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Region Producer Vintagesort descending Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Red Burgundy de Vogue 1989 Chambolle Musigny

1 Bottle 75cl £290
Red Burgundy Rousseau 1990 Clos Saint Jacques

1 Bottle 75cl £1,850
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    1990
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Mar 02, 2019
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: This was a wine that I was quite curious to try because while I had the good fortune to have enjoyed it several times in the 1990s, it had not come my way since 2001. I'm happy to report that it did not disappoint with its ripe yet airy aromas of sous-bois, spice, earth, game and beautifully well-layered secondary fruit. There is fine richness as well as very good power to the delicious and attractively textured medium-bodied flavors that exhibit equally good layering on the impressively persistent finale. This is not a particularly elegant vintage for the Rousseau CSJ and there remains enough tannin to notice on the slightly warm finish but overall, I found this to have aged out extremely well.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Grivot 1995 Richebourg

2 Bottle 75cl £625
NV La Grande Rue

7 Bottle 75cl £400
NV La Grande Rue

7 Bottle 75cl £350
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
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 1996 Romanee Conti

[UK agent]

1 Bottle 75cl £16,200
  • This is backward to the point of being almost inexpressive though with extended airing, subtle aromas of black fruit, hoisin, spice, underbrush, anise and violets frame understated, refined, elegant and classy flavors of incredible breed and fantastic complexity. This will live for decades and it is so young that it hasn't even begun to reveal what it will ultimately be capable of delivering. And like the 2001 version, the transparency here is nothing short of remarkable. In short, opening a bottle anytime before 2012 will indeed be egregious infanticide and as the drinking window suggests, patience is required, or if need be, at least three hours of in a decanter. Consistent notes.

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 1996 La Grand Rue

6 Bottle 75cl £500
Red Burgundy Ponsot 1997 Clos de la Roche Cuvee Vieilles Vignes

1 Bottle 75cl £300
Red Burgundy Clos de Tart 1998 Clos de Tart

[Vintage neck label missing]

1 Bottle 75cl £360
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2000 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

2 Case 6 75cl £4,400
  • 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 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 Rouget, Emmanuel 2005 Echezeaux

1 Case 12 75cl £12,500
  • A ripe, expressive and airy nose that combines both upper and mid-level register fruit notes that include red pinot, black berry and violet notes trimmed in moderate wood spice as well as natural spice notes of clove and anise that can also be found on the round, rich and beautifully balanced big-bodied flavors that are powerful, long and more stylish than usual. This is a terrific Ech that should be capable of at least a decade's worth of improvement.

    Score: 91/94 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (25), January 2007

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Comtes Lafon 2005 Volnay-Santenots du Milieu 1er Cru

1 Case 6 75cl £825
  •  

    Domaine des Comtes Lafon

    2005

    Volnay "Santenots Du Milieu"

    1er Cru Red 

    Score: 94

    Tasted: Jun 14, 2015

    Drink: Try from 2025+

     

     

    Tasting note: In magnum format this hasn't really evolved all that much since my original in-bottle review as the nose is perfectly ripe, expressive and wonderfully fresh with its array of deeply pitched cherry, violet and spice-inflected aromas. There is superb volume to the rich, full, sweet and velvety mouth coating flavors that offer outstanding detail and superb depth of material on the strikingly long finish. There is a gorgeously appealing sense of harmony here with really lovely transparency. A great Santenots but note that this will require extended cellar time, particularly in this large format bottling.

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

2 Case 6 75cl £3,200
  • 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
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
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2005 Griotte Chambertin

[repack]

1 Case 6 75cl £2,100
  •  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 Mugnier JF 2005 Bonnes Mares

2 Case 6 75cl £9,500
  • Burghound Tasting note: The concentration and intensity has slowly but noticeably been increasing over the last few vintages as the vines begin to achieve a higher average age and it's particularly evident in 2005. Here the nose is unusually expressive rather than its usual brooding character with pretty, even elegant aromas of spicy red pinot and purple fruit and warm earth notes that can also be found on the powerful but detailed, indeed almost nervous flavors that possess excellent precision and a very attractive underlying tension on the explosive finish that delivers flat out incredible length. 2005 is the best vintage for this wine that I've seen since Mugnier took over.

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2005 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

1 Case 6 75cl £7,750
  • Prepare to be transported. A positively brilliant nose of violet and rose petal shines against a background of intensely spiced extravagant red and black pinot fruit nuanced by hints of earth and stone and this minerality continues onto the surprisingly supple flavors that convey a remarkable sense of energy and power on the almost unbelievably intense, focused and structured finish that seems to go on and on without end. And the '05 VV has what all truly great burgundies have which is that extra dimension of power without weight as this carries terrific punch and power yet delivers that explosiveness with impeccable class and grace. While I am duly mindful of the many legendary wines this domaine has produced (see the database for all vintages reviewed dating to 1919), the 2005 could very well join the list of the all time greats, there is really that much potential here. Whether it will ultimately transcend the heights achieved by the 1919 or the 1949 (among many others) remains an open question, I have zero doubt that 2005 will be a genuinely great vintage for this wine. Brilliance personified and absolutely a 'wow' wine, in fact, this merits a double 'wow'.

