Red Burgundy

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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
Red Burgundy Bernstein 2010 Charmes Chambertin 2 Bottle 75cl £185
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2010 Bonnes Mares 2 Case 6 75cl £950
  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    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.,, NY, NY; John E. Fells and Sons,, 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 Comte Liger-Belair 2010 La Romanee 1 Bottle 75cl £5,050
  • Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair
    La Romanée
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 97
    Tasted: Jan 14, 2013
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 49
    Producer note: Louis-Michel Liger-Belair told me that 2011 was an "exceptionally precocious vintage that not only started early but ended early. I chose to begin picking on the 3rd of September and brought in super clean fruit though there was some sorting work required for under ripe berries, which cost us around 5%. Quantities were down again and I would estimate that they were off between 15 and 20% relative to a normal vintage. One of the really impressive aspects of this vintage is just how ripe the underlying phenolics are even though the potential alcohols were only slightly above average at between 12 and 13%. It was warm during the harvest and the fruit was obviously warm as well when it arrived at the cuverie. As such the fermentations started relatively rapidly. I elected to push the length of the cuvaisons significantly, which is to say that they normally last about 20 days but in 2011 the average was 25. The malos were varied with some finishing early and some late but the post-malo pHs were pretty much textbook at between 3.5 and 3.6. Overall, 2011 is not a great vintage but I like the wines a lot as they have good aging potential plus they will offer a lot of pleasure young." In other news Liger-Belair told me that he acquired the Nuits 1er monopole of La Grande Vigne (it's actually in Prémeaux) which measures 2.21 ha. He will also have some white next year as a .5 ha portion of La Grande Vigne is planted to chardonnay. As the scores and comments suggest, the now in-bottle '10s have also turned out extremely well and a number of them are really quite stunning, in particular the Reignots. (A Becky Wasserman Selection/Le Serbet,, Beaune, France; additional distributors include Veritas Imports,, CA/NV/AZ/NM, Grand Cru Selections, LLC,, NY/NJ, Wines Unlimited,, New Orleans, LA, Classified Wine & Spirits, LLC,, Austin, TX, C'est Vin, LLC, 703/243-3559, Arlington, VA, and USA Wine Imports,, NY, NY for "Selection Pas Mal", New York, NY; Justerini & Brooks,, UK and Richards Walford & Co., Ltd.,, UK).
    Tasting note: This is discreet and reserved with a gorgeously complex nose that offers up notes of violets, cassis, black berry, clove, sandalwood and anise hints. There is a palpable sense of energy to the brilliantly well-delineated, cool and restrained flavors that possess outstanding mid-palate concentration with focused power and a strong mineral component that culminate in a driving and explosive finish. What is interesting here though is that the power is delivered with no apparent weight and the supporting tannins are wonderfully sophisticated. While there is some of the trademark youthful austerity it seems less pronounced in 2010 than in some other recent vintages. A magnificent and perfectly balanced effort of pure silk that should age accordingly and this is undoubtedly one of the best wines in a great vintage.

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Red Burgundy de Vogue 2010 Bonnes Mares 2 Case 12 75cl £4,350
  • **Note: from a 2.7 ha parcel situated entirely in terres rouges soil in the south-west portion of the vineyard** Not unexpectedly here the brooding and somber nose is completely different with a much greater emphasis on earth and smoked tea nuances on the darker hued fruit that includes cassis and black raspberry. The rich, powerful and impressively concentrated large-scaled flavors exhibit a sleek muscularity on the pure, balanced and gorgeously long finish. Like most of these 2010s, there is a serenity present here that allows the wines to unfold elegantly and coherently. This is a compact and quite forceful wine yet it delivers that power with no sense of weight or heaviness.

    Score: 95

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Red Burgundy Dujac 2010 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru 2 Case 6 75cl £900
  • Tasting note: Cassis flowers and black raspberry liqueur aromas give way to bigger, richer and more concentrated flavors that possess excellent volume as well as noticeable minerality that adds lift to the attractively textured, persistent and harmonious finish. This should amply reward 10 to 12 years of cellar time.

