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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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94
White Burgundy Verget 1996 Batard Montrachet 2 Bottle 75cl £160
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. 2017 Batard Montrachet 2 Bottle 150cl £1,100
  • Rating

    (94 - 96)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     William Kelley

    Issue Date

    9th Jan 2020

    Source

    January 2020 Week 2, The Wine Advocate

    The 2018 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru is powerful and muscular, opening in the glass with notions of orange oil, peach, white flowers, beeswax and warm bread. On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and introverted, with a broad-shouldered, textural profile, serious reserves of concentration and lively balancing acids, concluding with a saline finish.

    While many producers along the Côte de Beaune were inclined to accept the generous yields of the 2018 as nature's gift, arguing that Chardonnay can sustain an elevated crop without suffering dilution, Brice de La Morandière and Pierre Vincent told me that they opted to perform an aggressive green harvest, jettisoning around 40% of the potential crop. The result is a charming set of wines with good depth and structure that's nicely differentiated by site, though the wines were still quite introverted when I visited in November. Brice de La Morandière compares them unfavorably to the 2017s, and certainly the 2018s appear to be less tensile and vibrant. But in some quarters, the same criticism was made of the domaine's 1982s—another abundant harvest of ripe grapes—and today, the 1982 Leflaive wines are still drinking brilliantly. So, I am not giving up on the 2018s just yet. Given that de La Morandière and Vincent have made a number of important changes in winemaking practices at the domaine beginning with the 2017 vintage, I was disappointed that they declined to show those wines from bottle. Tasting wines in the midst of their élevage can be informative, certainly, but there is no substitute for tasting finished wines from bottle—an argument I expand on in the introduction to this report. And when a domaine of Leflaive's importance makes notable changes in their winemaking practices, revisiting the resulting wines from bottle is of more than usual interest. Given that de La Morandière and Vincent appear to be doing everything right to rehabilitate the reputation of Domaine Leflaive, I was a little surprised, and I will make effort to taste this watershed vintage from bottle one way or another in the near future.

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96
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2018 Batard Montrachet 1 Bottle 150cl £1,050
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2018 Batard Montrachet 1 Case 3 75cl £1,550
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 Jadot, Louis 2016 Batard Montrachet 2 Case 6 75cl £1,275
  • Strong reduction masks the fruit at present. On the plus side there is lovely verve and freshness to the rich and full-bodied yet, curiously, even finer flavors that are very tightly wound thanks to the firm core of citrus-tinged acidity shaping the serious, classy and hugely impressively persistent finish. This too is definitely going to require extended cellaring before it reaches its peak. Drink 2028+

    Score: 91/94 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (71), June 2018

    Cask sample. Oak more evident here than on the Corton-Charlemagne. More spice and cedar on the nose and palate. Has a definite sour/citrus creamy freshness but seems less subtle than the Corton. Just a touch sour on the aftertaste; big and long. Drink between 2024-2030.

    Score: 17.5 Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2017

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94
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2017 Beaune 1er Cru Greves Le Clos Blanc 4 Case 6 75cl £210
  • The 2017 Beaune Grèves le Clos Blanc 1er Cru has quite a terse, backward, almost Chablis-like bouquet that demands more coaxing from the glass than the Bressandes Blanc. The palate is quite steely and strict, but unlike the Bressandes, this leaves me wanting just a tad more weight on the back end, which feels just a little tight-lipped considering the vintage. This will no doubt offer more once in bottle.

    -- Neal Martin (87-89) Neal Martin 2021 - 2029 Jan 2019

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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 Drouhin Joseph 2016 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 4 Case 6 75cl £475
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2018 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 3 Case 6 75cl £485
  • Jancis Robinson - Total vineyard area is 7 ha and picked over several days. Some barrels declassified to Côte de Beaune this year. Cask sample.
    Intense and lightly spiced nose. Gorgeously open mealy/lees creamy citrus. Fills the mouth with generous and creamy fruit. Moreish and fresh but with the rounded character of the vintage. Tight, precise and yet clothed in lees-rich texture and has power and depth – relatively soft though. (JH)

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White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2017 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 4 Case 6 75cl £425
  • The 2017 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 1er Cru was picked September 1–6 in six different passes through the vineyard. It has quite a strict, conservative bouquet of vibrant citrus fruit infused with touches of linden and orange pith. The palate is quite assertive on the entry, conveying good weight. Like many white 2017s, it is lightly spiced, though this cuvée shows more marine influences and a tang of marmalade toward the persistent, intense finish. Very fine.

