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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Ratingsort descending
Red Burgundy Vougeraie 2017 Musigny

1 Bottle 75cl £550
  • A discreet touch of oak frames the intensely floral and exotically spiced nose reluctantly gives up its aromas of black cherry. The powerful, dense and imposingly-scaled flavors brim with both minerality and sappy dry extract that buffers the powerful, mouth coating and very firm tannic spine shaping the gorgeously long finish. This is a seriously impressive Musigny though one that is clearly meant for extended keeping.

    Score: 94/96 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (73), January 2019

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Lafarge 2017 Volnay 1er Cru Mitans

1 Case 6 75cl £575
  • Domaine Michel Lafarge
    2017
    Volnay "Mitans"
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 91-94
    Tasted: Apr 10, 2019
    Drink: 2032+
    Issue: 74
    Sweet spot
    Note: from Mitans proper; vinified with 40% whole clusters
    Producer note: Frédéric Lafarge called 2017 as one where the "growing season threw us an early curve ball with an April frost-threat that turned out not to be very serious but after 2016, I can tell you that we were plenty nervous. Thereafter the season was essentially perfect as conditions were warm and dry. The flowering passed quickly, which is always a good thing as there is much less shatter and maturities are much more homogenous. We began picking on the 1st of September with the Clos du Château des Ducs, continued on the 3rd with the Pézerolles and then picked the rest from the 5th to the 13th with the exception of our Aligoté Cuvée Raisin Dorée on the 22nd and 23rd. There was basically no sorting necessary as the fruit really couldn't have been much cleaner. Yields at around 40 hl/ha were obviously much better than what we obtained in 2016. Potential alcohols were very good at between 12.8 and 13.2% with ripe tannins and good but not high acidities. We did our normal vinification because there was no reason not to given how clean and ripe the fruit was. As to the wines, they have first-rate transparency and vivacity and I would describe them as accessible age-worthy wines. I would add that I think 2017 gave us excellent reds but genuinely great whites." I agree with Lafarge's take that the domaine's reds are excellent and while I wouldn't put them at the same level as the brilliant 2015s, they don't miss it by much. Please also see the Lafarge-Vial Beaujolais 2017s reviewed in the En Plus section below. (Becky Wasserman & Co., www.beckywasserman.com, Beaune, France; Martin Scott Wines, www.martinscottwines.com, NJ, CT, NY, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CA/NV/AZ/NM, Classified Wine & Spirits, LLC, www.classifiedwine.net, TX, Wines Unlimited, www.winesunlimited.com, LA, Fine Vines, www.finevines.com, IL, Augustan Wine, www.augustanwine.com, FL, C'est Vin, LLC, 703.243.3559, VA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, www.ndcweb.com, M.S. Walker, www.mswalker.com, MA, all USA; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com and Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, all UK; Domaine Wine Cellars, www.domaine.com.tw, Taiwan; Pearl of Burgundy, www.pearlofburgundy.com, Hong Kong and Macau).
    Tasting note: Once again the elegant nose is cool, airy and restrained with its gorgeous aromas of rose petal, lavender and freshly crushed cherry and raspberry scents that are liberally laced with spice hints. There is almost painful intensity to the refined by very punchy flavors that possess terrific delineation on the strikingly complex, lingering and balanced finish. This is very classy but clearly intended for long keeping.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Vougeraie 2010 Musigny

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

Tasting Notes
96
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