2018 Domaine Ballot-Millot Meursault Charmes 1er (750ml)

2018 Domaine Ballot-Millot Meursault Charmes 1er (750ml)

Regular price $139.95 Sale

"Charles Ballot directs this old line domaine of 11.5 ha, of which 75% of the production is white. Ballot describes the 2018 vintage as 'a vintage that is surprising in several different respects. The first is that we had a big difference in production between the 1ers and the villages level vineyards as the latter gave us much higher yields. I chose to begin the harvest on the 30th of August and brought in ripe and clean fruit that ranged between 13.5 and 14.2% in terms of potential alcohol. The other big surprise given how warm the growing season was is just how fresh the wines are, be they red or white. To be sure, the wines are rich but there is both lovely underlying tension as well as good balance. They are also sufficiently rich and forward to make for good early drinking, yet they should have no difficulties aging well too.'"

"From the upper part of the vineyard, surrounded by Domaine des Comtes Lafon. Only 40cm topsoil up here. Another fine lemon and lime colour. Good flesh is apparent even from the bouquet. Really impressive pure rich white fruit on the palate, with extra weight compared to Tête du Clos, offering luxurious cashmere without losing the tension. Very promising.” 94 points - Jasper Morris, MW

"A very pretty and ultra-fresh nose consists of various white orchard fruit and plenty of citrus and spice nuances. There is equally good freshness and excellent tension to the slightly richer if not quite as refined flavors that possess a caressing mid-palate mouthfeel before culminating in a lengthy, delicious and attractively clean finale. This is also lovely though it too needs to add depth." 91 points / Outstanding - Allen Meadows (Burghound, June 2020)