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2011 Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru “La Genelotte”

Comtesse de Chérisey
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In 1811, the Chérisey family purchased their first vineyard, the Genelotte parcel in the lost hamlet of Blagny, high in the hills overlooking both Puligny and Meursault. Two centuries and six generations later, the same family still works this parcel, a monopole solely in their hands after all this time. To mark the bicentennial achieved in 2011, the estate decided to tuck away a portion of the vintage for a decade, to be released at its prime, to show the power and range of this terroir and their own savoir faire gained over the years. The vintage, austere and tense in its youth, has matured into the best a perfectly aged Meursault can offer—a broad, inviting bouquet of truffles, dried fruits, hazelnuts, and much more. To marry with the grandest cooking one can muster, a wine for the table if there ever was one.

Chris Santini

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2011
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chardonnay
Appellation: Meursault-Blagny
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Comtesse de Chérisey
Winemaker: Hélène Martelet-de-Chérisey, Laurent Martelet
Vineyard: Planted between 1946-1955, 3.5 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Settling of the juice for 12 hours then racked directly into 228-L oak barrels
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13%

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About The Region

Burgundy

map of Burgundy

In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.

To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.

Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.

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Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch

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