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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
Red Burgundy Ambroise 1993 Nuits Saint Georges 1 Bottle 75cl £65£50
Red Burgundy Bartet 1990 Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques 2 Bottle 75cl £350£320
Red Burgundy Bernstein 2015 Clos de la Roche 1 Bottle 75cl £290
Red Burgundy Bernstein 2016 Charmes Chambertin 1 Bottle 75cl £275
Red Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 1990 Corton 1 Bottle 150cl £750£650
  • Wine Review

    Domaine Bonneau du Martray
    1990
    Corton
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 88
    Tasted: Nov 22, 1999
    Drink: Try from 2002+
     
    Tasting note: Remarkably fragrant nose of crushed strawberries and it's surprising that after 9 years for almost any 1990 these days that the nose remains as primary as it is. The flavors are exuberant and while extremely pretty, they aren't at all what you would expect from a big Corton. Still, it's a really lovely effort and should drink well for some years to come. Approachable now but better in 4 to 5 years.

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88
Red Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 2014 Corton 1 Case 6 75cl £825
  • Domaine Bonneau du Martray
    2014
    Corton
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Apr 15, 2017
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 66
    Note: from a 1.5 ha parcel in Le Charlemagne
    Producer note: I will have Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière's broader views of the 2015 vintage in Issue 67. With respect to the red Corton, he noted that it was picked on the first of September with yields of around <17 hl/ha, which is around 50% less than is usual. He further noted that the fruit was quite clean as less than 1% of the fruit was eliminated and most of that was due to second generation berries that were not fully ripe. The total cuvaison lasted 17 days. Note the '14 was revisited below in bottle. (Becky Wasserman & Co., www.leserbet.com, Beaune, France is the US Agent; Martin Scott Wines www.martinscottwines.com, NY, Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants www.chamberswines.com, CA, Vines, www.finevines.com, IL, Classified Wine & Spirits, LLC, www.classifiedwine.net, TX, Wines Unlimited, www.winesunlimited.com, LA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, www.ndcweb.com, GA, Augustan Wine, www.augustanwine.com, FL, C'est Vin, LLC, 703.243.3559, VA, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, NV/AZ/NM, M.S. Walker, www.mswalker.com, MA, all USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK).
    Tasting note: A cool and ultra-pure nose features notes of both red and dark cherry, earth, spice and plenty of earth character that is also reflected by the sleek and relatively refined middle weight flavors that evidence a firm muscularity, all wrapped in a moderately structured, youthfully austere and well-balanced finale. This is very Corton in basic disposition but like the 2015, it's not particularly rustic and should age well for 15+ years.
     

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Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2012 Clos de Beze 2 Case 6 75cl £1,200
  • Tasting note: This is also quite reduced in fact so much so that nothing is discernable, not even the spice. This is bigger, richer and more powerful than the Chapelle with more mid-palate concentration as well with a lovely mineral streak that runs the length of the wine before culminating in an explosive finish that really does a slow build. I very much like the overall depth yet it's all but certain that more will develop as this possesses ample amounts of underlying material. A classic Bèze that is built to age.
     

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Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2015 Bonnes Mares 1 Case 12 75cl £2,350
  • BH - Tasting note: This is also quite generously oaked though it's still possible to appreciate the cool and pure nose that exhibits aromas of essence of red and dark currant, earth, spice and violet. There is excellent energy and muscle to the succulent and sappy broad-shouldered flavors that possess fine length if not quite the same complexity as the best in the range.

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94
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2016 Chambertin 1 Case 6 75cl £1,450
  • (from a 0.8-hectoliter parcel of very old vines close to the forest; one of the two barrels was new): Good ruby-red. Delicate scents of kirsch, violet and bitter chocolate convey an impression of medicinal reserve. Concentrated and penetrating if not particularly expressive today, with its very dark flavors of blackberry and licorice pastille in need of a bit more pliancy. This rather brooding, youthfully imploded Chambertin stands out more for its high pitch than for its depth and complexity. I'm not yet convinced.

    -- Stephen Tanzer(91-94)Stephen Tanzer$410.00Jan 2018

     

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94
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2017 Clos de Beze 1 Case 12 75cl £2,600
  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    2017
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 92-95
    Tasted: Apr 10, 2019
    Drink: 2034+
    Issue: 74
    Don't miss! 
    Note: from purchased grapes
    Producer note: Winemaker Frédéric Weber is always a wealth of detail regarding the intricacies of the growing season and regarding the 2017 vintage, he explained that "the winter was quite cold and did a better job than usual in cleansing the soil of various hibernating insects and other cryptogamic diseases. The clement early spring conditions engendered a precocious bud break that was even earlier than 2007. This engendered the same early season frost risk as 2016 except that there was a bit less humidity and this was the key to avoiding the terrible damage to the tender leaves suffered last year. The flowering was one of the fastest and most homogeneous that we enjoyed in a while and this contributed greatly to the largely even bunch maturities. As spring faded into summer, temperatures were rather hot and relatively dry and thus there was some hydric stress in parcels with young vines or planted on thin soils. The fruit set was huge and as a consequence we did drop some of the less mature bunches through a green harvest, which coincidentally is the first time we've done this since 2009. The last 10 days of August were very hot and acidities began to fall like a stone yet I didn't feel like we had the ideal phenolic maturities that we wanted so hard as it was, we chose to wait for better ripeness levels. Thankfully we had a few small rainstorms that helped to plump out the berries and reestablish better sugar-acid equilibriums as the berries were beginning to dehydrate right before the harvest. In the end, we chose to attack the picking on the 4th of September in the Côte de Beaune followed by the whites on the 6th and the Côte de Nuits on the 10th. The fruit was not only clean but quite ripe with relatively thick skins and brown seeds while the stems were also reasonably yellow or brown. Yields were much better than in 2016 with around 45 hl/ha in pinot and around 40 hl/ha in chardonnay. Potential alcohols were in the 13.5% range for the reds and between 13.5 and 14% for the whites. I used between 10 and 20% whole bunches for the Côte de Beaune and between 20 and 40% for the Côte de Nuits. Despite the good ripeness levels and very clean fruit, the extractions weren't easy as I felt that the skin tannins were delicate and thus I vinified softly with selected yeasts and no sulfur. I should point out that the no sulfur regimen isn't dogma and if a harvest isn't as clean as it was in 2017, I would not hesitate to use SO2. With respect to the reds, they remind me quite a bit of the 2000s, which is to say they are relatively pliant and delicate and very much built on their fruit rather than imposing structure or density. In terms of sectors, there is a huge difference between the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits as the latter had much less hydric stress and thus the wines are more classically styled. With that significant difference duly noted, overall I would describe the 2017 reds as wines of pleasure that should drink well early on." My take on the Bouchard 2017 reds is that qualitatively, they are basically in line with what I found generally in the Côte though I do agree with Weber's take on the noticeable difference between the two Côtes. Please also see the associated review for the Château de Poncié in the En Plus section below. (Henriot, Inc., www.henriotinc.com, NY, USA; The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, and John E. Fells and Sons, www.fells.co.uk, both UK).
    Tasting note: Reduction impairs an evaluation of the nose but there is good verve to the relatively finely detailed broad-shouldered flavors that exude noticeable minerality on the tension-filled and muscular yet highly seductive finish that is both beautifully balanced and long. I like both the concentration and power and in 2017 this is the best wine in the range.
     

