Francois Mikulski is not your typical Burgundian. His father fled Poland in 1939 to join the French resistance and married a French woman after the war. Francois was raised in Belgium but from a young age became enamored with the life of his uncle, Pierre Boillot, who was making wine in Meursault. As his uncle had a few hectares of vines and children who didn’t want to work them, everything was in place for him to dive right into the vigneron métier. He's spent significant amounts of time internationally, studying winemaking across California and Oregon and travels extensively to exchange ideas with fellow producers. His labels resemble simple writing on a chalkboard, lacking the regal crests and old-fashioned fonts that adorn most in Burgundy. He has slowly and meticulously expanded his holdings to a little over 8 hectares, and his vines are old, and often exceptionally old.
Though his whole story and presentation is somewhat radical in this most traditional of regions, the only thing radical about his wines is how outrageously pure and delicious they are. He uses at most 20 percent new oak, even on his best cuvées, and seeks restraint and minerality above all else. His style is most often compared to Roulot, perhaps the most revered producer in Meursault, and whose wines sell for three times the price. The wines are almost always under 13% alcohol, and their weightless power and sheer intensity is unable to be replicated in other Chardonnay growing regions. The 2010's are exceptional wines from a vintage that was made for Mikulski’s style. If you can summon the strength to let these settle over the next five or ten years, you will be handsomely rewarded. There is so much magic to come from these bottles. --Manhattan Wine Company mailing