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Region Producer Vintagesort descending Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Red Burgundy Roumier, Herve 1980 Echezeaux

[Duty Paid]

11 Bottle 75cl £65
Red Burgundy Grivot 1995 Richebourg

2 Bottle 75cl £625
Red Burgundy de Vogue 1995 Chambolle 1er Cru Les Amoureuses

3 Bottle 75cl £575£550
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    1995
    Chambolle-Musigny "Les Amoureuses"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml

    Tasting note: This remains quite primary with high-pitched dark fruit aromas and flavors that display excellent complexity and near perfect balance. While not especially powerful, it offers solid concentration and fine length. One of the better de Vogüé Amoureuses in recent years and shows particularly good balance and a fine sense of "pinot noirness".
     

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92
White Burgundy Verget 1996 Corton Charlemagne

9 Bottle 75cl £115
White Burgundy Verget 1996 Batard Montrachet

2 Bottle 75cl £160
Red Burgundy Fourrier 1996 Clos Saint Jacques

[Duty Paid]

5 Bottle 75cl £500
  • Domaine Fourrier
    1996
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 88
    Tasted: Mar 03, 2019
    Drink: Now
     
    Tasting note: This has always been an elegant wine and it remains one with its gorgeously perfumed and beautifully layered aromas of spicy secondary fruit, earth and a hint of sandalwood. There is an equally lovely inner mouth perfume to the chiseled, intense and stony lighter weight flavors that possess a silky texture that is not confirmed by the finish as the latter is somewhat drying and puckery. As the description suggests, this has obvious attributes but unfortunately the dryness is only likely to become more pronounced and thus I would advise drinking up.
     

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88
White Burgundy Sauzet 1996 Puligny 1er Cru Combettes

1 Bottle 75cl £175
Red Burgundy Bachelet, Denis 1996 Gevrey Chambertin Vielles Vignes

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £100
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 1996 La Grande Rue

[original 12x75 case]

8 Bottle 75cl £300
  • Domaine François Lamarche
    1996
    La Grande Rue
    Tasting note: (harvested on September 25th). This most recent bottle was displaying quite a bit of brett and while it did not render the wine undrinkable, it wasn't what it should have been. I would note that the wine seemed to be completely ready. Not Rated.
    From a note taken in November 2007: Here the nose has turned almost completely secondary and is actually, and unusually so for the vintage, a bit animale in character with ripe and spicy sous-bois notes that introduce very rich and concentrated flavors that are vibrant, punchy and detailed while exhibiting an attractive touch of minerality on the strikingly long finish. This is an impressively constituted '96 with solid phenolic maturity and the overall impression is a wine that is still relatively youthful. 92/2013+
     

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92
Red Burgundy Ponsot 1997 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes

1 Bottle 75cl £275
Red Burgundy Ponsot 1998 Chapelle Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £975
  • 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 

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87
Red Burgundy Rousseau 1999 Ruchottes Chambertin

5 Bottle 75cl £775
  • Red-ruby, a bit lighter than the Clos de la Roche. Highly aromatic, liqueur-like nose combines sappy wild berries, dark chocolate, coffee and game, all lifted by a floral topnote. Lush and harmonious on entry, then penetrating and sweet in the middle, but still youthfully tight. Firmly tannic finish calls for patience.

    -- Stephen Tanzer

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89
Red Burgundy Fourrier 2000 Clos Saint Jacques Vieille Vigne

6 Bottle 75cl £390
  • Domaine Fourrier
    2000
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"  ♥
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 90-93
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2002
    Drink: 2008-15
    Issue: 5
    Outstanding
    Producer note: Jean-Marie Fourrier candidly explained that because there was so much rot in '00, he was obliged to treat his vines more than he prefers but that the green harvest helped not only eliminate excess crop but improved aeration as well, helping to keep the rot to manageable levels. Berry size was much bigger in '00 than in '99, and even after dropping a lot of crop, he didn't feel as though he had sufficient dry exact for the amount of juice and thus he did a saignée of between 5 to 8% for some wines. He also did more pigeage (punch downs) than normal; this is to say a whopping 4 times per day!
    He also explained that the fermentations started almost immediately even though he had cooled the must to 12 degrees Centigrade. The malos were slow to begin as they didn't start until April and lasted as late as August. Since 97 he has tried not to rack his wines at all and these '00s had not been racked once, not even after the malos when the first racking typically occurs. He believes that extended aging on the lees produces more glycerol as well as keeps the wines very fresh.
    Fourrier says that precision of fruit is what he was searching for with his 2000s as he is impressed with the vintage's purity. They will be bottled around April with no fining or filtration because he believes that almost every vintage needs an additional 6 to 8 months of élevage after the malos are finished. As an aside, Fourrier works as much as possible with CO2 and thus recommends decanting all of his wines before serving them; the rationale behind this is that he believes that the gas is a powerful preserver of wines and will keep them fresh longer while the tannic structure resolves itself.
    The style of the Fourrier '00s is all about elegance and finesse. They are not particularly dense and certainly not over extracted or manipulated and few producers achieve this level of elegance, purity of fruit and impeccable balance.
    Tasting note: Strikingly elegant nose of earth, pure pinot fruit and touch of game followed by sappy, gorgeously intense, mouth coating flavors of outstanding precision with a strong, persistent finish. The detail this delivers is really impressive and this will challenge the Rousseau as to which Clos St. Jacques is the best in '00.
     

