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Region Producer Vintagesort descending Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Red Burgundy Gros Frere & Soeur 1985 Clos de Vougeot Musigni

2 Bottle 75cl £450£425
Red Burgundy Jayer, Georges & Henri 1985 Echezeaux

2 Bottle 75cl £7,250
  • Georges et Henri Jayer
    1985
    Echézeaux
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2004
    Drink: now
    Issue: 13
    Tasting note: An interesting hint of menthol frames beautifully fresh and very complex red fruit nose with perfectly mature, delicious, round, supple flavors that offer good velvet and excellent length. I can't see this improving from here and it's perfect now. A bit warmer and friendlier than the Jayer version but perhaps a hair less complex. Still, this is a lovely bottle. Consistent notes.
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Rousseau 1989 Clos de Beze

2 Bottle 75cl £3,500
  • I could have spent the entire evening with Rousseau’s 1989 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze (magnum) and been happy as a clam. This was a stunning wine that continued to open up in the glass, revealing a gorgeous, refined personality.

    -- Antonio Galloni 95 Antonio Galloni Not Available Mar 2008

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 1990 Griotte-Chambertin

2 Bottle 150cl £1,250
  • Wine Review

    Maison Joseph Drouhin
    1990
    Griotte-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Nov 20, 2006
    Drink: Try from 2015+
     
    Tasting note: Given how aromatically evolved most '90s are today, I was shocked at how fresh and bright this is with only the barest traces of secondary aromas adding nuance to the earthy cherry and raspberry fruit notes that continue onto the rich, full, sweet and mouth coating flavors that possess serious depth and outstanding balance on the mouth coating and hugely long finish. This is a seriously impressive wine with absolutely no separation between the evolution of the fruit and the supporting structure. Plus, it is incredibly youthful and while it could certainly be enjoyed today, it will age gracefully for decades and is still on the way up.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Bartet 1990 Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques

2 Bottle 75cl £350£320
Red Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 1990 Corton

1 Bottle 150cl £750£650
  • Wine Review

    Domaine Bonneau du Martray
    1990
    Corton
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 88
    Tasted: Nov 22, 1999
    Drink: Try from 2002+
     
    Tasting note: Remarkably fragrant nose of crushed strawberries and it's surprising that after 9 years for almost any 1990 these days that the nose remains as primary as it is. The flavors are exuberant and while extremely pretty, they aren't at all what you would expect from a big Corton. Still, it's a really lovely effort and should drink well for some years to come. Approachable now but better in 4 to 5 years.

Tasting Notes
88
Red Burgundy Domaine Leroy 1993 Pommard Les Vignots

1 Bottle 75cl £2,200
Red Burgundy Domaine Leroy 1993 Nuits Saint Georges

1 Bottle 75cl £2,650
Red Burgundy Domaine Leroy 1993 Clos de Vougeot

1 Bottle 75cl £4,500
Red Burgundy Domaine Leroy 1993 Clos de la Roche

1 Bottle 75cl £5,500
  • Domaine Leroy
    1993
    Clos de la Roche
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Jul 31, 2015
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: (with thanks to Dr. Kevin Chan). A stunning complex nose offers outstanding breadth on the ripe and fully mature aromas that are comprised mostly by various dark berries, earth, spice and smoked game nuances. There is impressive richness, power and concentration to the broad-shouldered flavors that possess plenty of mouth coating dry extract before culminating in a balanced, intense and strikingly long finish. This is a terrific wine that has only just now arrived at its apogee and as such, it should be capable of holding at this plateau for many years to come. In a word, brilliant.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Ambroise 1993 Nuits Saint Georges

1 Bottle 75cl £65£50
Red Burgundy Hudelot-Noellat 1993 Richebourg

1 Bottle 75cl £850£790
Red Burgundy Engel, Rene 1993 Grands Echezeaux

1 Bottle 75cl £4,250£3,600
  • Domaine René Engel
    1993
    Grands Echézeaux
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Nov 19, 2018
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: (with thanks to Dr. Kevin Chan). You never know when things are going to show up after a very long absence as I hadn't had this beauty since 1998 and then it appeared twice in two years. Not surprisingly it has changed radically since 1998 as the color has lightened somewhat as there is now a hint of bricking though the center remains a relatively deep ruby. Moreover the once primary fruit has becomeentirely secondary in character along with ample amount of spice, earth, leather, Asian-style tea and soft floral hints. There is still excellent vibrancy and density to the muscular big-bodied flavors that possess terrific complexity and detail, all wrapped in a hugely long and well-balanced finale. This is impeccably well-balanced and harmonious and should live for years. Tasted twice in the last two years with almost identical results.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 1993 Romanee Saint Vivant

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1 Case 6 75cl £19,500
  • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
    1993
    Romanée St. Vivant
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Oct 14, 2013
    Drink: Try from 2018+
     
