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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Red Burgundy D'Angerville 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs

1 Case 6 75cl £1,050
  • Domaine Marquis d'Angerville
    2015
    Volnay "Clos des Ducs"  ♥
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 93-96
    Tasted: Apr 15, 2017
    Drink: 2032+
    Issue: 66
    Don't miss! Outstanding
    Note: a monopole that measures 2.15 ha
    Producer note: Guillaume d'Angerville described 2015 as a "vintage that gave us excellent quality but unfortunately not much quantity because even with a magnificent May and an excellent flowering, the accumulated stress of the hail damage in 2012, 2013 and 2014 plus the very dry growing season combined to make it difficult for the vines to produce very much. Just to provide your readers with an idea of just how dry it was, there was no recorded rain from the middle of June to the beginning of August. Thankfully there were several small storms plus a substantial one around the 15th that really helped with the véraison. We chose to begin picking on the 4th of September, which was a balancing act as that date was still only 93 days from the middle of the flowering. The fruit was both ripe and super clean which allowed us to pick rapidly. We did our normal vinification as there was no reason to do otherwise. As to the wines, what is interesting about them is that they are clearly ripe yet they remain fresh and harmonious. Moreover, and while it's hard to believe because the total acidities are not especially high, the associated pHs are comparable to those we obtained in 2010. As such the wines do not drink like they are the product of a very warm and dry vintage." While the d'Angerville 2015s are clearly a product of their vintage, meaning that they're riper than what the domaine typically produces, it's equally clear that they also possess outstanding quality. Note I revisited the '14 Clos des Ducs below in bottle. (John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Charles Taylor Wines, E-mail: charles@charlestaylorwines.com and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: There is enough reduction to push the underlying fruit to the background for today. The graceful yet precise flavors brim with both underlying tension and minerality and possess that beguiling quality of inner mouth perfume before delivering the best length in the range on the youthfully austere finale. This is very clearly built-to-age and it's going to need it; indeed I doubt that this will arrive at its peak much before it sees its 20th birthday. I would further observe that while this may not be the finest Ducster of the modern era, it should ultimately give both the 1999 and 2005 a run for their money, which indisputably puts it in elite company.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy de Montille 2011 Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens

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1 Case 3 150cl £350
  • Tasting note: This is also quite restrained with ultra-pure aromas of wet stone, floral hints, sandalwood and very fresh red berry fruit scents. There is a focused power to the robust yet refined medium-bodied flavors that possess plenty of supporting sap that helps to buffer the otherwise firm and well-integrated tannic spine on the explosively long, balanced and moderately austere finish. This beauty will also require ample patience.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2000 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

1 Case 6 75cl £3,600
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2000
    Musigny - Vieilles Vignes
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Apr 24, 2016
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: An extravagantly spicy and notably ripe yet very fresh nose offers up a very pretty mix of both red and black currant aromas that are beginning to display the initial hints of secondary development while being trimmed in discreet hints of wood and menthol. The beautifully elegant and gorgeously textured flavors exude a lovely minerality before culminating in a rich, round and utterly delicious finish that delivers excellent persistence. This is not especially big or dense as de Vogüé Musigny goes but is tautly muscular and defined. For my taste this has arrived at the very front end of its peak drinkability though I underscore that it should age gracefully for many years to come. Consistent notes.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2005 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

2 Case 6 75cl £7,750
  • Prepare to be transported. A positively brilliant nose of violet and rose petal shines against a background of intensely spiced extravagant red and black pinot fruit nuanced by hints of earth and stone and this minerality continues onto the surprisingly supple flavors that convey a remarkable sense of energy and power on the almost unbelievably intense, focused and structured finish that seems to go on and on without end. And the '05 VV has what all truly great burgundies have which is that extra dimension of power without weight as this carries terrific punch and power yet delivers that explosiveness with impeccable class and grace. While I am duly mindful of the many legendary wines this domaine has produced (see the database for all vintages reviewed dating to 1919), the 2005 could very well join the list of the all time greats, there is really that much potential here. Whether it will ultimately transcend the heights achieved by the 1919 or the 1949 (among many others) remains an open question, I have zero doubt that 2005 will be a genuinely great vintage for this wine. Brilliance personified and absolutely a 'wow' wine, in fact, this merits a double 'wow'.

Tasting Notes
99
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2009 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses

2 Case 6 75cl £4,500
  • Drink: 2021+
    Don't miss! Outstanding
    Tasting note: An extremely fresh and strikingly complex nose speaks of violets, anise, clove and cinnamon on the mélange of red and blue pinot fruit. The detailed and ultra fine middle weight flavors are also intensely mineral-driven and culminate in a posed, harmonious and explosively long finish where an interesting note of mandarin surfaces. A text book Amoureuses.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2012 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

1 Case 12 75cl £7,600
  • A gorgeously spicy nose is comprised of liqueur-like dark berry fruit scents that also display plenty of floral influence that includes notes of lavender, violet and, somewhat curiously, honeysuckle. There is outstanding concentration and punch to the seductively textured and marvelously intense big-bodied flavors that are borderline robust as the supporting tannins are dense but refined. I really like the Zen-like sense of harmony to the explosively long finish that really stains the palate. In a word, terrific.

    Score: 94/97Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (53), January 2014

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2016 Bonnes Mares

1 Case 3 75cl £1,200
  • Tasting note: Deep ruby. Once again there is an exuberant freshness to the nose of plum, violet, peony, spice and earth aromas where a top note of kirsch is present. There is outstanding density and power to the big-bodied and overtly muscular flavors that deliver fine complexity on the caressing, sappy and harmonious finish. This too is lovely and should drink well a bit earlier than it normally does if that's your preference.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2016 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

2 Case 3 75cl £2,200
  • A restrained and cool and yet perfumed and ultra-spicy array offers up aromas of dark cherry, raspberry and a wide range of floral elements. The concentrated, tautly muscular and tension-filled flavors possess excellent depth of material as well as an abundance of minerality while exhibiting superb persistence on the firm, dusty, youthfully austere and built-to-age finish where a hint of bitter cherry pit appears. This sleek and classy effort will need an extended stay in a cool cellar. In a word, brilliant.

