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Red Burgundy Jadot 2011 Clos St Denis 1 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: A tight and while not completely closed, it would be fair to describe as the nose of subtly layered and spicy dark currant aromas as highly restrained. By contrast, there is fine vibrancy and freshness to the silky and focused middle weight flavors that are shaped by fine grained if distinctly firm tannins, all wrapped in a wonderfully intense, mouth coating, impressively persistent and austere finish. This may be a Clos St. Denis of finesse but it doesn't lack for power or seriousness.

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93
Red Burgundy Jadot 2011 Clos de Beze 3 Case 75cl
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  • Good medium red. Extravagantly complex nose combines raspberry, wild rose, crushed rock, clove, mocha and wild herbs. Wonderfully subtle, spherical and nuanced, communicating an almost 3-D texture to the flavors of red berries, spices, licorice, herbs and flowers. The wine's firm spine of tannins is utterly covered by lush, fleshy fruit today. The thick, slowly rising finish washes over the palate like a wave.

    Score: 94/97 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, January 2013

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97
Red Burgundy Jadot 2011 Bonnes Mares 2 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Jadot 2011 Chambolle 1er Cru Les Amoureuses 1 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: A spicy and notably floral nose of attractively layered aromas features notes of cassis, black cherry and plum aromas. There is a lovely mineral streak that runs the length of the refined medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent complexity, all wrapped in a balanced, lingering and lilting finish. I very much like the finesse and brilliant mouth feel as it's pure silk.

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94
Red Burgundy Jadot 2012 Gevrey Estournelles St Jacques - 6x75 2 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Jadot 2012 Morey 1er Cru Les Ormes 1 Case 75cl
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  • 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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92
Red Burgundy Jadot 2012 Corton Greves 1 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Jadot 2012 Nuits 1er Cru Vaucrains - 3 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Jadot 2012 Vosne 1er Cru Chaumes 3 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Jadot 2012 Clos de la Roche - 6x75 2 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: A pungently earthy nose also offers supporting aromas of gentle wood, spice and both red and dark fruit components. There is excellent richness and body to the large-scaled, mineral-inflected and openly powerful flavors that possess plenty of tannin-buffering dry extract before terminating in a striking long finish. This is a robust and very serious effort that possesses excellent cellaring potential and note well that it will need it as this is presently a bruiser. 93/100
     

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93
Red Burgundy Jadot 2012 Vosne 1er Cru Petits Monts 1 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: Here the wood is more moderate if by no means invisible as it sets off the overtly spicy and fresh nose that mixes both red and dark berry fruit aromas that display subtle menthol nuances. There is good punch to the supple and fleshy medium weight flavors that evidence plenty of minerality, all wrapped in a solidly persistent and well-layered finale. This should reward 10 to 12 years of cellar time.
     

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92
Red Burgundy Jadot 2012 Grands Echezeaux - 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: A slightly more complex and even a bit more elegant nose offers up notes of menthol, spice and very fresh red currant and wild raspberries that are set off by moderate wood influence. There is excellent richness to the mouth coating big-bodied flavors that brim with plenty of dry extract as well as solid power and muscle on the gorgeously long finale. This is at present very serious and while not rustic it's clear that this will require plenty of cellaring.

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95
Red Burgundy Jadot 2013 Clos de Beze - 6x75 2 Case 75cl
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  • Bright, dark red. Cherry, stone, licorice and flowers on the nose. At once juicy and compellingly sweet, with powerful tangy minerality to the highly concentrated flavors of redcurrant, cherry and crushed stone. The slowly mounting, palate-saturating finish is a bit less sweet than that of the superb Chapelle owing to the wine's powerful minerality.Really resounds and lingers on the aftertaste.

    Score: 93/96Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, January 2015

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96
Red Burgundy Jadot 2014 Morey 1er Cru Clos des Ormes 2 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: There is enough wood spice present to remark upon though not so much as to mask the pretty and airy combination of various red berry aromas that are sprinkled with earth and floral nuances. I like the refinement of the round, supple and attractively textured middle weight flavors that are shaped by firm but well-integrated tannins on the solidly persistent and well-balanced finale. In a word, lovely.

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92
Red Burgundy Jadot 2014 Clos de Beze - owc 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • 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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94
Red Burgundy Jadot 2015 Chambolle 1er Cru Les Fuees - 6x75 3 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: As is usually the case this is both more aromatically elegant and slightly more restrained with its cool collection of red and dark currant, lilac, plum and wet stone where an interesting hint of mandarin orange shows up. The sleek, intense and even more mineral-driven middle weight flavors possess focused power and if not the same size and weight as the Baudes, then certainly more refinement thanks to the relatively fine-grained tannins on the wonderfully long finish. While this is also quite firm, this should be approachable after 6 to 8 years or so.

