Robert Parker 90-92
“The 2016 Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières is shaping up to be a success, revealing pretty aromas of pear, almond paste, white flowers and subtle reduction. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, rich and chewy, with sappy acids, good mid-palate volume and plenty of chewy substance. I’m expecting it to show well from bottle.”
Higher parcel within the cru, calcareous but quite deep. ‘For me Genevrières isn’t inferior to Perrières’, says PY. Not too frost-affected. Barrel sample. Intense citrus nose, a touch cedary and a hint of orange all entwined with a stony mineral quality. Full and quite broad in the mouth and balanced by this core of fresh acidity. This has both richness and precision and a generosity but without any fat. Huge presence in the mouth without loss of freshness. I think it is going to be long-lived, even with all this richness. Long, nutty finish. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2030
(Colin has just two 228-liter barrels of this juice, one new and one once-used, but the yield was around 45 hectoliters per hectare from these old vines, higher than in 2015): Pale, bright yellow. Brilliantly pure aromas of lemon, mandarin orange, menthol and crushed rock complemented by spicy oak. Dense, spicy and dry, conveying lovely citrus fruit energy but in need of more élevage. A very fresh Genevrières with a long, saline finish. Colin noted that he picked all of his Meursaults on the first day of the harvest in 2017. That was certainly the right decision here.