2011 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault 1er Cru "Genevrières" (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1123597 90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (from a 1974 planting): Good pale yellow. Enticing aromas of peach, pear and white flowers. At once juicy and creamy, with an aromatic hazelnut quality adding interest to the ripe stone fruit flavors. Tactile and expansive wine with a restrained sweetness and excellent saline length. As these vines age, says Prost, they're giving riper fruit without loss of nervosite.  (9/ 2012)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 The Meursault Genevrières, very aromatic, shows herbs, apple and flowers in a rich, open yet structured and tense frame, with fine length and lingering chalkiness  (1/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Eight to 12 months in barrel, up to 15% new. More creamy than Les Clous and the citrus rings out more clearly with a limey edge. Oak is evident on the palate but not dominant. More depth and length than Les Clous. 17/20 points.  (2/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Always my personal favorite from the Bouchard line-up of Meursaults. Coming from two parcels both in the desirable upper portion of the vineyard, this has a fascinating floral quality about it, with minerality and focus. The main thing I noticed is the terrific sense of tension iand life n this wine. Rich, long and complete. Yum. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 02/2013)

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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

- 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:

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.