2016 Domaine Roulot Meursault 'Mon Plaisir' Cote de Beaune
Winemaker Notes: The 2015/2016 winter was the hottest recorded since 1900, resulting in an early budbreak beginning around mid-April. The vegetation was beautiful and harmonious as if waiting to greet the frost lying in ambush.
The rude awakening on the 27th of April will forever remain engraved in our minds. No vigneron can recall a frost this devastating. In one night the domaine lost 65% of its crop. Pictures taken in early May seemed to depict a winter landscape. The vegetation slowly reemerged and work in the vineyards was hampered by the resulting uneven growth. The end of the growing season brought on humid conditions leading to significant mildew pressure on the surviving grapes.
Harvest began on September 19th under summery conditions. As the damage incurred in the vineyards and the subsequent regrowth were not consistent, maturity levels varied significantly. Our focus in the cave however remained unwavering. We worked on fine tuning our sulfur protocol, not with an aim of making natural wines but in an attempt to instill a more though out and thereby moderate usage.
A meteorological incident of this magnitude is bound to have an influence on the resulting wines. They are beautiful and balanced, however, for those parcels hardest hit by the frost, a more harmonious vegetative cycle may have imparted additional energy and as such I remain cautious with regards to these wines ageing potential. On the other hand, parcels that were slightly to not affected (the 1er Crus, Tesson, Luchets) retain all their potential exhibiting a classic and dynamic profile that could carry them well into the future.
Guy Roulot, a legendary producer of some of the finest Meursaults, if not some of the world’s finest white wines, took his family’s small production domaine to stardom. Guy’s marriage to Geneviève Coche and his own hard work added more prime parcels to the family’s holdings, which he vinified and bottled separately – a novelty for a domaine which had been distilling, rather than vinifying, their grapes just a generation before. As a result, Domaine Roulot has become the master of the lieu-dit, not to mention the five premier cru parcels they farm in Meursault and Monthelie. Guy’s sudden death in 1982 left the family in transition, as his son, Jean-Marc was in Paris pursuing a career in acting. A series of three winemakers aided in the changeover until 1989, when Jean-Marc was at last ready to take on the direction of the estate.
Vinous - "Green-tinged yellow. Piquant lime zest and mineral aromas. Lively and sharply delineated but also displays excellent depth and salty minerality, with its limey acidity giving it a compellingly juicy character. Finishes tactile and long. Lots of potential here. These vines, planted between 1958 and 1962, produced just under 30 hectoliters per hectare in 2016, which assistant Baudin described as "not a disaster in terms of yield in 2016." He noted that the wine Roulot makes from this favored site is typically between the estate's lieux-dits and premier crus in quality. 91+"
|Region||Cote de Beaune|
|Winery||Domaine Guy Roulot|
|Imported By||Kermit Lynch|