The White Burgundy of Meursault

The keen complexity of verbena, the delicacy of elderflower, the queer tinge of sassafras, the vital note of lime. When fine, the white burgundy of Meursault is like good poetry—sensual yet elegant, vital yet austere.

Unsurprisingly for an area that produces wines of such refinement, the village of Meursault has a deep and storied past. The land was planted with vines in the first century. In the late 9th Century, the monks of Cîteaux became stewards, and the wines benefited from their precise attention to detail. Today, a number of top tier winemakers make the most of grapes grown in the region’s distinctive limestone and Jurassic marls.

For a divine expression of Meursault, you might start with the Coche Dury-Meursault Perrieres 2007, which has characteristic minerality of chalk and limestone, aloft with fresh lemon and acacia blossom, and finishing with a classic touch of hazelnut. If you’re looking for something slightly less dear but certainly first rate, you might consider the Domaine Henri Boillot-Meursault Genevrieres 2013. This Premier Cru white is redolent with spiced tea, fresh lemon, and pear blossom, tempered by vital minerality and finishing bone dry. But really—we’re excited about all of the offerings on our curated list. (The wines of Meursault are famed for pairing exceptionally well with food. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for recommendations specific to palate, meal, or special occasion.)