Tasting Notes
99
Red Burgundy Faiveley 2005 Mazis-Chambertin

3 Case 6 75cl £1,000
Red Burgundy Faiveley 2005 Corton Clos des Cortons

5 Bottle 75cl £137
  • ood full medium red; showing less sign of development than the '07. Deeply pitched aromas and flavors of red berries, iron, spices and tobacco remind me a bit of the 2015 Clos des Cortons. Massive but still-brooding wine with terrific breadth and depth; much harder to taste today than the '07 owing to its higher acidity, lower pH and huge, building, tongue- and tooth-saturating tannins (the IPT here was very high 85, according to Jérôme Flous; in comparison, the index of total polyphenols in 2005 was 70 for Château Latour and 72 for Léoville-Las Cases). This voluminous wine shows stronger graphite minerality as it sits in the glass but still needs at least a few years in bottle to fully harmonize. It should be perfect with fatty meats and cream sauces owing to its surprisingly sound acidity. (13.6% alcohol; 3.45 pH; 3.8 g/l acidity; 35 h/h)

    -- Stephen Tanzer 95 Stephen Tanzer

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Faiveley 2005 Clos de Vougeot

1 Case 6 75cl £1,050
  • Good deep ruby-red. Highly perfumed nose combines raspberry, minerals and licorice. Sappy and vibrant, with terrific underlying spine framing the dense, mineral-driven berry flavors. Quite youthfully tannic-in fact, this seemed to shut down in the bottle-but not hard. Has the energy and length for an extended evolution.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 92+ Stephen Tanzer

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Dugat-Py 2005 Gevrey 1er Cru Petite Chapelle

1 Case 6 75cl £1,600
  • Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry and blackberry aromas along with some smoky, meaty reduction. Densely packed and fat, but a bit chunkier and less clearly delineated than the premier cru and not currently showing the same lift. But this somewhat reduced wine is less evolved and needs more elevage Dugat now includes vines from his sister's land in this cuvee, but not in 2004, as they were hit hard by hail.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 89-92 Stephen Tanzer

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Leroy 2005 Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £18,000
  • One Ultra Rare Bottle From Private Pristine Storage 
    Domaine Leroy 2005 Chambertin Score: 95-98
    Drink: 2025+

    Producer note: Lalou Bize-Leroy calls 2005 an "excellent millésime in both colors. There is a harmony to this vintage that speaks of la grande classe and you can feel it in the quality of the tannins, which are refined and very ripe. The level of phenolic ripeness in this vintage is really something yet there is absolutely no sense of surmaturité or heaviness. Overall, including the Bourgogne, we brought in just under 20 hl/ha, which for us is a good yield. Sugars were excellent at between 13 and 13.5% as were the acidities and the post malo pHs were also terrific at around 3.4. Overall, the vintage really has no direct parallel but I suppose it reminds me somewhat of 1996 or perhaps 1999." In contrast to several recent vintages where the wines were bottled very early, Mme Bize told me that they would begin the bottling for the '05s at the end of November so I tasted them just before they were to be racked into 4 barrel groups for the mise.
    The Leroy '05s are exceptional by any measure and several of the 1ers are simply incredible and while it's hard to call any wines that sell for the prices that these do bargains, if such a term can be applied to them then it applies to the best of these 1ers, in particular the Beaux Monts and Chambolle Charmes, which are quite simply mind bending. There is no additional review of the 2004s as they were reviewed from bottle in Issue 22. However, I wish to add that a number of subscribers who had tried them here in the US notified me that there was an extreme cloudiness to several of them. In this regard, I can report that I have had the range of Leroy '04s twice now and in neither case did I notice undue cloudiness or lack of commercially acceptable clarity. At the second tasting in November however I did notice that they had shut down substantially since February but again, there was no problem with clarity. (Martine's Wines, Novato, CA; Justerini & Brooks, John Armit, Howard Ripley and Lay & Wheeler, all UK).
    Tasting note: A toasty and moderately reduced nose that is sweet yet musky and rather sauvage in character merges into rich, textured and marvelously concentrated flavors that are surprisingly supple on the mid-palate for such a massive constituted wine and in the same vein, the strikingly persistent finish is powerful yet precise and detailed. There is firm tannic spine that is almost invisible due to all of the dry extract. From a structural standpoint, this is reminiscent of the Musigny as it's truly a block of stone at present. Like the best wines here, there is just another dimension to the depth. In sum, this is a great Chambertin and those fortunate to own it can, if they choose, will it to their children as this will easily last for 50 years and may go longer than that.
     

     

     

    Bright, deep ruby-red. Wild, highly complex nose offers dark fruits, nuts, meat and underbrush. Suave and silky on entry, then dense and chewy in the middle, with a smoky suggestion of earth. This expands impressively toward the back, finishing with wonderfully fine tannins and great building length. The longest of these wines today, along with the Romanee-Saint-Vivant. And concentrated enough to go on for decades.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 95-98 Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 2007

Tasting Notes
98
Red Burgundy Giroud, Camille 2005 Latricieres Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £1,290
  • Rating

    (93 - 94)

    Release Price

    $151

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    David Schildknecht

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2007

    Source

    170, The Wine Advocate

    The 2005 Latricieres-Chambertin (purchased partly as grapes and partly as wine) offers a clear, enticing nose of tiny purple plums, blueberries, lilies, beef marrow, and hints of caramel and vanilla. Polished and bright, it exudes the refinement that the Chapelle lacked, leading to a real rush of lingering sweet, caramel- and vanilla-tinged fruit in the finish. The tannins are abundant but ultra-refined. Sock this away for at least a decade and figure on at least an additional decade to hold. There will be a relatively hefty 225 cases. Readers are referred to Pierre Rovani’s report in Issue 160 for details on the acquisition of this house in 2002 by Ann Colgin and a group of Americans, and on Becky Wasserman’s directorial role. At only around 4,500 cases, 2005 will represent their largest production yet, “and we’ll stay small,” says young, manifestly-talented winemaker David Croix. Croix works intensively in the vineyard with most of his suppliers. He ages the wines largely in newly-purchased but once-used barrels, augmented by a low percentage of new casks. I tasted all of the wines immediately prior to their first racking which was late, explains Croix (despite malo-lactic fermentations early by 2005 standards), because the quality of the fruit deserved the enrichment and protection of long lees contact and a slightly reduced state. They will be bottled without filtration in March or April.

