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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Pricesort descending Note Rating
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2005 Chapelle-Chambertin

4 Bottle 75cl £160
  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    2005
    Chapelle-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 90-94
    Tasted: Apr 01, 2007
    Drink: 2017+
    Issue: 26
    Producer note: Philippe Prost, Bouchard's winemaker, told me that the "new cuvérie is a godsend (see Bouchard, Issue 22 for details on their new state-of-the-art facility) in terms of being able to analyze quickly and efficiently what we are bringing in as well as to separate out specific parcels within vineyards and then include them or not later as each cuvéemerits. We now can also move grapes, must and wine around with zero pumping, which is especially important with grapes as now we don't break the seeds, which in some vintages is critical because they're not always ripe and as such, they can be the source of bitterness. Thankfully, in the case of 2005 there was excellent phenolic maturity where even the seeds attained a high level of ripeness as well. With the excellent harvest weather and uniform ripeness in most parcels, we had the almost unheard of luxury of harvesting whenever we wanted. We started on the 12th of September with the whites because we wanted to preserve the acidity but waited until the 14th to start on the reds. Despite saying that you could harvest when you wanted, in some particularly well exposed parcels, you had to watch carefully because sugars climbed rapidly right at the end. In fact, in one particularly extreme example, we had a parcel where the sugars went from an average of 13 to 13.7% in two days! Overall, we averaged between 13 and 13.5%, which is more than adequate for the style of wine we want to make. The Côte de Beaune fruit was essentially 100% destemmed though with certain cooler sites, we used up to 25% whole clusters. In the Côte de Nuits however, we essentially did not destem at all because the dry extract levels were superb. For example, in 2004 the average bunch weight was around 110 grams (<.25 lb) whereas in 2005, it was only 70 grams (<.15 lb). Because we had such ripe phenolics, I elected to go with a very long cold soak of 5 to 10 days generally and between 8 and 10 days for the grands crus with a total cuvaison of between 21 and 28 days, which is also on the long side. Interestingly, the Côte de Beaune wines are perhaps even riper than those from the Côte de Nuits and I generally prefer the Côte de Nuits. Perhaps because it was so dry that gave the Côte de Nuits more minerality and a touch of saltiness that adds a supplementary dimension. Overall, 2005 is certainly the best vintage since 1999 and perhaps further back than that. I love the vintage and you can sense this extra dimension and real complexity. For me, as one goes up the rankings hierarchy, there is a clear increase in complexity if not necessarily size, weight and power. And what is also clear is that 2005 will age for years and years with no difficulty." As the scores and comments suggest, the Bouchard '05s are flat out stupendous wines and absolutely deserve a place in your cellars. However, as I noted with their '04s, some of the wines are carrying noticeably more oak than usual. Except where noted, the wood should integrate with time but if should you elect to try them young, you'll notice a difference relative to prior vintages. Given the track record of the wines for successfully absorbing the wood, I believe that the benefit of the doubt is in order but in certain cases, the wood is not subtle so purists should be aware that there is more oak influence than usual. (Henriot, Inc., New York, NY; John E. Fells and Sons, UK).
    Tasting note: A very ripe nose features aromas of mocha, chocolate, spiced plum and warm earth and despite the ripeness of the nose, the flavors remains fresh and refined with good punch and power on the somewhat animale finish. This is a mildly awkward wine today that hasn't quite found its center though it certainly has solid raw materials. BH
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2012 Gevrey Estournelles St Jacques

2 Case 6 75cl £350
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2015 Vosne 1er Cru Suchots

1 Case 3 150cl £450
  • Tasting note: In contrast to the prior two wines this is aromatically much more reserved though aggressive swirling eventually liberates Asian spice box, tea, plum and violet scents. There is fine richness to the very suave and highly seductive medium-bodied flavors thanks to the abundant amounts of dry extract that impart a sappy texture to the lingering and solidly complex finale. This is both classy and stylish and built to reward medium plus-term aging.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Prieur 2017 Volnay 1er Cru Santenots

