Les Chevalières is a lieu-dit lying behind the town of Meursault in the valley leading towards Auxey-Duresses. It is one of several lieux-dits in Meursault that perform above their official “village” level status. The soil of Les Chevalières is very stony and the wine typically displays a strong mineral character, firm acidity, and piercing tension. There is always a big spine of acidity in Chevalières,” says Monnot. Aged from 12 to 14 months in 15-20% percent new French oak.
Xavier Monnot is a leading producer in Meursault whose winemaking style emphasizes the purity of fruit, elegance, and complexity. Before the release of the 2005 vintage, the property was known as Domaine René Monnier (Xavier’s grandfather). In 2005, along with improvements in the vineyard and cellar, Xavier began bottling his wines under his label. Domaine Xavier Monnot is a 17-hectare estate in Meursault with vineyards stretching from Beaune to Maranges. 60% of the Domaine’s production is white and 40% red with several premier crus in Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Beaune, Volnay, and Maranges. Xavier believes in maintaining an average vine age of 30 to 40 years and practices lutte raisonnée.