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

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93
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 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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92
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2018 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 1 Case 3 75cl £1,200
  • Rating

    (93 - 95)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     William Kelley

    Issue Date

    9th Jan 2020

    Source

    January 2020 Week 2, The Wine Advocate

    Aromas of pear, mandarin oil, white flowers and warm bread introduce Leflaive's 2018 Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru, a medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered wine that's textural and muscular, with a lively spine of acidity and a long, mineral finish.

    While many producers along the Côte de Beaune were inclined to accept the generous yields of the 2018 as nature's gift, arguing that Chardonnay can sustain an elevated crop without suffering dilution, Brice de La Morandière and Pierre Vincent told me that they opted to perform an aggressive green harvest, jettisoning around 40% of the potential crop. The result is a charming set of wines with good depth and structure that's nicely differentiated by site, though the wines were still quite introverted when I visited in November. Brice de La Morandière compares them unfavorably to the 2017s, and certainly the 2018s appear to be less tensile and vibrant. But in some quarters, the same criticism was made of the domaine's 1982s—another abundant harvest of ripe grapes—and today, the 1982 Leflaive wines are still drinking brilliantly. So, I am not giving up on the 2018s just yet. Given that de La Morandière and Vincent have made a number of important changes in winemaking practices at the domaine beginning with the 2017 vintage, I was disappointed that they declined to show those wines from bottle. Tasting wines in the midst of their élevage can be informative, certainly, but there is no substitute for tasting finished wines from bottle—an argument I expand on in the introduction to this report. And when a domaine of Leflaive's importance makes notable changes in their winemaking practices, revisiting the resulting wines from bottle is of more than usual interest. Given that de La Morandière and Vincent appear to be doing everything right to rehabilitate the reputation of Domaine Leflaive, I was a little surprised, and I will make effort to taste this watershed vintage from bottle one way or another in the near future.

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95
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2016 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 1 Bottle 150cl £920
  • Tasting note: Notes of smoky reduction mask the fruit though the nose does seem ripe. Otherwise the mouth feel of the slightly bigger and richer flavors is similar to that of the Pucelles while the impeccably well-balanced finish displays just a bit more length.
     

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95
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2016 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 1 Case 3 75cl £1,650
  • Tasting note: Notes of smoky reduction mask the fruit though the nose does seem ripe. Otherwise the mouth feel of the slightly bigger and richer flavors is similar to that of the Pucelles while the impeccably well-balanced finish displays just a bit more length.
     

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2017 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 1 Bottle 150cl £925
  • Domaine Leflaive
    2017
    Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 92-95
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 75
    Note: from 45+ year old vines, which are the oldest of the Domaine
    Producer note: As is usually the case, I tasted with director Brice de La Morandière along with régisseur (estate manager) Pierre Vincent. They told me that while 2017 had "a growing season that was easier to manage than was 2016, there were still a few problems such as a late April frost scare and enough mildew pressure to cost us at least some yield. Otherwise though, things were reasonably clement and we picked ripe and clean fruit from the 29th of August to the 3rd of September. Yields were good and consistent as they came in around 42 to 43 hl/ha save for the Bourgogne which suffered some frost damage. Sugars and potential alcohols were very good, coming in as they did between 12.5 and 13%. There was not a lot of malic acid but even so pHs were solid at around 3.05 to 3.15. As to the wines, probably the characteristic that defines the 2017s the best is their outstanding balance. They're classically styled white burgundies and we're really quite pleased with the results." La Morandière explained that they are continuing their expansion in the Mâconnais and several of the new entries were really quite impressive. (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: As is often the case chez Leflaive, the nose is quite similar to that of the Pucelles with the only difference being that it's a touch riper. The highly succulent medium-bodied flavors possess equally good mid-palate sap while delivering excellent depth and persistence on the focused, balanced and wonderfully long finish. This is class in a glass and very BBM in character.
     

