2018 Coche-Dury Meursault Cote de Beaune, France (750ml)
This Meursault is intense yet restrained, deeply complex and fresh. It has the intensity of a premier cru and the class of a grand cru. The nose is blossoming with minerality, flint and the whisper of fresh hazelnut. It is trademark Meursault, with a sublime complexity and sophistication.
While my tasting at the domaine was postponed by France's second COVID-19 lockdown, I sacrificed a bottle from my cellar to take a first look at Raphaël Coche's 2018 Meursault Village. The wine is very promising indeed, unwinding in the glass with aromas of struck match, crisp orchard fruit and citrus oil, complemented by subtle hints of praline and sesame. Medium to full-bodied, with impressive cut and tension in this often rather open-knit vintage, it's elegantly textural and nicely concentrated, with tangy acids and a youthfully chalky finish. Expect it to put on weight with some time in bottle. I'm looking forward to getting acquainted with the rest of the 2018 Coche-Dury portfolio in the near future.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 92 pts.
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