2014 Domaine Roulot Meursault 1er Cru "Charmes" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1278345 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the almost equally cool if slightly riper nose combines notes of white flowers, lavender, pear, apple and soft hazelnut wisps. There is excellent richness to the refined and somewhat bigger-bodied flavors that retain a lovely sense of detail and punch before culminating in a lightly mineral-inflected finish that delivers outstanding depth and length. While the Bouchères seems ever-so-slightly more complete today this may very well catch it in time. In sum one couldn't go wrong owning either wine!  (6/2016)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Meursault 1er Cru Charmes has an intense nose of fresh grapefruit, lime flower and a hint of frangipane; it is more rounded than the Bouchères, if not quite possessing the same charm. The palate is crisp on the entry, very saline and tensile with a precise, penetrating finish. This will have much more to give post bottling. Then it will switch on the charm. (NM)  (10/2015)

93 points Vinous

 Bright lemon-yellow color. Subdued but vibrant aromas of lemon and vanillin oak. Round and voluminous without coming off as weighty, displaying superb inner-mouth energy to its citrus and saline mineral flavors. Finishes clean and long, with piquant minerality ensuring a light touch. (ST)  (9/2016)

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