Domaine Chapelle de Blagny, Meursault
2016 Burgundy En Primeur
We were the first to introduce the wines from this exciting new Meursault Domaine to the UK with the 2015 vintage, featuring them in our autumn 2017 Burgundy offer. It is with enormous pleasure that we present the Domaine’s 2016s wines to you now. From the 12th to 18th centuries, Chapelle de Blagny’s vineyards belonged to the Cistercian Abbey of Maizières. In 1811 they were bought by an ancestor of the present owner, Etienne de Brechard. Since then, 5 generations of the family leased out the vineyards to other winegrowers, or quietly tended the vineyards themselves, harvesting the grapes, and selling the wine in barrel to local Burgundian mer-chants. It was Etienne’s father-in-law who turned his focus to Domaine bottled wines; then, starting with the 2014 vintage, Domaine Chapelle de Blagny was established, with Etienne at its helm. The property is named after a 15th century chapel next to the winery.
The First Growth vineyards of Blagny may be less well-known than Meursault First Growths like Perrières or Charmes, but quality-wise they are up there with the greatest. They lie on high, steep slopes straddling Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet. This is classic white wine land, with clay-limestone marls. Domaine Chapelle de Blagny currently culti-vates 6 hectares of vines, concentrated in this zone. The particularity of the Blagny vineyards is that their altitude allows the Chardonnay grapes to come to ripeness slowly, while retaining precious, fresh acidi-ty. The resulting wines combine complexity with immaculate balance, great length, and precious crispness.