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Region Producer Vintage Name Qtysort descending Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2011 Mazis Chambertin 1 Case 12 75cl £1,025
  • Tasting note: There is a bit more wood on the fresh and open sauvage-infused nose of both red and dark currant, earth and game hints. There is excellent volume to the very smooth and polished mid-palate of the broad-shouldered flavors that possess plenty of dry extract before culminating in a mineral-inflected, powerful and long finish. This moderately firm effort is supported by tannins that are ripe if borderline rustic. A classic Mazis.

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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 Bernstein 2016 Charmes Chambertin 1 Bottle 75cl £275
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 Jadot, Louis 2009 Echezeaux 1 Case 6 75cl £760
  • Tasting note: In stark contrast to the fresh, bright and expressive nose that I saw from cask, this has shut down hard and while persistent swirling and plenty air coaxes subtle spice notes as well as plum and red cherry to emerge, it's clear that this is going to require some bottle age before it blossoms. Otherwise there is fine concentration to the medium-bodied flavors that coat the palate on the delicious, complex, balanced and lingering finish that evidences very firm tannins that impart a notable austerity. A "buy and forget" wine built for the long-term.
     

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Red Burgundy de Montille 2014 Vosne 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts 1 Case 6 75cl £1,100
  • Tasting note: A discreet application of oak sets off the openly floral and spicy red currant, plum, sandalwood and Asian tea scents. There is impressive mid-palate density to the muscular and notably powerful medium weight plus flavors that seem to be constructed on a firm base of minerality, all wrapped in strikingly persistent finish that is austere but well-balanced thanks to the abundant level of sappy dry extract. Like the Clos du Roi, this is explicitly built-to-age and don't waste your precious bottles by drinking them too young.
     

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Red Burgundy Bernstein 2015 Clos de Beze 1 Bottle 75cl £425
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2016 Chambertin 1 Case 6 75cl £1,450
  • (from a 0.8-hectoliter parcel of very old vines close to the forest; one of the two barrels was new): Good ruby-red. Delicate scents of kirsch, violet and bitter chocolate convey an impression of medicinal reserve. Concentrated and penetrating if not particularly expressive today, with its very dark flavors of blackberry and licorice pastille in need of a bit more pliancy. This rather brooding, youthfully imploded Chambertin stands out more for its high pitch than for its depth and complexity. I'm not yet convinced.

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

     

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

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96
Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2010 La Romanee 1 Bottle 75cl £4,800
  • Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair
    2010
    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, 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 and Richards Walford & Co., Ltd., www.r-w.co.uk, 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 Faiveley 2014 Corton 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 2005 Bonnes Mares 1 Bottle 300cl £1,950
  • Tasting note: A notably ripe red and blue berry fruit nose is nuanced by chalk, minerals and abundant spice notes that continue onto the toasty, rich, full and massively powerful flavors that are suave and superbly concentrated, all wrapped in a very Bonnes Mares style finish as this is chewy but not rustic. An impressive wine where the finish doesn't seem to ever end.

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95
Red Burgundy Bernstein 2015 Clos de la Roche 1 Bottle 75cl £290
Red Burgundy Gros, Anne 2014 Richebourg 1 Case 6 75cl £2,760
  • Richebourg Grand Cru

    Bright medium red. Perfumed scents of black raspberry and espresso are complicated by soil-driven smoke and crushed-rock notes. The richest and most tactile of these young 2014s but also with great finesse to the flavors of red berries, rose petal, saline minerality and pepper. The wine's tannins are serious and deep but not hard. This true-to-its-terroir beauty really saturates the palate under a wave of flavor.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 93+ Stephen Tanzer 2024 - 2033 $623.00 Mar 2017

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93
Red Burgundy Comtes Lafon 2011 Monthelie 1er Cru Les Duresses 1 Case 6 75cl £330
  • Lafon's 2011 Monthélie is sweet, supple and seductive. Dark red cherry pit, flowers and spices meld together in a soft, voluptuous wine loaded with tons of appeal. The 2011 offers gorgeous resonance, volume and texture, not to mention considerable pleasure. Dominique Lafon makes more important reds, but I often find myself attracted to the Monthélie for the pure joy it so often delivers. 

    -- Antonio Galloni

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90
Red Burgundy Chevillon, Robert 2011 Nuits 1er Cru Les Vaucrains 1 Case 6 75cl £360
  • Domaine Robert Chevillon
    2011
    Nuits St. Georges "Les Vaucrains" 1er  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2023+
    Issue: 53
    Outstanding
    Note: from a 1.5 ha parcel
    Producer note: Bertrand Chevillon called the 2012 a "complicated and challenging vintage that in the end gave us both good and bad news. The bad news is that quantities were off between 40 and 50% due to the poor flowering but the good news is that the quality of the raw materials was first rate. Just to provide you with an idea, very generally speaking that are around 100 berries per bunch in a typical vintage but in 2012 there were between 50 and 60. We began picking on the 20th of September and you really couldn't ask for cleaner fruit as there was literally zero rot. Phenolic maturities were excellent and the potential alcohols were very good at around 12.5%. We did our normal vinification and the result is very rich and concentrated wines that should have early appeal but also age very well as there is no reason why they shouldn't." Chevillon noted that the domaine changed its label as of the 2011 vintage so fans should look for a change when those wines appear in the market place. Note I revisited two now in-bottle 2011s and one 2010 below. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, www.kermitlynch.com, Berkeley, CA; A&B Vintners, www.abvintners.co.uk, and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, both UK).
    Tasting note: This is very reserved, indeed to the point where the nose is borderline taciturn and requires considerable swirling to reveal the ripe and intensely earthy nose of animale inflected dark berry fruit. The concentrated, powerful and muscular broad-shouldered flavors ooze with an abundance of dry extract that actually causes the very firm tannins to appear more civilized than they really are. Despite the reserve of the nose the austere finish is explosive and the length is excellent.
     