     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Giroud, Camille 2005 Clos de Vougeot

1 Case 6 75cl £900
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2005 Charmes Chambertin

2 Case 12 75cl £1,250
  • Good full red. Pure, sappy aromas of red fruits, minerals, spices and flowers. Creamy on entry, then dense and sweet but rather backward in the middle, offering excellent focus but a distinctly restrained character. This smoky, minerally wine boasts a fairly substantial structure and will require patience.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 91+ Stephen Tanzer

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2005 Bonnes Mares

1 Case 3 75cl £2,300
  • An even riper but not surmature nose that is less elegant and aromatically complex, at least at present, features brooding aromas of black and blue berry plus black cherry and violets nuanced by hints of spice and warm earth merge into big, powerful and well-muscled flavors underpinned by impressive mid-palate concentration and dense but fine tannins, all wrapped in a dazzling long finish that is perfectly balanced. This will clearly require time to unfold but the raw material is indisputably here and like the Musigny, this is built for the very long haul.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2005 Clos de Vougeot

4 Case 12 75cl £1,750
  • Rating

    (93 - 95)

    Release Price

    $122

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    David Schildknecht

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2007

    Source

    171, The Wine Advocate

    Charred meat, black currant, and wet stone characterize the bouquet of Jadot’s 2005 Clos Vougeot. Savory, salty, brightly-fruited and invigoratingly juicy on the palate, this displays more energy and acidity than I would have expected from the appellation. For all of the clarity and juiciness of this wine’s fruit, grilled meat and stony earthiness combined with the emergence of formidable tannins and subtle but persistent cyanic and iodine notes to turn its formidably long finish somewhat austere. But this is going to result in an exciting rendition of its terroir if left in the dark for at least 6-8 years. Jacques Lardiere has once again presided over a collection for the most part not intended to flatter in its youth, but rather to achieve an eventual balance of fruit acidity with (in this instance frequently quite prominent) tannin. Prolonged post-fermentative extraction promoted a formidably-structured group of wines, which Lardiere expressed no hurry about bottling. Certain of these – particularly from the Cote de Beaune – displayed a slightly drying finishing astringency or simply an austere lack of charm to match their concentration, traits Lardiere suggested might be traceable to drought stress in those sites. A brief July rain that reached the Cote de Nuits but not the Cote de Beaune was critical, he asserts, and all of Jadot’s vines in the northern Cote were picked before the harvest in the south commenced. 

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Maume 2006 Gevrey 1er Cru Champeaux

1 Case 6 75cl £360
  • Domaine Maume
    2006
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Champeaux"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 88
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2009
    Drink: 2012+
    Issue: 33
    Note: from a .27 ha parcel of 25+ year old vines

    Domaine Maume
    2006
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Champeaux"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 88
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2009
    Drink: 2012+
    Issue: 33
    Note: from a .27 ha parcel of 25+ year old vines
    Producer note: As to the 2007 vintage, Maume observed that it was a "very early vintage. A tremendous amount of work was required in the vineyards as the summer was lousy and there was rot pressure plus we had some hail in Gevrey though thankfully it was just before the véraison. I knew that it was critical to wait to begin picking and in 2007, we waited quite late and didn't start until the 10th of September. It was strange being in the vineyards at that point because many domaines had already finished by then. There was a lot of sorting required and we threw out about 15% of what was picked and the overall quantity was down by 30% compared to 2006. Thanks to having waited, sugars were strong at between 12.5 and 13% and essentially there was no significant chaptalization. I did a slightly warmer whole berry vinification where I allowed the temperatures to climb to between 32 and 33° C. The total cuvaison lasted about 3 weeks but otherwise it was pretty much a classic vinification." There are two important changes for 2007, the first of which is that Maume said that he didn't like the quality of his Charmes and Champeaux and so both were sold. Secondly, because of the significant reduction in quantity, the Etelois was combined into the Gevrey villages cuvée. Note that the Pommard is a négociant wine. (Kermit Lynch, Berkley, CA; Seckford Wines and Richards Walford, UK).
    Tasting note: A more deeply pitched though fruity nose of red and blue pinot fruit aromas and equally pungent earth and game notes that also characterize the supple, textured and nicely deep medium full flavors that possess better mid-palate fat with a precise, textured and mouth coating finish. This understated and lighter effort should nicely repay 5 to 7 years of cellar time.
     

