Domaine Mestre Michelot
Domaine Michelot has been in the Michelot family for six generations and, having increased in size over the years, now comprises 22 hectares which include a number of prestigious 1er cru wines. The domaine achieved widespread recognition in the 60s under the direction of the charismatic Bernard Michelot and this spirit and tradition flourishes and grows in the hands of the current generation. The Meursault vineyards are made up of a number of “terroirs” – parcels of land with individual characteristics of soil, drainage and orientation – and their distinct personalities yield a diverse range of wines. Jean-François Mestre assumed control of the vineyards and winemaking in 1993. Mestre, who is married to one of Bernard Michelot’s four daughters, has spent the last twenty years raising the profile of this domaine which is now widely regarded as one of the finest in the Meursault appellation. He is now joined in the business by his son,
A more fulsome style, lush fruit, sweet accompanying oak, cereal and hints of toffee. Oily rich and generous. This is a powerful wine.
Try with halibut, mixed beans and lemon butter sauce.
One third new oak is used. The wines benefit from extended contact with the lees and regular battonage, which contributes to their rich and expressive character. To enhance the wines’ vivacity, after 12 months the cuvees are assembled into temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks where they complete their maturation over the next 6 months. The estate’s entire production now appears under the Domaine Mestre-Michelot label.
Domaine Michelot’s vineyard practices aim at maintaining a balanced natural environment. The aim is to encourage the vine’s natural resistance mechanisms. They regularly plough the soils and apply compost as opposed to chemical fertilizers. Grass is planted between all the rows to absorb water, thereby creating a condition of mild hydric stress for the wines. This condition serves 3 purposes: it encourages the roots to grow deeper into the soil, enhancing the wine’s complexity; it makes for healthier grapes while concentrating their sugar and flavors; and it creates an environment in which vine maladies caused by moisture are naturally prevented.