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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
White Burgundy Bachelet, Jean Claude 2015 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 1 Case 6 75cl £1,700
  • Domaine Jean-Claude Bachelet
    2015
    Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 92-94
    Tasted: Jun 11, 2017
    Drink: 2023+
    Issue: 67
    Note: from a tiny .09 ha parcel
    Producer note: Brothers Benoit and Jean-Baptiste Bachelet called 2015 an "easy and relatively straight forward vintage that gave us good yields in white but very small volumes in red. Overall, we had about the same volume as we did in 2013 and 2014 but the proportions are not at all the same. This is to say that the pinot came in between 20 and 25 hl/ha and the chardonnay between 40 and 45 hl/ha. We picked from the 2nd to the 8th of September and brought in ripe and beautifully healthy grapes that averaged between 12.8 and 13.5% potential alcohols in white with slightly lower amounts in red. The reds are really quite lovely and we picked early enough to have a good compromise between ripeness levels and freshness. They should age reasonably well yet be satisfying young." I found the quality of the Bachelet 2015 whites to definitely rise above what I found elsewhere in the Côte d'Or. (David Bowler Wine, www.bowlerwine.com, NY, Wine Warehouse, CA, www.winewarehouse.com, Classified Wine & Spirits, LLC, www.classifiedwine.net, TX and Elite Wines Imports, 703.339.8150, VA, all USA; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, UK; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com/hk, Hong Kong).
    Tasting note: Once again the backward nose is largely dominated by reductive notes. Otherwise there is a lovely sense of refinement to the sleek, intense and concentrated medium weight flavors that possess outstanding depth and persistence on the citrus-tinged finale. This too should reward up to a decade of cellaring yet it's not so tightly wound that it could not be approached after only a few years of cellaring.
     

Tasting Notes
93
White Burgundy Bertagna 2003 Corton Charlemagne 1 Bottle 75cl £75
White Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 1999 Corton Charlemagne 1 Case 6 75cl £900
  • Domaine Bonneau du Martray
    1999
    Corton-Charlemagne
    Grand Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Oct 10, 2002
    Drink: Try from 2008+
     
    Tasting note: As de la Morinière suggests, this is a good deal more powerful than the 2000 version but it is not quite as bright or quite as focused. That said, this is a very impressive effort with big, almost massive aromas of earth, ripe green fruits such as apples and pears leading to equally big, powerful flavors that offer great mouthfeel, all of which is underpinned by plenty of minerality and more than adequate buffering acidity. This is extremely long already but this should continue to improve for 7 to 10 years and hold for much longer than that.
     

Tasting Notes
92
White Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 2016 Corton Charlemagne 1 Case 6 75cl £900
  • Domaine Bonneau du Martray
    2016
    Corton-Charlemagne
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 92-94
    Tasted: Jun 15, 2018
    Drink: 2024+
    Issue: 71
    Note: 40% from En Charlemagne and 60% from Le Charlemagne
    Producer note: As most readers will now have heard, the historic domaine of Bonneau du Martray has been sold to American billionaire Stan Kroenke, owner of Screaming Eagle along with pinot producers Jonata and The Hilt. All of Kroenke's wine properties are managed by Frenchman Armand de Maigret who is based in Napa and was there at the time of my visit. The cellarmaster noted that the frost cost <50% of a normal year's volume. (Becky Wasserman & Co., www.beckywasserman.com, Beaune, France is the US Agent; Martin Scott Wines (NY, NJ, CT), www.martinscottwines.com, Lake Success, NY, Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants (CA, HI), www.chamberswines.com, CA, Fine Vines, www.finevines.com, IL, Classified Wine & Spirits, LLC, www.classifiedwine.net, TX, Wines Unlimited, www.winesunlimited.com, LA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, www.ndcweb.com, GA, Augustan Wine, www.augustanwine.com, FL, C'est Vin, LLC, 703.243.3559, (DC/VA) VA, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, NV/AZ/NM, M.S. Walker, www.mswalker.com, MA, all USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK).
    Tasting note: A pungent nose combines notes of wood and reduction. Otherwise there is both good density and punch to the intensely mineral-driven broad-shouldered flavors that possess sneaky good length. This beauty is notably firm but not really austere and while it should age well over the mid-term, it should also be accessible after as little as 5 years.
     

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2014 Chevalier Montrachet La Cabotte - 1 Case 3 150cl £2,100
  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    2014
    Chevalier-Montrachet "La Cabotte"
    Grand Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Jun 15, 2016
    Drink: 2024+
    Issue: 63
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    Note: Bouchard has been separately vinifying this parcel, which at one time was part of Montrachet, since 1992 though the first commercial release was not until 1997; Bouchard jokingly refers to this parcel as their "Montrachet du haute pente", or upper slope Montrachet
    Producer note: Winemaker Frédéric Weber spent plenty of time discussing the nuances of the 2014 vintage and growing season, noting that "the winter was very mild, in fact we had the warmest one since 1900. Not surprisingly the vegetative cycle began very early and a cool north wind made sure that the vines suffered no disease pressure. The early June flowering passed without incidence and there was a relatively abundant fruit set. Throughout the month of June we were dreaming of the possibility of making another 1999 and then the 28th arrived with the widespread hailstorm and all such thoughts were instantly destroyed along with a great deal of the potential crop. In 2013 we lost about one-third of the potential crop whereas in 2014 it was more in the range of 40 to 45%. In fact it was the smallest crop here at Bouchard since 2003. In early July the direction of the wind changed from the north to the southwest and lousy weather followed the winds except for a few days that were so hot that some parcels suffered sun burned fruit. Happily the second half of August and virtually all of September changed once again for the better and conditions were not only near-perfect but again there was virtually no disease pressure because the small amount of rot that developed in August was dried by the prevailing north wind. It also helped that there weren't many berries on each bunch so the fruit was well-aerated. We chose to begin picking the pinot on the 11th of September but waited until the 14th to attack the chardonnay. The chardonnay was impeccably clean and potential alcohols were in the 12 to 13.5% range with good acid levels. In contrast to the relatively quick malos for the pinot, those for the chardonnay were extended. As is our usual practice we did zero bâtonnage and we used no new wood whatsoever. As to the style of the 2014 whites, they remind me a great deal of the 2008s which in my book is an excellent compliment." Weber noted that the villages wines were bottled in September 2015 followed by the 1ers in November and the grands crus in December. (Henriot, Inc., www.henriotinc.com, NY, NY; John E. Fells and Sons, www.fells.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: This presently has the same nose as the Corton-Charlemagne as it's both reduced and mildly woody though I would not expect this to persist beyond the first few years as the reduction is not heavy. There is once again outstanding volume and concentration as well as impressive size, weight and richness to the highly seductive big-bodied flavors that possess a plenitude of dry extract that both coats the palate and buffers the firm acid spine shaping the gorgeously long and well-balanced finale. In 2014 this more resembles Montrachet than Chevalier and I would make the same observation here that I made with the Corton-Charlemagne and Chevalier that while this should amply reward extended cellaring it is not so backward that it shouldn't drink well after 6 to 8 years.
     