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

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2017 Bonnes Mares

1 Bottle 150cl £700
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2017
    Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93

    Tasting note: A very ripe yet agreeably fresh nose reflects notes of blue berry, plum liqueur and violet that are cut with spice, menthol and earth hints. The exceptionally rich and impressively full-bodied flavors evidence a taut muscularity, all wrapped in an overtly powerful and lingering finish that is naturally sweet. As one would reasonably expect this is quite firm; indeed it's borderline rustic.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2017 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

1 Case 3 75cl £1,450
  • Note: from an incredible 6.46 ha parcel, which doesn't include the .67 ha section planted to chardonnay

    Tasting note: An openly exotic nose offers glimpses of black cherry liqueur, ginger, Asian-style tea, sandalwood and orange peel along with plenty of floral elements. The tighter and much more mineral-driven big-bodied flavors also possess evident muscle on the powerful and dense yet beautifully refined finish that goes on and on. This is also a bit less structured though with that said, this is going to need at least 15 years to reach its apogee. In sum, this is relatively refined though still a very serious wine.
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Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2018 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

2 Case 3 75cl £1,950
  • The 2018 Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru is even darker than the Bonnes-Mares. It has a spectacular bouquet of intense black fruit, blueberries and shucked oyster shells, the mineralité heightened over the Bonnes-Mares and lending a great deal of precision. The palate is medium-bodied with blueberry, boysenberry and black currant fruit, extraordinary tension, razor-sharp acidity and a dash of white pepper on the crystalline finish. One of the finest Musignys I have tasted from barrel at de Vogüé. 

    -- Neal Martin

Tasting Notes
99
Red Burgundy Domaine des Lambrays 2017 Clos des Lambrays

1 Bottle 300cl £750
  • The 2017 Clos des Lambrays: vinified and blended by Thierry Brouin, raised and racked by Boris Champy and bottled by current winemaker Jacques Desvauges. Got it? Good. There is just a touch of reduction on the nose, which is perhaps a little smudged and a bit static compared to the nascent 2018. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and dark berry fruit laced with clove, bay leaf and sage. The linear finish lacks some depth and grip. Not bad, though not the best in recent years.

    -- Neal Martin 92 Neal Martin 2023 - 2040 Not Available Jan 2020

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2019 Beaune 1er Cru Cras

2 Case 6 75cl £300
  • 2019 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Beaune Cras 1er Cru

    The 2019 Beaune Cras 1er Cru has a very distinctive bouquet ,with granite, almost flinty aromas infusing the red berry fruit. A strong marine influence emerges with time. The palate is beautifully balanced, displaying fine delineation, good firm structure and a solid, quite edgy finish that feels crunchy in texture. Abundant freshness here. This Beaune should give 12–15 years’ drinking pleasure. Excellent. 

    -- Neal Martin (91-93) Neal Martin 2023 - 2038 Not Available Dec 2020

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2019 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Prieur

3 Case 6 75cl £475
  • 2019 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur 1er Cru

    The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur 1er Cru comes from purchased fruit and includes 30% whole cluster. It has an attractive bouquet of red plum, blood orange and a light tang of seaweed. The medium-bodied palate offers supple tannins and fine acidity. Fleshy and ripe with a touch of white pepper on the finish. Good body and weight. This is quite a "gutsy" Clos Prieur with good substance. 

    -- Neal Martin (90-92) Neal Martin 2023 - 2038 Not Available Dec 2020

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2019 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Cazetiers

1 Case 6 75cl £520
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2019 Clos de Beze

1 Case 3 75cl £900
  • 2019 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru

    The 2019 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru contains around 30% whole cluster and is vinified in 500-liter barrels instead of open-top fermenters. It is very aromatic on the nose, presenting strong floral/peony aromas and touches of oyster shell and sea cave. The palate is well balanced with supple tannins and a slightly brutish finish compared to the Clos Vougeot. 

    -- Neal Martin (91-93) Neal Martin 2023 - 2042 

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Drouhin Laroze 2011 Clos de Beze

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 6 75cl £550
  • Domaine Drouhin-Laroze
    2011
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 92-95
    Tasted: Jan 14, 2013
    Drink: 2023+
    Issue: 49
    Don't miss!
    Note: from a parcel of 1.5 ha of vines planted in 1949
    Producer note: Philippe Drouhin described the 2011 growing season as having a "very early start with unusually hot and dry days that rapidly caused hydric stress in the vineyards. While June was normal we were still very behind with respect to accumulated rainfall. Well, that problem was rectified and then some by rainy, cool and overcast conditions during much of July and August. The good news is that the last week of August and most of September saw perfect conditions and we were able to harvest carefully and without urgency. The fruit was mostly clean though in certain sectors there was enough botrytis that it required careful sorting to excise. Quantities were again notably less than a normal crop and with 2012 being substantially less, clients aren't going to be happy with their allocations. We are at least partially compensated though by the very fine quality of these vintages and while 2011 is not going to be anyone's candidate for the vintage of the century, it certainly is competitive with 2010." For more offerings from Drouhin-Laroze, see their operation below called Larose de Drouhin. (Atherton Wine Imports, www.awiwine.com, Atherton, CA, Encore Wine Imports, www.encorewineimports.net, Pleasanton, CA; Bayfield Imports, www.bayfieldimporting.com, Brooklyn, NY; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Bibendum Wine Ltd., www.bibendum-wine.co.uk, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Fine & Rare Wines, www.frw.co.uk, Davy & Co., www.davywine.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Decorum Vintners, www.decvin.com, Averys Fine Wine Merchants, www.averys.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, Bowes Wine, www.boweswine.co.uk, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, and Anthony Sarjeant, all UK).
    Tasting note: An extraordinarily spicy and complex nose evidences cool, fresh and admirably pure aromas of cassis, red berries and plum. There is a floral note on the remarkably rich, concentrated and extract-rich flavors that really coat the palate on the dusty, long and impressively deep finish. A classic Bèze and well worth considering.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Dugat-Py 1996 Gevrey Chambertin Les Evocelles

3 Bottle 75cl £225
  • Domaine Dugat-Py
    1996
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Evocelles"
    Villages Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
     
    Tasting note: Sauvage, mineral and freshly turned earth aromas merge seamless with the intense black fruit nose that leads to sweet, fine, dense and remarkably long flavors of excellent complexity. This is nothing short of stunning at this level and I highly recommend it though be sure to give it plenty of time, assuming that you can keep your hands off of it!
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Dujac 2001 Bonnes Mares

