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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
White Burgundy Blain, Marc-Antonin 2017 Batard Montrachet 1 Bottle 75cl £165
White Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 2018 Corton Charlemagne 2 Case 6 75cl £1,350
  • Tasting note: A cool, pure and elegant nose combines notes of various white fleshed fruit scents that in particular include Granny Smith apples and pear, along with hints of citrus and wet stone. There is excellent intensity as well as fine richness to the detailed and mineral-driven flavors where the minerality adds a sense of lift to the complex and sneaky long finale. This is lovely and should be approachable a bit sooner than its 2017 counterpart. 92-92 Burghound

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94
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

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94
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2018 Montrachet 1 Bottle 150cl £930
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2018 Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 2 Case 6 75cl £350
  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    2018
    Meursault "Perrières"  ♥
    1er Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Oct 10, 2020
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 80
    Outstanding
    Note: from 3 separate parcels
    Producer note: Winemaker Frédéric Weber is always a wealth of detail regarding the intricacies of the growing season and regarding the 2018 vintage, he explained that "the winter was relatively mild with double the normal rainfall between October 2017 and April 2018. April and May were dry and warm, so the vegetation exploded as the soil provided ample supplies of water. We were further blessed with a precocious and very fast flowering where there was almost no shatter. This in turn engendered an enormous fruit set so it was clear early on that absent a destructive bout of hail that we were definitely going to have good volumes and particularly so in white. As such we chose to drop quite a bit of chardonnay bunches in July and August. Despite the abundant early season rainfall, the summer was quite dry and sufficiently so that young vines or those planted in more meager soils suffered from hydric stress. We could see this in the fact that the véraison took a long time to finish. Thankfully, an August 23rd storm dropped enough water to allow the vines to bring the fruit to full maturity. After doing a long series of ripeness sampling, we finally chose to begin picking on the 28th of August with the pinot and then attacked the chardonnay on the 3rd of September. The fruit was impeccably clean, and yields were very good in both colors with between 38 to 40 hl/ha in pinot and between 48 to 60 hl/ha in chardonnay. Potential alcohols were equally good, ranging as they did between 13.5 to 14% in pinot and slightly higher in chardonnay at between 13.5 to 14.5%. For the reds we used between 15 and 50% whole clusters and vinified softly as the skins were thick with a high degree of extractability plus there were more seeds than usual so we did everything we could to avoid damaging them. Another big factor is that we had no fermentation stoppages but that doesn't mean that we weren't worried about the possibility of them. With respect to the reds, some people want to compare them to the 2003s but we don't really agree. To be sure, 2018 was consistently very warm and dry but it wasn't as extreme as 2003 plus yields were much higher. Speaking for our wines, we would suggest that they're like a mix of 2005 and 2009, which is to say that we believe that 2018 is potentially a great vintage." Weber added that Bouchard purchased very few wines for the négociant side of the operation, partially because the domaine vines produced such good volumes but also because the quality of the wines on offer was too often suspect. (Henriot, Inc., www.henriotinc.com, NY, USA; The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, and John E. Fells and Sons, www.fells.co.uk, both UK).
    Tasting note: Whiffs of matchstick, lemongrass and mineral reduction are present on the cool and pure essence of pear aromas that are also trimmed in just enough wood to mention. The middle weight flavors flash a lovely minerality while the mouthfeel is very classy on the chiseled, sappy, dry and youthfully austere finale where the only nit is a hint of warmth. This will need a few years to develop better overall depth though it's not so backwards that it could not be enjoyed young if that's your preference.
     

