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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
White Burgundy Bertagna 2003 Corton Charlemagne 5 Bottle 75cl £75
White Burgundy Boillot, Henri 2007 Puligny 1er Cru Les Pucelles 2 Case 6 75cl £500
94
White Burgundy Boillot, Henri 2007 Corton Charlemagne 2 Case 6 75cl £775
97
White Burgundy Boillot, Henri 2007 Puligny Montrachet Les Perrieres 1 Case 12 75cl £1,075
94
White Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 2014 Corton Charlemagne 2 Case 6 75cl £925
  • Tasting note: A highly restrained nose features notes of cool and ultra-pure citrus, green apple, white flowers, herbal tea and wet stone. There is a distinctly racy mouth feel to the super intense and well-delineated medium weight plus flavors that are strikingly focused on the chiseled, clean, dry and moderately austere finale that delivers stunningly good complexity. I very much like this understated effort as it is an exercise in harmony and refinement and while there is the usual taut muscularity of a classic Corton-Charlemagne, it certainly doesn't lack for elegance either. In a word, sublime.

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White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2010 Montrachet 2 Case 3 150cl £2,600
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2012 Chevalier Montrachet La Cabotte 2 Case 6 75cl £1,800
  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    2012
    Chevalier-Montrachet "La Cabotte"
    Grand Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Jun 15, 2014
    Drink: 2022+
    Issue: 55
    Don't miss!
    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; Prost jokingly refers to this parcel as "Montrachet du haute pente", or upper slope Montrachet
    Producer note: Philippe Prost, Bouchard's winemaker, did not hold back when he called the 2012 vintage "the most difficult vintage that I have ever had to vinify primarily because of the wildly variable weather patterns we had in the Côte during the growing season. We had everything from perfect fruit to compromised fruit and when the fruit was compromised, it was compromised in different ways. It is of course possible to rigorously sort and of course we do that at Bouchard but even so it doesn't necessarily mean that the quality of your raw materials isn't going to vary from one terroir to another. And it is this aspect that I personally found so challenging, which is basically another way of saying that it was necessary to try to evaluate how good those specific raw materials were and then adapt your vinification strategy to that vision. Moreover, we were concerned that the picking dates weren't going to follow their normal progression as we were afraid that we might have a free fall in acidity among certain of our better white wine terroirs. As it turned out, that wasn't at all the case but the problem is that you don't know that in advance so you have to try and prepare for anything and everything. Another prime example of modifying your strategy according to your assessment of the raw materials is that we almost never destem our whites yet in 2012 we decided to remove about 30% of them so as to potentially avoid having vegetal aromas and flavors. [Bouchard did this in 2011 as well.] Most of the vinifications for the white went as they should though we did have a few of them that had difficulty finishing the sugars though in the end everything finished completely dry. One thing that we did not change though is our policy of doing zero lees stirring because it seemed clear from the beginning that the 2012s were going to rich and full-bodied. As to the wines it's interesting because I am much more enthusiastic today about the whites than I was initially. They were good but didn't seem to have that spark and extra-dimension that makes great white burgundy great. Then little by little during the élevage process they awoke and today I really like them. In terms of other vintage comparisons I might suggest a slightly more acidic 1992 or a more concentrated version of 2004." Prost noted that the production of whites in 2012 was off about 30% which is roughly what Bouchard produced in 2010. The 2012s were bottled between July and December 2013. (Henriot, Inc., www.henriotinc.com, NY, NY; John E. Fells and Sons, www.fells.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: A reserved nose is pure, cool and airy with its notes of spiced pear, citrus blossom and mineral reduction. There is genuinely striking intensity to the gorgeously detailed medium-bodied flavors that coat the palate with dry extract on the driving and explosively persistent finish. This is a very powerful and concentrated effort that should offer terrific upside development potential and easily last for two decades.
     

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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
    Don't miss!
    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.
     

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White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2015 Chevalier Montrachet La Cabotte 2 Case 12 75cl £3,875
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

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White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2018 Chevalier Montrachet La Cabotte 3 Bottle 150cl £775
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2018 Montrachet 1 Bottle 150cl £895
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2018 Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 2 Case 6 75cl £335
White Burgundy Carillon 1998 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 1 Case 12 75cl £2,250£1,850
White Burgundy Colin-Morey 2009 Bienvenue Batard Montrachet 1 Case 6 75cl £2,400
White Burgundy Colin-Morey 2011 Corton Charlemagne 2 Case 6 75cl £1,550
94
White Burgundy Comtes Lafon 2002 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres 4 Bottle 75cl £225
White Burgundy de Vogue 2015 Musigny Blanc 1 Bottle 75cl £875£825
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2008 Beaune Clos des Mouches 1 Bottle 300cl £575
  • 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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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2013 Puligny 1er Cru Les Pucelles 2 Case 6 75cl £525
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2015 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres 2 Case 6 75cl £330
  • Tasting note: Here too a deft touch of wood allows the ever-so-slightly exotic and clearly ripe floral, pear, apple and citrus aromas to shine. There is a beguiling mouth feel to the very rich yet classy and refined medium weight flavors that exhibit a subtle minerality on the lingering and markedly dry finish in the context of what is typical for the 2015 vintage. Burghound