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95
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2017 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 1 Bottle 300cl £1,925
  • Domaine Leflaive
    2017
    Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 92-95
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 75
    Note: from 45+ year old vines, which are the oldest of the Domaine
    Producer note: As is usually the case, I tasted with director Brice de La Morandière along with régisseur (estate manager) Pierre Vincent. They told me that while 2017 had "a growing season that was easier to manage than was 2016, there were still a few problems such as a late April frost scare and enough mildew pressure to cost us at least some yield. Otherwise though, things were reasonably clement and we picked ripe and clean fruit from the 29th of August to the 3rd of September. Yields were good and consistent as they came in around 42 to 43 hl/ha save for the Bourgogne which suffered some frost damage. Sugars and potential alcohols were very good, coming in as they did between 12.5 and 13%. There was not a lot of malic acid but even so pHs were solid at around 3.05 to 3.15. As to the wines, probably the characteristic that defines the 2017s the best is their outstanding balance. They're classically styled white burgundies and we're really quite pleased with the results." La Morandière explained that they are continuing their expansion in the Mâconnais and several of the new entries were really quite impressive. (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: As is often the case chez Leflaive, the nose is quite similar to that of the Pucelles with the only difference being that it's a touch riper. The highly succulent medium-bodied flavors possess equally good mid-palate sap while delivering excellent depth and persistence on the focused, balanced and wonderfully long finish. This is class in a glass and very BBM in character.
     

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2017 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 1 Case 3 75cl £1,325
  • Domaine Leflaive
    2017
    Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 92-95
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 75
    Note: from 45+ year old vines, which are the oldest of the Domaine
    Producer note: As is usually the case, I tasted with director Brice de La Morandière along with régisseur (estate manager) Pierre Vincent. They told me that while 2017 had "a growing season that was easier to manage than was 2016, there were still a few problems such as a late April frost scare and enough mildew pressure to cost us at least some yield. Otherwise though, things were reasonably clement and we picked ripe and clean fruit from the 29th of August to the 3rd of September. Yields were good and consistent as they came in around 42 to 43 hl/ha save for the Bourgogne which suffered some frost damage. Sugars and potential alcohols were very good, coming in as they did between 12.5 and 13%. There was not a lot of malic acid but even so pHs were solid at around 3.05 to 3.15. As to the wines, probably the characteristic that defines the 2017s the best is their outstanding balance. They're classically styled white burgundies and we're really quite pleased with the results." La Morandière explained that they are continuing their expansion in the Mâconnais and several of the new entries were really quite impressive. (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: As is often the case chez Leflaive, the nose is quite similar to that of the Pucelles with the only difference being that it's a touch riper. The highly succulent medium-bodied flavors possess equally good mid-palate sap while delivering excellent depth and persistence on the focused, balanced and wonderfully long finish. This is class in a glass and very BBM in character.
     

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95
White Burgundy Colin-Morey 2009 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 1 Case 6 75cl £2,300
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2017 Bourgogne Blanc 1 Case 3 150cl £270
  • Domaine Leflaive
    2017
    Bourgogne  ♥
    Regional White barrel
    Score: 87-89
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
    Drink: 2022+
    Issue: 75
    Outstanding
    Note: includes some declassified villages wine
    Producer note: As is usually the case, I tasted with director Brice de La Morandière along with régisseur (estate manager) Pierre Vincent. They told me that while 2017 had "a growing season that was easier to manage than was 2016, there were still a few problems such as a late April frost scare and enough mildew pressure to cost us at least some yield. Otherwise though, things were reasonably clement and we picked ripe and clean fruit from the 29th of August to the 3rd of September. Yields were good and consistent as they came in around 42 to 43 hl/ha save for the Bourgogne which suffered some frost damage. Sugars and potential alcohols were very good, coming in as they did between 12.5 and 13%. There was not a lot of malic acid but even so pHs were solid at around 3.05 to 3.15. As to the wines, probably the characteristic that defines the 2017s the best is their outstanding balance. They're classically styled white burgundies and we're really quite pleased with the results." La Morandière explained that they are continuing their expansion in the Mâconnais and several of the new entries were really quite impressive. (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 beautifully fresh nose combines notes of freshly sliced lemon with those of various white orchard fruit and a hint of wood toast. There is excellent energy to the detailed and solidly concentrated medium weight flavors that possess very good depth and persistence for its level. This is quite good and it's not hard to sense the influence of the villages level infusion.
     

