Red Burgundy

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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2017 Clos Vougeot Hommage a Jean Morin 1 Bottle 150cl £925
  • Tasting note: Very generous wood stops just short of being dominant on the red pinot fruit, mocha, forest floor and newly turned earth. There is outstanding concentration to the big-bodied and overtly powerful flavors that brim with dry extract that serves to buffer the very firm but not really robust or especially austere finale. This is certainly a big wine but I don't find the separation that I normally find between this and the old vines cuvée though it may separate more clearly in time.

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Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2014 Nuits 1er Cru Clos des Grandes Vignes 1 Case 3 150cl £3,600£2,800
  • 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 D'Angerville 2017 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs 1 Case 3 150cl £775
  • Domaine Marquis d'Angerville
    2017
    Volnay "Clos des Ducs"
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 92-95
    Tasted: Apr 10, 2019
    Drink: 2032+
    Issue: 74
    Don't miss!
    Note: a monopole that measures 2.15 ha
    Producer note: Guillaume d'Angerville described 2017 as a "vintage where we again narrowly avoided a potentially disastrous brush with frost. The growing season began exceptionally early and when temperatures began to fall in the last week of April, everyone had the bad memories of 2016 in their heads. Thankfully we managed to mostly avoid any real damage and the rest of the season was really pretty tranquil. We chose to begin picking on the 4th of September and the fruit really couldn't have been much cleaner. There was a bit of sorting for a few under ripe berries but otherwise, the sorting crew had an easy time of it. As to the wines, I would describe them as a harmonious blend of finesse and energy with excellent terroir transparency. There is an attractive fluidity about them that I very much like and adding to their appeal is a lovely freshness that makes them almost irresistible. As is often the case, I was particularly taken with the quality I found here and I would agree with M. d'Angerville that there is a highly appealing blend of refinement and purity to his 2017s. Note that the 2016 Clos des Ducs revisited below was bottled in April, 2018. (John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Charles Taylor Wines, www.charlestaylorwines.com and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, all UK; Altaya Wines, www.altayawines.com, Hong Kong).
    Tasting note: There is an overt spiciness to the even more restrained nose that blends notes of red cherry, plum, violet, lavender and a whiff of warm earth. The sleek, intense and chiseled middle weight flavors flash ample minerality before terminating in a youthfully austere and wonderfully persistent finish that, like the Caillerets, is impeccably well-balanced. This tautly muscular effort is also youthfully austere and very much built-to-age. In a word, lovely.
     

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95
Red Burgundy de Montille 2009 Vosne 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts 1 Bottle 150cl £560£505
  • The 2009 Vosne-Romanée Les Malconsorts graces the palate with finesse and nuance to spare. Hints of graphite, spices and crushed rocks add complexity to the fruit, but this is ultimately a wine of texture above all else. Silky tannins frame the highly expressive finesse. The 2009 Malconsorts has really come together over the last six months. It is more immediate than the 2010 tasted alongside it, but in a perfect world a well-stocked cellar would have both vintages. This is a flat-out great Malconsorts from Etienne de Montille. 

    -- Antonio Galloni 95+ Antonio Galloni 2019 - 2039

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Red Burgundy de Montille 2011 Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 1 Case 3 150cl £295
  • Tasting note: This is also quite restrained with ultra-pure aromas of wet stone, floral hints, sandalwood and very fresh red berry fruit scents. There is a focused power to the robust yet refined medium-bodied flavors that possess plenty of supporting sap that helps to buffer the otherwise firm and well-integrated tannic spine on the explosively long, balanced and moderately austere finish. This beauty will also require ample patience.

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Red Burgundy de Montille 2011 Vosne 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts Christiane 1 Case 3 150cl £2,250£2,150
  • This is aromatically similar except for the markedly more pronounced spice component which is broader still and perhaps just a touch more elegant. There is outstanding volume and richness to the large-scaled flavors that display superb delineation and ample minerality before culminating in a mouth coating finish of Zen-like harmony and stunning length. This is an indisputable 'wow' wine.

