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Region Producer Vintagesort descending Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Red Burgundy Grivot 1995 Richebourg

2 Bottle 75cl £625
White Burgundy Verget 1996 Corton Charlemagne

9 Bottle 75cl £115
White Burgundy Sauzet 1996 Puligny 1er Cru Combettes

1 Bottle 75cl £175
Red Burgundy Dugat-Py 1996 Gevrey Chambertin Les Evocelles

3 Bottle 75cl £225
  • Domaine Dugat-Py
    1996
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Evocelles"
    Villages Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
     
    Tasting note: Sauvage, mineral and freshly turned earth aromas merge seamless with the intense black fruit nose that leads to sweet, fine, dense and remarkably long flavors of excellent complexity. This is nothing short of stunning at this level and I highly recommend it though be sure to give it plenty of time, assuming that you can keep your hands off of it!
     

Tasting Notes
92
White Burgundy Verget 1996 Batard Montrachet

2 Bottle 75cl £160
White Burgundy Comtes Lafon 1996 Meursault Clos de la Barre

2 Bottle 75cl £195
  • Rating

    (90 - 92)

    Release Price

    $62

    Drink Date

    2001 - 2006

    Reviewed by

    Pierre Rovani

    Issue Date

    23rd Feb 1998

    Source

    115, The Wine Advocate

    Displaying candied nuts on the nose, the Meursault Clos De La Barre is an absolutely delicious, expansive, rich, elegant and well-defined wine. Sweet layers of toasty and buttered brioches, hazelnuts, poached pears, spices, and traces of anise are found in this medium-to-full-bodied, velvety-textured, and superbly-balanced wine. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2006. The rating, with the range of scores in parentheses, indicates the wine was tasted from cask, not bottle. Dominique Lafon performed more batonnage than usual on his 1996s, "to give them more richness," he said. However, unlike some other vignerons, Lafon abandons the practice when the malos start because he wants his wines to be protected by the carbon dioxide gas that is a by product of a wine's malo-lactic fermentation. Lafon's yields were between 35 and 45 hectoliters/hectare, demonstrating his dedication to quality in this potentially high-yielding vintage.

     

Tasting Notes
92
NV La Grande Rue

7 Bottle 75cl £400
NV La Grande Rue

7 Bottle 75cl £350
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 1996 La Grand Rue

7 Bottle 75cl £350
Red Burgundy Ponsot 1997 Clos de la Roche Cuvee Vieilles Vignes

1 Bottle 75cl £290£270
Red Burgundy Ponsot 1998 Chapelle Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £1,080
  • Tasting note: Richly colored with intensely sweet cherry fruit, medium weight and fairly supple tannins supporting flavors that are trés pinot. The structure here is solid though not particularly dense and definitely not hard. This is good but for relative performance, the Charmes is better. Cellar for 5 to 7 years and 

Tasting Notes
87
Red Burgundy Leroy 2000 Clos de Vougeot

1 Bottle 75cl £4,000
  • Domaine Leroy
    2000
    Clos de Vougeot
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Nov 23, 2019
    Drink: Try from 2022+
     
    Tasting note: (with thanks to Joe Tsai; tasted twice in 2019 with other bottles described below). A mild touch of bricking. An expressive nose is now composed mostly of secondary fruit, floral and spice aromas where nuances of earth and a touch of game are present. The supple, delicious and impressively concentrated big-bodied flavors are supported by plenty of sap on the noticeably ripe, dusty and beautifully complex and lingering finish. For my taste this is close to its apogee but I would suggest holding for another 3 to 5 years. Note that another bottle tasted in 2010 seemed much more advanced than this one and while still very good, it was clearly not as pristine and rated 93 and yet another one tasted in 2016 was like the one described above except that the finish was mildly drying; this example rated 92 points.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Dugat-Py 2000 Mazis Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £2,350
93
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2000 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

2 Case 6 75cl £3,950
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2000
    Musigny - Vieilles Vignes
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Apr 24, 2016
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: An extravagantly spicy and notably ripe yet very fresh nose offers up a very pretty mix of both red and black currant aromas that are beginning to display the initial hints of secondary development while being trimmed in discreet hints of wood and menthol. The beautifully elegant and gorgeously textured flavors exude a lovely minerality before culminating in a rich, round and utterly delicious finish that delivers excellent persistence. This is not especially big or dense as de Vogüé Musigny goes but is tautly muscular and defined. For my taste this has arrived at the very front end of its peak drinkability though I underscore that it should age gracefully for many years to come. Consistent notes.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Engel, Rene 2000 Clos de Vougeot

4 Bottle 75cl £925
  • Domaine René Engel
    2000
    Clos de Vougeot
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Apr 14, 2018
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: A ripe yet still fresh nose combines mostly secondary fruit with hints of sous-bois, earth and a whiff of spice. The rich, concentrated and broad-shouldered flavors possess solid power before culminating in beautifully complex and persistent finish. While this robust effort does flash a hint of warmth, overall there is good balance and for my taste, this has arrived at its apogee though it should easily hold for years to come. In a word, excellent.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Dugat-Py 2000 Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £1,695£1,475
  • Chambertin

    Full ruby. Knockout nose of cassis, leather, game, flowers, minerals and coffee. Offers great sweetness and tensile strength; a highly concentrated yet subtle wine with a very strong spine. Finishes with remarkable finesse for a wine so powerful, but then it Chambertin. Dugat vinified whole clusters.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 92-95 Stephen Tanzer

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2001 Mazy-Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £550£495
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2001
    Mazis-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 88-91
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2003
    Drink: 2009-15
    Issue: 9
    Producer note: Corinne Rousseau commented that the 2001s were extremely slow to develop as they were extremely tight, very structured and unforthcoming when they were first racked into barrel. "Unlike some domaines, we had minimal rot, probably because we again did a severe green harvest". She characterizes the vintage as "a very good one and 1993 is probably the best comparison as it behaved just like 2001 when it was at this stage". Rousseau believes that the bottling will be pushed back slightly from July to August and the wines will not be fined but will be filtered. (Frederick Wildman and Sons, New York, NY)
    Tasting note: This too is quite soft with the classic sauvage and animale notes and slightly bigger, weightier flavors that deliver more flavor authority and punch if not as much elegance. Nicely concentrated with buried tannins and good length plus lovely finishing harmony.
     

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Chevillon, Robert 2002 Nuits 1er Cru Chaignots

4 Bottle 75cl £95
  • Tasting note: Here there is a completely different expression as the earth, leather and iron quality plus floral notes dominate the expressive red fruit nose and rich, superbly intense flavors that both coat and stain the palate with buckets of sappy extract. To be sure, this is no model of finesse though it is by no means rustic either but the complexity, quality of material and harmony combine to create a wine of lovely potential.
     