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93
Red Burgundy Dugat-Py 2000 Charmes Chambertin

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 6 75cl £1,950
96
Red Burgundy Dugat-Py 2000 Mazis Chambertin

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 6 75cl £2,350
93
Red Burgundy Leroy 2001 Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts

1 Bottle 75cl £1,950£1,800
  • Drink: 2014-2020
    Outstanding

    Producer note: Mme Bize reports that her yields in 2001 were lower than in 2000, averaging only 17 hl/ha compared to the prior vintage's yields of between 20 and 22 hl/ha. As was the case for the 2000 vintage, Domaines Leroy and d'Auvenay elected to bottle quite early; just before the harvest for the 2001s and in early November for the 2000s. When I inquired as to why she elected to bottle so early, the response was essentially that it was to "preserve freshness and to use even less SO2". I tasted the Domaine Leroy wines in late November and I will taste the Domaine d'Auvenay wines in February (a report on which will appear in Issue 10).
    The Leroy 2001s are, in a word, incredible and in most cases, clearly better than her very impressive 2000s. Mme Bize summarizes the two vintages by saying "2000 is bigger but 2001 is finer and more precise". I have commented in the past that the quality of the tannic structure of the Leroy wines seems to become ever finer with each passing vintage and so it is again in 2001. Moreover, there is a purity and remarkable texture to the wines that seems even more pronounced and perhaps because the ripeness was not as high in 2001 that the wines appear to be even more transparent to their respective terroirs than usual. In fact, when taken as a whole from the top to the bottom of the Leroy range, this may rival the 1993 vintage as her finest ever. Such comparisons aside, what is absolutely clear is that this is a knock out set of wines and despite the often painful prices, it is unquestionably a vintage to buy at least a few bottles because the wines are unquestionably sensational. Note: I will review the d'Auvenay reds in the next Issue. (Martine's Wines, Novato, California)
    Tasting note: The first wine to display even a hint of toast with slightly ashy notes and combines opulent, pure, very spicy and very ripe black fruit aromas and mouth coating, beautifully textured, velvety flavors and astounding persistence. This is an ever-so-slightly more complete wine than the Brulées and while the ash notes would usually be of concern, there is so much concentration and power here that I have no doubt that the toast will successfully integrate.
     

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94
White Burgundy Comtes Lafon 2002 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres

4 Bottle 75cl £225
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2002 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru

1 Case 6 75cl £2,250
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2002
    Chambolle-Musigny "1er"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Mar 21, 2019
    Drink: Try from 2027+
     
    Tasting note: A perfumed, elegant and overtly spicy red currant and floral-suffused nose is still quite fresh as it displays only hints of secondary development. The medium full flavors are ripe, sophisticated and supple while exhibiting an attractive mineral streak that imparts the impression of both lift and firmness to the wonderfully long and well-balanced finish. I quite like this as the grace and class of its origins are plain to see. Tasted multiple times with consistent notes.
     

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93
Red Burgundy Vougeraie 2002 Musigny

1 Case 6 75cl £5,500£5,250
  • 2002 Domaine de la Vougeraie Musigny

    (just two and a half barrels produced; from fruit destemmed by hand): Ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of red fruits, licorice and minerals. Vibrant, very intensely flavored and tightly wound; at once powerful and elegant. Superb building finish features serious tannins that are not at all hard or dry. An extremely young Musigny that will need at least seven or eight years and should be long-lived.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 92-95 Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 2004

    Drink: 2014+
    Issue: 17
    Note: from a tiny parcel of only .17 ha; the fruit was destemmed berry by berry

    Burghound Tasting note: This has completely eaten its oak, leaving a tastefully understated nose of blackberry, cassis and intensely spicy and floral fruit aromas followed by plum-infused, gorgeously sappy, superbly complex and structured flavors with an almost painfully intense finish that goes on and on. This can't quite match the complexity of the Bonnes Mares but it is even more elegant and certainly finer but not necessarily better, just different.

