2010 Maison Jacques Bavard Auxey-Duresses "Les Clous"

SKU #1124160 94 points James Suckling

 This has so much depth and is intense and energetic with lots of peaches and minerals and spices. Goes on for minutes. Fabulous. So long on the finish.  (5/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Discover a delicious Chardonnay from one of our favorite direct-import producers in Burgundy. Maison Jacques Bavard is a tiny negociant producer in Puligny Montrachet. He comes from a long line of wine-growers, and is dedicated to working with organic and biodynamic growers. This wine is long and concentrated, and comes from a vineyard just over the hill from Meursault Meix Chavaux. It has both life and weight on the palate. Terrific! This is just the third vintage we've obtained from Maison Jacques Bavard, but they've already made quite a name for themselves among our customers. Get this value while you can, because the Bavard wines won't last long in stock. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/22/2013  | Send Email
The balanced, nuanced and reliable wines of Maison Jacques Bavard have generated a passionate following with our customers, exhibiting both freshness, pronounced power and finesse, as this impressive Chardonnay from the tiny commune of Auxey-Duresses attests. Grown on slopes fairly adjacent to Meursault, it reflects pale yellow hues, releasing floral, almond and patisserie aromas with a well-defined, elegant palate, vibrant acidity and satisfying length. Everything and more, a substantial wine at roughly half the price of its famed neighbor to the southeast.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/30/2013  | Send Email
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Basically Premier Cru Meursault at a fraction of the cost. Beautiful richness and length with out being overly extracted and ripe. White oak, spice, verve and life. Broad and decadent on the mid-palate but focused through the finish with wonderful acidity. The lack of batonage really helps this wine stay precise and linear. Excellent stuff!

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5