2 Bottle 75cl £750
  • Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2004
    Drink: 2011-20+
    Issue: 13
    Producer note: Jacques Seysses commented that he believes 2001 is "a very good vintage" but cautioned that it can be variable because "it was very easy to extract color and the various dry extract components so undoubtedly some growers will have extracted too much tannin". Seysses also noted that sugars were good, essentially coming in between 12 and 12.5% with solid pHs and yields in the 45 hl/ha range for villages wines and about 40 hl/ha for the grands crus. The malos were deliberately delayed because slower malos allow for the use of less SO2. Overall, Seysses said that he much prefers 2001 to 2000. (Wilson-Daniels Ltd., St. Helena, California).
    In Issue 5, I provided a bit of background regarding the small négociant operation that Jeremy Seysses directs. He noted that they had changed several of their grape sources but overall they are pleased with the progress they have made persuading growers to alter their viticultural approach in search of higher quality. Moreover, word of the small operation has spread and several other growers have called expressing interest in working with the Seysses so the range of appellations may grow in the future. The Fils et Père wines are made slightly differently than their Domaine counterparts as there is some destemming (between 0 and 50%) with slightly less new oak (50 to 60%). The quality of these wines is terrific but especially so given that they are from purchased grapes and all from villages level appellations.
    Tasting note: Austere, backward and brooding nose of red and black fruit, crushed herbs and a touch of earth and leather with full, complex, driving, muscular and very powerful flavors that are more linear and direct in character than either the Clos de la Roche or the Echézeaux and possess outstanding persistence. This is solidly structured yet not hard but it will require every bit of a decade to begin drinking well and it should age gracefully for years. In a word, gorgeous.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Dujac 2007 Chambertin

1 Case 3 75cl £4,850£4,600
  • Chambertin

    Bright medium red. Aromas of black cherry, red berries, iron and flowers hint at a liqueur-like ripeness. Dense, sweet and deep, but in a rather polite style for Chambertin, with its fruits and flowers to the fore. But this classy, beautifully balanced wine shows a weightless quality that is compelling.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 93 Stephen Tanzer Mar 2010

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Dujac 2008 Gevrey 1er Cru Aux Combottes

1 Case 6 75cl £1,250£1,200
  • Domaine Dujac
    2008
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Aux Combottes" 1er  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2011
    Drink: 2020+
    Issue: 41
    Outstanding
    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: A very stylish and ultra fresh nose offers up classy if restrained red pinot fruit liberally laced with notes of stone and rose petal, both of which can be found on the detailed, pure and lacy middle weight flavors that are complex, focused, mouth coating, crisp and solidly persistent. I like the balance and punch.
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Dujac 2009 Chambolle 1er Cru Gruenchers

3 Bottle 75cl £295
  • Domaine Dujac
    2009
    Chambolle-Musigny "Les Gruenchers" 1er  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 91
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2012
    Drink: 2021+
    Issue: 45
    Outstanding
    Note: from 50+ year old vines and vinified with 100% whole clusters
    Producer note: Jeremy Seysses described the 2009 vintage as an "excellent vintage that was relatively straightforward. We did have some vineyards that were hit hard by hail, most notably Clos St. Denis, Clos de la Roche, Combottes and Charmes-Chambertin, but thankfully, it was more a question of quantity rather than quality. We picked between the 10th and 17th of September, which is not only a shorter harvest time than usual but also quite quick considering the crop load. Potential alcohols ranged from 12.5 to about 13.2% so there was very little, and in some cases no, chaptalization. We used about 90% of the stems in the vinification and we even moved up the percentage of whole clusters in the newly acquired vineyards where we have typically used less up to this point. We did do some very minor acidifying as the pHs were in the 3.6 range and we wanted to retain all of the freshness possible. As to the percentage of new wood, we used 40 to 45% for the villages wines and increased it proportionately to between 90 and 100% for the grands crus. Overall, I think the 2009 will be extremely popular as the wines are ripe but not too ripe and will be accessible early yet they should age well too." Seysses also observed that viticulturally speaking, the vineyards acquired in 2005 were almost at the same level as the existing vineyards. Note that the '09 Charmes-Chambertin and Beaux-Monts were not presented for review as both were still in malo. The excellent in-bottle '08s came in about where my ranges suggested that they would and as long as you intend to age them for an appropriate period, they should absolutely be candidates for your cellars. (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: An expressive nose offers up very spicy and largely floral-dominated aromas of black raspberry liqueur. The rich, generous and forward middle weight flavors possess good verve as well as ample minerality that give lift to the mouth coating and gorgeously long finish brimming with dry extract. This is one of the more structured vintages of this wine that I have seen as it will require 10 to 15 years to be at its best.
     

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Dujac 2010 Bonnes Mares

2 Bottle 75cl £850
  • Domaine Dujac
    2010
    Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Jan 14, 2013
    Drink: 2027+
    Issue: 49
    Producer note: Jeremy Seysses described the 2010 vintage as a "vintage of very small production. We had a poor fruit set that was complicated by the winter frost. We had some parcels that were especially hard hit, in particular in our Morey villages parcels where we lost 50% in red and fully 90% in white. There was a very high incidence of shot berries which of course further reduced yields. On the plus side, the small crop definitely saved the harvest in my view because without it we would almost certainly have had other problems and not just an absence of phenolic maturity but also a higher frequency of rot due to the more tightly packed bunches. As it was we had moderate sorting for botrytis and for under ripe berries. What remained though was of excellent quality and as such we vinified with a very high proportion of stems, which I would estimate at about 90% overall but that of course means that a number of wines had fully 100%. As to the wines, I very much like them as they have real freshness and a highly appealing sense of energy. They're ripe, transparent, balanced and there really isn't anything to complain about! For me, 2008 resembles 1993 and 2010 is similar to 2002." As to the now in-bottle 2009s, they have fully justified the considerable confidence I placed in them at this time last year and as the scores and commentaries suggest, they are in fact brilliant wines. (The Sorting Table, www.thesortingtable.com, Napa, CA (excludes CA and HI) and Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, San Francisco, CA (CA and HI); O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, UK, Berry Bros & Rudd, www.bbr.com, UK, Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, UK and Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com , UK).
    Tasting note: A perfumed and ultra-elegant nose that is discreet, pure and very cool gives rise to restrained notes of essence of red pinot fruit, rose petals, lavender, violet, stone and earth. There is outstanding richness and drive to the powerful and seriously intense broad-shouldered flavors that possess superb mid-palate density as there is an impressive abundance of dry extract, all wrapped in a linear and massively persistent and wonderfully refined finish. Despite all the size, weight and taut muscularity, the supporting tannins are actually on the refined side and the 2010 Bonnes Mares will very likely go down as one of the more distinguished vintages for this highly storied wine. Note though that like all of the Dujac 2010s, this will require significant cellar time.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Dujac 2012 Echezeaux

