Buisson-Charles

Buisson-Charles

The Buisson family has been in Meursault for more than seven generations and occupy an old house on the road out of the village which leads to Puligny-Montrachet. It surrounds a small yard – flower-filled in summer – the house on the left, the bottling and order preparation ahead and the stairs down to the cellar on the right. 

A fruitful run of vintages and growing demand for their wines have enabled them to buy the neighbouring house and knock its cellars into theirs’. The domaine is now run by Catherine who came back to the estate in 2002 and her sports teacher husband, Patrick Essa, who confesses he now spends more and more time in the cellar and less on the touch lines. Patrick has had sole charge of winemaking since 2009 and is not shy of ruffling a few feathers in the village! This commonly revolves around vintage dates and his preference for later picking. He simply prefers the riper, richer style of Meursault to the lighter, lemony style favoured by many of his ilk. In our book there is definitely room for both styles! The Buisson-Charles domaine extends to 6 ha of vines, many of them old, which are worked organically but the estate is not certified, giving them the option to save an exceptionally difficult vintage using conventional treatments. The wines spend 12 months in oak but Patrick doesn’t like woody wines giving them just enough to complement the fruit. The resulting wines are incredibly concentrated and can age remarkably well. He also makes a little Chablis and Corton-Charlemagne.

  1. Meursault Goutte d'Or, Buisson Charles
    Meursault Goutte d'Or 1er cru, Buisson-Charles 2011
    Chardonnay 13.5% Vol
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    Citrussy and mineral aromas. Very like-able with extremely good balance. Superb fruit on the palate...
    £64.50 per bottle
  2. Meursault Bouches-Cheres 1er cru, Buisson
    Meursault Bouches-Chères 1er cru, Buisson-Charles 2015
    Chardonnay 14.0% Vol
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    This 1er cru has a character not unlike nearby Genevrières. A bright but restrained nose,...
    £83.00 per bottle
  3. Meursault Les Charmes 1er cru, Buisson
    Meursault Les Charmes 1er cru, Buisson-Charles 2015
    Chardonnay 14.0% Vol
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    An approachable style with plenty of ripe white fruit character, white currants, white peaches and...
    £77.00 per bottle
  4. Meursault VV, Buisson-Charles
    Meursault, Vieilles Vignes, Buisson-Charles 2016
    Chardonnay 14.0% Vol
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    A beautiful ripe Chardonnay nose, with notes of Apple Charlotte. On the palate lots of luscious,...
    £56.00 per bottle
  5. Bourg Aligoté, Buisson-Charles
    Bourgogne, Sous le Chemin, Buisson-Charles Aligoté 2016
    Aligoté 13.0% Vol
    Burgundy > Bourgogne & Hautes Côtes
    Pear fruit, baked apple and a hint of apricots on the nose. Ripe orchard fruit follows with a good...
    £22.50 per bottle
  6. Chablis les Lys Buisson-Charles
    Chablis 1er cru Les Lys, Buisson-Charles 2015
    Chardonnay 13.0% Vol
    Burgundy > Chablis
    A smoky gunflint nose, drier than the Meursaults more tradtionally produced at this domaine, but...
    £42.00 per bottle
  7. Meursault Les Cras 1er cru, Buisson
    Meursault Les Cras 1er cru, Buisson-Charles 2015
    Chardonnay 14.0% Vol
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    Wonderful intensity and richness with zest flavours combining with pears and spices. Long and...
    £83.00 per bottle
  8. Meursault VV, Buisson-Charles
    Meursault vieilles vignes, Buisson-Charles 2015
    Chardonnay 14.0% Vol
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    From five parcels of vines, a little from all over the village. An attractive soft floral character...
    £52.00 per bottle
  9. Meursault Bouches-Cheres 1er cru, Buisson
    Meursault Bouches-Chères 1er cru, Buisson-Charles 2016
    Chardonnay 14.0% Vol
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    Ripe and forward nose with honeysuckle, pineapple and pear notes. On the palate, more yellow...
    £89.50 per bottle
  10. Meursault Les Cras 1er cru, Buisson
    Meursault Les Cras 1er cru, Buisson-Charles 2016
    Chardonnay 14.0% Vol
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    Wonderful intensity and richness with zest flavours combining with pears and spices. Long and...
    £89.50 per bottle
  11. Chablis les Lys Buisson-Charles
    Chablis 1er cru Les Lys, Buisson-Charles 2016
    Chardonnay 13.0% Vol
    Burgundy > Chablis
    Ripe white orchard fruits on the nose, following on the palate with a great mineral core. Great...
    £46.00 per bottle
  12. Bourgogne Aligoté Sous le Chemin, Buisson-Charles 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Bourgogne Aligoté Sous le Chemin, Buisson-Charles 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Burgundy > Bourgogne & Hautes Côtes
    A ripe nose of creamy cooked apples with notes of white flowers, initially it is delightfully sweet...
    £TBA
  13. Meursault vieilles vignes, Buisson-Charles 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Meursault vieilles vignes, Buisson-Charles 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    From vines 60 to 100 years of age and aged in 15% new oak, this is a super village Meursault. Hints...
    £TBA
  14. Meursault Bouches-Chères 1er cru, Buisson-Charles 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Meursault Bouches-Chères 1er cru, Buisson-Charles 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    Stewed apples, pink grapefruit and honeysuckle on the nose with subtle hints of vanilla. There is...
    £TBA
  15. Meursault Les Cras 1er cru, Buisson-Charles 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Meursault Les Cras 1er cru, Buisson-Charles 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    This is an elegant old vine cuvée planted in 1955 close to Corton Charlemagne. It has a gentle...
    £TBA
  16. Meursault Les Charmes 1er cru, Buisson-Charles 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Meursault Les Charmes 1er cru, Buisson-Charles 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    A very attractive floral nose of yellow and white roses, Egremont Russet apples and Conference...
    £TBA
  17. Meursault Goutte d'Or 1er cru, Buisson-Charles 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Meursault Goutte d'Or 1er cru, Buisson-Charles 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    Apple Snow, lychee, roses, even a hint of mandarin, this is powerful and concentrated showing depth...
    £TBA