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2016 Chevalier Montrachet La Cabotte - 1 Case 3 75cl £1,025
  • The 2016 Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte Grand Cru has a similar bouquet to the regular Chevalier-Montrachet this year, albeit with a subtle oyster shell scent that surfaces with time. The palate is very poised and a little nuttier and more saline than the regular bottling, although for me it does not quite deliver the same precision right on the finish. It is a bit broody at the moment and maybe closer in style to the Montrachet. Three barrels produced (since the vines were less affected by frost).

    Score: 92 - 94

    Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2020-204529 December 2017

    (just two barrels produced, vs. a normal three or four; almost finished with its malolactic fermentation): Pale, bright yellow. Musky, deeply pitched aromas of smoky oak and Montrachet-like iodiney minerality (La Cabotte is the northeastern section of Chevalier-Montrachet, which was part of Montrachet until early in the 20th century). Big, rich and deep, with savory minerality currently dominating ripe stone fruits. This very tactile, salty wine may be less energetic in the early going than the "regular" Chevalier-Montrachet but then it's in more of a Montrachet style, like the 2015 version: large-scaled but quite dry and classic and not expressive today. Also more tannic on the back end, and still with a malic note of spiced apple, along with an intriguing suggestion of peony remaining in the empty glass.

    Score: 92 - 94

    Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com 01 September 2017

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2016 Montrachet 1 Case 6 75cl £2,800
  • There is just half of the quantity of the 2016 Montrachet Grand Cru this year (although that said, that's probably a multiple of what fellow Montrachet growers inherited). The bouquet has that marine-like tincture like the La Cabotte - oyster shell and sea cave scents underlying the citrus fruit. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, sappy in the mouth, a brooding intensity toward the finish. You can just feel the presence of this Montrachet, the opening chapter of a great wine. This will take several years to reach its apogee but it will be worth the wait.

    Score: 94 - 96

    Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2020-205029 December 2017

    (almost finished with its malo): Bright yellow. Higher-pitched and more musky than La Cabotte, offering scents of ripe stone fruits and smoky oak. Fat, sweet, ripe and full, with stone fruit and spice flavors a bit suppressed at present. Finishes thick, spicy, dusty and powerful. Like the two wines from Chevalier-Montrachet, this gives an impression of high alcohol; all three are in the high 13s. Very strong wine but the most monolithic of this trio, with its slightly aggressive character somewhat leavened by obvious energy.

    Score: 92 - 94

    Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com 01 September 2017

Tasting Notes
96
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2017 Chevalier Montrachet 1 Case 12 75cl £2,400
  • The 2017 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru offers up aromas of lemon oil, pastry cream, white flowers, crushed rocks and mandarin. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with excellent concentration, chalky extract and juicy acids that lend the wine lovely precision, concluding with a pure, tongue-tingling finish. This is very promising and will be well worth seeking out.

    Score: 93/95 William Kelley, Wine Advocate, January 2019

    The 2017 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru comes from all four terraces in the vineyard. It has a crisp bouquet with fine mineralité, very focused and intense, with touches of hazelnut developing with time. The well-balanced palate displays a fine bead of acidity. Quite poised in the mouth, leading to a harmonious tangerine and crushed stone finish. This conveys a nascent authority that stands it in good stead for the future. Excellent. Drink 2022-2040.

    Score: 92/94 Neal Martin, vinous.com, January 2019

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2017 Montrachet 1 Case 12 75cl £4,900
  • There is just half of the quantity of the 2016 Montrachet Grand Cru this year (although that said, that's probably a multiple of what fellow Montrachet growers inherited). The bouquet has that marine-like tincture like the La Cabotte—oyster shell and sea cave scents underlying the citrus fruit. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, sappy in the mouth, a brooding intensity toward the finish. You can just feel the presence of this Montrachet, the opening chapter of a great wine. This will take several years to reach its apogee but it will be worth the wait.

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

Tasting Notes
96
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2018 Chevalier Montrachet La Cabotte 3 Bottle 150cl £880
  • The 2018 Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte Grand Cru comes from a small band of 0.21 hectares above Montrachet. Curiously, it does not convey the same complexity as the regular Chevalier-Montrachet on the nose. The palate is quite elegant, with a little more viscosity on the entry, a fine bead of acidity and a slightly honeyed texture on the finish. It is precise and poised, but again, does not equal the complexity of the Chevalier-Montrachet, which is advantaged by coming from all four terraces instead of a single plot.

    -- Neal Martin (92-94) Neal Martin 2023 - 2045 Not Available Jan 2020

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2018 Montrachet 2 Bottle 150cl £930
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2019 Montrachet 3 Bottle 150cl £1,200
  • Rating

    (95 - 97)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     William Kelley

    Issue Date

    14th Jan 2021

    Source

    January 2021 Week 2, The Wine Advocate

    Aromas of white flowers, fresh peach, toasted bread, mandarin oil and pastry cream introduce Bouchard's 2019 Montrachet Grand Cru, a full-bodied, layered and multidimensional wine that's deep and concentrated, with racy acids, terrific mid-palate amplitude and a long, saline finish. Broad shouldered and powerful without being at all overbearing, it's an exemplary rendition of this celebrated site.

Tasting Notes
97
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2019 Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 6 Case 6 75cl £420
  • 2019 Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils Meursault Les Perrières 1er Cru

    The 2019 Meursault Les Perrières 1er Cru is quite intense on the nose, although I found more terroir expression on the Genevrières by comparison. The well-balanced palate has a saline entry, a fine bead of acidity and an intense, quite citric finish; good salinity on the aftertaste. This Les Perrières has plenty of energy and should offer 15–20 years’ drinking. 

    -- Neal Martin (92-94) Neal Martin 2023 - 2043 Not Available Dec 2020

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2019 Montrachet 1 Case 6 75cl £3,450
  • Rating

    (95 - 97)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     William Kelley

    Issue Date

    14th Jan 2021

    Source

    January 2021 Week 2, The Wine Advocate

    Aromas of white flowers, fresh peach, toasted bread, mandarin oil and pastry cream introduce Bouchard's 2019 Montrachet Grand Cru, a full-bodied, layered and multidimensional wine that's deep and concentrated, with racy acids, terrific mid-palate amplitude and a long, saline finish. Broad shouldered and powerful without being at all overbearing, it's an exemplary rendition of this celebrated site.