    Tasting note: A classic and explosive RSV nose with superbly elegant black fruit aromas that also display hints of dried flowers and stem hints along with the usually Asian spice nuances is followed by still tight, pure, concentrated and intense flavors of outstanding complexity and length. This is dense and still relatively young though not so much that it can't be enjoyed. That said, I would continue to cellar this for another few years though if you're going to try one now it would not be a crime provided that it was decanted for an hour or so first. In sum, this is a dramatic and extremely impressive wine that has it all. Multiple, and mostly consistent, notes though a few bottles have displayed a more pronounced stemminess on the nose that some may find mildly off-putting.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Rousseau 1993 Clos de Beze

1 Bottle 75cl £3,800
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    1993
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Jun 01, 2016
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: (opened from personal storage and with thanks to Bruce Khouri). This remains one of the greatest wines of the '93 vintage with a simply dazzling breadth of aromas. The highly layered nose is perfumed and lovely yet at the same time powerful and penetrating as it introduces detailed, driving and still very fresh flavors that display astounding depth on the stunningly persistent finish. I very much like the way the flavors do a slow build from the mid-palate onto the harmonious finish and overall this is a complete wine with class and breed to burn. For my taste this has arrived at its peak though the balance is so fine that it should age effortlessly well for years to come. Reference standard Clos de Bèze. Multiple, and consistent, notes. I would further observe however that in all of the times that I have tasted the '93 Cham and Bèze side by side the Clos de Bèze has been the more interesting of the two. That said, in this most recent comparison the Chambertin was the better wine if only by a nose if you'll excuse the pun. Based on only one comparison I'm not prepared to aver that the Chambertin has surpassed the Clos de Bèze but it did in this one match up.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy de Vogue 1995 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

3 Bottle 150cl £2,250
  • Deep red-ruby, the darkest of these '95s. Knockout aromas of black raspberry, chocolate, espresso and exotic spices. Incredible inner-mouth mineral and berry flavors. Spicy, delineated and truly palate-staining. Has a structure that reminded me of Cabernet Sauvignon. Explosive finish, with tannins that coat the palate, teeth, furniture. Showing much better than the '93 did at the same stage.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 96 Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 1998

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Rousseau 1995 Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques

2 Bottle 150cl £5,250
  • Wine Review

    Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    1995
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Mar 03, 2019
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: Some bricking. A highly expressive nose has gone largely secondary with background nuances of sous-bois, spice and warm earth. The dense, serious and still robust medium weight plus flavors possess excellent depth that carries over to the powerful and strikingly long finish where the only nit is a touch of warmth. The '95 CSJ departs somewhat from the usual elegance of the Rousseau style but with that duly noted, unlike many '95s this will live for a very long time.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Dujac 1995 Clos de la Roche

1 Bottle 75cl £1,875
  • Three 1995s from Dujac all paired beautifully with our steamed bass (Bar de Ligne). The 1995 Clos Saint Denis was the most delicate and forward of the group. Dried cherries, flowers and spices all suggested the wine was close or perhaps slightly past peak. The 1995 Bonnes Mares was decidedly masculine, with awesome power and richness in its explosive fruit. The sheer depth and power of this long-lived Burgundy were remarkable. The estate’s 1995 Clos de la Roche was initially rather carnal and earthy, but then it turned more delicate and layered in the glass. Stylistically it fell somewhere between the Clos St. Denis and the Bonnes-Mares.

    -- Antonio Galloni 91 Antonio Galloni

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy de Vogue 1995 Bonnes Mares

2 Bottle 150cl £1,600
  • Deep red. Deeper-pitched aromas of blue fruits, clove, mint and coffee; much more Morey in character than the other wines of this domain, despite the fact that this holding of 2.7 hectares is in the southeast corner (i.e., Chambolle side) of the appellation, next to Fuees. Powerful, penetrating and very closed, with a mineral firmness. Noble tannins coat the entire mouth. Like the other '95 crus at this address, this wine has all the components for long-term aging.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 93+ Stephen Tanzer
     

Tasting Notes
93
NV La Grande Rue

7 Bottle 75cl £400
NV La Grande Rue

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

6 Bottle 75cl £500
Red Burgundy Rousseau 1996 Charmes Chambertin

2 Bottle 75cl £875
Red Burgundy de Vogue 1996 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

1 Bottle 75cl £825
  • Good fresh dark red. Flamboyant nose combines blueberry, blackberry, licorice and Cuban tobacco; distinctly blacker aromas than the '97. Great sweetness and penetration on the palate; flavors are given thrust and grip by a strong spine of acids and tannins. Quintessential grand cru intensity without excess weight. Extremely long, noble finish. Fascinating Bonnes-Mares, and likely to be very long-lived.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 93+ Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 1999

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Meo-Camuzet 1996 Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Chaumes

1 Bottle 75cl £390
  • Spicy aromas of black cherry, redcurrant and nuts. Suppler and sweeter on entry than the Nuits-Saint-Georges, but more closed in the middle. Strong oak spice flavor today. Finishes with an edge of acidity and slightly dry (wood?) tannins.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 87-89 Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 1998

