Andrew Guard

2016 Meursault 1er Cru 'Genevrières', François Mikulski

Saline, energetic wine with terrific drive and salty length. A superb mineral expression. Pale lemon-yellow. Profound minerality and a note of minty freshness on the nose. Boasts superb sappy energy and intensity to its flavors of lemon zest, lime and stone, with alluring sweetness adding to its appeal.

Francois Mikulski is in the top Echelon of Meursault producers. His wines are bright, mineral, racy and incredibly fine.

With a Polish name and no traditions to keep in mind Mikulski and his wife Marie-Pierre were free to create something completely new when they founded Domaine Mikulski in 1992.

The most obvious result was the labels for the bottles; far from the traditional Burgundian label, Mikulski wanted a label that looked like something hand written believing that it is what is inside the bottle that is most important.

After meticulous triage in the vineyards, Mikulski de-stems his Chardonnay and presses it very lightly followed by a complete débourbage (where the must is clarified prior to fermentation).

After a fermentation that typically lasts about 15 days, the new wine is racked into French oak barrels in which they undergo malolactic fermentation and élevage (aging) for a total of about 15-18 months. François uses only 20% new oak with his white wines.

Mikulski's wines have star status and can be found in the finest restaurants and also in the edgiest wine bars throughout France, Europe and the United States. Allen Meadows of Burghound is a particular fan and regulary gives great praise to his wines.