Tasting Notes
97
White Burgundy Colin-Morey 2009 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 1 Case 6 75cl £2,300
White Burgundy Comtes Lafon 1996 Meursault Clos de la Barre 3 Bottle 75cl £195
  • Rating

    (90 - 92)

    Release Price

    $62

    Drink Date

    2001 - 2006

    Reviewed by

    Pierre Rovani

    Issue Date

    23rd Feb 1998

    Source

    115, The Wine Advocate

    Displaying candied nuts on the nose, the Meursault Clos De La Barre is an absolutely delicious, expansive, rich, elegant and well-defined wine. Sweet layers of toasty and buttered brioches, hazelnuts, poached pears, spices, and traces of anise are found in this medium-to-full-bodied, velvety-textured, and superbly-balanced wine. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2006. The rating, with the range of scores in parentheses, indicates the wine was tasted from cask, not bottle. Dominique Lafon performed more batonnage than usual on his 1996s, "to give them more richness," he said. However, unlike some other vignerons, Lafon abandons the practice when the malos start because he wants his wines to be protected by the carbon dioxide gas that is a by product of a wine's malo-lactic fermentation. Lafon's yields were between 35 and 45 hectoliters/hectare, demonstrating his dedication to quality in this potentially high-yielding vintage.

     

Tasting Notes
92
White Burgundy de Vogue 2015 Musigny Blanc 2 Bottle 75cl £950
White Burgundy de Vogue 2017 Musigny Blanc 1 Bottle 75cl £775
  • Producer note: Resident enologist François Millet described the 2017 growing season as one "where we were seriously concerned about the possibility of another April frost damage nightmare. As it turned out the temperatures were low enough to cause injury to the new leaves but there wasn't the necessary humidity so we dodged a bullet. The rest of the season was relatively benign with a precocious flowering and warm if not scorching summer. As is often the case after a vintage where there is frost damage, the fruit set was abundant so we spent a lot of time controlling yields. We chose to begin picking on the 2nd of September under cool harvest conditions and brought in very clean fruit that required very little sorting. Yields were in the 30 to 35 hl/ha range where the potential alcohols averaged right at 13% so I chaptalized nothing. There was quite a bit of juice yet with reasonable solid to liquid ratios so I did not do a saignée. In the same spirit, I also chose to do no punching down at all as the grapes gave up their colors and extract easily. As to the wines, they're marked by their freshness and energy plus they have excellent transparency. I would put 2017 in the category of sunny and warm vintages such as 2009, 2000 and 1997 but importantly, 2017 has more concentration than any of those." Readers should be aware that as of 2015 the Musigny Blanc is once again being declared after having been declared as a Bourgogne Blanc since the 1994 vintage. Millet noted that the Musigny Blanc is raised in 20% new wood from the Tronçais forest. There are two parcels in both Grands and Petits Musigny measuring .67 ha and the dates of plantation are 1986, 1987, 1991 and 1997. (Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, CA, Country Vintner, www.countryvintner.com, VA, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CO/NM, Ideal Wines, www.idealwine.us, MA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, email david.forman@atlanta.com, GA and C'est Vin, LLC, 703.243.3559, VA, all USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, both UK).
    Tasting note: A discreet touch of wood can be found on the overtly floral-infused aromas that display additional breadth in the form of Poire Williams (pear brandy), petrol and citrus zest. There is a touch of wood on the palate as well of the caressing large-scaled flavors that display an abundance of both dry extract and minerality on the impressively long and very dry finale that is a bit less youthfully austere than it usually is.
     

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy de Vogue 2018 Musigny Blanc 1 Bottle 75cl £815
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2018
    Musigny Blanc
    Villages White barrel
    Score: 91-93
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2020
    Drink: 2026+
    Issue: 79
    Producer note: Please see Issue 77 or the searchable Burghound database to have resident enologist François Millet's take on the 2018 vintage. (Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, CA, Country Vintner, www.countryvintner.com, VA, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CO/NM, Ideal Wines, www.idealwine.us, MA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, email david.forman@atlanta.com, GA and C'est Vin, LLC, 703.243.3559, VA, all USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, both UK).
    Tasting note: A subtle but not imperceptible trace of wood sets off intensely floral suffused aromas of poached pear, apple and plenty of citrus elements. There is excellent volume and mid-palate density to the rich yet racy larger-scaled flavors that seem to be built on a base of almost pungent minerality before concluding in a powerful, bone dry and sneaky long finish. The intensity really builds with this wine and it is clear that this is still quite backward and developing. While I don't think that this is going to rival some of the all-time great vintages for this iconic wine, this is still impressive.
     

Tasting Notes
93
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2008 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 1 Bottle 300cl £375
  • Tasting note: A very subtle reductive character knocks down the expressiveness of the lemon and pretty white flower aromas so I would strongly suggest decanting this for 20 to 30 minutes first. The detailed, pure and lightly mineral-driven flavors possess really lovely balance and fine length. If there is a nit it is that this doesn't possess the complexity of the best 1ers here though the track record of this wine is such that I wouldn't bet against it developing materially more complexity in the bottle.

Tasting Notes
90
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2013 Puligny 1er Cru Les Pucelles 1 Case 6 75cl £525
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2016 Chassagne 1er Cru Embazees 3 Case 6 75cl £350
  • Pale yellow. Pure, expressive aromas of pear, apple, spices, lichee, menthol and white flowers. Silky and ripe but lively too, with its ripe pear flavor conveying a glyceral texture without any excess weight. Finishes with lovely tactile persistence. This fruit was picked near 13% potential alcohol and was not chaptalized, noted Faure-Brac, adding that if Drouhin had waited any longer to harvest, the acidity level would have plunged even farther (it's 3.7 grams per liter following the malolactic fermentation).

    -- Stephen Tanzer (90-93) Stephen Tanzer Not Available Sep 2017

Tasting Notes
93
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2016 Chassagne 1er Cru Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche 8 Case 6 75cl £420
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    29th Dec 2017

    Source

    234, The Wine Advocate

    The 2016 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot (Marquis de Laguiche) was affected by the frost, and hence 50% of the fruit was lost. The nose is pleasant with scents of white peach and citrus lemon, although it does not quite have the vigor of the Embasees. The palate is well balanced with a ripe, sorbet-fresh entry of orange and pear, quite energetic toward the finish that fans out in confident fashion. This gets better with acquaintance and deserves a couple of years once in bottle.

Tasting Notes
91
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2016 Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 2 Case 6 75cl £420
  • Pale, bright yellow. Aromas of mirabelle, dusty spices, crushed stone and smoky oak. Rich, plush, ripe wine with lowish acidity but good firming minerality. Thick, spicy and dry, finishing quite backward in the early going, even bitter-edged. This somewhat phenolic, brooding Perrières will need some patience.Rating: 90-92Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Sep 2017)

Tasting Notes
92
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2016 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 2 Case 6 75cl £520
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2018 Chablis Reserve de Vaudon 6 Case 6 75cl £80
  • Maison Joseph Drouhin
    2018
    Chablis - Réserve de Vaudon
    Villages White 750 ml
    Score: 88
    Tasted: Oct 10, 2019
    Drink: 2021+
    Issue: 76
    Producer note: Note that all wines are labeled as Drouhin-Vaudon. (Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, NY, USA; Pol Roger Ltd., www.polroger.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: A more complex if otherwise similar nose introduces slightly more voluminous medium weight flavors that flash a bit more evident minerality on the longer finish that also displays evident warmth. I like the intensity as well as the complexity though the warmth is not subtle.
     

