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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Ratingsort descending
Red Burgundy Tortochot 2012 Lavaux Saint Jacques

2 Case 12 75cl £520
  • Rating

    89

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2023

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    27th Feb 2014

    Source

    211, The Wine Advocate

    The 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St Jacques is the only cru that underwent some chaptalization this year – a modest 0.5 degrees alcohol. It has an elegant bouquet with dark plum and redcurrant scents, freshly tilled soil and woodland surfacing with aeration. The palate has a sweet entry and a pleasant, slightly grainy texture, though it does not quite deliver the finesse of the Morey Charmes. Still, this is a thoroughly decent Gevrey premier cru. Drink 2015-2023.   

Tasting Notes
89
Red Burgundy Leroy 1996 Nuits 1er Cru Les Boudots

1 Bottle 75cl £975
  • Domaine Leroy
    1996
    Nuits St. Georges "Les Boudots"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 89
    Tasted: Oct 17, 2008
    Drink: Try from 2014+
     
    Tasting note: A ripe and highly complex nose redolent of a mix of both primary and secondary black and blue fruit aromas nuanced by obvious spice and earth notes that are also reflected by the maturing yet still noticeably tannic medium full-bodied flavors that culminate in dusty, linear and focused finish that displays just a touch of backend dryness that will probably always be present. I recommend drinking this with the appropriate food.
     

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89
Red Burgundy Tortochot 2012 Charmes Chambertin

4 Case 6 75cl £475
  • Tasting note: A pretty and more expressive nose features elegant aromas of assorted red berries, newly turned earth and a lovely floral note, all of which is trimmed in a whisper of oak. There is excellent volume and plenty of punch to the mouth coating and intense medium weight plus flavors that possess plenty of dry extract that coats the palate and imparts a seductive, even silky texture to the balanced, complex and lingering finish. A Charmes of refinement but should drink well both young and old.

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93
Red Burgundy Leroy 1978 Vosne Romanee 1er Cru

4 Bottle 75cl £975
  • Maison Leroy release: Bricked completely through to the center. Despite the total bricking, there is still a sense of freshness to the wonderfully spicy and expressive nose that is now largely dominated by sous bois-infused aromas and this sense of vibrancy continues onto the minerally and beautifully detailed flavors that finish with first rate complexity and excellent length. If there is a nit, it's that the is a very subtle touch of dryness that does not pose a problem over the next few years but probably will in time. This is a really impressive effort that is very Vosne in character. Tasted three times with consistent results.

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93
Red Burgundy Tortochot 2012 Chambertin -

6 Case 6 75cl £675
  • Tasting note: This too is overtly sauvage in character but otherwise the aromatic profile is somewhat different with more obvious floral and spice elements adding a touch of refinement to the red and dark berry aromas that are again trimmed in enough wood to notice. There is fine delineation and focused power to the broad-shouldered and imposingly scaled flavors that brim with both minerality and mouth coating sap, all wrapped in a gorgeously long if quite youthfully austere finish. This is old school but not hard and should make for wonderful old bones if you have the patience to wait.
     

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94
Red Burgundy Tortochot 2012 Mazis Chambertin

4 Case 6 75cl £550
  • Domaine Gabriel Tortochot
    2012
    Mazis-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2015
    Drink: 2027+
    Issue: 57
    Note: from .42 ha parcel in Mazis-Bas
    Producer note: Chantal Tortochot, who directs this biologically farmed 11 ha domaine, described 2012 as a "tiny vintage where yields were off fully 40% due mostly to a poor flowering that provoked a high incidence of shatter and shot berries. We made an amazing 21 treatments against mildew alone because it was constantly wet. All of the rain made treating the vines all the more difficult because it was a challenge just to get the machinery into the vineyards. In fact we did the last couple of treatments manually with the scuba diver-like tanks that you carry on your back! July was thankfully warm and sunny though we had one 10 day period of very hot weather that sunburned some of the exposed bunches and that cost us some yield as well. Suffice it to say that it was necessary to thoroughly sort but what we were left with was superb, indeed about as good as I have seen in terms of the raw materials. I like the wines a lot as they're ripe, concentrated and serious though not so much so that they won't be approachable young if that's what clients want." I was very impressed with the quality of the Tortochot 2012s, revisited below, in particular at the lower levels of the range. Tortochot noted that her 2012s were bottled between September 2013 and March 2014. The Tortochot wines are generally relatively old school in terms of style and structure though they do evidence noticeable wood when the wines are young. (Bertin Henri Selections, www.bertinhenriselections.com, Doral, FL, Simon N Cellars, www.simonncellars.com, Charlottesville, VA, Milton Road Trading Corp, LLC, www.miltonroadtrading.com, Napa CA, P. Comms International, www.pcommswines.com, Ashville, NC and T. Edwards Wine, New York; Waitrose, Waterloo and Fine and Rare and O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: There is a plenitude of sauvage character to the earth and tea-infused aromas of red berry, dark currant and humus scents. This is also seductively textured but notably more powerful as the big-bodied, intense and more obviously mineral-inflected flavors possess positively huge length on the strikingly complex finale. This is a seriously structured effort but there is so much mid-palate sap that it should be approachable after only 7 to 8 years of cellaring.
     

Tasting Notes
94
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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