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2019 Winemakers

Winemakers selected by La Paulée de New York with the assistance of Rajat Parr, Marco Pelletier, Raj Vaidya, and Max Goldberg Liu

Domaine Bachelet-Monnot

Dezize-lès-Maranges

Attending Winemakers: Marc Bachelet & Alex Bachelet

Brothers Marc & Alex Bachelet founded Domaine Bachelet-Monnot in 2005 with vineyards from their father and uncle, and today farm a mix of family-owned and long-term leased vineyards totaling over 20 hectares in Maranges, Santenay, and Puligny-Montrachet. The brothers are thoughtful viticulturalists, using no herbicide and plowing regularly to remove weeds and aerate the soil. In the cellar, they age their wines for 12 months in around 25% new oak and then rack their whites into stainless steel and reds into concrete for another 6-8 months of lees aging. With a number of prestigious appellations to their name, in addition to very high quality terroirs in lesser-known Santenay and Maranges, the Bachelet brothers are rising stars in the region.

A selection of signature appellations:

Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière Blanc
Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Hameau de Blagny
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières
Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
Santenay Les Charmes Dessus
Santenay Les Prarons Dessus
Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière Rouge
Maranges 1er Cru Clos de la Boutière

Domaine Henri Boillot

Meursault

Attending Winemaker: Guillaume Boillot

Henri Boillot is the fifth generation of a family that has been farming vines in Burgundy since 1855. Today, Henri co-manages his Meursault property alongside his son, Guillaume. Domaine Henri Boillot consists of 15 hectares split between white and red, including several Premier Crus in Meursault and Puligny where he holds a monopole in the four hectares of Clos de la Mouchere, and several Premier Crus in Savigny, Beaune, and Volnay. In the vineyard, Henri uses “lutte raisonnée” avoiding insecticides and herbicides, preferring sustainable farming techniques to preserve the integrity of the soil. Henri harvests his fruit as late as possible to ensure maximum maturity, yielding incredibly rich, pure, and powerful wines.

A selection of signature appellations:

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère monopole
Meursault 1er Cru Les Poruzots
Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes
Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses
Volnay 1er Cru Les Chevrets
Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets
Volnay 1er Cru Les Santenots

Bouchard Père & Fils

Beaune

Attending Winemaker: Frédéric Weber

The Bouchard family has been making wine since 1731. They are the largest domaine in Burgundy with approximately 130 hectares throughout Burgundy, fifty of which are located within the Côte de Beaune. Overall, they produce over 70 different appellations. The domaine has been the biggest holder of Beaune Premier Cru for several generations. The wines are vinified under the watchful eye of Philippe Prost, who strongly believes in each parcel being vinified separately in order to fully express its distinct personality.

A selection of signature appellations:

Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jèsus
Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Mousse
Beaune 1er Cru Clos Saint - Landry
Beaune 1er Cru du
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Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru
Chambertin Grand Cru
Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru
Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru “La Cabotte”

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Domaine Y. Clerget

Volnay

Attending Winemaker: Thibaud Clerget

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While the Clerget family traces its history in Burgundy back to 1268, the current story of Domaine Yvon Clerget is one of rebirth. In 2009, Thibaud Clerget’s father Yvon decided to retire from winemaking. Knowing his son had an intense passion to continue the family legacy, Yvon made the decision to sell the grapes from the family holdings in the finest terroirs of Volnay and Pommard to Henri Boillot. During this time, Thibaud began studying the craft of vineyard management and winemaking from two storied names in Burgundy, Henri Boillot and Domaine Hudelot-Noellat. After this three-year apprenticeship, Thibaud returned to take over the family domaine. In 2015, he produced his first wines and announced the re-emergence of Domaine Yvon Clerget.

The domaine’s holdings include a number of top Volnay Premier Crus, including Santenots, Carelle Sous La Chapelle, Champans, and Taillepieds. The jewel of the Clerget family is the Premier Cru monopole of Clos du Verseuil, a tiny 0.68 hectare parcel tucked between Taillepieds and Bousse d’Or. Rounding out the lineup are one hectare of Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens and a 0.40 hectare slice of Clos Vougeot in the “Grand Maupertui” section, just below Grands Echezeaux.