Tasting Notes
88
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2018 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres 1 Case 6 75cl £460
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2018 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 5 Case 6 75cl £460
  • Jancis Robinson - Total vineyard area is 7 ha and picked over several days. Some barrels declassified to Côte de Beaune this year. Cask sample.
    Intense and lightly spiced nose. Gorgeously open mealy/lees creamy citrus. Fills the mouth with generous and creamy fruit. Moreish and fresh but with the rounded character of the vintage. Tight, precise and yet clothed in lees-rich texture and has power and depth – relatively soft though. (JH)

Tasting Notes
17
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2019 Chassagne 1er Cru Embazees 2 Case 6 75cl £350
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2019 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 2 Case 6 75cl £500
  • Blanc Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru

    The 2019 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 1er Cru, which is a selection from six different tries through the vineyard, has an intense nose, slightly Alsace-like in style thanks to a hint of linseed oil intermingling with yellow plum and orange blossom. The palate is well balanced with a tensile opening. Lovely orange pith and nectarine notes here. Not a voluminous wine, but very focused on the finish. Excellent. 

    -- Neal Martin (91-93) Neal Martin 2022 - 2036 Not Available Dec 2020

Tasting Notes
93
White Burgundy Fevre, William 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 5 Case 6 75cl £430
  • The holding comprises 2.5 ha planted between 1947 and 1952 and all still in great condition. Pale lemon colour. The nose is restrained but you are immediately in the presence of majesty. This has the most volume of all but is not the easiest to see. It has more flesh than Les Preuses, along with a different but equal mineral vitality to Côte Bouguerots The two together make something exceptional! Tasted: May 2019
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    Score: 95/97 Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy, May 2019

    The 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos is another obvious success, mingling aromas of citrus and citrus confit with hints of beeswax, peach and pear in an inviting bouquet. Full-bodied, muscular and layered, it's textural and fleshy, with a deep and tightly wound core, racy acids and a chalky finish. This is a fine effort that will improve with bottle age, but it is a bit more front-loaded out of the gates than the very fine 2017 rendition.

    Score: 95 William Kelley, RobertParker.com, July 2020

    Aromas of waxy lemon rind, dried flowers and peaches preface the 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos, a full-bodied, ample and muscular wine that's deep, powerful and reserved. While it's early days to make a definitive judgement, it's obviously very promising.

    Score: 93/95 William Kelley, RobertParker.com, August 2019

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2012 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 3 Bottle 300cl £695
  • Tasting note: This is also quite elegant with its equally spicy nose of honeysuckle, yellow and white orchard fruit and citrus elements. There is a lovely vibrancy to the concentrated and relatively large-scaled flavors that possess good power on the markedly dry and somewhat compact edgy finish. As with the Combettes my predicted range offers the benefit of the doubt that the finish will flesh out and the dryness will dissipate with time.
     

Tasting Notes
92
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2015 Batard Montrachet 4 Case 6 75cl £1,250
  • Tasting note: Notes of honey, petrol, white orchard fruit and various floral scents serve as an elegant introduction to the caressing and wonderfully seductive big-bodied flavors that display both excellent volume and power on the muscular, dense and superbly persistent finale. This is not an especially refined vintage for this wine but should mature into a real beauty if given a chance.
     

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2016 Batard Montrachet 2 Case 6 75cl £1,275
  • Strong reduction masks the fruit at present. On the plus side there is lovely verve and freshness to the rich and full-bodied yet, curiously, even finer flavors that are very tightly wound thanks to the firm core of citrus-tinged acidity shaping the serious, classy and hugely impressively persistent finish. This too is definitely going to require extended cellaring before it reaches its peak. Drink 2028+

    Score: 91/94 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (71), June 2018

    Cask sample. Oak more evident here than on the Corton-Charlemagne. More spice and cedar on the nose and palate. Has a definite sour/citrus creamy freshness but seems less subtle than the Corton. Just a touch sour on the aftertaste; big and long. Drink between 2024-2030.

    Score: 17.5 Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2017

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2017 Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles 2 Case 3 150cl £1,950
  • The 2017 Chevalier-Montrachet Demoiselles Grand Cru has a very precise, quite intense bouquet of apple blossom, struck flint and a light smokiness coming through with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a fine thread of acidity. This is a pretty Chevalier-Montrachet, offering touches of apricot and quince and quite persistent in the mouth, revealing a subtle stem ginger note toward the finish. Superb. Drink 2021-2040.

    Score: 94/96Neal Martin, vinous.com (Interim), January 2019

Tasting Notes
96
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2019 Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 1 Case 6 75cl £385
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2019 Batard Montrachet 2 Case 3 75cl £855
  • The 2019 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru has a more nuanced and mineral-driven bouquet compared to the Bienvenues. It unfurls with green apple and dewy meadow scents, displaying fine definition. The well-balanced palate is quite spicy and vibrant,  delivering a fine bead of acidity and more penetration than the Bienvenues on the finish. There is a captivating spicy aftertaste, too. Give this 4 to 5 years in bottle.

    -- Neal Martin (92-94) Neal Martin 2024 - 2045

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2019 Batard Montrachet 2 Case 3 150cl £1,735
  • The 2019 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru has a more nuanced and mineral-driven bouquet compared to the Bienvenues. It unfurls with green apple and dewy meadow scents, displaying fine definition. The well-balanced palate is quite spicy and vibrant,  delivering a fine bead of acidity and more penetration than the Bienvenues on the finish. There is a captivating spicy aftertaste, too. Give this 4 to 5 years in bottle.

    -- Neal Martin (92-94) Neal Martin 2024 - 2045

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2019 Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles 2 Case 3 150cl £2,345
  • Cask sample. Some evolution already on the nose. And then citrus and oak cocktail with acidity that should all settle down eventually to provide a lot of pleasure. Real edginess. Long. 17.5/20

    Drink 
    2025
     – 
    2036

Tasting Notes
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2014 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 1 Bottle 75cl £390
  • 93-95 Here the equally expressive nose is quite similar to that of the Pucelles save for the fact that it's ever-so-slightly riper and perhaps a bit more complex as well. Otherwise there is more volume to the sleek and tautly muscular medium weight flavors that possess a highly attractive underlying tension that adds a real sense of vibrancy on the slightly more powerful and more persistent finale where the supporting acidity is perfectly well-integrated. This impeccably well-balanced beauty should age effortlessly for years to come.

