Hubert Bouzereau is the 7th generation of wine growers. He took over the family business in 1970 with his wife, Marie-France. Both come from old wine making families. Hubert is from the village of Meursault, and Marie-France is from Chassagne-Montrachet.
Today their daughters, Marie-Anne and Marie Laure, have joined their parents in running the estate. In 2001 this family venture was officially recognized and the daughters were added to the business name; “et Filles.” With the 8th generation firmly in control, they have presently expanded to a 10 hectare domaine, covering 6 communes in the Côte de Beaune, including Grand Cru, Premier Cru, Village, and Regional Appellations. Seventy-five percent of their production is white, the remainder is red.
Meursault Les Tillets 2019 and 2020
The vines of Les Tillets were planted in 1961 on some 34 hectares. The soils are Calcareous and Marle. The wine was presed pneumatically, no yeasts were added, and malolactic fermentation happened spontaneously. The wine was aged in oak, 25% new barrels and allowed on the lees for one year with regular bâtonnage.
Les Tillets sits on a slope north of the town of Meursault, facing south south east. The vineyard climbs to some 340 meters (over 1100 ft)
This Domaine consistently produces solid wines at the very least, extraordinary wines more than often. There is an inherent honesty, unpretentiousness about what they do, and their motives for doing so, all of which seems to present themselves in the wine, like some unspoken aspect of the terroir. From vintage to vintage the Meursault Les Tillets is like a tarte tatin in a bottle. Some vintages are more intense than others, adding a creamy, honeyed element to the tout ensemble. There is always a golden unctuousness that persists from the tip of the tongue to the uvula.
Chassagne-Montrachet Les Blanchot Dessous Premier Cru 2020
The vines of this Lieu Dit were planted 51 years ago in 1972 and constitute some 1.1 hectares. The soils of Les Blanchot Dessous are Calcereous (oolitic limestone specifically, meaning small spheres “ooiliths” stuck together in lime mud) and stony. The gently sloping site is south facing. The grapes were harvested manually, juice extracted using a pneumatic press, and fermentation occurred without the use of added yeasts. The wine was aged in 30% new oak with regular bâtonnages.
Where the Domaine’s Meursault is typically more apple-driven, the Chassagne Montrachet is more about peaches, honeysuckle, and raciness. In excellent vintages, this wine is breathtaking, offering diamond-like clarity, a beam of aromatic zest, accessorized with fruit and floral charms; sensual, mesmerizing, a saunter through a dreamscape.