The business of managing vineyard activity has been practiced in the Darnat family since the 19th century. Vineyard owner, Henri Darnat has been at the head of the family vineyards since 1985. During the 1990's, Henri and his wife Marion started the negociant business which has allowed them to offer a wide range of Burgundy wines. Henri Darnat, says that making great wines requires patience and “the courage to wait”; waiting for optimum ripeness to time the harvest as the September weather can be changeable, waiting on the wines as they ferment with their own natural rhythm barrel by barrel, waiting and tasting the wines so they are bottled at their optimum point of purity and liveliness. The result of the pride he takes in his work is that his wines are represented on some of the best restaurant lists of France and the world.
Known to offer a magical balance of smoothness and freshness, Meursault's quality is hard to rival. The village lies in the middle of Côte de Beaune, just south of Volnay. Meursault is said to mean “mouse’s jump” because in the past the plots producing Pinot Noir and those producing Chardonnay were no more than a mouse’s jump from one another. Today the village is almost exclusively Chardonnay. A tiny bit of Pinot Noir is produced here with the best coming from Les Santenots on its northern side near Volnay.
While there are no Grands Crus, Meursault’s numerous acclaimed Premiers Crus can compete with any other top-notch white Burgundy. Some to know are Les Perrières, Les Genevrières, Les Charmes, Le Poruzot, Les Bouchères and Les Gouttes d’Or.
Meursault produces outstanding village level wines as well. In general great Premiers Crus and even village level Meursault (Chardonnay) have enticing aromas of lime peel, tropical fruit, crushed rocks, spice and hazelnut. On the palate there is a wonderful balance of brightness and a seductive length with flavours of white peach, pineapple and citrus.
This wine is from clay-chalk soil and underwent gentle pressing before being put in barrels (50% new wood) for 11 months. It was blended for six months in vats before bottling.
Meursault Clos du Domaine Henri Darnat serve at a temperature of 12°C.
This oak-aged wine is rich on the nose with almond and hazelnut, floral and mineral. Butter, honey and citrus fruits. On the palate this is a rich and fat wine, with a nutty and delicious flavour: the balance between unctuous and freshness. Long, structured, it needs maturity.