Tasting Notes
88
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2006 Grands Echezeaux

[owc]

1 Case 6 75cl £16,500
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 Lignier-Michelot 2008 Clos de la Roche

1 Case 12 75cl £1,800
  • Note: from a .27 ha parcel, most of which is young vines of 15 years though there is a parcel approximating 15% of the total with <40 years of age
    Producer note: Virgile Lignier told me that 2008 was a vintage where "the saving grace was the north wind, which is also responsible for forming its character, much as it did in 1996 and 2002. As such, it was primarily maturation through evaporation rather than through the more typical heat and light. Having seen this phenomenon before, I waited as long as I could so that my fruit could benefit from what sunshine and luminosity that there was. I began picking on the 2nd of October because I could see that there was no photosynthesis going on and there was nothing to be gained by waiting any longer. Waiting though had its price as it was necessary to eliminate a lot of fruit. In fact, I would estimate my average loss at 30%. Sugars were better than I thought they would be at between 11.5 and 12.5% and I had one parcel at 13%. I limited the chaptalization to no more than half a degree. The '08s are extremely transparent and I was positive that boosting the alcohols would immediately, and permanently, mark the wines. As I did in 2007, I elected to use some whole clusters, which varied between 10 and 20% though for the old vines Morey, it was 30%, the Clos St. Denis saw 50% and for the Charmes-Chambertin, it was 100%. The '08 vintage is not really to my taste but I have to say that it's certainly better than I anticipated that it would be. And in tasting the wines, it's immediately apparent that 2008 respected the hierarchy of appellations as there are big quality differences between each level." Note: Lignier has a small négociant activity and the wines are sold under Maison Virgile Lignier. 
    Tasting note: Like all of these grands crus, this is a very ripe '08 with a layered, elegant and nuanced nose that combines red pinot fruit, oak, warm earth and wet stone notes that seamlessly give way to round, rich and full-bodied flavors that possess a sleek muscularity on the beautifully textured and mineral-driven finish. This is a big wine in the context of the vintage and offers a completely different personality than does the Clos St. Denis.
     

Tasting Notes
92
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
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 de Vogue 2009 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses

1 Case 6 75cl £4,500
  • Drink: 2021+
    Don't miss! Outstanding
    Tasting note: An extremely fresh and strikingly complex nose speaks of violets, anise, clove and cinnamon on the mélange of red and blue pinot fruit. The detailed and ultra fine middle weight flavors are also intensely mineral-driven and culminate in a posed, harmonious and explosively long finish where an interesting note of mandarin surfaces. A text book Amoureuses.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2009 La Romanee

1 Bottle 75cl £5,200
  • 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 Barthod, Ghislaine 2009 Chambolle Musigny

1 Case 6 75cl £510
  • Domaine Ghislaine Barthod
    2009
    Chambolle-Musigny
    Villages Red barrel
    Score: 87-90
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2011
    Drink: 2014+
    Issue: 41
    Note: from 11 different parcels totaling 1.5 ha, scattered all around Chambolle
    Producer note: Ghislaine Barthod describes 2009 as an “easy vintage, other than perhaps cleaning up after the hail storm. We began picking on the 8th of September and brought in a very clean crop with sugars that ranged from 12.5 to 13.3%. The hail limited yields for us but even with the loss, it still was almost a normal crop. I did a classic vinification and didn’t vary at all from what I usually do. I think the wines will be very popular and even though they might be slightly riper than some prefer, the wines are finer than usual which should help.” Fans of the domaine will notice a new wine for 2009, which is the Chambolle 1er Gruenchers. Barthod bought the .19 ha parcel from Patrick Landanger of Pousse d’Or, who himself had acquired it when he bought the remaining vineyards belonging to Moine-Hudelot. Barthod also acquired one ouvrée (.043 ha) of Chatelots, which will add roughly one barrel of production. (Rosenthal Wine Merchant, www.madrose.com, Shekomeko, NY; Richards Walford & Co., Ltd., www.r-w.co.uk, Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, Seckford Wines, www.seckfordwines.co.uk, Uncorked Ltd, www.uncorked.co.uk, and Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: An ultra fresh, airy, pure and high-toned red pinot fruit nose slides gracefully into detailed and mineral-driven middle weight flavors that culminate in a dusty, mouth coating, balanced and linear finish. This is a classically styled Chambolle of finesse.
     

Tasting Notes
90
Red Burgundy Lignier-Michelot 2009 Morey 1er Cru Faconnieres

2 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 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 Vougeraie 2010 Musigny

1 Bottle 150cl £2,850
  • 2010
    Musigny
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Jan 14, 2013
    Drink: 2027+
    Issue: 49
    Note: from a tiny parcel of only .17 ha
    Producer note: Winemaker Pierre Vincent described 2011 as having "such an early warm and hot start to the growing season that we originally thought that we might start harvesting around the 20th of August! One of the interesting aspects of the vintage is that the bunches were formed under conditions of hydric stress and thus they were quite small with very good ratios of solids to liquids. A cool, wet and cloudy July and half of August however slowed things down to the point where we actually started picking in the Côte de Beaune on the 31st of August and then we attached the Côte de Nuits on the 2nd of September. While there was some sorting necessary the overall condition of the fruit was very clean and almost as importantly the stalks were very clean too. There was an excellent level of phenolic maturity but with only moderate potential alcohols that averaged around 12%. The acidities were on the below average side and the post-malo pHs came in around 3.65, which is higher than is typical with our wines. Because of the clean stalks and excellent level of phenolic maturity I decided to use about the same percentage of whole clusters this year as I did in 2010, which ranged between 30 and 80%. I did a 21 day cuvaison along with our usual vinification. Despite the fact that the wines are not technically textbook from a sugar and acidity standpoint I really like them as they are very terroir and because they're quite well-balanced they should drink well young plus age well too if that's what our clients want." I have noted several times that Vincent is really pushing the Vougeraie wines in the right direction as I was impressed with the quality of both the '11s and the '10s as both outperform the quality of their respective vintages. (Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, NV/CO/AZ/NM; Martin Scott Wines, www.martinscottwines.com, Lake Success, NY; Country Vintner, www.countryvintner.com, Ashland, VA; Lion Imports, CA; Martignetti, www.martignetti.com, Boston, MA; Fields, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, UK and Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, UK).
    Tasting note: A soaring nose of cool, elegantly pure and very fresh aromas of violets, lavender, sandalwood, black cherry, plum and stone are gorgeously spicy. There is terrific intensity to the rich and mouth coating broad-shouldered flavors that brim with dry extract that imparts a velvety and seductive texture to the explosive and hugely long finish. This is very firmly structured and will require the better part of 20 years to realize its full, and considerable, potential. A stunning effort that is completely worthy of the appellation.
     