    Score: 93/95 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (63), June 2016

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2015 Batard Montrachet 1 Case 3 75cl £1,450
  • 93-95 

    A pungent and more expressive nose offers up a broad assortment of aromas that include notes of matchstick, white orchard fruit and in particular white peach, exotic tea and plenty of citrus nuances. The mouth feel of the big-bodied flavors is notably more refined than usual yet the underlying power of a fine Bâtard is certainly present and especially so on the hugely long, firm and built-to-age finish. In a word, impressive. 
    Note: from 3 different parcels, two on the Chassagne side and the third in the Puligny sector that is near the border dividing the two communes
    Drink: 2027+

    Score: 93/95 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (67), June 2017

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2016 Puligny 1er Cru Les Folatieres 2 Case 6 75cl £1,175
  • Tasting note: A ripe yet cool and airy nose is comprised by notes of green apple, citrus zest, pear and once again, plenty of floral influence. The notably rich and generously proportioned flavors exude both minerality and salinity on the beautifully complex finale. Despite the richness the mid-palate mouth feel is actually based more on finesse and refinement than usual. Excellent.

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2017 Chevalier Montrachet 1 Bottle 150cl £1,575
  • Domaine Leflaive
    2017
    Chevalier-Montrachet
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 93-96
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
    Drink: 2032+
    Issue: 75
    Producer note: As is usually the case, I tasted with director Brice de La Morandière along with régisseur (estate manager) Pierre Vincent. They told me that while 2017 had "a growing season that was easier to manage than was 2016, there were still a few problems such as a late April frost scare and enough mildew pressure to cost us at least some yield. Otherwise though, things were reasonably clement and we picked ripe and clean fruit from the 29th of August to the 3rd of September. Yields were good and consistent as they came in around 42 to 43 hl/ha save for the Bourgogne which suffered some frost damage. Sugars and potential alcohols were very good, coming in as they did between 12.5 and 13%. There was not a lot of malic acid but even so pHs were solid at around 3.05 to 3.15. As to the wines, probably the characteristic that defines the 2017s the best is their outstanding balance. They're classically styled white burgundies and we're really quite pleased with the results." La Morandière explained that they are continuing their expansion in the Mâconnais and several of the new entries were really quite impressive. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Private Cellar Ltd., www.privatecellar.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: An all-but mute if cool and elegant nose only grudgingly reveals its aromas of wet stone, white flowers, tangerine peel and jasmine tea. There is almost painful intensity to the larger-scaled yet refined flavors that brim with both dry extract and a driving minerality before concluding in an equally long finish. This too is very clearly built-to-age and is a superb Chevalier that is going to require extended patience.
     

Tasting Notes
96
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2017 Puligny 1er Cru Combettes 1 Case 3 150cl £1,250
  • Domaine Leflaive
    2017
    Puligny-Montrachet "Les Combettes"  ♥
    1er Cru White barrel
    Score: 92-95
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 75
    Outstanding
    Note: from 35 to 40 year old vines
    Producer note: As is usually the case, I tasted with director Brice de La Morandière along with régisseur (estate manager) Pierre Vincent. They told me that while 2017 had "a growing season that was easier to manage than was 2016, there were still a few problems such as a late April frost scare and enough mildew pressure to cost us at least some yield. Otherwise though, things were reasonably clement and we picked ripe and clean fruit from the 29th of August to the 3rd of September. Yields were good and consistent as they came in around 42 to 43 hl/ha save for the Bourgogne which suffered some frost damage. Sugars and potential alcohols were very good, coming in as they did between 12.5 and 13%. There was not a lot of malic acid but even so pHs were solid at around 3.05 to 3.15. As to the wines, probably the characteristic that defines the 2017s the best is their outstanding balance. They're classically styled white burgundies and we're really quite pleased with the results." La Morandière explained that they are continuing their expansion in the Mâconnais and several of the new entries were really quite impressive. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Private Cellar Ltd., www.privatecellar.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: A more elegant and airier nose is comprised by pure notes of acacia, spice, tea and a wide range of white-fleshed fruit. The succulent and notably more refined medium-bodied flavors possess an abundance of mouth coating sap that serve to buffer the marked firm acid spine shaping the gorgeously long and classy finish. This is excellent and should prove to be quite long-lived.
     

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2017 Puligny 1er Cru Les Pucelles 1 Case 6 75cl £1,325
  • Domaine Leflaive
    2017
    Puligny-Montrachet "Les Pucelles"  ♥
    1er Cru White barrel
    Score: 92-95
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 75
    Outstanding
    Note: from two very large parcels of vines totaling over 3 ha
    Producer note: As is usually the case, I tasted with director Brice de La Morandière along with régisseur (estate manager) Pierre Vincent. They told me that while 2017 had "a growing season that was easier to manage than was 2016, there were still a few problems such as a late April frost scare and enough mildew pressure to cost us at least some yield. Otherwise though, things were reasonably clement and we picked ripe and clean fruit from the 29th of August to the 3rd of September. Yields were good and consistent as they came in around 42 to 43 hl/ha save for the Bourgogne which suffered some frost damage. Sugars and potential alcohols were very good, coming in as they did between 12.5 and 13%. There was not a lot of malic acid but even so pHs were solid at around 3.05 to 3.15. As to the wines, probably the characteristic that defines the 2017s the best is their outstanding balance. They're classically styled white burgundies and we're really quite pleased with the results." La Morandière explained that they are continuing their expansion in the Mâconnais and several of the new entries were really quite impressive. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Private Cellar Ltd., www.privatecellar.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: A discreet, even shy nose offers up attractively fresh and ultra-pure notes of citrus, honeysuckle, white peach and a hint of acacia blossom. There is excellent delineation to the intense, equally pure and seductive middle weight flavors that possess good verve and plenty of minerality on the solidly persistent finish that delivers outstanding depth. This elegant beauty is a refined mix of punch and finesse.
     

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2017 Chevalier Montrachet 1 Case 3 75cl £1,850
  • Domaine Leflaive
    2017
    Chevalier-Montrachet
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 93-96
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
    Drink: 2032+
    Issue: 75
    Producer note: As is usually the case, I tasted with director Brice de La Morandière along with régisseur (estate manager) Pierre Vincent. They told me that while 2017 had "a growing season that was easier to manage than was 2016, there were still a few problems such as a late April frost scare and enough mildew pressure to cost us at least some yield. Otherwise though, things were reasonably clement and we picked ripe and clean fruit from the 29th of August to the 3rd of September. Yields were good and consistent as they came in around 42 to 43 hl/ha save for the Bourgogne which suffered some frost damage. Sugars and potential alcohols were very good, coming in as they did between 12.5 and 13%. There was not a lot of malic acid but even so pHs were solid at around 3.05 to 3.15. As to the wines, probably the characteristic that defines the 2017s the best is their outstanding balance. They're classically styled white burgundies and we're really quite pleased with the results." La Morandière explained that they are continuing their expansion in the Mâconnais and several of the new entries were really quite impressive. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Private Cellar Ltd., www.privatecellar.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: An all-but mute if cool and elegant nose only grudgingly reveals its aromas of wet stone, white flowers, tangerine peel and jasmine tea. There is almost painful intensity to the larger-scaled yet refined flavors that brim with both dry extract and a driving minerality before concluding in an equally long finish. This too is very clearly built-to-age and is a superb Chevalier that is going to require extended patience.
     

