Based in Meursault but with vineyards in Puligny, Volnay, Auxey Duresses and Monthélie, Thierry Matrot is always understated, both in his attitude and his wines
Thierry believes that fine wine is made in the vineyard and good fruit therefore only requires translating in the cellar. All his wines see some time in oak, around 30% of which is new, however as he does not like the overt new wood flavours on his top wines these barrels are used briefly for his Bourgogne Chardonnay to take out the really strong flavours. The only exception to this rule is his Puligny 1er Cru Quintessence, which is a blend from the premiers crus les Chalumeaux and la Garenne where only one barrel is made, so this wine is therefore in 100% new wood. As a rule of thumb, the premier cru whites from Domaine Matrot are closed in youth, opening up from around 8 years plus, and in moderate to good vintages will last for 10-15 years plus.
Matrot’s red wines show astonishing purity of fruit and are not blockbusters but extraordinarily elegant expressions of Pinot Noir: pale in colour, gorgeously perfumed, the top wines from Volnay and Blagny will evolve and improve for some 10 years or more. Meursault rouge is a deliciously fresh wine for drinking in the 2-4 year span, whilst the Auxey Duresses rouge requires around 5-8 years to show its best.