Tasting Notes
96
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 Bonnes Mares

2 Case 6 75cl £750
Red Burgundy Comtes Lafon 2011 Monthelie 1er Cru Les Duresses

1 Case 6 75cl £330
  • Lafon's 2011 Monthélie is sweet, supple and seductive. Dark red cherry pit, flowers and spices meld together in a soft, voluptuous wine loaded with tons of appeal. The 2011 offers gorgeous resonance, volume and texture, not to mention considerable pleasure. Dominique Lafon makes more important reds, but I often find myself attracted to the Monthélie for the pure joy it so often delivers. 

    -- Antonio Galloni

Tasting Notes
90
Red Burgundy Mortet 2011 Fixin Vieilles Vignes

[Duty Paid]

10 Bottle 75cl £60
  • Domaine Denis Mortet
    2011
    Fixin Vieilles Vignes
    Villages Red 750 ml
    Score: 88
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2017+
    Issue: 53
    Note: from 40 year old vines in the tiny .74 ha vineyard of Champs Pennebaut, which is near the Couchey border for the inveterate map readers among you
    Producer note: Arnaud Mortet observed that the 2012 vintage "suffered through a troubled and extended flowering that was responsible for much of the naturally low yields. The bunches were loose and with tiny berries that allowed the fruit to be super clean at the harvest. I decided to start picking on the 23rd of September and brought in ripe fruit that needed only small amounts of chaptalization and in some cases, none at all. As I have been slowly doing each vintage now, I once again lightened the extraction. I shortened the cool maceration period from 7 days to 5 and did a 21 day total cuvaison. In the same vein I used a bit less new wood as well and it now averages about one-third though that of course varies wine by wine. I completely destemmed in 2012 though I have been thinking about doing some more experimenting with using some whole clusters so we will see going forward. As to the style of the 2012s I think it's the kind of vintage that everyone will like. The wines are ripe but fresh and with a mid-palate succulence that makes them a pleasure to drink." As I commented last year the Mortet 2011s are excellent and now that they are in bottle they confirm the quality that I saw last year. Mortet noted that his 2011s, revisited below, were bottled between January and April, 2013. (Martine's Wines, www.martineswines.com, Novato, CA; multiple UK sources, including Bibendum Wine Ltd., www.bibendum-wine.co.uk, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, Harrods Limited, www.harrods.com, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, and The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk).
    Tasting note: An adroit application of wood sets off fresh and ripe if somber aromas of dark berries, violets and plum. The very round, suave and supple flavors display both good energy and fine volume before terminating in a balanced and persistent finish that exhibits a bit of youthful Fixin austerity and rusticity.
     

Tasting Notes
88
Red Burgundy Chevillon, Robert 2011 Nuits 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 6 75cl £360
  • Domaine Robert Chevillon
    2011
    Nuits St. Georges "Les Vaucrains" 1er  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2023+
    Issue: 53
    Outstanding
    Note: from a 1.5 ha parcel
    Producer note: Bertrand Chevillon called the 2012 a "complicated and challenging vintage that in the end gave us both good and bad news. The bad news is that quantities were off between 40 and 50% due to the poor flowering but the good news is that the quality of the raw materials was first rate. Just to provide you with an idea, very generally speaking that are around 100 berries per bunch in a typical vintage but in 2012 there were between 50 and 60. We began picking on the 20th of September and you really couldn't ask for cleaner fruit as there was literally zero rot. Phenolic maturities were excellent and the potential alcohols were very good at around 12.5%. We did our normal vinification and the result is very rich and concentrated wines that should have early appeal but also age very well as there is no reason why they shouldn't." Chevillon noted that the domaine changed its label as of the 2011 vintage so fans should look for a change when those wines appear in the market place. Note I revisited two now in-bottle 2011s and one 2010 below. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, www.kermitlynch.com, Berkeley, CA; A&B Vintners, www.abvintners.co.uk, and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, both UK).
    Tasting note: This is very reserved, indeed to the point where the nose is borderline taciturn and requires considerable swirling to reveal the ripe and intensely earthy nose of animale inflected dark berry fruit. The concentrated, powerful and muscular broad-shouldered flavors ooze with an abundance of dry extract that actually causes the very firm tannins to appear more civilized than they really are. Despite the reserve of the nose the austere finish is explosive and the length is excellent.
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Bichot, Albert 2011 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Amoureuses Clos Frantin

