 2018 Experts' Choice Award
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Château de Meursault and Château de Marsannay : one of the best “under-the-radar” Burgundy Domaines by Jancis Robinson MW.
Château de Meursault dates back to the 11th century and after a number of different owners, the estate was taken over by the Halley family in 2012. Today, it is one of the most beautiful properties in Burgundy, producing hand-crafted wines made from 100 percent estate-grown fruit, that reflect the distinctive vineyards and appellations from which they are made. Château de Meursault comprises 60 hectares of vines, all situated in the Côte de Beaune, around Aloxe-Corton, Savigny- Lès -Beaune, Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet. Each climat and terroir imparts very different qualities into the wine.
- Marsannay Clos du Roy 2013, Château de Marsannay : 90-92/100
- Volnay Clos des Chênes 1er Cru 2013, Château de Meursault : 90-92/100
- Meursault-Charmes 1er Cru 2014, Château de Meursault : 90-92/100
- Meursault-Perrières 1er Cru, Château de Meursault : 90-93/100
- Pommard Clos des Epenots 1er Cru 2012, Château de Meursault : 92/100
- Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2013, Château de Marsannay : 92-94/100
The famous Bristish Master of Wine Jasper Morris, who lives in Burgundy, has just published his first report on the 2016 vintage. Château de Meursault comes as one of the Top Producers for most appellations.
Château de Meursault
The Château de Meursault has been revived under the ownership of Olivier Halley, with Stéphane Follin-Arbelet running the business, along with the Château de Marsannay, and Emmanuel Escutenaire in charge of making the wines. If the property has more the look and feel of a Bordeaux Château (they were expecting a big group from a cruise ship when I tasted), the more important factor is the work being done to put these properties back among the forefront of Burgundy producers.
Changes needed to be made in the vineyard – looking after 60 hectares of predominantly old vines and moving viticulture towards organic practices – and in the cellar where there has been wholesale refurbishment and significant fine tuning of the winemaking. The whites have achieved a high standard over the last few vintages. The reds too, though these are quite muscular wines, not aimed at those looking for a more ethereal style.
2016 delivered only half crop at Meursault, a quarter in Marsannay. Picking began on 21st September with whites and reds coming in at much the same time, as each vineyard ripened. Both colours were still in barrel, unracked, when I tasted in early October 2017, having been put on fine lees from the start. Less new wood was used than normal, and less whole bunch fermentation for the reds. Emmanuel Escutenaire noted that the colours came out very easily in 2016.
Bourgogne Blanc, Clos du Château 88*
The Clos covers 8 ha, mostly in Bourgogne Blanc but also AC Meursault (Sous la Velle) Pale lemon colour, with a ripe fruit nose. Quite perfumed, with fresh apricot, pineapple and the sweetness of lemon balm. Excellent personality and this continues on the palate. Lovely fruit acid balance.
Savigny-lès-Beaune Blanc 89
From Les Peuillets, very ripe so picked early, and then cooler sites Les Goudelettes and Les Gollardes which are picked at the end of harvest. Attractive primrose colour, fresh lemon notes, beautifully chosen oak, the fruit continues right across the palate. I am not usually a great fan of white Savigny but this is a good example.
From five small plots: En Ormeau, Sous la Velle, Grands Charrons, Meix Chavaux and almost 100 year old vines in Les Dressolles. Plenty of energy behind, good tension, a little touch of liquorice, a sound middleweight Meursault.
Meursault, Le Limozin 90
From the upper part, half a hectare touching Poruzots. Pale colour and very backward nose. A little bit of wood toast emerges slowly. Almost some tannins in this, which give a drier finish. Quite tightly wound at the moment.
Meursault, Clos des Grands Charrons 92*
1 hectare of a genuine clos, at the top of the vineyard. Beautiful pale primrose with a faint light green aspect. Lovely quality to the nose, a little bit of banana in with the white fruit. Intense, fine, delicious, this is excellent for its level. Proper intensity while staying balanced.
