In a nutshell: A really very well balanced 1er Cru Meursault from Henri Darnat's monople vineyard Clos Richemont.
The lowdown: Harvested at full ripeness Darnat's wines always have a full character while never lacking in freshness. This cuvee spends 12 months in mainly new oak - Henri prefers his oak from the Vosges region of France - followed by a further 6 months in stainless steel prior to bottling. This gives it an ideal balance between crisp citrus, steely minerality and a welcoming butteriness.
When to drink: With its rich opulence it's an ideal match for veal, poultry or feathered game.
Henri Darnat and his wife Marion took the reins of the family domaine based in the village of Meursault, probably the most famous of the Côte de Beaune appellations. Originally established in the 19th century the domaine now extends to 5 hectares of organically farmed vineyards.
In addtion to a commitment to suing natural techniques in the vineyard Henri is very much an advocate of waiting until full ripeness before picking. And he is quite prepared to sacrifice volume in choosing the optimum moment. Consequently he is often one of the last in the village to finish picking. The result of his approach is a delicious range of wines marked by full ripe fruit balanced by a crisp acidity.