A selection of signature appellations:

Volnay 1er Cru Santenots
Volnay 1er Cru Carelle Sous La Chapelle
Volnay 1er Cru Champans
Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds
Volnay 1er Cru Clos du Verseuil monopole
Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

Domaine Clos de la Chapelle

Volnay

Attending Winemaker: Mark O'Connell

Domaine Clos de la Chapelle is a  new name of a very old domaine. Originally founded by Victor Boillot in 1865 with his purchase of Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Chapelle (a monopole), the domaine added Volnay 1er Cru En Carelle and Pommard 1er Cru Les Chanlins over the course of the next half century.  The reputation of the Clos de la Chapelle monopole vineyard dates back to the 19th century, with Louis Pasteur himself writing regularly to Victor Boillot requesting bottles of this exceptional wine.  After nearly 150 years in the Boillot family, the domaine was purchased by Mark M. O’Connell, a life-long Burgundy lover.  With recent purchases in the Côte de Beaune, the Domaine now farms nearly 4 hectares, all grand cru and premier cru and is certified organic. The goal of the domaine is to make the best possible expression of terroir for each of the wines under its stewardship.

A selection of signature appellations:

Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Chapelle monopole
Corton Bressandes Grand Cru
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds
Pommard 1er Cru Grands Epenots

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Maison Joseph Drouhin

Beaune

Attending Winemaker: Laurent Drouhin

This domaine was founded by Joseph Drouhin in 1880 and is now run by his grandchildren; Frédéric, Véronique, Philippe and Laurent. The domaine consists of 73 hectares spread throughout Burgundy in the Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais, Beaujolais and Chablis. All of the domaine’s vineyards are cultivated biodynamically, lending to the Drouhin signature of crafting elegant, refined and complex wines. The philosophy of the estate can be defined in five points: dedication to the diversity of Burgundy, family heritage, their total awareness of nature, the ideal of perfection and elegance, and the desire to share its great wines with the world.

A selection of signature appellations:

Chablis
Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses
Musigny Grand Cru
Montrachet "Marquis de Laguiche" Grand Cru

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Domaine William Fèvre

Chablis

Attending Winemaker: Didier Séguier

Founded in 1959, this Domaine is at the forefront of Chablis production in Burgundy. It is comprised of 78 hectares within the following appellations: Saint-Bris, Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru and Chablis Grand Cru (of which they produce - Les Clos, Les Preuses, Vaudésir, Valmur, Bougros). The unique mineral character of these Chablis comes from a soil that mixes marl and clay-rich lime, as well as a Kimmeridgian subsoil rich in minerals and oyster fossils. Since the 1998 vintage, the proportion of new casks was reduced so as to not dampen the subtle variations of Chablis terroir. These methods have allowed the Domaine to produce wines faithful to their origins with high aromatic purity, and whose principle characteristics are minerality and freshness.

A selection of signature appellations:

Chablis
Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy
Chablis 1er Cru Montmains
Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume
Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons
Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonerre
Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent
Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses
Chablis Grand Cru Bougros
Chablis Grand Cru Valmur
Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir
Chablis Grand Cru Bougros “Côte de Bouguerots”
Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

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Domaine Didier Fornerol

Corgoloin

Attending Winemakers: Didier Fornerol & Jean-Pierre de Smet

Didier Fornerol was the vineyard manager at Domaine de L’Arlot. Fornerol learned his winemaking skills by his father’s side, and took over his family’s domaine in 1996. Today, Fornerol carries out all the vineyard tasks with passion: pruning, trellising, treatments, and manual harvest. He controls operations from winemaking to bottling with the utmost care. The domaine is made up of 6 hectares in the village of Corgoloin (3.70 hectares of Côtes de Nuits-Villages red and 0.60 hectares of Côtes de Nuits-Villages white) and very small amounts of Passetoutgrain, Aligoté and Bourgogne Regionale. The vineyard is managed using minimal amounts of synthetic treatment products (lutte raisonnée) and the young vines are strictly pruned to limit their yields. Jean-Pierre de Smet joined the winemaking team upon his retirement from Domaine de l’Arlot and works closely with Didier on all aspects of the winemaking. An avid believer in whole cluster fermentation, Didier makes wines that are a prime example of old school Burgundy at its best!