Terroir d’Exception (Bourgogne Blanc) 90
One hectare, planted in an old quarry between different sections of Meursault Perrières in 1977, but just granted Bourgogne status. Sold at Meursault price. Escaped the frost in 2016. Pale fresh yellow, the nose is a bit backward, but there is some depth. Richer and softer, yet still with a salty tension along with some muscle. But less class than the Clos des Grands Charrons.
Meursault 1er Cru, Charmes 92
The Château has 4.6 hectares in total, from six plots, four in the upper part and two below. Fullish yellow with a powerful muscular nose, some frost damage, powerful, indeed exceptionally so, but a bit clunky at the finish. Long though, with some fresh apricot notes.
Meursault 1er Cru, Les Charmes Dessus 94*
Charmes Dessus comes from just the best two of the top four plots, covering one hectare. Fine pale primrose, much more finesse to the nose than the regular Charmes, this is worth spending time over. Very complete, absolutely the essence of Charmes, long, fine suave texture, balanced and very long.
Meursault 1er Cru, Perrières 93
Above the Clos des Perrières with their Terroir d’Exception plot in between. One hectare in one plot, on the left excellent plant material, and ten years older than the right. Full primrose, oak, a faint touch of banana. This has impressive density and then a fine mineral touch behind. Good medium weight Perrières, with very good balance.
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru, Champ Canet 94*
Above Domaine Prieur’s Combettes. Very old and degenerate vines but too good to pull out, so individual vines are replaced. Fine pale colour with a fresh lively almost herbal nose from faint reduction. Very good energy on the palate, the mini reduction gives a fine tonic energy, very long with a steely thread through the middle, very successful.
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru, Champgain 93
One third hectare, 2016 being the third vintage since they bought the plot. Old vines with some virus. Mid primrose, middleweight, aromatic, slightly salty and with herbal notes. Quite elegant behind, stretches out nicely, complex finish.
Corton Vergennes, Grand Cru 93
Mid primrose in colour, white fruit apparent on the nose, a big soft rich mouthful yet balanced by a tighter finish, opulent wine easy to appreciate yet still fine. Finishes nicely on some floral notes.
Bourgogne Rouge 87
From 4ha in Les Boutières in Aloxe-Corton, but not classified as such, and 2ha below Pommard. Concentrated dark colour. Quite rich firm fruit, a bit of walnut, not a supple style but with good structure behind. Some raspberry fruit. Then tight with acidity and tannins as well as fruit.
Heavily frosted alas, making an impressive if atypical wine. Rich dense purple, quite massive in style. This came in at 14% natural and it is massive for the vintage and appellation. Amazingly dense fruit, but what about finesse? Some acidity at the back, tannins less evident. More black fruit than red. I am quite impressed by this but cannot fall in love with it.
Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru, Les Peuillets 89
Equally dense purple black colour, but a slightly more recognisably Savigny nose. More elegance here and with good tension, excellent length, slightly more in red fruit with dark cherries alongside. Good acid balance.
Beaune 1er Cru, Les Cent Vignes 89
Old vines 50 plus recently converted to organic farming. The rows continue into Fèves, see below. Glowing purple and a fine pure classic fruit, this has the softer elegance of Beaune, moderate weight through the middle, fair length. A gentle mid-slope Beaune but still fully ripe.
Beaune 1er Cru, Fèves 91
0.7 ha of the 2.5 ha block shared with Cent Vignes, but quite different. Dense dark purple with a sprightly vigorous nose, lots more energy fine fresh cherry and raspberry. Excellent energy to this. More harmony with an attractive velvety feel.
Beaune 1er Cru, Grèves, Les Trois Journaux 92
From one hectare mid slope next to Bouchard’s Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus on the right. 50 year old vines. Full deep purple with a rich deep nose, some roses in amongst the fruit. 30% whole bunches shows in the lifted finish. Firm but ripe tannins behind, a vin de garde.
