Youthfully reticent aromas of crisp Anjou pear, blanched almonds, Meyer lemon and hints of praline introduce the 2017 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières, a medium to full-bodied, deep and tensile wine that's impressively concentrated and nicely defined. This confirms its strong showing from barrel; indeed, the wine has gained in tension since I tasted it in December. While it's a little shut down after its recent bottling, it should drink very well with a bit of bottle age.
The naturally exotic nose freely offers up notes of spiced tea, matchstick, citrus and white orchard fruit. The generous if not lush medium weight flavors exude a fine bead of minerality onto the sappy, refined, focused and lingering finish. This classy effort is more forward than it usually is and should be approachable early on.
The 2017 Meursault Les Genevrières 1er Cru comes from two separate parcels. It shows a little reduction on the nose although it feels intense underneath, citrus and orange pith coming through with aeration. The palate is fresh on the entry with orange peel and light quince notes and more weight on the back end than the Charmes, and delivers good length. Very fine. Drink 2021-2034.
The 2017 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières is another of the highlights chez Bouchard this year, unfurling in the glass with aromas of green orchard fruit, Meyer lemon and hazelnut cream. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, fleshy but incisive, with tangy acids, excellent balance and impressive length. Structurally, the wine is deceptively open, but I suspect it will tense up by the time it's bottled.