Country: France Region: Cotes de Beaune, Burgundy
Vintage: 2013 Colour: White Style: Dry
David Moret makes top quality white Burgundy from his small cellar in Beaune...
David studied winemaking at school, but didn’t have a family domaine to work in when he graduated, so he began his career in wine by selling winery equipment to local vignerons. His personable character ensured success in this endeavour, as well as friendships with some of the top growers of the Côte de Beaune. He purchased his first barrels in the late 1990s, and since then, he has continued to buy small parcels of grapes from the top growers to press and ferment in his cellar, always from the same plots of vines, since he knows the ones he wants.
Ageing Potential: 7 - 10 years
Les Narvaux is a lieu-dit vineyard next to Genevrières and Poruzots, has very shallow soils and a southerly aspect. The grapes were all handpicked into small boxes, which ensured the berries remained intact until arrival at the winery.
Overall, 2013 was a classic vintage, ‘very Burgundian’ in the sense that they harvested late, with 75% of the grapes picked in October. Except for an incidence of hail which affected the Côte de Beaune, there was no variation in quality between the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune. The small production was due to climatic influences including coulure and millerandage, but also hail. Virtually no areas were spared in this respect. Therefore, yields were very small. The whites are a pure, fine, crafted style, with delicious acidity and great length on the palate. This is a vintage with a pronounced citrus and clean aromatic character.
Grapes were brought straight to the winery and were pressed immediately, to preserve the precious Chardonnay aromas and flavours. The wine went through alcoholic and malo-lactic fermentation in French oak barrels, and ageing, for a total of just over 12 months before being bottled and resting in cellars for approximately 6 months. David only used 25% new French oak, to ensure that the fine character of his Meursault shines through.
Like liquid gold in the glass. A creamy and powerful Meursault, it drinks superbly now. Round and rich on the palate, with orchard fruit characters, it is lifted on the finish by good acidity.
Food Matches:White Meat / Turkey / Pork / Foie Gras