Maison Pascal Clément 2019 Mersault, Burgundy, France
Pascal Clément was born in the village of Savigny-les-Beaune to a family of growers, where his father founded the Maison in 1950. After over 20 years as a grower and winemaker in the region – including his time at legendary Domaine Coche-Dury in Meursault - he launched his own micro-négoçiant project in 2012.
Pascal’s winemaking philosophy is very non-interventional. All the wines are fermented with native yeasts and undergo malolactic naturally (depending on vintage).
Winemakers: Pascal Clément
Grape Varieties: Chardonnay
Terroir: Along the Côte de Beaune, as red wine areas fold in to white, lies Meursault on classic prehistoric, limestone soils. Though the village does not have any Grand Cru vineyards, many of its Premier Crus are considered some of the best white wines of Burgundy. Here, Pascal especially dials in from his experience at Coche-Dury (which is based in Meursault). Marly limestone soils at 260 meters elevation oriented East-West. Pascal’s Meursault is a blend of Narvaux and Vireuil vineyards.
Vinification: Pascal’s winemaking philosophy is very non-interventional. All the wines are fermented with native yeasts and undergo malolactic naturally. The wines rest in barrel with no lees stirring/ bâtonnage.
Aging: 15 months aging in French oak puncheon.
Tasting notes: Clear and brilliant. Its bouquet is reminiscent of mature grapes. Grilled almonds and hazelnuts in vegetal and floral (hawthorn, elderberry, fern, linden, verbena) and mineral (flint) notes. The nose also contains butter, honey and citrus fruit accents. To the palate, a full-bodied and rich wine with joyful, fruity flavours of hazelnut: a balance between smooth and fresh, covering the full range of silkiness. Lingering and structured, it needs maturity. It is a great white wine with excellent ageing potential.