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White Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 1995 Corton Charlemagne 4 Bottle 75cl £150
  • Domaine Bonneau du Martray
    1995
    Corton-Charlemagne
    Grand Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 91
    Tasted: Jul 05, 2010
    Drink: Now
     
    Tasting note: A mature and elegant if ever-so-slightly exotic and ripe white pear and green apple suffused nose is followed by medium weight, concentrated and relatively round flavors that offer excellent acid/fruit balance and impressive if not truly sensational length. This is drinking perfectly now though it should certainly hold for at least another decade, perhaps longer. Consistent notes.
     

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91
White Burgundy Verget 1996 Corton Charlemagne 9 Bottle 75cl £115
White Burgundy Verget 1996 Batard Montrachet 2 Bottle 75cl £160
White Burgundy Sauzet 1996 Puligny 1er Cru Combettes 1 Bottle 75cl £175
White Burgundy Comtes Lafon 2002 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres 4 Bottle 75cl £225
White Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 2002 Corton Charlemagne 1 Case 6 150cl £1,900
  • Brilliant and ultra fine aromas of green apples and limestone lead to almost Chablis-like intensity and razor-sharp, incredibly delineated, chiseled flavors that offer superb texture and an almost chewy finish. This is quite different from many examples of 2002 Corton-Charlemagne as this more of a world class gymnast than a weight lifter as it's sleek, silky and taut plus the delineation is like a hot knife through butter. In short, this is reference standard Corton-Charlemagne and highly recommended.

    Score: 93 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, July 2005

    Boasting terrific aromatic richness, the white flower and ripe apple-scented 2002 Corton-Charlemagne has awesome depth, gorgeous balance, and is impressively refined. Copious quantities of spiced minerals are intermingled with white fruits in its intense, fresh, concentrated core. This light to medium-bodied wine is not a blockbuster, yet I’d rather dine with Audrey Hepburn than Anna Nicole Smith. Projected maturity: 2006-2015.

    Score: 92/94 Pierre-Antoine Rovani, Wine Advocate (151), February 2004

    Shows fine density, even a slight astringency. Ripe, apple and peach flavours are rich and persistent, with vanilla and mineral notes emerging on the long, expansive finish, where it reveals its potential. Best from 2008 through 2018.

    Score: 94 Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, June 2005

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94
White Burgundy Bertagna 2003 Corton Charlemagne 1 Bottle 75cl £75
White Burgundy Raveneau 2007 Chablis Grand Cru Clos 1 Bottle 75cl £515
  • Tasting note: An equally elegant but ever-so-slightly more complex nose that is also ripe, pure and airy complements perfectly the rich, supple and beautifully intense palate staining and mouth coating broad-shouldered flavors brimming with intensity and oyster shell nuances on the penetrating, delineated, austere and gorgeously precise finish. The underlying sense of tension here is palpable and this too has so much dry extract that it will require the better part of a decade to fully mature. A classic Les Clos.

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95
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 Colin-Morey 2009 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 1 Case 6 75cl £2,300
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2010 Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles 2 Case 3 150cl £1,390
  • 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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95
White Burgundy Gagnard, Jean Noel 2010 Chassagne 1er Cru Clos de la Maltroye 1 Case 6 75cl £350
White Burgundy Gagnard, Jean Noel 2010 Chassagne 1er Cru Les Chaumees 1 Case 6 75cl £395£325
  • Tasting note: A pretty combination of pear, white peach, resin, earth and floral nuances leads to naturally sweet medium-bodied flavors that possess fine energy and freshness before concluding in a suave, round and delicious citrus-infused finish. This is quite well-concentrated for a villages and delivers fine length as well if only moderate depth.

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White Burgundy Raveneau 2011 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre 1 Bottle 75cl £165
  • Tasting note: The expressive and ripe nose displays various floral nuances, citrus, stone, oyster shell and ocean breeze scents that are trimmed in just a hint of wood. There is really beautiful detail to the stony, sappy and sleekly muscular middle weight flavors that display a lovely sense of harmony and vibrancy on the moderately dry and impressively persistent finish. Tasted several times over the last few years and while this most recent bottle was not quite at its peak, it's not so far away that it couldn't be enjoyed now. Note that my scores have ranged between 92 and 93 points.

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

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White Burgundy Sauzet 2012 Batard Montrachet 1 Case 3 75cl £850
  • 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 Prudhon, Henri 2013 Puligny Enseignieres 1 Case 6 75cl £245
  • Tasting note: A mild trace of reduction is enough to push the fruit to the background but I doubt that it will last; if you are tempted to try a bottle young simply decant it first. The lush and unusually full-bodied flavors in the context of what is typical for a villages level Puligny possess both fine volume and ample power while delivering excellent length on the impeccably well-balanced finale. This is a terrific effort and highly recommended.
     

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90
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2013 Puligny 1er Cru Les Pucelles 1 Case 6 75cl £525
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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95
White Burgundy Raveneau 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre 2 Bottle 75cl £235
  • Tasting note: This is even more elegant and more refined still with its strikingly layered nose that once again is cool, pure and airy with its floral-suffused nose that possesses a plethora of classic Chablis scents along with discreet wood nuances. There is an absolutely gorgeous mouth feel to the medium-bodied flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the explosively long, saline and impeccably well-balanced finale. 2014 is potentially a genuinely great vintage for the Raveneau Montée de Tonnerre, which as fans of this wine will immediately understand, is really saying something.

