I have long been a bit fan of this upstairs portion of Meursault, technically part of the (for the most part) unknown hamlet of Blagny. It can be labelled as either Blagny or Meursault, and as very few people recognize Blagny, they choose to go with its more prestigious name…When you are in the vineyards, you can tell that it has all of the essential ingredients for stony and dynamic white Burgundy, as both its higher elevation, location abutting the forest, and very limestone rich soils all contribute to more of a “rockhead” personality, something that I prize big time. Especially with the continued influence of climate change and ever riper/more solar vintages, these upstairs vineyards that were once thought to be too austere in the past will prove to be one of the more exciting under esteemed places in great white Burgundy…..get some, and you will certainly see what I mean……The natural character of the vineyard (upper elevation, fresher, stonier) seems perfectly suited to Alvina’s preferences as well, so I expect very good things here.
“There are four barrels of the 2019 Meursault 1er Cru La Pièce sous le Bois, a bright and lively wine that reveals inviting aromas of pear, white flowers, peach and blanched almonds. Medium to full-bodied, pure and incisive, with an elegant, understated profile and good tension at the core, it reflects its higher-altitude origins.” 92 William Kelley for the 2019, NOT THE 2020 OFFERED HERE