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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Type Size Price Note Rating
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2002 Chambertin

3 Bottle 75cl £2,850
  • Tasting note: This too is incredibly complex but the essential character of the wine is quite different as the Bèze is built more along the lines of elegance and finesse in 2002 whereas the Chambertin is classic in style with its robust power and obvious muscularity all wrapped in prominent but fine tannins. I particularly like the inner mouth perfume here and while this is certainly a forceful, intense wine, it's not a bruiser as there is excellent precision and purity of expression here as well plus it enjoys exceptional balance as well. A great effort.

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Red Burgundy Fourrier 2000 Clos Saint Jacques Vieille Vigne

6 Bottle 75cl £390
  • Domaine Fourrier
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"  ♥
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 90-93
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2002
    Drink: 2008-15
    Issue: 5
    Producer note: Jean-Marie Fourrier candidly explained that because there was so much rot in '00, he was obliged to treat his vines more than he prefers but that the green harvest helped not only eliminate excess crop but improved aeration as well, helping to keep the rot to manageable levels. Berry size was much bigger in '00 than in '99, and even after dropping a lot of crop, he didn't feel as though he had sufficient dry exact for the amount of juice and thus he did a saignée of between 5 to 8% for some wines. He also did more pigeage (punch downs) than normal; this is to say a whopping 4 times per day!
    He also explained that the fermentations started almost immediately even though he had cooled the must to 12 degrees Centigrade. The malos were slow to begin as they didn't start until April and lasted as late as August. Since 97 he has tried not to rack his wines at all and these '00s had not been racked once, not even after the malos when the first racking typically occurs. He believes that extended aging on the lees produces more glycerol as well as keeps the wines very fresh.
    Fourrier says that precision of fruit is what he was searching for with his 2000s as he is impressed with the vintage's purity. They will be bottled around April with no fining or filtration because he believes that almost every vintage needs an additional 6 to 8 months of élevage after the malos are finished. As an aside, Fourrier works as much as possible with CO2 and thus recommends decanting all of his wines before serving them; the rationale behind this is that he believes that the gas is a powerful preserver of wines and will keep them fresh longer while the tannic structure resolves itself.
    The style of the Fourrier '00s is all about elegance and finesse. They are not particularly dense and certainly not over extracted or manipulated and few producers achieve this level of elegance, purity of fruit and impeccable balance.
    Tasting note: Strikingly elegant nose of earth, pure pinot fruit and touch of game followed by sappy, gorgeously intense, mouth coating flavors of outstanding precision with a strong, persistent finish. The detail this delivers is really impressive and this will challenge the Rousseau as to which Clos St. Jacques is the best in '00.

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Red Burgundy Ponsot 1997 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes

1 Bottle 75cl £195
Red Burgundy Lamarche 1996 La Grande Rue

[In 12x75 OWC]

10 Bottle 75cl £225
  • Domaine François Lamarche
    La Grande Rue
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Oct 12, 2016
    Drink: Now+
    Tasting note: (harvested on September 25th). This most recent bottle was displaying quite a bit of brett and while it did not render the wine undrinkable, it wasn't what it should have been. I would note that the wine seemed to be completely ready. Not Rated.
    From a note taken in November 2007: Here the nose has turned almost completely secondary and is actually, and unusually so for the vintage, a bit animale in character with ripe and spicy sous-bois notes that introduce very rich and concentrated flavors that are vibrant, punchy and detailed while exhibiting an attractive touch of minerality on the strikingly long finish. This is an impressively constituted '96 with solid phenolic maturity and the overall impression is a wine that is still relatively youthful. 92/2013+

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 1996 Chambertin

2 Bottle 75cl £1,950
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2017 Gevrey 1er Cru Clos Prieur - 6x75

2 Case 75cl £2,017
  • Cask sample. Scented again like so many of these Drouhin 2017s, scented with dark-red fruit and a stemmy freshness. Peppery, firm, spicy and generous even in its elegant framework. Long and satisfying and fresh. 
    17+/20 Julia Harding jancisrobinson.com (Nov-2018)

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Red Burgundy Jadot 2017 Clos de Beze

1 Case 75cl £3,200
  • The 2017 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru has quite an intense bouquet of mainly red but some black fruit, the oak neatly enmeshed and hints of black truffle and tobacco emerging with aeration. This feels very composed. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity and good structure. There is a firm grip to this Clos-de-Bèze and it sports one of the most energetic finishes. Great potential.

    Score: 92/94 Neal Martin, vinous.com, January 2019

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Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2017 Echezeaux - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £900
  • The 2017 Echézeaux Grand Cru, from the lieu-dit of La Combe d’Orveau, just feels a little overdone on the nose, figs and dates suffusing the glossy red fruit. The palate is ripe and powerful. An intense Echézeaux, but lacking the grace and finesse that I have found in some of it peers. Maybe it will ameliorate with bottle age. Drink 2022-2036.

    Score: 89/91 Neal Martin, vinous.com (49), January 2019

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Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2017 Chambertin

1 Case 75cl £2,150
  • The 2017 Chambertin Grand Cru comes from a single parcel from the upper slopes (0.30 hectares). It has an outgoing, slightly spicy/Oriental bouquet, with hints of hoisin suffusing the black and red fruit and a discreet tobacco note underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, juicy tannin. This is quite grippy toward the finish, although it needs more brightness and refinement on the finish, which at the moment feels quite solid.

    Score: 90/92 Neal Martin, vinous.com (49), January 2019

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Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2017 Clos de Beze

1 Case 75cl £2,500
  • The 2017 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru has a rich, generous bouquet of copious red cherry and wild strawberry fruit tinged with Earl Grey and tobacco. The palate is well balanced with fine, supple tannin and a keen line of acidity. This is precise, not overly complex, but very well proportioned, building gradually toward the grippy yet elegant finish. Excellent. Drink 2022-2040.

    Score: 92/94Neal Martin, vinous.com, January 2019

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Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2017 Bonnes Mares - owc 3x75

3 Case 75cl £600
  • The 2017 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru comes from a 0.23-hectare parcel close to the Morey commune. This has a superior bouquet to the Echézeaux, more controlled and detailed, offering lovely floral, violet aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and a fine bead of acidity, and fleshy and generous toward the finish. Good potential here. Drink 2022-2040.

    Score: 91/93 Neal Martin, vinous.com (49), January 2019

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Red Burgundy Jadot 2017 Beaune Clos de Ursules

1 Case 75cl £525
Red Burgundy Jadot 2017 Clos Saint Jacques

2 Case 75cl £1,375
  • The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru clearly has the finest bouquet of seven wines that I tasted from the appellation by Jadot. It is very precise and focused, showing superb edginess and impressive terroir expression. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. This is quite linear in style, the fruit just a little muted toward the finish, but there is fine structure and detail on this more masculine Clos Saint-Jacques than anticipated.

    Score: 91/93Neal Martin, vinous.com, January 2019

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Red Burgundy Jadot 2017 Chambolle 1er Cru Les Fuees

2 Case 75cl £780
  • The 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuées 1er Cru has similar fruit intensity to the Les Baudes, although the oak is a little more vocal and therefore it does not quite have the same transparency. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and a fine bead of acidity. This is quite strict and linear at the moment, showing good grip, although I discern more complexity and nuance on the Les Baudes.

    Score: 90/92Neal Martin, vinous.com, January 2019

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