Back-Vintage Meursault Perrières: 1991 Ampeau Meursault 1er Cru Perrières

Posted by Ian McFadden

Among Burgundy producers, Ampeau is a welcome outlier.

Instead of releasing the most current vintage, his releases follow a different logic. They're released only when they're ready to drink.

The fact that Ampeau has some of the most formidable real estate in the noble villages of Puligny, Meursault and Volnay make the domaine's philosophy even more exciting.

The style at Ampeau is steadfastly vin de garde. These are wines that flaunt firm mineral backbones, bold acidities and compact structure. You get a rigorous honesty and there is a quiet elegance in the wines.

It's in vintages like 1991 where the vigorous mineral core and finesse of Ampeau's wine really shine, especially when it comes to Perrières. While it's not a widely heralded vintage, we've been very impressed by the mineral punch and elegance of 1991 white Burgundies.

Meursault doesn’t have any Grand Crus, but there’s no doubt that Perrières can rival Grand Crus from other villages. For Chardonnay, this is a very special place. The wines are deeply complex with a riveting tension, intensity and refined elegance

Ampeau's 1991 Perrières is in the zone boasting razor sharp precision and a layered, radiant richness. The breeding of Perrières is on bold display. There are high-toned floral notes with spice. The refinement and gracefulness is astonishing.

I don't get to offer white Burgundy with age on it very often. I'm expecting this to sell out quickly. Please give us your ideal order and we'll do our best.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits