Meursault GenevrièresPremier Cru
Grape Variety :
Site: a few kilometers south of Beaune, in the prestigious area known as Côte des Blancs (slope of the whites). This Premier Cru vineyard is located south-west of the village, in the southern part of the Meursault appellation.
History & tradition: the etymology of the appellation derives from "genevrier" (juniper), a shrub with prickly needles and purple berries which enjoys the limestone soils of the region.
Soil: limestone and clay.
Plantation density: 10,000 stocks/ha in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir.
Yield: 45hl/ha, low on purpose to limit the production of each vine stock.
Supply: grapes and must purchased from regular suppliers (long-term contracts).
Pressing: very slow so as to respect fruit. Juices from the very last pressings are not retained.
No yeasts or enzymes are used. The wine goes directly into barrels after "débourbage" (decanting of white wine to reduce sediment).
Type: in barrels (25% in new oak).
Length: 12 months.
Origin of the wood: French oak forests.
Weathering of the wood: Joseph Drouhin insists on total control of the weathering for a period of 3 years, one of the contributing elements to the elegance of the wine.
Follow-up: barrel by barrel.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is then completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"Meursault Premier Cru Genevrières reveals a nice pale yellow colour. The nose, concentrated and elegant, is reminiscent of almond, warm bread just out of the oven, then, fine spice and finally grilled dried fruit.
The mouth, both ample and generous, develops aromas of vanilla mingling with citrus notes. Very long aftertaste".
2014 is a seductive vintage, quite similar to 2012 and 2010. In Côte de Beaune they offer more richness. They are now evolving slowly.
Temperature: 13°C (55°C).
Cellaring: 8 to 25 years.