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Region Producer Vintage Name Qtysort descending Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2015 Bonnes Mares (Domaine) 1 Case 12 75cl £2,350
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 Haisma 2012 Bonnes Mares 1 Case 12 75cl £1,450
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2016 Volnay Caillerets Cuvee Carnot - Domaine 1 Case 12 75cl £550
  • Tasting note: More discreet wood more easily allows the overtly spicy aromas of poached plum, lavender and tea, The round yet reasonably well-detailed flavors possess a sophisticated mouth feel as well as fine mid-palate density, all wrapped in a youthfully austere, mineral-driven and very firm finish. Unlike the Grèves however, this excellent effort should be reasonably approachable after 5 to 7 years. Burghound 

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Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2014 Clos de Beze 1 Case 6 75cl £850
  • Tasting note: Discernible wood highlights the elegant, pure and highly spiced aromas of perfumed red pinot fruit that displays additional depth in the form of Gevrey style earth, floral and Asian-style tea notes. There is a softly exotic character to the mineral-driven big-bodied flavors that retain a fine sense of detail and intensity on the hugely long, complex and palate staining finish. This is a beautiful if firmly structured wine that is likely going to need between 12 and 15 years of cellar time to reveal its full, and considerable, potential.

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Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2016 Echezeaux 1 Bottle 75cl £1,450
Red Burgundy Arlaud 2012 Clos de la Roche 1 Case 12 75cl £1,350
  • Tasting note: The aromatic profile is completely different from that of the Combottes and much more deeply pitched with earthy dark berry fruit, floral and game hints. There is excellent volume and verve to the solidly powerful and muscular flavors that possess good if not imposing size and weight on the complex and beautifully long finish.

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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 Mischief & Mayhem 2015 Chambolle 1er Cru Les Cras 1 Case 6 75cl £450
Red Burgundy Bernstein 2016 Charmes Chambertin 1 Bottle 75cl £275
Red Burgundy Dugat-Py 2000 Mazis Chambertin 1 Case 6 75cl £2,350
Red Burgundy Bernstein 2015 Clos de la Roche 1 Bottle 75cl £290
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2009 Bonnes Mares 1 Case 6 75cl £1,075
  • Tasting note: In contrast to many of the wines in the range that are quite expressive, this is actually quite reticent if not downright mute with very ripe but elusive aromas of mocha, plum and spicy cassis. The extremely rich, powerful and concentrated big-bodied flavors possess a suave mouth feel as the sap almost completely buffers the unusually generous but quite serious and long finish. This is a classic Bonnes Mares in terms of its underlying architecture and should require between 15 and 20 years to be at its best.

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Red Burgundy 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 Drouhin Joseph 2012 Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 1 Case 6 75cl £240
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    (89 - 92)

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    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2013


    210, The Wine Advocate

    The 2012 Volnay 1er Cru Santenots is pointed on the nose, the fruit veering toward black rather than red in hue, with blackcurrant and wilted violet petals emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry: notes of black cherries, raspberry and soy that surface toward the composed and harmonious finish. Perhaps not a long-term Santenots like other 2012s that I have encountered, nevertheless this is a finely crafted wine destined to dish out pleasure.   

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Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2014 Romanee Conti 1 Bottle 75cl £13,750
Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2013 Clos Vougeot Hommage a Jean Morin 1 Case 6 75cl £2,600
  • Domaine Château de La Tour
    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,, Portland, OR, Wine Warehouse,, Los Angeles, CA and Verity Wines,, NY/NJ; Corney & Barrow,, 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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Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2011 Vosne 1er Cru Chaumes 1 Case 6 75cl £285
Red Burgundy Meo-Camuzet 2009 Echezeaux 1 Case 12 75cl £5,750
  • Tasting note: A highly-spiced nose of purple and cassis is sprinkled with warm earth and anise notes that leads to rich, intense and quite generous broad-shouldered flavors that brim with seemingly buckets of tannin-buffering dry extract that culminate in a palate staining and strikingly persistent finish. I very much like the balance and while this is certainly firm, it's not hard or aggressive.

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Red Burgundy Vougeraie 2002 Musigny 1 Case 6 75cl £5,500£5,250
  • 2002 Domaine de la Vougeraie Musigny

    (just two and a half barrels produced; from fruit destemmed by hand): Ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of red fruits, licorice and minerals. Vibrant, very intensely flavored and tightly wound; at once powerful and elegant. Superb building finish features serious tannins that are not at all hard or dry. An extremely young Musigny that will need at least seven or eight years and should be long-lived.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 92-95 Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 2004

    Drink: 2014+
    Issue: 17
    Note: from a tiny parcel of only .17 ha; the fruit was destemmed berry by berry

    Burghound Tasting note: This has completely eaten its oak, leaving a tastefully understated nose of blackberry, cassis and intensely spicy and floral fruit aromas followed by plum-infused, gorgeously sappy, superbly complex and structured flavors with an almost painfully intense finish that goes on and on. This can't quite match the complexity of the Bonnes Mares but it is even more elegant and certainly finer but not necessarily better, just different.