Tasting Notes
89
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2002 Chapelle Chambertin

[repack]

1 Case 6 75cl £1,250
  • Domaine Ponsot
    2002
    Chapelle-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 91
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2005
    Drink: 2012+
    Issue: 17
    Note: from a .60 ha parcel
    Producer note: As is his usual practice, Laurent Ponsot was one of the very latest growers to pick, telling me that he didn't start until "September 7th. Nothing was normal this year but the '03s are absolutely fantastic. The hardest thing to do was not to get excessively jammy wines. Amazingly, one of my neighbors picked his Clos de la Roche on August 14th yet I didn't pick mine until September 14! His sugar readings were only 10.5% - I know because I asked. There was rain on August 31st and it saved us because it jump started the cycle of photosynthesis all over again and because of the small crop, we gained a lot of sugar quickly. By waiting the extra month, all of my wines came in between 13 and 14%, which is where they should be. Our yields however were abysmal as we realized fully two-thirds less than a normal crop, and I already crop low. I didn't chaptalize and I absolutely did not acidify. Besides, acidities went up during the fermentation as the dried berries released acidity into the musts. And I'm proud to say that I did the same amount of punching down as usual and I didn't alter the total cuvaison either. I also have not racked the wines at all but I will bottle them a good deal earlier than usual, which is to say January rather than July. Some wines are not reviewed, most notably the Clos St. Denis Vieilles Vignes because there was only one barrel and as Ponsot correctly notes, "what am I going to top up with if I keep offering samples?" (Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL and Atherton Wine Imports, Atherton, CA; Morris & Verdin, Goedhuis & Co., Ballantynes, Lay and Wheeler and Rare & Fine Wine Co., all UK).
    Tasting note: This is really quite pretty too but it can't match the depth and explosive quality of the Griotte. Still, there is good complexity on the high-toned red fruit nose cut with an almost pungently earthy character followed by a very fresh, intense and precise palate impression and fine length. In short, this is an exceptionally refined wine that will also require plenty of time.
     

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2002 Grand Cru Assortment

[owc]

1 Case 12 75cl £3,750
White Burgundy Comtes Lafon 2002 Meursault

[repack]

1 Case 6 75cl £900
  • Rating

    (89 - 91)

    Release Price

    $52

    Drink Date

    2004 - 2009

    Reviewed by

    Pierre Rovani

    Issue Date

    27th Feb 2004

    Source

    151, The Wine Advocate

    The highly expressive aromas of the 2002 Meursault display spicy pears and buttered toast. Medium-bodied and boasting a fabulous silky mouth-feel, this wine slathers the palate with hazelnut cream and poached pears. It is thick, well-balanced, elegant, and possesses a long, flavorful finish. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. 

Tasting Notes
91
White Burgundy Bertagna 2003 Corton Charlemagne

1 Bottle 75cl £75
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2003 Romanee Saint Vivant

1 Bottle 75cl £1,975
  • Wine Advocate

    95

    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 29/08/2005

    Perhaps the biggest Romanee-St.-Vivant produced at this domaine, the 2003 offers aromatics as well as flavors reminiscent of black fruits drenched in dark chocolate. Full-bodied, velvety-textured, as well as concentrated, it is immensely ripe, crammed with tannin, and vaunts an amazingly long finish. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2018. ()

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2004 Griotte Chambertin

[repack]

1 Case 12 75cl £2,150
  •  Ponsot Griotte-Chambertin

    Good full red. Sappy, very showy aromas of red cherry, faded rose, meat, dried herbs and smoke. Fat, dense, broad and sweet, with expressive flavors of red cherry, spices and dried herbs. Very rich, long wine, finishing with a fine dusting of tannins and a lingering aromatic quality.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 92 Stephen Tanzer $189.00 Mar 2007

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2005 Bonnes Mares

1 Bottle 300cl £1,950
  • Tasting note: A notably ripe red and blue berry fruit nose is nuanced by chalk, minerals and abundant spice notes that continue onto the toasty, rich, full and massively powerful flavors that are suave and superbly concentrated, all wrapped in a very Bonnes Mares style finish as this is chewy but not rustic. An impressive wine where the finish doesn't seem to ever end.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2005 Ruchottes Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes

1 Case 6 75cl £4,350
  • Tasting note: A more deeply pitched and very cool nose offers up very ripe dark berry fruit, truffles, spice hints and a touch of the sauvage, the latter of which can also be found on the rich, full and sweet medium weight plus flavors that deliver fine punch and precision on the delineated and exceptionally pure mineral infused finish. While always a fine wine in the Rousseau stable, 2005 is one of the best vintages that I have seen and it will age well.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Dujac 2005 Charmes Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £380
  • Domaine Dujac
    2005
    Charmes-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Apr 14, 2012
    Drink: Try from 2017+
     
    Tasting note: This is notably ripe yet still fresh and quite pretty with violet, plum and black cherry liqueur aromas that are trimmed in plenty of earth. The big, powerful and solid-concentrated middle weight plus flavors have really deepened and broadened since I last saw this in barrel. While I would stop short of describing it as robust the tannic structure is quite firm and this is clearly built to last for another 20 years. An impressive effort that it best left in the cellar for another 7 to 10 years as it will require at least that long for the tannic spine to mellow. This is definitely a lovely effort with excellent potential because despite all of the size, weight and punch, there is an impeccable sense of balance.
     

Tasting Notes
93
White Burgundy Comtes Lafon 2005 Meursault

[repack]

1 Case 6 75cl £850
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2017

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2014

    Source

    212, The Wine Advocate

    Tasted blind, the 2005 Meursault Villages is maturing nicely, although whether it will repay continued cellaring is another matter. It has a very pure bouquet of light honey, indicative of a benevolent growing season, hints of pressed flowers and pralines developing with time. The palate is well-balanced, and under blind conditions, I was not the only one suggesting premier cru quality (a testament to the craftsmanship of Dominique Lafon). It is very harmonious and with aeration the wood component becomes just a little conspicuous, but you cannot dislike the orange zest on the pert finish. Drink now-2017. Tasted March 2014.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2005 Griotte Chambertin

1 Case 12 75cl £4,750
  •  Ponsot Griotte-Chambertin

    Good ruby-red. Sappy, liqueur-like aromas of griotte cherry and black raspberry. Wonderfully intense and concentrated, with a nearly confectionery sweetness to its explosive fruit flavors. Like the Cuvee des Alouettes, this comes across as a bit high-toned and will require careful attention during its final months of elevage But offers great potential.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 92-95 Stephen Tanzer
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2005 Chapelle Chambertin

2 Bottle 75cl £290
  • Chapelle-Chambertin

    Full, deep red. Superripe, distinctly high-toned aromas of dark cherry, mocha, tar, black tea and rooty licorice, with a pharmaceutical dusty quality and an emerging liqueur-like note of framboise Thick, sappy and extremely intense; a hugely rich wine that's like a boiled-down essence of pinot, and yet powerful acidity gives it tremendous energy in the mouth. Notes of black cardamom and botanical herbs give this hugely rich wine a distinctly medicinal character. I had the feeling I was awakening a very angry bear during the early weeks of its winter hibernation: yes, it was the wrong time!

