2016 François Mikulski Meursault
François Mikulski is in the top Echelon of Meursault producers. His wines are bright, mineral, racy and incredibly fine. Mikulski produces elegant wines that are highly sought after and can be hard to find. They start life pale in colour and are typically nervy and tight. Stylistically they are kind of sui-generis as they are not embellished by oak nor do are thy cloaked in reductive artifice - they are fine, precise and have lovely balance and length. In the vines Mikulski is a practitioner of lutte raisonnée, a system of cultivation that is essentially organic and noninterventionist. Lutte raisonnée entails holistic and balanced viticultural management with primary focus on the microbialhealth of the soil and the biodiversity of the vineyard. 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.