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SommSelect: Sylvain Dussort, Meursault, (Lieu-dit Le Tesson) Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France 2011 - SommSelect

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Sylvain Dussort, Meursault, (Lieu-dit Le Tesson) Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France 2011


Today’s offer hails from one of my favorite appellations, Meursault. Due to serious worldwide demand and incredibly limited cultivated land throughout the region, Burgundy can often fetch a price increasingly higher than the quality inside the bottle. Thankfully, Meursault still has some values to be found, like this producer I recently discovered. Although there are no Grand Cru vineyards in the appellation, Meursault can be depended upon for extraordinary Premier Cru wines as well as village level wines that exceed your expectations from certain unique parcels. That is why this particular offer is so compelling.  It is from one of these special sites, although it is not stated on the label. The 2011 Sylvain Dussort Meursault that we have the pleasure of offering you here today is a pitch-perfect gem that is incredible now, but is built to last.


Domaine Sylvain Dussort is a relatively new producer in Burgundy. By relative, I mean that Sylvain Dussort began making wine on his grandparents’ land over twenty years ago. He’s focused on sustainable viticulture with minimal interference; he utilizes only natural yeasts, uses very little new oak and ages the wine sur lie without batonnage for 16 to 18 months. Although this is a “village” level wine, it is from the lieu-dit “Le Tesson”. This site is classified as a village level vineyard site, yet has the same elevation as the famous Les Genevrieres with a bit less sun exposure. The lieu-dit (named site) is an indication that though this wine does not originate from a grand cru or premier cru site, it is a site with special characteristics, with regard to soil and/or aspect, which sets it apart from other village-level vineyards. Le Tesson is a highly regarded vineyard which, in many peoples opinion, should be a Premier Cru site when many of the Premier Cru sites in Meursault should be elevated to Grand Cru, although the reclassification will likely not happen soon. This 2011 Sylvain Dussort Meursault is a high-toned Chardonnay with ample tension, minerality and elegance that offers serious pleasure in its current youth, but is built to last. I believe this wine will peak at about 10-12 years of age.

This 2011 Meursault has a moderate golden yellow core moving to green hues on the rim. The nose offers aromas of fresh yellow apple, white peach, lemon zest, honey and acacia flowers. On the palate you find flavors of honeysuckle, a hint of hazelnut puree, laser-focused chalk-like minerality and mouthwatering acidity. From the first sip, the quality and complexity is readily apparent, but the experience continues to unfold with the mouthfeel that is simultaneously slightly oily and fresh. I would recommend enjoying one bottle now to experience it in its youth, but only after decanting for at least two hours, at 60 degrees in a Burgundy glass. If you drink this wine too cold the minerality and acidity will take over the palate. The rest of your bottles will ideally be forgotten in the cellar to age a while, at least 3-4 more years to let the wine settle in and show its true potential. I would recommend enjoying this young Burgundy with the legendary Julia Child’s Roasted Chicken. Although the recipe takes some time and effort, the result always produces mouth-watering perfection that begs for a Burgundian Chardonnay of this caliber. Bon Appetit!

Domaine Sylvain Dussort is a relatively new producer in Burgundy. By relative, I mean that Sylvain Dussort began making wine on his grandparents’ land over twenty years ago. He’s focused on sustainable viticulture with minimal interference; he utilizes only natural yeasts, uses very little new oak and ages the wine sur lie without batonnage for 16 to 18 months. Although this is a “village” level wine, it is from the lieu-dit “Le Tesson”. This site is classified as a village level vineyard site, yet has the same elevation as the famous Les Genevrieres with a bit less sun exposure. The lieu-dit (named site) is an indication that though this wine does not originate from a grand cru or premier cru site, it is a site with special characteristics, with regard to soil and/or aspect, which sets it apart from other village-level vineyards. Le Tesson is a highly regarded vineyard which, in many peoples opinion, should be a Premier Cru site when many of the Premier Cru sites in Meursault should be elevated to Grand Cru, although the reclassification will likely not happen soon. This 2011 Sylvain Dussort Meursault is a high-toned Chardonnay with ample tension, minerality and elegance that offers serious pleasure in its current youth, but is built to last. I believe this wine will peak at about 10-12 years of age.

This 2011 Meursault has a moderate golden yellow core moving to green hues on the rim. The nose offers aromas of fresh yellow apple, white peach, lemon zest, honey and acacia flowers. On the palate you find flavors of honeysuckle, a hint of hazelnut puree, laser-focused chalk-like minerality and mouthwatering acidity. From the first sip, the quality and complexity is readily apparent, but the experience continues to unfold with the mouthfeel that is simultaneously slightly oily and fresh. I would recommend enjoying one bottle now to experience it in its youth, but only after decanting for at least two hours, at 60 degrees in a Burgundy glass. If you drink this wine too cold the minerality and acidity will take over the palate. The rest of your bottles will ideally be forgotten in the cellar to age a while, at least 3-4 more years to let the wine settle in and show its true potential. I would recommend enjoying this young Burgundy with the legendary Julia Child’s Roasted Chicken. Although the recipe takes some time and effort, the result always produces mouth-watering perfection that begs for a Burgundian Chardonnay of this caliber. Bon Appetit!





Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub-Region Meursault
Varietal Chardonnay
Production n/a
Alcohol 13%
Oak Mostly Neutral French
Soil Limestone
Farming Sustainable
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Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub-Region Meursault
Varietal Chardonnay
Production n/a
Alcohol 13%
Oak Mostly Neutral French
Soil Limestone
Farming Sustainable
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$44

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