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Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2010 La Romanee 1 Bottle 75cl £5,250£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 Bernstein 2015 Gevrey 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 1 Case 6 75cl £760£725
Red Burgundy Bernstein 2015 Clos de Beze 1 Bottle 75cl £475£425
Red Burgundy Bernstein 2016 Grand Cru Limited Edition Mixed Case 1 Case 7 75cl £2,950£2,750
Red Burgundy Bernstein 2015 Grand Cru Limited Edition Mixed Case 1 Case 7 75cl £2,700£2,450
  • One Bottle of each - Chambertin, Mazis Chambertin, Clos de Beze, Bonnes Mares, Clos de la Roche, Clos de Vougeot, Charmes Chambertin

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Red Burgundy Dujac 2016 Echezeaux 1 Bottle 75cl £395
  • (the estate's vines in the lieu-dit Les Champs Traversins lost about 35% of their fruit to the frost): Healthy medium-deep red. Darker on the nose than usual for the Dujac Echézeaux, offering musky scents of black raspberry and licorice. Rich, thick, seamless wine with lovely sweetness and a savory complexity; strong in extract but not particularly clenched in the early going. Finishes with ripe, dusty, chocolatey tannins, a slightly roasted fruit element and excellent length. This will need time in bottle to harmonize.

    -- Stephen Tanzer (91-94) Stephen Tanzer Not Available Jan 2018

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Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2012 Lavaux Saint Jacques 1 Case 6 75cl £450£420
  • Tasting note: This is really quite aromatically pretty with its fresh and cool aromas of red and black pinot fruit, earth, game and wet stone nuances. The sense of minerality continues onto the intense, delineated and energetic flavors that display noticeable wood toast on the lingering, dusty and mildly austere finish. This is firmly structured yet balanced and should reward longer-term cellaring if desired as this could be approached young too.

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Red Burgundy Leroy 1996 Nuits 1er Cru Les Boudots 1 Bottle 75cl £975
  • Domaine Leroy
    Nuits St. Georges "Les Boudots"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 89
    Tasted: Oct 17, 2008
    Drink: Try from 2014+
    Tasting note: A ripe and highly complex nose redolent of a mix of both primary and secondary black and blue fruit aromas nuanced by obvious spice and earth notes that are also reflected by the maturing yet still noticeably tannic medium full-bodied flavors that culminate in dusty, linear and focused finish that displays just a touch of backend dryness that will probably always be present. I recommend drinking this with the appropriate food.

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Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2012 Clos de Beze 1 Case 3 75cl £560
  • Tasting note: This is also quite reduced in fact so much so that nothing is discernable, not even the spice. This is bigger, richer and more powerful than the Chapelle with more mid-palate concentration as well with a lovely mineral streak that runs the length of the wine before culminating in an explosive finish that really does a slow build. I very much like the overall depth yet it's all but certain that more will develop as this possesses ample amounts of underlying material. A classic Bèze that is built to age.

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Red Burgundy Roumier, Georges & Christophe 2012 Bonnes Mares 1 Bottle 75cl £1,325
  • Tasting note: A markedly floral nose exhibits plenty of spice and earth elements that add breadth to the purple fruit-infused nose. There is excellent size, weight and power to the big-bodied, intense and concentrated flavors that possess copious amounts of dry extract that imparts a seductive texture and buffers the very firm tannic spine on the hugely long finish. This too is an overtly robust yet impeccably well-balanced wine that should also age for years; indeed it will absolutely require it.

