2012 Patrick Piuze Chablis Grand Cru "Bougros"

SKU #1144287 89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A bit of wood sets off the green fruit, oyster shell and iodine aromas that give way to rich and quite full-bodied flavors that also possess a textured mouth feel on the tangy, delicious and lingering finish. I like the balance and the muscularity but this is somewhat simple and even when further development is factored in it's hard to see this being something truly special.  (10/2013)

90-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Piuze showed me his 2012 Chablis Bougros after the superb corresponding Blanchots with apologies for the challenge that might pose, but believing that it respected the character of the two wines, and indeed this one is both rich and assertive. Geranium and snapped green twig pungently challenge me from the glass, and despite its modest 12.5% alcohol this exhibits breath and a certain sense of gravity uncommon in the context of the Piuze 2012 collection, while at the same time preserving fascinating, tart-edged juiciness of salt-tinged lime and green tomato. It finishes with impressive sheer persistence if not finesse or mystery...Plan to enjoy this Bougros by 2020.  (8/2013)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2014 | Send Email
One of the highlights of our recent staff tasting, exquisite balance and focus with mango, lemon zest, spicebox and a long mineral finish. This is a persistent wine that continues to grow on the palate. Great now, but should age well for a few years.

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