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  • French White Burgundy Wine, Domaine Boyer-Gontard 2010 Meursault

    Domaine Boyer-Gontard
    2010 Meursault
     

    $35

    Made from several different parcels in the Meursault appellation, the harmony between wood and wine makes this Chardonnay a very generous wine with a strong bouquet.

    • Fresh, with aromas of butterscotch, wet stone, minerals, nutmeg, and other baking spices on the nose, as well as a hint of caramelized butter and a background note of subtle perfume, while the palate mostly suggests apples (very ripe red apples) or apple cider. Vegetation, stony minerality, and good acidity help balance the intense fruit flavors and add complexity. Lingering, lively fruit flavors enhance an extended finish. Already drinking well, but still developing.

      Food pairing: fish and white meat chicken in sauce

  • French White Burgundy Wine, Domaine Boyer-Gontard 2011 Meursault

    Domaine Boyer-Gontard
    2011 Meursault
     

    $35

    Made from several different parcels in the Meursault appellation, the harmony between wood and wine makes this Chardonnay a very generous wine with a strong bouquet.

    • People use “bouquet” to describe the suite of scents in a wine. It’s an especially appropriate word here: the wine smells like a bouquet of fresh cut flowers. Lots of minerality on the palate, lasting through to the finish. Great structure and good ageing potential. One to lay down for future enjoyment.

      Food pairing: Baked brie

  • French White Burgundy Wine, Domaine Boyer-Gontard 2011 Meursault Premier Cru Perrieres

    Domaine Boyer-Gontard
    2011 Meursault Premier Cru
    Perrieres

    $53

    A wine that needs a few years in bottle — it develops an intense fragrance and sweetness with age. The wine is grown in a vineyard just beside Leflaive’s Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru Les Chalemaux. Gérard Boyer describes his Perrieres as a sensual wine and one of his best.

    • Floral, perfumey notes on the nose with pear and stone fruit peeking through. Tart fruit on the palate. Lime peel lingers on the finish. A wine foodies will enjoy. It’s easy to imagine it pairing deliciously with goat cheese and endive.

      Food pairing: Goat cheese

  • French White Burgundy Wine, Domaine Boyer-Gontard 2012 Meursault Premier Cru Perrieres

    Domaine Boyer-Gontard
    2012 Meursault Premier Cru
    Perrieres

    $53

    A wine that needs a few years in bottle — it develops an intense fragrance and sweetness with age. The wine is grown in a vineyard just beside Leflaive’s Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru Les Chalemaux. Gerard Boyer describes his Perrieres as a sensual wine and one of his best.

    • Reticent on the nose, but with dusky floral scents and suggestions of hay, tatami mats, citrus rind, and spice. Complex, evolving nose, the spicy elements being particularly in flux, pointing first to cloves, then to ginger, then to something not quite definable. Bright on the attack, then marked by an intensely fruity, brandy-like mid-palate and finally a protracted finish with the fruit and acid components seeming to dance on the tongue. Despite that, still seems to be holding something back. Approachable now, but will need time to show at its best.

      Food pairing: Lobster; crab; fish grilled or meunière; richly sauced scallops

  • French White Burgundy Wine, Domaine Pierre Morey 2009 Meursault

    Domaine Pierre Morey
    2009 Meursault
     

    $54

    A blend from 3 plots across Meursault, this is a well-balanced and typical Chardonnay from that area — dry and mellow, but also ample, classy, and fruity.

    • Although a year older, Pierre Morey’s 2009 Meursault seems younger than the more opulent 2010. The clean, restrained nose yields mostly distant hints of grapefruit before opening up to suggest honey and nougat. Bright acidity balances elegant, grapey fruit flavors on the palate. Not yet revealing much, but with the structure to suggest it will cellar well, eventually becoming more expansive.

      Food pairing: Oysters, mussels, fish—grilled or meunière

  • French White Burgundy Wine, Maison Morey-Blanc 2009 Meursault Les Narvaux

    Maison Morey-Blanc
    2009 Meursault
    Les Narvaux

    $56

    Though Narvaux does not have Cru status, it is one of the best lieux-dits of Meursault Village. This Chardonnay is seductive, nicely balanced and long in the mouth, with a discernable minerality that will tame over time.

    • Some oaked Chardonnays lose balance, but this one has managed to stay on the tightrope. There is no flab, just delicious Granny Smith apple, vanilla, and hints of burnt caramel. Great acidity and toastiness on the finish suggest an excellent pairing with roasted meats.