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93
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2018 Chambertin 1 Case 6 75cl £1,380
  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    2018
    Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Apr 10, 2020
    Drink: 2035+
    Issue: 78
    Producer note: Winemaker Frédéric Weber is always a wealth of detail regarding the intricacies of the growing season and regarding the 2018 vintage, he explained that "the winter was relatively mild with double the normal rainfall between October 2017 and April 2018. April and May were dry and warm, so the vegetation exploded as the soil provided ample supplies of water. We were further blessed with a precocious and very fast flowering where there was almost no shatter. This in turn engendered an enormous fruit set so it was clear early on that absent a destructive bout of hail that we were definitely going to have good volumes and particularly so in white. As such we chose to drop quite a bit of chardonnay bunches in July and August. Despite the abundant early season rainfall, the summer was quite dry and sufficiently so that young vines or those planted in more meager soils suffered from hydric stress. We could see this in the fact that the véraison took a long time to finish. Thankfully an August 23rd storm dropped enough water to allow the vines to bring the fruit to full maturity. After doing a long series of ripeness sampling, we finally chose to begin picking on the 28th of August with the pinot and then attacked the chardonnay on the 3rd of September. The fruit was impeccably clean, and yields were very good in both colors with between 38 to 40 hl/ha in pinot and between 48 to 60 hl/ha in chardonnay. Potential alcohols were equally good, ranging as they did between 13.5 to 14% in pinot and slightly higher in chardonnay at between 13.5 to 14.5%. For the reds we used between 15 and 50% whole clusters and vinified softly as the skins were thick with a high degree of extractability plus there were more seeds than usual so we did everything we could to avoid damaging them. Another big factor is that we had no fermentation stoppages but that doesn't mean that we weren't worried about the possibility of them. With respect to the reds, some people want to compare them to the 2003s but we don't really agree. To be sure, 2018 was consistently very warm and dry but it wasn't as extreme as 2003 plus yields were much higher. Speaking for our wines, we would suggest that they're like a mix of 2005 and 2009, which is to say that we believe that 2018 is potentially a great vintage." Weber added that Bouchard purchased very few wines for the négociant side of the operation, partially because the domaine vines produced such good volumes but also because the quality of the wines on offer was too often suspect. He also noted that for the reds that are already in bottle that they were put there between October 2019 and January 2020. (Henriot, Inc., www.henriotinc.com, NY, USA; The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, and John E. Fells and Sons, www.fells.co.uk, both UK).
    Tasting note: A noticeably fresher if more reticent nose speaks of cool aromas of red currant, dark raspberry and beautiful floral influences. The racy, intense and tautly muscular flavors possess more evident minerality that seems to build on the balanced and lingering finish that just goes and goes. If this can add more depth with extended time in bottle my rating my ultimately prove to be unduly conservative.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2018 Bonnes Mares 2 Case 6 75cl £1,600
  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    2018
    Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Apr 10, 2020
    Drink: 2036+
    Issue: 78
    Note: from a .24 ha mix of terres rouges and terres blanches but with a bit more of the former
    Producer note: Winemaker Frédéric Weber is always a wealth of detail regarding the intricacies of the growing season and regarding the 2018 vintage, he explained that "the winter was relatively mild with double the normal rainfall between October 2017 and April 2018. April and May were dry and warm, so the vegetation exploded as the soil provided ample supplies of water. We were further blessed with a precocious and very fast flowering where there was almost no shatter. This in turn engendered an enormous fruit set so it was clear early on that absent a destructive bout of hail that we were definitely going to have good volumes and particularly so in white. As such we chose to drop quite a bit of chardonnay bunches in July and August. Despite the abundant early season rainfall, the summer was quite dry and sufficiently so that young vines or those planted in more meager soils suffered from hydric stress. We could see this in the fact that the véraison took a long time to finish. Thankfully an August 23rd storm dropped enough water to allow the vines to bring the fruit to full maturity. After doing a long series of ripeness sampling, we finally chose to begin picking on the 28th of August with the pinot and then attacked the chardonnay on the 3rd of September. The fruit was impeccably clean, and yields were very good in both colors with between 38 to 40 hl/ha in pinot and between 48 to 60 hl/ha in chardonnay. Potential alcohols were equally good, ranging as they did between 13.5 to 14% in pinot and slightly higher in chardonnay at between 13.5 to 14.5%. For the reds we used between 15 and 50% whole clusters and vinified softly as the skins were thick with a high degree of extractability plus there were more seeds than usual so we did everything we could to avoid damaging them. Another big factor is that we had no fermentation stoppages but that doesn't mean that we weren't worried about the possibility of them. With respect to the reds, some people want to compare them to the 2003s but we don't really agree. To be sure, 2018 was consistently very warm and dry but it wasn't as extreme as 2003 plus yields were much higher. Speaking for our wines, we would suggest that they're like a mix of 2005 and 2009, which is to say that we believe that 2018 is potentially a great vintage." Weber added that Bouchard purchased very few wines for the négociant side of the operation, partially because the domaine vines produced such good volumes but also because the quality of the wines on offer was too often suspect. He also noted that for the reds that are already in bottle that they were put there between October 2019 and January 2020. (Henriot, Inc., www.henriotinc.com, NY, USA; The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, and John E. Fells and Sons, www.fells.co.uk, both UK).
    Tasting note: This too is overtly floral with its broad-ranging nose of spicy red and dark berry aromas that slide gracefully into the super-sleek, intense and impressively scaled flavors that possess fine richness as well as a touch of mocha on the palate coating finish. In contrast to the Ech and the Clos de Vougeot, this very firm effort is so rich that it will likely be approachable after only 7 to 8 years of bottle age.
     

