2010 Domaine Louis Jadot (Heritiers) Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru "Demoiselles"

SKU #1114319 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A huge, complete wine, the 2010 Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles boasts stunning inner perfume and layers of expressive fruit, all supported by veins of minerality that occasionally appear hidden by the wine’s sheer stuffing. In 2010, the Demoiselles impresses for its verticality, fabulous overall balance and completeness. It is another wine that should handsomely repay cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2020.  (8/ 2012)

96 points Wine Spectator

 *Collectibles* As much about the texture as the flavors and how they fit together. The lime blossom, peach, mineral, vanilla and clove notes are embedded in the smooth, creamy body of this white, kept lively by juicy acidity. Finishes long and harmonious. Best from 2016 through 2029.  (8/ 2013)

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Don't Miss* Here there is no reduction and the purity of the elegant if highly restrained nose of citrus, acacia blossom and pungent wet stone aromas is stunning. Not surprisingly, the medium-bodied flavors are much finer than those of the Bâtard or Corton-Charlemagne though not as big or powerful. The acid spine is also quite firm but somewhat better integrated as there is no obvious malic tang, all wrapped in a gorgeously intense, lingering and impeccably well-balanced finish.  (6/ 2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale, bright yellow. Sappy aromas of lemon peel, powdered chalk, fresh herbs and tobacco (Lardiere identified "green hazelnut bark"). Utterly silky and seamless, but with superb energy to the flavors of ripe citrus peel and wild herbs. Gains in power and thickness as it opens in the glass. Really outstanding inner-mouth tension here. The rising finish features a whiplash of exotic citrus peel and oils. This should be long-lived. 95(+?) points.  (9/ 2012)

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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.