Meursault remains one of the most sought-after wines for lovers of white Burgundy; its beautiful blend of minerality and richness is something that can only be found in this particular corner of the Cote-d'Or.
In an even smaller corner of Meursault is the single vineyard site of 'Les Clous', a lieu-dit renowned for producing a superior Meursault. The vineyard lies high up on the Meursault slope, with Les Tillets to the south and Vireuils to the north. Maison Bouchard own just under half of it, in three separate plots that cover both the top and the bottom of the vineyard.
2020 was an almost universally successful vintage for white Burgundy – Jasper Morris MW writes that “the wines taste like some of the most classical white Burgundy vintages of recent times: 2017 with a proportion of 2014 added in”. We would concur with this and, having opened a bottle of the 2020 Les Clous in the office, would say that this is quintessential Meursault, with just the right balance of apple and citrus fruit, stony minerality and fresh acidity. Put simply: this is one of those wines that tastes exactly as it should.
It’s also keenly priced. Finding a good Meursault for less than £500 per case is increasingly challenging these days: at £450 per case in bond, this is one of the best-priced single-vineyard Meursaults available.
This textbook white Burgundy is deliciously fresh and ready to drink now. Our stock is lying with us and is ready to go.
Mid lemon colour, a little bit of reduction, attractive volume here from this plateau site, the fruit offering some depth of flavour with lively tension. Ripe apple with a citrus tint, long and pleasing. Very good. ****
The 2020 Meursault Les Clous wafts from the glass with aromas of pear, grapefruit, hazelnuts, struck match, white flowers and Meyer lemon. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and expressive, it's an open, lively wine that concludes with a chalky finish.
Pale lemon in colour, this reveals a harmonious blend of sappy, smoky wood and fine ripe lemon and white pear on the nose. The palate is bright and vivid, with cleansing acidity cutting through notes of toasted cereals, buttery poached pears and lemon curd. The wood smoke offers savoury spice, matching the leesy, textural richness of the palate. A fine example of Meursault that offers typicity and approachability.