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95
White Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 2002 Corton Charlemagne

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 6 150cl £1,900
  • Brilliant and ultra fine aromas of green apples and limestone lead to almost Chablis-like intensity and razor-sharp, incredibly delineated, chiseled flavors that offer superb texture and an almost chewy finish. This is quite different from many examples of 2002 Corton-Charlemagne as this more of a world class gymnast than a weight lifter as it's sleek, silky and taut plus the delineation is like a hot knife through butter. In short, this is reference standard Corton-Charlemagne and highly recommended.

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

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

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

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

    Score: 94 Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, June 2005

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94
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.
     

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89
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2003 Montrachet

5 Bottle 75cl £270
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2003 Charmes Chambertin

3 Bottle 75cl £390
  • Tasting note: The freshest nose to this point with exuberant, pure and very pretty red pinot fruit nuanced by spice, earth and subtle underbrush notes that give way to supple, easy and very forward middle weight flavors that don't quite possess the same degree of finishing complexity as the Caz and this is a bit shorter as well.

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89
Red Burgundy Bachelet 2003 Charmes Chambertin Vielles Vignes

3 Bottle 75cl £325
  • Deep ruby-red. Expressive aromas of blackberry liqueur, bitter chocolate and coffee; more open than the Corbeaux today. Then superripe in the mouth but a bit less forthcoming, with explosive, surprisingly primary flavors of blackberry and dark chocolate. Boasts a huge middle, especially for a Bachelet wine, but also more finesse than the Corbeaux. This reminded me a bit of a top pinot from the Sonoma Coast. Spreads out to coat the entire palate and mounts slowly and inexorably on the back. A very deep, black fruit-dominated Charmes that's quite fresh for the year. Lay this down for a few years or give it time in a decanter.

    -- Stephen Tanzer

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92
White Burgundy Bertagna 2003 Corton Charlemagne

5 Bottle 75cl £75
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2003 Chambertin

3 Bottle 150cl £625£550
Red Burgundy Bachelet 2004 Charmes Chambertin

9 Bottle 75cl £285
  • Domaine Denis Bachelet
    2004
    Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2007
    Drink: 2014+
    Issue: 25
    Note: from a .44 ha parcel of 80+ year old vines situated directly across from Chambertin
    Producer note: In Denis Bachelet's view, 2005 is a "grand millésime. It's at least as good as 1999 and 2002 and perhaps better. We had a perfect growing season with a consistency and cleanliness of fruit that was even better than both of those two prior vintages. It was quite dry and thus we had very good but not excessive sugars, coming in between 12.5 and 13% with normal yields. I did a cool maceration of between 5 to 8 days depending on the wine and then didn't push the extraction as the skins were thick and gave up their colors and dry extract without much coaxing. The malos were extended, which I believe had as much to do with the cool 2006 growing season as with the amount of malic acid the 2005's possessed to begin with. In fact, between the extra concentration the wines are carrying and the late malos, I may very well delay the mise for another month or two to compensate as the wines seem to be improving month by month in barrel. Overall, I am extremely happy with my '05s and I am convinced that I have never made a better Charmes though obviously time will be the final judge of that." I would agree with Bachelet, not only on his Charmes but in general that his '05s are indeed spectacular. Moreover, the Côte de Nuits-Villages is among the very best of the entire vintage for its class. (A Becky Wasserman/Le Serbet Selection - sbw@leserbet.fr; Berry Bros., Howard Ripley and The Wine Society, UK).
    Tasting note: The recent bottling has caused the nose to become relatively reticent compared to the prior wines though glimpses of the beautifully complex, elegant, refined and pure red pinot and black cherry fruit aromas are visible. The sweet, supple and forward flavors possess notably good length and near perfect balance and the underlying structure on the linear and impressively well delineated finish suggests that this will improve for up to a decade, perhaps slightly longer.
     

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92
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2005 Griotte Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £675
  • Tasting note: A slightly less elegant but equally complex nose of almost exclusively red berry fruit aromas nuanced by touches of earth, underbrush and a subtle hint of game precede round, rich and generous flavors underpinned by suave tannins and a velvety and dusty finish. At present the tannins are on the chewy side and like the Latricières, this will require a certain amount of patience.

