Vincent Boyer of Domaine Boyer-Martenot values both innovation and tradition, his wines exemplify this. Vincent approaches the elevage of the wines like no other Burgundian vigneron that we know . Overtly oaky, fruity, or reductive notes are eschewed in favor of wines that push the expression of grape and place further to the fore front. The domaine is located in the village of Meursault and most of its 24 acres of vines are there – there is some Puligny too – and 9 different Meursaults, all but one being from single vineyards, are produced. The recipe, so to speak, is similar across the board. Hand harvested, fermented with indigenous years in tank, aged for one year in barrel (usually 20%-30% new), and all the wines are aged an additional year in unlined concrete egg shaped tanks.
The Narvaux is so complex and complete. A wine that is delicious today but will just keep getting better each year. Narvaux is also high on the slope – are you seeing a theme here? – Soils are rocky and very thin with the limestone bedrock very close to the surface. Aromas of wet rocks, pear flesh, apple skin, and scallop shells. On the palate there is a briny, almost saline, minerality, that laces through the riper fruit. Yum.