Wine Review of 2015 Bouchard Ainé et Fils Meursault Le Porusot Premier Cru Chardonnay, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy
The Meursault appellation, one of the most famous white wines in Burgundy, takes its name from the village of Meursault. The vineyards of the appellation extend over 396 hectares in total (1000 acres) of which 96% produce white wine and 27% are ranked as Premier Cru.
The Premier Cru “Le Porusot” covers about 10 hectares (25 acres) and enjoys a south-eastern exposure, which is perfect for a maximum amount of sunlight.
The name Porusot comes from the very nature of the soil; a regional way of naming a place covered with rocks. It is the diminutive of Porroux which finds its origin in the latin word Petrosa (stony place).
This Meursault Chardonnay comes, typically, in a bright and intense lemon-yellow color with a fair amount of gold hues from the ageing on lees in barrel, but still looking youthful like the young wine it is.
The nose is powerfully and extrovertly leesy, smelling like a buttery sour dough that would also feature some delicate spices and sweet spices such as clove, nutmeg, and white pepper, together with sweetening aromas of caramel, honey, and a discrete hint of lemon marmalade.
Captivating, deep and complex to smell at. Clearly smoky and meaty, somewhat like bacon. Tempting!
The palate follows suit, with intense flavors of roasted hazelnut and nutmeg in a sea of sour dough brioche. The acidity is lively and crisp, yet balanced by an oily texture featuring fine-grained phenolics. The whole is dry and very smooth, exploding from the mid-palate on to a myriad of spicy and biscuit flavors.
It ends on a surprisingly warming and comforting finish. Only to the finish does a sense of fruitiness really shines through, like citrus peel coated in a buttery cake.
A deep and complex Chardonnay wine, powerful, ripe, oaky and doughy, yet featuring a stunning dry/oily balance, in a typically Burgundy Chardonnay savoriness, great length and stunning fruit ripeness without ever feeling heavy.
A delight of a buttery doughy wine to taste, vibrant, long and deep.