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92
Red Burgundy Gros, Anne 2018 Echezeaux Les Loachausses 1 Case 6 75cl £900
  • Domaine Anne Gros
    2018
    Echézeaux - Les Loächausses
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 88-91
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2020
    Drink: 2027+
    Issue: 77
    Note: from a .76 ha parcel, which is about 30% of the total climat
    Producer note: Anne Gros' daughter Julie is progressively assuming more and more responsibility for the day to day operations and she is the one with whom I did this year's tasting. Her brief take on the 2018 vintage is that "we are really quite happy with both the quality and the quantity of what we brought in. The vinifications were straightforward as the fruit was clean and ripe and we have encountered no difficulties during the élevage either. The wines are ripe yet fresh and we think that they will be very popular with our clients." (Atherton Wine Imports, www.awiwine.com, CA, Bertrand's Wines, www.bertrandswines.com, NY, Dionysus Imports, www.dionysusimports.com, VA, H2Vino, www.h2vino.com, IL, North Berkeley Imports, www.northberkeleyimports.com, CA, all USA; Asset Wines, www.assetwines.com, Adnams & Co, www.adnams.co.uk, Albion Wine Shippers, www.albionwineshippers.co.uk, Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, Lea & Sandeman, www.leaandsandeman.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: There is enough reduction present to mask the underlying fruit though discreet spice elements can be discerned. As one would expect, there is notably more size, weight and power to the broad-shouldered flavors that also display a somewhat dry and short finish. The supporting tannins seem ripe though at present they're fairly grippy. This too presents a question mark.
     

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Red Burgundy Vougeraie 2017 Musigny 1 Bottle 75cl £550
  • A discreet touch of oak frames the intensely floral and exotically spiced nose reluctantly gives up its aromas of black cherry. The powerful, dense and imposingly-scaled flavors brim with both minerality and sappy dry extract that buffers the powerful, mouth coating and very firm tannic spine shaping the gorgeously long finish. This is a seriously impressive Musigny though one that is clearly meant for extended keeping.

    Score: 94/96 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (73), January 2019

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94
Red Burgundy Ponsot 1997 Clos de la Roche Cuvee Vieilles Vignes 1 Bottle 75cl £300
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2012 Morey 1er Cru Clos des Ormes 1 Case 6 75cl £195
  • Tasting note: Barnier indicated that this was not vinified by Jadot. There is a background note of menthol to the pretty and fresh red currant, earth and lightly spicy nose. There is a very supple and refined mouth feel to the satin-textured middle weight flavors that also possess a seductive mouth feel, all wrapped in a balanced finish. This should drink well young.

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Red Burgundy Prieur 2017 Clos Vougeot 1 Case 6 75cl £750
  • Domaine Jacques Prieur
    2017
    Clos de Vougeot
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 88-91
    Tasted: Apr 10, 2019
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 74
    Note: from a 1.19 ha parcel of vines at the bottom of the slope; 20% whole clusters
    Producer note: Technical director and winemaker Nadine Gublin noted that 2017 "commenced early which is good if there is no late frost, which there was but we lucked out and avoided any significant damage. This was not only fortunate but it also signaled that the vegetative cycle would be advanced. After that the growing season was favorable and once again we began the harvest in August with the whites on the 29th. We waited though to pick the reds so that we could be sure to have good levels of phenolic maturity and thus we started on the 6th of September and continued through to the 12th. The fruit was not only clean but importantly had homogenous maturities. We used varying amounts of whole clusters in the vinifications which is to say from zero to 100%. As to the wines, I find it interesting just how much they improved during the élevage and that is as true for the whites as it is the reds. Perhaps the most attractive qualities of the wines are their freshness and balance which should enable them to age effortlessly." I found the quality of the 2017 reds to be quite good and particularly so with those from the Côte de Nuits. Readers should also take a look herein at a new négociant partnership between Domaine Prieur and co-owner and general director Edouard Labruyère that is called Labruyère-Prieur Sélection. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK; SAQ, www.saq.com, LCBO, www.lcbo.com and Philippe Danduran Wines, www.vinsdandurand.com, all Canada).
    Tasting note: Moderate wood influence isn't subtle though neither does it interfere with the spicy and ripe aromas of warm earth and poached plum. The attractively rich and velvet-textured medium-bodied flavors conclude in a bitter chocolate and warm finish. This is awkward today and while my range offers the benefit of the doubt, this was not an especially good showing.
     

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91
Red Burgundy Prieur 2017 Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 1 Case 6 75cl £500
  • Domaine Jacques Prieur
    2017
    Volnay "Santenots"
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 89-91
    Tasted: Apr 10, 2019
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 74
    Note: from younger vines in Clos des Santenots; 15% whole clusters
    Producer note: Technical director and winemaker Nadine Gublin noted that 2017 "commenced early which is good if there is no late frost, which there was but we lucked out and avoided any significant damage. This was not only fortunate but it also signaled that the vegetative cycle would be advanced. After that the growing season was favorable and once again we began the harvest in August with the whites on the 29th. We waited though to pick the reds so that we could be sure to have good levels of phenolic maturity and thus we started on the 6th of September and continued through to the 12th. The fruit was not only clean but importantly had homogenous maturities. We used varying amounts of whole clusters in the vinifications which is to say from zero to 100%. As to the wines, I find it interesting just how much they improved during the élevage and that is as true for the whites as it is the reds. Perhaps the most attractive qualities of the wines are their freshness and balance which should enable them to age effortlessly." I found the quality of the 2017 reds to be quite good and particularly so with those from the Côte de Nuits. Readers should also take a look herein at a new négociant partnership between Domaine Prieur and co-owner and general director Edouard Labruyère that is called Labruyère-Prieur Sélection. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK; SAQ, www.saq.com, LCBO, www.lcbo.com and Philippe Danduran Wines, www.vinsdandurand.com, all Canada).
    Tasting note: Generous wood and menthol influences stop short of fighting with the relatively high-toned aromas of red raspberry, currant and newly turned earth. There is a notably finer mouth feel if not the same concentration to the delicious and attractively vibrant flavors that offer fine length if less complexity. This lilting effort could easily be enjoyed young though I would advise cellaring it in the hopes that better depth will develop.
     

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Red Burgundy Prieur 2017 Corton Bressandes 1 Case 6 75cl £570
  • The 2017 Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru contains 40% whole bunches and matures in around 50% new oak. It has quite an elegant bouquet with black cherries, raspberry coulis and flecks of dark chocolate, the oak neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, more masculine than the aromatics suggest, with a saline/briny finish that I personally find attractive. Very fine. 