A selection of signature appellations:

Hautes Côtes de Nuits
Côte de Nuits Villages
Côte de Nuits Villages “La Rue des Foins”

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Domaine Heitz-Lochardet

Chassagne-Montrachet

Attending Winemaker: Armand Heitz

Domaine Heitz-Lochardet started in 1857 with the Nie-Vantey family, owners of many vineyards from Santenay to Clos Vougeot. Post-phylloxera, many of the vineyards were sold, but the best Côte de Beaune vineyards were kept in the family by Georges Lochardet. Two generations later, Brigitte Lochardet married Christian Heitz and her five hectare share of the family vineyards became Heitz-Lochardet, which Brigitte farmed organically. For 25 years, Brigitte sold the totality of her crop to Joseph Drouhin.

In 2011, Armand Heitz, the next generation, finished his oenological studies and started taking over his mother’s vineyards, converting them to full biodynamic practices in the process.

The wines are aromatic, extremely balanced and expressive of their terroir - classic nods to old-school Burgundy winemaking practices. All Armand’s wines are whole cluster fermentations because he firmly believes that a wine’s essence is derived from the totality of the vine. Each component of the vine, from roots to leaves to stems, skins and pulp, plays an important role in a living wine.

A selection of signature appellations:

Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Maltroye
Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru

Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Poutures monopole
Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
Pommard 1er Cru Pezerolles
Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds

Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat

Vougeot

Attending Winemaker: Charles Van Canneyt

Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat was founded in 1964 by Alain and Odile Hudelot-Noëllat. In 1978, the domaine grew considerably with the acquisition of five hectares in Vosne-Romanée from Domaine Charles Noëllat — Odile’s grandfather’s domaine — including parcels in Richebourg, Romanée-Saint-Vivant and Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, as well as premier cru parcels in Vosne-Romanée Malconsorts, Beaumonts, and Suchots and Nuits Saint Georges. Today the domaine owns fifteen appellations spread over ten hectares. The Premier Crus, Vosne Romanée Les Beaumonts, Les Suchots and Malconsorts are all produced from vines that are around 100 years old. The young Charles Van Canneyt, grandson of Alain Hudelot, took over winemaking in 2008 and has since revealed himself to be one of the great young winemakers in Burgundy.

A selection of signature appellations:

Vougeot 1er Cru Les Petits Vougeots
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Murgers
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Malconsorts
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Beaumonts
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru
Richebourg Grand Cru

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Maison Louis Jadot

Beaune

Attending Winemaker: Pierre-Henry Gagey

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Louis Henry Denis Jadot founded the Maison Louis Jadot in 1859. The vineyards of Jadot are now scattered across 154 hectares of Burgundy, from the Côte d'Or to the Mâconnais and down into Beaujolais. All of Maison Louis Jadot’s vineyards are cultivated with the utmost care. The Maison believes that the terroir of Burgundy is what lends their wines their richness and diversity.  With an uncompromising dedication to quality, Louis Jadot produces some of the most age-worthy and classically structured wines. Their aim is to express the true nature of Burgundy through their wines – a nature and terroir, they say, that can be both proud of its past and optimistic about its future.

A selection of signature appellations:

Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules Monopole
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques
Corton-Pougets Grand Cru
Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles Grand Cru

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Domaine Antoine Jobard

Meursault

Attending Winemakers: Antoine & Charlotte Jobard

Domaine Jobard is one of the great Meursault estates, with Antoine Jobard continuing the fine work of his father François since inheriting the domaine, whose history of five family generations began in 1860. Today, the domaine farms around seven hectares of Chardonnay vines, mostly in Meursault. The high quality Meursaults that still dominate the production today are made in a classic style, with long time spent on the lees, and are known to have excellent bottle-aging potential.

