Meursault whites are easily distinguished from Puligny and Chassagne in aroma and mouthfeel. Meursault shows apple and pear rather than stone fruit, and its nuttiness sings alto as opposed to soprano. The mid-palate is broader (rugby player’s, not violinist’s, shoulders), and the texture is mealy not crisp (Red Delicious versus Fuji apples). The next-door whites of Auxey-Duresses and Saint-Romain favor Meursault but show less core and develop earlier; their reds crunch with leanness and show barnyard undertones.
La Sève means “the sap” – apropos for this concentrated, harmonic lieu dit from a top vintage. Then again, this epitomizes Arnaud’s style.