This top division 12 hectare property, based in the heart of Meursault, is run by the young and talented Charles Ballot. The Ballot & Millot families began acquiring vineyards in Meursault in the mid 17th century. When Charles’s parents married, they brought together some exceptional holdings, including extremely well situated parcels of the two finest premier crus, Perrières and Genevrières.
The ages of the vines range from 30 years for Les Criots to 70 years for the Genevrières. An extremely stringent form of viticulture is practiced in the vineyards, with no herbicides and minimal use of other treatments. In fact everything is now organic but he will not become certified as such. All the wines are barrel fermented, with around 25% new oak for the 1er Crus and 10% for the village wines. His exceptional Aligoté is from low yielding, 50 year old vines and is barrel fermented. The delicious, classy Bourgogne Chardonnay is from 25 year old vines only from the communes of Meursault and Puligny.
Meursault Village is from 7 very different parcels, each offering their own attributes – from deep soils to rock. Charles never uses bâtonnage. His Meursaults are chiselled, fine, pure and minerally, and rather “Puligny” in style.
'This is of pale lemon colour. On the nose nose it offers white blossom, juicy ripe peach, almonds, and fragrant baking spice; This is beautifully intense and precise on the palate, medium + acidity, nutty, almonds, layered and long finish.' Anja Breit, Philglas & Swiggot