Robert Parker – 90
Saouma’s single barrel of 2007 Nuits-St.-Georges Les Terres Blanches is doubly rare, coming as it does from Chardonnay grown in a tiny, obscure cru high above La Forets, and not very far from the famous quarry of Comblanchien. Apple and Persian melon set the mouth-watering theme here already in the nose, and the luscious, succulent palate impression – which adds tart white currant to the apple and melon – reminds me in its effusiveness and pungency as well as a smoky cast of flint- (silex-)inflected whites from other parts of the France. Hints of honey pull in the direction of richness, while the long finish is strongly marked by chalk and salt. The whole effect is fascinating, invigorating, and by no means discordant. I suspect that this will merit following for at least 3-5 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2009-2014