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Meursault Wines

Located in the heart of the Côte de Beaune, nestled between Volnay and Puligny-Montrachet, the Meursault Wine Region is one of the oldest and most cherished areas for Chardonnay production in all of Burgundy. In spite of the fact that there are no grand cru vineyards in Meursault, the top premier cru vineyards—Aux Perrières, Les Genevrières and Les Charmes—often rank alongside the great grand cru sites of neighboring villages. While Pinot Noir is produced in Meursault, the region’s claim to fame is its noble Chardonnay-based wines. Marked by vibrant acidity and an inherent roundness imparted by the chalk- and marl-rich soils, the white wines are typically filled out with flavors of orchard fruit, crushed stone and sweet oak nuances. For a full list of top rated wines from the region, check out our Meursault Wine Guide.

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Domaine des Comtes Lafon 2007 Les Perrières Premier Cru Chardonnay (Meursault)

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Very mineral in character, from this most structured of Meursault vineyards, this is a firm wine, tense in style, with great freshness. It is taut, a wine treading a high wire between richness and fine structure. For aging.

 — R.V.  (11/1/2010)
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Olivier Leflaive 2012 Genevrières Premier Cru Chardonnay (Meursault)

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The wood is still very present in this young wine, giving acidity and creamy, toasty character. The wine, as it develops, will become ripe, full of yellow fruits and honey while always keeping that great acidity. Since it needs to age, drink from 2018.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
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Bouchard Père & Fils 2011 Perrières Premier Cru Chardonnay (Meursault)

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At this stage, this wine is closed, tight and mineral in character. As befits a great Perrières, it will be a serious, structured wine, textured and full of nervy, steely feeling, softening later into mature spice and toast. Drink from 2016.

 — R.V.  (9/1/2014)
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Domaine Leflaive 2009 Sous le Dos d’Ane Premier Cru Chardonnay (Meursault)

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Rich and rounded, packed with yellow fruits and pineapple flavors, this is a warm, opulent wine, combining toast and fruit. True, there is some minerality, but this Meursault revels in its ripe fruit and generosity.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2012)
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Domaine des Comtes Lafon 2008 Les Genevrières Premier Cru Chardonnay (Meursault)

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With its smoky wood, complex spice and yellow fruit flavors, this is already hinting at its gorgeous, ripe character. It needs time, at least 3–4 years, for its full potential to develop, but this is impressive.

 — R.V.  (11/1/2010)
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Domaine Michel Bouzereau 2008 Les Perrières Premier Cru Chardonnay (Meursault)

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Just starting out, this wine, fresh from bottling, shows its weight, structure and distinct minerality. The fruit is coming along behind, ripe yellow peach and pink grapefruit over wood. It is very ageworthy—give it at least 3–4 years, certainly longer.

 — R.V.  (11/1/2010)
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Joseph Drouhin 2008 Perrières Premier Cru Chardonnay (Meursault)

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Tight, with apple skin tannins, firm to taste. The fresh, mineral, green fruits are taut, crisp, complex. This is a wine for long-term aging, the acidity dominant.

 — R.V.  (11/1/2010)
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Bouchard Père & Fils 2007 Perrières Premier Cru Chardonnay (Meursault)

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Rich, full, powerful Chardonnay, with yellow fruits balanced with lemon, green apple and white currants. The structure, though, pushes the wine into a mineral direction, adding tightness and toast to the ebullient fruit. Age for 4–5 years and more.

 — R.V.  (7/1/2010)
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