2017 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault 1er Cru "Genevrières" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1401161 94 points Decanter

 The best of Bouchard's array of Meursaults in 2017, this hails from two parcels, both in Genevrières Dessus; a total of 2.65ha. Pale, scented and well balanced, it has spicy 15% new wood, good texture and weight, and notes of citrus and beeswax. Drinking Window 2020-2025. (TA)  (10/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

 The honey, white peach, apple and subtle lime blossom aromas and flavors in this elegant white are compelling. Takes a soft-sell approach, with enticing complexity and intensity, set on a light-weight frame. Terrific length. (BS)  (4/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Youthfully reticent aromas of crisp Anjou pear, blanched almonds, Meyer lemon and hints of praline introduce the 2017 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières, a medium to full-bodied, deep and tensile wine that's impressively concentrated and nicely defined. This confirms its strong showing from barrel; indeed, the wine has gained in tension since I tasted it in December. While it's a little shut down after its recent bottling, it should drink very well with a bit of bottle age. (WK)  (4/2019)

90-93 points Vinous

 (from a crop level of 45 hectoliters per hectare): Aromas of lemon and lime oil, hazelnut and vanillin oak come across as rich and fully ripe but lively. In a distinctly rich, pliant, almost glyceral style, showing hints of banana and exotic fruits. Perhaps a bit overbearing in the early going, and slightly phenolic on the finish, but this rather reticent wine is evolving slowly. Weber provided an approximation of the final blend, as the Genevrières du Bas vines were picked on September 6 and the estate's higher-altitude parcel on September 11. The two lots were vinified separately and the barrels will not be combined until the first racking in July or August. (ST)  (9/2018)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from an incredible 2.7 ha parcel which makes Bouchard the largest owner). The naturally exotic nose freely offers up notes of spiced tea, matchstick, citrus and white orchard fruit. The generous if not lush medium weight flavors exude a fine bead of minerality onto the sappy, refined, focused and lingering finish. This classy effort is more forward than it usually is and should be approachable early on. 92  (6/2019)

92 points James Suckling

 Some complex and exotic fruit here, from two plots, offering ripe peach aromas, as well as yellow citrus and stones. The palate has a smoothly succulent feel with light honey and white almond-nougat notes, across ripe peaches. Drink in the next six years.  (2/2019)

K&L Notes

93 points Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "Two plots, one up one down. Pale primrose colour. The bouquet has an intriguing mix of confectionary from the oak plus some dried herbs from the vineyard. This builds very well to the back, a little touch of caramel which will get straightened out before bottling. The final aftertaste has some fresh nectarine, but also some lime blossom notes, so altogether interesting and complex." (1/2019) 90-92 points Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2017 Meursault Les Genevrières 1er Cru comes from two separate parcels. It shows a little reduction on the nose although it feels intense underneath, citrus and orange pith coming through with aeration. The palate is fresh on the entry with orange peel and light quince notes and more weight on the back end than the Charmes, and delivers good length. Very fine." (01/2019)


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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Meursault

- 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.