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91
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2015 Beaune Clos des Mouches 2 Case 6 75cl £450
  • Maison Joseph Drouhin
    2015
    Beaune "Clos des Mouches"  ♥
    1er Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 91
    Tasted: Jun 11, 2017
    Drink: 2021+
    Issue: 67
    Outstanding
    Producer note: I met this time with enologist and winemaker Jérôme Faure-Brac as well as Véronique Drouhin who collectively noted that the 2015 growing season "wasn't nearly as difficult as the prior seasons and particularly so with our parcels in the Côte de Beaune. You had to be really careful pruning the vines as the accumulated effects from three consecutive years of hail in the Côte de Beaune had made many of them quite fragile. We also had significantly different yields as they were normal in the Côte de Nuits but quite low in the Côte de Beaune. One of the really nice things about the vintage is how clean the fruit was and given that the harvest weather was so clement we could basically pick each parcel when we felt it was ready, a luxury that isn't always available. We were also super-vigilant about the pressing as we absolutely wanted to avoid the higher pHs that typically result from using the press juice. As such we vinified it separately and then, depending on the characteristics of the press wine, we incorporated it or, if we didn't like it, we sold it. We also did no lees stirring because it was clear from the beginning that the whites were going to be very rich. One of the interesting aspects of this vintage is how much the wines have changed over time as initially they seemed almost heavy and a bit flat at first but as the élevage progressed, they tightened up and actually became fresher and more focused. At that point we said that there was nothing further to be gained from keeping the wines in cask so we bottled the entire range between December 2016 and February 2017." I found the quality of the Drouhin 2015 whites to be generally better than what I found on balance elsewhere. (Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, NY, USA; Pol Roger Ltd., www.polroger.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: Here the nose is quite firmly reduced so be sure to decant it if you're yearning to try a bottle upon release. On the plus side there is a really lovely texture to the elegant and vibrant medium weight flavors that possess very fine complexity on the highly persistent finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth.
     

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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2016 Beaune Clos des Mouches 5 Case 6 75cl £450
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2017 Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 2 Case 6 75cl £375
  • Fragrant but very primary scents of pineapple, fresh yellow fruits and crushed stone, plus a note of hazelnut. Plush and velvety in the mouth, but with lovely lift to its yellow fruit and spice flavors. Finishes rich, broad, long and classically dry but not at all heavy, with slowly building mineral and spice notes. Already hints at the suavity of this great premier cru.

    -- Stephen Tanzer (90-92)

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92
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2017 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres 2 Case 6 75cl £465
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2017 Beaune Clos des Mouches 6 Case 6 75cl £475
  • The 2017 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 1er Cru was picked September 1–6 in six different passes through the vineyard. It has quite a strict, conservative bouquet of vibrant citrus fruit infused with touches of linden and orange pith. The palate is quite assertive on the entry, conveying good weight. Like many white 2017s, it is lightly spiced, though this cuvée shows more marine influences and a tang of marmalade toward the persistent, intense finish. Very fine.

    -- Neal Martin (91-93) Neal Martin 2020 - 2035

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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2018 Rully Blanc 10 Case 6 75cl £79
  • The 2018 Rully Village is missing a little intensity on the nose, which offers light malic aromas and a touch of wet granite. The palate is better, with light apricot and white peach notes on the entry and fine acidity. An easygoing Rully with a touch of nettle and spice on the finish.

    -- Neal Martin  Neal Martin 2020 - 2024 Jan 2020

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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2018 Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 2 Case 6 75cl £385
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2018 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres 2 Case 6 75cl £460
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2018 Beaune Clos des Mouches 4 Case 6 75cl £485
  • 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)

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White Burgundy Dujac 2015 Puligny 1er Cru Folatieres 5 Bottle 75cl £125
  • The 2015 Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières is a rich, expressive wine. There is discernible power to the peach, orange peel and mint notes. Layered and voluptuous, with considerable intensity, the 2015 is impressive. - Antonio Galloni

    -- Stephen Tanzer

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White Burgundy Dujac 2015 Puligny 1er Cru Aux Combettes 1 Bottle 75cl £125
  • Tasting note: A completely different aromatic profile is comprised by notes of bright, cool and exceptionally fresh red currant, floral, earth and subtle spice nuances. There is excellent intensity to the beautifully precise medium weight flavors that possess a sophisticated mouthfeel while delivering outstanding length on the moderately firm, serious and ever-so-mildly austere finish. Classy juice that is fashioned in an understated style.

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White Burgundy Dujac 2016 Puligny 1er Cru Folatieres 1 Bottle 75cl £125
  • Tasting note: Like the Morey villages, there is a whiff of the exotic present on the overtly floral aromas of white peach, melon and lychee. Otherwise there is good volume to the plump and round medium-bodied flavors that exhibit a subtle minerality on the nicely focused finale that offers acceptable depth and persistence. This isn't classic in style but it's appealing in its fashion.
     

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White Burgundy Faiveley 2016 Puligny Montrachet La Garenne 4 Case 6 75cl £275
  • (these vines were not frosted): Pear drop and a hint of apple on the rather suave nose. Fat and fine-grained; a tad sweeter than the Referts but could use a bit more thrust. This edge-free wine features a flavor of pear drop along with an element of saline minerality that gives it good natural balance. Viticulturist Flous recommends pairing it with lobster in cream sauce.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 92 Stephen Tanzer 2022 - 2029 $140.00 Sep 2018

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White Burgundy Fevre, William 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre 4 Case 6 75cl £225
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