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Red Burgundy Bernstein 2009 Clos de la Roche - owc 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: A ripe but not over ripe nose displays plum, floral, earth and a subtle sauvage character that gives way to very rich and textured flavors that possess real verve and punch on the textured, mouth coating and strikingly long finish. Like any number of wines in the range, there is a touch of mocha that surfaces on the finish but this is tighter and more focused with buried tannins that will require considerable patience to completely resolve.

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94
Red Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 2014 Corton 1 Case 75cl
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  • 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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93
Red Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 2015 Corton - 3x75 3 Case 75cl
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  • 91-94 Tasting note: Exuberantly spicy and earth-suffused black cherry liqueur-like aromas introduce rich, concentrated and suave big-bodied flavors that possess a lovely sense of vibrancy before culminating in an attractively textured finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. This built-to-age Corton manages to be both concentrated and serious yet not at all rustic.

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94
Red Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 2016 Corton - 3x75 1 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2009 Echezeaux - owc 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: A gorgeously spicy nose that is pure and elegant speaks of blue and black pinot fruit, warm earth and hoisin nuances. The extremely rich, suave and silky medium weight plus flavors also display an abundance of tannin-buffering dry extract that coats the palate on the long, serious and mildly austere finish. This is built to age and offers impressive depth.

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94
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2009 Bonnes Mares 2 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: In contrast to many of the wines in the range that are quite expressive, this is actually quite reticent if not downright mute with very ripe but elusive aromas of mocha, plum and spicy cassis. The extremely rich, powerful and concentrated big-bodied flavors possess a suave mouth feel as the sap almost completely buffers the unusually generous but quite serious and long finish. This is a classic Bonnes Mares in terms of its underlying architecture and should require between 15 and 20 years to be at its best.

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95
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2010 Vosne 1er Cru Suchots - owc 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: A classic and exceptionally fresh Vosne nose is replete with a wide variety of Asian spice scents that include anise, clove and cinnamon on the notably ripe cassis and black cherry aromas. There is a highly seductive quality to the mouth coating, velvety and suave middle weight flavors that exude a fine dry extract on the silky yet firm finish. This is not quite as complex as the very best of the Bouchard 1ers but this has its own considerable appeal.

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92
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2010 Chapelle Chambertin 2 Case 75cl
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  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    2010
    Chapelle-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Apr 01, 2012
    Drink: 2022+
    Issue: 46
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    Note: from purchased grapes in Chapelle proper
    Producer note: Philippe Prost, Bouchard's winemaker, noted that 2010 was "an up and down growing season with a difficult flowering that resulted in a very small crop with a very high percentage of shot berries, especially in the Côte de Beaune. We began picking on the 20th of September and picked through the 1st of October. The harvest conditions were very cool so the super clean fruit arrived at the cuverie at much more reduced temperatures than is typical. This allowed for longer and entirely natural cool macerations. The harvest itself though was less stressful than usual for the simple reason that various parcels were ready at different times due to the highly heterogeneous flowering and thus we could methodically organize our harvest regimen. Moreover, thanks to the tiny crop and cool harvest weather we had absolutely no rot pressure so again, we could pick when we chose. By contrast 2009 and 2011 saw everything basically ready at the same time so it was much more difficult to optimize the harvest for each parcel. I did our normal vinification with one exception which is that I opted to use a higher percentage of whole clusters than usual though not for all wines. In fact, particularly in the Côte de Beaune it tended to be a lot or a little but not much in between. We also elected to reduce the percentages of new wood and a rough estimate would be 15 to 30% for the villages wines, 35 to 45% for the minor 1ers, 35 to 55% for the major 1ers and between 55 to 75% for the grands crus. We used one-year old wood for the remainder. As to the wines, they have lots of energy and really speak of their underlying terroirs. They're classic burgundies if you will. As to relative performance, every commune in the Côte de Nuits was excellent though if I had to choose just one, then I would anoint Gevrey as the star. In the Côte de Beaune it wasn't quite so homogenous. The best village in my view was Pommard though Volnay was only just behind. Savigny and Beaune were also both quite good if not exactly at the same level." Proust noted that the reds were bottled in December, 2011 and January, 2012 and most wines were not filtered and none were fined. (Henriot, Inc., www.henriotinc.com, NY, NY; John E. Fells and Sons, www.fells.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: A brooding and very restrained red and black pinot fruit nose also offers up hints of earth and some minerality that give way to supple, elegant and attractively refined medium-bodied flavors that are supported by unusually fine-grained tannins, all wrapped in a finale that is balanced and impressively long. There is a touch of wood on the finish but it should be integrated quickly. This is a classic Chapelle of finesse and harmony.
     

