2007 Domaine Yves Boyer-Martenot Meursault 1er Cru "Charmes"

SKU #1255437 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A restrained but refined nose of green and white fruit aromas nuanced by floral and citrus hints gives way to equally refined, pure and impressively complex middle weight flavors that carry an underlying touch of minerality and excellent definition and this offers notably more relief on the long and impressively intense finish that is typically found in most examples of Charmes. Perhaps more importantly, I very much liked the underlying sense of harmony and this, along with the Perrières, impressed more than any other wine in the range. *Outstanding*  (10/2009)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium yellow. Sweeter aromas of yellow peach, butter, vanilla, hazelnut and menthol; very Meursault. Then juicy and firmly built, with lemony acidity and a mineral component contributing firmness and vivacity. This really resounds on the mineral-driven back end. Charmes in a Perrieres style, in need of four years of aging. (ST)  (10/2009)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The combination of creaminess and refreshment of which its vintage is capable are no doubt reinforced in Boyer’s 2007 Meursault Charmes by the effect of its marrying both very high elevation, stony and low, chalk-rich sections of this cru. Also in typical vintage fashion, it is juicy and generously satisfying through and through, with toasted nuts, spice, and vanilla accenting fresh citrus in a refreshing and persistent if not terribly complex finish. I would plan to enjoy this over the next 4-5 years. (DS)  (12/2009)

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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.