    -- Stephen Tanzer 94+ Stephen Tanzer
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 2005 La Grande Rue

1 Bottle 150cl £1,500
  • Tasting note: A hint of menthol adds nuance to the mostly highly-spiced red berry fruit nose that is quite reserved if beautifully complex while leading to sweet, delicious, generous and round medium full flavors that are classy and refined, all wrapped in a strikingly persistent and explosive finish. This offers excellent cellar potential and at this early stage the wood, which is normally fairly prominent, is already well integrated but note that this will need every bit of 15 years, perhaps even slightly longer, to arrive at its prime as it's very structured. A really beautiful LGR that showed even a bit better than it had only three weeks earlier as it was given the benefit of an hour's worth of air.

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2005 Puligny 1er Cru Clavoillons

1 Case 6 75cl £1,150£995
  • Tasting note: A discreet touch of pain grillé and reduction frames fresh and exotic aromas of peach, melon and mango that continue onto the round, rich and concentrated flavors that possess real texture due to the solid dry extract on the mouth coating and solidly long finish. This is notably better than it usually is.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2005 Clos de la Roche Cuvee Vieilles Vignes

[repack]

1 Case 6 75cl £4,800
  • Tasting note: All the superb and dramatic complexity that this displayed from barrel has made it into bottle as an extremely ripe and fantastically broad nose soars from the glass, merging seamlessly into dense, pure rich and powerful flavors that are opulent, sweet and dripping with so much extract and sap that the combination stains and saturates the palate on the hugely proportioned yet impeccably balanced finish that is so long that it doesn't seem possible. Given how many reference standard vintages Domaine Ponsot has produced of the Clos de la Roche over the years, it would be presumptuous to anoint this as the best ever but if it isn't, it will certainly take its rightful place among the very greatest. In sum, a 'wow' wine that makes you shake your head in sheer amazement. However be aware that this is a buy and forget wine as it will require at least 15 years to shed its considerable tannins and it will see 50 years without difficulty.

Tasting Notes
99
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2006 Chapelle Chambertin

3 Bottle 75cl £185
  • Chapelle-Chambertin

    Deep, saturated ruby-red. Superripe, slightly high-toned aromas of wild blackberry, black cherry and smoke. This, too, is a sweet, superripe fruit bomb, albeit in a rather powerful style and with a firm edge. Ponsot say it's the wine's tannins that give the impression of volatile acidity. Extremely rich for 2006: it will be interesting to follow this.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 91-94 Stephen Tanzer

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2006 Grand Cru Assortment

[owc]

1 Case 12 75cl £2,800
White Burgundy Comtes Lafon 2007 Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

[repack]

1 Case 6 75cl £1,200
Red Burgundy Roumier, Georges & Christophe 2007 Musigny

1 Bottle 75cl £9,200
  • Tasting note: A gorgeously spicy and expressive, even kaleidoscopic nose exhibits an impressive panoply of varied earth and spice nuances that accompany the ripe black fruit and floral aromas that include both violets and lavender hints that complement to perfection the pure, refined, intense and driving full-bodied flavors blessed with buckets of dry extract that completely buffer the dense but extremely fine tannins and confer a velvety sweetness to the textured and hugely long finish. For all the fireworks going on in this wine, there is the sensation of a Zen-like calm. Simply wonderful and a wine of unmistakable class.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2007 Grands Echezeaux

[owc]

2 Case 3 75cl £5,500
Red Burgundy Mugnier JF 2007 Musigny

1 Case 6 75cl £8,500
  • Rating 94

    2010 - 2025

    Reviewed by

    David Schildknecht

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2010

    Source

    189, The Wine Advocate

    Mugnier’s wines of the vintage, his 2007 Musigny exudes ripe, vanilla- and star anise-tinged black raspberry and cassis, underlain by clean, marrow-like meatiness. Already satiny in texture, yet buoyant, this finishes with dark-fruited, forest floor-inflected, palate-staining persistence yet a soothing, enveloping personality that is anything but palate-straining. Even though this is an unusually approachable example of its kind, few Burgundian Pinots of its vintage, I suspect, will justify the 15 or more years of glory that I would anticipate from this Musigny. Frederic Mugnier’s 2008s – which I last tasted shortly before their March bottling – did not experience the exceptionally late malo-lactic transformation that characterized so many wines of that vintage. Yields were especially low thanks not only to vintage-typical millerandage, but – particularly in the case of Les Amoureuses – to the vines’ slow recovery from the shock of 2007 hail.

    Tasting note: A restrained, airy, clean, bright and beautifully layered nose features red pinot, violets, spice and mineral notes that complement perfectly the seductively textured medium full flavors that display a taut muscularity and superb focus on the refined and firmly structured finish. I particularly like the intensity and drive and this should reward about a decade of patient cellaring. A Musigny of harmony and grace.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2007 La Romanee

1 Case 6 75cl £21,500
  • Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair
    2007
    La Romanée
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Jan 30, 2010
    Drink: 2022+
    Issue: 37
    Producer note: Louis-Michel Liger-Belair told me that 2008 was a "very complicated vintage. The April to June period was reasonably good but July and August were difficult. We began picking on the 27th of September and there was a moderate amount of sorting required. I would estimate our sorting losses at between 5 and 12%, which when coupled with the naturally lower yields of the vintage left us with, on average, 30% less wine than in a normal harvest. This is to say that in 2008 we realized yields of between 19 and 27 hl/ha. Sugars for the grapes that we kept were very good at between 12 and 13%. I did a relatively soft vinification as I reduced the cuvaison by a few days. Extraction though was really no problem as the grapes that we kept had normal skin thicknesses. The new wine had very high levels of malic acid, which definitely has affected the élevage due to the long malos. You had to be very vigilant to make sure that everything was very clean. Normally, we would just add a dose of SO2 but if you're malolactic is still progressing, you risk stopping it. Overall, I really like the vintage as the wines are pure and very transparent." As the scores and comments suggest, the in-bottle '07s have turned out very well, which is to say pretty much consistent with my original expected ranges. (A Becky Wasserman Selection/Le Serbet, www.leserbet.com, Beaune, France; additional distributors include Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CA & TX, and USA Wine Imports, www.usawineimports.com, NY, NY for "Selection Pas Mal", New York, NY; Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, UK and Richards Walford & Co., Ltd., www.r-w.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: As it usually is, the nose is positively kaleidoscopic with a wonderful breadth of red and black fruit aromas, violets and Asian spice nuances that continues onto the rich, full and very stylish medium full flavors blessed with impressive amounts of supporting mid-palate sap that relegate the firm tannic spine to the background for the moment before exploding into a youthfully austere and mouth coating finish that seems to go on and on. This is not an especially big La Romanée but like several of its brethren, it's tightly focused, balanced and carries enormous flavor authority.
     