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Red Burgundy de Vogue 2013 Bonnes Mares 1 Case 12 75cl £3,500
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 93-95
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2015
    Drink: 2028+
    Issue: 57
    Don't miss!
    Note: from a 2.67 ha parcel situated entirely in terres rouges soil in the south-west portion of the vineyard
    Producer note: Resident enologist François Millet described the 2013 vintage as one that had a "very difficult spring with an equally poor flowering that produced a lot of shatter and a high incidence of shot berries. Somewhat curiously we had a very solid July and August, which in the last few vintages has been rare, but despite the clement conditions the maturities didn't really progress much. By contrast September was pretty much lousy and in particular the second half of it. The wet and humid conditions were perfect to allow rot to spread and to spread fast and we were really worried that we could have a serious problem. We chose to begin picking on the 5th of October and picked slowly until the 13th. While the general level of quality was quite high we did have to do significant sorting and I would put our sorting losses at around 10%. Between these losses and the poor flowering we wound up with a bit less overall yield than we obtained in 2012. With respect to the vinifications the fruit had a very high solid to liquid ratio so we had to be careful not to over exact the structural elements because it would have been easy to do. As to the wines, I love them because the terroir almost couldn't be any clearer. They are refreshing, intense and balanced and I think they're going to surprise a lot of people in the sense that such a difficult vintage could produce such beautiful wines. Moreover I believe that they will continue to put on weight as they age because the musts were actually denser than the wines seem to be now so all of that dry extract has to show up sooner or later." The 2012s, revisited below, are simply terrific and were bottled between February and March 2014 and have turned out even slightly better than I originally foresaw. (Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants,, San Francisco, CA, Country Vintner,, Ashland, VA, Veritas Imports,, CO/NM, Ideal Wines,, Boston MA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, email, GA, C'est Vin, LLC, 703/243-3559, Arlington, VA; Corney & Barrow,, and Dreyfus, Ashby & Co.,, both UK).
    Tasting note: This is much more deeply pitched and even more reserved though aggressive swirling liberates a wonderfully complex array of plum and black raspberry liqueur-like aromas where added breadth is present in the form of spice, earth, pepper, dried flowers and a hint of underbrush. The dense, powerful and broad-shouldered flavors brim with dry extract that imparts a velvety mouth feel to the vibrant finale as well as pushes the very firm core of tannins to the background. This is a big but beautifully well-balanced wine that should amply reward up to 20 years of cellaring.


    NMThis must be the first time that I have tasted the Bonnes-Mares from barrel and thought it could be mistaken for the Musigny! The 2013 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru has an intense black pepper and blackberry bouquet, touches of mint and forest floor in the background, growing in intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile and quite obdurate tannin, the acidity finely tuned and cutting through the surfacing blueberry and blackberry fruit. There is plenty of spice furnishing the finish and lingering long after the wine has departed, completing a seriously fine Bonnes-Mares that is stylish and intellectual.

    Score: 92/94Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (216), December 2014

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Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2011 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 1 Case 12 75cl £1,050
  • Domaine Château de la Tour
    Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2023+
    Issue: 53
    Note: from vines that were planted in 1910
    Producer note: François Labet told me that 2012 was a "challenging vintage in the Côte de Nuits for a wide variety of reasons up until the 10th of August, but it was even more challenging in the Côte de Beaune. Once we arrived at the 10th of August though it was generally remarkable how quickly the vines recovered and got the fruit ripening process back on track. Before that though the flowering was quite troubled and resulted in a lot of shatter and shot berries. While there was some disease pressure, most notably from mildew, we were able to limit the damage by treating when and how it was necessary. We began picking on the 23rd of September and brought in very clean and phenolically mature fruit and I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality as I never expected it to be as good as it was. As to the wines, they are rich, powerful and very generous yet well-balanced wines that will have that rare ability to give pleasure young but because of the concentration, age for years too. I think that they will surprise a lot of people by how well they age." It seems that Labet rarely misses anymore and 2012 is no exception. The 2011s, revisited below, were bottled in July 2013. See also the Progress Report herein regarding an extensive Château de la Tour vertical. (Wine Warehouse,, Los Angeles, CA and Verity Wines,, NY/NJ; Corney & Barrow,, UK).
    Tasting note: Deep ruby. An intensely floral nose is composed of cool but ripe red pinot, dark currant and plenty of pungent earth scents. There is more size, weight, power and concentration to the imposingly constructed flavors that are both supported and shaped by the tightly wound and extremely firm tannins, all wrapped in a mouth coating and hugely persistent finish. This displays terrific potential but it is a robust wine to buy only if you have the wherewithal and patience to wait.

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2016 Lavaux Saint Jacques 1 Bottle 75cl £260
  • Tasting note: This is aromatically similar to the straight Gevrey villages cuvée though with much better complexity. There is also more size, weight and intensity to the stony and muscular medium weight flavors that possess a sleek mouthfeel, all wrapped in a precise, lingering and youthfully austere finale. This will also definitely need at least some time in bottle before it will be approachable.

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2016 Gevrey 1er Cru Cazetiers 1 Bottle 75cl £275
  • Tasting note: A markedly sauvage-inflected nose combines ultra-fresh and cool aromas of plum, violet, dark currant and plenty of earth. There is similar size, weight and muscle to the equally stony middle weight flavors that possess a chiseled, youthfully austere and beautifully persistent finish. This is even firmer though the supporting tannins are clearly ripe. Patience advised.

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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, (53), January 2014

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