2016 Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrieres, Domaine Ballot-Millot, Burgundy, France
6 Bottle Case
This high-flying, star domaine is making wonderful wines – more akin to Puligny than the old fashioned, stereotypical image of Meursault. There is never any batonnage and the wines always display incisive, tense purity, salinity and minerality. Severe losses to frost this year, especially in Meursault Village, where Charles has made 15 barrels, rather than his usual 50. Charles began picking extremely healthy grapes, which he described as ‘hyper-sain’ (healthy) on 22nd September and finished five days later. He believes the 2016 vintage to be ‘un très grand millésime, gourmand, fresh and minerally – like 2010 and 2008 in terms of style’.