In a nutshell: A wonderfully elegant Premier Cru Côte de Beaune white Burgundy.
The lowdown: Most of Michel Bouzereau et Fils's whites are excellent Meursaults, but they also have a couple equally good premier cru parcels in in the neighbouring Puligny-Montrachet. Their 1er Cru Les Champ Gains comes from just under a half hectare of vines ranging in age from around 20 years to over 60 which helps lend it several layers of complexity which with a year spent in 25% new oak barrels helps magnify. On the nose there are masses of floral and ripe stone fruit aromas which follow onto the rich, rounded palate which has real depth and elegance. It's an immediately pleasurable wine which signs off with a lovely long finish.
When to drink: Good drinking already this will keep in top form right through the 2020s. Great with fish, seafood and poultry.
The Bouzereau family is a part of the fabric of the village of Meursault in the heart of the Côte de Beaune. Michel himself has held the post of President of the Burgundy Growers Union and is a force to be reckoned with.
Since 1999 the domaine has been looked after by his son Jean-Baptiste and whilst he's freshened and livened up some elements, for instance giving wines more time in barrel before bottling, he's largely remained true to the traditional practices championed by his father.
As a result the domaine remains on of the appellation's top producers across their range of cuvées and each are excellent value for money from their humble generic Bourgognes right to their top crus.