2012 Domaine Roulot Meursault "Les Vireuils"

SKU #1273618 93 points Wine Spectator

 Smoke and spice aromas augment the lime blossom and acacia flavors in this firm, juicy white. Lemon and apple notes add a fruit component. Balanced, echoing mineral and spice details on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2024.  (12/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Meursault Les Vireuils has a very complex bouquet with chalk dust, lemon balm and hints of Provençal wild herbs: very well defined and engaging. The palate is beautifully balanced with perfectly judged acidity, hints of melon and white peach with a strict but vibrant citrus and mineral finish. This is one of Jean-Marc’s best 2012s this year. (NM)  (10/2014)

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An elegant nose features aromas of acacia blossom, citrus rind and mineral reduction. There is an intense salinity to the energetic, cool and intense middle weight flavors that are tightly wound around a core of minerality, all wrapped in a precise and textured finish that is presently mildly edgy but not especially austere. While the balance isn't perfect today my sense is that it's the abundant gas that is imparting an edge to the finish rather than under ripe phenolics and thus my range offers the benefit of the doubt. This should more than amply reward 5 to 7 years of cellar time.  (6/2014)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale, bright, green-tinged yellow. Reticent stony aromas and flavors of lime, menthol and minerals. Then surprisingly fleshy and subtly sweet in the mouth but without quite the cut promised by the nose. Finishes with good lingering menthol minerality. (ST)  (9/2014)

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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.
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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.