2018 Domaine Ballot-Millot Meursault Perrières 1er (1500ml)15 0 0 0
"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.'
"A subdued if not mute nose only grudgingly offers up notes of soft wood, matchstick, wet stone and citrus peel. There is excellent underlying tension to the powerful and concentrated yet refined flavors that are also gorgeously textured while culminating in a very dry, refreshing and markedly stony finale that flirts with austerity. This perfumed and classy effort is also quite tightly wound at present and will need extended patience. This too is terrific." 93 points / Sweet spot Outstanding - Allen Meadows (Burghound, June 2020)