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White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2019 Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 3 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

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94
White Burgundy Bouzereau 2012 Corton Clos des Fietres Blanc 2 Case 6 75cl £330
White Burgundy Chavy, Alain 2018 Puligny 1er Cru Folatieres 2 Case 12 75cl £560
White Burgundy Comtes Lafon 2014 Montrachet 3 Bottle 75cl £2,400
  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon
    2014
    Montrachet
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 94-97
    Tasted: Jun 15, 2016
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 63
    Don't miss! 
    Note: from two parcels totaling .33 ha on the Chassagne side, one with 25+ year old vines and the other with 45+ year old vines
    Producer note: Dominique Lafon, whose domaine now farms 17 ha with the recent additions from the Domaine René Manuel lease (acquired with Domaine Roulot), described 2014 as "yet another vintage where we were smacked hard by hail. I had exactly one vineyard in red and one in white that weren't hit, which were the Monthélie and the Montrachet. As such, quantities were down, also yet again, between 30 and 70%. As to the wines the reds are harmonious and balanced and should drink well relatively early but they're so concentrated that I have no doubts about their ability to age well of the medium-term." In other important developments, I have discussed the problem of premature oxidation with Lafon many times over the years and he has periodically updated me on his thinking as well as the various experiments that he has tried. This visit he revealed that he has taken the step of now bottling all wines, both reds and whites, under the Diam 30 composite cork. He conceded that using a composite cork may not be the best alternative that is eventually discovered, but he believes that it's the best option currently available. He explained that natural cork is wonderful when it's not variable, but then added the reality that it's always variable. He further noted that he's bottling with approximately 25 ppm of free SO2 for the reds and 35 ppm for the whites. Lastly, I revisited several 2013s below that were bottled between April and June 2015. (Beaune Imports, www.beauneimports.com, Berkeley, CA, Classic Wine Imports, www.classicwineimports.com, Boston, MA, Fine Vines, www.finevines.com, Chicago, IL, Augustan Wine, www.augustanwine.com, Miramar, FL, Terra Nova Wines, www.terranovawines.com, Denver, CO, Little Guy Wine, www.littleguywine.com, Dearborn, MI, C'est Vin, LLC, 703.243.3559, Arlington, VA, Wines Unlimited, www.winesunlimited.com, New Orleans, LA, Skurnik Wines, www.skurnik.com, New York NY, Classified Wine & Spirits, LLC, www.classifiedwine.net, Austin, TX , Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, NZ/AZ/NM; Becky Wasserman & Co., www.leserbet.com, Beaune, France; Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com, John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Adnams, www.adnams.co.uk, Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk, Jeroboam Wines, www.jeroboamwines.com, Farr Vintners, www.farrvintners.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com and Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, all UK; Sequin & Robillard/Vinifera, www.seguinrobillard.ca, Canada, and Metro Vino, metrovino.com, Alberta, Canada).
    Tasting note: Reduction completely flattens the underlying fruit and all that can presently be discerned is wood toast. This is a much bigger and richer wine than the Perrières with its full-bodied and luxurious flavors that brim with seemingly a limitless supply of dry extract yet there is a fine sense of underlying tension and precision on the balanced and hugely persistent finish. As it usually is this stunningly good Montrachet is incredibly powerful yet focused with superb development potential that is going to require a seriously extended snooze in a cool cellar.
     

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97
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.

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90
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2013 Puligny 1er Cru Les Pucelles 1 Case 6 75cl £585
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.

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91
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2016 Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 2 Case 6 75cl £420£390
  • 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)

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92
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2018 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres 1 Case 6 75cl £460
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

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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.
     

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White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2015 Batard Montrachet 2 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.
     

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White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2015 Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles 3 Case 6 75cl £1,625
  • Tasting note: Reduction presently flattens the underlying fruit. On the plus side there is excellent size, weight and punch to the generously proportioned, powerful and tautly muscular flavors that reflect both plenty of minerality and dry extract before concluding in an almost thick yet balanced finale that delivers first-rate length. 2015 is not a particularly elegant vintage for this wine but once again, there is no lack of character.
     

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White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2015 Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles 1 Case 3 150cl £1,750
  • Tasting note: Reduction presently flattens the underlying fruit. On the plus side there is excellent size, weight and punch to the generously proportioned, powerful and tautly muscular flavors that reflect both plenty of minerality and dry extract before concluding in an almost thick yet balanced finale that delivers first-rate length. 2015 is not a particularly elegant vintage for this wine but once again, there is no lack of character.
     