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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.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2008 Chambertin

3 Bottle 75cl £1,750£1,650
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2008
    Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Apr 19, 2016
    Drink: Try from 2023+
     
    Tasting note: A still mildly toasty nose features remarkably dense yet elegant aromas of deeply pitched yet extremely cool and restrained red and blue fruit aromas that are nuanced by a broad range of earth, game and underbrush hints. There is an utterly beguiling purity to the relatively refined but muscular medium full-bodied plus flavors that are strikingly complex, vibrant and perfectly balanced before culminating in a gorgeously long finish. This is brimming with upside development potential and while it too will require plenty of patience, its class and grace are such that it can be enjoyed now though I would strongly counsel waiting. In a word, magnificent. Tasted thrice recently with consistent notes.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2008 Clos de Beze

1 Bottle 75cl £1,350
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2008
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2011
    Drink: 2020+
    Issue: 41
    Producer note: Eric Rousseau's take on the 2009 vintage was that "we had a normal winter that wasn't too cold followed by a humid but warm spring. The flowering was uniform and abundant and the summer was much better than average. In fact, I'd like to have a summer like this every year! We did have some early season hail in Clos de la Roche but the effect was on quantity and not quality. I began picking on the 7th of September and brought in generous yields that ranged from a low of 35 hl/ha to a high of 48 hl/ha. There was a normal incidence of shot berries though I heard some of my neighbors say that they had lots. Potential alcohols were solid but not really high at between 12.5 and 13.5% and the acidities were basically ideal. I did a classic vinification of 16 to 20 days with the only exception being that I used a higher proportion of whole clusters, which is to say 15 to 20% versus my usual 5 to 10%. [Rousseau noted that because of the hail, he used no whole clusters for the Clos de la Roche]. For me, 2009 is a genuinely great vintage as the wines have really elegant tannins that remind me of the 1985s or the 1990s. Because of their charm and velvety textures, the wines should drink well from the beginning." Rousseau noted that he used no new wood at all except for the Clos St. Jacques, Chambertin and Clos de Bèze. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, NY; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, UK, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, UK, Heyman, Barwell and Rudd, UK O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, UK and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, UK).
    Tasting note: This is every bit as elegant as the Clos St. Jacques but even deeper and broader with incredibly complex and refined red berry fruit, plum and violet aromas that are relatively cool and are in keeping with the balanced, refined and mouth coating flavors that possess superb depth and excellent finishing intensity on the explosive and gorgeously persistent finish. This is a really lovely '08 that should improve for out to two decades.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Cathiard, Sylvain 2008 Romanee Saint Vivant

1 Case 6 75cl £8,750
  • Romanee-Saint-Vivant

    Good medium red. The nose shows a medicinal reserve to the aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, orange zest, spices and minerals. Wonderfully fine-grained, even delicate, on the palate, but with penetrating floral and mineral notes giving the middle palate outstanding energy and finesse. Less open today than the Malconsorts but even more concentrated and persistent. The rising back end offers utterly palate-staining yet incredibly subtle flavors of berries, flowers and minerals. In an ideal world, this would be my everyday drinking wine a decade hence.

    -- Stephen Tanzer94-97Stephen TanzerNot AvailableMar 2010

     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2008 Romanee-Conti

[UK stock]

1 Bottle 75cl £14,200
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2009 Bonnes Mares

1 Case 6 75cl £1,075
  • Tasting note: In contrast to many of the wines in the range that are quite expressive, this is actually quite reticent if not downright mute with very ripe but elusive aromas of mocha, plum and spicy cassis. The extremely rich, powerful and concentrated big-bodied flavors possess a suave mouth feel as the sap almost completely buffers the unusually generous but quite serious and long finish. This is a classic Bonnes Mares in terms of its underlying architecture and should require between 15 and 20 years to be at its best.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Dujac 2009 Bonnes Mares

2 Bottle 75cl £760
  • Tasting note: A remarkably fresh and expressive nose displays high-toned red berry fruit, earth and mineral aromas that give way to firm, serious and equally mineral-driven big-bodied flavors that offer excellent verve on the well-muscled and especially structured finish that seems to go on without end. This positively dazzling effort is not quite old school in basic character though it knocks on the door of it and like several of these grands crus, will need 15 to 20+ years to reach its full prime. A 'wow' and potentially one of the greatest vintages ever for the Dujac Bonnes Mares, which is saying something given this wine's superb track record.

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2009 Echezeaux

1 Case 6 75cl £760
  • Tasting note: In stark contrast to the fresh, bright and expressive nose that I saw from cask, this has shut down hard and while persistent swirling and plenty air coaxes subtle spice notes as well as plum and red cherry to emerge, it's clear that this is going to require some bottle age before it blossoms. Otherwise there is fine concentration to the medium-bodied flavors that coat the palate on the delicious, complex, balanced and lingering finish that evidences very firm tannins that impart a notable austerity. A "buy and forget" wine built for the long-term.
     

