2006 Domaine Pierre Matrot Meursault 1er Cru "Les Charmes" (Elsewhere $60)

SKU #1051477 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A very fresh nose that is distinctly exotic in character gives way to round and exceptionally rich medium-bodied flavors that carry the illusion of sweetness onto the beautifully complex and seductive finish. This isn't classic in style but it's delicious and stylish in its fashion.  (7/2008)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Matrot 2006 Meursault Charmes smells and tastes of ripe white peaches drenched in honey and brown spices, with bitter grapefruit rind and lemon pip accents adding a pleasing contrast to the sense of sweetness engendered by high ripeness and glycerin. Creamy and enveloping, this is deeply rich and savory, harboring some real mystery, yet without obtrusive heat from its 14.8% alcohol. (DS)  (12/2008)

Jancis Robinson

 Sweet lemon cream. Very charming. Yes! I’d defy anyone not to love this as an early maturing Meursault. Quite powerful, but not hot!  (1/2008)

K&L Notes

When I tasted this wine with Thierry, I was surprised at how hedonistic it was, with sweet fruit and a lush mid-palate. This is seductive Meursault to be consumed, rather than put away for a decade. But that is something I am happy to have on hand. Thanks to a very special purchase from the importer, we have this at a terrific price, more than 35% off of the original. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 10/08)

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- The town of Meursault is a prosperous village, with a Gothic town hall and narrow winding streets. It produces a small amount of red wine, but is justly famous for its whites. Although it has no Grand Cru vineyards, its Premiers Crus are justly famous, particularly Charmes, Poruzots, Perrières and Genevrières. A good Meursault has concentration, grip and backbone, in addition to its soft and rich fruit.
Alcohol Content (%): 14