1 Bottle 75cl £415
  • Domaine Dujac
    2012
    Echézeaux
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2015
    Drink: 2022+
    Issue: 57
    Note: from the climat Champs Traversin
    Producer note: Jeremy Seysses describes the 2013 vintage as "a very wet vintage that threw its fair share of challenges at us during the growing season. The flowering was troubled and resulted in a high percentage of shot berries which is great for wine quality but not for quantity. Things didn't go well for most of the season though we did have a 30 day window of beautiful weather between the middle of August to the middle of September. Then conditions turned wet again and generally speaking there was rot pressure beginning to build. We waited a bit longer than many of our neighbors and didn't begin picking until the 7th of October and continued through to the 13th. As a whole the fruit was pretty clean though some sectors required more sorting than others. Quantities came in slightly lower than what we obtained in 2012 but this isn't true across the board as some parcels gave us more and others less. Potential alcohols were variable as well with a range of 11.4 to 12.4% though I underscore that I'm using a conversion rate of 18 grams of sugar per liter which is a good deal more conservative than the regulatory rate. Acidities are firm without being aggressive and remind me of what we had in 2008. We used a bit less whole clusters than we usually do which is to say on average about 70% though the actual range is from 33 to 100%. As to the wines, my view is that 2013 is a classic Burgundian vintage and at the very least it's a good year. To bracket that comment somewhat I prefer 2013 to 2011 but not to 2010 or 2012." The 2012s, revisited below, were bottled between December 2013 and March 2014. (The Sorting Table, www.thesortingtable.com, Napa, CA (excludes CA and HI) and Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, San Francisco, CA (CA and HI); O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Berry Bros & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, all UK) .
    Tasting note: An exuberantly spicy and floral nose features a variety of red berry fruit scents laced with hints of sandalwood and Asian spices. There is a silky and restrained mouth feel to the intense, concentrated and detailed flavors that brim with dry extract that does a fine job of buffering the moderately firm tannins on the lingering finale. This is unusually accessible in the context of the Dujac 2012s and should drink well earlier than any of these grand crus.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Dujac 2013 Vosne 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts

1 Case 6 75cl £1,725
  • Domaine Dujac
    2013
    Vosne-Romanée "Les Malconsorts"  ♥
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 92-94
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2015
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 57
    Outstanding
    Note: from a 1.57 ha parcel
    Producer note: Jeremy Seysses describes the 2013 vintage as "a very wet vintage that threw its fair share of challenges at us during the growing season. The flowering was troubled and resulted in a high percentage of shot berries which is great for wine quality but not for quantity. Things didn't go well for most of the season though we did have a 30 day window of beautiful weather between the middle of August to the middle of September. Then conditions turned wet again and generally speaking there was rot pressure beginning to build. We waited a bit longer than many of our neighbors and didn't begin picking until the 7th of October and continued through to the 13th. As a whole the fruit was pretty clean though some sectors required more sorting than others. Quantities came in slightly lower than what we obtained in 2012 but this isn't true across the board as some parcels gave us more and others less. Potential alcohols were variable as well with a range of 11.4 to 12.4% though I underscore that I'm using a conversion rate of 18 grams of sugar per liter which is a good deal more conservative than the regulatory rate. Acidities are firm without being aggressive and remind me of what we had in 2008. We used a bit less whole clusters than we usually do which is to say on average about 70% though the actual range is from 33 to 100%. As to the wines, my view is that 2013 is a classic Burgundian vintage and at the very least it's a good year. To bracket that comment somewhat I prefer 2013 to 2011 but not to 2010 or 2012." The 2012s, revisited below, were bottled between December 2013 and March 2014. (The Sorting Table, www.thesortingtable.com, Napa, CA (excludes CA and HI) and Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, San Francisco, CA (CA and HI); O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Berry Bros & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, all UK) .
    Tasting note: This is more restrained though here too there is a plethora of spice elements on the nose dark currant, violet, rose petal and exotic tea scents. The 2013 version of this wine is sleeker than it usually is because while there is clearly good muscle the mouth feel of the medium weight plus flavors is more refined than usual, all wrapped in a powerful, intense and mineral-driven finale. This is, in a word, terrific.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Dujac 2015 Charmes Chambertin

1 Case 3 75cl £900
  • This is more aromatically restrained still as the earthy and sauvage-tinged nose only grudgingly provides glimpses of the pretty lavender, spice, tea and red cherry aromas. This possesses an interesting palate impression as the mid-palate is round, supple and caressing yet the finish is dusty, firm, serious and borderline rustic. I suspect that this will loosen up quickly such that it will be approachable after only 7 to 8 years yet require 15 to 18 to arrive at its full peak.

    Score: 92/94 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (65), January 2017

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Dujac 2015 Charmes Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £1,750
  • This is more aromatically restrained still as the earthy and sauvage-tinged nose only grudgingly provides glimpses of the pretty lavender, spice, tea and red cherry aromas. This possesses an interesting palate impression as the mid-palate is round, supple and caressing yet the finish is dusty, firm, serious and borderline rustic. I suspect that this will loosen up quickly such that it will be approachable after only 7 to 8 years yet require 15 to 18 to arrive at its full peak.

    Score: 92/94 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (65), January 2017

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Dujac 2016 Clos Saint Denis

1 Bottle 75cl £550
96
Red Burgundy Dujac 2017 Bonnes Mares

1 Bottle 75cl £525
  • Burghound 

    Tasting note: An exceptionally pretty and, similar to the Malconsorts, somewhat sweet nose combines notes of lavender, rose petal, violet, red currant and a whiff of orange pekoe tea. There is good if not special mid-palate density to the overtly intense flavors that terminate in a dusty, austere and reasonably powerful finish where the tannins are a bit spiky. My sense is though that with a few years of age they will round off and render the finish more harmonious.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Dujac 2018 Bonnes Mares

2 Bottle 75cl £625
  • The 2018 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru is blessed with one of my favorite aromatics from Dujac this year, featuring black cherries, raspberry, crushed stone and pressed iris flower, all quite restrained for a Bonnes-Mares but showing outstanding focus. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannins, a fine line of acidity and a strict and quite linear finish that lingers long in the mouth. Outstanding.

