2006 St. Aubin 1er Cru, Murgers Dent de Chien, Domaine Maroslavac-Leger (Previously $36.99)

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This is a very well-situated vineyard, located immediately adjacent to Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru, Champs Gain. Bright, with good minerality. Very elegant style, avoiding the slight square quality that this vineyard sometimes evidences. Precise, focused, good acidity, good minerality. Very good length, bright, very lovely and thoughtful, rather than obvious. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/15/2009  | Send Email
This wine is a steal of a deal for Premier Cru white Burgundy. The nose is full of toasty aromas and the body is rich and balanced between the acidity, the ripe round fruit and the delicately placed oak.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/7/2009  | Send Email
After tasting the wines from Domaine Maroslavc-Leger, I wish I had a real cellar and a spare $5,000 so I could buy two cases of every wine from this Domaine. Unfortunately I have neither. But I can afford to buy a few of these wines, one of which is this beautifully elegant St. Aubin. This bright and elegant wine is layered with fennel and mineral notes that are focused around subtle apple flavors. A very balanced wine with good acidity that can take a can be paired with dinner or be the focal point with having a glass of this wine alone. I can’t say enough about this white Burgundy for only $30.

By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/28/2009  | Send Email
I love when our Italian buyer, Greg St. Clair, gets excited. His face turns bright red and he starts cursing up a storm, and that's exactly what happened when we tasted this with the staff. Explosive aromatics of pomelo, white flowers and sweet sage, and this has a leesy character on the palate that complements the peachy fruit and the minerals on the palate, and the spicy cinnamon note that lingers on the finish. Well balanced with a long life ahead of it, it's hard not to be effusive, especially when you see the price.

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/8/2009  | Send Email
[Full disclosure: With the exception of Blanc de Blancs Champagne and Chablis, I am known in some circles as an unabashed Chardonnay hater. Sorry, I'm just one of those people.] Maroslavac Leger makes white Burgundies that have acidity, drive, tension and distinctive personalities. They may not be for everyone, but if you're looking for truly well made Chardonnay, look no further. This is the domaine's most accessible wine, at least from what I have tasted. It's a good entry into white burgundy if you're used to California Chardonnay. There is almost a confectionary quality to this wine, sort of like the wine equivalent of a lemon drop. Oak is noticeable, but well integrated. Give this one a try if you're just getting into white Burgundy.

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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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.