My passion for Bitouzet-Prieur is long known and well published. Despite being a longstanding mainstay of the Rosenthal portfolio and well regarded classicist producing finely etched and sumptuous Muersaults and Volnays, the Domaine continues to improve, grow and garner attention, especially as Francois takes the reins from his father, Vincent.
Everything seems to have gotten just a touch more elegant, a touch more focused, a touch more elevated. This can be seen in the 2016 Bourgogne Blanc, which is not only a screaming deal, but also a damned fine expression of the kind of pure vibrancy only Burgundian Chardonnay can bring. In fact, these are the exact words used by Allen Meadows to describe Bitouzet’s 2016s: “indeed exciting, vibrant and pure.”
Judging by the extra attention this bottling received from our staff at a recent tasting, I would have to agree. Frankly, the Bitouzets hit the ball out of the park on the 2016s, a vintage well suited to the house style - elegant and focused, long and tensile, with a special focus on the structures, but not at all lacking in fruit or concentration.
The Bourgogne Blanc has all these elements in a sort of small scale symphony expression: sweet, sumptuous orchard fruits, electric acidity, subtle floral notes and creamy expression resolving in a salty-citric mineral finish.
Frankly, there are few white Burgundies that offer this kind of class for the money.
2016 Bitouzet-Prieur Bourgogne Blanc
Old Vines!!! “The parcel for this cuvée is the lieu-dit in Meursault known as “Les Herbeaux”, in the northern quadrant of Meursault just underneath the 1er Cru “Les Malpoiriers”. Bitouzet exploits 0.71 hectares and the vines were planted in 1953 with a section recently replanted in 2010 which is not yet in production.”