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93
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2019 Beaune Greves Vigne de L'Enfant Jesus 2 Case 12 75cl £1,030
  • Rating

    (92 - 94)+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     William Kelley

    Issue Date

    14th Jan 2021

    Source

    January 2021 Week 2, The Wine Advocate

    The 2019 Beaune 1er Cru Les Grèves Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus unwinds in the glass with notes of plums, cassis, loamy soil, black truffle, spices and incense. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and layered, it's deep and concentrated, with bright acids, ultra-refined tannins and a long, penetrating finish. This is the latest in a series of superb renditions of this cuvée, and it may be the finest of them all.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2013 Clos Vougeot Hommage a Jean Morin 1 Case 6 75cl £2,450
  • Domaine Château de La Tour
    2013
    Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes Homage à Jean Morin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2016
    Drink: 2033+
    Issue: 61
    Note: made from the first bunch on each fruiting cane and Labet noted that it was vinified with no sulfur; about 600 bottles will be produced
    Producer note: François Labet told me that 2014 is a "beautiful vintage that produced succulent and refreshing wines that possess excellent maturity levels. The growing season was not without a few challenges but it was certainly easier than either 2012 or 2013. For example we suffered some hail damage in June and while ultimately we were not affected by the Suzukii infestation that doesn't mean we weren't worried about it. The summer was lousy and by the middle of August I began to wonder if we were going to have sufficient maturity levels to make good wines. Near perfect conditions returned right at the end of August, and September was magnificent and ripeness levels spiked rapidly. We began picking on the 24th of September and while there was a bit of sorting required it was less than usual. The fruit was clean and with very thick skins that gave us excellent colors rapidly. I really like the style of the 2014s as they are already pleasurable though they have the mid-palate stuffing and balance to age well." Labet said that there would be no cuvée Homage à Jean Morin in 2014. Labet noted that his 2013s, revisited below, were bottled in July 2015. (Caveau Selections, www.caveauselections.com, Portland, OR, Wine Warehouse, www.winewarehouse.com, Los Angeles, CA and Verity Wines, www.veritywines.com, NY/NJ; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK).
    Tasting note: The oak influence is a bit more subtle though by no means invisible as it suffuses the very spicy plum liqueur-like aromas that are liberally laced with earth, exotic tea and dried floral scents. There is a lush, even opulent mouth feel to the dense big-bodied flavors that possess excellent size, weight and power yet the palate impression is finer, partially because the dry extract enrobes the tannins but also because the tannins themselves are finer on the massively long finish. The level of dry extract present here is simply amazing and this is going to require at least 20 years to realize all of the incredible upside development potential. Flat out terrific!
     

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96
Red Burgundy Chevillon, Robert 2011 Nuits 1er Cru Les Vaucrains 1 Case 6 75cl £360
  • Domaine Robert Chevillon
    2011
    Nuits St. Georges "Les Vaucrains" 1er  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2023+
    Issue: 53
    Outstanding
    Note: from a 1.5 ha parcel
    Producer note: Bertrand Chevillon called the 2012 a "complicated and challenging vintage that in the end gave us both good and bad news. The bad news is that quantities were off between 40 and 50% due to the poor flowering but the good news is that the quality of the raw materials was first rate. Just to provide you with an idea, very generally speaking that are around 100 berries per bunch in a typical vintage but in 2012 there were between 50 and 60. We began picking on the 20th of September and you really couldn't ask for cleaner fruit as there was literally zero rot. Phenolic maturities were excellent and the potential alcohols were very good at around 12.5%. We did our normal vinification and the result is very rich and concentrated wines that should have early appeal but also age very well as there is no reason why they shouldn't." Chevillon noted that the domaine changed its label as of the 2011 vintage so fans should look for a change when those wines appear in the market place. Note I revisited two now in-bottle 2011s and one 2010 below. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, www.kermitlynch.com, Berkeley, CA; A&B Vintners, www.abvintners.co.uk, and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, both UK).
    Tasting note: This is very reserved, indeed to the point where the nose is borderline taciturn and requires considerable swirling to reveal the ripe and intensely earthy nose of animale inflected dark berry fruit. The concentrated, powerful and muscular broad-shouldered flavors ooze with an abundance of dry extract that actually causes the very firm tannins to appear more civilized than they really are. Despite the reserve of the nose the austere finish is explosive and the length is excellent.
     

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92
Red Burgundy Comtes Armand 2002 Pommard 1er Cru Epeneaux 2 Case 6 75cl £850
Red Burgundy Comtes Lafon 2011 Monthelie 1er Cru Les Duresses 1 Case 6 75cl £330
  • Lafon's 2011 Monthélie is sweet, supple and seductive. Dark red cherry pit, flowers and spices meld together in a soft, voluptuous wine loaded with tons of appeal. The 2011 offers gorgeous resonance, volume and texture, not to mention considerable pleasure. Dominique Lafon makes more important reds, but I often find myself attracted to the Monthélie for the pure joy it so often delivers. 

    -- Antonio Galloni

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90
Red Burgundy de Vogue 1995 Bonnes Mares 2 Bottle 150cl £1,600
  • Deep red. Deeper-pitched aromas of blue fruits, clove, mint and coffee; much more Morey in character than the other wines of this domain, despite the fact that this holding of 2.7 hectares is in the southeast corner (i.e., Chambolle side) of the appellation, next to Fuees. Powerful, penetrating and very closed, with a mineral firmness. Noble tannins coat the entire mouth. Like the other '95 crus at this address, this wine has all the components for long-term aging.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 93+ Stephen Tanzer
     

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93
Red Burgundy de Vogue 1995 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 3 Bottle 150cl £2,250
  • Deep red-ruby, the darkest of these '95s. Knockout aromas of black raspberry, chocolate, espresso and exotic spices. Incredible inner-mouth mineral and berry flavors. Spicy, delineated and truly palate-staining. Has a structure that reminded me of Cabernet Sauvignon. Explosive finish, with tannins that coat the palate, teeth, furniture. Showing much better than the '93 did at the same stage.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 96 Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 1998

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96
Red Burgundy de Vogue 1996 Bonnes Mares 1 Bottle 75cl £590
  • Burghound Dense and intense black fruit with plenty of character is followed by rich, big, tannic flavors that are robust, indeed almost rustic. This displays lots of backbone if not much finesse with a nice note of finishing complexity. In short, the '96 Bonnes Mares delivers solid if not truly exceptional quality in a package that will age for many years to come. Consistent notes.

    Wine Adsvocate - 93-95 I loved this medium-to-dark ruby-colored wine. Earthy aromas of stones, minerals, blood, and blueberries can be found in this medium-to-full-bodied, tightly wound, sensual, and seductive wine. Seemingly unending layers of black raspberries, cherries, wild blueberries, tangy red currants, and fresh herbs can be found in this complex, rich, silky-textured, and profound wine. Its sublime finish, which provides the taster with yet another opportunity to witness this offering's gorgeous purity of fruit, has a firm yet supple backbone. An extraordinary Bonnes Mares! 

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91
Red Burgundy de Vogue 1996 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1 Bottle 75cl £825
  • Good fresh dark red. Flamboyant nose combines blueberry, blackberry, licorice and Cuban tobacco; distinctly blacker aromas than the '97. Great sweetness and penetration on the palate; flavors are given thrust and grip by a strong spine of acids and tannins. Quintessential grand cru intensity without excess weight. Extremely long, noble finish. Fascinating Bonnes-Mares, and likely to be very long-lived.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 93+ Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 1999

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93
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2014 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2 Case 12 75cl £8,350
  • Tasting note: While highly complex this is cool to the point of only grudgingly revealing a strikingly layered combination of violets, rose petals, sandalwood, anise, clove, plum and dark currant scents. This is a big and overtly muscular wine with broad-shouldered and admirably concentrated flavors yet for all of the impressive size, weight and volume, the massively long finish is serene, even Zen-like. 2014 is a relatively seductive and forward vintage for this storied wine, and I appreciate that calling a wine "forward" when it will likely need 20 years to fully mature is a relative concept!

