2011 Domaine Pierre Matrot Meursault 1er Cru "Perrières"

SKU #1209364 91 points Wine Spectator

 Rich, with a broad attack of floral, apple, lemon-lime and honey flavors, all elevated by the vibrant structure. Shows a fine mineral essence on the lingering finish. 150 cases imported. –BS  (6/2014)

K&L Notes

Perrieres is a Premier Cru vineyard at the southern end of Meursault, considered by many to be the commune's best. Located on the midslope of the Cote d'Or escarpment, the vineyard's aspect and terroir are exceptionally well suited to growing Chardonnay. Perrieres Premier Cru white wines are some of the best produced in Burgundy, second only to the various Montrachet Grand Crus. Floral and rich, they display vibrant, honeyed characters with more than a little minerality.


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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2015 | Send Email
What a stellar example of the expressiveness of Perrieres at the hand of an excellent domaine! Pierre Matrot uses all neutral oak to underscore the peculiar fruit of this site. The nose is delicate with hints of white pepper and lemon curd, but the wine has a full generous mouthfeel with nice weight, and focused acidity. The finish is long and complex. Gorgeous wine, which should develop well with some age.

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2015 | Send Email
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Pierre Matrot's Meursault Perrieres is a rich and broadly textured offering that shows beautifully now with a bit of decanting, but has the potential for great improvement with age. Toasty, minerally, long and broad on the palate, but with a lovely acidity and structure.
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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2015 | Send Email
Perrieres is arguably the best vineyard in Meursault, and Matrot has made a classic here; flinty and firm, but with texture and richness to swoon over. This serious, concentrated white Burgundy will distinguish itself in the long run, but was delicious to drink at dinner last night. Treat yourself to the real thing!
Drink from 2015 to 2031

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Specific Appellation:

Meursault

- The town of Meursault is a prosperous village, with a Gothic town hall and narrow winding streets. It produces a small amount of red wine, but is justly famous for its whites. Although it has no Grand Cru vineyards, its Premiers Crus are justly famous, particularly Charmes, Poruzots, Perrières and Genevrières. A good Meursault has concentration, grip and backbone, in addition to its soft and rich fruit.