2018 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Meursault

Light gold, tight rim. The nose of white flowers(linden, acacia) and orchard fruit(pears, apple) with slight nuttiness(hazelnuts) and tones of honey. It is the basic Meursault from the lower slopes Cotes des Blancs, so the fruit is a boarder and open, with surprisingly tight acidity. Fruit length over 10+ seconds, with a medium, creamy and textured finish. A very natural, basic Meursault with some fruit gaining the upper hand over the oak in the style of Drouhin. Fermentation is slow, using wild yeast, with the juice decanted back to the 25% new oak and the older oak staying for 12 months—an excellent effort for this lack-lustre 2018 vintage. Scores are not bad around the 91-point level.

91 points John Gilman

It is always interesting at this November tasting to compare the three villages offerings from Maison Drouhin from the big three villages in the Côte de Beaune, as one gets to taste them side by side. This year, my slight favorite is this excellent Meursault AC, which delivers a very pure and classy bouquet of apple, pear, hazelnut, chalky soil tones, white flowers, citrus zest and a deft foundation of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, long and quite classic in personality, with a good core, lovely acids and grip, impeccable balance and a long, focused and nascently complex finish. First-class Meursault villages! (12/2019)

91 points Vinous

The 2018 Meursault Village comes from five separate climats and is fermented in 18–20% new oak. It has quite a steely bouquet, reserved at first and opening reluctantly with aeration to reveal strong gunflint aromas. The palate is well balanced with tempting pineapple and white peach notes drawing you in. Perhaps a little Chassagne-like in terms of weight, and quite persistent on the mint-tinged finish. Very fine, but I bet you drink it too early. (NM) (1/2020)

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