2006 Maison Henri Boillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Chenevottes" (Previously $70)

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90 points Allen Meadows' Burghound: "A relatively high-toned yet quite ripe orchard fruit nose is nuanced by a hint of toast and rosemary that is also picked up by the generous, rich and rather full-bodied flavors that somehow manage to retain an impressive sense of precision on the silky textured finish. This is brimming with dry extract that completely buffers the firm acid core, all which remains in impeccable balance." (07/08) 90-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Thyme, oregano, iris, and peony dominate the nose of Boillot's 2006 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes, a dense wine whose sappy intensity is matched by invigorating salinity; deep carnal, umami savor; and lingering floral and fruit pit bitter-sweetness. Anything this lacks in charm or verve vis a vis the Les Chaumees, it gains in sheer density and finishing intensity. It should be worth following for 4-5 years." (12/09) 89-92 points Stephen Tanzer: "(at the end of its malo) Menthol, white flowers and hazelnut on the nose. Fat, tactile and quite ripe, with a thicker texture than the Chaumees. Conveys a strong saline quality and a flavor of nut oil. A broad, classically dry wine with considerable class." (Sept/Oct 07)

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