Tasting Notes
89
Red Burgundy Jayer-Gilles 1996 Echezeaux du Dessus

1 Bottle 75cl £475£450
  • Deep, bright ruby-red. Explosive nose combines dark berries, kirsch, violet, spice and smoked meat. Sweet, sappy and large-scaled, but with great delineation of flavor for a wine of this size. Like a solid today, and quite backward. Finishes with substantial but silky tannins and a whiplash of fruit. Along with the example from Emmanuel Rouget, this is as impressive an Echezeaux as I've tasted from 1996.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 93+ Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 1999

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Rousseau 1996 Clos de Beze

1 Bottle 75cl £3,200
  • Wine Review

    Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    1996
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red Magnum
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Nov 17, 2015
    Drink: Try from 2026+
     
    Tasting note: (from a magnum opened by Eric Rousseau at a function in Burgundy). Like the same wine in 750 ml (see the review herein), initially mild reduction knocks down the expressiveness of the otherwise pure, pretty, notably fresh and exquisitely complex aromas of secondary dark fruit, spices and earth, indeed this is positively kaleidoscopic in breadth. The still moderately tannic, sappy, intense and equally complex flavors deliver a refined mouth feel on the notably vibrant, explosive and gorgeously long finish that displays just a hint of dryness that will probably eventually dissipate though that is not a given, particularly given the large format bottling. As such my score offers the benefit of the doubt in this regard. As to drinkability as one might reasonably assume with the magnum format this is nowhere near ready and I would not be inclined to touch this for at least another 10 years and 15 wouldn't surprise me.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy de Vogue 1996 Bonnes Mares

1 Bottle 75cl £590
  • Burghound Dense and intense black fruit with plenty of character is followed by rich, big, tannic flavors that are robust, indeed almost rustic. This displays lots of backbone if not much finesse with a nice note of finishing complexity. In short, the '96 Bonnes Mares delivers solid if not truly exceptional quality in a package that will age for many years to come. Consistent notes.

    Wine Adsvocate - 93-95 I loved this medium-to-dark ruby-colored wine. Earthy aromas of stones, minerals, blood, and blueberries can be found in this medium-to-full-bodied, tightly wound, sensual, and seductive wine. Seemingly unending layers of black raspberries, cherries, wild blueberries, tangy red currants, and fresh herbs can be found in this complex, rich, silky-textured, and profound wine. Its sublime finish, which provides the taster with yet another opportunity to witness this offering's gorgeous purity of fruit, has a firm yet supple backbone. An extraordinary Bonnes Mares! 

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Rousseau 1997 Clos de Beze

1 Bottle 75cl £2,500£2,400
  • Wine Review

    Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    1997
    Chambertin Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2008
    Drink: 2008+
    Issue: 29
    Tasting note: Classic Clos de Bèze spice and abundant warm Gevrey earth notes lead to expressive, rich, medium weight, intense flavors of admirable depth and length and this too has retained a bit of finishing wood. This is a lighter Bèze by the reference standard Rousseau quality but the breed and sheer class are indisputably present. I very much like this wine because it avoids the pitfalls of the vintage and delivers real elegance and a bit more overall harmony than the '97 Chambertin as it is fashioned in a slightly more understated style than is typical chez Rousseau.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Engel, Rene 1998 Echezeaux

1 Bottle 75cl £1,950
  • Domaine René Engel
    1998
    Grands Echézeaux
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Apr 21, 2016
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: I hadn't tried this since 2005 and time has been highly beneficial as the wood it still displayed has now been entirely absorbed which more easily allowed the spicy aromas of mostly secondary fruit scents to shine. The big, rich and still moderately structured flavors offer very solid concentration and excellent complexity, all wrapped in a lingering and well-balanced finale. For my taste this robust and muscular effort has just arrived on the front edge of its peak drinkability and it should easily be capable of holding here for years to come. Tasted thrice with consistent notes save for this most recent bottle that displayed just a hint of brett. Burghound 
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Rossignol Trapet 1998 Latricieres Chambertin

2 Bottle 75cl £175£160
Red Burgundy Prieur 1998 Echezeaux

2 Bottle 75cl £250£215
Red Burgundy Jayer-Gilles 1998 Echezeaux du Dessus

2 Bottle 75cl £450£420
  • Bright red-ruby. Complex, expressive aromas of currant, plum, minerals, chocolate and smoked meat, plus a whiff of truffle. Silky, lush and fairly deep; currant flavors really cling to the palate. Full for the vintage. Finishes with firm but fine tannins.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 91+ Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 2001

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 1999 Richebourg

[Aus label]

1 Bottle 150cl £13,350
  • One Rare Magnum 

     

    The 1999 Richebourg Grand Cru from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is bestowed with startling delineation on the nose, displaying chiseled aromas of dark berry fruit, briar, crushed stone and just a touch of rose petal. Like the greatest wines from this hallowed vineyard, it possesses a palpable sense of majesty and aristocracy, the crescendo of aromas rooting you to the spot and making you almost kowtow in deference. The palate has immense backbone and structure; think of the Forth Bridge, if you will. And underneath the blackberry and wild strawberry fruit lie fathomless notes of cold slate and damp autumnal woodland. The energy coiled inside this Richebourg is wonderful. In lesser hands, such a leviathan could be oppressive, but instead, you are overcome with joy and revelry. Stunning. Tasted at the DRC/Leroy comparative dinner in Hong Kong.

