Lalou Bize-Leroy

Domaine d'Auvenay Les Narvaux Meursault Chardonnay

9.778 ratings
9.729 pro ratings
Meursault, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
Seth Morgen Long

Broker • Arterberry Maresh / Winemaker • Morgen Long

9.7

A rare bottle captured at a great time in its evolution. Not youthful in any sense but not even close to mature. Quite a dark glowing yellow, lots of CO2 and light sediments. The decanter was necessary to open this beast up to a point where the wood and the richness of fruit could mask the ever so slight volatility which was front and center at first, compacting the aromatics. After a couple hours this turned up to 11. Dense, savory and deep aromatics and flavors, tropical tinged stone fruit, extravagantly concentrated, mixed tea and white cocoa, firm wood spice. Quite long, bright acidity but overall a soft and generous, regal, and which doesn’t so much remind me of Meursault Narvaux as it does something with a grand cru designation, but then again in the hands of Lalou, the wines often transcend the appellation.

A rare bottle captured at a great time in its evolution. Not youthful in any sense but not even close to mature. Quite a dark glowing yellow, lots of CO2 and light sediments. The decanter was necessary to open this beast up to a point where the wood and the richness of fruit could mask the ever so slight volatility which was front and center at first, compacting the aromatics. After a couple hours this turned up to 11. Dense, savory and deep aromatics and flavors, tropical tinged stone fruit, extravagantly concentrated, mixed tea and white cocoa, firm wood spice. Quite long, bright acidity but overall a soft and generous, regal, and which doesn’t so much remind me of Meursault Narvaux as it does something with a grand cru designation, but then again in the hands of Lalou, the wines often transcend the appellation.

Jul 21st, 2019
Pascaline Lepeltier, MS

Master Sommelier, Wine Director Rouge Tomate New York

9.3

She made it again - one of the bottles though was slightly corked

She made it again - one of the bottles though was slightly corked

5 people found it helpfulJul 18th, 2014
Thomas Savre

Probably the best or one of the best wine I had

Probably the best or one of the best wine I had

1 person found it helpfulAug 29th, 2014
Luke Kenning

Sommelier/Wine Director Farallon Restaurant

9.4

Showing great!

Showing great!

Mar 17th, 2017
Jeffrey Bencus

Head Sommelier Julian Serrano, Las Vegas

9.6

Ex domaine. Less than 2500 bottles made and stunningly delicious!

Ex domaine. Less than 2500 bottles made and stunningly delicious!

Jun 28th, 2016
Bethany D'Meza

Beautiful honeyed hue.... petrol...balanced...mind blowing in complexion and flavor

Beautiful honeyed hue.... petrol...balanced...mind blowing in complexion and flavor

Mar 21st, 2016
Doc Jay

Round. Matchstick. Flawless.

Round. Matchstick. Flawless.

Dec 7th, 2015
Sam Coturri

Winery Sixteen 600, Enterprise Vineyards and the Moon Mountain District

9.9

When "more money than sense" collides with good timing- you walk in to make a long shot sales call and the somm (a Sonoma native) shows up with a bottle that was sent back because it was "over the hill". The result- you are gifted near perfection. Dried mango, green tobacco and autumn leaves after a rain (east coast-centric description). If only all Chardonnay could taste like this...

When "more money than sense" collides with good timing- you walk in to make a long shot sales call and the somm (a Sonoma native) shows up with a bottle that was sent back because it was "over the hill". The result- you are gifted near perfection. Dried mango, green tobacco and autumn leaves after a rain (east coast-centric description). If only all Chardonnay could taste like this...

Nov 3rd, 2015
Joseph Ngo

1993. Very fresh alive.

1993. Very fresh alive.

May 18th, 2015
William Meznarich

Texas distributor

9.4

1993

1993

Apr 28th, 2015