1 Case 6 75cl £1,000
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2012 Gevrey Estournelles St Jacques

2 Case 6 75cl £350
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.
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Roche de Bellene 2012 Romanee Saint Vivant

3 Case 3 75cl £925
  • Tasting note: Curiously this is somewhat less expressive than the Richebourg though aggressive swirling does liberate floral, Asian-style spices and cool red berry fruit scents. There is really fine detail to the graceful, intense and lilting middle weight flavors that possess a lovely sense of underlying tension on the mildly austere but hugely persistent finish. A classic Romanée St. Vivant of restraint and refinement.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2012 Morey 1er Cru Clos des Ormes

1 Case 6 75cl £195
  • Tasting note: Barnier indicated that this was not vinified by Jadot. There is a background note of menthol to the pretty and fresh red currant, earth and lightly spicy nose. There is a very supple and refined mouth feel to the satin-textured middle weight flavors that also possess a seductive mouth feel, all wrapped in a balanced finish. This should drink well young.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Fourrier 2012 Clos Saint Jacques Vieille Vigne

1 Bottle 75cl £575
  • Domaine Fourrier
    2012
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2015
    Drink: 2020+
    Issue: 57
    Outstanding
    Note: from .89 ha parcel planted in 1910
    Producer note: Jean-Marie Fourrier told me that 2013 was a "really complicated vintage to manage because it was so wet. The tough part is that the wetter it is the more protection that the vines need but the harder it is to treat them. For domaines like mine that only use contact products it only takes 20 mm of rain to wash them off. When the vineyards are so wet that you can't get mechanized equipment into them then you have to treat manually with the tanks on your back. Let me tell you, that's heavy duty work. The weeds were also a huge problem in 2013 because you would plow and then 3 days later they were back. Weeds and grasses are a mixed blessing because while they can help against erosion and to absorb excess moisture because they can harbor humidity that helps the spread of vine diseases. This was super important because the key to the vintage was to make sure that you had a healthy solar panel of leaves so that adequate photosynthetic activity was going on. With the constant mildew pressure that everyone had it was easy to lose a lot of leaves and thus many vineyards didn't produce sufficiently ripe fruit if you didn't treat precisely when you had to treat. Worse still, even if you treated rigorously that didn't mean that your neighbors did and all it took was a gust of wind in the direction of your vines to contaminate them. In short, the 2013 vintage didn't pardon anything other than perfection in terms of your treatments. We began picking on the 2nd of October and we picked as quickly as we could which is to say 5 days. This was important as well because around the 28th of September the acidities began to fall like a stone and acidities are a natural defense against botrytis. Once this occurred the rot exploded and thus picking rapidly was an imperative. While there was some sorting required it wasn't anything major though this was again as much about respecting the treatment cadence than anything else. Quantities were down a bit but again nothing major. Potential alcohols were in the 11.8 to 12.5% range and nothing was chaptalized above 13%. As to the wines they're classic burgundies that are moderately structured and should age well over the mid-term." I will repeat the advice that I typically give, which is that Fourrier deliberately bottles with high CO2 levels as a partial defense against oxidation and thus if you elect to try an example or two young, be sure to decant for 20 to 30 minutes first. Note that all wines are labeled as Vieilles Vignes. Also Fourrier has substantially expanded his négociant activities so see directly below for those reviews. Lastly Fourrier noted that his 2012s, two of which were revisited below, were bottled in February 2014. (Rosenthal Wine Merchant, www.madrose.com, Shekomeko, NY; there are many sources in the UK including A&B Vintners, UK, www.abvintners.co.uk, John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, Uncorked Ltd, www.uncorked.co.uk, and Seckford Wines, www.seckfordwines.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: A remarkably elegant and exuberantly spicy nose features an airy and cool mix of raspberry, cherry, red currant and plenty of wet stone characters. There is superb intensity to the mineral-driven, pure and ultra-refined middle weight flavors that are shaped by very fine-grained tannins on the moderately austere, balanced, saline and wonderfully persistent finish. A classic Clos St. Jacques of class and grace.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Fourrier 2012 Griotte Chambertin Vieille Vigne

1 Bottle 75cl £750
94
White Burgundy Roche de Bellene 2012 Montrachet

1 Case 6 75cl £2,150
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2012 Nuits 1er Cru Vaucrains

2 Case 6 75cl £350
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2012 Clos de Beze

3 Case 6 75cl £1,200
  • Tasting note: This is also quite reduced in fact so much so that nothing is discernable, not even the spice. This is bigger, richer and more powerful than the Chapelle with more mid-palate concentration as well with a lovely mineral streak that runs the length of the wine before culminating in an explosive finish that really does a slow build. I very much like the overall depth yet it's all but certain that more will develop as this possesses ample amounts of underlying material. A classic Bèze that is built to age.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Mugneret-Gibourg 2012 Vosne Romanee

3 Bottle 75cl £165
  • Burghound Tasting note: A spicy, elegant and ripe nose is composed of mostly dark berry fruit that is liberally laced with spice and violet nuances. There is a beguiling mouth feel to the polished middle weight flavors that are suave yet restrained, all wrapped in a lingering and complex finish where a touch of wood and austerity are perceptible. This is an excellent Vosne villages that should repay up to a decade of cellar time.Burghound

     

Tasting Notes
90
White Burgundy Bouzereau 2012 Corton Clos des Fietres Blanc

2 Case 6 75cl £330
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2012 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

1 Case 12 75cl £8,000
  • A gorgeously spicy nose is comprised of liqueur-like dark berry fruit scents that also display plenty of floral influence that includes notes of lavender, violet and, somewhat curiously, honeysuckle. There is outstanding concentration and punch to the seductively textured and marvelously intense big-bodied flavors that are borderline robust as the supporting tannins are dense but refined. I really like the Zen-like sense of harmony to the explosively long finish that really stains the palate. In a word, terrific.

