Meursault premiers crus 2010
Domaine Jean Monnier, Genevrières
Decanter average score: 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judge’s scores: SB 18.5 GD 18.5 SS 18.5
This long-established property, founded in the early 18th century, is now run by two generations of the family: Jean-Claude and his son Nicolas. The domaine has 16 hectares under vine, with parcels spread out from Puligny to Beaune. The Genevrières vines were pulled out and replanted about 10 years ago, and it is somewhat surprising that a wine of such complexity could be produced from such young vines.
SB Oaky but bright nose with apricots, pears and wet stones. Lean and precise, with a silky texture and great finesse. There’s intensity, purity and admirable acidity to lift the mid-palate and finish. Not that expressive now, but the oak is well integrated, the fruit poised and lifted with a saline finish.
GD Clean and open with a medium intensity of aroma. Notes of cashew and macadamias with stony minerals and white peach. Palate is dry and concentrated with oatmeal, citrus notes and stone fruits. Lovely acidity and minerality with lots of potential. Plenty of pleasure here.
SS Yellow fruits on the nose, over herbs and honey. Already showing complexity and the naturally concentrated fruits show this. Good, grippy, fruit palate with quite high acidity to help it mature. A vigourously assertive wine with a very good future – lots of complexity to come.
Price N/A UK domaine-jeanmonnier.com
Decanter judges: Stephen Brook, Gearoid Devaney MS and Steven Spurrier