1 Case 6 75cl £500
  • Domaine Jacques Prieur
    2017
    Volnay "Santenots"
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 89-91
    Tasted: Apr 10, 2019
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 74
    Note: from younger vines in Clos des Santenots; 15% whole clusters
    Producer note: Technical director and winemaker Nadine Gublin noted that 2017 "commenced early which is good if there is no late frost, which there was but we lucked out and avoided any significant damage. This was not only fortunate but it also signaled that the vegetative cycle would be advanced. After that the growing season was favorable and once again we began the harvest in August with the whites on the 29th. We waited though to pick the reds so that we could be sure to have good levels of phenolic maturity and thus we started on the 6th of September and continued through to the 12th. The fruit was not only clean but importantly had homogenous maturities. We used varying amounts of whole clusters in the vinifications which is to say from zero to 100%. As to the wines, I find it interesting just how much they improved during the élevage and that is as true for the whites as it is the reds. Perhaps the most attractive qualities of the wines are their freshness and balance which should enable them to age effortlessly." I found the quality of the 2017 reds to be quite good and particularly so with those from the Côte de Nuits. Readers should also take a look herein at a new négociant partnership between Domaine Prieur and co-owner and general director Edouard Labruyère that is called Labruyère-Prieur Sélection. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK; SAQ, www.saq.com, LCBO, www.lcbo.com and Philippe Danduran Wines, www.vinsdandurand.com, all Canada).
    Tasting note: Generous wood and menthol influences stop short of fighting with the relatively high-toned aromas of red raspberry, currant and newly turned earth. There is a notably finer mouth feel if not the same concentration to the delicious and attractively vibrant flavors that offer fine length if less complexity. This lilting effort could easily be enjoyed young though I would advise cellaring it in the hopes that better depth will develop.
     

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Prieur 2017 Corton Bressandes

1 Case 6 75cl £570
  • The 2017 Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru contains 40% whole bunches and matures in around 50% new oak. It has quite an elegant bouquet with black cherries, raspberry coulis and flecks of dark chocolate, the oak neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, more masculine than the aromatics suggest, with a saline/briny finish that I personally find attractive. Very fine. 

    -- Neal Martin (90-92) Neal Martin 2022 - 2038 Not Available Jan 2019

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2020 Beaune Greves Vigne de L'Enfant Jesus

[Due July 2022]

6 Case 6 75cl £650
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 Bouchard Pere 2020 Beaune Greves Vigne de L'Enfant Jesus

[Due July 2022]

1 Case 3 150cl £710
Red Burgundy Prieur 2017 Clos Vougeot

1 Case 6 75cl £750
  • Domaine Jacques Prieur
    2017
    Clos de Vougeot
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 88-91
    Tasted: Apr 10, 2019
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 74
    Note: from a 1.19 ha parcel of vines at the bottom of the slope; 20% whole clusters
    Producer note: Technical director and winemaker Nadine Gublin noted that 2017 "commenced early which is good if there is no late frost, which there was but we lucked out and avoided any significant damage. This was not only fortunate but it also signaled that the vegetative cycle would be advanced. After that the growing season was favorable and once again we began the harvest in August with the whites on the 29th. We waited though to pick the reds so that we could be sure to have good levels of phenolic maturity and thus we started on the 6th of September and continued through to the 12th. The fruit was not only clean but importantly had homogenous maturities. We used varying amounts of whole clusters in the vinifications which is to say from zero to 100%. As to the wines, I find it interesting just how much they improved during the élevage and that is as true for the whites as it is the reds. Perhaps the most attractive qualities of the wines are their freshness and balance which should enable them to age effortlessly." I found the quality of the 2017 reds to be quite good and particularly so with those from the Côte de Nuits. Readers should also take a look herein at a new négociant partnership between Domaine Prieur and co-owner and general director Edouard Labruyère that is called Labruyère-Prieur Sélection. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK; SAQ, www.saq.com, LCBO, www.lcbo.com and Philippe Danduran Wines, www.vinsdandurand.com, all Canada).
    Tasting note: Moderate wood influence isn't subtle though neither does it interfere with the spicy and ripe aromas of warm earth and poached plum. The attractively rich and velvet-textured medium-bodied flavors conclude in a bitter chocolate and warm finish. This is awkward today and while my range offers the benefit of the doubt, this was not an especially good showing.
     

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2019 Beaune Greves Vigne de L'Enfant Jesus

2 Case 12 75cl £1,030
  • Rating

    (92 - 94)+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     William Kelley

    Issue Date

    14th Jan 2021

    Source

    January 2021 Week 2, The Wine Advocate

    The 2019 Beaune 1er Cru Les Grèves Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus unwinds in the glass with notes of plums, cassis, loamy soil, black truffle, spices and incense. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and layered, it's deep and concentrated, with bright acids, ultra-refined tannins and a long, penetrating finish. This is the latest in a series of superb renditions of this cuvée, and it may be the finest of them all.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2012 Clos de Beze

1 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 Bouchard Pere 2016 Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £1,450
  • (from a 0.8-hectoliter parcel of very old vines close to the forest; one of the two barrels was new): Good ruby-red. Delicate scents of kirsch, violet and bitter chocolate convey an impression of medicinal reserve. Concentrated and penetrating if not particularly expressive today, with its very dark flavors of blackberry and licorice pastille in need of a bit more pliancy. This rather brooding, youthfully imploded Chambertin stands out more for its high pitch than for its depth and complexity. I'm not yet convinced.

    -- Stephen Tanzer(91-94)Stephen Tanzer$410.00Jan 2018

     

Tasting Notes
94
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