Though a bit of a late arrival, this is a completely classic expression of Chardonnay from an under-the-radar producer in this stellar vintage. Precise with incredible minerality, showing yellow stone fruits, hazelnuts, and a floral top note before the tension of the palate leads to a whiplash of a finish. While approachable now, this will be better in a few years and is a top-notch effort from this excellent vintage.
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While we don't offer as many wines from Tessier as we would like, this 7.5 hectare Meursault-based Domaine is one of the region's hidden treasures. Started by his father, whom Arnaud Tessier worked side by side with since he was 14. When his father suddenly passed away, Arnaud was left with the only choice to take over the Domaine at 22 years old. Tessier has holdings in some of the great vineyards in Meursault, many of which were planted decades ago, like the Prouzot-Dessus, a prime upper portion of the Prouzot vineyard, with Tessier's piece planted in 1950. Arnaud is more of a farmer than a winemaker, and like many of the new wave of winemakers, the wine is made in the vineyard to Arnaud, and he spends nearly every waking hour tending his organic vines. Many of the other winemakers in Meursault will often comment that Arnaud's vines are immaculate in comparison. Arnaud is joined by his wife, who helps in the fermentation room where they use wild yeasts with a long elevage in 25% new oak before bottling. The 2017 Poruzo-Dessus is fantastic with some of the incredible exotic and honeyed notes that Meursault can offer while being elegant, pure, and balanced, as William Kelley notes below. It is a fantastic buy for Meursault Premier Cru and a rare find with a limited number of cases brought to the US each year.
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 91-93 points! "The 2017 Meursault 1er Cru Le Porusot-Dessus is the most exotic wine in the range, wafting from the glass with notions of orange blossom, mandarin and green pear. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, pure and elegant, with succulent acids and an elegantly glossy texture. A warm site, this is typically the first plot Tessier harvests."