Tasting Notes
96
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2018 Batard Montrachet 1 Bottle 150cl £1,100
  • Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the 2018 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru is a textural, elegantly muscular wine evocative of pear, toasted almonds, white flowers, peach and vanilla pod. Layered and powerful, it concludes with a long, saline finish. It's more dramatic and broader-shouldered than the suave, seamless Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet this year.

    Score: 95 William Kelley, RobertParker.com, January 2021

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2018 Chevalier Montrachet 2 Bottle 150cl £1,425
  • Rating

    (94 - 96)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     William Kelley

    Issue Date

    9th Jan 2020

    Source

    January 2020 Week 2, The Wine Advocate

    The 2018 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru was also quite introverted and reserved when I tasted it, mingling scents of orange oil, pear and green apple with hints of crushed chalk and fresh pastry in a youthfully shy bouquet. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, chalky and tensile, with fine concentration, racy acids and a serious, almost austere profile in the context of this charming white Burgundy vintage.

    While many producers along the Côte de Beaune were inclined to accept the generous yields of the 2018 as nature's gift, arguing that Chardonnay can sustain an elevated crop without suffering dilution, Brice de La Morandière and Pierre Vincent told me that they opted to perform an aggressive green harvest, jettisoning around 40% of the potential crop. The result is a charming set of wines with good depth and structure that's nicely differentiated by site, though the wines were still quite introverted when I visited in November. Brice de La Morandière compares them unfavorably to the 2017s, and certainly the 2018s appear to be less tensile and vibrant. But in some quarters, the same criticism was made of the domaine's 1982s—another abundant harvest of ripe grapes—and today, the 1982 Leflaive wines are still drinking brilliantly. So, I am not giving up on the 2018s just yet. Given that de La Morandière and Vincent have made a number of important changes in winemaking practices at the domaine beginning with the 2017 vintage, I was disappointed that they declined to show those wines from bottle. Tasting wines in the midst of their élevage can be informative, certainly, but there is no substitute for tasting finished wines from bottle—an argument I expand on in the introduction to this report. And when a domaine of Leflaive's importance makes notable changes in their winemaking practices, revisiting the resulting wines from bottle is of more than usual interest. Given that de La Morandière and Vincent appear to be doing everything right to rehabilitate the reputation of Domaine Leflaive, I was a little surprised, and I will make effort to taste this watershed vintage from bottle one way or another in the near future.

Tasting Notes
96
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2018 Batard Montrachet 1 Case 3 75cl £1,575
  • Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the 2018 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru is a textural, elegantly muscular wine evocative of pear, toasted almonds, white flowers, peach and vanilla pod. Layered and powerful, it concludes with a long, saline finish. It's more dramatic and broader-shouldered than the suave, seamless Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet this year.

    Score: 95 William Kelley, RobertParker.com, January 2021

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2018 Chevalier Montrachet 2 Case 3 75cl £1,980
  • Rating

    (94 - 96)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     William Kelley

    Issue Date

    9th Jan 2020

    Source

    January 2020 Week 2, The Wine Advocate

    The 2018 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru was also quite introverted and reserved when I tasted it, mingling scents of orange oil, pear and green apple with hints of crushed chalk and fresh pastry in a youthfully shy bouquet. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, chalky and tensile, with fine concentration, racy acids and a serious, almost austere profile in the context of this charming white Burgundy vintage.

    While many producers along the Côte de Beaune were inclined to accept the generous yields of the 2018 as nature's gift, arguing that Chardonnay can sustain an elevated crop without suffering dilution, Brice de La Morandière and Pierre Vincent told me that they opted to perform an aggressive green harvest, jettisoning around 40% of the potential crop. The result is a charming set of wines with good depth and structure that's nicely differentiated by site, though the wines were still quite introverted when I visited in November. Brice de La Morandière compares them unfavorably to the 2017s, and certainly the 2018s appear to be less tensile and vibrant. But in some quarters, the same criticism was made of the domaine's 1982s—another abundant harvest of ripe grapes—and today, the 1982 Leflaive wines are still drinking brilliantly. So, I am not giving up on the 2018s just yet. Given that de La Morandière and Vincent have made a number of important changes in winemaking practices at the domaine beginning with the 2017 vintage, I was disappointed that they declined to show those wines from bottle. Tasting wines in the midst of their élevage can be informative, certainly, but there is no substitute for tasting finished wines from bottle—an argument I expand on in the introduction to this report. And when a domaine of Leflaive's importance makes notable changes in their winemaking practices, revisiting the resulting wines from bottle is of more than usual interest. Given that de La Morandière and Vincent appear to be doing everything right to rehabilitate the reputation of Domaine Leflaive, I was a little surprised, and I will make effort to taste this watershed vintage from bottle one way or another in the near future.

Tasting Notes
96
White Burgundy Mischief & Mayhem 2015 Corton Charlemagne 1 Case 6 75cl £650
White Burgundy Prieur 2013 Chevalier Montrachet 1 Case 3 75cl £750
  • Domaine Jacques Prieur
    2013
    Chevalier-Montrachet
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 92-94
    Tasted: Jun 15, 2015
    Drink: 2023+
    Issue: 59
    Note: from a .14 ha parcel
    Producer note: Consulting enologist Nadine Gublin and co-owner and general director Edouard Labruyère told me that 2013 was a "vintage where we had a very difficult spring that contributed to a poor flowering. Then we had the infamous July 23rd hail storm that caused us a lot of damage in our vineyards from the northern part of Meursault all the way to Beaune though thankfully there was nothing in the Côte de Nuits. There will be no Champ Pimont or Clos des Santenots as both vineyards were hailed to the point that we are actually more concerned about their health going forward than the loss of crop for this year. August and September weren't bad if hardly ideal and ultimately we decided to begin picking the whites on the 2nd of October and then we attacked the reds on the 5th. As to the wines, they are surprisingly good and completely different than their 2012 counterparts. They're super-fresh, elegant and refined and even in the Côte de Beaune they are really quite lovely as the hail was early enough that the vines could recover sufficiently well to ripen what little fruit remained." (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, NY and Jeroboam Wines, www.jeroboamwines.com, NY, NY; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, and Coe Vintners, www.coevintners.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: A restrained and all but mute nose only grudgingly reveals notes of wet stone, acacia blossom and citrus nuances where the latter continues onto the big-bodied and strikingly intense flavors that culminate in a notably powerful and stony finish. The finale is really quite interesting as it starts out being quite linear but as it sits on the palate it really begins to fan out. This is presently very much a baby but one packed with potential.
     

