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Red Burgundy Angerville 1999 Volnay 1er Cru Champans 1 Case 75cl
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  • I clearly under rated this wine, not only in terms of its quality but also its longevity as it has evolved more slowly than I originally imagined. However this beauty is close to being ready for prime time with its elegant and pure nose that is just starting to display the first hints of secondary development with its ripe black pinot fruit and earth nuances. There is excellent richness and concentration to the utterly delicious and increasingly complex flavors that are supported by a still firm yet clearly softening tannic spine, all wrapped in a solidly powerful and impressively persistent finale. For my taste this is almost ready though I would suggest waiting for another 1 to 3 years first though I underscore that the '99 Champans will age gracefully for another 20 years, perhaps longer. Tasted twice in the last few months with similar results. In short, this is terrific and should only be better with time.

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Red Burgundy Angerville 2000 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs 5 Bottle Mag
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  • Domaine Marquis d'Angerville
    2000
    Volnay "Clos des Ducs"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 91
    Tasted: Mar 07, 2017
    Drink: Now
     
    Tasting note: Even at 17 years of age this displays no bricking though there is a bit of lightening at the rim. There is fine complexity to the expressive nose that is clearly showing some secondary development (though no tertiary influence). The mature, rich and satisfying middle weight flavors offer good size and weight with an abundance of minerality before transitioning into the sappy finish that delivers excellent length with none of the dilution that one sees in some 2000s. This delivers exceptionally good quality for what was a quite challenging vintage in Volnay due to the late season rains. For my preferences this is drinking perfectly well now though it should continue to hold without any risk of a short-term decline. Tasted several times over the past few years with consistent notes.
     

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Red Burgundy Angerville 2002 Volnay 1er Cru Champans 6 Bottle 75cl
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  • Domaine Marquis d'Angerville
    2002
    Volnay "Champans"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Apr 14, 2010
    Drink: Try from 2017+
     
    Tasting note: A still relatively primary nose of perfumed red fruit aromas of simply superb elegance complement precise, pure and firm middle weight flavors that offer excellent depth and outstanding length on the intensely mineral-suffused finish. This is quintessential Champans and a first rate example of the vineyard. Note however that it remains very young and will still need the better part of a decade to reach full maturity.
     

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Red Burgundy Arnoux 2000 Nuits 1er Cru Clos des Corvees Paget 11 Bottle 75cl
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  • Tasting note: Very fresh for the vintage with dried herbs and earth notes mixed with dark fruits and round, supple, relatively elegant flavors. There is a healthy dose of finishing tannins with better than average length. This is usually the most structured of the Arnoux Nuits wines and it is again in '00.
     

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Red Burgundy Arnoux 2000 Nuits 1er Cru Clos des Corvees Paget 1 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: Very fresh for the vintage with dried herbs and earth notes mixed with dark fruits and round, supple, relatively elegant flavors. There is a healthy dose of finishing tannins with better than average length. This is usually the most structured of the Arnoux Nuits wines and it is again in '00.
     

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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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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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Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2009 Chambertin - owc 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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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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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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Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2010 Beaune Greves l'Enfant Jesus 1 Case 75cl
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  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    2010
    Beaune "Grèves - Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus" 1er  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Apr 01, 2012
    Drink: 2020+
    Issue: 46
    Don't miss! Outstanding
    Note: from a 4 ha parcel
    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: Noticeable though not overt wood influence sets off a very ripe nose composed of liqueur of plum, cassis and wild raspberry aromas. There is excellent richness to the round and relatively powerful medium weight flavors blessed with an abundance of dry extract that buffers the otherwise very firm, long and serious finish. This is also notably austere and extremely compact at present and as such it seems reasonably clear that it will not be a good candidate for early drinking.
     