    -- Neal Martin 97 Neal Martin 2025 - 2060

    Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
    1999
    Richebourg
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Apr 22, 2017
    Drink: Try from 2024+
     
    Rating

    97

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2040

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    30th Nov 2015

    Source

    Interim - November 2015, The Wine Advocate

    Oh yes. Oh yes, yes, yes. This 1999 Richebourg Grand Cru is a bit like a great athlete, one who really shows its class against stiff opposition, here in the form of 18 other Richebourg! It follows the same thread as the imperial 1999 La Tâche. It has been blessed with a sensational nose that boasts quite astonishing delineation and precision, fabulous mineralité. The aromatics are far more detailed and enthralling than the 2007 tasted alongside. The palate is beautifully structured, virtually symmetrical with filigree tannin, with a gentle crescendo in the mouth towards an effervescent finish with hints of orange peel. Simply effortless.

    Tasting note: This hasn't budged much since it was bottled and remains almost opaque with a notably ripe and gorgeously multidimensional nose of black cherries, spice and earth. The broad-shouldered and impressively scaled medium-weight-plus flavors are bold and overtly muscular while the finish retains a sense of robust power and stunning length. At age 17 the '99 Richebourg is clearly signaling that it's going to require 20 to 25 years to really be at its peak. At the same time, there is sufficient mid-palate sap to at least make it approachable sooner, perhaps in seven to 10 years. In my view 1999 is one of the great vintages for this fabled wine. 

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Roumier, Georges 2000 Bonnes Mares

1 Bottle 75cl £1,900
  • Domaine Georges Roumier
    2000
    Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 91
    Tasted: Apr 01, 2007
    Drink: 2012+
    Issue: 26
    Producer note: Christophe Roumier noted that his 2001 Corton-Charlemagne had an extremely long malo, in fact just as long as many of his reds. As did many in the Pernand area, Roumier reported a very low pH of only 3.16! These two examples were tasted at the Domaine in October of 2002. (Diageo Château and Estate Wines, New York, NY)
    Tasting note: Here the expressive and still relatively primary nose is ripe, pure and nicely complex that merges into detailed, balanced and harmonious flavors that like the 2001 are built more along the lines of a thoroughbred than a robust draft horse. I like the overall sense of grace and the only nit is the barest touch of greenness on the admirably long finish. By the incredible standards of this wine, a solid if not sensational effort though one that certainly transcends the vintage.
     

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Domaine Leroy 2001 Musigny

1 Bottle 75cl £44,000
  • One Bottle Number 0231 - Domaine Leroy 2001 Musigny Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 97 Burghound
    Drink: Try from 2018+
     
    Tasting note: After ten years this is as stunning as it was when I first tried it and while the fantastically complex nose is actually still on the restrained side, it conveys all of the majesty that it originally did. The rich and and classy but powerful and broad-shouldered flavors are just now beginning to blossom though they retain plenty of upside development potential due to the firm tannins that remain on the gorgeously persistent finish. This is simply stunning Musigny that could be drunk now with pleasure but will offer still more fireworks over the years to come.
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2001 Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques

1 Bottle 75cl £1,500
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2001
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Mar 03, 2019
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: Very mild bricking. There is a hint of menthol to the beautifully spicy and airy aromas that have transformed into entirely secondary fruit notes (though no sous-bois) that are nuanced by soil and game-inflected nuances. The medium-bodied, sweet and vibrant flavors are underpinned by evident minerality on the delineated, pure and saline finish where a hint of acid tang appears. For my preference this has peaked though it should have no trouble holding at this level for another decade, perhaps even a bit longer. I do worry that it may eventually begin to dry out but that should not be a short-term concern. Tasted several times over the years with largely consistent results.
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Roumier, Georges 2002 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Clos de la Bussiere

1 Bottle 75cl £385
  • Domaine René Engel
    1998
    Grands Echézeaux
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Apr 21, 2016
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: I hadn't tried this since 2005 and time has been highly beneficial as the wood it still displayed has now been entirely absorbed which more easily allowed the spicy aromas of mostly secondary fruit scents to shine. The big, rich and still moderately structured flavors offer very solid concentration and excellent complexity, all wrapped in a lingering and well-balanced finale. For my taste this robust and muscular effort has just arrived on the front edge of its peak drinkability and it should easily be capable of holding here for years to come. Tanzer 

Tasting Notes
89
Red Burgundy Comtes Armand 2002 Pommard 1er Cru Epeneaux

2 Case 6 75cl £850
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2003 Clos de Beze

3 Bottle 150cl £925£825
  • Medium red. Pure, high-pitched aromas of black fruits and baking spices; vibrant for the vintage. Quite lively in the mouth, with flavors of small, wild dark berries and spices. This has a darker fruit character than most of the other Drouhin 2003s, as well as a hint of coolness. Serious, bright and powerful, finishing with suave, spreading tannins.

