2011 Domaine Louis Jadot Meursault 1er Cru "Genevrières" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1140946 94 points Antonio Galloni

 The 2011 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres is magnificent. Totally alive in the glass, the 2011 dazzles with its multi-dimensional personality. Pear, white flower, lime and slate notes emerge over time. The vintage has helped give the Genevrieres a little more amplitude and generosity than is typically the case, while softening the typically searing minerality. All of that makes the 2011 approachable fairly young, but perhaps a bit less classically austere than in other years.  (9/ 2013)

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is markedly more restrained and cooler than the Charmes with its naturally exotic aromas of spiced pear, green apple and acacia blossom. There is fine volume to the sappy and mouth coating middle weight flavors that retain good delineation on the round and naturally sweet mid-palate before culminating in an attractively mineral-inflected finish. There is plenty of extract and about the only nit is a hint of warmth.  (6/ 2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow with a green tinge. Pure aromas of lemon, lime and hazelnut. Supple, spicy and youthfully subdued, showing very good balance but only moderate grip. Apple and spice flavors carry through to the slightly dry aftertaste. Like the Charmes, this is a bit disjointed today.  (9/ 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.
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.
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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.