    Score: 93/96Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (50), April 2013

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Red Burgundy de Vogue 2011 Musigny Vieilles Vignes - 1 Case 3 150cl £2,280
  • A remarkably attractively cool and restrained nose of various red berries, spice and a beautiful array of floral elements complements well the rich and equally cool mineral-tinged big-bodied and overtly muscular flavors. There is a really lovely sense of underlying tension on the clean and pure finish that delivers strikingly good length. This intensely mineral-driven effort is also clean and firm but with slightly better phenolic maturity to the supporting structural elements which should allow this beauty to age successfully for many years to come. Drink 2029+

    Score: 94 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (53), January 2014

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Red Burgundy de Vogue 2015 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1 Bottle 150cl £1,500
  • Score: 97 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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Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2003 Chambertin 2 Bottle 150cl £550£495
Red Burgundy Dujac 2017 Clos de la Roche 1 Bottle 150cl £850£790
  • Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

    The 2017 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru has a precise, beguiling bouquet of raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, cold stone and sea spray scents, plus a touch of dried blood. The medium-bodied palate displays slightly chewy tannin on the entry and good depth. This is quite masculine in style, leading to a potent, saline finish, yet I would aver it does not quite have the depth or penetration of the previous two vintages. That said, it is still a finely crafted Clos de la Roche, though I find the Clos Saint-Denis romping ahead (at least in barrel).

    -- Neal Martin (91-93) Neal Martin 2022 - 2040 Not Available Jan 2019

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Red Burgundy Faiveley 2014 Cortons Clos des Cortons 1 Case 3 150cl £580
  • Tasting note: A fresh, cool and moderately restrained nose speaks of various red and dark berries along with plenty of iron-inflected earth, animale and pretty floral nuances. The lush, even opulent flavors certainly don't lack for size, weight and power as they coat the palate while buffering the notably firm tannic spine on the muscular, driving and wonderfully persistent finish. This too is impressively concentrated and built-to-age.

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Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2015 Vosne 1er Cru Suchots 1 Case 3 150cl £450
  • Tasting note: In contrast to the prior two wines this is aromatically much more reserved though aggressive swirling eventually liberates Asian spice box, tea, plum and violet scents. There is fine richness to the very suave and highly seductive medium-bodied flavors thanks to the abundant amounts of dry extract that impart a sappy texture to the lingering and solidly complex finale. This is both classy and stylish and built to reward medium plus-term aging.

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Red Burgundy Lignier-Michelot 2009 Morey 1er Cru Faconnieres 4 Case 3 150cl £295
  • Tasting note: A more restrained nose of cassis, plum, violets and earth marries into seductively textured, lacy and ultra-pure flavors that are wonderfully refined, indeed to the point where they possess a silky mouth feel and culminate in a superbly long and punchy finish that is the epitome of finesse. This offers excellent qualit

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Red Burgundy Mongeard Mugneret 2012 Richebourg 1 Bottle 150cl £1,075£965
  • Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret
    2012
    Richebourg
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 93-95
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2030+
    Issue: 53
    Don't miss!
    Note: from vines adjacent to those of Domaine de la Romanée Conti in Richebourg proper totaling .31 ha; 100% whole cluster vinification
    Producer note: Vincent Mongeard succinctly describes 2012 as a "vintage where the underlying terroir really shines. It's very interesting that over the last few years we have had less than ideal growing seasons yet the wines have turned out to be better than merely acceptable. Part of this is of course improved methods of viticulture but also both producer and consumers are more accepting of the fact that a less than ideal growing season does not automatically equate to poor wines the way it often once did. I like my 2012s and I hope my clients do too. I just wish that I had more of them." I would call the Mongeard 2012s as very much performing in-line with the overall quality of the vintage. As I explained last year, 2011 was the last vintage for the old vines Echézeaux because the parcel that has been historically used to produce it was donated to the Hospices de Beaune by its owner (this parcel had been leased by Mongeard). I revisited this wine below in bottle. (Atherton Wine Imports, www.awiwine.com, Atherton, CA, M.S. Walker, www.mswalker.com, MA/RI/NH, Vineyard Brands, www.vineyardbrands.com, Birmingham, Al; several UK importers).
    Tasting note: A distinctly toasty nose of subtle spice, earth and very cool yet ripe dark berry fruit aromas are trimmed in plenty of floral character. There is gorgeous intensity to the mineral-driven big-bodied flavors that possess outstanding delineation on the extract-rich mid-palate before terminating in a refined but overtly powerful and muscular finish that delivers strikingly good length. This too is decidedly built for longer-term cellaring.
     