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93
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2010 Bonnes Mares - owc 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    2010
    Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Apr 01, 2012
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 46
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    Note: from a .24 ha mix of terres rouges and terres blanches but with a bit more of the former
    Producer note: Philippe Prost, Bouchard's winemaker, noted that 2010 was "an up and down growing season with a difficult flowering that resulted in a very small crop with a very high percentage of shot berries, especially in the Côte de Beaune. We began picking on the 20th of September and picked through the 1st of October. The harvest conditions were very cool so the super clean fruit arrived at the cuverie at much more reduced temperatures than is typical. This allowed for longer and entirely natural cool macerations. The harvest itself though was less stressful than usual for the simple reason that various parcels were ready at different times due to the highly heterogeneous flowering and thus we could methodically organize our harvest regimen. Moreover, thanks to the tiny crop and cool harvest weather we had absolutely no rot pressure so again, we could pick when we chose. By contrast 2009 and 2011 saw everything basically ready at the same time so it was much more difficult to optimize the harvest for each parcel. I did our normal vinification with one exception which is that I opted to use a higher percentage of whole clusters than usual though not for all wines. In fact, particularly in the Côte de Beaune it tended to be a lot or a little but not much in between. We also elected to reduce the percentages of new wood and a rough estimate would be 15 to 30% for the villages wines, 35 to 45% for the minor 1ers, 35 to 55% for the major 1ers and between 55 to 75% for the grands crus. We used one-year old wood for the remainder. As to the wines, they have lots of energy and really speak of their underlying terroirs. They're classic burgundies if you will. As to relative performance, every commune in the Côte de Nuits was excellent though if I had to choose just one, then I would anoint Gevrey as the star. In the Côte de Beaune it wasn't quite so homogenous. The best village in my view was Pommard though Volnay was only just behind. Savigny and Beaune were also both quite good if not exactly at the same level." Proust noted that the reds were bottled in December, 2011 and January, 2012 and most wines were not filtered and none were fined. (Henriot, Inc., www.henriotinc.com, NY, NY; John E. Fells and Sons, www.fells.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: Soft wood influence does not materially diminish the lightly spiced and beautifully fresh nose that is composed of red berry fruit, stone hints and earth nuances. The remarkably rich, round and concentrated flavors exude a focused power while coating the palate with impressive reserves of dry extract that also buffer the very firm tannins. This should be excellent in time as there is outstanding intensity yet impeccable balance and length.
     

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95
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2010 Clos de Beze - owc 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    2010
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Apr 01, 2012
    Drink: 2027+
    Issue: 46
    Don't miss!
    Note: from purchased grapes
    Producer note: Philippe Prost, Bouchard's winemaker, noted that 2010 was "an up and down growing season with a difficult flowering that resulted in a very small crop with a very high percentage of shot berries, especially in the Côte de Beaune. We began picking on the 20th of September and picked through the 1st of October. The harvest conditions were very cool so the super clean fruit arrived at the cuverie at much more reduced temperatures than is typical. This allowed for longer and entirely natural cool macerations. The harvest itself though was less stressful than usual for the simple reason that various parcels were ready at different times due to the highly heterogeneous flowering and thus we could methodically organize our harvest regimen. Moreover, thanks to the tiny crop and cool harvest weather we had absolutely no rot pressure so again, we could pick when we chose. By contrast 2009 and 2011 saw everything basically ready at the same time so it was much more difficult to optimize the harvest for each parcel. I did our normal vinification with one exception which is that I opted to use a higher percentage of whole clusters than usual though not for all wines. In fact, particularly in the Côte de Beaune it tended to be a lot or a little but not much in between. We also elected to reduce the percentages of new wood and a rough estimate would be 15 to 30% for the villages wines, 35 to 45% for the minor 1ers, 35 to 55% for the major 1ers and between 55 to 75% for the grands crus. We used one-year old wood for the remainder. As to the wines, they have lots of energy and really speak of their underlying terroirs. They're classic burgundies if you will. As to relative performance, every commune in the Côte de Nuits was excellent though if I had to choose just one, then I would anoint Gevrey as the star. In the Côte de Beaune it wasn't quite so homogenous. The best village in my view was Pommard though Volnay was only just behind. Savigny and Beaune were also both quite good if not exactly at the same level." Proust noted that the reds were bottled in December, 2011 and January, 2012 and most wines were not filtered and none were fined. (Henriot, Inc., www.henriotinc.com, NY, NY; John E. Fells and Sons, www.fells.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: This is also cool and restrained with a much broader range of spicy elements to the gorgeously complex red and blue pinot fruit aromas. An intense minerality suffuses the powerful and extract rich broad-shouldered flavors that are muscular but not rustic before terminating in a focused, balanced and linear finish. This should age successfully for many years and require at least 15, before it will be sufficiently civilized to enjoy properly. That said it should repay handsomely the cellar time.
     

