There is certainly no shortage within France when it comes to leading examples of Chardonnay. While not exclusive to Burgundy, to look elsewhere for a leading example of the variety would be amiss.
Domaine Tessier is one of the hidden gems in Meursault. The 7.5 hectare estate, comprising some of Meursault’s most highly regarded terroirs, is led by Arnaud Tessier who has worked in the vines and cellars from the age of 14. Known for his devotion to the vines, it comes as no surprise that Arnaud farms organically.
Meursault 1er Cru ‘Poruzot Dessus’ is typically the first vineyard to be harvested by Arnaud, due to its warm site. Tessier’s plot within the higher section of Poruzot Dessus is over 70 years old and is directly adjacent to the iconic Premier Cru Les Genevrieres. Fermentation is done naturally, with aging in 25% new oak. 2017 produced a stellar vintage for whites of Burgundy, producing chiseled examples with renowned freshness, without lacking in fruit and flavour.
Due to a generally small production, it is not all too easy to find Tessier’s wines around—these are certainly worth seeking out as fine examples of modern Burgundy.