2007 Laboure Roi Bourgogne Blanc "Maximum" (Elsewhere $18)

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This is solid wine that appeals to both the French and California Chardonnay lover. It has a pretty lemony note on the nose, nice richness on the mouth, and an interesting nutty quality and some minerality at the finish. This is a terrific value for Holiday sipping and entertaining friends and family. 70% of the fruit comes from Meursault, with the remainder from the Mâcon. It is fermented in a combination of barrel and tank, and then aged in French oak. At More than 50% off, it is unlikely to hang around for long. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 05/10)

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 By: Cori |  Review Date: 4/23/2011 
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A lovely balance and structure. Not lush, not overly oaked. Lean, not overly fruity. A nice deal at the price. Only tried one bottle so far, so perhaps the bad reviews are a sign of quality control issues? Not sure, but I AM getting more.

 By: Dragon Man |  Review Date: 4/18/2011 
I would have to agree with the other reviews. very off nose and on the pallet it was worse. Could not even tell if it was Chardonay. Chemicals, plastic and cork. It didn't have a TCA smell or flavor but was definitely off. I don't think it should even be sold. I have never had a bad wine from K&L and think they do a great job and is one of my favorite wine stores. Maybe someone could make wine coolers with this one

 By: Marie McKigney |  Review Date: 11/14/2010 
Puzzled by the bad reviews. This really is lovely. Had a bottle tonight with shrimp and pasta. Perhaps not the wine for lovers of heavy, oaky chardonnay, but for the rest of us, this is the perfect. Ordering more!!

 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 7/16/2010 
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Pronounced notes of paint thinner and cork. This is a wine that makes one ask, "What did we do to France to deserve this?" Because the 2007 Laboure Roi Bourgogne Blanc is a hostile wine.

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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:

Meursault

- The town of Meursault is a prosperous village, with a Gothic town hall and narrow winding streets. It produces a small amount of red wine, but is justly famous for its whites. Although it has no Grand Cru vineyards, its Premiers Crus are justly famous, particularly Charmes, Poruzots, Perrières and Genevrières. A good Meursault has concentration, grip and backbone, in addition to its soft and rich fruit.