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94
Red Burgundy Jadot 2015 Vosne 1er Cru Suchots 2 Case 75cl
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  • 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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93
Red Burgundy Jadot 2016 Chambolle 1er Cru Baudes 1 Case 75cl
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  • 91-93 Burghound 

    Tasting note: A toasty nose features notes of menthol, spiced tea, red currant and a hint of cherry liqueur. The velvety, rich and seductively textured medium weight flavors possess the usual muscularity of a fine Les Baudes, all wrapped in a robust and even more structured finale that is long, balanced and very serious. I would not advise buying this high-quality effort without the express intention to allow it at least 6 to 8 years first.

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93
Red Burgundy Jadot 2017 Beaune Clos de Ursules 1 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Jadot 2017 Chambolle 1er Cru Les Fuees 2 Case 75cl
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  • The 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuées 1er Cru has similar fruit intensity to the Les Baudes, although the oak is a little more vocal and therefore it does not quite have the same transparency. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and a fine bead of acidity. This is quite strict and linear at the moment, showing good grip, although I discern more complexity and nuance on the Les Baudes.
    2022-2036

    Score: 90/92Neal Martin, vinous.com, January 2019

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92
Red Burgundy Jadot 2017 Clos Saint Jacques 1 Case 75cl
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  • The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru clearly has the finest bouquet of seven wines that I tasted from the appellation by Jadot. It is very precise and focused, showing superb edginess and impressive terroir expression. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. This is quite linear in style, the fruit just a little muted toward the finish, but there is fine structure and detail on this more masculine Clos Saint-Jacques than anticipated.
    2022-2040

    Score: 91/93Neal Martin, vinous.com, January 2019

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93
Red Burgundy Lafarge 2003 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs 6 Bottle 75cl
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  • Domaine Michel Lafarge
    2003
    Volnay "Clos du Château des Ducs"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 91
    Tasted: Feb 15, 2015
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: A superbly elegant and very pure nose of notably ripe yet fresh red small berry fruits, subtle earth, clove, anise and underbrush is just now beginning to display the initial hints of secondary development. There is fine intensity to the sweet and unusually precise flavors that are the epitome of a high class Volnay. In particular, the finishing minerality contributes to the overall impression of elegance and precision, two characteristics that are relatively rare in this hot and generous vintage. In short, this is a really beautiful effort that should continue to cellar well for years to come. Tasted several times over the years and this only seems to get better even though to my taste this has now probably arrived at its peak.
     

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91
Red Burgundy Lafon 2013 Volnay Santenots du Milieu 6 Bottle 75cl
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  • Tasting note: A notably fresh nose features aromas of kirsch, spice, red currant and herbal tea that slide gracefully into intense, delineated and muscular medium-bodied flavors that exude a fine minerality onto the mildly austere finale. I like the complexity and this is a wine that could probably be approached after 5 to 7 years of bottle age yet should be capable of rewarding 10 to 12.

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91
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 1996 La Grande Rue 10 Bottle 75cl
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  • Domaine François Lamarche
    1996
    La Grande Rue
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Oct 12, 2016
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: (harvested on September 25th). This most recent bottle was displaying quite a bit of brett and while it did not render the wine undrinkable, it wasn't what it should have been. I would note that the wine seemed to be completely ready. Not Rated.
    From a note taken in November 2007: Here the nose has turned almost completely secondary and is actually, and unusually so for the vintage, a bit animale in character with ripe and spicy sous-bois notes that introduce very rich and concentrated flavors that are vibrant, punchy and detailed while exhibiting an attractive touch of minerality on the strikingly long finish. This is an impressively constituted '96 with solid phenolic maturity and the overall impression is a wine that is still relatively youthful. 92/2013+
     

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92
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 2005 La Grande Rue 1 Bottle Mag
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  • 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.