    -- Neal Martin (90-92) Neal Martin 2022 - 2038 Not Available Jan 2019

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92
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2017 Bonnes Mares 1 Bottle 150cl £700
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2017
    Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93

    Tasting note: A very ripe yet agreeably fresh nose reflects notes of blue berry, plum liqueur and violet that are cut with spice, menthol and earth hints. The exceptionally rich and impressively full-bodied flavors evidence a taut muscularity, all wrapped in an overtly powerful and lingering finish that is naturally sweet. As one would reasonably expect this is quite firm; indeed it's borderline rustic.
     

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93
Red Burgundy Fourrier 2012 Clos Saint Jacques Vieille Vigne 1 Bottle 75cl £575
  • Domaine Fourrier
    2012
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2015
    Drink: 2020+
    Issue: 57
    Outstanding
    Note: from .89 ha parcel planted in 1910
    Producer note: Jean-Marie Fourrier told me that 2013 was a "really complicated vintage to manage because it was so wet. The tough part is that the wetter it is the more protection that the vines need but the harder it is to treat them. For domaines like mine that only use contact products it only takes 20 mm of rain to wash them off. When the vineyards are so wet that you can't get mechanized equipment into them then you have to treat manually with the tanks on your back. Let me tell you, that's heavy duty work. The weeds were also a huge problem in 2013 because you would plow and then 3 days later they were back. Weeds and grasses are a mixed blessing because while they can help against erosion and to absorb excess moisture because they can harbor humidity that helps the spread of vine diseases. This was super important because the key to the vintage was to make sure that you had a healthy solar panel of leaves so that adequate photosynthetic activity was going on. With the constant mildew pressure that everyone had it was easy to lose a lot of leaves and thus many vineyards didn't produce sufficiently ripe fruit if you didn't treat precisely when you had to treat. Worse still, even if you treated rigorously that didn't mean that your neighbors did and all it took was a gust of wind in the direction of your vines to contaminate them. In short, the 2013 vintage didn't pardon anything other than perfection in terms of your treatments. We began picking on the 2nd of October and we picked as quickly as we could which is to say 5 days. This was important as well because around the 28th of September the acidities began to fall like a stone and acidities are a natural defense against botrytis. Once this occurred the rot exploded and thus picking rapidly was an imperative. While there was some sorting required it wasn't anything major though this was again as much about respecting the treatment cadence than anything else. Quantities were down a bit but again nothing major. Potential alcohols were in the 11.8 to 12.5% range and nothing was chaptalized above 13%. As to the wines they're classic burgundies that are moderately structured and should age well over the mid-term." I will repeat the advice that I typically give, which is that Fourrier deliberately bottles with high CO2 levels as a partial defense against oxidation and thus if you elect to try an example or two young, be sure to decant for 20 to 30 minutes first. Note that all wines are labeled as Vieilles Vignes. Also Fourrier has substantially expanded his négociant activities so see directly below for those reviews. Lastly Fourrier noted that his 2012s, two of which were revisited below, were bottled in February 2014. (Rosenthal Wine Merchant, www.madrose.com, Shekomeko, NY; there are many sources in the UK including A&B Vintners, UK, www.abvintners.co.uk, John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, Uncorked Ltd, www.uncorked.co.uk, and Seckford Wines, www.seckfordwines.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: A remarkably elegant and exuberantly spicy nose features an airy and cool mix of raspberry, cherry, red currant and plenty of wet stone characters. There is superb intensity to the mineral-driven, pure and ultra-refined middle weight flavors that are shaped by very fine-grained tannins on the moderately austere, balanced, saline and wonderfully persistent finish. A classic Clos St. Jacques of class and grace.
     

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Red Burgundy Bichot, Albert 2011 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Amoureuses Clos Frantin 1 Case 6 75cl £1,000
Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2014 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 1 Case 12 75cl £1,500
  • Château de La Tour
    2014
    Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2017
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 65
    Note: from vines that were planted in 1910
    Producer note: François Labet told me that 2015 was a "precocious vintage where we realized relatively tiny yields in Clos de Vougeot thanks to a very high incidence of shatter during the flowering, which is to say around 20 hl/ha. We chose to begin harvesting on the 8th of September and the fruit was spotlessly clean, ripe and with very thick skins. The vinifications were easy and we did almost no punching down as it would have been very easy to extract too much structure. As to the wines they are still of course developing but they appear to be extremely promising. The tannins are phenolically mature and the fruit is very ripe yet it's not ripe in the same fashion as say 2003 or 2009 and thus the terroir transparency is better. I like them a lot and they should be reasonably approachable young yet they're so concentrated that they should age for decades." The La Tour 2015s are indeed very promising and should prove to be exceptionally long-lived. That said, don't miss their 2014s either as they too are first-rate. I remind readers that there was no cuvée Homage à Jean Morin in 2014. The 2014s, revisited below, were bottled in June 2016. (Terlato Wines, Lake Bluff, Il; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK).
    Tasting note: Here the nose is compositionally similar to that of the regular cuvée but as is usually the case it is more reserved, more complex and the wood treatment is more subtle. There is notably better concentration to the impressively rich, powerful and muscular big-bodied flavors are shaped by dense but relatively fine tannins on the wonderfully long, balanced and again youthfully austere finale. This terrific effort is really most impressive though note well that it is going to need at least 10 years of bottle age and reward 15 to 18.
     

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95
Red Burgundy Fourrier 2012 Griotte Chambertin Vieille Vigne 1 Bottle 75cl £750
94
Red Burgundy Rouget, Emmanuel 2005 Echezeaux 1 Case 12 75cl £12,500
  • A ripe, expressive and airy nose that combines both upper and mid-level register fruit notes that include red pinot, black berry and violet notes trimmed in moderate wood spice as well as natural spice notes of clove and anise that can also be found on the round, rich and beautifully balanced big-bodied flavors that are powerful, long and more stylish than usual. This is a terrific Ech that should be capable of at least a decade's worth of improvement.

