90 points - Wine Spectator

93 Insider Points

REVIEWS

“This rich red evokes cherry, strawberry, floral and spice flavors. The attack narrows as the fruit and spice notes converge on the pinpoint finish. Shows a light smokiness in the aftertaste. Best from 2017 through 2026. 50 cases imported.” -Wine Spectator


After a Few Years in Bottle, This Burg Has Hit Its Stride

Some wines just need time to come into their own, and Matrot's 2013 Volnay-Santenots is right in its prime drinking. While Specatator scored this at 90 Points a year ago, that extra time in bottle has smoothed out the acidity even more, and earned it a few extra points in my book. 

Ripened strawberry and forest floor pop out to the nose. On the palate, red cherry, field strawberry, earl grey and a mushroomy undertone all on a light and balanced body. It finishes with fresh fall leaves and a touch of cranberry. This bottle is ready, though will continue to evolve over the next few years. Drink or hold (I obviously chose to drink). 93 Points - JZ February '18

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Pinot Noir
  • ALCOHOL
    13.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Perhaps best known for white wines from Meursault, Domaine Pierre Matrot is on a tear in recent vintages, producing Pinot Noir from single vineyards every bit the equal in quality to the estate’s famous Bourguignon blancs. From its limited holdings in Volnay “Santenots” Matrot produces a red wine that somehow evinces weight, power and charm simultaneously. “This rich red evokes cherry, strawberry, floral and spice flavors. The attack narrows as the fruit and spice notes converge on the pinpoint finish. Shows a light smokiness in the aftertaste. Best from 2017 through 2026,” writes the Wine Spectator, giving this Pinot Noir a 90-point score.

Matrot’s “Santenots” was made using a exceedingly light crushing of the grapes, native yeast fermentation and aging in French oak (just 10-20% of the barrels are new each vintage)--in other words, with precious little manipulation in the cellar, which allows for the vineyard’s robust yet graceful character to come shining gloriously through.

THE STORY TO KNOW

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.