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White Burgundy Raveneau 1999 Chablis Grand Cru Clos 1 Bottle 75cl
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White Burgundy Raveneau 2002 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2 Bottle 75cl
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White Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 2005 Corton Charlemagne 3 Bottle 75cl
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  • Tasting note: A ripe and classic nose of distinctly discreet and reserved green fruit and floral aromas that are airy, pure and lightly spiced merge into intense, precise and penetrating medium full flavors blessed with terrific acid/fruit balance and huge length. This is really a lovely wine that is presently a tightly coiled spring and in need of extended bottle aging to really put on display the superb potential here. An understated stunner of a wine as well as ultra refined and one of the best examples of this appellation in 2005.

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White Burgundy Raveneau 2006 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 1 Bottle 75cl
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  • Tasting note: A wafting and airy nose of honeysuckle, white fruit, including peach, pear and apple complements the dried floral notes and are in perfect keeping with the rich, full and palate staining medium weight flavors that are notably intense but perhaps a bit less elegant than usual. Still, this is impressive in its old vine intensity and sheer length. Interestingly, this is presently not as complex as the Chapelot is at the moment but there is even more material and I'm betting in time, this surpasses its stable mate. In passing, I mentioned to Raveneau how different the '06 and '07 versions were and he pointed out that in warm years, the east-facing exposition of Blanchots can have a tendency to create heavy wines [while simultaneously noting that the same exposition is a huge help in cool vintages] but that is certainly not the case here, indeed if anything, the finish is bone dry and the precision marvelous.
     

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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 Mugnier JF 2007 Nuits 1er Cru Clos de la Marechale blanc 1 Bottle 75cl
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White Burgundy Raveneau 2007 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 1 Bottle 75cl
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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 Raveneau 2008 Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux 2 Bottle 75cl
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  • Tasting note: The benefit of the older vines is apparent as this is notably more complex than either the Forêts or the Montmains with its broad-ranging nose of subtle wood, green fruit, citrus, tidal pool, wet stone and saline notes where the salt and mineral elements continue onto the detailed, intense and exceptionally pure flavors that ooze Chablis character on the palate staining and impeccably balanced finish. One to strongly consider.

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White Burgundy Raveneau 2008 Chablis 1er Cru Chapelot 1 Bottle 75cl
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  • Tasting note: An exceptionally fresh and ever-so-mildly tropical nose offers plenty of classic Chablis character that includes sea breeze and oyster shell notes. There is good richness and verve to the nicely rich and solidly well-concentrated medium-bodied flavors that possess good detail and really lovely depth on the focused, long and delicious finish. As Chapelots often is, this is softer and not quite as impressive as the '08 Montée de Tonnerre (see herein) though the resemblance is striking (Chapelots is one of the climats of Montée de Tonnerre). For my taste this is just about ready though one more year of cellar time should help to add depth; that said, this could certainly be drunk now with pleasure.

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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 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 Javillier 2009 Meursault Tete de Murger - 1 Case 12 75cl
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  • Score: 92
    Tasted: Feb 01, 2011
    Drink: 2015+

    Outstanding Top value 
    Note: from Murgers de Monthelie and Les Casse Têtes
    Producer note: **All Wines Labeled as Cuvée Spéciale. Patrick Javillier explained that 2009 achieved “basically perfect maturity. We began picking on the 6th of September and brought in perfectly clean fruit with potential alcohols that ranged from 12.8 to 13.3%. Total acidities were normal but the pHs were relatively low. As such the wines are perfectly balanced with no heaviness and they not only have more flesh than the ‘08s but they have especially long finishes.” I found the Javillier ‘09s to be just as good as his amazing ‘08s and while the styles of the respective vintages are different, it’s hard to choose a qualitative winner. In short, both 2008 and 2009 are terrific vintages chez Javillier. I will repeat what I said about his ‘08s and apply it to his ‘09s: They are genuinely brilliant, particularly at the villages and regional wine levels. In fact, I would go so far as to say that there is quite simply no one in Burgundy producing better regional or villages level wines across the board.

    Tasting note: Here the nose is riper still and while it is overtly exotic, there is no hint of surmaturité. The flavors are viscous in fact there is a borderline oily quality as there is so much extract present that this is almost thick yet, almost incongruously, this is not at all ponderous or cumbersome. As one might imagine with so much extract, this is a distinctly powerful and intense wine that completely coats the palate on the hugely long finish. While this is a dramatic, even imposing wine, it is less elegant than usual but fans of power white burgundy cannot fail to appreciate it.
     