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Prieur 2017 Corton Charlemagne 1 Case 6 75cl £1,250
  • Domaine Jacques Prieur
    2017
    Corton-Charlemagne
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 92-95
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 75
    Sweet spot
    Note: from a .22 ha parcel in Le Corton
    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 did absolutely no lees stirring as there appeared to be very good body and richness from the beginning. 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, refined textures and balance which should enable them to age effortlessly." The whites will be bottled without fining or filtration. I found the quality of the 2017 whites to be quite good and particularly so with the upper level wines. 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: The airy, cool and restrained nose is wonderfully pure with its essence of green apple, acacia blossom, wet stone and discreet spice and chalk whiffs. The tautly muscular big-bodied flavors are blessed with both an abundance of dry extract as well as almost painful intensity before culminating in a stony, balanced and once again hugely long finish. This beauty is one the best examples of 2017 Corton-Charlemagne.
     

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Prieur 2018 Montrachet 1 Case 3 75cl £1,500
  • Domaine Jacques Prieur
    2018
    Montrachet
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 92-95
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2020
    Drink: 2030+
    Issue: 79
    Don't miss!
    Note: from two parcels measuring .59 ha on the Chassagne side, one of which is in the section known as Dents de Chien; Interestingly one of the parcels is planted to an equivalent density of 14,000 vines per ha, notably higher than the usual 10,000
    Producer note: To have more insight on the 2018 vintage from technical director and winemaker Nadine Gublin, please see Issue 78 or the Burghound searchable database. With respect to the whites, Gublin briefly noted that "we chose to pick the chardonnay from the 29th of August and brought in clean fruit with very good potential alcohols that came in between 12.5 and 13.5%. We did no bâtonnage (lees stirring) during the élevage as it was clear from the beginning that the wines were going to be sufficiently rich. They have been improving month by month and while it's still early, they have the potential to be very good." The whites will be bottled without fining or filtration. Readers should also take a look herein at a 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: A pretty and equally fresh if distinctly ripe nose reflects notes of various white orchard fruit aromas that are also vaguely exotic along with lemon zest, jasmine tea and spice wisps. There is outstanding volume to the exceptionally rich yet refined broad-shouldered flavors that possess focused power on the extraordinarily long and sappy finish. This impressive effort is borderline tannic and will definitely need extended cellaring to reveal its full potential.
     

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Raveneau 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux 3 Bottle 75cl £190
  • Tasting note: Wafting aromas of essence of pear, iodine and copious amounts of mineral reduction are also trimmed in just enough wood to mention. The succulent yet powerful broad-shouldered flavors possess excellent muscle and intensity on the super-saline, indeed this has an almost salty finish. Fine quality here and built-to-age as well.

Tasting Notes
92
White Burgundy Raveneau 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Monts Mains 3 Bottle 75cl £190
  • Domaine François Raveneau
    2018
    Chablis "Montmains"  ♥
    1er Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Nov 10, 2020
    Drink: 2028+
    Issue: 80
    Outstanding
    Note: from a .37 ha holding of relatively young vines in Montmains proper
    Producer note: Isabelle Raveneau briefly commented that in 2019 "Mother Nature gave us a relatively easy growing season while keeping a few challenges up her sleeve. For starters, there was some frost damage during the late spring that had secondary effects by disturbing the flowering, which of course had a deleterious effect on yields. This was followed by a very hot and dry summer that caused some hydric stress problems, particularly for the younger vines with less well-developed root systems. Moreover, the intense sunlight was sufficiently strong to fry any exposed berries, which resulted in further losses. Ultimately, we chose to begin picking on the 10th of September and the fruit really couldn't have been much cleaner. We did of course need to eliminate any dried sunburned berries resulting but there really wasn't much else to sort out. In the end we ended up with a relatively small crop of around 35 hl/ha, which is obviously much, much less than the roughly 75 hl/ha we realized in 2018. The fruit was also quite ripe, and nothing was chaptalized, something that is relatively rare in Chablis. We had no problems with either fermentation and I like the way the wines are coming along. We will of course see once they are bottled but for now, I would describe them as very promising." The Raveneau 2018s, revisited below, were mostly bottled in May 2020. As an aside I have always liked the Chapelot from Raveneau (rarely seen as the production is limited to 1,200 to 1,500 bottles annually) though because of the reduced quantities due to hail and frost, none was produced in 2015, 2016 or 2017 but there is one in 2018. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, www.kermitlynch.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk and Haynes, Hanson & Clark, www.hhandc.co.uk, both UK).
    Tasting note: This is more elegant and restrained with cool aromas of citrus confit, shellfish and an abundance of floral wisps. There is fine richness to the seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that are not as dense or powerful though they are more refined on the discreetly stony and super-saline finish that is slightly more persistent. Lovely stuff that should also reward up to a decade of keeping.
     

Tasting Notes
92
White Burgundy Raveneau 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre 8 Bottle 75cl £220
  • Domaine François Raveneau
    2018
    Chablis "Montée de Tonnerre"  ♥
    1er Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Nov 10, 2020
    Drink: 2030+
    Issue: 80
    Outstanding
    Note: from several parcels totaling 2.5 ha with two-thirds of it in Chapelot and the remainder in Pied d'Aloup
    Producer note: Isabelle Raveneau briefly commented that in 2019 "Mother Nature gave us a relatively easy growing season while keeping a few challenges up her sleeve. For starters, there was some frost damage during the late spring that had secondary effects by disturbing the flowering, which of course had a deleterious effect on yields. This was followed by a very hot and dry summer that caused some hydric stress problems, particularly for the younger vines with less well-developed root systems. Moreover, the intense sunlight was sufficiently strong to fry any exposed berries, which resulted in further losses. Ultimately, we chose to begin picking on the 10th of September and the fruit really couldn't have been much cleaner. We did of course need to eliminate any dried sunburned berries resulting but there really wasn't much else to sort out. In the end we ended up with a relatively small crop of around 35 hl/ha, which is obviously much, much less than the roughly 75 hl/ha we realized in 2018. The fruit was also quite ripe, and nothing was chaptalized, something that is relatively rare in Chablis. We had no problems with either fermentation and I like the way the wines are coming along. We will of course see once they are bottled but for now, I would describe them as very promising." The Raveneau 2018s, revisited below, were mostly bottled in May 2020. As an aside I have always liked the Chapelot from Raveneau (rarely seen as the production is limited to 1,200 to 1,500 bottles annually) though because of the reduced quantities due to hail and frost, none was produced in 2015, 2016 or 2017 but there is one in 2018. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, www.kermitlynch.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk and Haynes, Hanson & Clark, www.hhandc.co.uk, both UK).
    Tasting note: This is perhaps the most elegant and floral-infused wine in the range with its array of various white flower scents, especially acacia that are nuanced by wisps of ocean breeze, iodine and algae. The restrained and well-detailed flavors possess a sophisticated and refined mouthfeel while the stony and chiseled finish exhibiting excellent persistence on the bone-dry finish. This is class in a glass and a stunning rendition of the appellation though note well that at least moderate patience is strongly advised.
     