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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
    Don't miss!
    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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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
    Don't miss!
    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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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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Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2012 Clos de Beze 2 Case 75cl
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  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    2012
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 93-95
    Tasted: Apr 15, 2014
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 54
    Note: from purchased grapes
    Producer note: Philippe Prost, Bouchard's winemaker, did not hold back when he called the 2012 vintage "the most difficult vintage that I have ever had to vinify primarily because of the wildly variable weather patterns we had in the Côte during the growing season. We had everything from perfect fruit to compromised fruit and when the fruit was compromised it was compromised in different ways. It is of course possible to rigorously sort and of course we do that at Bouchard but even so it doesn't necessarily mean that the quality of your raw materials isn't going to vary from one terroir to another. And it is this aspect that I personally found so challenging, which is basically another way of saying that it was necessary to try to evaluate how good those specific raw materials were and then adapt your vinification strategy to that vision. For example, what we were working with in the Côte de Beaune was, very generally speaking, not as good as that we obtained in the Côte de Nuits from a maturity standpoint. In the Côte de Beaune, Monthelie, Volnay and parts of Pommard were ravaged by the hail yet Beaune and Savigny were largely if not completely spared. The same can be said for most of the Côte de Nuits. Moreover, because much of the fruit in 2012 was in the form of little tiny berries with very high solid to liquid ratios, you had to watch the extractions like a hawk because it was very easy to over extract. In the same vein the colors came very fast as did the tannins so we decided very early on that, in a manner of speaking, less was more. We also varied our usage of whole clusters. For the most part, we did not use them in the Côte de Beaune except in Beaune and Aloxe and even then I limited it to no more than 25 to 30%. By contrast, in the Côte de Nuits it was more in the range of 50%. Once the reds were finished with their fermentations we decided to dial down the amount of new wood and while it wasn't a large reduction it was enough to notice in moving to 15% from around 25%. In those cases where we had say only two barrels of something you really only have a three option choice of 100%, 50% or 0% for new wood. In 2012 we decided to not use any new oak and instead use two one-year old barrels. The malos were relatively uniform and finished early so 2012 became one of those vintages where you also had to watch your élevage closely. We normally only do one racking before the bottling but for the majority of our Côte de Beaune wines we did two to be absolutely certain that we had no taint from any unclean lees or any problems with brett. As to the wines themselves, they are very rich and concentrated yet balanced, in fact they remind me a bit of the style of the 1991s or the 1999s. Between the two the comparison with the '91s is more apt because like that vintage the quality is definitely variable. You ask whether I think 2012 is a great vintage? The simple answer is no, I do not but on the other hand I do believe that some great wines were made. Time will of course tell as I believe that the 2012s will be much more ageworthy than many people seem to be giving them credit for at present." Proust noted that several wines were not made due to the tiny quantities and in particular there will be no Pézerolles in 2012. (Henriot, Inc., www.henriotinc.com, NY, NY; John E. Fells and Sons, www.fells.co.uk, UK).
    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 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 Bonnes Mares (Domaine) 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 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 Domaine des Lambrays 2009 Morey Saint Denis - owc 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: A very fresh and high-toned yet notably ripe red berry fruit nose leads to delicious middle weight flavors that possess fine mid-palate concentration, vibrancy and excellent length and definition for a villages level wine. Worth a look as this is really quite good.
     

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Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2005 Grands Echezeaux - owc 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Maison Joseph Drouhin
    2005
    Grands Echézeaux
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Jun 27, 2015
    Drink: Try from 2025+
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    Tasting note: Just like my original review back in 2008 there is a subtle touch of wood toast framing the still quite primary aromas of ripe, pure and gorgeously spicy black pinot fruit. There is a wonderful texture to the velvety yet robust and concentrated large-scaled flavors that are underpinned by very firm buried tannins and sensational length. I very much like the balance and overall sense of harmony but like many '05 grands crus at this point in their development it's completely clear that this is nowhere near ready and will need at least another decade to reach its peak. This is a stunner of a wine but patience is definitely required.
     

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Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2009 Gevrey 1er Cru Champeaux 2 Case 75cl
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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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