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White Burgundy Amiot, Guy 2003 Chassagne 1er Cru Caillerets 1 Case 75cl
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  • Domaine Guy Amiot et Fils
    2003
    Chassagne-Montrachet "Les Caillerets"
    1er Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 88
    Tasted: Jul 01, 2005
    Drink: 2007+
    Issue: 19
    Note: from two parcels, one of 30 year old vines and another of 70 year old vines planted on le vrai chardonnay
    Producer note: Thierry Amiot told me that 2003 isn't a "bad millésime but it didn't seem very interesting at first. The élevage wasn't linear or regular - each wine had its own personality and we had to treat each one individually. We started the harvest on August 18th but we harvested over the course of an entire month as we tried to harvest each parcel at its optimum ripeness level. Yields were quite low at around 32 hl/ha in white, mainly because Chassagne was really hit hard by frost, especially in the lower lying vineyards. Sugars were in the 13.5% range but I think they were that "low" only because the vines shut down; otherwise, we might have seen sugars in the 15%+ range. The vines jump started again around the 19th of August because there was a big storm which hit St. Aubin and while no rain fell in Chassagne, all the water ran downhill from St. Aubin and flooded our vineyards. This helped enormously and essentially unblocked the vines. Because of the reduced yields, I used a bit more new oak than usual as well as more SO2 and I bottled with slightly higher levels of gas. As to acidification, we did acidify but it was bit by bit and only until I could taste it and then we stopped immediately. There was no point in trying to deny the impact of the vintage and all the acid additions were meant to do was ensure a clean and healthy fermentation environment. The wines will probably drink well early but it won't surprise me if they wind up aging reasonably well." Like many domaines did, Amiot bottled his whites with decidedly higher gas and SO2 levels. (Kermit Lynch, Berkeley, CA; Boston Wine Company, Boston, MA; Lea & Sandeman, H&H Bancroft, Rare & Fine Wine, House of Townend, all UK).
    Tasting note: Sweet, vanilla and spice-infused oak notes frame very fresh and higher-toned peach and white flower fruit aromas that give way to toasty, intense and long flavors that display much more of the classic minerality than any of the prior examples. This is a powerful wine that departs from its normal character but remains attractive in its fashion - just don't expect a typical Caillerets experience. I suspect this will age for up to a decade.
     

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88
White Burgundy Amiot, Guy 2003 Chassagne 1er Cru Les Vergers 1 Case 75cl
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  • Domaine Guy Amiot et Fils
    2003
    Chassagne-Montrachet "Les Vergers"
    1er Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 87
    Tasted: Jul 01, 2005
    Drink: 2006+
    Issue: 19
    Note: from 70+ year old vines on original chardonnay plant material - Amiot calls this le vrai chardonnay or the true chardonnay
    Producer note: Thierry Amiot told me that 2003 isn't a "bad millésime but it didn't seem very interesting at first. The élevage wasn't linear or regular - each wine had its own personality and we had to treat each one individually. We started the harvest on August 18th but we harvested over the course of an entire month as we tried to harvest each parcel at its optimum ripeness level. Yields were quite low at around 32 hl/ha in white, mainly because Chassagne was really hit hard by frost, especially in the lower lying vineyards. Sugars were in the 13.5% range but I think they were that "low" only because the vines shut down; otherwise, we might have seen sugars in the 15%+ range. The vines jump started again around the 19th of August because there was a big storm which hit St. Aubin and while no rain fell in Chassagne, all the water ran downhill from St. Aubin and flooded our vineyards. This helped enormously and essentially unblocked the vines. Because of the reduced yields, I used a bit more new oak than usual as well as more SO2 and I bottled with slightly higher levels of gas. As to acidification, we did acidify but it was bit by bit and only until I could taste it and then we stopped immediately. There was no point in trying to deny the impact of the vintage and all the acid additions were meant to do was ensure a clean and healthy fermentation environment. The wines will probably drink well early but it won't surprise me if they wind up aging reasonably well." Like many domaines did, Amiot bottled his whites with decidedly higher gas and SO2 levels. (Kermit Lynch, Berkeley, CA; Boston Wine Company, Boston, MA; Lea & Sandeman, H&H Bancroft, Rare & Fine Wine, House of Townend, all UK).
    Tasting note: A fresh but emphatically toasty nose leads to sweet, round, fat and generous peach and apricot-infused flavors that are very forward yet retain good intensity and solid balance. The acidity pokes through somewhat on the medium length finish but it's noticeable rather than really intrusive.
     

