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2010 Domaine Arnaud Ente Meursault 1er Cru "La Goutte d'Or"

SKU #1329157 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow. Reticent but pure aromas of musky grapefruit and gingery spices. Opulent but shapely too, with harmonious acidity giving shape to the citrus and spice flavors. Finishes strong and long. (ST)  (9/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Meursault La Goutte d’Or wraps around the palate with expressive fruit. Floral and mineral notes develop in the glass, as the wine acquires further dimensions of expression. The Goutte d’Or impresses for its depth and round, caressing personality. This is rich and ample in style, like the Petit Charrons, but with considerably more finesse. (AG)  (8/2012)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A restrained, ripe and ultra-pure nose of acacia blossom, white peach and lightly spiced pear gives way to intense, vibrant and notably well-concentrated flavors that possess a firm acid spine that shapes the tension-filled and softly mineral-inflected finish. This moderately complex effort is very dry and I am optimistic that the underlying material is present such that this will add depth with bottle age. *Outstanding*  (6/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Quite explosive on the nose - expansive for an Ente wine yet still in a very tight corset. Real depth and strong minerality. Concentrated wine which recalls Colin-Morey in style. Great density and precision. Reverberant. 17.5/20 points.  (11/2011)

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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.