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89
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2017 Bourgogne Blanc 1 Case 6 75cl £250
  • Domaine Leflaive
    2017
    Bourgogne  ♥
    Regional White barrel
    Score: 87-89
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
    Drink: 2022+
    Issue: 75
    Outstanding
    Note: includes some declassified villages wine
    Producer note: As is usually the case, I tasted with director Brice de La Morandière along with régisseur (estate manager) Pierre Vincent. They told me that while 2017 had "a growing season that was easier to manage than was 2016, there were still a few problems such as a late April frost scare and enough mildew pressure to cost us at least some yield. Otherwise though, things were reasonably clement and we picked ripe and clean fruit from the 29th of August to the 3rd of September. Yields were good and consistent as they came in around 42 to 43 hl/ha save for the Bourgogne which suffered some frost damage. Sugars and potential alcohols were very good, coming in as they did between 12.5 and 13%. There was not a lot of malic acid but even so pHs were solid at around 3.05 to 3.15. As to the wines, probably the characteristic that defines the 2017s the best is their outstanding balance. They're classically styled white burgundies and we're really quite pleased with the results." La Morandière explained that they are continuing their expansion in the Mâconnais and several of the new entries were really quite impressive. (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 beautifully fresh nose combines notes of freshly sliced lemon with those of various white orchard fruit and a hint of wood toast. There is excellent energy to the detailed and solidly concentrated medium weight flavors that possess very good depth and persistence for its level. This is quite good and it's not hard to sense the influence of the villages level infusion.
     

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89
White Burgundy Raveneau 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux 4 Bottle 75cl £190
  • Tasting note: Wafting aromas of essence of pear, iodine and copious amounts of mineral reduction are also trimmed in just enough wood to mention. The succulent yet powerful broad-shouldered flavors possess excellent muscle and intensity on the super-saline, indeed this has an almost salty finish. Fine quality here and built-to-age as well.

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92
White Burgundy Fevre, William 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre 3 Case 6 75cl £225
94
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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93
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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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 Raveneau 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 1 Bottle 75cl £250
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 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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93
White Burgundy Prieur 2017 Chevalier Montrachet 1 Case 3 75cl £880
  • Domaine Jacques Prieur
    2017
    Chevalier-Montrachet
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 91-94
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
    Drink: 2027+
    Issue: 75
    Note: from a .14 ha parcel
    Producer note: Technical director and winemaker Nadine Gublin noted that 2017 "commenced early which is good if there is no late frost, which there was but we lucked out and avoided any significant damage. This was not only fortunate but it also signaled that the vegetative cycle would be advanced. After that the growing season was favorable and once again we began the harvest in August with the whites on the 29th. We waited though to pick the reds so that we could be sure to have good levels of phenolic maturity and thus we started on the 6th of September and continued through to the 12th. The fruit was not only clean but importantly had homogenous maturities. We did absolutely no lees stirring as there appeared to be very good body and richness from the beginning. As to the wines, I find it interesting just how much they improved during the élevage and that is as true for the whites as it is the reds. Perhaps the most attractive qualities of the wines are their freshness, refined textures and balance which should enable them to age effortlessly." The whites will be bottled without fining or filtration. I found the quality of the 2017 whites to be quite good and particularly so with the upper level wines. Readers should also take a look herein at a new négociant partnership between Domaine Prieur and co-owner and general director Edouard Labruyère that is called Labruyère-Prieur Sélection. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK; SAQ, www.saq.com, LCBO, www.lcbo.com and Philippe Danduran Wines, www.vinsdandurand.com, all Canada).
    Tasting note: A distinctly leesy nose is firmly reduced. Otherwise there is both good freshness and verve to the concentrated, powerful and quite serious large-scaled and mouth coating flavors that flash evident minerality on the driving, structured and impressively long finish. This is a big Chevalier that will definitely need at least 5-ish years to become civilized and very likely 10 to 12 to reveal its full potential.
     

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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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