Laurent Ponsot Meursault 1er Cru les Charmes 2018 ‘Cuvée de la Centaurée’ (cornflower)

Laurent Ponsot Meursault 1er Cru les Charmes 2018 ‘Cuvée de la Centaurée’ (cornflower)

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In Burgundy, the word “Charmes” means fallow land, a perfect description of the natural setting from which vines are planted in this vineyard. This is one of the largest and most sought-after Premier Cru vineyards in the appellation. Found on the slope at the southern end of the village, Charmes is composed of rocky, calcareous soils that create a very stressful environment for the vines that produce vibrant, dynamic wines more than worthy of their collectible reputation.

Meursault Charmes is a limpid and brilliant lightly accented gold-green, canary yellow, or polished bronze-gold depending on its age. The nose is rich with dried fruits, apricots, yellow peaches, and floral and spring scents. On the palate, a powerful and concentrated wine, with delicious and delightful hazelnut notes, achieving a superbly silky balance between unctuousness and freshness. With a long and structured finish, a Meursault Charmes wine needs time to mature. It’s an excellent white for laying down.

Its aromatic power and exceptional balance between richness and acidity make this one of the great wines of Burgundy. It will go with almost any fine food without blushes. Finely textured fish and meats, grilled shellfish, and shellfish in sauce all work well with the lively and supple balance of Meursault Charmes. Even blue cheeses and foie gras are an immediate and happy match.