    -- Stephen Tanzer93Stephen Tanzer$115.00Mar 2005

     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Domaine Leroy 2003 Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £11,000
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2004 Richebourg

1 Bottle 75cl £3,750
  • Tasting note: This is in the same stylistic camp as the Grands Echézeaux as it is surprisingly understated and subtle with an intensely floral nose of red and black fruit aromas that are nuanced and beautifully elegant, merging seamlessly into linear, reserved, indeed almost brooding flavors that are as once supple yet precise and detailed, all wrapped in a powerful and muscular finish that delivers striking length. This is a really interesting wine because it's a wine of contrasts yet it works because there is a gorgeous combination of finesse and power and again, I really like the sense of drive and energy here as well as the first rate balance. A terrific '04.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2004 La Tache

1 Bottle 75cl £4,800
  • This too is sublime in its subtlety and grace with ineffably pure aromas and it strikes a balance between the opulence of the RSV and the restraint of the GE with an expressive yet ultra fine nose of rose petals, violets and seductive spice notes that introduce unbelievably refined flavors that seem crafted from silk and lace, culminating in a linear, mouth coating finish that detonates like a bomb and lasts and lasts. At present, this is taut and precise with the lithe muscularity of a world class gymnast yet it is not lean or unduly tight as there is a generosity to the mid-palate that serves to buffer the underlying tannic spine that will permit this to age for decades. This is clearly a great wine that epitomizes the concept of power without weight.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Prieur 2004 Musigny

1 Bottle 75cl £600
  • Domaine Jacques Prieur
    2004
    Musigny
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 90-93
    Tasted: Apr 01, 2006
    Drink: 2012+
    Issue: 22
    Producer note: Martin Prieur and enologist Nadine Goublin candidly admitted that 2004 saw "a lot of hail and very few vineyards escaped. Beaune was the worst hit and we will probably declassify all 3 vineyards. There was also a bit of oidium but nothing really major. You really had to work to get the proper phenolic maturity and ripening was not even so we harvested most parcels twice. This is to say we passed through initially and harvested the ripest bunches as well as dropping damaged bunches and then returned a few days later and made the next pass. In this way we obtained better sugars and better phenolic ripeness. Still, there was a tremendous amount of sorting and by the time we were through, we had thrown out close to 50% of the total crop in certain sectors. Yields were down around 20 hl/ha but sugars were between 13 and 14.5%." Quality was variable but at the upper end, there are some really lovely wines and they're worth a close look, particularly the Musigny but the Clos de Vougeot was also quite stylish. (Wildman Bros, New York, NY; UK is Berry Brothers & Rudd, Lea & Sandeman and Richard Banks & Co., all UK).
    Tasting note: A toasty nose combines with violet, spice and warm earth notes which continue onto the rich, round and distinctly sweet flavors that possess the same velvety and suave mouth feel of the Chambertin that culminates in a delicious, complex and long finish that displays plenty of power. This isn't my style yet there is no question that this is a wine of undeniable quality.
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Roumier, Georges 2004 Musigny

2 Bottle 75cl £9,500
  • Domaine Georges Roumier
    2004
    Musigny
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 93-96
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2006
    Drink: 2019+
    Issue: 21
    Don't miss!
    Note: one and one-half barrels made; the half barrel was new
    Producer note: Christophe Roumier describes the 2004 vintage as "an excellent surprise. It's a very Burgundian vintage as it is highly transparent and each wine tastes distinctly different from its neighbor. The growing season was tough, tough, tough because there was hail and oidium. Thankfully, the parcel of Musigny was spared any hail damage but that was just luck. Careful triage work was absolutely imperative; for example, in some parcels I threw out as much as 25% of the crop whereas in others, the losses were minimal. Treating against rot and oidium may have also caused the very long and slow malos because of the all the sulfur we sprayed with. Despite the less than idea conditions in August, we had a great September and sugars climbed like a rocket. I didn't chaptalize anything and we still had sugars that came in over 13% to as high as 14.2%, which I think is more than adequate. Phenolic ripeness though was just sufficient and thus I used very little of the stems with the exception of the Musigny where I used more. I fermented at relatively low temperatures until the very end where I let them spike for a day or so to be sure the sugars were completely finished. The wines continue to add weight and body and given how fresh they are, I'm in no hurry to bottle. At this point, though we will see, I am thinking that February or March will be a good time for them to go into bottle." As the scores and comments suggest, Roumier's '04s are really lovely and while they don't rival his '01s or '02s, I definitely prefer them to his '03s, which I found largely disappointing. To be sure, there is nothing wrong with them, it's just that Roumier has a habit of outperforming by far the quality of any given vintage yet I found these '03s to be only slightly better than average. (Diageo/Château and Estate Wine Company, New York, NY; John Armit Wines, Domaine Direct, Howard Ripley, Morris & Verdin and The Wine Society, all UK).
    Burhound Tasting note: A perfumed and airy nose of lavender, spice and distinct floral notes highlight the intense, structured and quite powerful full-bodied flavors that culminate in huge and mouth coating length. This is a big wine yet impeccably refined, pure and classy and the length is just flat out incredible. This should live for years and will prove to be unusually long-lived for the vintage.
     

