"Superb from the 96pts Vintage" - Wine Spectator
'Very Good' - Vinous
Very ripe, almost candied aromas of stone fruits and butter. Silky, full and sweet for village wine although not particularly complex. The firm finish will not get in the way of early enjoyment.
Like so many growers on the Côte de Beaune, Thierry Matrot has struggled with tiny production in recent years, having made 80% less wine than usual in 2012, 70% less in 2013 and 60% in 2014. "So things are looking up," he concluded. Matrot described 2014 as a year with healthy levels of tartaric acidity, with "a lemon-limey quality like 2011. It's a pretty vintage that will be easy to drink young but that has the material to age." He started harvesting on September 15, bringing in fruit with around 13% potential alcohol, and he told me he did not chaptalize any of his Meursault cuvées. Interestingly, Matrot belives that 2014 offers a more classic expression of terroir than either 2013 or 2012. "With even lower yields in the two earlier years, and more stress on the vines, we risk losing the character of the terroir," he explained. He added that 2013 "has a certain austerity" and that it may be more necessary to age these wines than the 2014s, "which have more sucrosité."
-- Stephen Tanzer
Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Thanks to Pierre Matrot’s long history in Burgundy, he’s got every skill needed to achieve his goal of making wines that are elegant yet statuesque. It’s no surprise that the 2014 Meursault Blanc combines both the vibrant joy of Chardonnay with the sublime crushed stone minerality and hazelnut complexity.
And Matrot, as the regions most historic house in the region, is well equipped to produce luxurious, mind-bogglingly good Chardonnay. And our sourcing team is over the moon to be able to offer such a stunner to our members…and a little sad that we wouldn’t let them take it all home to enjoy by themselves.
Why we love it:
Meursault is rumored to mean “mouse jump”. In theory this name comes from the tiny distance between the precious Pinot Noir plots and regal Chardonnay plots was small enough for a mouse to jump.
Matrot’s 30-year-old vines sit in far more ancient soils. Meursault’s limestone soil has an international reputation for growing full bodied Chardonnay. Each south facing slope captures the sun’s perfect angle.
Known for its captivating white wines, Meursault produces Chardonnay almost exclusively. The multitude of Premier Cru vineyards compete handily with other top ranking Burgundies. Along with Les Perrieres, Les Genvrieres, Les Charmes, and other, Pierre Matrot’s exceptional Meursault is an incredible triumph of the vineyards in which it is grown.
A big personality, a jovial laugh, a warm glow…Matrot’s Meursault Blanc is a stunner full of vibrant personality. The epitome of what White Burgundy can achieve when meticulously grown and vinted, it’s a bottle chock full of honey comb and fresh cream riding waves of bright citrus and spiced green apples.
Joseph MATROT (1881-1963), the grandson of owners of a family wine estate in Puligny-Montrachet and Blagny, lived with his wife Marguerite Amoignon and their three children at Château d’Evelle. Marguerite also owned a beautiful wine estate in Meursault. In 1914 they took up residence in Marguerite’s family home, which is today the seat of Domaine Matrot, and decided to develop and extend the estate.
Their son, PIERRE MATROT began working as a winegrower in 1937. He also bought vineyards, modernised the estate and, together with is wife Simone Bonin, had five children.
Having obtained a degree in winegrowing and oenology in BeauneThierry MATROT Pierre’s son born in 1955, continued with business studies in Mâcon Davayé.
He joined the estate in 1976 and took over the vinification from 1983 on. Together with his father Thierry he continued to establish the reputation of Domaine Matrot and its wines.
SARL THIERRY ET PASCALE MATROT
In January 2000, Thierry and Pascale Matrot established and developed a limited liability company allowing them to buy and sell the harvest of the vineyards of “Héritiers du Domaine Joseph Matrot”.
Thierry has been running the estates SCE Pierre Matrot and Héritiers du Domaine Joseph Matrot for many years. He ensures constantly high quality regarding all stages of the winemaking process: cultivation of the vines, vinification, maturing the wines and selling them.