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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

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94
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2014 Chevalier Montrachet 2 Case 3 75cl £3,600
  •  

    Bright yellow. Reticent nose smells softer than the Batard, offering scents of ripe stone fruits, grilled almond, ginger, smoke and musky white flowers. Big and plush in the mouth, conveying a considerably sweeter impression than the Batard. This wonderfully silky, seamless wine mounts in volume on the back half, finishing very ripe but dry, with splendid length. Perhaps not quite as taut and iodiney as it was from barrel a year ago but I'm just quibbling. Production here was just 33 hectoliters per hectare.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 95 Stephen Tanzer 2022 - 2034 $850.00 Sep 2016

    Domaine Leflaive
    2014
    Chevalier-Montrachet
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 94-97
    Tasted: Jun 15, 2016
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 63
    Producer note: I tasted this time with newly elected director Brice de La Morandière, 50, an international businessman and 4th generation member of the Leflaive family along with régisseur (estate manager) Eric Remy. They told me that 2014 presented its "fair share of challenges though we had a great start to the season as the spring was dry and clement which engendered a precocious bud break. The flowering was also early as it began in the third week of May rather than June. We did have some shot berries but overall potential yields appeared to be correct. We did suffer a bit of hail damage in Blagny but otherwise we were largely spared. July though was basically lousy though in the end we were fortunate as the conditions were ideal to have serious disease pressure though yet none really developed. We chose to begin picking on the 10th of September under excellent harvest conditions. The fruit was ripe and super clean with potential alcohols in the 12.5 to 13.2% range and we chaptalized a few tenths of a degree but not more. Yields were right around 46 hl/ha for the villages and 1ers but only 38 to 39 hl/ha for the grands crus. We found the wines to be pretty tight so we stirred the lees roughly twice a week up until Christmas and then stopped as they were developing very well. As to the style of the 2014s, they might be described as a combination of 2010 and 2011 as they have attributes of both. They should age extremely well yet they're not so backward that they won't have some appeal young." Remy noted that the 2013s revisited below were bottled between March and April 2015. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, St. Helena, CA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Private Cellar Ltd., www.privatecellar.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: There is a touch of mineral reduction that adds breadth to the wonderfully elegant and ultra-pure nose of various citrus and floral elements that are trimmed in just enough wood treatment to notice. There is a gorgeously refined mouth feel to the chiseled, intense and palate staining medium weight plus flavors that display an almost pungent minerality on the cool, harmonious and hugely long finish that is dry but remarkably not the least bit austere. This stunningly good effort is Zen-like in its sense of completeness and 2014 should make for one of the future great vintages of this storied wine. Note though that it is presently very structured and is going to require plenty of cellar time.

     

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White Burgundy Pillot, Jean-Marc 2016 Chassagne Montrachet 2 Case 6 75cl £180
  • Rating

    87

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2023

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Apr 2017

    Source

    230, The Wine Advocate

    The 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet Village has a reserved bouquet, quite Puligny-like in style, hints of walnut and almond developing on the nose with time. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry, nicely balanced if not the most complex Chassagne-Montrachet. There is a pleasant spicebox note on the finish, though I would have liked more energy to come through.