Tasting Notes
96
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 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 Giroud, Camille 2005 Clos de Vougeot

1 Case 6 75cl £900£825
Red Burgundy Faiveley 2005 Clos de Vougeot

1 Case 6 75cl £1,050£925
  • 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 Jadot, Louis 2005 Clos de Vougeot

4 Case 12 75cl £1,750£1,575
  • 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 Domaine Leroy 2005 Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £15,000
  • The property of a senior member of the UK trade
    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 Ponsot 2006 Griotte Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £1,600
  • Domaine Ponsot
    2006
    Griotte-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 91
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2009
    Drink: 2016+
    Issue: 33
    Note: from a .90 ha parcel
    Producer note: As is his usual practice, Laurent Ponsot was one of the last growers to begin picking reporting that he began on "September 10th and harvested through to the 20th. Like many of our colleagues, the early flowering caused us to believe that we might begin picking early but the summer weather conspired to make this impossible. The sugars were amazing and nothing came in below 13% and at those levels, who needs chaptalization? And because of the high sugars, you had to watch the fermentations closely as they risked overheating. Overall, I would call 2007 a vintage of unexpected quality but it is also a vintage that was made in the vineyard, which is to say that either you devoted the time to work them properly or you simply didn't have very good raw materials as there was no way around it. In 2005 you could have done just about anything and wound up with great fruit but in 2007, there was no margin for error. The good news though is that with the proper diligence and timing, you could get truly wonderful fruit in 2007. I quite like the wines as they're classic wines of terroir and should give a lot of pleasure over the next 20 years or so." Fans of the domaine will note that there is no Morey villages Cuvée des Grives as the vineyard was replanted in 2006. As to the Ponsot '06s, except for a heavily reduced Cuvée des Alouettes, they have turned out pretty much as originally previewed and are really quite lovely. Lastly, I point out again that it is not me taking a bit of journalistic license by adding the modifier "Très" to the Clos St. Denis. Ponsot told me that effective with the 2006 vintage, the new name for the Clos St. Denis is Très Vieilles Vignes. (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: A seductive and wonderfully airy nose of black cherry and raspberry also displays a much more discreet hint of reduction that merges into rich, full and sweet flavors that offer good detail and fine intensity, culminating in a textured, long, stylish and mouth coating finish where the dryness it displayed from cask has completely dissipated. Note that in contrast to the Alouettes, the reduction is quite minor and a brief decanting should be sufficient.
     

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Prieur 2007 Musigny

1 Bottle 75cl £500
  • Domaine Jacques Prieur
    2004
    Musigny
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 90-93
    Tasted: Apr 01, 2006
    Drink: 2012+
    Issue: 22
    Producer note: Martin Prieur and enologist Nadine Goublin candidly admitted that 2004 saw "a lot of hail and very few vineyards escaped. Beaune was the worst hit and we will probably declassify all 3 vineyards. There was also a bit of oidium but nothing really major. You really had to work to get the proper phenolic maturity and ripening was not even so we harvested most parcels twice. This is to say we passed through initially and harvested the ripest bunches as well as dropping damaged bunches and then returned a few days later and made the next pass. In this way we obtained better sugars and better phenolic ripeness. Still, there was a tremendous amount of sorting and by the time we were through, we had thrown out close to 50% of the total crop in certain sectors. Yields were down around 20 hl/ha but sugars were between 13 and 14.5%." Quality was variable but at the upper end, there are some really lovely wines and they're worth a close look, particularly the Musigny but the Clos de Vougeot was also quite stylish. (Wildman Bros, New York, NY; UK is Berry Brothers & Rudd, Lea & Sandeman and Richard Banks & Co., all UK).
    Tasting note: A toasty nose combines with violet, spice and warm earth notes which continue onto the rich, round and distinctly sweet flavors that possess the same velvety and suave mouth feel of the Chambertin that culminates in a delicious, complex and long finish that displays plenty of power. This isn't my style yet there is no question that this is a wine of undeniable quality.
     