A selection of signature appellations:

Meursault
Meursault “En La Barre”
Meursault “Les Tillets”
Meursault 1er Cru Blagny
Meursault 1er Cru Poruzots
Meursault 1er Cru Charmes
Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières
Puligny-Montrachet
Puligny-Montrachet “Le Trézin”

Domaine Gérard Julien & Fils

Nuits-Saint-Georges

Attending Winemakers: Etienne Julien

This domaine’s story began at the turn of the 19th century when François-Xavier Julien purchased vines in the village of Comblanchien, just south of Nuits-Saint-Georges. The first 50 years of its existence were hard, with the two world wars and an influx of sub-par wines from the south and Algeria into the market not helping things. The domaine’s fortunes turned, however, once it started estate-bottling in the 50’s and that success has been passed down to the current family member in charge, Étienne Julien, François-Xavier’s great-grandson.

Étienne’s first vintage was only 2012 but he is already making a real name for himself. Like close friend Maxime Cheurlin of Domaine George Noëllat, Étienne has a confidence beyond his years. The wines have poise and purity, which give them a degree of accessibility without compromising their sense of place or structural make up.

A selection of signature appellations:

Côte de Nuits Villages
Nuits-Saint-Georges
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru
Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru Les Valozières
Echezeaux Grand Cru

Domaine des Comtes Lafon

Meursault

Attending Winemaker: Dominique Lafon

Domaine des Comtes Lafon has been in the Lafon family since 1865. Dominique Lafon took over the domaine in 1983. It is comprised of approximately 14 hectares situated in the communes of Volnay, Monthélie, Chassagne-Montrachet, and of course, Meursault, where the domaine and its monopole vineyard Clos de la Barre are located. In 1923, Dominique’s great-grandfather, Jules Lafon, revived the idea of the traditional Burgundian post-harvest meal and held the first Paulée de Meursault at Domaine des Comtes Lafon. 90 years later, the tradition is still going strong!

In addition to the family holdings, Dominique also owns land in Mâcon under the domaine name Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon. More recently, he has been purchasing vineyards throughout the Côte de Beaune and bottling wines under his own name. All of his vineyards are cultivated biodynamically and he is proud to own every Premier Cru in Meursault. As part of the fourth generation of winemakers in the Lafon family, Dominique and his wines are superstars not only in Burgundy but throughout the world.

A selection of signature appellations:

Meursault Desirée
Meursault Clos de la Barre Monopole
Meursault 1er Cru Bouchères
Meursault 1er Cru Goutte D’Or
Meursault 1er Cru Charmes
Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières
Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
Meursault 1er Cru Poruzots
Monthélie 1er Cru Les Duresses
Volnay 1er Cru Champans
Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes
Volnay 1er Cru Santenots-du-Milieu       
Montrachet Grand Cru

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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

Vosne-Romanée

Attending Winemaker: Louis-Michel Liger-Belair

Louis-Michel Liger-Belair founded this domaine in 2000, but the Liger-Belair family has been making fine wines in Vosne-Romanée for almost 200 years. Louis Liger-Belair, a general for Napoleon, acquired the Château de Vosne and an impressive number of prime parcels in 1815. As is the case with the history of many Burgundian domaines, however, inheritance laws caused the family holdings to fracture, and by the mid-20th century, the Liger-Belair family had returned to the military profession, with Count Henry, Louis-Michel’s father, attaining the rank of general just like their ancestor Louis. A young Louis-Michel, however, declared his intentions to eventually take over the remaining family holdings and he did just that in 2000 after finishing his studies in agricultural engineering and oenology. Today, the glory of the Liger-Belair name lives on in this small-production but prestigious domaine that counts among its holdings the smallest grand cru in Burgundy and the smallest AOC in France, La Romanée, of which it is the sole owner. Louis-Michel believes that the quality of the wines he produces lies in the vineyard; he maintains that the vine is a living entity and it should not be subjected to anything that we ourselves could not tolerate. The domaine abides by the belief that the less one does in the winery and in the cellar, the better the wines turn out.

