Beaune "Vieille Vigne de Saint Désiré" 2009, Château de la Velle
For unknown reasons, the biggest white wine village on the Côte d'Or never had a decent restaurant in the village centre. Recently, things have changed for the better with one of Thierry Matrot's daughters taking over Le Chevreuil. There is also La Cueillette but I haven't had good feedback from locals as of yet... So we went for a "light" lunch at Le Chevreuil and chose this bottle from a well chosen, diverse (as in lots of Burgundy) and reasonable wine list. I have had very good experiences with the wines from Château de la Velle as documented with the Meursault 2008, Pommard 2008 and Beaune 2007. This 2009 Beaune has dark fruit aromas touching on blackberry preserve. There is sweet black licorice, black cherry, a hint of fig. Even slices of black olive and cloves. Dense cassis and black cherry fruit. This offers width rather than length. Fully evolved tannins. Excellent value at 39 euro! Scores 26/30 for a Beaune. Le Chevreuil is definitely the best restaurant in Meursault to break up an arduous day of tasting.