    -- Neal Martin (95-97) Neal Martin 2022 - 2050 Not Available Jan 2020

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy D’Angerville 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Clos de Ducs

2 Case 3 150cl £1,100
  • Domaine Marquis d'Angerville
    2018
    Volnay "Clos des Ducs"  ♥
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 93-95
    Tasted: Apr 10, 2020
    Drink: 2033+
    Issue: 78
    Don't miss! Outstanding
    Note: a monopole that measures 2.15 ha
    Producer note: Guillaume d'Angerville, who directs this now 16 ha domaine thanks to the addition of another hectare of Bourgogne, described 2018 as having a "growing season that was not as simple as people might think when considering what is typical for hot and dry vintages. We did however have a generous fruit set so despite the intense heat we managed to obtain very good yields. I chose to begin picking on the 1st of September and the fruit was definitely on the riper side but at the same time it was spotlessly clean so there wasn't much sorting required. The vinifications though were more complicated because even though potential alcohols for all but one wine were only in the 13 to 14% range, the sugars still had trouble finishing. Ultimately, they did but we definitely monitored them closely to make sure that we didn't have any significant problems. As to the wines, despite being the product of a very warm growing season, they remain remarkably fresh with very good terroir transparency." (Grand Cru Selections, LLC, www.grandcruselectionswine.com, NY, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Charles Taylor Wines, www.charlestaylorwines.com and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, all UK; Altaya Wines, www.altayawines.com, Hong Kong).
    Tasting note: A distinctly cooler nose is composed by aromas of red currant, cherry and a broad array of spice and floral wisps. There is outstanding intensity to the racy, well-detailed and strikingly stony medium weight flavors that deliver superb persistence and even more minerality on the balanced and wonderfully refreshing finale. This is also very classy juice and should age well for years.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Faiveley 2014 Corton Clos des Cortons

1 Case 3 150cl £580
  • Tasting note: A fresh, cool and moderately restrained nose speaks of various red and dark berries along with plenty of iron-inflected earth, animale and pretty floral nuances. The lush, even opulent flavors certainly don't lack for size, weight and power as they coat the palate while buffering the notably firm tannic spine on the muscular, driving and wonderfully persistent finish. This too is impressively concentrated and built-to-age.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Faiveley 2016 Corton Clos des Cortons

2 Case 6 75cl £770
  •  "Bright ruby. Fruit-driven aromas of crushed black cherry and dark raspberry convey outstanding pungent lift. Incredibly concentrated, sappy and primary, conveying outstanding juicy purity and compelling thickness to its dark fruit and violet flavors. At once hugely powerful and utterly seamless, this wine finishes with great spicy length and lift. A real essence of Burgundy--and likely to evolve gracefully for 25 years or more"

    95-98 Points Stephen Tanzer

Tasting Notes
98
Red Burgundy Faiveley 2017 Nuits 1er Cru Les Damodes

2 Case 6 75cl £250
  • Tasting note: Moderate reduction and wood dominate the nose today. Much more interesting are the highly energetic and more mineral-driven flavors that possess a beguiling inner mouth perfume before concluding in a saline and mildly austere finish that is shaped by admirably fine-grained tannins. This is not particularly dense but it is really pretty and should age well on its balance. Drink 2027
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Faiveley 2017 Charmes Chambertin

2 Case 6 75cl £720
  • Chambertin Grand Cru

    The 2017 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru comes from a single hectare that came from Faiveley’s purchase of Dupont-Tisserandot. The parcels lie right across the road from Chambertin, and the vines are around 70 years old, although they were due to be pulled up the week after my visit, since they are becoming unproductive. This has a slightly smudged, floral bouquet that gains clarity with aeration, but does not quite have the delineation of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and good grip, quite Mazoyères-like in terms of structure, and an attractive spicy finish. It maybe just lacks the finesse of the very finest Charmes-Chambertins.

    -- Neal Martin (90-92) Neal Martin 2021 - 2040 Not Available Jan 2019

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Fourrier 2009 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Gruenchers Vieille Vigne

2 Bottle 75cl £195
  • Domaine Fourrier
    2009
    Chambolle-Musigny "Les Gruenchers" 1er  ♥
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 90-92
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2011
    Drink: 2015+
    Issue: 41
    Outstanding
    Note: from .27 ha parcel planted in 1928
    Producer note: The always candid Jean-Marie Fourrier told me that 2009 was a "generous vintage but that doesn't really explain things the way it often does. The reason is that there was a huge percentage of shot berries. I have a sorting screen of only 6 mm and there were plenty of berries that were able to pass through. In some vineyards as much as 50% of the crop was in the form of shot berries. This explains why the '09s seem to be much more concentrated than the yields would otherwise suggest. I began picking on the 17th of September and brought in a very clean crop that ranged in potential alcohols from 12.5 to 13%. The primary fermentation proceeded relatively quickly and the malos were finished early as well, which is to say by April. As to the wines, they are already delicious and deceptively accessible, which means that too many of them are going to be drunk too young. The '09s are going to surprise people in terms of how well they age." I will repeat that Fourrier deliberately bottles with high CO2 levels as a partial defense against oxidation and thus if you elect to try an example or two young, be sure to decant for 20 to 30 minutes first. (Rosenthal Wine Merchant, www.madrose.com, Shekomeko, NY; there are many sources in the UK including John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, UK, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, UK, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, UK, Ballantynes of Cowbridge, www.ballantynes.co.uk, UK, Uncorked Ltd, www.uncorked.co.uk, UK and Seckford Wines, www.seckfordwines.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: Like the villages Chambolle, this possesses an ultra elegant and pure nose of restrained red pinot fruit, stone and a hint of anise that is also reflected by the generous yet quite precise middle weight flavors that evidence ample mineral influence on the naturally sweet, sappy and impressively enduring finish.
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Fourrier 2012 Clos Saint Jacques Vieille Vigne

