About Domaine Matrot

“Focused and direct and very good for the price.” That’s the Bourgogne Blanc. It’s red counterpart is an “excellent example of generic burgundy – has lively fruit, fine tannins and unexpected length, all at a good price.” Those particular notes from Jancis Robinson’s faithful sidekick Julia Harding MW tell part of the story. We were unashamedly, and somewhat unhopefully, searching for that ever-elusive holy grail: great-value burgundy. But as we say, just part of the story. We were striving to find Meursault. Not the village but the essence – flavour, gunflint, silk and seduction. And, yes, we wanted more. We yearned for brilliance. And that’s what we found, as Burghound’s evocation of the Perrières attests: “Like several of the wines in the range in 2014 this is impressively dense with a focused power to the chiselled medium weight flavours that also coat the palate with sap, all wrapped in a classy, dry and hugely long finale. This is pretty much textbook Perrières that should amply reward extended cellaring. Bravo!” Bravo indeed! Domaine Matrot is a sixth-generation family estate with exceptional holdings in the Côte de Beaune, notably six hectares of village-designated plots in their home commune, plus four hectares of premier cru vineyards in Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet.

About Elsa and Adèle Matrot

Elsa and Adèle took the reins of the estate in 2016 from father Thierry, having joined the domaine in 2008 and 2010 respectively. They observe the mantra that a wine should reflect its terroir and its vintage, and attentive work in the vineyards is the first step in preserving their precise characteristics. The family moved to organic fertilisers upon his arrival on the scene in 1976, when Thierry and his father adopted a lutte raisonnée approach to the vines. The rational progression from here was full organic viticulture across all the vineyards of Domaine Matrot from the year 2000. The family uses organic manure and ploughs the land, employing rigorous pruning and then disbudding in spring to control yields. If necessary, a green harvest takes place before véraison. Health and ripeness are assiduously observed in order to pick at the perfect time. The Matrots exercise extreme care with barrel hygiene and temperature control during vinification, enjoying long and uneventful ferments for eight to ten weeks. They also check the quality of the lees during the maturation process and adjust bâtonnage to the need of each parcel and vintage. These are wines that smack deliciously of this corner of the Côte de Beaune, and of a family very much at home there.