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Domaine Vincent Bouzereau
Bouzereau is a famous name in Meursault—the family has been growing wine since the 16th century—and today all the Bouzereaus are cousins. Vincent Bouzereau is the son of Pierre, the brother of Jean-Marie, the nephew of Michel and the cousin of Hubert and Philippe, all winemakers. His domaine was created in 1990 and they have 11 hectares of vines: 6 planted with Chardonnay, 4 with Pinot Noir and 1 with Aligoté. The majority of their plots are in the commune of Meursault, but they also work some excellent vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet, Monthélie, Auxey-Duresses, Volnay, Pommard, Beaune and on the mountain of Corton.
One distinguishing feature of the family is that they have always produced their vines with massal selections rather than clones and their current vines are from pre-phylloxera selections. They identify the vines that are healthy and vigorous and keep prunings for reproduction on selected rootstocks. For them, this practice makes it possible to have better biodiversity compared to the clonal selection.
Their farming techniques include plowing to promote life underground. Most vines are grown in single guyot, while others are in cordon de royat. The grapes are harvested by hand, and completely de-stemmed after passing through several careful selections at a sorting table. The vinification is traditional and the musts are neither yeasted nor treated with enzymes. Fermentation takes place in open tanks, with the amount of punch downs and pump overs depending upon the harvest.
The maceration last 10 to 15 days before the wine is pressed and put in the barrels to age (all wines but the Aligoté). About 20% new oak is used each year, with aging lasting between 12 and 18 months (according to the natural evolution of the wine and its tasting). Reds are aged in barrel for between 16 and 18 months.
Bottling takes place without filtration.
We are very pleased to be able to bring you these truly special Meursault wines, along with wines from some excellent holdings in appellations not far from Meursault.