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The November 2017 Distinguished Cellar Auction, Part I

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Auction Ends: 11/16/2017 6:00:00 PM PST

Lot #212. Jean-François Coche-Dury Meursault Perrières 2001

Description: Consists of 3 Bottles, 0.75L
Score: 98-100 WA.
"The towering aromatics of the 2001 Meursault Perrières reveal oodles of candied apples, flowers, minerals, pears, and gravel. A wine of unbelievable purity and breadth, it conquers the palate with bacon-laced minerals, spiced stones, smoky pears, and buttered toast. Satin-textured, lush, and medium-bodied, this awe-inspiring wine is complete. Described by the exceedingly modest Coche as 'un vin de grande classe' (a wine of great class) it has perfect balance, harmony, and unheard of depth . . . . By the time I entered the cellars of Jean-François Coche, I’d been tasting in Burgundy for nearly three weeks. The vintage remained perplexing . . . . Within minutes of my arrival, Coche took all those pieces of the puzzle, rearranged them, and showed me a clear picture of the vintage. 'People simply harvest too early, and they’re thinking about finishing before they even start, so they harvest too early and too quickly.' He went on to explain that he takes 11 days to harvest his 9.43 hectare (23.3 acres) estate even though he could do it much more quickly. 'The key is to wait for each parcel to ripen. I wait seven days between my Vireuils-Dessous and Vireuils-Dessus because that’s what it takes. I don’t simply send the harvesters up the hill just because they happen to be in the vicinity' . . . . To Jean-François Coche, 2001 is a great vintage for whites, 'because the grapes were healthy, perfectly ripe with golden colors, yields were moderate, certainly lower than 2000 and 1999, and the malolactic fermentations took a really long time, from early winter to September for most of them (one was still gurgling away). These wines will age extremely well, in fact I’m considering not releasing the top wines for a number of years like I’ve done with the 1996s' . . . . What sets Coche apart from the world’s hordes of winemakers is more than his picking dates and harvesting techniques. It is dedication. With exceedingly few exceptions, producers throughout the world wish for their wines to be tasted between 10am and 11:30am, because somebody’s told them the wines showed best during that time-frame. Coche demands that tastings be conducted after nightfall: 'I’ll be in the vineyards starting at dawn, so we must meet at night.' Therein lies the answer as to why Coche has yields low enough that they can ripen, healthy bunches, and the conscientiousness to harvest only when the grapes are fully mature." Wine Advocate #147, Jun 2003
Provenance: The Clover Collection
Notes: 2 x 2cm, 1 x 2.5cm, lightly scuffed capsules, 1 lightly scuffed and nicked vintage neck tag, scuffed and 2 nicked labels, #00560, 00562, 01812.
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $4,000


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