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96
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2013 Volnay Taillepieds 2 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2015 Corton 3 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2015 Clos Vougeot 1 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2015 Echezeaux 1 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2015 Clos de Beze 3 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: More subtle though still prominent oak can be found on the much more reserved red currant and dark berry-suffused nose that displays an astonishing array of spice, exotic tea and soft earth aromas. There is better energy as well as more evident minerality on the sleek and sophisticated flavors that deliver superb length and depth on the balanced finale. This is a powerful but classy effort that, very much like the Le Corton, is going to need a long stay in a cool cellar to fully resolve the supporting structure.
     

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96
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2015 Bonnes Mares (Domaine) 1 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2016 Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Chateau - Domaine 3 Case 75cl
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  • The 2016 Beaune 1er Cru Du Château has a perfumed bouquet with rose petal scents filtering through the red cherry and wild strawberry scents. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, showing some tightness toward the finish and perhaps without the same flow as the Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Lavières. I would give this a couple of years for it to find its groove.

    Score: 86 - 88

    Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2019-202929 December 2017

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88
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2016 Volnay Caillerets Cuvee Carnot - Domaine 1 Case 75cl
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  • The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets "Ancienne Cuvée Carnot" was one of the few wines from Bouchard Père & Fils that felt a little volatile on the nose, maybe just picked a day too late? The palate is sweet on the entry with powerful black cherry and blackcurrant notes tinged with tar, although I would be seeking more refinement and detail on the finish. Hopefully it will calm down once in bottle.

    Score: 86 - 88

    Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2019-2029

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88
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2016 Nuits St Georges Les Cailles - Domaine 2 Case 75cl
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  • The 2016 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Cailles has quite a plush and outgoing bouquet with hints of licorice and damson developing in the glass—just a touch of headiness here. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe black cherry and boysenberry jam notes, a little smudged on the finish where I would be seeking more tension. But I suspect this will improve once in bottle.

    Score: 88 - 90

    Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2020-203529 December 2017

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90
Red Burgundy Brun, Jean-Paul 2008 Moulin a Vent Terres Dorees 1 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Brun, Jean-Paul 2010 Fleurie 1 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Brun, Jean-Paul 2010 Moulin a Vent 1 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Chevillon, Robert 2009 Nuits 1er Cru Vaucrains 1 Case 75cl
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  • 92-95

    Tasting note: Here too there is a subtle touch of wood that does not interfere with the clear expression of the intensely earthy and sauvage character of lightly spiced red berry and cassis aromas. The supple yet quite concentrated broad-shouldered flavors are supported by very firm tannins before culminating in a tension-filled, serious and notably austere finish that is intense to the point of being borderline painful. This should be very long-lived because despite being a very big wine, the balance is faultless.
     

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95
Red Burgundy Clos de Tart 2012 Clos de Tart - owc 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: Discreet but not invisible wood sets off reserved and markedly ripe aromas of plum, spice, cassis, dried flowers and plenty of earth character. The concentrated big-bodied flavors possess copious amounts of palate coating dry extract that also serves to buffer the very firm tannic spine on the beautifully long finish that seems to lack a bit of energy at present. This is an imposing but not massive vintage for this storied wine that is borderline heavy. It's of course possible that the recent bottling has fatigued the wine but for the moment this comes across as a bit flat.