Tasting Notes
93
White Burgundy Colin-Morey 2009 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet

1 Case 6 75cl £2,300
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2009 Griotte-Chambertin

4 Case 6 75cl £550
  • Tasting note: This is one of the few wines to display noticeable reduction and it's enough to knock down the nose though my score assumes that this will be corrected before it is bottled. There is good richness and vibrancy to the solidly well-concentrated flavors that possess plenty of tannin-buffering dry extract though the palate impression of the finish is still quite firm, all wrapped in a backend that delivers excellent persistence. This is a bit more rough and tumble than one typically sees from a classic Griotte though it does not display any overt rusticity

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2009 La Romanee

1 Bottle 75cl £4,600
  • Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair
    2009
    La Romanée
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 97
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2012
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 45
    Producer note: Louis-Michel Liger-Belair told me that 2010 fashioned "superbly elegant and exceptionally fresh wines but unfortunately there isn't a lot of them. We lost some yield due to the frost but it was mostly limited to the vines at the bottom of La Colombière. The poor flowering though contributed the most to the loss of yield and all told we were down about 30% relative to what we obtained in 2009. I elected to begin picking on the 26th of September and while the fruit was really quite clean, it still required some sorting though no more or no less than usual. I strongly believe in thoroughly sorting everything no matter the vintage as it's the little details that can make a big difference. Potential alcohols were very good if not high and ranged between 12 and 13%. As to the wines, I very much like them as they reflect their individual terroirs clearly. If I had to try to describe 2010 in terms of vintage comparisons, I would say that it is a blend of the styles of 2001 and 2008." As the scores and comments suggest, the now in-bottle '09s have also turned out extremely well and a number of them are really quite stunning. (A Becky Wasserman Selection/Le Serbet, www.leserbet.com, Beaune, France; additional distributors include Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CA/NV/AZ/NM and USA Wine Imports, www.usawineimports.com, NY, NY for "Selection Pas Mal", New York, NY; Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, UK and Richards Walford & Co., Ltd., www.r-w.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: Initially a mild touch of reduction mutes the nose but some aggressive swirling quickly releases a kaleidoscopically broad range of spice nuances that add real breadth to the ultra-elegant, ripe and quite pure aromas of red pinot, plum and cassis that precede the rich, full and silky medium-bodied flavors that are discreet yet powerful and superbly persistent. This is an exceptionally stylish and classy wine that is supported by ultra-fine tannins and the hallmark finishing austerity. While the '09 La Romanée is essentially a wine of finesse it doesn't mean that it isn't built to age because it more assuredly is, indeed it will require at least 20 years to arrive at its peak.
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2009 Bonnes Mares

2 Case 6 75cl £1,250
  • Here the notably ripe nose offers up liqueur-like dark berry fruit aromas that leads to big, rich and overtly bold and still compact large-scaled flavors that evidence obvious muscle and power before culminating in a very firm, intense, explosive and driving finish that delivers outstanding length. This is a formidable wine with dense and mouth coating tannins that will require at least 15 years to fully resolve and 20 would not surprise me. Note that unlike some of these '09s, this is very definitely not for early consumption as it is presently almost aggressively austere.

    Score: 93 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (46), April 2012

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2009 Clos de Beze

3 Case 6 75cl £1,250
  • A strikingly complex nose features an intense spiciness to the otherwise ripe, elegant and nuanced red berry liqueur aromas that are in keeping with the equally spicy and intense broad-shouldered and tautly muscular flavors, all wrapped in a mouth coating and very firm finish that delivers stunning persistence. I like the underlying sense of tension that adds vibrancy to the moderately austere and mineral-driven finale. This should be excellent in time.

    Score: 93/95
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2009 Chambertin

8 Bottle 75cl £2,200
  • Producer note: Eric Rousseau's take on the 2010 vintage was "almost every aspect was marked by the weather and most of it wasn't favorable. The night of the 19th of December 2009 had a 15° C drop in just a few hours that caused the sap in the vines to freeze, expand and ultimately kill many vines. We certainly had some of our villages vineyards hit relatively hard. Then the weather was cool and wet during the flowering which caused a lot of shot berries to materialize, which of course was the major driver of the lower yields. In fact we had the lowest yields in 2010 that we have had during the entire decade and I include 2003 in that comparison. Our yields varied between 20 and 30 hl/ha but on the other hand, it is almost a certainty that without the low crop levels we never would have had sufficiently ripe fruit. I didn't wait very long to begin picking and began on the 22nd of September and picked until October 2nd. There was some sorting work for under ripe berries but really no more than usual. Sugars were very good and ranged from 12 to 13.5%. The harvest weather was also very cool and it took a bit longer to get the fermentations to begin but after that I did my normal vinification. Right after the fermentations were finished the temperatures fell even further which means that the cellars cooled off earlier than usual. This had the effect of delaying the onset of the malos and since there was a lot of malic acid, the malos were long and slow. I don't know about elsewhere but here at the domaine 2010 is a really beautiful vintage. There is tension and verve to the wines and they make me think of the 2008s but with better density and riper tannins. And unlike the 2008s, I don't think that the 2010s will close up once they're in bottle." As to the now in-bottle '09s, they confirmed the seriously impressive quality that they displayed at this time last year. But as good as they are, and they are sensational, the Rousseau '10s are also amazing, in particular the Chambertin which is utterly brilliant. Rousseau noted that he used no new wood at all except for the Clos St. Jacques, Chambertin and Clos de Bèze. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, NY; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: This is also ultra-pure and densely fruited with notes of anise, mint, wet stone and a sauvage hint that introduces intensely earthy and mineral-driven big-bodied flavors that are rich, powerful, serious and densely concentrated, all wrapped in a silky, palate staining, explosive and colossally persistent finish. This is actually relatively expressive and approachable for a young Cham yet the balance and harmony is present for this to age for decades. A brilliant effort and one of the best vintages ever for this justifiably revered wine.
     

Tasting Notes
98
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2009 Gevrey Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £225
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2009
    Gevrey-Chambertin
    Villages Red barrel
    Score: 87-89
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2011
    Drink: 2014+
    Issue: 41
    Note: from 7 different vineyards located primarily in the dejection cone east of the village
    Producer note: Eric Rousseau's take on the 2009 vintage was that "we had a normal winter that wasn't too cold followed by a humid but warm spring. The flowering was uniform and abundant and the summer was much better than average. In fact, I'd like to have a summer like this every year! We did have some early season hail in Clos de la Roche but the effect was on quantity and not quality. I began picking on the 7th of September and brought in generous yields that ranged from a low of 35 hl/ha to a high of 48 hl/ha. There was a normal incidence of shot berries though I heard some of my neighbors say that they had lots. Potential alcohols were solid but not really high at between 12.5 and 13.5% and the acidities were basically ideal. I did a classic vinification of 16 to 20 days with the only exception being that I used a higher proportion of whole clusters, which is to say 15 to 20% versus my usual 5 to 10%. [Rousseau noted that because of the hail, he used no whole clusters for the Clos de la Roche]. For me, 2009 is a genuinely great vintage as the wines have really elegant tannins that remind me of the 1985s or the 1990s. Because of their charm and velvety textures, the wines should drink well from the beginning." Rousseau noted that he used no new wood at all except for the Clos St. Jacques, Chambertin and Clos de Bèze. 
    Tasting note: Reduction limits the expressiveness of the nose though the detailed, delicious and vibrant middle weight flavors possess good depth and solid persistence.
     

Tasting Notes
89
Red Burgundy Roumier, Georges & Christophe 2009 Bonnes Mares

1 Bottle 75cl £1,280
  • Allen Meadows: 96

    This is also remarkably fresh with very ripe but not over ripe aromas of cassis, spice, stone and raspberry liqueur. There is a palpable sense of energy running through the rich, powerful and brooding broad-shouldered flavors that benefit from a huge dollop of dry extract that pushes the very firm tannic spine to the background on the explosive and youthfully austere finish that possesses genuinely outstanding length. I very much like the balance here and this should age effortlessly for decades. Drink: 2027+
    -Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, Issue 45. Tasted: Jan 10, 2012

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Lignier-Michelot 2009 Morey 1er Cru Faconnieres

3 Case 3 150cl £295
  • Tasting note: A more restrained nose of cassis, plum, violets and earth marries into seductively textured, lacy and ultra-pure flavors that are wonderfully refined, indeed to the point where they possess a silky mouth feel and culminate in a superbly long and punchy finish that is the epitome of finesse. This offers excellent qualit

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2009 Clos de Beze

2 Case 6 75cl £10,250
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2009
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2012
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 45
    Producer note: Eric Rousseau's take on the 2010 vintage was "almost every aspect was marked by the weather and most of it wasn't favorable. The night of the 19th of December 2009 had a 15° C drop in just a few hours that caused the sap in the vines to freeze, expand and ultimately kill many vines. We certainly had some of our villages vineyards hit relatively hard. Then the weather was cool and wet during the flowering which caused a lot of shot berries to materialize, which of course was the major driver of the lower yields. In fact we had the lowest yields in 2010 that we have had during the entire decade and I include 2003 in that comparison. Our yields varied between 20 and 30 hl/ha but on the other hand, it is almost a certainty that without the low crop levels we never would have had sufficiently ripe fruit. I didn't wait very long to begin picking and began on the 22nd of September and picked until October 2nd. There was some sorting work for under ripe berries but really no more than usual. Sugars were very good and ranged from 12 to 13.5%. The harvest weather was also very cool and it took a bit longer to get the fermentations to begin but after that I did my normal vinification. Right after the fermentations were finished the temperatures fell even further which means that the cellars cooled off earlier than usual. This had the effect of delaying the onset of the malos and since there was a lot of malic acid, the malos were long and slow. I don't know about elsewhere but here at the domaine 2010 is a really beautiful vintage. There is tension and verve to the wines and they make me think of the 2008s but with better density and riper tannins. And unlike the 2008s, I don't think that the 2010s will close up once they're in bottle." As to the now in-bottle '09s, they confirmed the seriously impressive quality that they displayed at this time last year. But as good as they are, and they are sensational, the Rousseau '10s are also amazing, in particular the Chambertin which is utterly brilliant. Rousseau noted that he used no new wood at all except for the Clos St. Jacques, Chambertin and Clos de Bèze. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, NY; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: This is quite ripe yet the impression is one of freshness with no surmaturité while the aromas reveal an exuberant spiciness to the dense mix of red and black fruit and wet stone aromas. The supple, round and marvelously well-detailed broad-shouldered flavors possess a silky mid-palate brimming with dry extract on the almost painfully intense and massively long mineral-driven finish that displays stunning persistence. The 2009 is an impeccably well-balanced effort in yet another in a long line of great vintages for this storied wine.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2009 Clos de Beze

1 Bottle 75cl £1,685
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2009
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2012
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 45
    Producer note: Eric Rousseau's take on the 2010 vintage was "almost every aspect was marked by the weather and most of it wasn't favorable. The night of the 19th of December 2009 had a 15° C drop in just a few hours that caused the sap in the vines to freeze, expand and ultimately kill many vines. We certainly had some of our villages vineyards hit relatively hard. Then the weather was cool and wet during the flowering which caused a lot of shot berries to materialize, which of course was the major driver of the lower yields. In fact we had the lowest yields in 2010 that we have had during the entire decade and I include 2003 in that comparison. Our yields varied between 20 and 30 hl/ha but on the other hand, it is almost a certainty that without the low crop levels we never would have had sufficiently ripe fruit. I didn't wait very long to begin picking and began on the 22nd of September and picked until October 2nd. There was some sorting work for under ripe berries but really no more than usual. Sugars were very good and ranged from 12 to 13.5%. The harvest weather was also very cool and it took a bit longer to get the fermentations to begin but after that I did my normal vinification. Right after the fermentations were finished the temperatures fell even further which means that the cellars cooled off earlier than usual. This had the effect of delaying the onset of the malos and since there was a lot of malic acid, the malos were long and slow. I don't know about elsewhere but here at the domaine 2010 is a really beautiful vintage. There is tension and verve to the wines and they make me think of the 2008s but with better density and riper tannins. And unlike the 2008s, I don't think that the 2010s will close up once they're in bottle." As to the now in-bottle '09s, they confirmed the seriously impressive quality that they displayed at this time last year. But as good as they are, and they are sensational, the Rousseau '10s are also amazing, in particular the Chambertin which is utterly brilliant. Rousseau noted that he used no new wood at all except for the Clos St. Jacques, Chambertin and Clos de Bèze. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, NY; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: This is quite ripe yet the impression is one of freshness with no surmaturité while the aromas reveal an exuberant spiciness to the dense mix of red and black fruit and wet stone aromas. The supple, round and marvelously well-detailed broad-shouldered flavors possess a silky mid-palate brimming with dry extract on the almost painfully intense and massively long mineral-driven finish that displays stunning persistence. The 2009 is an impeccably well-balanced effort in yet another in a long line of great vintages for this storied wine.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Liger-Belair, Thibault 2010 Corton 1er Cru Renardes

