2012 Yves Boyer-Martenot Meursault 1er Cru "Les Perrières"

SKU #1312581 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow. Less expressive on the nose than the Genevrieres, offering scents of crushed stone and clove. Densely packed, sappy and powerful but youthfully closed, with the crushed stone character currently dominating lemon and orange fruit notes in the mouth. Finishes chewy, strong and long, with lemon, lime and stone nuances. The crop level here was just 20 hectoliters per hectare, noted Boyer. I'd forget about this one for at least five or six years. (ST)  (9/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrieres comes from a single parcel on the limit with Puligny, actually three conjoined sub-plots that constitute around 0.80-hectares. Vincent Boyer managed to capture the mineral core of Perrieres with potent scents of flint and limestone that are very well-delineated. The palate is very well-balanced with vivacious citrus fruit, orange zest and quince on the entry. There is a lovely crescendo in the mouth and a sense of confidence and harmony on the long, persistent finish. This is a top Perrieres and a step up from the 2011. Drink 2015-2035. (NM)  (12/2013)

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- 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.
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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.