Tasting Notes
92
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 Dujac 2008 Charmes Chambertin

1 Case 3 150cl £3,500
  • Domaine Dujac
    2008
    Charmes-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2011
    Drink: 2023+
    Issue: 41
    Note: from both Charmes proper and Mazoyères
    Producer note: Jeremy Seysses described the 2008 vintage as one that had a "great deal of shot berries and this was important for two reasons as it added concentration as well as naturally gave better aeration to the normal-sized bunches. There was a lot of sorting required, both for rot and for under ripe berries. We did a normal vinification of between 10 to 12 days of cuvaison with a relatively high percentage of whole clusters, which ranged from 2/3 to a full 100%. We reduced the amount of new wood slightly though probably not enough to really be detectable in the finished wines. Overall, I am very bullish on the vintage and I think it's going to surprise a lot of people who were influenced by the pre-malo comments." The in-bottle '07s came in about where my ranges suggested that they would and while they are very pretty, and in some cases genuinely excellent, they cannot match the quality of their '08 counterparts when taken as a group. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, St. Helena, CA and Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, San Francisco, CA for southern California; Morris & Verdin, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, UK, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, UK, Uncorked Ltd, www.uncorked.co.uk, UK, Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, UK and Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, UK).
    Tasting note: Here the nose displays both upper and lower register aromas of elegant red berry fruit, floral notes and plenty of Gevrey-style earth plus a hint of the sauvage that carries over to the intense yet supple and detailed medium-bodied flavors that are balanced, complex, sappy and impressively persistent. A Charmes of refinement and purity with enough youthful austerity present to necessitate waiting at least a few years before cracking one.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Perrot-Minot 2008 Mazoyeres-Chambertin

[torn legible label - owc]

1 Bottle 300cl £1,450
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2010 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    David Schildknecht

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2010

    Source

    189, The Wine Advocate

    Cedar, resin, licorice, cardamom, blackberry, and plum paste in the nose of Perrot-Minot’s 2008 Mazoyeres-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes migrate onto a palpably extract- and tannin-rich (albeit fine-grained) palate, accompanied by deep richness of beef stock. The juicy, tart yet ripe fresh fruit edge keeps this from becoming austere, as medicinal herbal extractions, iodine, peat, and crushed stone saturate the palate and leave your mouth a quiver but practically exhausted. This take-no-prisoners expression of its site should be at least a 15-20 year keeper. Christophe Perrot-Minot pursued to extremes in 2008 the fanatic selectivity on which he prides himself, though he would have been happy had that not been necessary. He claims this triage was almost entirely for the removal of under-ripe, not of botrytis-infected, berries. (And yields from these – as the labels remind us – universally old vines are always extremely low even before fruit hits the estate’s two sorting tables.) The concentrated, lavishly ripe but densely-structured style associated with this domaine is tempered by the relatively low alcohol (wines finished – after light chaptalization – in the upper 12s or low 13s) and efficacious acidity of the 2008 vintage, as well as by a relatively gentle extraction that he reports was forced on him by fruit whose virtues could easily have been spoiled by pigeage. Given the way these wines turned out, I, for one, am very glad no attempt was made to punch the musts into further extractive submission! Perrot-Minot opines that many 2008s were permanently stunted by excess sulfuring – which exacerbated the lateness of malo-lactic transformation – and by too little time between the end of malo and bottling, ending up “square” (he used the English word) and “lacking in fat. There was also a danger,” he acknowledged, “that one could end up with wines too concentrated, or that lack purity of aroma and don’t express their terroir.” And in another response to the inherent intensity but also limitations of the fruit, new wood this year was held to a maximum of 40%.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Roumier, Georges 2008 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Amoureuses

2 Bottle 75cl £3,850
  • Domaine Georges Roumier
    2008
    Chambolle-Musigny "Les Amoureuses" 1er  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2011
    Drink: 2018+
    Issue: 41
    Outstanding 
    Producer note: Christophe Roumier describes the 2009 vintage as having "excellent maturity that developed gradually during the growing season. It seems as though we have had a series of vintages where the maturities arrived all of a sudden and very much back loaded. 2009 was different as it had an early start with a humid spring and except for July, a relatively dry summer. Here in Chambolle we were hit by an early season hail storm but the damage was limited mostly to the villages vineyards rather than the 1ers or grands crus. I elected to begin picking on the 12th of September and since the crop was extremely clean, it was easy to harvest relatively quickly. Potential alcohols were quite good at between 13 and 13.8%. The fruit was quite ripe but the important aspect is that the berries were still quite firm and not at all wilted. I used between 15 and 65% whole clusters and did a classic vinification. Somewhat surprisingly, the malos were extended and several only just finished. When they finished I did an analysis and the post-malo pHs averaged an ideal 3.5 so the wines are definitely not deficient in acidity. As to the wines themselves, they are elegant with really lovely tannins and they remind me a lot of fresher 1990s." (Diageo Château and Estate Wines, www.diageowines.com, NY, NY; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, UK, Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk, UK, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, UK, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, UK and The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, UK).
    Tasting note: This is stunningly deep aromatically as the dazzlingly complex nose presents a completely different fruit and mineral profile with its highly spiced floral and blue and black fruit aromas that lead to delicious and seductively textured flavors that possess much more finesse as they dance across the palate before culminating in an intensely mineral-suffused finish that delivers simply terrific length. There is a hint of dryness present that is probably from the recent bottling. This doesn't have the sheer size and weight of its two bigger brothers but it's every bit as classy but it will still require at least a decade to be at its best.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2008 Chambertin

1 Case 12 75cl £45,000
  • 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 Jadot, Louis 2009 Clos de la Roche

1 Case 6 75cl £800
  • The 2009 Clos de la Roche comes across as big, powerful and a touch heavy-handed. This shows tons of richness and depth but lacks the sheer excitement of the estate's finest wines. The Clos de la Roche is made from purchased wine.

