2007 Domaine Henri Boillot Bienevue-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru (Previously $300)

SKU #1055976 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Freesia, iris, and seemingly other ineffable, bittersweet floral essences rise hauntingly from the glass of Boillot 2007 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet. It would be difficult to imagine a more magic carpet or garden of flavors than that which emerges here, shimmering with mineral inflections as well. Here is a wonderful example of the lift as well as (a word Boillot, too uses for this site) the "tension" of which Bienvenues – but seldom if ever Batard – is capable. The subtly interactive yet ultimately seemingly indelible cling of mineral, floral, and fruit elements here is ravishing and the combination of textural tenderness with lift and refreshment a handsome tribute to the vintage. I would expect this to be well worth following for a dozen or more years. (DS)  (12/2009)

95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A highly perfumed nose blends notes of wood toast, honeysuckle, spice and ripe white peach and pear aromas that merge seamlessly into delineated, pure, textured and attractively stony medium full-bodied flavors that explode into a citrus suffused finish of simply stunning length. This is a more delicate wine than the Criots but there is plenty of taut muscularity here too that should also reward a decade's worth of cellar slumber.  (6/2009)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Aromas of white peach, white truffle, flowers and honey. Plump, spicy and pliant, but with a firm acid spine and finishing minerality giving grip and energy to the pure stone fruit and spice flavors. Finishes with terrific lift. (ST)  (9/2009)

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