    Score: 91/94 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (25), January 2007

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94
Red Burgundy Rousseau 1990 Clos Saint Jacques 1 Bottle 75cl £1,850
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    1990
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Mar 02, 2019
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: This was a wine that I was quite curious to try because while I had the good fortune to have enjoyed it several times in the 1990s, it had not come my way since 2001. I'm happy to report that it did not disappoint with its ripe yet airy aromas of sous-bois, spice, earth, game and beautifully well-layered secondary fruit. There is fine richness as well as very good power to the delicious and attractively textured medium-bodied flavors that exhibit equally good layering on the impressively persistent finale. This is not a particularly elegant vintage for the Rousseau CSJ and there remains enough tannin to notice on the slightly warm finish but overall, I found this to have aged out extremely well.
     

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93
Red Burgundy Comtes Lafon 2005 Volnay-Santenots du Milieu 1er Cru 1 Case 6 75cl £825
  •  

    Domaine des Comtes Lafon

    2005

    Volnay "Santenots Du Milieu"

    1er Cru Red 

    Score: 94

    Tasted: Jun 14, 2015

    Drink: Try from 2025+

     

     

    Tasting note: In magnum format this hasn't really evolved all that much since my original in-bottle review as the nose is perfectly ripe, expressive and wonderfully fresh with its array of deeply pitched cherry, violet and spice-inflected aromas. There is superb volume to the rich, full, sweet and velvety mouth coating flavors that offer outstanding detail and superb depth of material on the strikingly long finish. There is a gorgeously appealing sense of harmony here with really lovely transparency. A great Santenots but note that this will require extended cellar time, particularly in this large format bottling.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2018 Ruchottes-Chambertin 1 Bottle 75cl £675
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2018
    Ruchottes-Chambertin - Clos des Ruchottes
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2021
    Drink: 2036+
    Issue: 81
    Note: 1.06 ha; 20% new wood
    Producer note: Eric Rousseau's daughter Cyrielle, who is gradually assuming control of day-to-day operations and is overseeing an expansion of the cuverie, briefly described the 2019 growing season as "yet another one that was so hot and dry that we again thought, wrongly as it turned out, that we would have baked fruit and heavy wines. Happily, despite the heat and drought-like conditions, the vines didn't really suffer much, or at least not enough to shut down their photosynthetic processes. These conditions also keep disease pressure at bay so the fruit couldn't have been any cleaner and the only sorting required was to eliminate a few sunburned berries. We chose to begin picking on the 12th of September and brought in very ripe yet balanced fruit as there was good acidity thanks to the relatively cool nights. The berries were relatively tiny with thick skins and potential alcohols ranged from 13.2 to a high of 14.5%. We vinified softly as we always do and there were no problems with the primary fermentations though some of the malos were slow to finish. As to the wines, I personally adore the 2019s for their freshness, verve and transparency. They're balanced and so refreshing that they're already irresistible. I wouldn't necessarily call them better than our 2018s, but they are certainly different styles and I prefer the 2019s, at least for now." As to the domaine 2018s, four of which are revisited below, were bottled in March and April 2020. As I reported previously, the domaine is now using bottles where the bottom of it is embossed with the name of the domaine. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, USA; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerini.com, all UK; Altaya Wines, www.altayawines.com, Hong Kong).
    Tasting note: An absolutely gorgeous nose reflects cool and pure aromas of the essence of red berry liqueur, spice and soft floral scents. The lilting and mineral-driven middle weight flavors retain excellent delineation and a sophisticated mouthfeel while the sneaky long if decidedly firm finish possesses outstanding complexity. This powerful yet sophisticated and refined Zen-like effort is exceptionally promising.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Vougeraie 2010 Musigny 1 Bottle 150cl £2,850
  • 2010
    Musigny
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Jan 14, 2013
    Drink: 2027+
    Issue: 49
    Note: from a tiny parcel of only .17 ha
    Producer note: Winemaker Pierre Vincent described 2011 as having "such an early warm and hot start to the growing season that we originally thought that we might start harvesting around the 20th of August! One of the interesting aspects of the vintage is that the bunches were formed under conditions of hydric stress and thus they were quite small with very good ratios of solids to liquids. A cool, wet and cloudy July and half of August however slowed things down to the point where we actually started picking in the Côte de Beaune on the 31st of August and then we attached the Côte de Nuits on the 2nd of September. While there was some sorting necessary the overall condition of the fruit was very clean and almost as importantly the stalks were very clean too. There was an excellent level of phenolic maturity but with only moderate potential alcohols that averaged around 12%. The acidities were on the below average side and the post-malo pHs came in around 3.65, which is higher than is typical with our wines. Because of the clean stalks and excellent level of phenolic maturity I decided to use about the same percentage of whole clusters this year as I did in 2010, which ranged between 30 and 80%. I did a 21 day cuvaison along with our usual vinification. Despite the fact that the wines are not technically textbook from a sugar and acidity standpoint I really like them as they are very terroir and because they're quite well-balanced they should drink well young plus age well too if that's what our clients want." I have noted several times that Vincent is really pushing the Vougeraie wines in the right direction as I was impressed with the quality of both the '11s and the '10s as both outperform the quality of their respective vintages. (Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, NV/CO/AZ/NM; Martin Scott Wines, www.martinscottwines.com, Lake Success, NY; Country Vintner, www.countryvintner.com, Ashland, VA; Lion Imports, CA; Martignetti, www.martignetti.com, Boston, MA; Fields, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, UK and Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, UK).
    Tasting note: A soaring nose of cool, elegantly pure and very fresh aromas of violets, lavender, sandalwood, black cherry, plum and stone are gorgeously spicy. There is terrific intensity to the rich and mouth coating broad-shouldered flavors that brim with dry extract that imparts a velvety and seductive texture to the explosive and hugely long finish. This is very firmly structured and will require the better part of 20 years to realize its full, and considerable, potential. A stunning effort that is completely worthy of the appellation.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 2005 La Grande Rue 1 Bottle 150cl £1,500
  • Tasting note: A hint of menthol adds nuance to the mostly highly-spiced red berry fruit nose that is quite reserved if beautifully complex while leading to sweet, delicious, generous and round medium full flavors that are classy and refined, all wrapped in a strikingly persistent and explosive finish. This offers excellent cellar potential and at this early stage the wood, which is normally fairly prominent, is already well integrated but note that this will need every bit of 15 years, perhaps even slightly longer, to arrive at its prime as it's very structured. A really beautiful LGR that showed even a bit better than it had only three weeks earlier as it was given the benefit of an hour's worth of air.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Prieur 2015 Musigny 1 Case 3 75cl £1,650
  • Tasting note: An ultra-spicy and pure nose offers up notes of black raspberry, sandalwood and in the same fashion as the Ech, Asian-style exotic tea scents. There is a highly polished mouth feel to the impressively dense, serious and muscular flavors that exhibit plenty of minerality on the exceptionally firm finale where a hint of mocha appears. This beauty appears to have everything that it needs for a very long life. I would observe that the Prieur Musigny is often quite fine and sophisticated yet the 2015 version is not cut from that cloth; rather it is big, bold and robust and as I noted, is going to need time.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2016 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1 Case 3 75cl £2,200
  • A restrained and cool and yet perfumed and ultra-spicy array offers up aromas of dark cherry, raspberry and a wide range of floral elements. The concentrated, tautly muscular and tension-filled flavors possess excellent depth of material as well as an abundance of minerality while exhibiting superb persistence on the firm, dusty, youthfully austere and built-to-age finish where a hint of bitter cherry pit appears. This sleek and classy effort will need an extended stay in a cool cellar. In a word, brilliant.

