Mixed Trio: Legendary Meursault


In his excellent recent book Rajat Parr describes the trio thus: “Perrières — the eternal Grand Cru in waiting, with its epic fusion of body and minerality, frame and physique; Charmes — full bodied and physical, but deep and engaging; and Genevrieres — crystalline in structure, at once gossamer and formidable.”

We won’t try to beat Parr at poetry, but we’ll confirm that these characterizations match Boyer’s cuvées this year. Vincent Boyer is making wine at a higher level these days than ever before — Vinous’s Stephen Tanzer declared himself “seriously impressed” with Boyer’s 2017 premier crus. Simply put, these are extraordinary wines — they’re not cheap, but greatness rarely is.

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    Boyer-Martenot Meursault 1er cru “Charmes” 2017
    Charmes is always the smoothest and most unctuous of Boyer’s cuvées. The 2017 has a particularly lovely balance between mouthfilling fruit and energy. Tanzer awarded 90-93 points, calling it “silky and densely packed” and “captivating,” noting its excellent “concentration and length.”

    Boyer-Martenot Meursault 1er cru “Perrières” 2017
    Always Boyer’s most masculine cuvée, this is an explosion of energy, richness, and depth. Tanzer awarded 91-94 points, finding “terrific intensity and verve,” and “superb inner-mouth energy.”

    Boyer-Martenot Meursault 1er cru “Genevrières” 2017
    This is more concentrated and longer than the Charmes; less fat and more intensity. Tanzer awarded 91-94 points, calling it “at once thick and piquant,” and “classic, dense, vibrant.” He concluded simply “this is superb.”