2016 Domaine Roulot Meursault "Luchets" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1383687 91 points Decanter

 The Luchets is also very fine in 2016, bursting with aromas of apple blossom, lemon oil, lime and crème pâtissière. On the palate the wine is tensile and medium-bodied, with good concentration and an edgier, racier character than the Vireuils, which finishes with stony grip. Drinking Window 2020-2035. (WK)  (10/2017)

91 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Luchets chez Roulot is also showing a bit forward in style right now, but there seems to be a bit more core here than in the Vireuils. The nose wafts from the glass in a lovely mix of apple, blood orange, almond, chalky soil tones, white lilies and a gentle framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and complex, with a fine core, lovely focus and grip and a long, zesty and already very, very tasty finish. This will not make old bones, but it may add a bit more mid-palate weight and show more structure after it is bottled, in which case, my score will be a touch on the conservative side. (Drink between 2018-2030)  (11/2017)

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A pure and pretty nose offers up notes of essence of pear, acacia blossom and citrus along with hints of petrol and matchstick. The medium weight flavors are notably rich and caressing, indeed even tender, while the delicious finish is borderline delicate. This is a lovely exercise in finesse and grace.  (6/2018)

90 points Vinous

 Pale bright yellow. Musky leesy complexity to the aromas of white peach and saline minerality. A step up in personality and mineral pungency from the Vireuils, with its element of fruit sweetness buttressed by a rocky quality. Flavors of citrus fruits, white peach and minerals carry through a long, spicy, gripping finish, which shows noteworthy calcaire lift. (ST)  (9/2018)

K&L Notes

94 points Tim Atkin (MW): "The vines on the slopes above the village of Meursault fared better than many other parts of the appellation in 2016. This 0.95-hectare site faces north-east and often makes chiselled, refreshing wines. The current release is a case in point, with white pepper and aniseed notes, attractive lees and assertive oak. 2020-26." (1/2018) 92 points Jasper Morris (MW): "Fine bright pale colour, quite backward. Then some yellow fruit afterwards, and good acidity. Fresh and lively, with some delicate citrus notes." (1/2018)

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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.