Pommard 1er Cru, Clos des Epenots 92
From the Petits Epenots sector, in the middle of de Courcel’s holding. Very intense purple colour, with rich velvety fruit on the nose, even a bit of chocolate. Lovely balance in the mouth though, dark raspberry, still a chocolate note or two, good acidity. Long with fine-boned tannins. Interesting to see if this develops more towards the muscular, or retains its Epenots elegance.
Volnay 1er Cru, Clos des Chênes 91-94
2.5 ha of very old vines. Tiny berries, resisting all disease, must be very good plant material. Rich deep purple black, very intense colour. Massive for this appellation, but a rich juicy fruit, good structure behind, the oak reappears at the back. This is an impressive wine, albeit not quite what I expect for the vineyard.
Corton, Grand Cru 92
Half a hectare in a single plot between Rognets and Vergennes. Dense purple, the oak shows more than the fruit at first sniff. Starts gently, perhaps a touch of sucrosity, then some acidity behind, not a rugged style of Corton.
Another impressive and continually improving range of wines for the 2016 vintage of Château de Meursault.
- Bourgogne Terroir d'Exception : 92/100
- Meursault Clos des Grands Charrons Monopole : 90/100
- Meursault Les Charmes-Dessus 1er Cru : 93/100
- Meursault-Perrières 1er Cru : 93/100
- Corton-Vergennes Grand Cru : 94/100
- Beaune-Grèves Les Trois Journaux 1er Cru : 92/100
- Pommard Clos des Epenots 1er Cru : 92/100
- Savigny-Lès-Beaune Les Peuillets 1er Cru : 90/100
- Volnay Clos des Chênes 1er Cru : 93/100
- Corton Grand Cru : 93-94/100
Meursault-Perrières 1er Cru 2016 - 94/100
Puligny-Montrachet Champ Canet 1er Cru 2016 - 94/100
Meursault Les Charmes-Dessus 1er Cru 2016 - 93/100
Beaune-Grèves Les Trois Journaux 1er Cru 2016 - 93/100
Volnay Clos des Chênes 1er Cru 2016 - 93/100
Meursault Clos des Grands Charrons 2016 - 92/100
Bourgogne Terroir d'Exception 2016 - 91/100
Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes 2015 – 17
Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes 2014 – 16.5
Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epenots 2015 - 15.5
Pommard Les Petits Noizons 2015 - 15
Pommard Les Petits Noizons 2014 - 15
Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epenots 2014 - 14.5
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Boxes for sale at Château de Meursault and Marché Aux Vins.
Beaune Grèves 1er Cru 2015 – 16.5
Beaune Beaufougets 2015 – 16.5
Beaune Rouge 1er Cru 2015 – 16
Beaune Fèves 1er Cru 2014 – 16
Beaune Grèves 3 Journaux 1er Cru 2015 – 15.5
Beaune Les Cent Vignes 1er Cru 2015 – 15
Beaune Rouge 2015 – 15
Beaune Teurons 1er Cru 2015 – 14.5
Domaine du Château de Meursault obtained the 4th star at Bettane & Desseauve Wine Guide!
Meursault Charmes Dessus 1er Cru 2015 18.5/20
Corton Grand Cru Rouge 2015 18/20
Pommard Clos des Epenots 1er Cru 2015 18/20
Corton Vergennes Grand Cru Blanc 2015 17.5/20
Puligny-Montrachet Champ Canet 1er Cru 2015 17.5/20
Volnay Clos des Chênes 1er Cru 2015 17.5/20
Meursault Charmes 1er Cru 2015 17/20
Beaune Trois Journaux 1er Cru 2015 17/20
Volnay Clos des Chênes 1er Cru 2014 by Château de Meursault gets Volnay Trophy and Golden Medal from The International Wine Challenge, the most prestigious wine competition in the world!