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87
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2006 Chevalier Montrachet 2 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: Prost was, justifiably, extremely proud of this wine and observed that it may be the best "straight" Chevalier that he's ever made. Not surprisingly, this is a good deal more elegant than the Bâtard with gorgeously pure floral and white fruit, stone and subtle spice aromas that seamlessly merge into the almost painfully intense and vibrant flavors that, like the Perrières, possess crystalline purity and huge length. This is a knockout Chevy and if you can find it, don't miss it.

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96
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2008 Chevalier Montrachet - owc 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Producer note: Stéphane Arbelet and Philippe Prost, Bouchard's managing director and winemaker respectively, noted that 2008 "presented many challenges climactically speaking. Depending on the sector, there was heavy rain, hail, wide temperature swings and various kinds of rot. We began picking in the Côte de Beaune on the 24th of September with the pinot and because of the cool and dry conditions, we were able to harvest the chardonnay slowly and deliberately, in fact we did not finish until the 6th of October. The chardonnay was healthy and quite clean and while there was some sorting required, it was minimal. The yields in tonnage were lower than in 2007 but because of the dehydrating effects of the persistent north wind, the realized yield in juice was much lower. Ripeness levels were generally very good though they did vary by sector and particularly by altitude. In terms of the wines, they have everything they need to be very long lived, which is to say vibrant acidity, ample concentration and exceptional freshness." Both Arbelet and Prost were exceptionally high on the quality of their '08 whites and their enthusiasm was born out by the quality of what I saw here. (Henriot, Inc., www.henriotinc.com, NY, NY; John E. Fells and Sons, www.fells.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: This is also wonderfully elegant with high-toned, pure and airy aromas of white flower, light toast, spiced pear and a hint of green apple that gives way to supple yet detailed mineral-suffused middle weight flavors that are perhaps even more refined than those of the Perrières, all wrapped in a balanced, stylish and lingering finish. As good as this is, and it is very good, it's not necessarily leagues better than its junior partner, just different though it will most likely require a few more years to reach its apogee.
     

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94
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2009 Batard Montrachet - owc 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2015 Puligny 1er Cru Combettes 5 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2015 Corton Charlemagne 1 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2015 Chevalier Montrachet (Domaine) 1 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2015 Chevalier Montrachet La Cabotte 2 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2015 Montrachet 1 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2016 Meursault - Domaine 5 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2016 Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Chateau 2 Case Mag
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  • The 2016 Beaune 1er Cru Du Château Blanc inexplicably did not finish its malolactic until June or July. It has a tightly wound, slightly resinous bouquet. The palate is well balanced with fine tannin, crisp acidity, quite minerally in the mouth with a brisk, slightly oaky finish that lingers. What a lovely white Burgundy!

    Score: 88 - 90

    Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2018-202429 December 2017

    (from a crop level between 18 and 20 hectoliters per hectare): Very cloudy pale yellow. Aromas of lemon zest and spices, plus a distinctive peppery minerality and some subtle fermentation notes. A supple, very dry midweight with lovely acidity framing its lively core of peppery white peach and lemon fruit. The juicy, slightly phenolic finish shows decent length and good grip and lift. Weber says this wine is not yet showing its "true expression."

    Score: 87 - 89

    Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com 01 September 2017

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90
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2016 Chevalier Montrachet La Cabotte - Domaine - 3x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • 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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94
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2016 Montrachet - Domaine 1 Case 75cl
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  • 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

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96
White Burgundy Bouzereau 2011 Corton Clos des Fietres 1 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Bouzereau 2012 Corton Clos des Fietres 1 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Bruno Colin 2010 Chassagne 1er Cru Morgeot 1 Bottle Jeroboam
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  • Tasting note: Relatively heavy sulfur knocks down the nose though aggressive swirling coaxes a solidly complex array of both white and yellow fruit aromas that include pear, apricot, peach and apple. There is excellent power to the lush, even opulent flavors that enjoy excellent mid-palate concentration and the abundant dry extract imparts a textured mouth feel to the mouth coating, dry and long finish. Like the Boudriotte, the naturally higher acidity of the 2010 vintage adds a touch of vibrancy to what can often be a heavy white

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91
White Burgundy Coche Dury 2009 Puligny Montrachet Les Enseigneres 2 Bottle 75cl
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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2006 Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 1 Bottle Jeroboam
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  • Tasting note: As good and refined as several of the foregoing wines are, this is the clear class of the cellar with moderate wood notes framing a fresh, intense and airy nose that sports impressive aromatic breadth while merging into exceptionally rich and intense full-bodied flavors that possess seemingly buckets of dry extract which gives the finish a textured and naturally sweet character. A wine of power yet excellent energy and focus and this too is both quite primary and youthfully austere at present. A potentially great Drouhin Montrachet.
     

