2014 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault 1er Cru "Genevrières" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1283480 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* The pungent nose combines reduction and as yet unabsorbed sulfur so be sure to decant this if you're going to open a bottle in the name of "science". The palate impression of the wonderfully refined middle weight flavors manages to be at once notably rich while retaining good delineation while simultaneously delivering excellent depth and persistence on the well-balanced finale. This is focused but not especially tight or austere and this should drink reasonably well after only a few years of cellaring.  (6/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières spent 11 months in barrel using 10% to 15% new wood. Now this is a level up from the Les Clous 2014 (as it should be) with walnut and smoke filtering through on the nose that is very "Genevrières." The palate is well balanced with subtle tropical fruit (guava and apricot, a hint of quince), matched by a fine line of acidity and a composed, lightly spiced finish that tingles in the mouth. This is a lovely Meurault Genevrières from Bouchard Père. (NM)  (1/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Bright, light yellow. Peachy fruit salad, lavender and crushed stone on the vibrant nose and palate (very good choice of harvest date here!). Concentrated and sweet, with harmonious acidity giving shape to the wine. Strong mineral extract leads to a satisfyingly saline, fine-grained finish with noteworthy persistence. Tactile yet seamless wine with lovely balance and an element of power. But lay it down for a few years. (ST)  (9/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A rich, buttery style, with underlying peach, apple and baking spice flavors. Lush and open, with the acidity gaining ground on the long, spicy finish. (BS)  (6/2016)

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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.