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95
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2015 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1 Case 3 75cl £2,650
  • Tasting note: Deep ruby color. A kaleidoscopically spicy and broad-ranging nose grudgingly reveals notes of red cherry, cassis, plum, violet, Asian-style tea, sandalwood and hoisin. The velvety and mouth coating imposingly-scaled and intense mineral-driven flavors are blessed with seemingly endless reserves of dry extract that coat the palate on the highly seductive finish that delivers fantastically good length on the youthfully austere, backward and immaculately well-balanced finale. This opulent yet very serious effort is also going to require a very long snooze in a very cool cellar but it should be a remarkable Musigny when it finally emerges. I would add that I don't know if this will be potentially one of the all-time great vintages for the de Vogüé Musigny but my guess is that it will at least be in the conversation, which given the historical track record of this wine, is no small compliment.

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97
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2015 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 2 Case 12 75cl £3,600
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2015
    Chambolle-Musigny "1er"  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2018
    Drink: 2030+
    Issue: 69
    Outstanding
    Note: from younger vines Musigny of less than 25 years of age
    Producer note: Resident enologist François Millet described the 2016 vintage as one that "on the 27th of April had everything necessary for disaster. It had rained that night and then a moderately strong wind cleared the skies of clouds. The cold temperatures and moisture then coated everything in frost, which when the sun rose on the 28th the rays burned all of the incipient vegetation. It was perhaps the worst frost ever recorded in Chambolle yet Morey, which is right next door, was barely touched. Afterwards it required about 3 weeks to see the second generation of growth to appear and thankfully from the beginning of July forward conditions were near perfect which allowed the vines to regroup and make up the lost time in time for the harvest. We began picking on the 24th of September and brought in perfectly clean fruit that was quite ripe, both in terms of sugars but also phenolic maturities. Yields though were another story and it wasn't pretty. We lost 70% overall though the losses were disparate, running from close to 90% in the Chambolle villages parcels, 60 to 70% in Bonnes Mares and Musigny and about 30% in Amoureuses. As a consequence it was necessary to vinify very carefully as it would have been very easy to make tannic monsters due to the thick skins and tiny quantities, in fact to this end I did no punching down for any wine except the Bonnes Mares. As to the wines, incredible freshness is really the hallmark of the 2016 vintage. The fruit profile is mostly red in character and for me the aromatics make me think of May flowers. I really quite like them as they have energy and personality." With the exception of the Bonnes Mares, I found the de Vogüé 2016 to largely mirror the general quality of what I found elsewhere in Chambolle. By contrast I was most impressed with the de Vogüé 2015s and in particular the Musigny; it should eventually prove to be one of the great wines of the vintage. The 2015s, revisited below, were bottled between January and March 2017. While there isn't a review for it below, readers should be aware that as of 2015 the Musigny Blanc is once again being declared as such after having been declared as a Bourgogne Blanc since the 1994 vintage. (Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, CA, Country Vintner, www.countryvintner.com, VA, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CO/NM, Ideal Wines, www.idealwine.us, MA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, email david.forman@atlanta.com, GA and C'est Vin, LLC, 703.243.3559, VA, all USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, both UK).
    Tasting note: This is equally pretty and even cooler with its airy if slightly riper mix of both red and dark pinot fruit, violet, plum, exotic tea and all but invisible wood nuances. There is excellent volume and punch to the focused and quite powerful medium weight flavors that possess a caressing mouthfeel on the even more mineral-inflected finish that goes on and on. Note well however that this palate coating effort is very much built-to-age and is going to need it.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2016 Bonnes Mares 1 Case 3 75cl £1,350
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2016
    Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 90-92?
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2018
    Drink: 2031+
    Issue: 69
    Note: from a 2.67 ha parcel situated entirely in terres rouges soil in the south-west portion of the vineyard
    Producer note: Resident enologist François Millet described the 2016 vintage as one that "on the 27th of April had everything necessary for disaster. It had rained that night and then a moderately strong wind cleared the skies of clouds. The cold temperatures and moisture then coated everything in frost, which when the sun rose on the 28th the rays burned all of the incipient vegetation. It was perhaps the worst frost ever recorded in Chambolle yet Morey, which is right next door, was barely touched. Afterwards it required about 3 weeks to see the second generation of growth to appear and thankfully from the beginning of July forward conditions were near perfect which allowed the vines to regroup and make up the lost time in time for the harvest. We began picking on the 24th of September and brought in perfectly clean fruit that was quite ripe, both in terms of sugars but also phenolic maturities. Yields though were another story and it wasn't pretty. We lost 70% overall though the losses were disparate, running from close to 90% in the Chambolle villages parcels, 60 to 70% in Bonnes Mares and Musigny and about 30% in Amoureuses. As a consequence it was necessary to vinify very carefully as it would have been very easy to make tannic monsters due to the thick skins and tiny quantities, in fact to this end I did no punching down for any wine except the Bonnes Mares. As to the wines, incredible freshness is really the hallmark of the 2016 vintage. The fruit profile is mostly red in character and for me the aromatics make me think of May flowers. I really quite like them as they have energy and personality." With the exception of the Bonnes Mares, I found the de Vogüé 2016 to largely mirror the general quality of what I found elsewhere in Chambolle. By contrast I was most impressed with the de Vogüé 2015s and in particular the Musigny; it should eventually prove to be one of the great wines of the vintage. The 2015s, revisited below, were bottled between January and March 2017. While there isn't a review for it below, readers should be aware that as of 2015 the Musigny Blanc is once again being declared as such after having been declared as a Bourgogne Blanc since the 1994 vintage. (Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, CA, Country Vintner, www.countryvintner.com, VA, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CO/NM, Ideal Wines, www.idealwine.us, MA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, email david.forman@atlanta.com, GA and C'est Vin, LLC, 703.243.3559, VA, all USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, both UK).
    Tasting note: Deep ruby. Once again there is an exuberant freshness to the nose of plum, violet, peony, spice and earth aromas. There is outstanding density and power to the big-bodied and overtly muscular flavors that deliver fine complexity though the finish is somewhat drying and a bit short. This showed awkwardly today because while the tannins seem ripe they are rough and somewhat inelegant. This may very well come together but I have at least some concern about that.
     

