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David Moret Meursault Sous la Velle 2018 £69.99
DAVID MORET MEURSAULT SOUS LA VELLE
David Moret makes top quality white Burgundy from his small cellar in Beaune. David studied winemaking at school, but didn't have a family domaine to work in when he graduated, so he began his career in wine by selling winery equipment to local vignerons. His personable character ensured success in this endeavour, as well as friendships with some of the top growers of the Côte de Beaune. He purchased his first barrels in the late 1990s, and since then, has continued to buy small parcels of grapes from top growers to vinify in his cellar, always from the same plots of vines.
'Sous La Velle' is a 'lieu-dit', or single vineyard, located next to the town of Meursault itself at an altitude of roughly 200 metres above sea level. Soils are composed of clay and gravel. The grapes were all handpicked into small boxes, which ensured the berries remained intact until arrival at the winery.
2018 began with a warm spring and budburst in early April. The entire vintage continued ahead of schedule, with flowering in mid-June followed by a rapid fruit set. Ripening continued at a good pace, with warm temperatures and minimal rainfall during August. The harvest began at the end of August, around two weeks earlier than average. The grapes were in exceptional health and required virtually no sorting. Winemakers across Burgundy were very enthusiastic about the 2018 crop, with the fruit in peak health and the region back to producing good quantities of quality fruit, in comparison to the difficult harvests of recent years.
Grapes were brought straight to the winery and were pressed immediately, to preserve the precious Chardonnay aromas and flavours. The wine went through alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. It was aged for a total of just over 12 months before being bottled and rested in cellars for approximately six months. David only used 25% new French oak, to ensure that the fine character of his Meursault shines through.
This wine is typical of a good Meursault; powerful, concentrated and round. It has aromas and flavours of Golden Delicious apples, layered citrus and white peach, with typical minerality and wonderful balance. It is a wine that will keep for a long time, developing complex and intense flavours.