      Food pairing: Roasted chicken

  • French White Burgundy Wine, Domaine Pierre Morey 2010 Meursault

    Domaine Pierre Morey
    2010 Meursault
     

    $60

    A blend from 3 plots across Meursault, this is a well-balanced and typical Chardonnay from that area — dry and mellow, but also ample, classy, and fruity. And the vintage can’t be beat! Pierre Morey says “2010 is one of the great all-time vintages for whites”, and his in particular. Quotation taken from Antonio Galloni, eRobertParker.com #202, Aug 2012.

    • A perfumed nose suggests gardenias and other white flowers, sweet spice, earth, red apples, and cider. Medium body with tart acidity. Flavors of baked apple and apple peel predominate, but also offers chalky minerality, vegetation, and nutty, almond notes. Rich and complex, but pierced by refreshing acidity. Sweet, ripe fruit and a long, velvety finish make this appealing now—but it would be a shame to drink it so young. Likely to start really opening up in 2016–2017.

      Food pairing: Serve with chicken

  • French White Burgundy Wine, Maison Morey-Blanc 2005 Meursault Premier Cru Boucheres

    Maison Morey-Blanc
    2005 Meursault Premier Cru
    Boucheres

    $70

    Born in Meursault’s smallest Premier Cru lieu-dit, this Chardonnay packs lip-smacking aromas in an opulent body with strong minerality. And 2005 was a magnificent vintage! Drink now, or wait a few more years if you can.

    • Wonderfully toasty on the nose but also with fruit notes—pineapple and lush, grapey scents—as well as a nutty/buttery element. This wine says “opulent” before you touch your lips to the glass. On the palate, still young and vibrant and with real presence. A direct expression of clean, ripe fruit but overlaid with herbal notes and something fresh and grassy. The intensity of the fruit is balanced by equally up-front acidity that keeps the wine lively despite the intensity of the fruit flavors. Drinkable now, but still seems youthful and likely to improve further.

      Food pairing: Lobster; crab; fish grilled or meunière; richly sauced scallops

  • French White Burgundy Wine, Maison Morey-Blanc 2009 Meursault Premier Cru Charmes

    Maison Morey-Blanc
    2009 Meursault Premier Cru
    Charmes

    $79

    Born on a gentle slope in the largest Meursault Premier Cru lieu-dit, this Chardonnay Premier cru evokes the most delicate lacework. Yet for all its tenderness and subtlety, it will keep years in the cellar.

    • A pretty, pale gold in the glass with a richness on the nose that immediately grabs attention—a nose suggestive of honey and almonds but also with dusky floral notes and, later, apples and the heady perfume of honeysuckle. Then, quite startlingly, the wine is redolent of dried figs. Rich, highly extracted, and comparatively high in alcohol (13.5%). As impactful on the palate as it is on the nose, with caramel and figs again, and a seductive, extended finish with resiny grip. A wine for the hedonist. Delicious already, but still evolving.

      Food pairing:

  • French White Burgundy Wine, Maison Morey-Blanc 2005 Meursault Premier Cru Genevrieres

    Maison Morey-Blanc
    2005 Meursault Premier Cru
    Genevrieres

    $90

    Vaunted for its heady aromas, Genevrières is our top Chardonnay from winemaker Pierre Morey. We offer two great vintages: 2010 and 2005. The 2010 vintage requires cellaring; this vintage (2005) is ready to drink now.

    • Decadent. Apple-laced crême brûlée in a glass. A rich, powerful Chardonnay likely to please those who love a full-bodied white. The plush nose offers caramel, apple, peach and vanilla. Gobs of apple and cream on the palate, with a toasty finish that nevertheless retains some green apple bite. This wine will make you crave lobster.

      Food pairing: Lobster

  • French White Burgundy Wine, Maison Morey-Blanc 2010 Meursault Premier Cru Genevrieres

    Maison Morey-Blanc
    2010 Meursault Premier Cru
    Genevrieres

    $95

    Vaunted for its heady aromas, Genevrières is our top Chardonnay from winemaker Pierre Morey. We offer it in two great vintages: 2010 and 2005. The 2010 requires cellaring; the 2005 vintage is ready to drink now.

    • The perfumed nose suggests youth while offering honeysuckle, honey, and chalky minerality. The palate is similarly suggestive of honey and white flowers, but also really ripe, bright fruit. The delicious, dry finish just goes on and on. A wine that exudes class and elegance. Expansively structured with a lively backbone of acidity, supple tannins, and opulent fruit that goes almost too far in the direction of ripeness. Still youthful, but already displaying its complexity. Likely to continue to develop through around 2019.

      Food pairing: Serve w/baked chicken in a rich apricot sauce

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