Charles points to the very damp winter and spring providing sufficient ground reserves of water to combat the relentless summer heat, giving perfect quality, pure fruit, free from rot and with surprisingly good acidity and freshness. Whilst Meursault’s historically drier soils than Puligny and Chassagne have tended to result in bigger, more opulent wines, the increasing preference amongst the new generation of growers for earlier harvests, more reduction, less battonage, and less and bigger new oak barrels, really help to preserve freshness, elegance and tension. n a vintage like 2018 this seems especially important. I found Charles’ wines this year amongst the most satisfying whites tasted, rich and intense, but with an opulence supported by a good vein of balancing acidity and mineral depths.
"Deep, baked apple cobbler aromas, plus cinnamon with salty, flinty, notes. Palate is rich and golden, with a touch of toffee but spicy acidity pushes the peach cobbler and ripe orchard fruits through to the green apple finish. This is textbook new wave Meursault but with enough swagger to please lovers of the old guard."Tom, Wine Guru
"From four complementary sites, Chaumes de Narvaux, Corbins, Peutes Vignes and Pelles. The nose is fuller and fatter here, with a touch of liquorice, a little touch of barrel toast too. Very good length, fulfilling the classical style of rounded fleshy Meursault." 91 pts, Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy