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White Burgundy Jadot 2011 Meursault Genevrieres Domaine - 6x75 2 Case 6 75cl
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White Burgundy Jadot 2012 Puligny 1er Cru Folatieres 1 Case 12 75cl
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  • 17.5
    2012 Vintage
    Jancis Robinson
    When to drink: 2015 to 2021
    Very lifted, 'spiny' nose. Excellent palate weight without any heaviness. Sweetness and acidity seem well married. Such a charmer with some herbal notes. Really lovely wine with great energy. Long and neat. Jancis Robinson
     

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White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2008 Chevalier Montrachet 1 Case 12 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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White Burgundy Boillot, Henri 2009 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet - 6x75 1 Case 6 75cl
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  • Tasting note: This is also quite ripe but less overtly so and remains notably more elegant with its expressive nose of honeysuckle, acacia blossom, pear and apple aromas. In accordance with the superior freshness, there is a bit more energy as well with a solid acid spine shaping the delicious and extract-rich medium weight plus flavors that possess excellent density on the vibrant, mouth coating and strikingly long finish. In a word, terrific.
     

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White Burgundy Raveneau 2007 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre 4 Bottle 75cl
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  • Domaine François Raveneau
    2007
    Chablis "Montée de Tonnerre"  ♥
    1er Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Oct 01, 2009
    Drink: 2014+
    Issue: 36
    Outstanding
    Note: from a huge parcel of 2.5 ha though this figure includes the surface area in Chapelot
    Producer note: Bernard Raveneau called the 2008 vintage an "unending series of surprises. We had snow at the end of March with the flowering occurring around June 20th. The summer was quite cool and August was wet instead of dry. It's a good thing that September was not too hot and dry with a steady north wind or we would have been overrun with rot problems. Then, of all things, we actually had a bit of frost in September though it was not enough to really hurt anything. We began picking on the 29th of September and the crop was really quite clean with fine sugars averaging between 12.5 and 13.2%, which means there was no chaptalization for any of our wines. 2008 is definitely marked by its lively acidity as there was plenty of malic and while the malos were long, they were not troubled. As to the wines, 2008 is clearly at least a very good vintage and they remind me a bit of the 1996s but with better concentration, which hopefully will mean that they age better too." Speaking of longer malos, Raveneau explained that the Vaillons was still completing its secondary fermentation and thus is not reviewed below. As I explained last year, fans of the Domaine are not seeing things because there really is a new wine in the range. 2007 was the first vintage for a villages level Chablis located near the 1er Montmains. Lastly, the Raveneau 2007s are brilliant wines and very much worth your attention. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, www.kermitlynch.com, Berkeley, CA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk and Haynes, Hanson & Clark, www.hhandc.co.uk, both UK).
    Tasting note: This offers a step up in aromatic elegance with acacia blossom, quinine, citrus peel and sea shore aromas that are framed by a gentle touch of wood, which is also reflected by the intense, powerful and quite serious big-bodied flavors that ooze dry extract that confers a silky and sappy mouth feel to the seductive and long finish. Still, this will require at least 6 to 8 years to really be at its best and it should live for years after that.
     

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White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2012 Chevalier Montrachet La Cabotte 1 Case 12 75cl
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  • 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 2015 Chevalier Montrachet La Cabotte 2 Case 12 75cl
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White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2015 Corton Charlemagne 1 Case 12 75cl
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White Burgundy Moreau, Bernard 2012 Chassagne 1er Cru Morgeots - 6x75 2 Case 6 75cl
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  • Tasting note: The reduction is strong enough to push the fruit to the background but there is very good freshness and vibrancy to the broad-shouldered and notably ripe middle weight plus flavors that retain a good sense of underlying tension that adds lift to the very rich and lingering finish. This is a big but balanced wine that is more refined than the typical example of Morgeot. Worth considering.
     

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White Burgundy Jadot 2012 Batard Montrachet 1 Case 12 75cl
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  • (13.9% natural alcohol, from vines on the Chassagne side): Bright, pale yellow. Knockout pure nose offers discreet notes of stone fruits, clove and iodiney minerality. At once powerful and vibrant in the mouth, offering great volume, depth and lift to its palate-staining spice and mineral flavors. The iodiney quality carries through to the very long, precise finish. Wonderfully juicy and energetic considering that it's carrying a moderate four grams of acidity. This should evolve gracefully in bottle for a decade or more.