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2017 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1 Case 12 75cl £7,500
  • Note: from an incredible 6.46 ha parcel, which doesn't include the .67 ha section planted to chardonnay

    Tasting note: An openly exotic nose offers glimpses of black cherry liqueur, ginger, Asian-style tea, sandalwood and orange peel along with plenty of floral elements. The tighter and much more mineral-driven big-bodied flavors also possess evident muscle on the powerful and dense yet beautifully refined finish that goes on and on. This is also a bit less structured though with that said, this is going to need at least 15 years to reach its apogee. In sum, this is relatively refined though still a very serious wine.
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Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Domaine Leroy 1993 Pommard Les Vignots 1 Bottle 75cl £2,200
Red Burgundy Domaine Leroy 1993 Nuits Saint Georges 1 Bottle 75cl £2,650
Red Burgundy Domaine Leroy 1993 Clos de Vougeot 1 Bottle 75cl £4,500
Red Burgundy Domaine Leroy 1993 Clos de la Roche 1 Bottle 75cl £5,500
  • Domaine Leroy
    1993
    Clos de la Roche
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Jul 31, 2015
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: (with thanks to Dr. Kevin Chan). A stunning complex nose offers outstanding breadth on the ripe and fully mature aromas that are comprised mostly by various dark berries, earth, spice and smoked game nuances. There is impressive richness, power and concentration to the broad-shouldered flavors that possess plenty of mouth coating dry extract before culminating in a balanced, intense and strikingly long finish. This is a terrific wine that has only just now arrived at its apogee and as such, it should be capable of holding at this plateau for many years to come. In a word, brilliant.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Domaine Leroy 2001 Musigny 1 Bottle 75cl £44,000
  • One Bottle Number 0231 - Domaine Leroy 2001 Musigny Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 97 Burghound
    Drink: Try from 2018+
     
    Tasting note: After ten years this is as stunning as it was when I first tried it and while the fantastically complex nose is actually still on the restrained side, it conveys all of the majesty that it originally did. The rich and and classy but powerful and broad-shouldered flavors are just now beginning to blossom though they retain plenty of upside development potential due to the firm tannins that remain on the gorgeously persistent finish. This is simply stunning Musigny that could be drunk now with pleasure but will offer still more fireworks over the years to come.
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Domaine Leroy 2003 Chambertin 1 Bottle 75cl £11,000
Red Burgundy Domaine Leroy 2005 Chambertin 1 Bottle 75cl £15,000
  • The property of a senior member of the UK trade
    Domaine Leroy 2005 Chambertin Score: 95-98
    Drink: 2025+

    Producer note: Lalou Bize-Leroy calls 2005 an "excellent millésime in both colors. There is a harmony to this vintage that speaks of la grande classe and you can feel it in the quality of the tannins, which are refined and very ripe. The level of phenolic ripeness in this vintage is really something yet there is absolutely no sense of surmaturité or heaviness. Overall, including the Bourgogne, we brought in just under 20 hl/ha, which for us is a good yield. Sugars were excellent at between 13 and 13.5% as were the acidities and the post malo pHs were also terrific at around 3.4. Overall, the vintage really has no direct parallel but I suppose it reminds me somewhat of 1996 or perhaps 1999." In contrast to several recent vintages where the wines were bottled very early, Mme Bize told me that they would begin the bottling for the '05s at the end of November so I tasted them just before they were to be racked into 4 barrel groups for the mise.
    The Leroy '05s are exceptional by any measure and several of the 1ers are simply incredible and while it's hard to call any wines that sell for the prices that these do bargains, if such a term can be applied to them then it applies to the best of these 1ers, in particular the Beaux Monts and Chambolle Charmes, which are quite simply mind bending. There is no additional review of the 2004s as they were reviewed from bottle in Issue 22. However, I wish to add that a number of subscribers who had tried them here in the US notified me that there was an extreme cloudiness to several of them. In this regard, I can report that I have had the range of Leroy '04s twice now and in neither case did I notice undue cloudiness or lack of commercially acceptable clarity. At the second tasting in November however I did notice that they had shut down substantially since February but again, there was no problem with clarity. (Martine's Wines, Novato, CA; Justerini & Brooks, John Armit, Howard Ripley and Lay & Wheeler, all UK).
    Tasting note: A toasty and moderately reduced nose that is sweet yet musky and rather sauvage in character merges into rich, textured and marvelously concentrated flavors that are surprisingly supple on the mid-palate for such a massive constituted wine and in the same vein, the strikingly persistent finish is powerful yet precise and detailed. There is firm tannic spine that is almost invisible due to all of the dry extract. From a structural standpoint, this is reminiscent of the Musigny as it's truly a block of stone at present. Like the best wines here, there is just another dimension to the depth. In sum, this is a great Chambertin and those fortunate to own it can, if they choose, will it to their children as this will easily last for 50 years and may go longer than that.

     

     

    Bright, deep ruby-red. Wild, highly complex nose offers dark fruits, nuts, meat and underbrush. Suave and silky on entry, then dense and chewy in the middle, with a smoky suggestion of earth. This expands impressively toward the back, finishing with wonderfully fine tannins and great building length. The longest of these wines today, along with the Romanee-Saint-Vivant. And concentrated enough to go on for decades.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 95-98 Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 2007

Tasting Notes
98
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 1990 Griotte-Chambertin 2 Bottle 150cl £1,250
  • Wine Review

    Maison Joseph Drouhin
    1990
    Griotte-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Nov 20, 2006
    Drink: Try from 2015+
     
    Tasting note: Given how aromatically evolved most '90s are today, I was shocked at how fresh and bright this is with only the barest traces of secondary aromas adding nuance to the earthy cherry and raspberry fruit notes that continue onto the rich, full, sweet and mouth coating flavors that possess serious depth and outstanding balance on the mouth coating and hugely long finish. This is a seriously impressive wine with absolutely no separation between the evolution of the fruit and the supporting structure. Plus, it is incredibly youthful and while it could certainly be enjoyed today, it will age gracefully for decades and is still on the way up.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2003 Clos de Beze 3 Bottle 150cl £925£825
  • Medium red. Pure, high-pitched aromas of black fruits and baking spices; vibrant for the vintage. Quite lively in the mouth, with flavors of small, wild dark berries and spices. This has a darker fruit character than most of the other Drouhin 2003s, as well as a hint of coolness. Serious, bright and powerful, finishing with suave, spreading tannins.

    -- Stephen Tanzer93Stephen Tanzer$115.00Mar 2005

     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2019 Gevrey 1er Cru Clos Prieur 3 Case 6 75cl £475
  • 2019 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur 1er Cru

    The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur 1er Cru comes from purchased fruit and includes 30% whole cluster. It has an attractive bouquet of red plum, blood orange and a light tang of seaweed. The medium-bodied palate offers supple tannins and fine acidity. Fleshy and ripe with a touch of white pepper on the finish. Good body and weight. This is quite a "gutsy" Clos Prieur with good substance. 

    -- Neal Martin (90-92) Neal Martin 2023 - 2038 Not Available Dec 2020

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2019 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Cazetiers 1 Case 6 75cl £520
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2020 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Prieur 3 Case 6 75cl £550
  • (89-92) pts Jasper Morris MW
    “Dark centre with lighter rim. Excellent juicy very dark fruit, the tannins are discreet with low but adequate acidity. Quite accessible but may refine later. I suspect the blended Gevrey-Chambertin may have the edge.”