1 Case 6 75cl £480
  • Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair
    2010
    Corton-Renardes
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 91-93
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2012
    Drink: 2022+
    Issue: 45
    Producer note: Thibault Liger-Belair, who is a cousin of Louis-Michel Liger-Belair (see above), told me that 2010 "yielded a small crop but at the same time gave us excellent quality. I began picking on the 24th of September and while there was some sorting work required, it was relatively minor. The fruit had excellent phenolic maturity and good acidities with average pHs. Potential alcohols were strong at between 12.8 and 13.8% and there was basically no chaptalization of any consequence. There was a moderately high incidence of shot berries and in general the skins were quite thick. The berries didn't have a lot of juice in them and between those various factors, yields were definitely significantly lower than they were say in 2009. I did a comparatively soft vinification as there were only 3 total punch downs during the primary fermentation. I relied more on pump overs as the cuvaisons were quite long because as I like to joke that my yeasts were lazy. Because of the high proportion of shot berries there was quite a bit of sugar released during the pressing so there was a material amount of fermentation that occurred in barrel. The wines were pretty difficult to taste before the malos as they were quite strict but afterwards they have improved by the month. I really like my 2010s and believe that they are the best wines that I have ever made. They have everything that I look for in fine pinot noir as there is excellent typicity, elegance, freshness and vibrancy." Thibault Liger-Belair is clearly coming into his own as a winemaker and the wines reflect his growing confidence. This is a domaine to watch as the quality seems to only go from strength to strength. In this same vein, the Liger-Belair '09s have turned out extremely well. Readers should be aware that the Liger-Belair cellars are very deep and particularly cold and thus many of the wines are often strongly reduced. (Vineyard Brands, www.vineyardbrands.com, Birmingham, AL; Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, UK, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, UK and Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, UK).
    Tasting note: Reduction. By contrast there is excellent verve to the exceptionally rich and impressively intense large-scaled flavors that possess excellent power on the overtly muscular, precise and driving finish. This is quite firmly structured but there is good buffering extract that should allow this well-balanced effort to age gracefully.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2010 La Romanee

1 Bottle 75cl £4,800
  • Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair
    2010
    La Romanée
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 97
    Tasted: Jan 14, 2013
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 49
    Producer note: Louis-Michel Liger-Belair told me that 2011 was an "exceptionally precocious vintage that not only started early but ended early. I chose to begin picking on the 3rd of September and brought in super clean fruit though there was some sorting work required for under ripe berries, which cost us around 5%. Quantities were down again and I would estimate that they were off between 15 and 20% relative to a normal vintage. One of the really impressive aspects of this vintage is just how ripe the underlying phenolics are even though the potential alcohols were only slightly above average at between 12 and 13%. It was warm during the harvest and the fruit was obviously warm as well when it arrived at the cuverie. As such the fermentations started relatively rapidly. I elected to push the length of the cuvaisons significantly, which is to say that they normally last about 20 days but in 2011 the average was 25. The malos were varied with some finishing early and some late but the post-malo pHs were pretty much textbook at between 3.5 and 3.6. Overall, 2011 is not a great vintage but I like the wines a lot as they have good aging potential plus they will offer a lot of pleasure young." In other news Liger-Belair told me that he acquired the Nuits 1er monopole of La Grande Vigne (it's actually in Prémeaux) which measures 2.21 ha. He will also have some white next year as a .5 ha portion of La Grande Vigne is planted to chardonnay. As the scores and comments suggest, the now in-bottle '10s have also turned out extremely well and a number of them are really quite stunning, in particular the Reignots. (A Becky Wasserman Selection/Le Serbet, www.leserbet.com, Beaune, France; additional distributors include Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CA/NV/AZ/NM, Grand Cru Selections, LLC, nedbenedict@gmail.com, NY/NJ, Wines Unlimited, www.winesunlimited.com, New Orleans, LA, Classified Wine & Spirits, LLC, www.classifiedwine.net, Austin, TX, C'est Vin, LLC, 703/243-3559, Arlington, VA, and USA Wine Imports, www.usawineimports.com, NY, NY for "Selection Pas Mal", New York, NY; Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, UK and Richards Walford & Co., Ltd., www.r-w.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: This is discreet and reserved with a gorgeously complex nose that offers up notes of violets, cassis, black berry, clove, sandalwood and anise hints. There is a palpable sense of energy to the brilliantly well-delineated, cool and restrained flavors that possess outstanding mid-palate concentration with focused power and a strong mineral component that culminate in a driving and explosive finish. What is interesting here though is that the power is delivered with no apparent weight and the supporting tannins are wonderfully sophisticated. While there is some of the trademark youthful austerity it seems less pronounced in 2010 than in some other recent vintages. A magnificent and perfectly balanced effort of pure silk that should age accordingly and this is undoubtedly one of the best wines in a great vintage.
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Mugnier JF 2010 Musigny

1 Bottle 75cl £2,500
  • Tasting note: Here the broad ranging nose is actually similar to that of the Amoureuses but it's both cooler and even more restrained. The penetratingly mineral-driven large-scaled flavors are an exercise in refinement with tremendous depth of material that pushes the very firm tannic spine to the background on the palate staining, linear and stunning intense finish. This magnificent effort is regal and aloof at this point and is conceding little in terms of accessibility yet it's irreproachably well-balanced which should permit this magnificent effort to develop slowly but surely over the next 15 plus years. The 2010 Musigny is yet another in a long line of great vintages of this wine from Mugnier.

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2010 Clos de Beze

1 Bottle 75cl £3,250
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2010
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 97
    Tasted: Jan 14, 2013
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 49
    Producer note: Eric Rousseau's take on the 2011 vintage was that "we had almost the same metrological conditions as in 2007. It was not quite as hot but otherwise similar, particularly in that the spring was very dry. The summer weather was not great either and it required a lot of work in the vineyards to ensure good aeration to avoid undue problems with rot. We began picking on the 31st of August and there was a fair amount of sorting necessary though not so much that I was worried about how clean my lees would be. Potential alcohols were in the 12 to 13.2% range, which is perfectly acceptable if not truly excellent. Yields however were down considerable and while they were a bit higher than 2010, the total was still off 25 to 30%. I did our normal vinification where I lowered the temperature to between 13 and 16° C (55 and 61° F) and then allowed the musts to climb when and as they wanted. The malos were all over the place with some of them ending early and others terminating much later. As to the wines, there is more underlying material than we had in 2007, and to my taste, the quality is definitely higher as well. I think that the 2011s should age well, not because they are necessarily all that firmly structured so much as that they are very well-balanced." 2011 is a vintage chez Rousseau where the big boys definitely shined and while the lower level wines are more than respectable, they don't necessarily transcend the vintage. That said, the Chambertin, Bèze, Ruchottes, Clos St. Jacques and Clos de la Roche are all very impressive. Regarding the now in-bottle 2010s, they are absolutely stunning and any and all should be on your shopping lists, but in particular, absolutely do not miss either the Chambertin or the Clos de Bèze as they are utterly brilliant. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, NY; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, House of Townend, www.houseoftownend.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerini.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: Very deeply colored, indeed this is the mostly deeply tinted of the Rousseau '10s. A gentle touch of wood offsets the highly complex and ultra-fresh nose that interweaves a superb range of floral, spice and distinctly ripe fruit elements. The seductively textured, detailed, pure and vibrant broad-shouldered flavors display a subtle minerality before terminating in an explosive, powerful and tautly muscled finish that delivers massive length. This is a relatively powerful Rousseau Bèze yet it remains quite refined as the underlying tannins are almost inexplicably fine-grained and like the Clos St. Jacques, it should age effortlessly for years. In sum, this is simply phenomenal.
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Fourrier 2010 Griotte Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £925
  • Tasting note: A very densely fruited and overtly ripe nose offers up a variety of red berry fruit liqueur aromas that include cherry and raspberry as well as hints of earth, underbrush and a subtle note of wet stone. There is excellent intensity to the supple and extremely rich yet focused, balanced and beautifully well-detailed flavors that possess a caressing mouth feel. The structural elements are completely ripe and there is a really lovely underlying tension that runs the length of the wine and this embodies that most attractive of qualities, which is to say power without weight. This is brilliant and should age that way too. I would strongly advise decanting this as well.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2010 Bonnes Mares

