Tasted in Meursault with Adèle Matrot, pictured (left) with sister Elsa, 18 October 2019.
Thierry et Pascale Matrot
12 rue de Martray
Tel: +33 3 80 21 20 13
“This year we are happy. It’s a small volume vintage, but it’s lovely. I think we lost more volume from the heat and the poor flowering, a little oïdium too, than from the frost/cold of the early season, but certainly, there was a cumulative effect. Our harvest started 5 September, though we also did a quick harvest on Combettes on the 3rd. The analyses look great – for our style!”
“2018 is super – there’s quality and quantity – just magnifique! We were harvesting 24th of August to the 3rd of September. Obviously we had large yields but with good ripeness and balance – fortunately! Our reds have been racked a couple of weeks, except the first wine which was bottled end of August. The rest between November and February to March – now we are doing 15-18 months elevage – a little longer than before. ”
A range of fresh reds – nothing overdone. The whites were often excellent and some clearly have the potential for greatness. A fine result here in 2018.
There are plenty of screw-caps used for lower wines – and other wines for certain markets by request. Normal cork for the rest, but DIAM is also under test.
2018 Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Bottled, mainly grapes from Puligny but also a smaller volume of Meursault vines
A pretty fruit of good depth – there is purity here. Nice in the mouth, plenty of freshness and just a little herbiness to accent the mid and finishing favour. Bold finishing
From Le Soujeot in Dezizes.
A rounder, still quite deep nose – not the same fineness as the last today. The structure shows a little more but with finer tannin and has a nicely juicy middle flavour. Ooh, that’s a good finish, shimmering with energy – yum!
Two parcels Boutonnières and Heptures
A nose that’s also a little diffuse vs the bottled Bourgogne. Nice drive here – classy entry, plenty of acidity, fine and intense finishing, juicy and delicious finishing, it needs only to relax a little on the finish. Yum!
From Hautes Brins
A little diffuse but there’s a fine fruit in here. Supple, more weight of flavour but no less freshness. The last flavours have super purity to the fruit – that’s a beauty – excellent, maybe more…
2018 Maranges 1er Fuissières
A fuller nose, more powdery style red fruits. Fuller again – lots of mouth-filling volume here. More structural wine but with impressive, fresh, finishing weight – the fruit, for me, less classy in the finish than the Monthelie though. Good wine nonetheless.
From Malpoiriers and the rest from Dressoles
A little more high-toned fruit of nicer focus than the Fuissières. The nice drive here is incisive and complex – a different fruit again – I still slightly prefer the Monthelie in this respect but this has energy and complexity – it’s super!
2017 Volnay 1er Santenots
Like most of these tank samples, the nose is still a little diffuse. Fresh drive here, silkier than all before – but there is structure here too! Wide, concentrated but a driving wine that really only shows its extra class in a splendid finish – here it’s really excellent. Lots of potential here.
2018 Blagny La Piece sous le Bois
Deep, rather an attractive darker red fruit. Fresh again, driving – the tannin a little more blocky vs the Santenots, but no grain. A little more bitters from the structure but this has a lot of dark, approaching licorice, complexities to the fruit – for the patient but it is very well put together!
Some of the whites are already bottled – just the last 3 cuvées wait and they will be bottled in December.
Bottled in July – Meursault vines.
Hmm – this is attractive and suggesting a little floral something too. Fresh, slightly mineral, layered but with energy – this is a really fine Bourgogne! Delicious – bravo!
2018 Saint Romain
A long-term contract this. Bottled at the end of August, 30% new oak.
A more overt freshness, perhaps a little melon mixed with the citrus aroma. Driving, pretty, delicious flavoured – no sharp edges – a fine and persistent vibration of slightly sweet but mouth-watering flavour. Delicious – excellent SR!
Now all samples pre-bottling:
2018 St.Aubin 1er Charmois
40% new barrel
Once more, fresher, yellow citrus – fresher, not riper. Wide, quite the panorama of flavour. Intense in the middle – really concentrated but with lovely freshness supporting everything – just a little structure on the tip of the tongue. Super!
‘Was filtered this week so is suffering!’ The sum of 5 ha and 12 parcels.
A more timid nose but wide and with a nice, modestly spiced width of yellow citrus. Supple, nice shape here – open, some structure but with a lovely openness. Slightly mineral, mobile, no fat. A little burst in the finish. Simply lovely, a very fine villages!
2018 Meursault-Blagny 1er
This still in barrel, but no new barrels.
More depth to this aroma, a faint minerality too – it’s certainly inviting. Hmm, here is a little more density, some minerality, fine freshness too. This plays beautifully over the palate, with a fine texture too.
There’s no more quintessence cuvée. Here 30-40% new oak. This in tank since the end of August
A little rounder, with extra sweetness. But pow – what a lovely width of incisive shape/flavour here. There’s minerality for sure plenty of structure too – complex finish – not quite ready, not quite delicious – yet – but simply excellent, maybe better!
2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Chalumaux
A little yellower fruit, the freshness is attractive too. Again very nice drive, here is a serious, complex, wine – a little tension and a depth of flavour – complex – involving. Excellent.
2018 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 yet bottled
A discrete nose of some depth and precision but nothing loud. Nice in the mouth – this is composed, perhaps contemplative but there is structure and interest too – it melts over the palate becoming a thing that is ever-more engrossing. A calm wine with lots of interest all the same – a super-involving finish!
2018 Meursault 1er Perrières
Still in barrel.
A nose, like the last, that’s still a little shy – modestly high-toned and citrus. Ooh, but here is drive and plenty of energy – it needs to develop more clarity but certainly not complexity or mid-palate weight of flavour. A touch of oak right in the finish – but relatively subtle. Vibrant and complex finishing. As a minimum I think excellent!
Needs the glass to be worked, but here is some fine energy escaping from the glass. Full, a wave of fresh flavour – agrumed sweetness, complexity – beautiful texture. The potential for great – the finish already is!