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2020 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2 Case 6 75cl £600
Red Burgundy Dujac 1995 Clos de la Roche 1 Bottle 75cl £1,875
  • Three 1995s from Dujac all paired beautifully with our steamed bass (Bar de Ligne). The 1995 Clos Saint Denis was the most delicate and forward of the group. Dried cherries, flowers and spices all suggested the wine was close or perhaps slightly past peak. The 1995 Bonnes Mares was decidedly masculine, with awesome power and richness in its explosive fruit. The sheer depth and power of this long-lived Burgundy were remarkable. The estate’s 1995 Clos de la Roche was initially rather carnal and earthy, but then it turned more delicate and layered in the glass. Stylistically it fell somewhere between the Clos St. Denis and the Bonnes-Mares.

    -- Antonio Galloni 91 Antonio Galloni

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Dujac 2008 Charmes Chambertin 1 Case 3 150cl £3,500
  • Domaine Dujac
    2008
    Charmes-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2011
    Drink: 2023+
    Issue: 41
    Note: from both Charmes proper and Mazoyères
    Producer note: Jeremy Seysses described the 2008 vintage as one that had a "great deal of shot berries and this was important for two reasons as it added concentration as well as naturally gave better aeration to the normal-sized bunches. There was a lot of sorting required, both for rot and for under ripe berries. We did a normal vinification of between 10 to 12 days of cuvaison with a relatively high percentage of whole clusters, which ranged from 2/3 to a full 100%. We reduced the amount of new wood slightly though probably not enough to really be detectable in the finished wines. Overall, I am very bullish on the vintage and I think it's going to surprise a lot of people who were influenced by the pre-malo comments." The in-bottle '07s came in about where my ranges suggested that they would and while they are very pretty, and in some cases genuinely excellent, they cannot match the quality of their '08 counterparts when taken as a group. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, St. Helena, CA and Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, San Francisco, CA for southern California; Morris & Verdin, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, UK, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, UK, Uncorked Ltd, www.uncorked.co.uk, UK, Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, UK and Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, UK).
    Tasting note: Here the nose displays both upper and lower register aromas of elegant red berry fruit, floral notes and plenty of Gevrey-style earth plus a hint of the sauvage that carries over to the intense yet supple and detailed medium-bodied flavors that are balanced, complex, sappy and impressively persistent. A Charmes of refinement and purity with enough youthful austerity present to necessitate waiting at least a few years before cracking one.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Dujac 2011 Vosne 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts 2 Case 3 75cl £1,550
  • Domaine Dujac
    2011
    Vosne-Romanée "Les Malconsorts" 1er  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2026+
    Issue: 53
    Outstanding 
    Note: from a 1.57 ha parcel

    Tasting note: An intensely spicy nose features notes of ripe black pinot fruit and plenty of floral influence in the form of violet and lavender scents. As would be expected this possesses plenty of size and weight with excellent mid-palate concentration, all wrapped in a powerful, palate coating and wonderfully long finish. This is a serious wine that will need at least 10 to 12 years to be approachable.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Dujac 2019 Charmes Chambertin 1 Bottle 75cl £525
  • (95-97)

    Drinking Window

    2023 - 2045

    From: La Lumière Noire: 2019 Burgundy - Côte de Nuits (Dec 2020)

    The 2019 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has an airy and generous bouquet with lifted black fruit, hoisin and light roasted chestnut aromas, all well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, a beautiful line of acidity, svelte and harmonious with a slightly grainy-textured finish. I adore the discrete crescendo in this Grand Cru and the unimposing but long aftertaste. "It’s been growing in stature over the last 10 to 15 years," remarked Alex Seysses. Proof of that is evident by tasting this superb Charmes-Chambertin.

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Engel, Rene 1993 Grands Echezeaux 1 Bottle 75cl £4,250£3,600
  • Domaine René Engel
    1993
    Grands Echézeaux
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Nov 19, 2018
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: (with thanks to Dr. Kevin Chan). You never know when things are going to show up after a very long absence as I hadn't had this beauty since 1998 and then it appeared twice in two years. Not surprisingly it has changed radically since 1998 as the color has lightened somewhat as there is now a hint of bricking though the center remains a relatively deep ruby. Moreover the once primary fruit has becomeentirely secondary in character along with ample amount of spice, earth, leather, Asian-style tea and soft floral hints. There is still excellent vibrancy and density to the muscular big-bodied flavors that possess terrific complexity and detail, all wrapped in a hugely long and well-balanced finale. This is impeccably well-balanced and harmonious and should live for years. Tasted twice in the last two years with almost identical results.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Engel, Rene 1998 Echezeaux 1 Bottle 75cl £1,950
  • Domaine René Engel
    1998
    Grands Echézeaux
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Apr 21, 2016
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: I hadn't tried this since 2005 and time has been highly beneficial as the wood it still displayed has now been entirely absorbed which more easily allowed the spicy aromas of mostly secondary fruit scents to shine. The big, rich and still moderately structured flavors offer very solid concentration and excellent complexity, all wrapped in a lingering and well-balanced finale. For my taste this robust and muscular effort has just arrived on the front edge of its peak drinkability and it should easily be capable of holding here for years to come. Tasted thrice with consistent notes save for this most recent bottle that displayed just a hint of brett. Burghound 
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Faiveley 2005 Clos de Vougeot 1 Case 6 75cl £1,050£925
  • Good deep ruby-red. Highly perfumed nose combines raspberry, minerals and licorice. Sappy and vibrant, with terrific underlying spine framing the dense, mineral-driven berry flavors. Quite youthfully tannic-in fact, this seemed to shut down in the bottle-but not hard. Has the energy and length for an extended evolution.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 92+ Stephen Tanzer

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Faiveley 2017 Charmes Chambertin 2 Case 6 75cl £800
  • Chambertin Grand Cru

    The 2017 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru comes from a single hectare that came from Faiveley’s purchase of Dupont-Tisserandot. The parcels lie right across the road from Chambertin, and the vines are around 70 years old, although they were due to be pulled up the week after my visit, since they are becoming unproductive. This has a slightly smudged, floral bouquet that gains clarity with aeration, but does not quite have the delineation of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and good grip, quite Mazoyères-like in terms of structure, and an attractive spicy finish. It maybe just lacks the finesse of the very finest Charmes-Chambertins.