1 Bottle 75cl £575
  • Domaine Fourrier
    2012
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2015
    Drink: 2020+
    Issue: 57
    Outstanding
    Note: from .89 ha parcel planted in 1910
    Producer note: Jean-Marie Fourrier told me that 2013 was a "really complicated vintage to manage because it was so wet. The tough part is that the wetter it is the more protection that the vines need but the harder it is to treat them. For domaines like mine that only use contact products it only takes 20 mm of rain to wash them off. When the vineyards are so wet that you can't get mechanized equipment into them then you have to treat manually with the tanks on your back. Let me tell you, that's heavy duty work. The weeds were also a huge problem in 2013 because you would plow and then 3 days later they were back. Weeds and grasses are a mixed blessing because while they can help against erosion and to absorb excess moisture because they can harbor humidity that helps the spread of vine diseases. This was super important because the key to the vintage was to make sure that you had a healthy solar panel of leaves so that adequate photosynthetic activity was going on. With the constant mildew pressure that everyone had it was easy to lose a lot of leaves and thus many vineyards didn't produce sufficiently ripe fruit if you didn't treat precisely when you had to treat. Worse still, even if you treated rigorously that didn't mean that your neighbors did and all it took was a gust of wind in the direction of your vines to contaminate them. In short, the 2013 vintage didn't pardon anything other than perfection in terms of your treatments. We began picking on the 2nd of October and we picked as quickly as we could which is to say 5 days. This was important as well because around the 28th of September the acidities began to fall like a stone and acidities are a natural defense against botrytis. Once this occurred the rot exploded and thus picking rapidly was an imperative. While there was some sorting required it wasn't anything major though this was again as much about respecting the treatment cadence than anything else. Quantities were down a bit but again nothing major. Potential alcohols were in the 11.8 to 12.5% range and nothing was chaptalized above 13%. As to the wines they're classic burgundies that are moderately structured and should age well over the mid-term." I will repeat the advice that I typically give, which is that Fourrier deliberately bottles with high CO2 levels as a partial defense against oxidation and thus if you elect to try an example or two young, be sure to decant for 20 to 30 minutes first. Note that all wines are labeled as Vieilles Vignes. Also Fourrier has substantially expanded his négociant activities so see directly below for those reviews. Lastly Fourrier noted that his 2012s, two of which were revisited below, were bottled in February 2014. (Rosenthal Wine Merchant, www.madrose.com, Shekomeko, NY; there are many sources in the UK including A&B Vintners, UK, www.abvintners.co.uk, John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, Uncorked Ltd, www.uncorked.co.uk, and Seckford Wines, www.seckfordwines.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: A remarkably elegant and exuberantly spicy nose features an airy and cool mix of raspberry, cherry, red currant and plenty of wet stone characters. There is superb intensity to the mineral-driven, pure and ultra-refined middle weight flavors that are shaped by very fine-grained tannins on the moderately austere, balanced, saline and wonderfully persistent finish. A classic Clos St. Jacques of class and grace.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Fourrier 2012 Griotte Chambertin Vieille Vigne

1 Bottle 75cl £750
94
Red Burgundy Grivot 1995 Richebourg

2 Bottle 75cl £625
Red Burgundy Gros, A-F 2010 Richebourg

1 Case 12 75cl £6,500
  • Domaine A.-F. Gros
    2010
    Richebourg
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 91-94
    Tasted: Apr 01, 2012
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 46
    Note: the Richebourg parcel now totals .6 ha after it was combined with the vines that formerly belonged to Michel Gros, which he agreed to exchange so that he could keep the Vosne 1er Clos de Réas as a monopole of Domaine Michel Gros. The Richebourg vines have been replanted 3 times and they are now 15, 25 and 70 years of age
    Producer note: François Parent (see below), who is married to Anne-Françoise Gros and directs both his domaine and that of his wife's, describes 2010 as a "vintage that had a difficult start but an excellent ending. In this sense it makes me think of vintages from 30 years ago except that here we had a happy ending which wasn't always the case in the late '60s and much of the '70s. We did lose some vines due to the severe frost in December of 2009. In a typical year we lose around 600 vines but in 2010 it was three times that figure. We picked relatively late as we didn't start until the 26th of September. Besides, there would have been no point in waiting any longer as the majority of leaves were already brown at that point meaning that no meaningful photosynthesis was going to occur. The general quality of fruit was super clean and it was nice to see such a high degree of phenolic ripeness at relatively modest alcohol levels, which is to say between 12.5 and 13%. On the negative side however was the tiny yields and we were down between 30 and 40% relative to what we realized in 2009. This was in good part due to the high incidence of shot berries due to the poor flowering and we had more of it in the Côte de Beaune than in the Côte de Nuits. For example, in an average vintage the typical bunch weighs around 160 grams, [roughly 1/3 of a pound] whereas in 2010 it weighed only 60 grams. [about 1/8 of a pound] What I like best about the 2010s is how fine they are, in fact they remind of a blend of 2007 and 2008 in the sense that they have more flesh than the 2007s and riper acidities than the 2008s." (Cellar Door Selections, www.cellardoorselections.com, Columbia, MD, New Castle Imports, www.newcastleimports.com, Myrtle Beach, SC, C&D Wines c/o Fruit of the Vines, Inc., www.cndwines.com, Long Island City, NY; Bibendum Wine Ltd., www.bibendum-wine.co.uk, La Réserve and Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: An exuberantly spicy, fresh and ripe nose speaks of red berry fruit liqueur, plum, anise and clove plus discreet mineral nuances. The powerful and sleekly muscular flavors are quite firm yet there is a certain generosity present that finesses any sense of toughness. Indeed this is relatively forward for a young Richebourg. While there is fine depth and length present, this strikes me as more of a very good rather than genuinely outstanding vintage for this wine.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Gros, Anne 2012 Echezeaux Les Loachausses

2 Case 6 75cl £990
  •  Anne Gros Echézeaux Les Loachausses Grand Cru

    Medium red. Aromas of raspberry, strawberry and spices suggest a softer wine than the Vosne Barreaux but seemed to shut down with air. Rather clenched on the palate and not showing the sweetness promised by the nose. A note of menthol in the mid-palate is joined by herbs and pepper on the tight back end. Tough going today and very hard to assess. I also picked up a green edge when I sampled this wine from barrel in November of 2013.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 90? Stephen Tanzer 2021 - 2030 $375.00 Mar 2015

Tasting Notes
90
Red Burgundy Gros, Anne 2014 Richebourg

1 Case 6 75cl £2,760
  • Richebourg Grand Cru

    Bright medium red. Perfumed scents of black raspberry and espresso are complicated by soil-driven smoke and crushed-rock notes. The richest and most tactile of these young 2014s but also with great finesse to the flavors of red berries, rose petal, saline minerality and pepper. The wine's tannins are serious and deep but not hard. This true-to-its-terroir beauty really saturates the palate under a wave of flavor.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 93+ Stephen Tanzer 2024 - 2033 $623.00 Mar 2017

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Gros, Anne 2017 Richebourg

1 Case 6 75cl £2,650
  •  Anne GrosRichebourg Grand Cru

    The 2017 Richebourg Grand Cru, matured in one-third new oak, has a precise bouquet with brambly red fruit, crushed stone, peony and a sprinkle of white pepper. It opens nicely in the glass but it never manifests the intensity of other Richebourgs this vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with filigreed tannins and the acidity is beautifully pitched. It appears to be an unapologetically refined Richebourg that should drink well over the next two decades, maybe without grabbing the headlines.

