We are delighted to be working with this domaine who came recommended to Domaine Direct by Jean-Marc Roulot, one of the most respected and sought-after Meursault producers.
Established in 1959 and family-owned for five generations, youngest sibling François started making the wine alongside his father André in 1985, before fully taking over in 1991. Two years after André’s passing in 2003, the business was transferred to the former home of François’ maternal grandparents, (which had been a renowned mustard factory from 1870 to 1939) and the family started to implement significant changes. They invested in new harvesting and vinification materials, with the view to produce long-lived, pure, elegant wines, which would fully reflect the quality of the vines and terroir.
Today Domaine Buisson-Battault covers 8 hectares of vineyards over 14 appellations and produce wines which are pure, generous yet racy, characterful with poise and charm. Authentic white Burgundy from a hugely talented winemaker. Exciting stuff.
We have chosen twelve wines, from seven of their appellations, to showcase both the value and exceptional terroir that this Domaine represents.
Buisson-Battault Exploration Case
A 12 bottle case containing 1 bottle of each wine below is available
– £550 per 12 bottles inc vat –
A wine to convince even the most hardened non-Aligoté drinker that this grape, in the right hands, is an equal to Chardonnay. At the price below, this is one of the best value wines in the Domaine Direct portfolio. We have only 20 cases. Form an orderly queue.
2017 – £130 per case of 12 bottles IB
An elegant and mineral Bourgogne that could easily be mistaken for a Meursault. The majority of the fruit is sourced from their Les Magnys plot, situated on the gentle slope to the right as you head into the village from the main north/south drag (D974). One year ageing in oak, 10% of which is new.
2015 – £198 per case of 12 bottles IB
2017 – £198 per case of 12 bottles IB
Mixed Case with 6 bottles each of the above – £198 per 12 bottles IB
Mersault Vieilles Vignes
0.5ha of vines located on two plots either side of the village, Les Malpoiriers to the north and Les Pellans, which borders Puligny. This is made in a broader style, offering up a more generous wine in its youth. But don’t expect a rich, buttery wine, François retains a good tension here, as is typical of his winemaking.
2017 – £420 per case of 12 bottles IB
Meursault 1er Cru ‘Gouttes D’Or’
This is the Domaine’s largest 1er Cru holding, in fact, their 1.3ha makes Buisson-Battault the biggest landowner in the 5ha climat. The wines made here are typically richer, fatter (liquid gold) but François’ style is more elegant, compact and taut. The tasting note by Neal Martin of 1973 he drunk at Noble Rot last year reads ‘The 1973 Meursault Goutte d’Or is a real revelation. Pale gold in colour, it has an exquisite bouquet with scents of dried honey, Golden Delicious, flecks of white chocolate and crème brûlée. The palate is beautifully balanced with impressive depth, slightly viscous in style yet fresh and saline towards the compelling finish. A complete surprise, this just proves how you never know what lies inside, ’til you pop that cork.’
I challenge you to wait 40+ years before popping the corks on either of the below vintages!
2016 – £564 per case of 12 bottles IB
2017 – £618 per case of 12 bottles IB
Mixed Case with 6 bottles each of the above – £591 per 12 bottles IB
Meursault 1er Cru ‘Genevréires’
Considered by many as the finest vineyard in Meursault, François’ 0.63ha of vines in Genevrieres were planted in 1950, 1988 and 1996. Never more than 25% new wood and often less, an exceptional Meursault that needs 5+ years in bottle to coax out the best, and will age for decades. If you demand the best, then this should find its way to your cellar.
2016 – £600 per case of 12 bottles IB
2017 – £660 per case of 12 bottles IB
Mixed Case with 6 bottles each of the above – £630 per 12 bottles IB
Mersault 1er Cru ‘Charmes’
The Domaine’s 0.39 ha of Charmes sit in both Les Charmes Dessus and Dessous, the mineral-rich south-east facing slope just below Les Perrieres Dessous. His Charmes sees 20% new oak and offers up in youth citrus and white flowers. The palate is elegant, fleshy and mineral. A serious and refined Meursault-Charmes offered at a great price.
2016 – £540 per case of 12 bottles IB
2017 – £624 per case of 6 bottles IB
Mixed Case with 6 bottles each of the above – £582 per 12 bottles IB
François produces three red wines, his Pommard vines are sited in Les Combes, a clay-limestone plot on the boundary with Volnay. The grapes are destemmed and aged in barrel (25% new) for a year. The resulting wine is delicate and silky, perhaps more Volnay in style than Pommard.
2016 – £330 per case of 12 bottles IB
2017 – £330 per case of 6 bottles IB
Mixed Case with 6 bottles each of the above – £330 per 12 bottles IB