    Score: 96 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (73), January 2019

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy de Vogue 1989 Chambolle Musigny 1 Bottle 75cl £290
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2009 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses 1 Case 6 75cl £4,500
  • Drink: 2021+
    Don't miss! Outstanding
    Tasting note: An extremely fresh and strikingly complex nose speaks of violets, anise, clove and cinnamon on the mélange of red and blue pinot fruit. The detailed and ultra fine middle weight flavors are also intensely mineral-driven and culminate in a posed, harmonious and explosively long finish where an interesting note of mandarin surfaces. A text book Amoureuses.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2005 Griotte Chambertin 1 Case 6 75cl £2,100
  •  Ponsot Griotte-Chambertin

    Good ruby-red. Sappy, liqueur-like aromas of griotte cherry and black raspberry. Wonderfully intense and concentrated, with a nearly confectionery sweetness to its explosive fruit flavors. Like the Cuvee des Alouettes, this comes across as a bit high-toned and will require careful attention during its final months of elevage But offers great potential.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 92-95 Stephen Tanzer
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Lignier-Michelot 2008 Clos de la Roche 1 Case 12 75cl £1,800
  • Note: from a .27 ha parcel, most of which is young vines of 15 years though there is a parcel approximating 15% of the total with <40 years of age
    Producer note: Virgile Lignier told me that 2008 was a vintage where "the saving grace was the north wind, which is also responsible for forming its character, much as it did in 1996 and 2002. As such, it was primarily maturation through evaporation rather than through the more typical heat and light. Having seen this phenomenon before, I waited as long as I could so that my fruit could benefit from what sunshine and luminosity that there was. I began picking on the 2nd of October because I could see that there was no photosynthesis going on and there was nothing to be gained by waiting any longer. Waiting though had its price as it was necessary to eliminate a lot of fruit. In fact, I would estimate my average loss at 30%. Sugars were better than I thought they would be at between 11.5 and 12.5% and I had one parcel at 13%. I limited the chaptalization to no more than half a degree. The '08s are extremely transparent and I was positive that boosting the alcohols would immediately, and permanently, mark the wines. As I did in 2007, I elected to use some whole clusters, which varied between 10 and 20% though for the old vines Morey, it was 30%, the Clos St. Denis saw 50% and for the Charmes-Chambertin, it was 100%. The '08 vintage is not really to my taste but I have to say that it's certainly better than I anticipated that it would be. And in tasting the wines, it's immediately apparent that 2008 respected the hierarchy of appellations as there are big quality differences between each level." Note: Lignier has a small négociant activity and the wines are sold under Maison Virgile Lignier. 
    Tasting note: Like all of these grands crus, this is a very ripe '08 with a layered, elegant and nuanced nose that combines red pinot fruit, oak, warm earth and wet stone notes that seamlessly give way to round, rich and full-bodied flavors that possess a sleek muscularity on the beautifully textured and mineral-driven finish. This is a big wine in the context of the vintage and offers a completely different personality than does the Clos St. Denis.
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2016 Clos de Beze 1 Case 3 75cl £650
  • The 2016 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru has a glorious bouquet with ample red cherry, redcurrant jus, orange pith and blood orange scents all vying for attention (in an orderly fashion!). The palate is very harmonious with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, quite dense with graphite and tobacco interlaced on the structured and sustained finish. It is not up there with the magnificent 2015 but it will give three decades of serious drinking pleasure. Drink 2022 - 2050.

    Score: 94/96 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (234), December 2017

    The Clos de Bèze was—appropriately—one of the more reticent wines in the cellar when I tasted it in October, opening with a brooding bouquet of dark berries, grilled meat, espresso and new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and powerful, with deep core of fruit and a chewy chassis of fine-grained, savory tannins. This shows lots of promise and should be very cellarworthy. 2027-2047

    Score: 95 William Kelley, Decanter.com, January 2018

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Roche de Bellene 2016 Gevrey Chambertin Lavaut Saint-Jacques 1 Case 6 75cl £290
  • Maison Roche de Bellene
    2016
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Lavaut St. Jacques"
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 88-90
    Tasted: Apr 15, 2018
    Drink: 2024+
    Issue: 70
    Producer note: Please see the introduction to Domaine de Bellene above for further information. Note that all of the wines are bottled under Diam corks that are stamped with the relevant information that includes producer, vintage and appellation. 
    Tasting note: There is a hint of prune to the broad-ranging nose of menthol, cassis, violet and black raspberry. The velvety, round and mouth coating flavors possess good punch and minerality on the slightly sweet and warm finish. This is perfectly OK but again it's hard to see this ever becoming a wine of distinction.
     

