Burgundy growers rejoiced after the 2017 harvest, as yields were ample and the fruit ripe and healthy. According to Clive Coates MW, “ looks like being even better than 2016 and 2015.” Coates went on to say that even in June, the nights were cool, resulting in fruit with healthy acidity levels. This is excellent news for the white wines. Jean-Baptiste Bouzereau described his fruit as being so clean at harvest that, “The bunches were the kind you see on postcards.”
Bouzereau is truly a rising star in Meursault, having recently been promoted to 3 stars, the top producer status by Revue des Vins de France. Les Grands Charrons is a lieu-dit on the west side of the village, just north of the string of Meursault’s Premier Cru sites.
Bouzereau’s 2017 Grands Charrons is an aromatic masterpiece. Floral notes mingle with pears, spiced apples, citrus blossoms and a hint of hazelnut. The palate is medium-bodied and expressive, leading to a surprisingly lengthy finish. Drink this from 2021 - 2032.
For Burgundy’s red wines, 2017 was celebrated, for both quality and quantity. In her synopsis of the vintage, Jancis Robinson MW said, “Some optimists made tentative comparisons to 2002 or 1999,” two great vintages.
Domaine Bart is directed by Pierre Bart, his uncle Martin, Pierre’s mother, and aunt. There’s a tie-in with Burgundy’s hierarchy as Martin is a cousin of Bruno Clair of the Clair-Daü family. Together, the family oversees 22 hectares, mostly in Marsannay. The 5 hectare Champ Salomon vineyard is sandwiched between the villages of Marsannay and Couchey, and of their Marsannay holdings, the Barts treasure their vines here with the highest regard.
For the 2017 Bart Champ Salomon, the aromas are fresh and expressive - dark berries, forest floor, violets, and cassis. On the palate, there is richness and depth, with concentrated fruit and firm tannins, suggesting this will need a little time to hit its drinking window. The finish is long and well balanced. Drink 2024-2038.