    Score: 95+Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, September 2014

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White Burgundy Jadot 2012 Chevalier Montrachet Demoiselles 1 Case 12 75cl
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  • Tasting note: An absolutely stunning nose features notes of oak toast, a wonderfully broad array of spice elements, both of which add breadth to the citrus and floral infused white orchard fruit aromas. As is often the case with this wine, it is built on its minerality with very fine intensity to the medium weight plus flavors that also culminate in an impressively long but still quite compact finish. The linear backend is clearly in need of time to flesh out but the underlying material is clearly here to allow that to happen. Moreover, one of the genuinely wonderful aspects of this wine in 2012 is the textured, pure and effortlessly stylish mouth feel. In short, this is stunning.
     

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White Burgundy Jadot 2012 Chassagne 1er Cru Morgeot, Magenta - 6x75 2 Case 6 75cl
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White Burgundy Lequin-Colin 2012 Corton Charlemagne 1 Case 12 75cl
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White Burgundy Sauzet 2012 Puligny 1er Cru Perrieres - 6x75 2 Case 6 75cl
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  • Tasting note: Soft reduction takes the top notes off of what appears to be elegant and complex aromas of white flower, citrus rind and wet stone. Like the nose, the detailed, intense and tension-filled middle weight flavors exude a fine minerality on the highly vibrant, delicious and wonderfully well-balanced finish. This distinctly linear effort is really lovely and built to reward up to a decade of cellar time.

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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2015 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres 2 Case 12 75cl
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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2015 Chassagne 1er Cru Morgeot, M de Laguiche 2 Case 12 75cl
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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2015 Beaune Clos des Mouches 1 Case 12 75cl
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  • 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 Sauzet 2010 Puligny 1er Cru Perrieres 1 Case 12 75cl
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  • Tasting note: This is slightly riper than is typical for a fine Perrières with a wonderfully refined nose of white and yellow orchard fruit with particular emphasis on apricot and white peach. The seductively rich and mineral-driven flavors possess a fine sense of volume and excellent length if not quite the same overall depth as the Referts. Still, this is lovely and should reward 7 to 9 years of cellar time.

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White Burgundy Faiveley 2016 Puligny Montrachet La Garenne 3 Case 12 75cl
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White Burgundy Mugnier JF 2007 Nuits 1er Cru Clos de la Marechale blanc 1 Bottle 75cl
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White Burgundy Roulot 2015 Meursault 1er Cru Charmes 1 Bottle 75cl
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  • 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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White Burgundy Boillot, Henri 2016 Puligny 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchere - 6x75 3 Case 6 75cl
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  • Tasting note: A highly restrained nose requires considerable swirling to liberate the beautifully well-layered aromas of mineral reduction, white rose, spice, citrus and a wisp of exotic tea. Like the Pucelles there is excellent richness and detail and much more minerality-suffusing the almost painfully intense finale that is breathtaking in its persistence. This is a gem of a Puligny 1er and in 2016 is a lovely blend of power and finesse. In sum, this is a knockout.

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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2016 Chassagne 1er Cru Morgeot M de Laguiche 2 Case 12 75cl
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  • 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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White Burgundy Raveneau 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre 2 Bottle 75cl
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White Burgundy Raveneau 2002 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2 Bottle 75cl
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White Burgundy Raveneau 1999 Chablis Grand Cru Clos 1 Bottle 75cl
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White Burgundy Raveneau 2007 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 1 Bottle 75cl
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White Burgundy Raveneau 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 1 Bottle 75cl
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White Burgundy Raveneau 2009 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 1 Bottle 75cl
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  • Tasting note: Here too there is just a background hint of wood that does not intrude upon the wonderfully refined aromas that are airy, pure and lacy and exhibit largely the same components as the Montée de Tonnerre. The detailed and equally pure flavors are unusually forward with fine intensity and superb finishing length and minerality. I like the high level of extract and overall sense of balance.

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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2017 Beaune Clos des Mouches - 6x75 8 Case 6 75cl
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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2017 Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 1 Case 12 75cl
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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2017 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres 1 Case 12 75cl
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White Burgundy Sauzet 2012 Chevalier Montrachet 3 Bottle 75cl
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  • 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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White Burgundy Sauzet 2012 Batard Montrachet - oc 3x75 1 Case 3 75cl
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  • Tasting note: Here the surprisingly expressive nose is even more complex with broad-ranging aromas of various floral and white fleshed fruit scents that also display top notes of spice, all of which is again framed in discreet oak hints. This is a big Bâtard where the broad-shouldered flavors brim with palate soaking dry extract that does a fine job of effectively buffering the very firm acid spine that keeps everything in balance on the opulently textured and hugely long finish. Moreover this is strikingly complex, indeed it rivals the Montrachet for being the most complex wine in the range.
     

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White Burgundy Jadot 2017 Beaune 1er Cru Greves Le Clos Blanc 3 Case 12 75cl
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