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94
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2005 Grands Echezeaux

2 Case 6 75cl £1,125
  • Tasting note: As it should be, this is more elegant still with a bit more of everything, particularly aromatic complexity. A classy nose of black berry and broad range of spices including hoisin, clove, anise, cinnamon and exotic tea that merges seamlessly into the rich, full and superbly intense and powerful flavors that explode on the fantastically long finish. This is a 'wow' wine that really makes a statement as it's built for the very long haul. One to buy.

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96
Red Burgundy Fourrier 2005 Clos Saint Jacques Vieille Vigne

3 Bottle 75cl £525£490
  • Domaine Fourrier
    2005
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Nov 18, 2016
    Drink: Try from 2025+
     
    Tasting note: (with thanks to Doug Barzelay). Initially this was heavily reduced and required a full 45 minutes in a vigorously shaken decanter to really dissipate the funk. Like many '05s at this stage in their evolution this remains reserved and tight but the concentration and balance is seriously impressive. That said, the reserved nose, while offering glimpses of what is to come, is still notably closed and the supporting tannins shaping the impressively scaled flavors remain markedly firm. I remain highly optimistic that in time this is going to be a genuinely great Clos St. Jacques but for now it's basically infanticide, and this is true even with extended aeration. I would advise just letting this slumber away for the better part of another decade as it's going to need it but when it finally matures, we're in for a real treat! Tasted twice in the last 3 years with almost identical results.
     

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94
Red Burgundy Mortet 2005 Gevrey Chambertin Terroirs

2 Case 12 75cl £1,450
  • The 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Cinq Terroirs perpetuates the practice begun with the 2004 vintage, of combining the fruit from Au Velle, En Motrot, Combe du Dessus, En Deree and En Champs (all downhill from Champeaux on the north side of Gevrey) into a single and - at least in this instance -- highly synergistic village wine, representing nearly half of the estate's total acreage. Fruit from these sites is co-fermented in two lots segregated by age of vine, and then blended (which we did in the glass, since like its stable mates, this wine will be racked only once, in March, pursuant to bottling). Ripe black fruits with carnal, fungal and mineral nuances combine for a clear, bright, satin-textured, and substantially-concentrated impression, free of any superficial sweetness and successfully resisting the influence of the all new barrels. Long, rolling low tones of black fruits and forest floor complete a picture very 2005 in its combination of bright fresh-fruit acids with dark, even slightly somber hues of flavor. Taking over this domaine in his mid-twenties, Arnaud Mortet appears poised to bottle a superb collection from his father's final harvest. The crew took a brief second pass over certain parcels, he relates, and the bunches from some young vines required triage, but otherwise the fruit was perfect at first picking. Malolactic fermentations continued well into last autumn. Mortet emphasizes that he will continue a search for elegance and refinement begun in recent years, with a lighter touch during fermentation, and at least for vintage 2006 the employment of some previously-used barrels in order to de-emphasize wood at the modest end of his price spectrum.

    Score: 91/92David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

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91
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2006 Musigny

1 Bottle 300cl £3,750£3,500
  • Maison Joseph Drouhin

    2006
    Musigny
    Grand Cru Red Magnum
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Nov 19, 2012
    Drink: Try from 2026+
     
    Tasting note: This is turning out better than I foresaw as my original review (see herein) noted some finishing dryness but that was not the case here. A still exceptionally fresh and very primary if highly perfumed nose is composed of spicy red berry fruit aromas that are at once layered and pure. There is both excellent richness and volume to the naturally sweet, detailed and intensely mineral-infused medium-full flavors that exude a subtle classiness on the powerful and focused finale. If there is a nit it's that the complexity that this normally displays isn't present, or at least not yet. That said I underscore that this is in magnum and thus the '06 Musigny is still a decade plus away from its apogee. In sum this is classy stuff that is very definitely still on the way up so patience required and particularly so in the larger format bottling.

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93
White Burgundy Boillot, Henri 2007 Puligny 1er Cru Les Pucelles

[Duty Paid]

2 Case 6 75cl £500
94
White Burgundy Boillot, Henri 2007 Puligny 1er Cru Les Perrieres

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 12 75cl £1,075
94
White Burgundy Raveneau 2007 Chablis Grand Cru Clos

1 Bottle 75cl £550£515
  • Tasting note: An equally elegant but ever-so-slightly more complex nose that is also ripe, pure and airy complements perfectly the rich, supple and beautifully intense palate staining and mouth coating broad-shouldered flavors brimming with intensity and oyster shell nuances on the penetrating, delineated, austere and gorgeously precise finish. The underlying sense of tension here is palpable and this too has so much dry extract that it will require the better part of a decade to fully mature. A classic Les Clos.

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95

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