2017 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Blanc

Year: 2017
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 89
Burghound: 87-89
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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"Jean-Marc Roulot's lovely 2017 Bourgogne Blanc wafts from the glass with inviting aromas of citrus oil, white flowers, Anjou pear and a delicate touch of clear honey. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and lively, with fine concentration for its level, beautiful purity of fruit and a long, mouthwatering finish. Charming and beautifully balanced, it is a great introduction to the domaine's 2017 portfolio.

As I wrote late last year, Jean-Marc Roulot produced some of the wines of the vintage in 2016, and that's a feat he has repeated with an extraordinary set of 2017s. The fireworks begin with an impeccably balanced and intensely flavorful Bourgogne Blanc and peak with a Meursault Perrières that will likely rank among the greatest hits of his career. Pure, crystalline and incisive, tensile but intense, these wines show the Roulot style at its best. Revisiting the wines from bottle, I concur with Roulot's contention that 2017 can't quite match the magical "extra dimension" possessed by his 2014s. 2017, it's true, is tenderer, without quite the tongue-tingling, electric quality of his 2014 portfolio. In a sense, however, that only makes these wines more charming, and I suspect they will reward Burgundy lovers with broader drinking windows. Indeed, unless these wines shut down hard, it's difficult to imagine that there will ever be a bad moment to pull the cork on a 2017 Roulot. Even in today's overheated Burgundy market, it will be worth the effort to track down a few bottles of these magical wines." (WA)

"A discreet application of wood sets off the unusually elegant, cool, pure and airy aromas of various white orchard fruit and soft citrus wisps. There is both fine punch and volume to the fleshy and utterly delicious medium weight flavors that deliver seriously good depth and persistence for a wine of this level. One to buy in quantity." (BH)