    -- Neal Martin(92-94)Neal Martin2022 - 2040Not AvailableJan 2019

     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Gros, Anne 2018 Echezeaux Les Loachausses

1 Case 6 75cl £900
  • Domaine Anne Gros
    2018
    Echézeaux - Les Loächausses
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 88-91
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2020
    Drink: 2027+
    Issue: 77
    Note: from a .76 ha parcel, which is about 30% of the total climat
    Producer note: Anne Gros' daughter Julie is progressively assuming more and more responsibility for the day to day operations and she is the one with whom I did this year's tasting. Her brief take on the 2018 vintage is that "we are really quite happy with both the quality and the quantity of what we brought in. The vinifications were straightforward as the fruit was clean and ripe and we have encountered no difficulties during the élevage either. The wines are ripe yet fresh and we think that they will be very popular with our clients." (Atherton Wine Imports, www.awiwine.com, CA, Bertrand's Wines, www.bertrandswines.com, NY, Dionysus Imports, www.dionysusimports.com, VA, H2Vino, www.h2vino.com, IL, North Berkeley Imports, www.northberkeleyimports.com, CA, all USA; Asset Wines, www.assetwines.com, Adnams & Co, www.adnams.co.uk, Albion Wine Shippers, www.albionwineshippers.co.uk, Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, Lea & Sandeman, www.leaandsandeman.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: There is enough reduction present to mask the underlying fruit though discreet spice elements can be discerned. As one would expect, there is notably more size, weight and power to the broad-shouldered flavors that also display a somewhat dry and short finish. The supporting tannins seem ripe though at present they're fairly grippy. This too presents a question mark.
     

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Gros, Anne 2018 Richebourg

1 Case 6 75cl £2,700
  • Domaine Anne Gros
    2018
    Richebourg
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 91-93
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2020
    Drink: 2033+
    Issue: 77
    Note: from a .6 ha parcel
    Producer note: Anne Gros' daughter Julie is progressively assuming more and more responsibility for the day to day operations and she is the one with whom I did this year's tasting. Her brief take on the 2018 vintage is that "we are really quite happy with both the quality and the quantity of what we brought in. The vinifications were straightforward as the fruit was clean and ripe and we have encountered no difficulties during the élevage either. The wines are ripe yet fresh and we think that they will be very popular with our clients." (Atherton Wine Imports, www.awiwine.com, CA, Bertrand's Wines, www.bertrandswines.com, NY, Dionysus Imports, www.dionysusimports.com, VA, H2Vino, www.h2vino.com, IL, North Berkeley Imports, www.northberkeleyimports.com, CA, all USA; Asset Wines, www.assetwines.com, Adnams & Co, www.adnams.co.uk, Albion Wine Shippers, www.albionwineshippers.co.uk, Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, Lea & Sandeman, www.leaandsandeman.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: The airy and overtly spicy nose reflects an abundance of floral influences on the red and dark currant aromas. The mid-palate of the big-bodied flavors is surprisingly supple, even succulent, though this impression contrasts with the firm, serious and robust finish where the tannins are again slightly raspy and mildly drying. As is the case with several wines in the range, my projected rating accords the benefit of the doubt this will eventually harmonize.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Hospices de Beaune 2012 Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Maurice Drouhin

[elevage by Faiveley]

3 Case 12 75cl £395£360
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 Jadot, Louis 2009 Bonnes Mares

2 Case 6 75cl £1,250
  • Here the notably ripe nose offers up liqueur-like dark berry fruit aromas that leads to big, rich and overtly bold and still compact large-scaled flavors that evidence obvious muscle and power before culminating in a very firm, intense, explosive and driving finish that delivers outstanding length. This is a formidable wine with dense and mouth coating tannins that will require at least 15 years to fully resolve and 20 would not surprise me. Note that unlike some of these '09s, this is very definitely not for early consumption as it is presently almost aggressively austere.

    Score: 93 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (46), April 2012

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2009 Clos de Beze

6 Case 6 75cl £1,250
  • A strikingly complex nose features an intense spiciness to the otherwise ripe, elegant and nuanced red berry liqueur aromas that are in keeping with the equally spicy and intense broad-shouldered and tautly muscular flavors, all wrapped in a mouth coating and very firm finish that delivers stunning persistence. I like the underlying sense of tension that adds vibrancy to the moderately austere and mineral-driven finale. This should be excellent in time.

    Score: 93/95
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2011 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses

1 Bottle 300cl £795
  • Tasting note: A spicy and notably floral nose of attractively layered aromas features notes of cassis, black cherry and plum aromas. There is a lovely mineral streak that runs the length of the refined medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent complexity, all wrapped in a balanced, lingering and lilting finish. I very much like the finesse and brilliant mouth feel as it's pure silk.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2011 Musigny

2 Bottle 300cl £2,250
  • Tasting note: Background notes of wood are discernible but stop short of being invasive as they still allow the restrained, cool and pure dark berry fruit and black cherry aromas to shine. Interestingly this is less overtly spicy as the Amoureuses at present though there is a genuinely gorgeous inner mouth perfume to the suave, round and polished middle weight plus flavors that possess plenty of underlying muscle and power on the hugely long, balanced and impressively complex finish. While clearly firmly structured, this is somewhat more forward and approachable than is typical for this wine.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2011 Bonnes Mares

2 Case 6 75cl £750
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2011 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses

1 Case 12 75cl £2,300
  • Tasting note: A spicy and notably floral nose of attractively layered aromas features notes of cassis, black cherry and plum aromas. There is a lovely mineral streak that runs the length of the refined medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent complexity, all wrapped in a balanced, lingering and lilting finish. I very much like the finesse and brilliant mouth feel as it's pure silk.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2012 Morey 1er Cru Clos des Ormes

1 Case 6 75cl £195
  • Tasting note: Barnier indicated that this was not vinified by Jadot. There is a background note of menthol to the pretty and fresh red currant, earth and lightly spicy nose. There is a very supple and refined mouth feel to the satin-textured middle weight flavors that also possess a seductive mouth feel, all wrapped in a balanced finish. This should drink well young.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2012 Nuits 1er Cru Vaucrains

2 Case 6 75cl £245
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2013 Clos de Beze

2 Case 6 75cl £825
  • Bright, dark red. Cherry, stone, licorice and flowers on the nose. At once juicy and compellingly sweet, with powerful tangy minerality to the highly concentrated flavors of redcurrant, cherry and crushed stone. The slowly mounting, palate-saturating finish is a bit less sweet than that of the superb Chapelle owing to the wine's powerful minerality.Really resounds and lingers on the aftertaste.