    Score: 94/97Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (53), January 2014

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2012 Clos de la Roche

2 Case 6 75cl £640
  • Tasting note: A pungently earthy nose also offers supporting aromas of gentle wood, spice and both red and dark fruit components. There is excellent richness and body to the large-scaled, mineral-inflected and openly powerful flavors that possess plenty of tannin-buffering dry extract before terminating in a striking long finish. This is a robust and very serious effort that possesses excellent cellaring potential and note well that it will need it as this is presently a bruiser. 93/100
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2013 Clos Vougeot Hommage a Jean Morin

1 Case 6 75cl £2,450
  • Domaine Château de La Tour
    2013
    Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes Homage à Jean Morin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2016
    Drink: 2033+
    Issue: 61
    Note: made from the first bunch on each fruiting cane and Labet noted that it was vinified with no sulfur; about 600 bottles will be produced
    Producer note: François Labet told me that 2014 is a "beautiful vintage that produced succulent and refreshing wines that possess excellent maturity levels. The growing season was not without a few challenges but it was certainly easier than either 2012 or 2013. For example we suffered some hail damage in June and while ultimately we were not affected by the Suzukii infestation that doesn't mean we weren't worried about it. The summer was lousy and by the middle of August I began to wonder if we were going to have sufficient maturity levels to make good wines. Near perfect conditions returned right at the end of August, and September was magnificent and ripeness levels spiked rapidly. We began picking on the 24th of September and while there was a bit of sorting required it was less than usual. The fruit was clean and with very thick skins that gave us excellent colors rapidly. I really like the style of the 2014s as they are already pleasurable though they have the mid-palate stuffing and balance to age well." Labet said that there would be no cuvée Homage à Jean Morin in 2014. Labet noted that his 2013s, revisited below, were bottled in July 2015. (Caveau Selections, www.caveauselections.com, Portland, OR, Wine Warehouse, www.winewarehouse.com, Los Angeles, CA and Verity Wines, www.veritywines.com, NY/NJ; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK).
    Tasting note: The oak influence is a bit more subtle though by no means invisible as it suffuses the very spicy plum liqueur-like aromas that are liberally laced with earth, exotic tea and dried floral scents. There is a lush, even opulent mouth feel to the dense big-bodied flavors that possess excellent size, weight and power yet the palate impression is finer, partially because the dry extract enrobes the tannins but also because the tannins themselves are finer on the massively long finish. The level of dry extract present here is simply amazing and this is going to require at least 20 years to realize all of the incredible upside development potential. Flat out terrific!
     

Tasting Notes
96
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2013 Puligny 1er Cru Les Pucelles

1 Case 6 75cl £585
Red Burgundy de Montille 2014 Vosne 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts

1 Case 6 75cl £1,100
  • Tasting note: A discreet application of oak sets off the openly floral and spicy red currant, plum, sandalwood and Asian tea scents. There is impressive mid-palate density to the muscular and notably powerful medium weight plus flavors that seem to be constructed on a firm base of minerality, all wrapped in strikingly persistent finish that is austere but well-balanced thanks to the abundant level of sappy dry extract. Like the Clos du Roi, this is explicitly built-to-age and don't waste your precious bottles by drinking them too young.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Faiveley 2014 Corton Clos des Cortons

1 Case 3 150cl £580
  • Tasting note: A fresh, cool and moderately restrained nose speaks of various red and dark berries along with plenty of iron-inflected earth, animale and pretty floral nuances. The lush, even opulent flavors certainly don't lack for size, weight and power as they coat the palate while buffering the notably firm tannic spine on the muscular, driving and wonderfully persistent finish. This too is impressively concentrated and built-to-age.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Gros, Anne 2014 Richebourg

1 Case 6 75cl £2,760
  • Richebourg Grand Cru

    Bright medium red. Perfumed scents of black raspberry and espresso are complicated by soil-driven smoke and crushed-rock notes. The richest and most tactile of these young 2014s but also with great finesse to the flavors of red berries, rose petal, saline minerality and pepper. The wine's tannins are serious and deep but not hard. This true-to-its-terroir beauty really saturates the palate under a wave of flavor.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 93+ Stephen Tanzer 2024 - 2033 $623.00 Mar 2017

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2014 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes

1 Case 12 75cl £1,500
  • Château de La Tour
    2014
    Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2017
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 65
    Note: from vines that were planted in 1910
    Producer note: François Labet told me that 2015 was a "precocious vintage where we realized relatively tiny yields in Clos de Vougeot thanks to a very high incidence of shatter during the flowering, which is to say around 20 hl/ha. We chose to begin harvesting on the 8th of September and the fruit was spotlessly clean, ripe and with very thick skins. The vinifications were easy and we did almost no punching down as it would have been very easy to extract too much structure. As to the wines they are still of course developing but they appear to be extremely promising. The tannins are phenolically mature and the fruit is very ripe yet it's not ripe in the same fashion as say 2003 or 2009 and thus the terroir transparency is better. I like them a lot and they should be reasonably approachable young yet they're so concentrated that they should age for decades." The La Tour 2015s are indeed very promising and should prove to be exceptionally long-lived. That said, don't miss their 2014s either as they too are first-rate. I remind readers that there was no cuvée Homage à Jean Morin in 2014. The 2014s, revisited below, were bottled in June 2016. (Terlato Wines, Lake Bluff, Il; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK).
    Tasting note: Here the nose is compositionally similar to that of the regular cuvée but as is usually the case it is more reserved, more complex and the wood treatment is more subtle. There is notably better concentration to the impressively rich, powerful and muscular big-bodied flavors are shaped by dense but relatively fine tannins on the wonderfully long, balanced and again youthfully austere finale. This terrific effort is really most impressive though note well that it is going to need at least 10 years of bottle age and reward 15 to 18.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 2014 Corton

