2014 Domaine Leflaive Meursault Ier Cru " Sous le Dos d'Ane"

SKU #1276252 90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A distinctly different aromatic profile presents itself with its notes of hazelnut and plenitude of floral characters that are liberally laced with citrus and pear nuances. There is unusually good volume to the lush and indeed almost opulent medium-bodied flavors where the balance is saved by a moderately firm acid spine on the lemony and lightly stony finale. This should drink well young if desired as it's well-balanced.  (6/2016)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Meursault 1er Cru Sous le Dos d'Ane has a stony, slate-scented bouquet, perhaps more Puligny-like than Meursault. The palate is crisp and fresh with a fine line of acidity. This is a pretty Meursault with a detailed, citrus peel finish that is poised and pure. I appreciate the Zen-like personality of this Meursault that dovetails nicely with its Puligny "cousins." (NM)  (10/2015)

90-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (from well-drained reddish clay soil with some rocks): Stone fruits and flowers on the nose. Tight and subdued but bright and delineated, offering lemon, stone fruit and stony mineral flavors. Finishes with good length. These young vines were planted between 1995 and 2004.  (9/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Open, smoky and with a good burst of green apple. Tight and dense on the palate. Lots of body. (RH)  (1/2016)

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- 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.