2011 Domaine Antoine Jobard, Meursault-Genevrieres, Premier Cru White Burgundy, France.
Jobard is one of the very top Meursault producers, a small family run Domaine using organic farming and traditional methods, it was one of the first properties to be discovered by Kermit Lynch in the 70’s when Francois still made the wines, and now it has reached even greater heights with the young Antoine at the helm here. My first exposure to the glories of Meursault came through tasting late 90’s Francois Jobard and Bouchard wines, and they left a mark, these are some of the finest Chardonnay wines you can experience, and I have always loved Genevrieres the best. The 2011 Antoine Jobard Meusault-Genevrieres Premier Cru is from 35 year old vines an sloping hills with a base of clay and limestone, these are classic Cote de Beaune soils and this spot makes for Grand Cru class wines, and without question Antoine’s glorious version is one of the best wines of the vintage, it is a stunning example and expression with driving acidity and a mineral core, it shows beautiful and intense tension and power framed perfectly by soft toast, dense extract and a wonderful generous palate. The life here is amazing with steely notes, poised fruit and background complexities that includes lemon, pear, apple and white peach, river/chalky wet stones, clove spice, quince, smoke, hazelnut, earth, savory salty/brine elements, cool melon and faint vanilla wood notes. This wine is a baby still, and will evolve gracefully, there is a lot more to come here, if patient, with hints of butter creme and butterscotch that seem only remote on the palate now, best from 2018 to 2024. This is a sublime Chardonnay, it made me do a little happy dance, it is very special even now, but the rewards are there for those that have this beauty in their cellar, those lucky few are in for some fantastic bottles in the future.
($120 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive
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