1 Case 6 75cl £950
  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    2010
    Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Apr 01, 2012
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 46
    Don't miss!
    Note: from a .24 ha mix of terres rouges and terres blanches but with a bit more of the former
    Producer note: Philippe Prost, Bouchard's winemaker, noted that 2010 was "an up and down growing season with a difficult flowering that resulted in a very small crop with a very high percentage of shot berries, especially in the Côte de Beaune. We began picking on the 20th of September and picked through the 1st of October. The harvest conditions were very cool so the super clean fruit arrived at the cuverie at much more reduced temperatures than is typical. This allowed for longer and entirely natural cool macerations. The harvest itself though was less stressful than usual for the simple reason that various parcels were ready at different times due to the highly heterogeneous flowering and thus we could methodically organize our harvest regimen. Moreover, thanks to the tiny crop and cool harvest weather we had absolutely no rot pressure so again, we could pick when we chose. By contrast 2009 and 2011 saw everything basically ready at the same time so it was much more difficult to optimize the harvest for each parcel. I did our normal vinification with one exception which is that I opted to use a higher percentage of whole clusters than usual though not for all wines. In fact, particularly in the Côte de Beaune it tended to be a lot or a little but not much in between. We also elected to reduce the percentages of new wood and a rough estimate would be 15 to 30% for the villages wines, 35 to 45% for the minor 1ers, 35 to 55% for the major 1ers and between 55 to 75% for the grands crus. We used one-year old wood for the remainder. As to the wines, they have lots of energy and really speak of their underlying terroirs. They're classic burgundies if you will. As to relative performance, every commune in the Côte de Nuits was excellent though if I had to choose just one, then I would anoint Gevrey as the star. In the Côte de Beaune it wasn't quite so homogenous. The best village in my view was Pommard though Volnay was only just behind. Savigny and Beaune were also both quite good if not exactly at the same level." Proust noted that the reds were bottled in December, 2011 and January, 2012 and most wines were not filtered and none were fined. (Henriot, Inc., www.henriotinc.com, NY, NY; John E. Fells and Sons, www.fells.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: Soft wood influence does not materially diminish the lightly spiced and beautifully fresh nose that is composed of red berry fruit, stone hints and earth nuances. The remarkably rich, round and concentrated flavors exude a focused power while coating the palate with impressive reserves of dry extract that also buffer the very firm tannins. This should be excellent in time as there is outstanding intensity yet impeccable balance and length.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Mommessin 2010 Clos de Tart

2 Case 6 75cl £2,200
  • Clos de Tart
    2010
    Clos de Tart
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Jan 14, 2013
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 49
    Producer note: Sylvain Pitiot, régisseur (resident manager) of Clos de Tart, told me that 2011 is a "very pretty and while not a great vintage, it's certainly very good. We picked extremely late by the standards of a relatively precocious vintage, which is to say on the 25th of September. The crop was exceptionally clean and there was really almost no sorting required to speak of beyond a few bits of debris, insects and the like. The potential alcohol was very good at around 13.5% and at that level there is of course no need for chaptalization. Yields were what I would consider normal here at Clos de Tart at around 28 hl/ha. I used some stems in the vinification though because the definitive blend has not yet been made, I can't say with precision what the final percentage will be. As to the 2011 Clos de Tart, it is a relatively forward vintage for us though it shouldn't have any trouble improving over at least a decade." As usual, the vinification was divided into seven different cuvées that may or may not be included in the final blend but the review below is based on what Pitiot believes will be reasonably representative of the '10 Clos de Tart. Further, some of the cuvées were destemmed completely and some not at all. As Pitiot noted, he believes that the '11 will have some significant amount of whole clusters in it. While the 2011 Clos de Tart is certainly a fine effort by the standards of the vintage, it seems clear that the 2010 vintage is at another level. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, St. Helena, CA; and Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK Clarion Wines, www.clarionwines.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: A ripe but cool and highly complex nose of moderately wooded aromas of violets, cassis, black berry and anise hints. The superbly rich and velvety broad-shouldered flavors possess outstanding size, weight and mid-palate concentration that coats the palate with dry extract and enrobes the firm tannic spine to the point where it is more of a background element than usual. There is excellent energy and precision to the dusty, pure and driving finish. This well-balanced effort should require between 15 and 18 years of cellar time to be at its best.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2010 Clos Saint Jacques

1 Case 6 75cl £6,250
  • Tasting note: Discreet but not invisible wood spice adds breadth to the otherwise perfumed, elegant and ultra-pure stone-infused red berry fruit nose that is also quite fresh within the context of the vintage. The detailed and strikingly intense medium-bodied flavors exude dry extract that effectively pushes the firm tannic spine to the background on the palate staining and massively long finish. This powerful effort is a potentially a great Clos St. Jacques that rivals its 2005 counterpart at the same stage of its development.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2011 Clos Saint Denis

3 Case 6 75cl £690
  • Tasting note: A tight and while not completely closed, it would be fair to describe as the nose of subtly layered and spicy dark currant aromas as highly restrained. By contrast, there is fine vibrancy and freshness to the silky and focused middle weight flavors that are shaped by fine grained if distinctly firm tannins, all wrapped in a wonderfully intense, mouth coating, impressively persistent and austere finish. This may be a Clos St. Denis of finesse but it doesn't lack for power or seriousness.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2011 Mazis Chambertin

1 Case 12 75cl £1,025
  • Tasting note: There is a bit more wood on the fresh and open sauvage-infused nose of both red and dark currant, earth and game hints. There is excellent volume to the very smooth and polished mid-palate of the broad-shouldered flavors that possess plenty of dry extract before culminating in a mineral-inflected, powerful and long finish. This moderately firm effort is supported by tannins that are ripe if borderline rustic. A classic Mazis.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2011 Vosne 1er Cru Chaumes

1 Case 6 75cl £285

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