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87
White Burgundy Pillot, Jean-Marc 2018 Chassagne 1er Cru Vergers 3 Case 12 75cl £565
  • Jean-Marc Pillot
    2018
    Chassagne-Montrachet "Les Vergers"  ♥
    1er Cru White barrel
    Score: 90-93
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2020
    Drink: 2026+
    Issue: 79
    Outstanding 
    Note: from 50+ year old vines in Vergers proper
    Producer note: Jean-Marc Pillot runs this 12 ha domaine in which the production is split roughly 50/50 between reds and whites, noted that 2018 threw a "very difficult spring at us as it was wet and warm so it had the ideal conditions for a vicious attack of mildew, which in fact occurred. But these days it's not so much that mildew can't be contained if you properly treat but when it's as wet as it was, it made getting into the vineyards to make those treatments very difficult. We had an abundant fruit set and an excellent flowering, all of which is good for quantity and uniform maturities. After the tough spring, conditions completely changed and become hot, dry and clement. The dryness was an issue for some parcels and particularly so for those with young vines or those situated in Chassagne as there was definitely less summertime rain here as opposed to communes more to the north or say in Puligny with its higher water table. We picked from the 1st to the 8th of September and brought in very clean fruit that had thick skins due to the heat. I pressed softly as there was plenty of juice in the berries and I wanted to be sure not to extract much potassium which of course has the effect of raising the pHs. Normally this isn't an issue but the pre-malo pHs were already in the 3.26 to 3.3 range, so I definitely didn't not want to raise them further. As it turns out, this was less of a problem post-malo than I feared because the amount of malic acidity was so low. Potential alcohols were very good, and nothing was chaptalized in either color. As to the whites, they are frankly a huge surprise as I definitely did not expect such fine balance and energy plus the terroir transparency is also better than I had hoped." I was also impressed with Pillot's whites and while they can't quite match his excellent 2017s, they are still very good, and a few are outstanding. (Rosenthal Wine Merchant, www.madrose.com, NY, USA; Champagnes et Châteaux, www.champagnesandchateaux.co.uk, UK; Pearl of Burgundy, www.pearlofburgundy.com, Hong Kong and Macau; Shanghai Vinchamp International Trading Co. Ltd., www.vinchamp.com, Shanghai, China).
    Tasting note: A slightly more elegant if similar nose complements the sublimely textured medium-bodied flavors that possess a caressing yet punchy mouthfeel, all wrapped in a lingering, balanced and solidly complex finish.
     

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White Burgundy Prieur 2015 Montrachet 1 Case 3 75cl £1,500
  • Tasting note: A beautifully layered nose flashes a broad assortment of aromas that include apple, pear, acacia, lavender, spice and a discreet application of wood. The Chevalier is a big wine but this is bigger still with its imposingly scaled flavors that are both muscular and powerful yet even so there is a better sense of verve and particularly so on the lingering, sappy and well-balanced finale. This is clearly going to require at least some bottle age and amply reward a decade plus.

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94
White Burgundy Roche de Bellene 2012 Montrachet 1 Case 6 75cl £2,150
White Burgundy Romanee Conti 2014 Montrachet 1 Bottle 75cl £7,600
  • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
    2014
    Montrachet
    Grand Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Jun 11, 2017
    Drink: 2026+
    Issue: 67
    Note: from 3 parcels on the Chassagne side that total .68 ha
    Producer note: Please see Issue 61 or the appropriate Burghound.com database entries for co-director Aubert de Villaine's detailed description of the 2014 vintage. For ease of reference, the Montrachet was bottled in April, 2016. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com and Planet Wines, www.planetofwine.com, all UK; Sequin & Robillard/Vinifera, www.seguinrobillard.ca, Canada).
    Tasting note: A whiff of the exotic can be found on the notably ripe and beautifully layered nose that reflects notes of honey, citrus, spice, oak and a touch of matchstick character. There is superb size, weight and minerality to the impressively scaled big-bodied flavors that are so dense that there is a distinctly lavish and lush mouth feel to them, all wrapped in an explosive and almost painfully intense finish that really fans out as it sits on the palate. While I do note the presence of a hint of exoticism on the nose, I would observe that the 2014 Montrachet is less exotic than it usually is. I also suspect that despite being quite tightly wound today, it will be more accessible young than many vintages of this storied wine. Lastly, I had the occasion to try this twice and both bottles showed similarly.
     

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95
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 2016 Bourgogne Blanc La Tufera 2 Case 12 75cl £320
  • Burghound Tasting note: An agreeably fresh nose combines primarily pear and apple notes with soft floral and citrus nuances. There is lovely detail to the attractively textured flavors that culminate in a dry, saline and chiseled finish. This is a quality Bourgogne plus it has the stuffing to age too.

     

     

     

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White Burgundy Sauzet 2016 Puligny 1er Cru Champ Gain 2 Case 6 75cl £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.

Tasting Notes
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