2007 Domaine Paul Pernot Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru (Previously $140)

SKU #1043608 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Musky, decadently floral, nose-wrinkling spice, and ripe pit-fruited notes rise from the glass of Pernot’s 2007 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet. Almond paste, lightly toasted hazelnut, poached peach, candied orange rind, and brown spices inform a rich palate, whose impressive persistence preserves the senses of refreshment, energy, and lift characteristic of the best wines of this vintage. Nor are myriad mineral notes missing here, either. It will be fascinating to compare this wine’s evolution with that of the next-door Les Pucelles over the coming decade.  (12/ 2009)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An almost invisible trace of wood highlights a similar nose of honeysuckle, rose petal and orchard fruit aromas that slide gracefully into more obviously mineral-driven medium full-bodied flavors that are at once generous yet detailed with excellent volume on the round, naturally sweet and mouth coating finish. This is also quite forward and while it will benefit from a few years of cellar time, this is not a vintage of Pernot's BBM built for the long haul.  (7/ 2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Subtly complex aromas of white peach, honeysuckle, minerals, hazelnut and vanillin oak. Sweet and silky yet penetrating on the palate; more expressive today than the Pucelles and relatively open for a 2007 grand cru. Finishes persistent, but without quite the authority of the Batard.  (9/ 2009)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Smells great, with toasty oak, cream and lime tart aromas that lead to green apple, spice and mineral flavors, all backed by tart acidity. The aftertaste shows its pedigree, though this requires patience. Best from 2014 through 2028.  (8/ 2009)

K&L Notes

Rich, focused wine, with lots more weight than the Pucelles. This shows lots of drive, but without interfering with the overall charm of this lovely effort. Lots of power and drive at the finish, with notes of caramel and honey. Fresh, bright, very lovely Bienvenues Bâtard. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 06/08)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.