2013 Meursault Les Tillets Patrick Javillier

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Average critic rating : 90.0 points



The 2013 Meursault les Tillets saw 30% new oak (Patrick explained how he believes that new wood suits crus from more limestone soils.) It has a pure, energetic bouquet with lime flower and limestone scents that disguise that new wood with some style. The palate is well balanced and harmonious, the wood here a little more conspicuous, though that will be assimilated with time. It certainly rounds out the finish and lends it a more modern sheen, but it renders it very smooth and irresistible. ||Patrick Javillier is one of Meursault’s most consistent winemakers, also one who usually offers some of its best budget wines. “C’est un classique de mon époque,” he enthused as we began tasting from barrels. He was also candid in opining that it is a good vintage rather than an exceptional one. “It is a little inferior except for [Meursault] les Clousots, Puligny-Montrachet and Tête de Murgers which is more the style of the 2012,” he continued. “The grapes were riper than I had expected. We began the picking on 24 September but I had to get the harvesters in a week earlier because of the evolution of the grapes, especially vineyards like Clos du Cromin that ripened very well. There were differences in the rate of ripening between different terroirs, but I wanted to harvest earlier to maintain the purity of aromas.” The result is a commendable selection of 2013s from Javillier than might not possess the consistency of his superb 2012s, yet are not without highlights. I still feel that there could be some improvement with the reds that feel a little rustic and just lack the breeding of the whites. However, as ever Patrick offers some outstanding value at the “bottom” of his range: a riposte to those that claim Burgundy has become unaffordable. Yes, a lot has, but you just have to look a little harder these days. eRobertParker.com.December, 2014


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