2008 J.-F. Coche-Dury Meursault 1er Cru "Les Perrières"

SKU #1352825 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Meursault Perrières is a stunning white Burgundy for the vintage. It has detailed, vibrant, mineral-laden bouquet that is full of energy and sense of place, cognizant that it comes from one of the appellation’s finest vineyards and not wanting to let you, the grateful imbiber, down. The palate is effortlessly balanced with perfect acidity, immense tension and poise with an elegant, stony, almost conservative finish that delivers wonderful complexity. This may warrant more superlatives with further bottle age. Awesome. (NM)  (10/2014)

95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A trace of reduction is not enough to mask the amazingly pure, cool and airy citrus peel, rose petal and essence of stone aromas that precede the energetic, intense and gorgeously well-detailed flavors that brim with plenty of palate staining dry extract. The explosive and mildly austere finish is shaped by firm but ripe acidity that is impeccably well-integrated and this should age effortlessly for years. This is text book Perrières.  (2/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale, bright yellow. Very ripe, pure nose hints at citrus peel and stone. In the mouth, this is the most invigorating of these 2008s to this point but without coming off as austere. Wonderfully intense and gripping Perrieres with powerful minerality buffering the wine's fat. Plenty of supporting acidity here. Finishes with superb rising length and lift. Seems clearly longer than the 2009, but this penetrating wine calls for a minimum of six or seven years of cellaring. (ST) 95+  (9/2010)

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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.