Vino della settimana–2007 Mersault from Domaine Matrot

Thierry and Pascale Matrot are 4th and 5th generation winemakers at this estate, cultivating their vineyards organically with great respect for the soil and vines.  Perhaps most famous for their “cult” wine BLAGNY LA PIECE SOUS LE BOIS, Matrot has a well-rounded range of wines from vineyards in the communes of Mersault, Puligny-Montrachet, Auxey-Duresses, and Monthelie.  I personally got introduced to Domaine Matrot through the widely available Bourgogne Chardonnay, often the best value entry white burgundy you can find.  I had the Blagny La Piece Sous Le Bois for the first time this spring at the restaurant Caves Madeleine in Beaune, France, and, yes, it is also worth seeking out if you can find it.

Domaine Matrot, Mersault

Wine of the week honors does however go to another stablemate in their lineup, the 07 Mersault.  Again, cheap for a Mersault white, it competes with the best of them. Not to be mistaken for their Mersault Perrieres (which is much harder to come by, and as close to a Grand Cru as you can get…), this wine is all apple, honey and citrus, with a mineral streak, and long aftertaste. I guess drinking an 07 today does not do the wine any favors, and that we really should find any 99, 02 or 05 out there.  But, this is what they had, and together with our grilled chicken (grilled on indirect heat for 1 hour – 180 Celsius – on top of a half-full beer-can – it’s is simply the best chicken you’ll ever taste) it won Wine of the Week by a mile.

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