    Score: 93/96Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, January 2015

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2014 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Amoureuses

1 Case 3 150cl £1,400£1,200
  • **Note: from a small .12 ha parcel** A beautifully complex nose features notes of spice, violet and lilac on the ripe and cool essence of red pinot and plum suffused aromas. There is fine detail and a palpable sense of energy to the elegant but firm medium weight flavors that brim with minerality on the balanced and wonderfully long finale. This exercise in finesse, harmony and grace should amply reward 10 to 12 years of cellar time.

    Score: 91/94 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (62), April 2016

    The 2014 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru les Amoureuses has a more engaging nose than the 2014 Bonnes-Mares at the moment, with vivacious blueberry and raspberry coulis scents, and an underlying mineralité that draws you in. The palate is medium-bodied with crisper tannin than the aforementioned grand cru, fine tension, quite linear in style with a tingle of spice towards the gentle but sophisticated finish. It is a more restrained Amoureuses from Jadot, but one exuding class.

    Score: 93/95 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (222), December 2015

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2016 Clos de Beze

1 Case 3 75cl £650
  • The 2016 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru has a glorious bouquet with ample red cherry, redcurrant jus, orange pith and blood orange scents all vying for attention (in an orderly fashion!). The palate is very harmonious with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, quite dense with graphite and tobacco interlaced on the structured and sustained finish. It is not up there with the magnificent 2015 but it will give three decades of serious drinking pleasure. Drink 2022 - 2050.

    Score: 94/96 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (234), December 2017

    The Clos de Bèze was—appropriately—one of the more reticent wines in the cellar when I tasted it in October, opening with a brooding bouquet of dark berries, grilled meat, espresso and new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and powerful, with deep core of fruit and a chewy chassis of fine-grained, savory tannins. This shows lots of promise and should be very cellarworthy. 2027-2047

    Score: 95 William Kelley, Decanter.com, January 2018

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2019 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuees

3 Case 6 75cl £385
  • Jancis Robinson

    Cask sample. Bright garnet colour. Light mossiness on the nose (interesting rather than a fault). Very flattering jewelly fruit with some finesse and a hint of Chambolle chestnuts. Fresher than many Jadot 2019s (not too sweet) and a very broad, winning wine with everything in the right place. Lots of energy here.

    Drink 
    2026
     – 
    2040

Tasting Notes
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Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2019 Chambertin

2 Case 3 75cl £750
  • The 2019 Chambertin Grand Cru has a very refined bouquet, quite intense and focused, featuring ash-tinged black fruit combined with shaved black truffle. There is real complexity here, in a captivating set of aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and beautifully balanced, and even though it is showing more new oak at the moment, that will be assimilated. Very sustained on the finish, but what I would like to see is a bit more grip and body, as it does not quite "kick on" as expected.  

    -- Neal Martin (94-96) Neal Martin 2025 - 2045

Tasting Notes
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Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2019 Chambertin

1 Case 3 150cl £1,525
  • The 2019 Chambertin Grand Cru has a very refined bouquet, quite intense and focused, featuring ash-tinged black fruit combined with shaved black truffle. There is real complexity here, in a captivating set of aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and beautifully balanced, and even though it is showing more new oak at the moment, that will be assimilated. Very sustained on the finish, but what I would like to see is a bit more grip and body, as it does not quite "kick on" as expected.  

    -- Neal Martin (94-96) Neal Martin 2025 - 2045

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2019 Bonnes Mares

1 Case 3 150cl £1,600
  • The 2019 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru has a floral bouquet of black and blueberry fruit infused with crushed violet and iris petal. This is completely destemmed, so it does not convey the same amplitude. The palate is medium-bodied, with light Earl Grey and ash notes tincturing the black fruit. Fine structure and focus here. Light on its feet toward the long, sustained finish. This is a superb Bonnes-Mares. 

    -- Neal Martin (94-96) Neal Martin 2024 - 2045 Not Available Dec 2020

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2019 Clos de Beze

2 Case 3 150cl £1,770
  • The 2019 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru has a lovely bouquet that is wonderfully delineated and focused, presenting a quite intense mixture of red and black fruit tinged with sous-bois and light black truffle aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with bold tannins and a fine bead of acidity. Smooth in texture, it exhibits dark chocolate and brown spice notes, some new oak just masking the terroir expression and delineation on the finish at the moment. Give this at least 4–5 years in bottle and that will be addressed. Just one double barrel produced (460 liters).

    -- Neal Martin (93-95) Neal Martin 2025 - 2048

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Mugnier JF 2005 Bonnes Mares

1 Case 6 75cl £10,500£9,250
  • Burghound Tasting note: The concentration and intensity has slowly but noticeably been increasing over the last few vintages as the vines begin to achieve a higher average age and it's particularly evident in 2005. Here the nose is unusually expressive rather than its usual brooding character with pretty, even elegant aromas of spicy red pinot and purple fruit and warm earth notes that can also be found on the powerful but detailed, indeed almost nervous flavors that possess excellent precision and a very attractive underlying tension on the explosive finish that delivers flat out incredible length. 2005 is the best vintage for this wine that I've seen since Mugnier took over.

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Red Burgundy Mugnier JF 2010 Musigny

1 Bottle 75cl £2,500
  • Tasting note: Here the broad ranging nose is actually similar to that of the Amoureuses but it's both cooler and even more restrained. The penetratingly mineral-driven large-scaled flavors are an exercise in refinement with tremendous depth of material that pushes the very firm tannic spine to the background on the palate staining, linear and stunning intense finish. This magnificent effort is regal and aloof at this point and is conceding little in terms of accessibility yet it's irreproachably well-balanced which should permit this magnificent effort to develop slowly but surely over the next 15 plus years. The 2010 Musigny is yet another in a long line of great vintages of this wine from Mugnier.

Tasting Notes
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Red Burgundy Mugnier JF 2012 Bonnes Mares

1 Bottle 75cl £675
  • The 2012 Bonnes Mares presents an intriguing push and pull between some of the more delicate notes that appear initially and its underlying, restrained power. This is another wine where so much is implied rather than overt. As always, the Mugnier Bonnes Mares is above all else a wine of restraint, although in this vintage, there is plenty of depth as well.

    -- Antonio Galloni 93 Antonio Galloni 2022 - 2042 $455.00 Apr 2015

     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Mortet 2011 Fixin Vieilles Vignes

[Duty Paid]

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.
     

Tasting Notes
88
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 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
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