Patrick Javillier is a family-run Domaine that began in 1945 in the village of Meursault. Although Patrick is just the face now, his daughter Marion and son-in-law Pierre-Emmanuel Lamy share the wine-making and vine-growing process responsibilities. Pierre-Emmanuel makes all white wines, the core and most enticing part of the Domaine, with great holdings throughout Meursault. Les Tillets is one of their best wines in Meursault, and while it is only a village-level holding, in vintages like 2017, it reaches Premier Cru level heights.
Located at the very far edge of Meursault at the top of the hillside before it turns to woods, Tillets is named after the medieval form of Linden that once grew around this vineyard. The site faces south and southwest with brown limestone patched with clay and vines ranging from 30 to 70 years old. Tillets is an elegant wine that shows white flowers, yellow fruits, and spice and can be quite complex and fresh but can show some lovely richness. The Domaine often compares it to a hybrid of a classic Meursault and a typical Puligny-Montrachet. 2017 is an excellent example of this wine and one of the best vintages of Tillets from Javillier ever. We were able to get a friendly price on some of the only bottles available in the USA, and as Burghounds notes below, it is a textbook example of the vineyard and vintage that can be enjoyed now.
Burghound 92 points! "A perfumed, airy and decidedly cool nose speaks of a wide range of floral nuances, in particular acacia blossom and rose petal, along with citrus, hazelnut and a whiff of wet stone. The chiseled, refined and delicate flavors possess a lilting mouth feel while the lingering finish dances across the palate. This is textbook Tillets and a wine of grace and finesse that could be enjoyed young."