Domaine François Gaunoux - Meursault - Clos des Meix Chavaux - Monopole - Blanc - 2021
Country / Region: Burgundy
Name: AOP Meursault
Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.5 vol.
Capacity: 75 cl
A wine rated 94/100 by our Committee!
Wine:Made from 3.47 ha of old vines planted in the 70s, the 2021 white Meursault Clos des Meix Chavaux Monopole is vinified without the addition of any wood, which is ultra-rare if not virtually non-existent in Burgundy. The result is a very pure, crystalline nose that captures all the vibrancy of its soil, with floral notes of hawthorn and honeysuckle. On the palate, the juice is very pure and saline, with finesse and no force, offering in turn a great minerality with a frightening persistence. A wine made for 20 years, rated 94/100 by Christian Martray.
Vinification:Hand harvested and destemmed. No oak barrels added. 100% stainless steel tanks for fermentation and ageing. Unique in Burgundy.
Color:Bright golden yellow.
Nose:Pure and crystalline, with lovely aromas of hawthorn and honeysuckle.
Palate:This wine reveals a pure juice, nuanced by a beautiful salinity. A balanced structure with a delicate mineral accent and velvety flesh.
Temperature:Serve between 10 and 12°C.
Food and wine pairing:Seafood platter, sweetbreads, poultry au jus, fish.
Cellar aging:From now until 2041
A little-known secret address in Burgundy, the Domaine François Gaunoux excels on the finest Michelin-starred tables, producing wines of insolent precision. Vinified without the addition of wood by Claudine and Jean-Pierre Gaunoux, sheltered from fashions and influences, these wines recite all the nuances of their terroir, with unrivalled purity and straightforwardness of style.
The 12 ha of vineyards, planted on the finest finages of Beaune, Meursault, Volnay and Pommard - including monopoles in Meursault (Clos de Tavaux and Clos des Meix Chavaux) and the 1er Cru Goutte d'Or - constitute an enviable heritage that the couple strive to magnify as soberly as possible in a free, uncompromising style.
Away from the media radar, the estate works discreetly, and the world's greatest palates are no exception: Olivier Poussier, World's Best Sommelier, as well as Yannick Alléno, Sébastien Labbe at Cheval Blanc and Guy Savoy have all praised them and added them to their personal pantheon.