Domaine Rodolphe Demougeot Meursault 2005
How do we do it?! If you love fine aged Burgundy, drop what you’re doing and grab what you can of this rare, delicious 16-year-old Meursault!
Direct from the estate and cellared stateside since its importation, this fine Meursault is yet another representation of the magical 2005 vintage – I’ve had the pleasure of tasting multiple Côte de Beaune white Burgundy from this vintage and their common thread is their longevity. 2005 is the physics-defying “energizer bunny” vintage – it just keeps going and going in bottle and this one is drinking splendidly sixteen years in.
In the glass it’s a glorious golden copper color. Tasting at room temp finds a multifarious bouquet that keeps unfurling with time and air. Honeyed apricot, apple, paraffin, beeswax, lanolin, white flowers, and pulverized white stone reveal themselves.
The palate is rich and supple yet lithe and focused, with yellow apple skin, pear drops, nectarine pit, mineral oil, clove, hazelnut, and a hint of peppery herbiness to the finish. Like floating on a cloud of butterscotch-lemon-balm-and-chamomile mineral deliciousness.
The story of Domaine Demougeot is a familiar one: after inheriting the domaine and its land, based mostly in Meursault, he redoubled his efforts on farming fully organically with biodynamic influences and making the wines as naturally as possible. Everything is done by hand, from the tilling, to the pruning, to the harvesting of the fruit; vineyards are horse-plowed; and the cellar work is performed according to the lunar calendar, up to and including deciding when to bottle.
Rodolphe ferments all of his wines in nearly the same fashion: hand-harvested fruit is fermented from indigenous yeast in old barrels, then racked into stainless steel. Unfined and only lightly filtered before being bottled, strictly by gravity, in the spring according to the lunar calendar.
This cuvée is a blend of two lieux-dits (vineyard sites), "Les Pellans" and "Les Chaumes," sitting on the main southern slope of Meursault adjacent to the famed 1er Cru “Charmes” and 1er Cru “Perrières” vineyards (both of which should probably be Grand Cru). Perrières is recognized as one of the best vineyards in Meursault, if not the entire Côte de Beaune, second only to the Grand Cru Montrachet.
Not only is this epic 2005 a Prologue Wine Co. exclusive, but available for the same as their current vintage, which trades for up to $90! Free shipping on three bottles, but we recommend going long – once it’s gone, that’s it!
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