2015 Domaine Antoine Jobard Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

SKU #1352578 91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Very firm reduction renders the nose impossible to read. The dense and sappy flavors possess so much dry extract that there is a succulent, indeed even opulent and juicy, mouth feel to the attractively energetic finish where a hint of bitter lemon appears. This too is packed with development potential and it's going to need at least a few years first.  (6/2017)

93 points Decanter

 This is, as usual, the most ample and powerful wine in the cellar this year, with a complex and reserved bouquet of peach, tangerine oil, honeycomb, confit citrus and iodine. On the palate the wine is broad, concentrated and authoritative, with great textural refinement and dimension. Like many of the other wines in the cellar this is somewhat reduced right now, but by the time it is bottled it should be a beauty. Drinking Window 2022 - 2040. (WK)  (10/2017)

93 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Charmes chez Jobard is also a lovely wine, with just a touch more generous style than the Poruzots and Genevrières this year, but still impressive acidity for the vintage. The bouquet is pure and beautiful, delivering a blend of pear, tangerine, buttered almonds, salty soil tones, orange blossoms and a deft framing of new wood. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and supremely elegant, with a fine core, bright, zesty acids, lovely complex and a very long, suave and vibrant finish. This is going to be hard not to drink right out of the blocks, as it is flat out delicious, but I would try to hold it for at least a few years in the cellar and allow some of its secondary nuances to come more to the fore. (Drink between 2019-2045)  (11/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Pale yellow. Reticent aromas of menthol and rocky minerality. Tightly wound and highly concentrated, dominated in the early going by its wet-stone minerality. Less expressive and accessible today than the Genevrières and in need of more patience. But the rather cool citrus flavors convey terrific cut and precision and stain the palate on the finish. With its superb energy, this should be a serious vin de garde in the context of the vintage and may ultimately merit a higher score.(ST)  (9/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes was showing the most reduction on the nose and was difficult to assess. The palate is certainly harmonious with a slightly honeyed texture, tinged with marmalade and quince. Although, I prefer the precision and focus of the Genevrières this year and I suspect that it will turn out to be the better wine instead of the Charmes. Antoine Jobard has been doing a great job since taking over from his father François. The laconic François was always a man of few words whenever we met, his son more outgoing. "We picked the 2015s from 3 September and then over the next six days," Antoine told me. "Because of the warm growing season, instead of maturing the wines for 18 to 20 months in barrel, they were transferred into stainless steel vats after 12 months. All the cuvées are being matured in 15% new oak. We will rack just before bottling at the beginning of March." Like many other winemakers that specialize in white rather than red Burgundy, the warmth of the growing season did shave away some of the brightness and mineralité that defined the 2014s, although adapting the barrel maturation was a prudent and successful move.(NM)  (12/2016)

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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.