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2012 Domaine Dublere Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru Terres Blanches Blanc 750ml

2012 Domaine Dublere Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru Terres Blanches Blanc

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"Crystal clear and bright, the wine is pale gold with green tints in its youth, becoming more golden with age. The nose is light and floral, evolving into notes of ripe citrus and tart clementines. As the wine ages, the aromas turn to white peaches and elderberries. The palate is rich with a noticeable freshness. The chardonnay component brings structure and a lovely minerality, with the pinot blanc adding complexity."

An interesting nose presents citrus blossom and tangerine skin nuances on the otherwise more typical red currant and earth aromas. There is good energy to the more obviously mineral-infused medium weight flavors that possess equally good depth and length on the balanced finish where the supporting tannins are not quite as refined. I like the balance and this should repay up to a decade of cellar time.

92 Points - Burghound

Producer: Domaine Dublère
Website: www.domaine-dublere.com

Price: $79.99
Sale Price: $67.99

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Varietal: Chardonnay
Its adaptability to different soils and climates, and malleability in the wine room make Chardonnay one of the most popular and ubiquitous grapes. Responsible for some of the world’s most thrilling white wines wines including Champagne, it is in its homeland of Burgundy with villages such as Chablis, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet that producers craft arguably some of the world’s finest wines. Chardonnay is also synonymous with California, where it can display riper, tropical fruit flavors, rather than the more restrained stone fruit and steely, mineral qualities often associated with its Old World and cool climate counterparts. While there are terrific fresh and vibrant Chardonnays made solely using stainless steel, the grape also knits terrifically well with oak, lending greater depth and weight in the form of a nutty, toasty and somtimes buttery component.

Country: France
A country viewed by many as the home of fine wine, it is almost unique in terms of how embedded food and wine is in the nations culture. Given the diverse geography, with so much of the country providing the climate and soil suitable for viticulture, it is no surprise that its produces such an extensive and varied selection of wines. It is the country from where the vast majority of the New World's most popular "international" grapes and stylistic influences originate. While there might seem to be an alarming disparity between the most sought after wines (were a case might set you back as much as a deposit on a small house) and the millions of gallons of vin de table filling up the European wine lake every year, there is so much great value to be found between the two extremes. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and the Rhone may still dominate the market for fine wine, but regions including the Loire, Alsace, Languedoc & Roussillon and the South West are increasingly becoming excellent sources of good quality, affordable wines.

Region: Burgundy
Two hundred miles south east of Paris lies the famous and historic wine region, known in French as Bourgogne. The Cote d'Or, the heartland of the region, consists of two distinct sub-regions split on either side of the town of Beaune.The Côte de Nuits to the north, includes the famous villages of Vosne-Romanee, Gevrey-Chambertin, and Nuits-Saint-Georges and are known primarily for making red wine from Pinot Noir.Although The Côte de Beaune to the south still makes some magnificent reds (see Volnay and Pommard), white wine made from Chardonnay is the main focus. The most famous villages are Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. Burgundy has three other important regions. The village of Chablis (exclusively Chardonnay) encompassing the region's most northerly vineyards. The Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais to south are quantitatively speaking more important. Agriculture is more diverse with a significant portion of the land devoted to livestock and arable farming.

Sub-Region: Nuits-Saint-Georges
Driving up from Beaune, Nuits-Saint-Georges marks the start of the Cote de Nuits, the northern half of the Cote d’Or. The appellation is split into two by the river Meuzin and the town which hugs it. Although there are no grand crus, there are a wealth of premier crus (27 in total) ranging in style depending on vineyards particular aspect and geology. However generally speaking, those to the north bordering Vosne tend to be one the more fruit forward and elegant side. Good examples of premier cru from the north include Les Damodes, Aux Murgers, and Aux Cras. The vineyards to the south are often held to be the richest and most ageworthy. They include but are not limited to Les Poiret, Les Vaucrains, Les Cailles, and not least Les Saint Georges, which, viewed by some, is reaching grand cru quality. A little white wine is made, mostly notably from Domaine Pacalet and Patrice Rion, the latter who has a few Chardonnay vines in the premier cru vineyard, Les Terres Blanches, located in the adjoining village of Premaux, the wines of which are sold as Nuit-Saint-Geroges.

Type: White
White wine is a wine whose color can be pale-yellow, yellow-green, and yellow-gold colored. The wine is produced from a variety of grape varieties. The flavor and color comes from the juice of the grape and sometimes the skin of the grape as well. Interestingly, not all white wine comes from white grapes. Some select red grapes are used as in Champagne.