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94
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2015 Chevalier Montrachet La Cabotte 2 Case 12 75cl £3,875
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2015 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 2 Case 6 75cl £395
  • 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 Leflaive V. 2015 Batard Montrachet 1 Case 3 75cl £1,450
  • 93-95 

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

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

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95
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2015 Chevalier Montrachet 1 Bottle 150cl £1,365
  • 93-95 Tasting note: This offers the most elegant nose in the range with its cool, pure and airy array that is composed by notes of essence of pear, white flowers, spice, jasmine tea and citrus zest nuances. There is outstanding volume, power and concentration to the focused, intense and palate coating broad-shouldered flavors that despite the imposing scale remain highly refined and particularly so on the markedly mineral-driven and explosively long finish. This won't be the finest Chevalier that Leflaive has ever produced but it is a terrific effort for the vintage.

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95
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2015 Chevalier Montrachet 1 Case 3 75cl £1,700
  • 93-95 Tasting note: This offers the most elegant nose in the range with its cool, pure and airy array that is composed by notes of essence of pear, white flowers, spice, jasmine tea and citrus zest nuances. There is outstanding volume, power and concentration to the focused, intense and palate coating broad-shouldered flavors that despite the imposing scale remain highly refined and particularly so on the markedly mineral-driven and explosively long finish. This won't be the finest Chevalier that Leflaive has ever produced but it is a terrific effort for the vintage.

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95
White Burgundy de Vogue 2015 Musigny Blanc 1 Bottle 75cl £825
White Burgundy Raveneau 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 1 Bottle 75cl £250
White Burgundy Dujac 2015 Puligny 1er Cru Les Folatieres 4 Bottle 75cl £120
  • 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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91
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 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 Dujac 2016 Puligny 1er Cru Les Folatieres 1 Case 6 75cl £630
  • 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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90
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2016 Puligny 1er Cru Les Folatieres 2 Case 6 75cl £1,175
  • Tasting note: A ripe yet cool and airy nose is comprised by notes of green apple, citrus zest, pear and once again, plenty of floral influence. The notably rich and generously proportioned flavors exude both minerality and salinity on the beautifully complex finale. Despite the richness the mid-palate mouth feel is actually based more on finesse and refinement than usual. Excellent.

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94
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2016 Batard Montrachet 1 Bottle 150cl £975
  • Domaine Leflaive
    2016
    Bâtard-Montrachet
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 94-96
    Tasted: Jun 15, 2018
    Drink: 2028+
    Issue: 71
    Don't miss!
    Note: from 3 different parcels, two on the Chassagne side and the third in the Puligny sector that is near the border dividing the two communes
    Producer note: I tasted this time with director Brice de La Morandière along with new régisseur (estate manager) Pierre Vincent who was hired away from Domaine de la Vougeraie (see below). They told me that 2016 "gave us a lot of difficulty with the frost and mildew but we managed reasonably well under the circumstances. While May and June weren't great, thereafter we enjoyed fine conditions that allowed the vines to bring the remaining fruit to excellent maturity. We chose to begin picking on the 21st of September and the happily the fruit was spotless so there was essentially almost no sorting required. The frost though cost us severely in terms of yield as they were off 50% overall but 75 to 80% in the grands crus, which is obviously painful for a variety of reasons. And of course there will be no Montrachet, at least not 100% from our owned vines. But the losses were markedly disparate because as hard hit as the grands crus were, yields were about normal in Blagny, Clavoillon and Folatières. As to the wines, they are impressively concentrated with excellent terroir transparency; indeed the word classic is a good descriptor." (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Private Cellar Ltd., www.privatecellar.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: A slight hint of reduction does not materially detract from the intensely floral-suffused nose that displays hints of acacia blossom and rose petal along with spice, citrus and pear aromas. There is excellent volume and mid-palate density to the mouth coating and borderline opulent big-bodied flavors that possess a seductive texture on the strikingly persistent and overtly powerful finish. A definite 'wow' wine.
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White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2016 Puligny 1er Cru Combettes 1 Case 6 75cl £1,100
  • Domaine Leflaive
    2016
    Puligny-Montrachet "Les Combettes"  ♥
    1er Cru White barrel
    Score: 92-94
    Tasted: Jun 15, 2018
    Drink: 2026+
    Issue: 71
    Outstanding
    Note: from 35 to 40 year old vines
    Producer note: I tasted this time with director Brice de La Morandière along with new régisseur (estate manager) Pierre Vincent who was hired away from Domaine de la Vougeraie (see below). They told me that 2016 "gave us a lot of difficulty with the frost and mildew but we managed reasonably well under the circumstances. While May and June weren't great, thereafter we enjoyed fine conditions that allowed the vines to bring the remaining fruit to excellent maturity. We chose to begin picking on the 21st of September and the happily the fruit was spotless so there was essentially almost no sorting required. The frost though cost us severely in terms of yield as they were off 50% overall but 75 to 80% in the grands crus, which is obviously painful for a variety of reasons. And of course there will be no Montrachet, at least not 100% from our owned vines. But the losses were markedly disparate because as hard hit as the grands crus were, yields were about normal in Blagny, Clavoillon and Folatières. As to the wines, they are impressively concentrated with excellent terroir transparency; indeed the word classic is a good descriptor." (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Private Cellar Ltd., www.privatecellar.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: Firm reduction renders the nose impossible to assess today. More interesting are the racy, tight, intense and relatively powerful medium weight flavors that possess first-rate mid-palate concentration thanks to the copious level of dry extract that also buffers the firm core of ripe acidity shaping the admirably long and well-balanced finale. Note that at least some patience will be required.
     

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