Côte de Beaune

Domaine BUISSON-BATTAULT

Meursault

Francois Buisson’s reputation continues to grow as one of the finest exponents of the Appellation. His wines balance Meursault’s classic richness with taut, zippy acidity and a poised minerality.

Background

The domaine has many old vines planted by Francois’ Grandfather and enviable plots in some of the village’s best vineyards. The sense of pride in the family history is palpable here; Francois showed us a bottle of Pommard 1919, made by his great grandfather, he planned to open at this year’s Paulée.  His wines are characterized by purity of fruit and high-toned minerality, developing lovely length and expression of ‘terroir’.  The wines are fermented and go through Malo in oak, only 20% of which is new. Francois likes to keep the wines in barrique for the first year, then move them to tank. He carries out no bâtonnage in barrique but pumps the fine lees into tank as well as the wine. By gently keeping these in suspension he gets a similar effect to a very gentle bâtonnage and believes the wines add depth and richness during this time.

Of his excellent 2016s, beginning to appear on our list, Francois thought the key was lots of hard work in the vineyard coupled with a strict selection before fermentation. This appears to have paid off, he has produced a great range; it is just a shame there is so little to go around.

Current Vintages

Vintage
Racy and succulent from vines planted as long ago as 1935
2015
The Lieu-Dit Limozin lies below Genevrières and takes its name from an old stream. The oldest Buisson-Battault vines were planted in 1928, the youngest in 1986. In Francois’ hands they produce a fine, mineral wine, its weight balanced by tense energy.
2016
Puligny Montrachet ‘Les Charmes’2016
Meursault 1er Cru Poruzots2016
As the name suggests, a vineyard giving charming wines. No blowsiness or corpulence here though, plenty of ripe stone fruit and hazelnut on the attack leads to a fleshy mid-palate supported by a firm spine of mineral acidity. James Bond charming perhaps?
2016
Meursault 1er Cru Goutte D’Or2016

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