2017 Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur Meursault Perrieres 1er Cru

Year: 2017
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Vinous Media: 91-93
Burghound: 91-94
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$129.95

"(from fruit picked on September 2): Bright, pale lemon-yellow color. Tangy Perrières perfume of musky fresh pineapple, lemon, crushed rock and wild herbs, complicated by a hint of tropical fruits. At once wonderfully fresh and creamy, communicating terrific mineral definition to its flavors of pineapple and crushed stone. A bit monolithic but powerful in the early going, and linear in a positive way, finishing with a light touch. This wine will need further élevage as well as at least a few years of bottle aging to put on some more flesh; today it's more about sheer mineral grip and length. But Bitouzet noted that it really hasn't yet been racked to air. Am I underestimating this wine's potential? (13+% potential alcohol)" (VM)

"An all but mute nose only grudgingly gives up its aromas of green apple, mineral reduction and lemon-lime zest. The pure, sleek and ultra-refined medium weight flavors brim with minerality that adds a bit of lift to the classy, focused, intense and well-balanced finale that is presently on the youthfully austere finish. This beauty is sufficiently closed to suggest that it will need at least a decade of cellaring to arrive at its apogee." (BH)

Winery Notes:
Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres: Perhaps the consistently greatest white wine from the Bitouzet-Prieur domaine, the “Perrieres” is firmly mineral, quite spicy and more elegant than the Charmes; a great wine of class and breed with remarkable density and a wine of extraordinary potential. Two barrels are reserved for the US market; magnums are always drawn for our use and double magnums are also prepared on occasion. The Bitouzets own 0.28 hectares of vines here in the part of the vineyard known as “Perrieres Dessous” and their vines were planted in 1983.