A selection of signature appellations:

Vosne-Romanée
Vosne-Romanée “La Colombière”
Vosne-Romanée “Clos du Château” monopole
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Reignots
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Petits Monts
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Brulées
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos des Grandes Vignes
Echezeaux Grand Cru
La Romanée Grand Cru monopole

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Domaine Bernard Moreau & Fils

Chassagne-Montrachet

Attending Winemakers: Alexandre Moreau

The Moreau family has been making wine in Chassagne since the turn of the 19th century.  Under the auspices of Marcel Moreau, the vineyard reached nearly 80% of its current holdings in the 1930’s and its reputation has only improved under the guidance of Bernard and Françoise Moreau who established the name Domaine Bernard Moreau in 1977.  Bernard was joined by his sons Alexandre and Benoit in 1995 and 1999 respectively. Today, with a hands-off approach to vinification, the Moreaus allow their Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays to speak for themselves, thus allowing the individual terroirs to shine.

A selection of signature appellations:

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Chassagne-Montrachet
St.-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Maltroie
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Champgains
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Chenevottes
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Grandes Ruchottes
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Cardeuse

Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg

Vosne-Romanée

Attending Winemakers: Marie-Andrée Mugneret & Marie-Christine Mugneret

Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg was the creation of a newly married couple, Jeanne Gibourg and André Mugneret, in 1933. Their only son, Georges Mugneret, pursued a career in ophthalmology, while simultaneously working the family profession by enlarging and enhancing the estate and purchasing some of his own vines whose wines were bottled under the label Domaine Georges Mugneret.

Dr. Mugneret met his future wife Jacqueline in 1958 while serving in Algeria.  Upon their return to France they had two daughters, Marie-Christine and Marie-Andrée.  In 1988, following a long illness, Georges Mugneret died, and Jacqueline bravely began managing the domaine alongside Marie-Christine, who resigned her position as a chemist to specialize in oenology. Marie-Andrée joined them several years later, after she obtained her diploma in oenology. In 2009, the two domaine names were merged into the current Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg. Today, the domaine is jointly headed by the two sisters, who continue to produce the same elegant and exquisite Burgundies as the previous generations did before them.

A selection of signature appellations:

Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Vignes Rondes
Vosne-Romanée
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
Echezeaux Grand Cru
Ruchottes-Chambertin Grande Cru

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Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

Volnay

Attending Winemakers: Nicolas Rossignol

Nicolas Rossignol is one of the best examples of a new generation of Burgundy winemakers. Born in 1974, he represents the 5th generation of vine growers on the soils of Volnay. After completing his technical studies at oenology school in Beaune, Nicolas put his knowledge into practice, interning at Domaine Joseph Voillot in Volnay, Domaine Louis Latour in the Ardèche and Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Anxious to learn other farming and winemaking techniques, he went to work in South Africa at Domaine Boschendal Stellenbosch in 1995, followed by Château Cardonne, owned by Château Lafite-Rothchild in Bordeaux. Upon his return home to his family’s Domaine (Rossignol-Jeanniard) Nicolas began vinifying in 1994. However, it was not long before he started his own estate. In 1997, he acquired approximately 3 hectares spread over the communes of Volnay, Pommard, Beaune, Aloxe-Corton and Pernand- Vergelesses. In 1998, he increased his vineyard holdings by about 1.4 hectares. The Domaine is located in Volnay, between Meursault and Pommard. Today, Nicolas makes wine from his own 4.5 estate, as well as from his fathers's vineyards (4.9 hectares). Nicolas is now buying all the fruit from his family’s domaine, which he also farms - thus everything is bottled under the name Nicolas Rossignol.

A selection of signature appellations:

Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets
Volnay 1er Cru Chevret
Volnay 1er Cru Santenots
Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets
Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Angles
Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches
Pommard 1er Cru Epenots

Commune de Meursault

Meursault

Presented by Antoine Jobard

The famous village of Meursault produces some of the most spellbinding white wines in the world. It is here that Jules Lafon of Domaine des Comtes Lafon decided to revive the traditional Burgundian harvest celebration “La Paulée,” named for the single poile or saucepan that the original simple meal was cooked in. More than 90 years later, La Paulée de Meursault is still going strong. La Paulée de New York wishes to honor and spotlight this village with a selection of Meursault wines generously presented by Antoine Jobard on behalf of Philippe Ballot, president of La Paulée de Meursault.