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Albert Grivault, in the 19th century a established regional distiller, bought his vineyards in 1879 right after phylloxera ravaged the vines in France. Among these vineyards was the famous Clos de Perrières. Purchasing this proved a brilliant business decision. Albert’s grandson, Michel Bardet, has been working on the domaine for decades. He is well in his 80s and co-owns the domaine with his sister of 90.
This Meursault Clos du Murger is wine from the vineyard immediately behind the chateau, which is surrounded by a wall (the ‘clos’). Therefore the grapes, once harvested, don’t need to travel a lot. This means the grapes are in better condition and retain all of the yeasts necessary for fermentation. The Meursault is a clear notch up from the Bourgogne Blanc which is made from young vines from the same vineyard. Once you taste them both you understand why mr Bardet only wants the grapes from the mature vines in this wine. It has more depth, lots more minerality and fruit concentration. Very well balanced.