2006 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault 1er Cru "Genevrières"

SKU #1155705 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Sweet spot Outstanding* A very deftly wooded nose, where it's clear that the oak treatment will be rapidly integrated, sets off pure, expressive and equally exotic fruit aromas that are even spicier while serving as a dramatic introduction for the detailed, focused and almost painfully intense flavors that possess a tangy and driving finish that does a slow build from the mid-palate on back. A classic Genevrières that should age beautifully. Drink: 2013+  (7/ 2008)

92-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Bouchard’s 2006 Meursault Genevrieres smells of coconut, litchi, candied lime, and brown spices. Combining doughy substantiality, polished richness of texture and luscious citricity, it finishes with formidable persistence of exotic, extroverted spice, citrus, and tropical fruits. I suspect it might evolve more rapidly than the corresponding Gouttes d’Or. (DS)  (12/ 2008)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 There is a great balance here between wood and rich creamy fruit, fresh acidity as well as powerful spice. It is rich, both from the wood and the fruit. Ripe and creamy, a swooning, opulent wine.  (10/ 2008)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright straw-yellow. Pungent, high-pitched aromas of white peach, lime and violet. Suave on entry, then juicy and aromatic in the middle palate, with lovely floral lift to the flavors of white peach and lime. Intensely flavored but subtle and delicate, especially for the vintage. Today this dry, vibrant wine comes across as longer and firmer than the Charmes, and considerably less oaky.  (10/ 2008)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Oak spice, buttery pastry, hazelnut and lime combine to seduce the palate in this alluring white, which is seamless from start to finish and leaves a lush impression with vanilla tones. Drink now through 2016.  (9/ 2008)

Jancis Robinson

 More oily and spicy than the Gouttes d’Or. Plenty of hazelnut. Broad and rich but with a nice acidic backbone and length. Already multilayered. (JH) 17.5/20 points. Drink 2008 to 2016.  (1/ 2008)

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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.