The Growers > Domaine Didier Darviot-PerrinThis eleven-hectare domaine has holdings in all of Meursault’s finest 1er cru vineyards, including Charmes, Genevrières and Perrières, as well a choice parcel of Chassagne’s Blanchot-Dessus, which lies just under Le Montrachet. It was founded in 1989 from holdings of the Perrin family inherited by Didier Darviot’s wife Geneviève, and has gained a reputation for carefully crafted terroir-driven wines. It has the good fortune to have old vines in most of its vineyards, which give power and intensity, as well as consistent yields even in difficult vintages. To call Didier meticulous is an understatement: he pays painstaking attention to every detail. Sometimes this results in later bottling and shipment than the norm, but the wait is well worth it. In the last couple of years, he has been joined by his daughter Alix-Anne.
2016 was not an auspicious year to convert to biodynamic methods, and the challenges of that vintage resulted in lower yields than usual. 2017, on the other hand, was a joy: the grapes were healthy and picked at perfect ripeness. They were handled with particular care, and there was minimal intervention during fermentation and maturation.