2 Case 6 75cl £825
  • Domaine Bonneau du Martray
    2014
    Corton
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Apr 15, 2017
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 66
    Note: from a 1.5 ha parcel in Le Charlemagne
    Producer note: I will have Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière's broader views of the 2015 vintage in Issue 67. With respect to the red Corton, he noted that it was picked on the first of September with yields of around <17 hl/ha, which is around 50% less than is usual. He further noted that the fruit was quite clean as less than 1% of the fruit was eliminated and most of that was due to second generation berries that were not fully ripe. The total cuvaison lasted 17 days. Note the '14 was revisited below in bottle. (Becky Wasserman & Co., www.leserbet.com, Beaune, France is the US Agent; Martin Scott Wines www.martinscottwines.com, NY, Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants www.chamberswines.com, CA, Vines, www.finevines.com, IL, Classified Wine & Spirits, LLC, www.classifiedwine.net, TX, Wines Unlimited, www.winesunlimited.com, LA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, www.ndcweb.com, GA, Augustan Wine, www.augustanwine.com, FL, C'est Vin, LLC, 703.243.3559, VA, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, NV/AZ/NM, M.S. Walker, www.mswalker.com, MA, all USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK).
    Tasting note: A cool and ultra-pure nose features notes of both red and dark cherry, earth, spice and plenty of earth character that is also reflected by the sleek and relatively refined middle weight flavors that evidence a firm muscularity, all wrapped in a moderately structured, youthfully austere and well-balanced finale. This is very Corton in basic disposition but like the 2015, it's not particularly rustic and should age well for 15+ years.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Mugneret-Gibourg 2014 Vosne Romanee

3 Bottle 75cl £150
  • Burghound - Tasting note: Here too the elegant and notably spicy nose is composed by notes of super fresh dark pinot fruit, herbal tea, plum, violet and sandalwood nuances. The vibrant and seductively textured medium-bodied flavors exhibit lovely length and balance on the firm and dusty and not really austere finale. This is very Vosne in style and recommended plus it should drink well on the younger side if desired.

     

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White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2014 Chevalier Montrachet

2 Case 3 75cl £3,600
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    Bright yellow. Reticent nose smells softer than the Batard, offering scents of ripe stone fruits, grilled almond, ginger, smoke and musky white flowers. Big and plush in the mouth, conveying a considerably sweeter impression than the Batard. This wonderfully silky, seamless wine mounts in volume on the back half, finishing very ripe but dry, with splendid length. Perhaps not quite as taut and iodiney as it was from barrel a year ago but I'm just quibbling. Production here was just 33 hectoliters per hectare.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 95 Stephen Tanzer 2022 - 2034 $850.00 Sep 2016

    Domaine Leflaive
    2014
    Chevalier-Montrachet
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 94-97
    Tasted: Jun 15, 2016
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 63
    Producer note: I tasted this time with newly elected director Brice de La Morandière, 50, an international businessman and 4th generation member of the Leflaive family along with régisseur (estate manager) Eric Remy. They told me that 2014 presented its "fair share of challenges though we had a great start to the season as the spring was dry and clement which engendered a precocious bud break. The flowering was also early as it began in the third week of May rather than June. We did have some shot berries but overall potential yields appeared to be correct. We did suffer a bit of hail damage in Blagny but otherwise we were largely spared. July though was basically lousy though in the end we were fortunate as the conditions were ideal to have serious disease pressure though yet none really developed. We chose to begin picking on the 10th of September under excellent harvest conditions. The fruit was ripe and super clean with potential alcohols in the 12.5 to 13.2% range and we chaptalized a few tenths of a degree but not more. Yields were right around 46 hl/ha for the villages and 1ers but only 38 to 39 hl/ha for the grands crus. We found the wines to be pretty tight so we stirred the lees roughly twice a week up until Christmas and then stopped as they were developing very well. As to the style of the 2014s, they might be described as a combination of 2010 and 2011 as they have attributes of both. They should age extremely well yet they're not so backward that they won't have some appeal young." Remy noted that the 2013s revisited below were bottled between March and April 2015. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, St. Helena, CA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Private Cellar Ltd., www.privatecellar.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: There is a touch of mineral reduction that adds breadth to the wonderfully elegant and ultra-pure nose of various citrus and floral elements that are trimmed in just enough wood treatment to notice. There is a gorgeously refined mouth feel to the chiseled, intense and palate staining medium weight plus flavors that display an almost pungent minerality on the cool, harmonious and hugely long finish that is dry but remarkably not the least bit austere. This stunningly good effort is Zen-like in its sense of completeness and 2014 should make for one of the future great vintages of this storied wine. Note though that it is presently very structured and is going to require plenty of cellar time.

     

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