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95
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 2005 Clos de Vougeot - 6x75 2 Case 75cl
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  • Domaine François Lamarche
    2005
    Clos de Vougeot
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 91-93
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2007
    Drink: 2015+
    Issue: 25
    Note: from 3 different parcels, one at the bottom and two at the top but on opposite sides
    Producer note: François Lamarche told me that "2005 was about as ideal a growing season as one could reasonably hope for. Yes there was a bit of early season hail that touched certain of our parcels, particularly the Echézeaux but it was so early that it was a quantity issue, not quality. Overall yields were about normal because there were no sorting losses with excellent sugars and we chaptalized nothing. The fermentations were easy as the yeasts ate the sugar quickly and the extractions were also easy as the skins were thick. Essentially, it was almost a cruise control vintage where everything went as planned. I think the style of the vintage will please everyone from the casual burgundy lover to the hard core enthusiast plus the wines will age well." Lamarche said that he would probably start bottling in December for the lower level wines and continue through February for the grands crus, without fining or filtration." (Jeanne-Marie de Champs - Domaines et Saveurs Collection, Beaune, France - fax 011 33 80 22 58 25 is the agent with many regional importers, including Burgundy Wine Company, New York, NY, Glazer's Wholesale, Dallas, TX and Grand Cru Imports, PA; Bibendum, Goedhuis & Co., Laytons, Richards Walford, The Wine Society, Seckford Wines and Raeburn Fine Wines, all UK).
    Tasting note: Surprisingly this is quite expressive with bright and elegant red berry fruit, earth and a hint of the sauvage that merges into sweet, rich and full-bodied flavors that also display an intense earthiness on the sweet, precise and driving finish supported by firm and dusty tannins that are chewy but not aggressive, all wrapped in plenty of sap and less youthful austerity than one would typically expect.
     

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93
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 2005 La Grande Rue - 6x75 2 Case 75cl
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  • 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.

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95
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 2012 La Grande Rue - 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Domaine François Lamarche
    2012
    La Grande Rue
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2015
    Drink: 2027+
    Issue: 57
    Producer note: Nicole Lamarche told me that they began picking the 2013 crop "on the 6th of October and there was quite a bit of sorting required and just to be sure we sorted twice as it's hard to be precise in the vineyards. The flowering passed poorly so our yields were down around once again around 30% but at least we weren't hit by hail. There was good phenolic maturity to the fruit and I elected to use around 30% whole clusters, which is about the same amount that I employed in 2012. That said the fruit didn't have the same concentration as it did in 2012 so there was no point in pushing the extraction. Moreover I really wanted to preserve the freshness and silky textures that appeal to me so I limited the number of punch downs. As to the wines they are refreshing and wonderfully transparent as you can really see the differences between one wine and another." Lamarche noted that her 2012s, three of which are revisited below, were bottled in April 2014. (Jeanne-Marie de Champs, www.ds-collection.com, NY, NY is the agent with many regional importers, including Scott Paul Wines, www.scottpaul.com, Portland, OR, Burgundy Wine Company, www.burgundywinecompany.com, NY, NY, and Glazer's, www.glazers.com, Dallas, TX, PA; Bibendum Wine Ltd., www.bibendum-wine.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Richards Walford & Co., Ltd., www.r-w.co.uk, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Seckford Wines, www.seckfordwines.co.uk and Raeburn Fine Wines, www.raeburnfinewines.com, Edinburgh, all UK; L'Imperatrice Fine Wines, www.imperatrice.com.hk, Hong Kong/China).
    Tasting note: There is just enough wood to notice framing the red currant, black cherry and plum aromas that also display pretty floral and spice notes. There is fine concentration, power and punch to the refined and classy middle weight flavors that possess excellent intensity on the balanced, mouth coating, velvety and beautifully persistent finish. This too will need at least a decade plus of bottle age.
     

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93
Red Burgundy Leroy 1978 Vosne Romanee 1er Cru 6 Bottle 75cl
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  • Maison Leroy release: Bricked completely through to the center. Despite the total bricking, there is still a sense of freshness to the wonderfully spicy and expressive nose that is now largely dominated by sous bois-infused aromas and this sense of vibrancy continues onto the minerally and beautifully detailed flavors that finish with first rate complexity and excellent length. If there is a nit, it's that the is a very subtle touch of dryness that does not pose a problem over the next few years but probably will in time. This is a really impressive effort that is very Vosne in character. Tasted three times with consistent results.

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93
Red Burgundy Leroy 1992 Nuits 1er Cru Les Boudots 1 Bottle 75cl
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  • Domaine Leroy
    1992
    Nuits St. Georges "Les Boudots"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 89
    Tasted: Apr 19, 2014
    Drink: Now
     
    Tasting note: (opened from personal storage and also thanks to Jeremy Ringle). An attractively complex nose is composed of marked secondary aromas as well as hints of sous-bois, earth and a touch of Vosne spice. There is fine weight and vibrancy to the medium weight and moderately rich flavors that delivers very good if not outstanding length. While this was an exceptionally good '92 in its youth, the finish is beginning to thin out slightly and this is clearly not what it was, in particular because there is a slight soupiness to the backend and it's losing its focus. It's time to drink up though I should point out that this is still in remarkably good shape when considered within the context of the vintage, in fact I would go so far as to describe this as an excellent '92. Multiple and consistent notes.
     