Tasting Notes
90
Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2009 La Romanee 1 Bottle 75cl £5,200
  • Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair
    2009
    La Romanée
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 97
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2012
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 45
    Producer note: Louis-Michel Liger-Belair told me that 2010 fashioned "superbly elegant and exceptionally fresh wines but unfortunately there isn't a lot of them. We lost some yield due to the frost but it was mostly limited to the vines at the bottom of La Colombière. The poor flowering though contributed the most to the loss of yield and all told we were down about 30% relative to what we obtained in 2009. I elected to begin picking on the 26th of September and while the fruit was really quite clean, it still required some sorting though no more or no less than usual. I strongly believe in thoroughly sorting everything no matter the vintage as it's the little details that can make a big difference. Potential alcohols were very good if not high and ranged between 12 and 13%. As to the wines, I very much like them as they reflect their individual terroirs clearly. If I had to try to describe 2010 in terms of vintage comparisons, I would say that it is a blend of the styles of 2001 and 2008." As the scores and comments suggest, the now in-bottle '09s have also turned out extremely well and a number of them are really quite stunning. (A Becky Wasserman Selection/Le Serbet, www.leserbet.com, Beaune, France; additional distributors include Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CA/NV/AZ/NM and USA Wine Imports, www.usawineimports.com, NY, NY for "Selection Pas Mal", New York, NY; Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, UK and Richards Walford & Co., Ltd., www.r-w.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: Initially a mild touch of reduction mutes the nose but some aggressive swirling quickly releases a kaleidoscopically broad range of spice nuances that add real breadth to the ultra-elegant, ripe and quite pure aromas of red pinot, plum and cassis that precede the rich, full and silky medium-bodied flavors that are discreet yet powerful and superbly persistent. This is an exceptionally stylish and classy wine that is supported by ultra-fine tannins and the hallmark finishing austerity. While the '09 La Romanée is essentially a wine of finesse it doesn't mean that it isn't built to age because it more assuredly is, indeed it will require at least 20 years to arrive at its peak.
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2012 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1 Case 12 75cl £8,000
  • A gorgeously spicy nose is comprised of liqueur-like dark berry fruit scents that also display plenty of floral influence that includes notes of lavender, violet and, somewhat curiously, honeysuckle. There is outstanding concentration and punch to the seductively textured and marvelously intense big-bodied flavors that are borderline robust as the supporting tannins are dense but refined. I really like the Zen-like sense of harmony to the explosively long finish that really stains the palate. In a word, terrific.

    Score: 94/97Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (53), January 2014

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2005 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1 Case 6 75cl £7,750
  • Prepare to be transported. A positively brilliant nose of violet and rose petal shines against a background of intensely spiced extravagant red and black pinot fruit nuanced by hints of earth and stone and this minerality continues onto the surprisingly supple flavors that convey a remarkable sense of energy and power on the almost unbelievably intense, focused and structured finish that seems to go on and on without end. And the '05 VV has what all truly great burgundies have which is that extra dimension of power without weight as this carries terrific punch and power yet delivers that explosiveness with impeccable class and grace. While I am duly mindful of the many legendary wines this domaine has produced (see the database for all vintages reviewed dating to 1919), the 2005 could very well join the list of the all time greats, there is really that much potential here. Whether it will ultimately transcend the heights achieved by the 1919 or the 1949 (among many others) remains an open question, I have zero doubt that 2005 will be a genuinely great vintage for this wine. Brilliance personified and absolutely a 'wow' wine, in fact, this merits a double 'wow'.

Tasting Notes
99
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2016 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 1 Case 3 75cl £850
  • The 2016 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru has a very different nose than the Village Cru, here, more red fruit, nicely pixelated, certainly more mineral-driven and with more spice. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, good body, focused and animated with a dash of white pepper and clove towards the finish, the mouth tingling long after it has departed. This oft overlooked label should not be. Tasted at the Domaine. 

    -- Neal Martin 93 Neal Martin
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2016 Chambolle 1er Cru Amoureuses 1 Case 6 75cl £2,350
  • Maison Joseph Drouhin
    2016
    Chambolle-Musigny "Les Amoureuses"  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Apr 15, 2018
    Drink: 2026+
    Issue: 70
    Don't miss! Outstanding 
    Producer note: I met with Véronique Drouhin who noted that the 2016 growing season "was a major challenge as the constantly wet conditions combined with frost, oidium and mildew took more than their fair share of potential yield. Happily, conditions improved in mid-July, indeed to the point that our concerns shifted from dealing with the persistent rain to dealing with the lack of it as some vines began to evidence signs of hydric stress and bloquage. [Bloquage is what the Burgundians call a condition where the vines shut down and stop with the process of photosynthesis.] Serendipitously there was a moderate storm on the 15th of September that reignited the ripening process and even added a bit of much needed volume to the fruit that was becoming dehydrated. The fruit was impeccably clean though there was for the most part very little of it in many of our appellations though a few, like those in Vosne for example, were almost normal. If there is any benefit to the mostly tiny quantities that we have realized since 2010, it's that we're now much better equipped to deal with them. This is to say that we have a variety of small fermenters, pumps and hoses that are specifically designed to handle small volumes. We used more whole clusters in the vinifications than we usually do, which is simply the result of the tiny quantities where you need a certain volume to manage the heat during the fermentations. As to the wines, I love the 2016s. The 2015s are impressively ripe, rich and powerful wines but the 2016s come from the other side of the stylistic spectrum in that they're elegant, fresh, energetic and super-transparent to the underlying terroir." I very much agree with Drouhin in terms of her description of her 2016s and overall I found the quality here to be outstanding. See also the associated Domaine Hospices de Belleville in the En Plus section for the Fleurie review. (Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, NY, USA; Pol Roger Ltd., www.polroger.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: An exceptionally fresh and bright nose mixes ultra-pure red berry fruit aromas with those of similar spice and floral notes. The mouth feel is slightly finer than that of the Petits Monts as the mid-palate is suave and supple yet the gorgeously textured backend tightens up considerably and displays superb intensity on the mouth coating and stony finish. This classy and lacy effort should also be very special.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2015 Chambolle 1er Cru Les Amoureuses 1 Case 3 75cl £690
  • Tasting note: While the fruit profile is similar to that of the Fuées, the spice and floral nuances are more prominent. The rich and almost surprisingly full-bodied flavors possess outstanding volume along with ample minerality on the impressively long and refined finish. As pretty and classy as this is, it's not necessarily any more complex or persistent than the Fuées though that of course may change with time.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2017 Gevrey 1er Cru Clos Prieur 1 Case 6 75cl £450
  • Cask sample. Scented again like so many of these Drouhin 2017s, scented with dark-red fruit and a stemmy freshness. Peppery, firm, spicy and generous even in its elegant framework. Long and satisfying and fresh. 
    17+/20 Julia Harding jancisrobinson.com (Nov-2018)

