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...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." 95 points 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." 94 points Stephen Tanzer: "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."

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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.