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89
Red Burgundy Liger-Belair, Thibault 2010 Corton 1er Cru Renardes 1 Case 75cl
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  • Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair
    2010
    Corton-Renardes
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 91-93
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2012
    Drink: 2022+
    Issue: 45
    Producer note: Thibault Liger-Belair, who is a cousin of Louis-Michel Liger-Belair (see above), told me that 2010 "yielded a small crop but at the same time gave us excellent quality. I began picking on the 24th of September and while there was some sorting work required, it was relatively minor. The fruit had excellent phenolic maturity and good acidities with average pHs. Potential alcohols were strong at between 12.8 and 13.8% and there was basically no chaptalization of any consequence. There was a moderately high incidence of shot berries and in general the skins were quite thick. The berries didn't have a lot of juice in them and between those various factors, yields were definitely significantly lower than they were say in 2009. I did a comparatively soft vinification as there were only 3 total punch downs during the primary fermentation. I relied more on pump overs as the cuvaisons were quite long because as I like to joke that my yeasts were lazy. Because of the high proportion of shot berries there was quite a bit of sugar released during the pressing so there was a material amount of fermentation that occurred in barrel. The wines were pretty difficult to taste before the malos as they were quite strict but afterwards they have improved by the month. I really like my 2010s and believe that they are the best wines that I have ever made. They have everything that I look for in fine pinot noir as there is excellent typicity, elegance, freshness and vibrancy." Thibault Liger-Belair is clearly coming into his own as a winemaker and the wines reflect his growing confidence. This is a domaine to watch as the quality seems to only go from strength to strength. In this same vein, the Liger-Belair '09s have turned out extremely well. Readers should be aware that the Liger-Belair cellars are very deep and particularly cold and thus many of the wines are often strongly reduced. (Vineyard Brands, www.vineyardbrands.com, Birmingham, AL; Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, UK, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, UK and Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, UK).
    Tasting note: Reduction. By contrast there is excellent verve to the exceptionally rich and impressively intense large-scaled flavors that possess excellent power on the overtly muscular, precise and driving finish. This is quite firmly structured but there is good buffering extract that should allow this well-balanced effort to age gracefully.
     

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

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Red Burgundy Liger-Belair, Thibault 2015 Richebourg 5 Bottle 75cl
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  • Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair
    2015
    Richebourg
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2018
    Drink: 2035+
    Issue: 69
    Note: from a .55 ha parcel
    Producer note: Thibault Liger-Belair, who is the cousin of Louis-Michel Liger-Belair (see above), told me the 2016 vintage was "a complete disaster in Beaujolais where I lost 70% of my production in Moulin-à-Vent due to hail and lost 90% in 2017! It wasn't any better for my Côte d'Or vineyards as I also lost 70% of the potential production here as well. I would estimate the proportions as 50% of the loss was due to the frost and another 20% due to mildew. On the plus side, Vosne and my vines in Corton were relatively spared compared to Nuits and Chambolle which were largely slammed. For example, there will be no Gruenchers. I chose to begin picking on the 24th of September and at least the fruit was clean and ripe so there was almost no sorting necessary. The skins were thick and the phenolic maturities were high so I used more whole clusters than usual though I took the painstaking and very time-consuming step for the 1ers and grands crus of eliminating the central stalk. As to the wines, I like them for the purity and freshness and I think they're going to age better than people seem to think. They're not as concentrated as the 2015 but they have excellent balance." I found the quality of the 2016s here to be very good to excellent but particularly so in the range of Bourgogne and Beaujolais wines. In addition, I would advise carefully considering some of the now in-bottle 2015s as they too are impressive, with five reviewed below. They were bottled in August and September 2017 which means that they spent almost two years in barrel. Readers should be aware that the Liger-Belair cellars are very deep and particularly cold and thus the wines are often noticeably reduced. (Vineyard Brands, www.vineyardbrands.com, AL, USA; Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com and Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: In much the same fashion as the Clos de Vougeot this is inexpressive to the point of being almost mute and it requires considerable agitation to coax the intensely floral-suffused aromas of spicy tea and dark berries to appear. There is stunningly good power and intensity to the very, make that very, very, backward broad-shouldered flavors that brim with both buckets of dry extract and an almost pungent minerality on the precise, dusty and massively long finish. I appreciate that I sometimes probably sound like a broken record with my "absolutely must have patience" comments but this is a wine that would be largely pointless to buy without the express intention of cellaring it for at least 12 to 15 years and it should richly reward 20 to 25. In a word, brilliant.
     

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Red Burgundy Lignier G 2015 Clos Saint Denis - 6x75 2 Case 75cl
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Red Burgundy Lignier-Michelot 2009 Clos de la Roche 1 Bottle Jeroboam
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  • Tasting note: A notably ripe and wonderfully complex nose offers up notes of raspberry and cherry liqueur before merging seamlessly with seductive, pure and concentrated broad-shouldered flavors that possess unusually refined tannins and an explosive finish. This should provide very satisfactory results in 12 to 15 years.

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