Tasting Notes
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 1996 Romanee Conti 1 Bottle 75cl £16,200
  • This is backward to the point of being almost inexpressive though with extended airing, subtle aromas of black fruit, hoisin, spice, underbrush, anise and violets frame understated, refined, elegant and classy flavors of incredible breed and fantastic complexity. This will live for decades and it is so young that it hasn't even begun to reveal what it will ultimately be capable of delivering. And like the 2001 version, the transparency here is nothing short of remarkable. In short, opening a bottle anytime before 2012 will indeed be egregious infanticide and as the drinking window suggests, patience is required, or if need be, at least three hours of in a decanter. Consistent notes.

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2019 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Cazetiers 1 Case 6 75cl £520
Red Burgundy Faiveley 2005 Clos de Vougeot 1 Case 6 75cl £1,050
  • Good deep ruby-red. Highly perfumed nose combines raspberry, minerals and licorice. Sappy and vibrant, with terrific underlying spine framing the dense, mineral-driven berry flavors. Quite youthfully tannic-in fact, this seemed to shut down in the bottle-but not hard. Has the energy and length for an extended evolution.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 92+ Stephen Tanzer

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Dugat-Py 2005 Gevrey 1er Cru Petite Chapelle 1 Case 6 75cl £1,600
  • Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry and blackberry aromas along with some smoky, meaty reduction. Densely packed and fat, but a bit chunkier and less clearly delineated than the premier cru and not currently showing the same lift. But this somewhat reduced wine is less evolved and needs more elevage Dugat now includes vines from his sister's land in this cuvee, but not in 2004, as they were hit hard by hail.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 89-92 Stephen Tanzer

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Leroy 2005 Chambertin 1 Bottle 75cl £18,000
  • One Ultra Rare Bottle From Private Pristine Storage 
    Domaine Leroy 2005 Chambertin Score: 95-98
    Drink: 2025+

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

     

     

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

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

Tasting Notes
98
Red Burgundy Giroud, Camille 2005 Latricieres Chambertin 1 Case 6 75cl £1,290
  • Rating

    (93 - 94)

    Release Price

    $151

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    David Schildknecht

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2007

    Source

    170, The Wine Advocate

    The 2005 Latricieres-Chambertin (purchased partly as grapes and partly as wine) offers a clear, enticing nose of tiny purple plums, blueberries, lilies, beef marrow, and hints of caramel and vanilla. Polished and bright, it exudes the refinement that the Chapelle lacked, leading to a real rush of lingering sweet, caramel- and vanilla-tinged fruit in the finish. The tannins are abundant but ultra-refined. Sock this away for at least a decade and figure on at least an additional decade to hold. There will be a relatively hefty 225 cases. Readers are referred to Pierre Rovani’s report in Issue 160 for details on the acquisition of this house in 2002 by Ann Colgin and a group of Americans, and on Becky Wasserman’s directorial role. At only around 4,500 cases, 2005 will represent their largest production yet, “and we’ll stay small,” says young, manifestly-talented winemaker David Croix. Croix works intensively in the vineyard with most of his suppliers. He ages the wines largely in newly-purchased but once-used barrels, augmented by a low percentage of new casks. I tasted all of the wines immediately prior to their first racking which was late, explains Croix (despite malo-lactic fermentations early by 2005 standards), because the quality of the fruit deserved the enrichment and protection of long lees contact and a slightly reduced state. They will be bottled without filtration in March or April.

     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Barthod, Ghislaine 2009 Chambolle Musigny 1 Case 6 75cl £510
  • Domaine Ghislaine Barthod
    2009
    Chambolle-Musigny
    Villages Red barrel
    Score: 87-90
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2011
    Drink: 2014+
    Issue: 41
    Note: from 11 different parcels totaling 1.5 ha, scattered all around Chambolle
    Producer note: Ghislaine Barthod describes 2009 as an “easy vintage, other than perhaps cleaning up after the hail storm. We began picking on the 8th of September and brought in a very clean crop with sugars that ranged from 12.5 to 13.3%. The hail limited yields for us but even with the loss, it still was almost a normal crop. I did a classic vinification and didn’t vary at all from what I usually do. I think the wines will be very popular and even though they might be slightly riper than some prefer, the wines are finer than usual which should help.” Fans of the domaine will notice a new wine for 2009, which is the Chambolle 1er Gruenchers. Barthod bought the .19 ha parcel from Patrick Landanger of Pousse d’Or, who himself had acquired it when he bought the remaining vineyards belonging to Moine-Hudelot. Barthod also acquired one ouvrée (.043 ha) of Chatelots, which will add roughly one barrel of production. (Rosenthal Wine Merchant, www.madrose.com, Shekomeko, NY; Richards Walford & Co., Ltd., www.r-w.co.uk, Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, Seckford Wines, www.seckfordwines.co.uk, Uncorked Ltd, www.uncorked.co.uk, and Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: An ultra fresh, airy, pure and high-toned red pinot fruit nose slides gracefully into detailed and mineral-driven middle weight flavors that culminate in a dusty, mouth coating, balanced and linear finish. This is a classically styled Chambolle of finesse.
     