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Red Burgundy Fourrier 2010 Gevrey 1er Cru Champeaux Vielle Vigne 1 Bottle 75cl £170£155
  • Rating (91 - 94)

    Drink Date 2016 - 2028

    Reviewed by Antonio Galloni

    Issue Date 23rd Dec 2011

    Source 199, The Wine Advocate

    The 2010 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Champeaux is a much more obvious, flashy and seductive wine than the other Gevrey 1er Crus. It shows all of its qualities up-front, in a radiant, juicy style that is impossible to resist. The Champeaux caresses the palate with pliant red berries, freshly cut flowers and slate, all of which flow effortlessly to the supple, inviting finish. I can’t see too much reason to delay gratification with this bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028. The biggest news at Domaine Fourrier is Jean-Marie Fourrier’s decision to launch a small negociant operation to augment his estate wines. Readers can look forward to new bottlings from the 1er Cru Aux Exchanges in Chambolle-Musigny and two new Grand Cru wines from Clos de Vougeot and Echezeaux, all of which will debut with the 2011 vintage. As for 2010, Fourrier told me he is down 40% across the board in terms of yields. The cold weather during the flowering produced 100% millerandage (shot berries), which Fourrier described as pea-sized grapes. While that is not good for quantity, it has certainly turned out great for quality. Readers who want to learn more about Fourrier’s thoughts on the vintage and approach to vinification might want to check out my video interview on As a quick note, none of the 2010s had been racked at the time of my visit in early December 2011. I have kept scores a bit wider than normal in the few cases where the wines were a touch reduced.  

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Red Burgundy Hudelot-Noellat 2010 Chambolle 1er Cru Les Charmes 3 Bottle 75cl £135£120
Red Burgundy Hudelot-Noellat 2010 Vosne 1er Cru Les Beaumonts 1 Bottle 75cl £210£190
  • Vosne-Romanee Les Beaumonts

    (racked a week before my visit): Bright red. Very pure, high-pitched aromas of red fruits, flowers, blood orange and citrus zest. Silky, pretty and sharply delineated, but not showing its texture today. This intense, very pure wine really saturates the mouth with flavor and vibrates on the tangy finish. Notable more for its perfume than for its weight and finishes with very suave, fine-grained tannins.

    -- Stephen Tanzer91-94Stephen TanzerNot AvailableJan 2012


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Red Burgundy Liger-Belair, Thibault 2010 Corton 1er Cru Renardes 1 Case 6 75cl £480
  • Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 91-93
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2012
    Drink: 2022+
    Issue: 45
    Producer note: Thibault Liger-Belair, who is a cousin of Louis-Michel Liger-Belair (see above), told me that 2010 "yielded a small crop but at the same time gave us excellent quality. I began picking on the 24th of September and while there was some sorting work required, it was relatively minor. The fruit had excellent phenolic maturity and good acidities with average pHs. Potential alcohols were strong at between 12.8 and 13.8% and there was basically no chaptalization of any consequence. There was a moderately high incidence of shot berries and in general the skins were quite thick. The berries didn't have a lot of juice in them and between those various factors, yields were definitely significantly lower than they were say in 2009. I did a comparatively soft vinification as there were only 3 total punch downs during the primary fermentation. I relied more on pump overs as the cuvaisons were quite long because as I like to joke that my yeasts were lazy. Because of the high proportion of shot berries there was quite a bit of sugar released during the pressing so there was a material amount of fermentation that occurred in barrel. The wines were pretty difficult to taste before the malos as they were quite strict but afterwards they have improved by the month. I really like my 2010s and believe that they are the best wines that I have ever made. They have everything that I look for in fine pinot noir as there is excellent typicity, elegance, freshness and vibrancy." Thibault Liger-Belair is clearly coming into his own as a winemaker and the wines reflect his growing confidence. This is a domaine to watch as the quality seems to only go from strength to strength. In this same vein, the Liger-Belair '09s have turned out extremely well. Readers should be aware that the Liger-Belair cellars are very deep and particularly cold and thus many of the wines are often strongly reduced. (Vineyard Brands,, Birmingham, AL; Lay & Wheeler,, UK, O.W. Loeb,, UK and Berry Brothers & Rudd,, UK).
    Tasting note: Reduction. By contrast there is excellent verve to the exceptionally rich and impressively intense large-scaled flavors that possess excellent power on the overtly muscular, precise and driving finish. This is quite firmly structured but there is good buffering extract that should allow this well-balanced effort to age gracefully.

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Red Burgundy Liger-Belair, Thibault 2010 Charmes Chambertin 1 Case 6 75cl £720
  • Tasting note: Reduction. There is really lovely refinement to the precise, energetic and full-bodied flavors that possess good power on the focused, balanced and persistent finish. This is not an especially big or powerful wine by the typical standards of the appellation but it is all the same quite serious and built to age over the medium-term.

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