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White Burgundy Jadot 2010 Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles 1 Case 6 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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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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92
White Burgundy Jadot 2011 Meursault Genevrieres Domaine - 6x75 2 Case 6 75cl
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White Burgundy Pillot, Thierry 2011 Batard Montrachet 1 Case 12 75cl
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  • Score: 92-94
    Tasted: Jun 11, 2013
    Drink: 2019+
    Note: from purchased fruit on the Puligny side; sold under the Thierry Pillot label
    Producer note: Thierry Pillot noted that 2011 is a "very precocious vintage that was extremely hot and dry early on before conditions deteriorated during the summer. The second half of August though was again quite warm and we decided to attack the harvest early as we had the proper phenolic ripeness if only average potential alcohol levels. Moreover we had begun to see the acid levels fall so we reasoned that there was just nothing further to be gained by waiting. We began picking on the 27th of August and brought in very clean fruit that required almost no sorting. I went with a very soft pressing so as not to extract any bitterness. The harvest conditions were quite warm and thus the fermentations started almost immediately. In terms of the élevage I did no lees stirring at all and used much less new wood, in fact in some cases none at all. As to the wines, they don't quite have the same purity as 2010 but the quality is almost as good."
    Tasting note: This is also exotic though here it's notably more subtle with its notes of mandarin orange, yellow orchard fruit and spiced tea. There is imposing size and power to the broad-shouldered and sleekly muscular flavors that enjoy outstanding mid-palate concentration and plenty of mouth coating dry extract that also buffers the firm acidity that shapes the beautifully well-detailed and explosive finish. This is a full-on effort in that it remains refreshing and very well balanced.
     

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White Burgundy Jobard, Francois 2011 Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes 1 Case 12 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 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
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    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 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 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 Sauzet 2012 Puligny 1er Cru Champ Gain - 6x75 2 Case 6 75cl
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  • 2012 Domaine Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet Champ Gain

    (just the second vintage at Sauzet for this recently purchased parcel): Pale, bright yellow. Pear, peach, hazelnut and white flowers on the expressive nose. Then tactile and energetic in the mouth, with flavors of fresh hazelnut and dried fruits nicely framed by lemony acidity. Very upright, pure wine with a long, dry finish. Still a bit youthfully compressed and in need of a couple years of patience.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 91 Stephen Tanzer $110.00 Sep 2014

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White Burgundy Jadot 2012 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 3 Bottle Jeroboam
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  • 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 Prudhon, Henri 2013 Puligny Enseignieres 1 Case 12 75cl
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  • 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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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2014 Chassagne 1er Cru Morgeot M de Laguiche 1 Case 6 Mag
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  • Maison Joseph Drouhin
    2014
    Chassagne-Montrachet "Morgeot" Marquis de Laguiche  ♥
    1er Cru White barrel
    Score: 91-93
    Tasted: Jun 15, 2016
    Drink: 2022+
    Issue: 63
    Outstanding
    Note: from Le Grand Clos and Vignes Blanches
    Producer note: Véronique Drouhin noted that the 2014 growing season "wasn't as difficult as that of 2013 but with the hail in the Côte de Beaune and the Suzukii flies in the Côte de Nuits it didn't lack for challenges. The season began propitiously with an almost summer-like spring that turned into an autumnal-like summer that was then followed by a summer-like fall. It was a rather curious succession of different kinds of weather that was punctuated by the late June hailstorm that was thankfully early enough that it had more impact on quantity than quality. We began picking on the 11th of September and the sorting requirements varied by parcel but very generally the fruit was pretty clean so there was less overall sorting than usual. We modified our use of whole cluster between none in the Côte de Beaune due to the hail to around 25% in the Côte de Nuits. I believe that our decision to attack the harvest a few days earlier paid dividends as the whites have better acidity than usual but not too much. Moreover while many observers seem fixated by how good the whites are, which in fairness they are excellent, but I believe that the quality of the reds is grossly underestimated. They have everything they need to also be very fine and while 2014 is not a genuinely great vintage for the reds, it's at least very good to excellent. A few years from now I think collectors are going to be very surprised by just how good they are." I noted in Issue 62 that I was extremely impressed by the quality of the Drouhin reds and I would make the same observation about their 2014 whites and this is true from the entry level wines to the very top of the range. Drouhin noted that the whites were bottled between November 2015 and January 2016. (Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, NY, NY; Pol Roger Ltd., www.polroger.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: A completely different aromatic profile is present here with its smoky array of earth, resin and various white orchard fruit scents. On the palate it's immediately clear that this is a big wine with impressive mid-palate concentration and overt power that continues onto the mouth coating and balanced finish that is very solidly structured. This won't win any awards for elegance but it absolutely avoids the heaviness that Morgeot can often display. Moderate patience required.
     

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White Burgundy Vougeraie 2014 Clos Blanc de Vougeot, Vougeot 1er Cru 2 Bottle Jeroboam
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  • Tasting note: A measured dollop of wood does not impede the appreciation of the floral and earth-inflected white orchard fruit-scented nose. There is better volume and mid-palate density to the attractively punchy and powerful middle weight flavors that display a mild touch of rusticity on the impressively complex and persistent finale. This pretty and softly stony effort should benefit from 4 to 7 years of cellaring.

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White Burgundy Mischief & Mayhem 2014 Corton Charlemagne - oc 6x75 1 Case 6 75cl
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  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    2014
    Chevalier-Montrachet "La Cabotte"
    Grand Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Jun 15, 2016
    Drink: 2024+
    Issue: 63
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    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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