Tasted in Meursault with Adèle and Elsa Matrot, 06 October 2017.
Thierry et Pascale Matrot
12 rue de Martray
Tel: +33 3 80 21 20 13
“We were almost in the first wave of harvesters in Meursault, starting on the 29th August. We are very happy; we see good acidity and the reds are round with good volume. One parcel of bourgogne this year was frosted 90% but it was in quite a ‘humid’ area.”
“We have less than half a harvest here. We have much less Meursault and our bourgognes are 90% down. Fortunately the crus, largely, had normal yields – we very much like the quality. We had the opportunity to buy some must from the Côte Chalonnaise and from Chablis – we would much rather buy must or grapes for our bourgogne to maintain the the barrels!”
“We will make no price increase – at least not in general – just the cost of a stamp for the bourgogne! Basically because 2017 was a good harvest – our stocks are zero though!”
I’ve previously tasted with Thierry, but today it was the turn of daughters Adèle and Elsa – “Our dad is slowly going to move into retirement, so you are going to get us now!” They were quick to point out that they are keen to keep the style of the Matrot wines that everyone knows – ‘So no new oak in the crus!‘
A domaine that beautifully showcases the transparency but underlying energy of the vintage – super wines.
2016 Bourgogne Chardonnay
Bottled in July.
A depth of yellow colour. Depth of aroma. Supple, good richness of texture, modest but quite enough acidity, a very tasty wave of finishing flavour – really a good finish. Lovely stuff.
A long-term contract this, but ‘less a lot here as the whole hillside from Meursault up to St.Romain was a catastrophe!’
A little extra floral hint to the fruit – 30% new oak here +/- – but it smells gorgeous. Volume without overt weight with a beautiful transparency of flavour – absolutely delicious – bravo – a great finish too.
A little twist of extra aromatic ripeness. In the mouth it’s fresher, with more zip, good line here, a hint more serious, extra width of mid-palate flavour. A melting finish – delicious wine.
This will stay another month in tank – in the end it will be 15 months of elevage.
A little extra reductive toast on the nose. Extra sucrosity, alive, energetic, mineral. Again it melts into the finish. Simply excellent – bravo!
2016 Meursault 1er Charmes
From 4 parcels, 75 % higher vines near Perrières, 10% from the middle and 15% from the lower 2 parcels just under Perrières but part now pulled out for replanting.
Not the most aromatic volume, but a very classic Meursault nose – very attractive. Supple, very pretty texture. Slowly melting flavour. And holding a very long finishing note. Just a delicious, contemplative, perfectly balanced wine. Very yum!
2016 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Les Chalumeaux
Not the most overt nose but a bright yellow citrus. Lovely width of fresh, mouth-watering, beautifully textured wine. Tasty despite its mineral accent. Small, delicious waves of finishing flavour. Excellent and really a mineral length.
2016 Puligny-Montrachet Quintessence
A blend of Garenne and Chalumeaux with 30% new oak – ‘because the Garenne parcel is so small.’
A modestly reductive streak of aroma. Very mineral wine, sleek, fine texture, reductive. A very attractive creamy impression in the finish – probably from the oak but with no texture from the oak. Beautifully crafted, different in style, but super.
2016 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Combettes
Less depth of aroma, the width being a little sweeter – good transparency, very faint brown sugar. Big volume in the mouth, modestly, sweetly melting flavour. A nicely structural aspect to this wine. A super, melting, finish too – long, long.
The only wine with a little extra time in elevage.
A width and depth of aroma, very modest top notes but a fine vibration of minerality. Architectural shape like the Combettes, perhaps less bulk, very complex in the middle. And then a great and delicious broad finish. Bravo – simply super length.