2002 Henri Boillot Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru (1.5L)

SKU #1282113 95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Don't Miss!* Radiant white flower, citrus and limestone aromas are framed by a dollop of oak spice and lead to a refined, elegant, understated flavors combining intense minerality and marvelous detail plus remarkable depth and complexity. This is edgier and brighter than the Bâtard and just oozes class and refinement as it's constructed along the classic Chevalier lines of silk, lace and an intense stoniness rather than power and richness. A brilliant effort.  (7/2004)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pure, vibrant aromas of apple, wet stone and white flowers. Wonderfully sweet and concentrated, with fruit-driven flavors of apple, pear, minerals and white flowers. Very dense but vibrant and light on its feet. A beauty. 94+ (ST)  (9/2004)

Jancis Robinson

 Pale straw. Tiny hint of oak on the nose. Tight and restrained. Big and beefy and muscular. This wine goes for maximum impact on the palate. Lots of alcohol but a slight shortage of finesse and subtlety. Certainly there is power, but it is all potential for the moment. It should develop considerably.  (12/2006)

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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.