2011 Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru “La Genelotte”
Domaine de Chérisey
Burgundian winemakers have gone through a few tough years recently. If you talk to them about the summers of 2012 and 2013, they express anger and frustration, almost as if they were at war. Well, they practically were when the hail- storms hit and in one afternoon some lost nearly all their fruit.
One thing should be made clear: A challenging growing season does not a bad vintage make. The horror stories of destroyed fruit and yields do not always reflect on the quality of the wines in the end. In fact, what we and many others are finding is that 2012 and 2013 are turning out exceptional wines. The problem? There’s hardly any wine to go around. We’ve purchased as much as we can from recent vintages to satisfy the growing demand for Burgundy, and one such wine we were able to secure in extra quantity for you is Domaine de Chérisey’s 2011 Genelotte.
When tasting de Chérisey’s wines there is an immediate sense of something special and refined. Laurent Martelet, vigneron at Domaine de Chérisey, does not rely on careful branding, nor is he attracted to critics and scores. Like Coche and Roulot, his wines simply speak for themselves.
The Genelotte vineyard is a stunning place. It is located nearly at the top of the hill above the village of Puligny-Montrachet, higher than prized sites like La Truffière and Meursault-Perrières. Though La Genelotte shares a border with the vines of Puligny-Montrachet, it is definitively Meursault— a testament to the fact that wines coming from vineyards next door to each other can taste dramatically different. What I find most striking about La Genelotte is its length on the palate. How stunning and pleasurable it is to still have the taste of such an exquisite wine on your palate ten, fifteen, often thirty minutes after you’ve finished a glass! The 2011 Genelotte is one for now and for the ages—under proper storage, this will give you great satisfaction for many years to come. –Clark Z. Terry
- Vintage 2011
- Bottle Size 750mL
- Blend Chardonnay
- Appellation Meursault
- Country France
- Region Burgundy
- Vineyard Planted between 1946-1955
- Soil Clay, Limestone
- Winemaker Hélène Martelet-de-Chérisey, Laurent Martelet
- Aging Settling of the juice for 12 hours then racked directly into 228-L oak barrels, the percentage of new oak and the length of aging depend on the vintage
- Farming Lutte Raisonnée
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