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92
Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2014 La Romanee 1 Bottle 75cl
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  • Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair
    2014
    La Romanée
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 97
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2017
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 65
    Producer note: Louis-Michel Liger-Belair told me that 2015 had a "pretty much perfect growing season except for a bit of oidium pressure that caused us some grief. Otherwise the conditions were clement, very hot and very dry though I stress that it was nothing like we experienced in 2003. Interestingly, the flowering was very fast, which normally is extremely positive yet we had some shatter anyway. Why that was I simply don't know. However I do know that it was enough to cost us on the order of 25% of the potential yield. We picked from the 5th to the 11th of September and the harvest proceeded quickly as the fruit was so clean that there really wasn't much sorting required. The vinifications were easy and I chaptalized nothing. They did unfold slowly and most cuvées needed around 25 days of total cuvaison to finish. I used a bit of whole cluster for a few wines, which is to say around 15% or so. I like the style and quality of the 2015s a lot as they have everything one looks for as they're quite fresh, concentrated and powerful yet elegant, notably ripe yet express their terroirs well and should drink well both early on and with age. In fact, there's not really anything to dislike other than perhaps it would have been nice to produce a bit more quantity but we can't really complain." I have to agree with Liger-Belair's description of his 2015s and when taken as a range, I found them to out-perform the general quality of the vintage. I was also very impressed with the now in-bottle 2014s, revisited below, and this is true up and down the appellation hierarchy; he noted that the wines were bottled in stages which is to say December, 2015 and February and April 2016. Fans of the domaine are not seeing things as there is a new grand cru in the range. Liger-Belair explained that he signed a fruit purchase contract for a .40 ha parcel of Clos de Vougeot that at one time belonged to the négociant arm of the firm C. Marey et Comte Liger-Belair; a review for the 2015 version is below. (Becky Wasserman & Co., www.leserbet.com, Beaune, France; additional distributors include Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CA/NV/AZ/NM, Grand Cru Selections, LLC, nedbenedict@gmail.com, NY/NJ, Wines Unlimited, www.winesunlimited.com, New Orleans, LA, Classified Wine & Spirits, LLC, www.classifiedwine.net, Austin, TX, C'est Vin, LLC, 703.243.3559, Arlington, VA, and USA Wine Imports, www.usawineimports.com, NY, NY for "Selection Pas Mal", New York, NY; Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, UK).
    Tasting note: In much the same fashion as the Reignots the restrained nose is relatively high-toned with its kaleidoscopically complex and broad-ranging array of rose petal, tea, red cherry, hoisin, soy and anise scents. There is excellent delineation and ample punch to the mineral-inflected and seductively textured middle weight flavors that possess controlled power and an inimitable sense of harmony on the hugely persistent finish. This majestic effort is very classy juice that is the epitome of power without weight though note well that it's going to require a minimum of 10 years of cellaring and reward 15 to 20.
     

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Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2014 Nuits 1er Cru Clos des Grands Vignes - 3x150 1 Case Mag
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  • Tasting note: A restrained nose displays pretty and cool red currant, earth and soft spice nuances. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension to the supple, round and fleshy medium-bodied flavors that possess a relatively refined mouth feel thanks to the fine-grained tannins. I like the subtle complexity on the delicious, balanced and attractively persistent if tautly muscular finish. In contrast to the Petits Monts, this relatively forward effort should drink well early on.

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Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2015 Clos de Vougeot 1 Bottle 75cl
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Red Burgundy Confuron JJ 1996 Romanee Saint Vivant 2 Bottle 75cl
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  • This is a stunning wine. This dark ruby colored beauty displays a beguiling nose of roses, violets, perfume, and candied red fruits that is followed by a super-ripe (sur-maturite!), unbelievably classy, and splendidly balanced character. Its mouth-coating, powerful (yet elegant), rich, and plump flavor profile is jam-packed with red and black fruits, flowers, and silky tannins that persist throughout its defined and amazingly long finish. This magnificent wine is a testimony to Meunier's dedication, work-ethic, and huge talent. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2012+. Bravo!  ROVANI

    Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron
    1996
    Romanée St. Vivant
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 89
    Tasted: Apr 24, 2013
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: I have experienced quite a bit of bottle variation with this wine as some bottles have been stunning and others displaying badly thinning flavors. In this case, the reserved earthy and somber nose leads to round, supple and forward flavors that offer excellent intensity and a rush of finishing structure. It's frankly hard to say where this wine is going as it's not entirely clear that there is adequate mid-palate density to buffer the tannins. As such, pessimists should drink up and optimists will need to wait. BURGHOUND
     

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Red Burgundy Confuron JJ 2008 Romanee Saint Vivant 1 Bottle 75cl
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  • Tasting note: There is a background touch of reduction to the otherwise elegant nose of spicy and earthy red and black pinot fruit that is nuanced by subtle traces of soy and anise that are picked up on the rich, deep, round, sappy and mouth coating flavors that display a discreet but attractive mineral streak on the hugely long finish. This is terrific and the old vine character is very much in evidence - be sure to decant it if you're going to try a bottle young.
     

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93
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2009 Gevrey 1er Cru Champeaux 2 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2009 Corton Bressandes 1 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: This is also very ripe with aromas of plum, cassis, earth and wet stone that continue onto the rich, velvety and palate enveloping big-bodied flavors that are utterly delicious yet entirely serious, all wrapped in a very firm and lengthy finish. This has so much dry extract that it will actually be approachable young but should age magnificently well if desired.