    -- Antonio Galloni (92-95) Antonio Galloni

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2009 Richebourg

1 Case 3 75cl £13,500
  • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
    2009
    Richebourg
    Red 750 ml
    Score: 97
    Tasted: Apr 15, 2015
    Drink: 2034+
    Issue: 58
    Note: made with 100% whole clusters
    Tasting note: The last bottle that I tried displayed a hint of reduction though there was none present with this most recent bottle with its intensely floral and notably ripe nose that features fresh notes of rose petal, plum, mocha and cassis that are sprinkled with exotic spice notes. The expansive and tautly muscular broad-shouldered flavors are, unusually, almost as fine as those of the RSV yet even slightly more complex with the same finely grained tannins. The length is similar but at present, the extra dimension of depth gives this the barest of edges. Either way, this chewy, robust and overly muscular effort is genuinely sensational and clearly built for the very long haul.
     

Tasting Notes
97
White Burgundy Boillot, Henri 2010 Chevalier Montrachet

2 Bottle 75cl £690
  • Maison Henri Boillot
    2010
    Chevalier-Montrachet
    Grand Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Jun 01, 2012
    Drink: 2022+
    Issue: 47
    Don't miss!
    Producer note: Henri Boillot continues to make stunning wines from his négociant operation and he has arguably become the finest pure négoce specializing in white burgundy today; yes there are other very fine négociants but the huge majority of them are really domaines hidden inside a "Maison" facade that buy in fruit or must to supplement their proprietary wines. See the comments for Domaine Henri Boillot (above). (Chelsea Ventures, LLC, www.chelseaventures.us, Chicago, IL; Enotria Wine Cellars Ltd., www.enotria.co.uk, Lea & Sandeman, www.leaandsandeman.co.uk and Georges Barbier, all UK).
    Tasting note: True to the appellation, this is wonderfully elegant with an airy, cool and attractively layered nose of various floral scents, citrus, especially lemon and lime along with the classic wet stone influences that continue onto the vibrant flavors of crystalline purity and delineation. Like the Bienvenues, this is almost painfully intense and the explosive and beautifully well-balanced finish seems to be constructed out of liquid rock. It's trite but true to observe that this extraordinarily long effort is class in a glass.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Juillot 2010 Mercurey

1 Bottle 300cl £85£60
White Burgundy Gagnard, Jean Noel 2010 Chassagne 1er Cru Clos de la Maltroye

5 Bottle 75cl £60
  • Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
    2010
    Chassagne-Montrachet "Maltroie" 1er
    1er Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 91
    Tasted: Jun 01, 2012
    Drink: 2016+
    Issue: 47
    Producer note: The always candid Richard Fontaine, whose daughter Céline has now joined him at the domaine, described 2010 as a "difficult year. We began by losing a fair number of pinot vines due to the severe frost of December 2009. I would estimate the damage at close to 20% and this combined with the poor flowering in June reduced yields for our whites and reds between 20 and 50% depending on the sector. We began picking on the 21st of September and the fruit was really pretty clean and didn't necessitate much sorting. I've been doing this for a long time now and I was almost certain that we were going to produce hard and ungracious wines but in fact they are ripe wines of great purity and grace. It just goes to show you that you can never be certain of anything when it comes to wine." (JAO Wine Imports, www.jaowineimports.com, McLean, VA and Polaner Selections, www.polanerselections.com, Mt. Kisco, NY; Diva Beaune S.A.S., www.divawine.com, Beaune, France; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Decorum Vintners, www.decvin.com, Bibendum Wine Ltd., www.bibendum-wine.co.uk, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, and Majestic Wine Warehouses, www.majestic.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: There is a just enough reduction to slightly impede an appreciation of the yellow orchard fruit and earth aromas that give way to attractively textured, intense and lightly mineral-inflected flavors. There is a juicy, even opulent mouth feel that extends to the relatively dry and persistent finish that delivers excellent complexity. My score assumes that the reduction will recede with bottle age.
     

Tasting Notes
91
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 Dujac 2011 Vosne 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts

2 Case 3 75cl £1,550
  • Domaine Dujac
    2011
    Vosne-Romanée "Les Malconsorts" 1er  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2026+
    Issue: 53
    Outstanding 
    Note: from a 1.57 ha parcel

    Tasting note: An intensely spicy nose features notes of ripe black pinot fruit and plenty of floral influence in the form of violet and lavender scents. As would be expected this possesses plenty of size and weight with excellent mid-palate concentration, all wrapped in a powerful, palate coating and wonderfully long finish. This is a serious wine that will need at least 10 to 12 years to be approachable.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Mortet 2011 Fixin Vieilles Vignes

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.
     

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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.

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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

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