Buisson-Charles En Primeur

One gets the impression that Patrick Essa likes to ruffle a few feathers, and why not!

He believes passionately that too much Meursault is harvested too early and is too lemony as a result. His picking dates are invariably later than most of his peers and therefore Buisson-Charles wines are more akin to the richer styles of Meursault of yore. In our book there is room for both styles. The domaine extends to 6.5 ha of vines, many of them old, which are worked organically but the estate is not certified, giving them scope to switch to conventional treatments in a disastrous year. The wines spend 12 months in oak, with just enough new wood to complement the fruit. The resulting wines are incredibly concentrated and can age remarkably well. Patrick is married to Catherine Buisson, for a long time combining his winemaking with his job as a sports teacher but has now swapped the touch lines for the cellar. Catherine’s father Michel used to run the domaine and in turn they have been joined by their son Louis. The family has been in Meursault for more than seven generations and occupy an old house in the village, the narrow courtyard being flower-filled in summer. Recent success has enabled them to buy the neighbouring house and knock its cellars into their own.

Buisson-Charles En Primeur

    Name
    Type
    Notes
    Case Size
    Price
    Quantity
  • Still White | Case of 6

    Still White

    Generous and golden nose, showing ripe fruit, some honey and buttery notes in a mellow style. Bright on the palate with a lively frame, excellent intensity and some bite. Finely textured, really quite deft and vinous ? there is great weight and ?oomph? but it remains so well balanced. Flavourful, complex flavour and texture. Superb. 2-9 years.

    Case of 6

    £300.00
  • Still White | Case of 3

    Still White

    A pure nose, some tropical hints of pineapple with more ginger and soft spices with a chalky, stony mineral feel. Rich attack with sparkling acidity, very good clarity and a tonic-like edge. Great mineral grip, the palate grows in weight to a ripe fruit character and a pleasing salinity. 5-15 years.

    Case of 3

    £270.00
  • Still White | Case of 3

    Still White

    Les Cras has the same chalky soils as Corton, and Buisson-Charles is one of just three growers here. An immediate sense of tension on the nose, very fresh and direct, with notes of pressed white flowers and delicate oily citrus. Powerful and rich, almost creamy but very bright and tense with some lemon citrus, taut mineral bite, opening out to something more textured, with a warming gingery note and long flavours of meal, toast and honey. 5-15 years.

    Case of 3

    £270.00
  • Still White | Case of 6

    Still White

    Very attractive ripe nose, some oily richness and good volume with plenty of freshness, showing a touch of flint. The mouth shows a sweet edge and super acidity giving a certain poise. Creamy core with plenty of base, animated and energetic and flavours of white fruit and rich lime citrus. Ample and very Meursault, long and finely textured with apple fruits and flowers on the long, nutty and mealy finish. 0-7 years.

    Case of 6

    £153.00
  • Still White | Case of 3

    Still White

    A creamy nose, floral and gently spicy but understated. The palate follows suit and feels fairly compact and really quite seamless though there is a sense of firm minerality. There is a lot here and it drinks beautifully, but it whispers not shouts, hence the scant tasting note! 3-15 years.

    Case of 3

    £270.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Les Teurons is an especially ripe south-east facing and stony site with some deposits of clay which help combat the warmer vintages like 2022. Great aromatic intensity, rich in sweet raspberry and pressed rose, a certain plumpness. The palate shows a cool structure and great mineral intensity, overlaid with wonderfully concentrated red fruits, a touch of plum and spice, finishing long, clean and precise.

    Case of 6

    £270.00
  • Still Red | Case of 3

    Still Red

    Gorgeous nose! Lots of fresh raspberry fruit and a great floral perfume, some spice and leaf, a little crunch ? all very flattering. Sweet attack then a delicate and fine tension, with a perfumed leafy frame. This is super fine and feels grand, beautifully knit with lovely acidity and a long finish with a moreish, savoury vein. Serious but delicious! 2-9 years.

    Case of 3

    £270.00
  • Still White | Case of 3

    Still White

    Lovely freshness on the nose, showing warmer orange-like citrus and notes of ginger. Ripe with that 2022 finesse and poise, notes of pressed flowers, creamed nut and soft red fruits. Good freshness and lift. Brilliant acidity and some tension on the palate, showing a little viscosity and an undulating feel - nicely balanced with good richness and mineral depth. 2-9 years.

    Case of 3

    £243.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    From two low-yielding plots, one in Meursault in front of Volnay and one in Puligny near Chassagne. A lovely complex nose offering some mulch and Pinot leaf, then a flourish of fine red fruits, notes of the forest floor and a little wood. Medium-bodied with excellent purity and a little spicy stem, with juicy red fruits that bleed into something darker. Supple, tasty and mineral with a long, fresh finish. Very complete. 0-7 years.

    Case of 6

    £153.00