Pommard Clos des Epenots 1er Cru 91-94
Meursault Charmes Dessus 1er Cru 91-93
Puligny-Montrachet Champ Gain 1er Cru 91-93
Volnay Clos des Chênes 1er Cru 91-93
Beaune Grèves Trois Journaux 1er Cru 91-93
Puligny-Montrachet Champ Canet 1er Cru 90-93
Meursault Charmes 1er Cru 90-92
Corton Vergennes Grand Cru 90
Meursault Perrières 1er Cru 89-92
Meursault Clos des Grands Charrons, Le Monopole 88-91
Corton Vergennes Grand Cru 2016 – 15.5
Savigny Peuillets 1er Cru 2016 – 17
Beaune Toussaints 1er Cru 2016 – 17
Beaune Fèves 1er Cru 2016 – 17
Beaune Grèves 3 Journaux 1er Cru 2016 – 15.5
Savigny Blanc 2016 – 15.5
Beaune Rouge 2016 – 15
Volnay Clos des Chênes 1er Cru 2016 – 17.5
Pommard Clos des Epenots 1er Cru 2016 – 15
Meursault Charmes 2016 - 15,5
Meursault du Château 2016 - 15,5
Meursault Clos des Grand Charrons 2016 - 15,5
Meursault Charmes Dessus 2016 - 15
Puligny-Montrachet Champ Canet 1er Cru 2016 – 17
Puligny-Montrachet Champ Gain 1er Cru 2016 – 15.5
Exceptional scores for Château de Meursault wines in the last issue of Bourgogne Aujourd'hui Magazine:
Bourgogne, Terroir d'Exception 2015 : 18/20
Meursault du château 2014: 17/20
Bourgogne, Clos du Château 2015: 17/20
Meursault Charmes Dessus 1er Cru 2015: 16.5/20
Meursault Charmes Dessus 1er Cru 2014: 16.5/20
Meursault Charmes 1er Cru 2014: 16/20
Bourgogne, Pinot Beurot 2015: 16/20
Saturday, the 13th of May 2017 at Château de Meursault
10h30: Tasting of 2016 vintage in the cellars
12h30: Buffet in the reception hall or at the parc of Château
Registration deadline: 2 May 2017
ORDER MORE QUICKLY!
Login to www.chateau-meursault-marsannay.com and order online using the code PRIMEURS16
Book your tasting with the code INVITPRIMEURS16
Michel Bettane: " Meursault Charmes-Dessus was one of the greatest wines shown in London - great body, great style ... This is now one of the best estates in the Côte de Beaune, due to the efforts of the Halley family and a brilliant team."
Meursault Charmes Dessus 1er Cru 2015 94/100
Meursault Perrières 1er Cru 2015 94/100
Puligny-Montrachet Champs Canet 1er Cru 2015 94/100
Corton Vergennes Blanc Grand Cru 2015 94/100
Corton Grand Cru 2015 94/100
Beaune Grèves Trois Journaux 1er Cru 2015 93/100
Pommard Clos des Epenots 1er Cru 2015 92/100
Meursault Clos des Grands Charrons 2015 92/100
This convivial event allows the faithful friends of the Château de Meursault and Marsannay to taste the finest climats of our domains and enjoy old vintages that have been preserved in our cellars.
On Saturday, October 7th 2017, the friends of the Château are welcomed in the Orangerie from 18:30 and then go down to the cellar in order to taste a wine on the barrels. The large gastronomic dinner is orchestrated by the Master Chef Cédric Burtin, L'Amaryllis in Saint-Remy (Saône et Loire). During this dinner, the wines of the Château de Meursault and Marsannay are served for a perfect wine pairing !
Book your day on www.chateau-meursault-marsannay.com with the code PAULEE17.
This international wine show is exclusively reserved for professionals (importers). The stand of Château de Meursault "Halley Wines & Spirits, Hall 11 / D20" is to be visited by the imported from Asia, USA as well as Europe.
Meursault Perrières 1er Cru : 94/100
Meursault Charmes Dessus 1er Cru : 92/100
Corton Vergennes Grand Cru: 92/100
Puligny-Montrachet Champ Canet 1er Cru: 91/100
Meursault Clos des Grands Charrons Le Monopole: 91/100
Corton Rouge Grand Cru: 91/100