*En Primeur 2019 In Bond Pricing* “...Charles Ballot is producing serious wines, old-fashioned in the best sense, that deserve to be better known.” William Kelley, Wine Advocate, February 2020
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy: "This long time Meursault domaine has been steadily moving up the rankings and now competes with the top names. Harvest began on 14th September with acceptable yields at 38 hl/ha. Most wines are at or above 13.5%, the highest 14.5% for Meursault Perrières. The white wines were racked to tank when I tasted, the reds which are destemmed were mostly still in barrel, unracked. Good reds and frequently superb whites."
As a range the wines are energetic, textural and touched by a clear sense of terroir. The winemaking is very traditional and harvesting is done by hand, pressing is done by whole bunches without crushing, and only indigenous yeasts are used in the cellar. There is very limited new oak (max 25% on the top wines) and no battonage to retain the finesse. Leaning towards the so called ‘Roulot-style’, Charles’ Meursaults are racy, tense and linear, rather than the fat, buttery style Meursault that the commune was more known for 20 years ago. In 2019 there is no heaviness to the wines, despite their evident power and intensity. If you mixed up 2014 and 2015 you might not be too far away stylistically, though I think the wines are ultimately quite unique and set on their own path. These should age very well.