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.
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.
This feels a good time for Francois and his family. Their domaine, Buisson-Battault, is no longer the insider’s secret it was, known locally as a fine source of Meursault, but little known abroad. His reputation is now growing worldwide, and it is richly deserved.
There are two broad categories of wines here – though of course, being Burgundy, it is easy to find exceptions – those which come from limestone sites, Limozin, 1er Cru Genevrières, and those from soils with more of a clay influence, his Bourgogne Blanc and 1er Cru Charmes. While both terroirs have given excellent wines, in 2018 it seems clear that the influence of the limestone has added another dimension to the wines and they will be longer lived.
Francois gives his wines 12 months in barrel, around 20% new, before moving them to tank along with their fine lees for at least six months. He doesn’t use bâtonnage after fermentation, preferring the slow enrichment that comes with extended lees contact. We have now shipped the wines and they will be available for delivery from early July.
| Bourgogne Aligoté [Read More]|
Racy and succulent from vines planted as long ago as 1935
| Meursault ‘Limozin’ [Read More]|
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.
|Puligny Montrachet ‘Les Charmes’||2016|
|Meursault 1er Cru Poruzots||2017|
| Meursault 1er Cru Charmes [Read More]|
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?
|Meursault 1er Cru Goutte D’Or||2016|
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