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

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92 points Allen Meadows' Burghound: "This the purest and finest of this trio of Chassagne 1ers with is citrusy green fruit and herbal notes that are trimmed in an almost invisible oak influence that complement to perfection the rich, full and sweet flavors that cut like a knife on the powerful, stony and palpably vibrant finish. This is an explosive and remarkably intense wine and as mineral-infused as the Chaumées is, one expects that from Embrazées and it absolutely delivers. Great." (07/08) 89-91 points Stephen Tanzer: "Sexy aromas of apricot and peach. Fat, sexy and open-knit, with ripe flavors of stone fruits and honey. A bit youthfully aggressive and powerful on the back end. In a somewhat warm style but with no shortage of freshness. Boillot says that this is 'not clean in its current stage,' at the end of the malolactic fermentation." (Sept/Oct 07) 89-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Boillot's 2006 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Embrazees (from old vines in a high, south-facing site bordering Satenay) features bright, tart lemon and yellow plum playing against a creamily textured, crushed stone-infused backdrop. Impressively intense and persistent and with clearly formidable extract and slight finishing bitterness, this is not the most harmonious of 2006s for now, but should merit following for 4-5 years." (12/09)

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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

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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.