    -- Neal Martin (90-92) Neal Martin 2021 - 2040 Not Available Jan 2019

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Giroud, Camille 2005 Clos de Vougeot 1 Case 6 75cl £900£825
Red Burgundy Gros Frere & Soeur 1985 Clos de Vougeot Musigni 2 Bottle 75cl £450£425
Red Burgundy Hudelot-Noellat 1993 Richebourg 1 Bottle 75cl £850£790
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2005 Bonnes Mares 1 Bottle 300cl £1,950
  • Tasting note: A notably ripe red and blue berry fruit nose is nuanced by chalk, minerals and abundant spice notes that continue onto the toasty, rich, full and massively powerful flavors that are suave and superbly concentrated, all wrapped in a very Bonnes Mares style finish as this is chewy but not rustic. An impressive wine where the finish doesn't seem to ever end.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2005 Clos de Vougeot 4 Case 12 75cl £1,750£1,575
  • Rating

    (93 - 95)

    Release Price

    $122

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    David Schildknecht

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2007

    Source

    171, The Wine Advocate

    Charred meat, black currant, and wet stone characterize the bouquet of Jadot’s 2005 Clos Vougeot. Savory, salty, brightly-fruited and invigoratingly juicy on the palate, this displays more energy and acidity than I would have expected from the appellation. For all of the clarity and juiciness of this wine’s fruit, grilled meat and stony earthiness combined with the emergence of formidable tannins and subtle but persistent cyanic and iodine notes to turn its formidably long finish somewhat austere. But this is going to result in an exciting rendition of its terroir if left in the dark for at least 6-8 years. Jacques Lardiere has once again presided over a collection for the most part not intended to flatter in its youth, but rather to achieve an eventual balance of fruit acidity with (in this instance frequently quite prominent) tannin. Prolonged post-fermentative extraction promoted a formidably-structured group of wines, which Lardiere expressed no hurry about bottling. Certain of these – particularly from the Cote de Beaune – displayed a slightly drying finishing astringency or simply an austere lack of charm to match their concentration, traits Lardiere suggested might be traceable to drought stress in those sites. A brief July rain that reached the Cote de Nuits but not the Cote de Beaune was critical, he asserts, and all of Jadot’s vines in the northern Cote were picked before the harvest in the south commenced. 

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2009 Clos de la Roche 1 Case 6 75cl £800
  • The 2009 Clos de la Roche comes across as big, powerful and a touch heavy-handed. This shows tons of richness and depth but lacks the sheer excitement of the estate's finest wines. The Clos de la Roche is made from purchased wine.

    -- Antonio Galloni (92-95) Antonio Galloni

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2011 Clos Saint Denis 3 Case 6 75cl £690
  • Tasting note: A tight and while not completely closed, it would be fair to describe as the nose of subtly layered and spicy dark currant aromas as highly restrained. By contrast, there is fine vibrancy and freshness to the silky and focused middle weight flavors that are shaped by fine grained if distinctly firm tannins, all wrapped in a wonderfully intense, mouth coating, impressively persistent and austere finish. This may be a Clos St. Denis of finesse but it doesn't lack for power or seriousness.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2012 Nuits 1er Cru Vaucrains 2 Case 6 75cl £350
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2012 Clos de la Roche 4 Case 6 75cl £640
  • Tasting note: A pungently earthy nose also offers supporting aromas of gentle wood, spice and both red and dark fruit components. There is excellent richness and body to the large-scaled, mineral-inflected and openly powerful flavors that possess plenty of tannin-buffering dry extract before terminating in a striking long finish. This is a robust and very serious effort that possesses excellent cellaring potential and note well that it will need it as this is presently a bruiser. 93/100
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Jayer, Georges & Henri 1985 Echezeaux 2 Bottle 75cl £7,250
  • Georges et Henri Jayer
    1985
    Echézeaux
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2004
    Drink: now
    Issue: 13
    Tasting note: An interesting hint of menthol frames beautifully fresh and very complex red fruit nose with perfectly mature, delicious, round, supple flavors that offer good velvet and excellent length. I can't see this improving from here and it's perfect now. A bit warmer and friendlier than the Jayer version but perhaps a hair less complex. Still, this is a lovely bottle. Consistent notes.
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Jayer-Gilles 1996 Echezeaux du Dessus 1 Bottle 75cl £475£450
  • Deep, bright ruby-red. Explosive nose combines dark berries, kirsch, violet, spice and smoked meat. Sweet, sappy and large-scaled, but with great delineation of flavor for a wine of this size. Like a solid today, and quite backward. Finishes with substantial but silky tannins and a whiplash of fruit. Along with the example from Emmanuel Rouget, this is as impressive an Echezeaux as I've tasted from 1996.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 93+ Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 1999

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Jayer-Gilles 1998 Echezeaux du Dessus 2 Bottle 75cl £450£420
  • Bright red-ruby. Complex, expressive aromas of currant, plum, minerals, chocolate and smoked meat, plus a whiff of truffle. Silky, lush and fairly deep; currant flavors really cling to the palate. Full for the vintage. Finishes with firm but fine tannins.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 91+ Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 2001

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Juillot 2010 Mercurey 1 Bottle 300cl £85£60
NV La Grande Rue 7 Bottle 75cl £350
NV La Grande Rue 7 Bottle 75cl £400
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 1996 La Grande Rue 6 Bottle 75cl £500
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 2005 La Grande Rue 1 Bottle 150cl £1,500
  • Tasting note: A hint of menthol adds nuance to the mostly highly-spiced red berry fruit nose that is quite reserved if beautifully complex while leading to sweet, delicious, generous and round medium full flavors that are classy and refined, all wrapped in a strikingly persistent and explosive finish. This offers excellent cellar potential and at this early stage the wood, which is normally fairly prominent, is already well integrated but note that this will need every bit of 15 years, perhaps even slightly longer, to arrive at its prime as it's very structured. A really beautiful LGR that showed even a bit better than it had only three weeks earlier as it was given the benefit of an hour's worth of air.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 2005 La Grande Rue 2 Case 6 75cl £3,200
  • Tasting note: A hint of menthol adds nuance to the mostly highly-spiced red berry fruit nose that is quite reserved if beautifully complex while leading to sweet, delicious, generous and round medium full flavors that are classy and refined, all wrapped in a strikingly persistent and explosive finish. This offers excellent cellar potential and at this early stage the wood, which is normally fairly prominent, is already well integrated but note that this will need every bit of 15 years, perhaps even slightly longer, to arrive at its prime as it's very structured. A really beautiful LGR that showed even a bit better than it had only three weeks earlier as it was given the benefit of an hour's worth of air.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 2012 La Grande Rue 1 Case 6 75cl £2,250
  • Domaine François Lamarche
    2012
    La Grande Rue
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2015
    Drink: 2027+
    Issue: 57
    Producer note: Nicole Lamarche told me that they began picking the 2013 crop "on the 6th of October and there was quite a bit of sorting required and just to be sure we sorted twice as it's hard to be precise in the vineyards. The flowering passed poorly so our yields were down around once again around 30% but at least we weren't hit by hail. There was good phenolic maturity to the fruit and I elected to use around 30% whole clusters, which is about the same amount that I employed in 2012. That said the fruit didn't have the same concentration as it did in 2012 so there was no point in pushing the extraction. Moreover I really wanted to preserve the freshness and silky textures that appeal to me so I limited the number of punch downs. As to the wines they are refreshing and wonderfully transparent as you can really see the differences between one wine and another." Lamarche noted that her 2012s, three of which are revisited below, were bottled in April 2014. (Jeanne-Marie de Champs, www.ds-collection.com, NY, NY is the agent with many regional importers, including Scott Paul Wines, www.scottpaul.com, Portland, OR, Burgundy Wine Company, www.burgundywinecompany.com, NY, NY, and Glazer's, www.glazers.com, Dallas, TX, PA; Bibendum Wine Ltd., www.bibendum-wine.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Richards Walford & Co., Ltd., www.r-w.co.uk, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Seckford Wines, www.seckfordwines.co.uk and Raeburn Fine Wines, www.raeburnfinewines.com, Edinburgh, all UK; L'Imperatrice Fine Wines, www.imperatrice.com.hk, Hong Kong/China).
    Tasting note: There is just enough wood to notice framing the red currant, black cherry and plum aromas that also display pretty floral and spice notes. There is fine concentration, power and punch to the refined and classy middle weight flavors that possess excellent intensity on the balanced, mouth coating, velvety and beautifully persistent finish. This too will need at least a decade plus of bottle age.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Lignier-Michelot 2008 Clos de la Roche 1 Case 12 75cl £1,800
  • Note: from a .27 ha parcel, most of which is young vines of 15 years though there is a parcel approximating 15% of the total with <40 years of age
    Producer note: Virgile Lignier told me that 2008 was a vintage where "the saving grace was the north wind, which is also responsible for forming its character, much as it did in 1996 and 2002. As such, it was primarily maturation through evaporation rather than through the more typical heat and light. Having seen this phenomenon before, I waited as long as I could so that my fruit could benefit from what sunshine and luminosity that there was. I began picking on the 2nd of October because I could see that there was no photosynthesis going on and there was nothing to be gained by waiting any longer. Waiting though had its price as it was necessary to eliminate a lot of fruit. In fact, I would estimate my average loss at 30%. Sugars were better than I thought they would be at between 11.5 and 12.5% and I had one parcel at 13%. I limited the chaptalization to no more than half a degree. The '08s are extremely transparent and I was positive that boosting the alcohols would immediately, and permanently, mark the wines. As I did in 2007, I elected to use some whole clusters, which varied between 10 and 20% though for the old vines Morey, it was 30%, the Clos St. Denis saw 50% and for the Charmes-Chambertin, it was 100%. The '08 vintage is not really to my taste but I have to say that it's certainly better than I anticipated that it would be. And in tasting the wines, it's immediately apparent that 2008 respected the hierarchy of appellations as there are big quality differences between each level." Note: Lignier has a small négociant activity and the wines are sold under Maison Virgile Lignier. 
    Tasting note: Like all of these grands crus, this is a very ripe '08 with a layered, elegant and nuanced nose that combines red pinot fruit, oak, warm earth and wet stone notes that seamlessly give way to round, rich and full-bodied flavors that possess a sleek muscularity on the beautifully textured and mineral-driven finish. This is a big wine in the context of the vintage and offers a completely different personality than does the Clos St. Denis.
     