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Red Burgundy Ponsot 2017 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 1 Case 3 150cl £1,990
  • Tasting note: A spicy, cool and gorgeously complex nose reflects notes of both red and dark currant, earth and a whiff of leather. There is excellent richness to the concentrated and beautifully textured broad-shouldered flavors that possess focused power and a subtle minerality that really comes up on the youthfully austere and strikingly long finish. As good as the Chapelle is, there is just another dimension present here.

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Red Burgundy Remoissenet Pere & Fils 2015 Clos Vougeot 1 Case 3 150cl £750
  • Tasting note: The brooding nose is compositionally similar to that of the Charmes-Chambertin but the earth component is more pronounced. The big-bodied and imposingly-scaled flavors exhibit plenty of punch and muscle on the mouth coating, mocha-infused, youthfully austere and strikingly persistent finish thanks to the copious amounts of dry extract. Despite the impressive size and weight this is not a rustic wine though it's certainly going to require patience.

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2011 Clos Saint Jacques 1 Bottle 150cl £2,500
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2011
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques" 1er  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2026+
    Issue: 53
    Outstanding
    Note: from a 2.2 ha parcel raised in 70% new wood

    Tasting note: Discreet wood sets off ultra-fresh and airy aromas of red currant, blue berries and plum that are trimmed in hints of wet stone and earth. There is a wonderfully refined mouth feel to the mineral-tinged middle weight flavors that possess an appealing verve along with superb detail on the harmonious and exceptionally persistent finish. This very firm effort is textbook Clos St, Jacques.
     

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2017 Gevrey Chambertin Clos du Chateau 2 Bottle 150cl £750
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2017
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos du Chateau"
    Villages Red barrel
    Score: 87-89
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2019
    Drink: 2022+
    Issue: 73
    Note: a 1.36 ha monopole of the domaine
    Producer note: Like most of her colleagues, Eric Rousseau's daughter Cyrielle described the 2017 growing season as "an easy one where there really wasn't too much to worry about other than controlling yields. After the frost losses we endured in 2016, many of the vines that had suffered damage were especially productive so it was necessary to drop quite a bit of fruit. However, out of all of the things that it's at times necessary to be concerned about, the best one to have is controlling yields, in fact I would call it a high class problem. Because the flowering passed quickly, the fruit had relatively homogenous ripeness levels plus it was very clean. Thus when we started the harvest on the 5th of September, we were able to harvest quickly, in fact we picked everything in only 8 days. Yields were obviously much better than in 2016 and we averaged around 35 hl/ha across all of our appellations. And by the same token when the fruit is ripe and clean the vinifications were straightforward. As to the wines, they're actually quite powerful with excellent freshness levels. The acidities aren't high but from a taste perspective, that is not at all how they come across as they're really quite vibrant. It's true that they don't have the sheer densities of the 2016s but they're so well-balanced that they're impressively harmonious." I agree with Cyrielle's take on the wines because while the Rousseau '17s aren't quite as dense as their '16s, they're not far off and they are complete and well-balanced. And the '16s, three of which are revisited from bottle below, are stunning; they were bottled in April 2018. As I reported previously, the domaine is now using bottles where the bottom of it is embossed with the name of the domaine. Also as of 2015 each cork used for the Chambertin and Clos de Bèze is individually analyzed for TCA-taint. This quality control step is being progressively applied to the other wines in the range.
    Tasting note: An expressive and quite aromatic nose freely offers up notes of red and dark berries laced with earth and a whiff of forest floor. The supple, round and delicious lighter weight flavors possess good verve while offering acceptable depth and persistence. This easy-going effort could easily be enjoyed young.
    Occa
     

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Red Burgundy Vougeraie 2012 Clos de Vougeot 2 Case 3 150cl £440
  • Tasting note: This is notably fresher than the Clos du Roi with its pretty aromas of earth, game, dried flowers and assorted red berry scents. There is a pungently earthy character to the broad-shouldered, intense and muscular flavors that are shaped by relatively fine-grained tannins before concluding in a powerful and persistent if not especially complex finish. This isn't as powerful or dramatic as the Clos du Roi though I prefer the balance and overall sense of completeness.

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