Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur is a Volnay and Meursault specialist. The domaine was founded in 1860 and is a tried and true standard bearer for all that is fundamentally good and sound in Burgundy: conscientious and sensitive work in the vineyards, respect above all for the specific character of each lieu-dit, patience and attention to detail in the cellar, and a commitment to producing wines of depth and, of critical importance, longevity.
Today the wine making is handled by Francois Bitouzet who, like many of his generation, has improved and refined the domaine's style. In terms of character, the domaine's wines are models of typicity, finesse and elegance.
The domaine produces an excellent range of Volnay 1er Crus and some lovely Meursault including the exceptional 1er Cru Perrieres. Their Volnay vines come from the father's side and the Meursault vines from the wife's family. It is a good combination!
Vintage 2011 offers a different style of wine to 2009 and 2010. The wines are very transparent and fresh and will drink well young but also cellar well. Alcohol is relatively low allowing the nuances to come to the fore. They are stylish and delicious. Francois Bitouzet thinks the 2011's will age longer than the 2010's because they have a little more acidity and tension.
Antonio Galloni has just completed his reviews of many 2011 White Burgundies. He says of the vintage "While the 2010s had a lot of everything (sugars, acidity, structure) it can be said that as a rule the 2011s have less of everything, but in proportion, which is why the wines generally have terrific balance. The style of the year is open and resonant, but the wines have less volume and ripeness than the 2009s. In some ways, 2011 can be viewed as taking elements from both 2009 and 2010, with less voluptuousness than 2009 and less of the intense, mineral-inflected, terroir-driven style of 2010." His reviews of the Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur wines, having the benefit of tasting finished wines in bottle, are very good.
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