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Red Burgundy Meo-Camuzet 1996 Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Chaumes 1 Bottle 75cl £390
  • Spicy aromas of black cherry, redcurrant and nuts. Suppler and sweeter on entry than the Nuits-Saint-Georges, but more closed in the middle. Strong oak spice flavor today. Finishes with an edge of acidity and slightly dry (wood?) tannins.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 87-89 Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 1998

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Red Burgundy Mortet 2011 Fixin Vieilles Vignes 10 Bottle 75cl £60
  • Domaine Denis Mortet
    2011
    Fixin Vieilles Vignes
    Villages Red 750 ml
    Score: 88
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2017+
    Issue: 53
    Note: from 40 year old vines in the tiny .74 ha vineyard of Champs Pennebaut, which is near the Couchey border for the inveterate map readers among you
    Producer note: Arnaud Mortet observed that the 2012 vintage "suffered through a troubled and extended flowering that was responsible for much of the naturally low yields. The bunches were loose and with tiny berries that allowed the fruit to be super clean at the harvest. I decided to start picking on the 23rd of September and brought in ripe fruit that needed only small amounts of chaptalization and in some cases, none at all. As I have been slowly doing each vintage now, I once again lightened the extraction. I shortened the cool maceration period from 7 days to 5 and did a 21 day total cuvaison. In the same vein I used a bit less new wood as well and it now averages about one-third though that of course varies wine by wine. I completely destemmed in 2012 though I have been thinking about doing some more experimenting with using some whole clusters so we will see going forward. As to the style of the 2012s I think it's the kind of vintage that everyone will like. The wines are ripe but fresh and with a mid-palate succulence that makes them a pleasure to drink." As I commented last year the Mortet 2011s are excellent and now that they are in bottle they confirm the quality that I saw last year. Mortet noted that his 2011s, revisited below, were bottled between January and April, 2013. (Martine's Wines, www.martineswines.com, Novato, CA; multiple UK sources, including Bibendum Wine Ltd., www.bibendum-wine.co.uk, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, Harrods Limited, www.harrods.com, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, and The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk).
    Tasting note: An adroit application of wood sets off fresh and ripe if somber aromas of dark berries, violets and plum. The very round, suave and supple flavors display both good energy and fine volume before terminating in a balanced and persistent finish that exhibits a bit of youthful Fixin austerity and rusticity.
     

Tasting Notes
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Red Burgundy Perrot-Minot 2008 Mazoyeres-Chambertin 1 Bottle 300cl £1,450
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2010 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    David Schildknecht

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2010

    Source

    189, The Wine Advocate

    Cedar, resin, licorice, cardamom, blackberry, and plum paste in the nose of Perrot-Minot’s 2008 Mazoyeres-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes migrate onto a palpably extract- and tannin-rich (albeit fine-grained) palate, accompanied by deep richness of beef stock. The juicy, tart yet ripe fresh fruit edge keeps this from becoming austere, as medicinal herbal extractions, iodine, peat, and crushed stone saturate the palate and leave your mouth a quiver but practically exhausted. This take-no-prisoners expression of its site should be at least a 15-20 year keeper. Christophe Perrot-Minot pursued to extremes in 2008 the fanatic selectivity on which he prides himself, though he would have been happy had that not been necessary. He claims this triage was almost entirely for the removal of under-ripe, not of botrytis-infected, berries. (And yields from these – as the labels remind us – universally old vines are always extremely low even before fruit hits the estate’s two sorting tables.) The concentrated, lavishly ripe but densely-structured style associated with this domaine is tempered by the relatively low alcohol (wines finished – after light chaptalization – in the upper 12s or low 13s) and efficacious acidity of the 2008 vintage, as well as by a relatively gentle extraction that he reports was forced on him by fruit whose virtues could easily have been spoiled by pigeage. Given the way these wines turned out, I, for one, am very glad no attempt was made to punch the musts into further extractive submission! Perrot-Minot opines that many 2008s were permanently stunted by excess sulfuring – which exacerbated the lateness of malo-lactic transformation – and by too little time between the end of malo and bottling, ending up “square” (he used the English word) and “lacking in fat. There was also a danger,” he acknowledged, “that one could end up with wines too concentrated, or that lack purity of aroma and don’t express their terroir.” And in another response to the inherent intensity but also limitations of the fruit, new wood this year was held to a maximum of 40%.

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