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92
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2009 Clos de Beze 1 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2010 Clos de Vougeot - owc 3x150 1 Case Mag
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  • Maison Joseph Drouhin
    2010
    Clos de Vougeot
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 92-94
    Tasted: Apr 01, 2012
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 46
    Producer note: I tasted this visit with Véronique Drouhin who noted that 2010 was "one of those vintages that appeared headed for disaster only to be saved at the finish. We began picking on the 23rd of September and picking slowly over 15 days as the harvest weather was cool and dry save for one morning of light rain. The harvest was small and the berries had very thick skins. The fruit was exceptionally clean with fine phenolic maturity as well as excellent potential alcohols without being excessive. We used on average only about 10% whole clusters and otherwise the vinification was normal except for one change, which is that we did a relatively long post-fermentation maceration which we don't normally do. This is to say that we did about a 3 week cuvaison followed by 8 to 10 days of this post-fermentation maceration to stabilize the color and tannin. I very much like the results as 2010 gave us classic burgundies that should age for years." (Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, NY, NY; Pol Roger Ltd., www.polroger.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: A softly wooded nose where there is a touch of toast frames earthy, reticent and ripe aromas of pungent earth, dark berry fruit and plum. There is excellent concentration to the velvety and mouth coating large-scaled flavors that possess an abundance of dry extract, indeed to the point that this seems less structured than it really is though it's not so much that the hallmark youthful austerity of a fine Clos de Vougeot is effaced. As would be expected from this terroir in an excellent vintage, this will require plenty of cellar time to resolve the tannins and flesh out but it should be more than worth the wait.
     

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Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2010 Clos de Beze 1 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: A spicy, ripe, elegant and admirably pure nose offers up notes of anise, sandalwood and clove that add breadth to the floral, earth and stone-suffused aromas. There is the same superb breadth to the rich, intense and tension-filled full-bodied flavors that possess excellent power and drive on the seductively textured, muscular and classy finish. As good as the prior grands crus are, there is another dimension present here.
     

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Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2012 Clos de Beze 4 Case 75cl
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  • Maison Joseph Drouhin
    2012
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Apr 15, 2014
    Drink: 2024+
    Issue: 54
    Note: from a .13 ha parcel augmented by purchased fruit; destemmed
    Producer note: I tasted this visit with Véronique Drouhin who noted that 2012 was "one of the smallest vintages we have ever seen in the modern era as some of our parcels yielded even less than they did in 2003. For example we realized between 6 to 8 hl/ha in Clos des Mouches, which is obviously pretty dramatic. We had every problem imaginable except for botrytis. Yields were generally better in the Côte de Nuits than the Côte de Beaune as there wasn't any hail. Better though does not mean generous as the problems of poor flowering, mildew, oidium and sunburned fruit affected the entire Côte. The good news is that good weather in the second half of August and September allowed the little fruit that was left to ripen to perfection as sugars were good and the acidities correct. Plus the heat wave thickened the skins to the point that we had excellent solid to juice ratios. We used vibrating sorting tables that were especially effective at removing dried berries that resulted either from being affected by hail or sunburn. Given that the fruit was clean and ripe we didn't change much in terms of the vinifications. With only a few exceptions we used a small percentage of whole clusters, which is to say between 15 and 20%. One change that we did do was to allow for a slightly longer post-fermentation maceration because we felt that we hadn't obtained everything that the fruit had to offer. The malos were quite long but that's fine as the wines really seemed to improve during the élevage in the sense that they really fleshed out. The ability to allow them to do that while being protected by the carbon dioxide was a good thing. I like the 2012s a lot, particularly in the Côte de Nuits." I agree with Drouhin's take as the domaine's wines in the Côte de Nuits are generally excellent while those from the Côte de Beaune are good to sometimes very good but clearly not outstanding. Within the Côte de Nuits, with the exception of a good but not great Clos de Bèze, I found the best wines came from Gevrey and Chambolle and a good value play is the Rully as it offers fine quality within the context of its appellation. I indicated which wines were destemmed and as Drouhin noted in her comments, the other wines saw from 10 to 20% whole clusters. Lastly the Corton-Bressandes, Grands Echézeaux and the Bonnes Mares were not presented for evaluation. (Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, NY, NY; Pol Roger Ltd., www.polroger.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: A spicy, cool and highly restrained nose features notes of various red berries, earth, humus and a hint of the sauvage. There is plenty of minerality that adds lift to the relatively supple middle weight flavors that are shaped by fine-grained tannins, all wrapped in a toasty finish that displays very good but not truly distinguished depth and length. To be sure the 2012 Bèze is a quality effort but it doesn't seem, at least not at this very early juncture, to have that extra dimension present in say the Griotte or Musigny.
     

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