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Raveneau 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre 1 Case 12 75cl £2,750
  • Domaine François Raveneau
    2018
    Chablis "Montée de Tonnerre"  ♥
    1er Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Nov 10, 2020
    Drink: 2030+
    Issue: 80
    Outstanding
    Note: from several parcels totaling 2.5 ha with two-thirds of it in Chapelot and the remainder in Pied d'Aloup
    Producer note: Isabelle Raveneau briefly commented that in 2019 "Mother Nature gave us a relatively easy growing season while keeping a few challenges up her sleeve. For starters, there was some frost damage during the late spring that had secondary effects by disturbing the flowering, which of course had a deleterious effect on yields. This was followed by a very hot and dry summer that caused some hydric stress problems, particularly for the younger vines with less well-developed root systems. Moreover, the intense sunlight was sufficiently strong to fry any exposed berries, which resulted in further losses. Ultimately, we chose to begin picking on the 10th of September and the fruit really couldn't have been much cleaner. We did of course need to eliminate any dried sunburned berries resulting but there really wasn't much else to sort out. In the end we ended up with a relatively small crop of around 35 hl/ha, which is obviously much, much less than the roughly 75 hl/ha we realized in 2018. The fruit was also quite ripe, and nothing was chaptalized, something that is relatively rare in Chablis. We had no problems with either fermentation and I like the way the wines are coming along. We will of course see once they are bottled but for now, I would describe them as very promising." The Raveneau 2018s, revisited below, were mostly bottled in May 2020. As an aside I have always liked the Chapelot from Raveneau (rarely seen as the production is limited to 1,200 to 1,500 bottles annually) though because of the reduced quantities due to hail and frost, none was produced in 2015, 2016 or 2017 but there is one in 2018. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, www.kermitlynch.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk and Haynes, Hanson & Clark, www.hhandc.co.uk, both UK).
    Tasting note: This is perhaps the most elegant and floral-infused wine in the range with its array of various white flower scents, especially acacia that are nuanced by wisps of ocean breeze, iodine and algae. The restrained and well-detailed flavors possess a sophisticated and refined mouthfeel while the stony and chiseled finish exhibiting excellent persistence on the bone-dry finish. This is class in a glass and a stunning rendition of the appellation though note well that at least moderate patience is strongly advised.
     

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95
White Burgundy Romanee Conti 2017 Montrachet 1 Bottle 75cl £6,350
White Burgundy Roulot 2015 Meursault 1er Cru Charmes 1 Bottle 75cl £425
  • Tasting note: Here too the admirably pure aromas are distinctly cool with its ripe nose of white peach and essence of pear that is trimmed in notes of subtle wood, spice and citrus zest. Once again there is fine volume to the solidly concentrated and sappy medium-bodied flavors that possess first-rate complexity and persistence on the balanced finale. A classic Charmes.

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93
White Burgundy Sauzet 1996 Puligny 1er Cru Combettes 1 Bottle 75cl £175
White Burgundy Sauzet 2012 Chevalier Montrachet 1 Case 3 75cl £1,200
  • Tasting note: This is also unusually expressive while exhibiting very subtle hints of exotic orange pekoe tea on the beautifully fresh nose of dried fruits that include apricot, white peach and acacia blossom. There is an opulent and caressing mouth feel to the very rich and seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that coat the palate with dry extract before terminating in a delicious, mineral-driven and impressively long finish. This is rich to the point of succulence and while it will certainly age well this will be approachable much earlier than usual.

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93
White Burgundy Sauzet 2015 Puligny 1er Cru Champ Canet 2 Case 6 75cl £570
  • Sweet spot Outstanding
    Once again firm reduction makes the nose a tough read. The rich, fresh and energetic medium-bodied flavors possess a beautifully elegant mouth feel that continues on to the refined, focused and impeccably well-balanced though notably firmer finish. Drink: 2025+

    Score: 91/94 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (67), June 2017

    (this fruit was picked fully ripe at the beginning of the harvest): Very pale bright yellow. Subtly complex aromas of yellow peach, apricot and spices. Boasts superb volume and a hint of sweetness to its yellow fruit and spice flavors, with harmonious acidity giving the wine a firm shape. Very easy to appreciate today owing to its silky sweetness but has the balance, volume and concentration for mid-term aging. Finishes tactile and very long, like chewing on ripe berries.

    Score: 92 Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, September 2017

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White Burgundy Sauzet 2016 Puligny 1er Cru Champ Gain 2 Case 6 75cl £630£595
  • Score: 92

    Tasted: Jun 15, 2018
    Drink: 2023+
    Issue: 71
    Outstanding 
    Producer note: Gérard Boudot described the 2016 vintage as "one that is already infamous for the combined double whammy of frost and mildew. One of the interesting, if painful, aspects of the frost is just how disparate the damage was. For example, the grands crus in particular were crushed as was my parcel of Chassagne yet the 1ers, with the exception of Folatières, were largely untouched so yields were pretty much normal there. On the other side of the ledger though is the sad reality that there will be no Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune, Chassagne or Bienvenues in 2016. I chose to begin picking on the 20th of September and thankfully the fruit came in both very clean and ripe without being too ripe so there were no issues with either fermentation. As to the wines, I would say that the quality is very good if not necessarily great. They do have very fine transparency and I see no reason why they shouldn't amply reward mid-term to mid-term plus cellaring." Boudot noted that the domaine had begun sealing the necks of the bottle with wax for the grands crus and he is sufficiently encouraged by the results that he intends to adopt this for all of the wines going forward. I would point out again that as of 2013 the domaine is using corks with a diameter of 25 mm (24 is normal) from cork bark that has a minimum of 12 years of age. Lastly, with the exception of the Bourgogne, the wines were bottled in January and February 2018. (Vineyard Brands, www.vineyardbrands.com, AL, USA; O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Davy & Co., www.davywine.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Harrods Limited, www.harrods.com/food-and-wine, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, Clarion Wines, www.clarionwines.co.uk, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, House of Townend, www.houseoftownend.com, Claret-E Ltd, www.claret-e.com, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com and Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk, all UK; Sequin & Robillard/Vinifera, www.seguinrobillard.ca, Canada).
    Tasting note: A smoky and expressive nose offers up notes of apple, pear, acacia and rose petal. Once again there is excellent intensity to the racy yet cool medium weight flavors that are at once richer and stony, all wrapped in a markedly saline-inflected finish that delivers even better persistence. Good stuff.

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92
White Burgundy Verget 1996 Corton Charlemagne 9 Bottle 75cl £115
White Burgundy Verget 1996 Batard Montrachet 2 Bottle 75cl £160
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