Wine Spectator 90 points - Shows the richness and depth of flavor found in superior vintages, offering lots of fig, apricot, smoky oak, honeydew melon and graham cracker notes. Drink now through 2019. 241 cases made.
(Mar 31 2014)
I first visited Burgundy in the spring of 1980, and the highlight of the trip was a dinner in Meursault, at the home of the late Guy Roulot. I adored Guy’s wines and had long regarded him as one of Burgundy’s best vintners. We tasted a number of extraordinary wines at that meal, but the one that stood out was his 1964 Meursault ‘Perrières’, a Chardonnay as close to perfection as I could ever expect. We had just begun Neyers Vineyards and my hope was someday to produce a Chardonnay that stirred my blood the way this one did. The Perrières vineyard in Meursault rises to 250 meters or so in elevation, and faces southeast to form a natural amphitheater. It takes its name from the deposit of small pebbles in the soil there, a geological peculiarity found no where else in Meursault. These pebbles add a natural minerality to the wines, a characteristic we also find in our El Novillero Chardonnay. There’s a similar rocky deposit in the highest portion of the El Novillero vineyard, which is also 250 meters in elevation and faces southeast. If there’s a vineyard likely to produce wine similar to Perrières it’s this one.