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2016  

Production area

Meursault is an appellation from the Côte de Beaune. Its Premier Cru vineyards total 107,50 hectares.

Origins

The subsoil is mainly clay and limestone. This wine is made from a selection of vines located at mid-slope that enjoy south-eastern exposure. “Les Perrières” refers to the numerous stone quarries that once existed in this location. Workers there were once known as “perriers” hence the vineyard’s name.

Varietal

100% Chardonnay

Vinification and maturing

Reception in the winery of the juice. 24-hour settling to keep the lees as much as possible. The alcoholic fermentation is made in oak barrels of 1 or 2 wines. The wine is aged on the lees with some stirring to develop the aromatic potential for 15 months. The blend of the vintage will be made in stainless steel vats where it will remain for 2 months. Bottled in January 2018 after bentonite gluing and light filtration.

Tasting notes

COLOR: Pale yellow with golden hues.
NOSE: The wine is still closed, but there are some aromas of flint, pear.
PALATE: Frank attack with a nice minerality

Food and wine pairing

Lobster, crayfish, poultry or veal in cream sauce, foie gras and blue cheese.

Serving suggestions

12 to 14°C

Ageing potential

10 to 15 years.

Vintage : 2016

2016, if it is small by its quantity, is a great vintage by its quality.
After a mild winter, nobody suspected that the spring would bring a polar spell hitting a record area of vines at the end of April with a devastating frost. The episodes of hail that followed on the Mâconnais and the northern parts of the Bourgogne region once again reduced the harvest, while exceptional rainfall also made things difficult in the vines. Fortunately, June marked the start of a hot, sunny spell, and the vines started to get back on track. Flowering, budburst, and ripening happened undisturbed, and the weather at the end of the season was fine. Harvesting began on 20 September and continued through to mid-October.
Vintage 2016 thus offers some fine surprises with wines of potentially high quality. The white wines have fine fruit aromas, are generous with good body and will be ready to drink while young whereas the red wines are powerful, tender, concentrated and will be ideal for ageing.

Ropiteau Frères since 1848

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21190 Meursault
France
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