Tasting Notes
90
Red Burgundy Clos de Tart 1998 Clos de Tart 1 Bottle 75cl £360
Red Burgundy Maume 2006 Gevrey 1er Cru Champeaux 1 Case 6 75cl £360
  • Domaine Maume
    2006
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Champeaux"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 88
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2009
    Drink: 2012+
    Issue: 33
    Note: from a .27 ha parcel of 25+ year old vines

    Domaine Maume
    2006
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Champeaux"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 88
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2009
    Drink: 2012+
    Issue: 33
    Note: from a .27 ha parcel of 25+ year old vines
    Producer note: As to the 2007 vintage, Maume observed that it was a "very early vintage. A tremendous amount of work was required in the vineyards as the summer was lousy and there was rot pressure plus we had some hail in Gevrey though thankfully it was just before the véraison. I knew that it was critical to wait to begin picking and in 2007, we waited quite late and didn't start until the 10th of September. It was strange being in the vineyards at that point because many domaines had already finished by then. There was a lot of sorting required and we threw out about 15% of what was picked and the overall quantity was down by 30% compared to 2006. Thanks to having waited, sugars were strong at between 12.5 and 13% and essentially there was no significant chaptalization. I did a slightly warmer whole berry vinification where I allowed the temperatures to climb to between 32 and 33° C. The total cuvaison lasted about 3 weeks but otherwise it was pretty much a classic vinification." There are two important changes for 2007, the first of which is that Maume said that he didn't like the quality of his Charmes and Champeaux and so both were sold. Secondly, because of the significant reduction in quantity, the Etelois was combined into the Gevrey villages cuvée. Note that the Pommard is a négociant wine. (Kermit Lynch, Berkley, CA; Seckford Wines and Richards Walford, UK).
    Tasting note: A more deeply pitched though fruity nose of red and blue pinot fruit aromas and equally pungent earth and game notes that also characterize the supple, textured and nicely deep medium full flavors that possess better mid-palate fat with a precise, textured and mouth coating finish. This understated and lighter effort should nicely repay 5 to 7 years of cellar time.
     

Tasting Notes
88
Red Burgundy Giroud, Camille 2005 Clos de Vougeot 1 Case 6 75cl £900
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2005 Bonnes Mares 1 Case 3 75cl £2,300
  • An even riper but not surmature nose that is less elegant and aromatically complex, at least at present, features brooding aromas of black and blue berry plus black cherry and violets nuanced by hints of spice and warm earth merge into big, powerful and well-muscled flavors underpinned by impressive mid-palate concentration and dense but fine tannins, all wrapped in a dazzling long finish that is perfectly balanced. This will clearly require time to unfold but the raw material is indisputably here and like the Musigny, this is built for the very long haul.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2011 Bonnes Mares 1 Case 6 75cl £750
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2012 Gevrey Estournelles St Jacques 2 Case 6 75cl £350
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2009 Bonnes Mares 2 Case 6 75cl £1,250
  • Here the notably ripe nose offers up liqueur-like dark berry fruit aromas that leads to big, rich and overtly bold and still compact large-scaled flavors that evidence obvious muscle and power before culminating in a very firm, intense, explosive and driving finish that delivers outstanding length. This is a formidable wine with dense and mouth coating tannins that will require at least 15 years to fully resolve and 20 would not surprise me. Note that unlike some of these '09s, this is very definitely not for early consumption as it is presently almost aggressively austere.

    Score: 93 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (46), April 2012

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Grivot 1995 Richebourg 2 Bottle 75cl £625
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2019 Beaune Greves Vigne de L'Enfant Jesus 2 Case 12 75cl £1,030
  • Rating

    (92 - 94)+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     William Kelley

    Issue Date

    14th Jan 2021

    Source

    January 2021 Week 2, The Wine Advocate

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

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Faiveley 2017 Charmes Chambertin 2 Case 6 75cl £720
  • Chambertin Grand Cru

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

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

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2017 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 2 Case 6 75cl £895
  • Domaine Château de La Tour
    2017
    Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2020
    Drink: 2032+
    Issue: 77
    Note: from vines that were planted in 1910
    Producer note: François Labet told me that 2018 had "a very large fruit set so even with our high percentage of old vines, it was critical to control yields because if you didn't, even with the very hot temperatures it was difficult to obtain sufficient phenolic maturity. I began picking my chardonnay on the 4th of September and picked both my Côte de Beaune pinot [sold under the Labet label for which the reviews will appear in Issues 78 and 79]. We chose to begin picking the Clos on the 7th of September and picked slowly as the conditions were warm but largely ideal. The fruit was very clean with yields that varied between 35 and 38 hl/ha. The potential alcohols were actually pretty reasonable considering the heat as nothing came in over 14% and most were right at 13.5%. We used 100% whole clusters for the vinifications and the fermentations gave us no particular concerns. The style of the 2018s isn't classic but given how much they have freshened over the course of the élevage, they may well surprise people as to how they evolve over the longer term." The 2017s, revisited below, were bottled in June 2019. (Terlato Wines, IL, USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK; Watson's Wines, 852.2606.8828, www.watsonswine.com, Hong Kong).
    Tasting note: Similar wood treatment with a touch of menthol is present on the red berry aromas. There is better mid-palate density to the broad-shouldered and powerful flavors that possess excellent depth and persistence on the balanced and youthfully austere finish where a hint of wood resurfaces. There is much better than average concentration in the context of what is typical for the 2017 vintage though note well that this is presently very backward.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2018 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 2 Case 6 75cl £850
  • The 2018 Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru displays more complexity and mineralitéon the nose compared to the Cuvée Classique; the fruit is a little darker, revealing hints of cola and sous-bois. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, lithe and fine-boned. Slightly chalky-textured toward the precise finish. This is actually more 2019 in style. A resounding success. 

    -- Neal Martin 95 Neal Martin

    2023 - 2050

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2012 Nuits 1er Cru Vaucrains 2 Case 6 75cl £350
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 2005 La Grande Rue 2 Case 6 75cl £3,200
  • Tasting note: A hint of menthol adds nuance to the mostly highly-spiced red berry fruit nose that is quite reserved if beautifully complex while leading to sweet, delicious, generous and round medium full flavors that are classy and refined, all wrapped in a strikingly persistent and explosive finish. This offers excellent cellar potential and at this early stage the wood, which is normally fairly prominent, is already well integrated but note that this will need every bit of 15 years, perhaps even slightly longer, to arrive at its prime as it's very structured. A really beautiful LGR that showed even a bit better than it had only three weeks earlier as it was given the benefit of an hour's worth of air.

Tasting Notes
95

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