2011 Domaine Roulot Meursault 1er Cru "Les Charmes"

SKU #1334111 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale greenish-yellow. Subdued aromas of citrus peel, white peach and vanilla, with complicating notes of hazelnut and white truffle. Rich, seamless and generous but also with terrific verve to the soft citrus, hazelnut and oatmeal flavors. Broad without being weighty, boasting terrific inner-mouth lift. Best today on the tactille, vibrant, slowly building finish, which leaves the retronasal passage quivering. From vines planted in the 1940s. (ST)  (9/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Rich, vibrant and fruity, with spice and mineral elements, this white delivers fine complexity and harmony. Lime blossom, green apple, lemon verbena and stony notes linger expressively, revealing a tinge of toasted brioche. (BS)  (6/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Meursault 1er Cru Charmes comes from 70-year-old vines that Jean-Marc confesses do not possess the ideal location within the climat. It is very harmonious on the nose although it does not possess the intellect of Clos des Boucheres. The palate is showing a little reduction at the moment although there is good weight in the mouth, but it declines to demonstrate as much complexity on the finish as I would have hoped. This needs time. (NM)  (8/2013)

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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.