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96
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2009 Batard Montrachet - owc 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2014 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles 3 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2015 Chassagne 1er Cru Morgeot, M de Laguiche 1 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2015 Chassagne 1er Cru Morgeot, M de Laguiche 1 Case Mag
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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2016 Chassagne Montrachet Embazees - 6x75 3 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2016 Chassagne Morgeot M. de Laguiche - 6x75 3 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2016 Meursault Perrieres 2 Case 75cl
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  • 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 Faiveley 2016 Puligny Montrachet La Garenne 3 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Fevre, William 2011 Chablis Les Preuses 1 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: If the Côte de Bouguerots is the biggest wine in 2011 then the Preuses is arguably the most aromatically complex with a broad ranging nose of perfumed and ripe scents of oyster shell, sea water, citrus and white flowers. The silky and refined flavors are wonderfully seductive with an intense minerality to the austere, bone dry and balanced finish that exudes hints of saline and iodine. In sum, this is flat out stunning. Note that there was a bit of post-bottling SO2 present so if you're going to try one young in the name of Science, I would suggest that you decant it for a few minutes first.
     

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94
White Burgundy Fevre, William 2011 Chablis Clos 1 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Hospices de Beaune 2012 Pouilly Fuisse Cuvee Francoise Poisard 5 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Jadot 1999 Criots Batard Montrachet 1 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Jadot 2006 Montrachet 1 Case 75cl
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  • Tasting note: A wonderfully fresh, airy and bright nose of citrus and green apple aromas trimmed in a bit of wood spice complement perfectly the big, rich and gorgeously intense full-bodied flavors that also ooze with dry extract driven into a palate staining and explosively long finish. This is actually a beautifully elegant example with superb flavor authority and the purity of expression is flat out terrific. This will require some cellar time first as it is youthfully austere and backward at present.

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95
White Burgundy Jadot 2008 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 1 Case 75cl
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White Burgundy Jadot 2009 Montrachet - owc 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Maison Louis Jadot
    2009
    Montrachet
    Grand Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Jun 01, 2012
    Drink: 2019+
    Issue: 47
    Note: from Chassagne fruit
    Producer note: As is usually the case, I met with Jacques Lardière who is the technical director for Jadot. His take on the 2010 vintage was that “it didn’t start out well for us as we had considerable frost-related losses from the deep freeze that occurred in December 2009. Then, the flowering did not go well either, which further reduced yields, particularly in red. Then, we were hit by hail in August, primarily in Santenay though some in Chassagne as well. Ironically, the reduced crop loads basically saved the harvest in my view because otherwise given the cool summer weather we would never have achieved adequate ripeness levels. But I’m not joking when I say that yields were down as we were off some 50% in the Côte de Nuits where we had the worst of the frost damage and around 40% overall. We picked one vineyard on the 17th of September and then stopped before recommencing on the 22nd. The crop was exceptionally clean in the Côte de Nuits but a bit less so in the Côte de Beaune as there was more rain in the southern part. The wet weather however helped preserve the malic acidity and this helps to explain why the 2010 whites are so fresh and lively.” (Kobrand, Inc., www.kobrandwine.com, NY, NY; Hatch Mansfield Ltd., www.hatchmansfield.com, Uncorked Ltd, www.uncorked.co.uk, both UK).
    Tasting note: An adroit application of wood easily allows the very ripe and moderately exotic and highly complex nose of roasted nuts, yellow orchard fruit and spice hints to express itself. There is outstanding richness, body, size and weight to the impressively scaled flavors that coat the palate with seemingly endless reserves of dry extract before culminating in an impressively long finish. This is a big and opulent Montrachet that is perhaps a bit less refined than I'm used to seeing, yet one that possesses the underlying structure to reward extended aging if desired yet it will be unusually approachable young.
     

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White Burgundy Jadot 2010 Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles - owc 3x150 1 Case Mag
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  • Tasting note: A gorgeously elegant if highly restrained nose of citrus, acacia blossom and pungent wet stone aromas trimmed in just enough wood to notice is stunning. Not surprisingly, the medium-bodied flavors are much finer than those of the Bâtard or Corton-Charlemagne though not quite as big or powerful. The strikingly intense, lingering and impeccably well-balanced finish radiates minerality and the overall sense of harmony is flat out superb. A knockout, even by the incredible standards of this wine.

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