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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 1996 La Grand Rue

7 Bottle 75cl £480
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 2005 La Grande Rue

1 Bottle 150cl £1,500
  • Tasting note: A hint of menthol adds nuance to the mostly highly-spiced red berry fruit nose that is quite reserved if beautifully complex while leading to sweet, delicious, generous and round medium full flavors that are classy and refined, all wrapped in a strikingly persistent and explosive finish. This offers excellent cellar potential and at this early stage the wood, which is normally fairly prominent, is already well integrated but note that this will need every bit of 15 years, perhaps even slightly longer, to arrive at its prime as it's very structured. A really beautiful LGR that showed even a bit better than it had only three weeks earlier as it was given the benefit of an hour's worth of air.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 2005 La Grande Rue

2 Case 6 75cl £3,200
  • Tasting note: A hint of menthol adds nuance to the mostly highly-spiced red berry fruit nose that is quite reserved if beautifully complex while leading to sweet, delicious, generous and round medium full flavors that are classy and refined, all wrapped in a strikingly persistent and explosive finish. This offers excellent cellar potential and at this early stage the wood, which is normally fairly prominent, is already well integrated but note that this will need every bit of 15 years, perhaps even slightly longer, to arrive at its prime as it's very structured. A really beautiful LGR that showed even a bit better than it had only three weeks earlier as it was given the benefit of an hour's worth of air.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Roche de Bellene 2016 Gevrey Chambertin Lavaut Saint-Jacques

1 Case 6 75cl £290
  • Maison Roche de Bellene
    2016
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Lavaut St. Jacques"
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 88-90
    Tasted: Apr 15, 2018
    Drink: 2024+
    Issue: 70
    Producer note: Please see the introduction to Domaine de Bellene above for further information. Note that all of the wines are bottled under Diam corks that are stamped with the relevant information that includes producer, vintage and appellation. 
    Tasting note: There is a hint of prune to the broad-ranging nose of menthol, cassis, violet and black raspberry. The velvety, round and mouth coating flavors possess good punch and minerality on the slightly sweet and warm finish. This is perfectly OK but again it's hard to see this ever becoming a wine of distinction.
     

Tasting Notes
90
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 1996 Romanee Conti

[UK agent]

1 Bottle 75cl £16,200
  • This is backward to the point of being almost inexpressive though with extended airing, subtle aromas of black fruit, hoisin, spice, underbrush, anise and violets frame understated, refined, elegant and classy flavors of incredible breed and fantastic complexity. This will live for decades and it is so young that it hasn't even begun to reveal what it will ultimately be capable of delivering. And like the 2001 version, the transparency here is nothing short of remarkable. In short, opening a bottle anytime before 2012 will indeed be egregious infanticide and as the drinking window suggests, patience is required, or if need be, at least three hours of in a decanter. Consistent notes.

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2014 Romanee Saint Vivant

[owc]

1 Case 3 75cl £6,750
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2017 Echezeaux

[owc]

1 Case 3 75cl £6,100
Red Burgundy Rouget, Emmanuel 2005 Echezeaux

1 Case 12 75cl £12,500
  • A ripe, expressive and airy nose that combines both upper and mid-level register fruit notes that include red pinot, black berry and violet notes trimmed in moderate wood spice as well as natural spice notes of clove and anise that can also be found on the round, rich and beautifully balanced big-bodied flavors that are powerful, long and more stylish than usual. This is a terrific Ech that should be capable of at least a decade's worth of improvement.

    Score: 91/94 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (25), January 2007

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Rousseau 1990 Clos Saint Jacques

1 Bottle 75cl £1,850
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    1990
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Mar 02, 2019
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: This was a wine that I was quite curious to try because while I had the good fortune to have enjoyed it several times in the 1990s, it had not come my way since 2001. I'm happy to report that it did not disappoint with its ripe yet airy aromas of sous-bois, spice, earth, game and beautifully well-layered secondary fruit. There is fine richness as well as very good power to the delicious and attractively textured medium-bodied flavors that exhibit equally good layering on the impressively persistent finale. This is not a particularly elegant vintage for the Rousseau CSJ and there remains enough tannin to notice on the slightly warm finish but overall, I found this to have aged out extremely well.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2009 Gevrey Chambertin

1 Case 12 75cl £3,800
  • GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN VILLAGES

    The 2009 Gevrey-Chambertin is pure silk on the palate. Layers of flavor emerge gracefully from this weightless, totally refined wine. A model of understated elegance, the Gevrey makes a great introduction to the wines of Eric Rousseau. 

    -- Antonio Galloni 90 Antonio Galloni 

Tasting Notes
90
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2010 Clos de Beze

1 Bottle 75cl £3,100
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2010
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 97
    Tasted: Jan 14, 2013
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 49
    Producer note: Eric Rousseau's take on the 2011 vintage was that "we had almost the same metrological conditions as in 2007. It was not quite as hot but otherwise similar, particularly in that the spring was very dry. The summer weather was not great either and it required a lot of work in the vineyards to ensure good aeration to avoid undue problems with rot. We began picking on the 31st of August and there was a fair amount of sorting necessary though not so much that I was worried about how clean my lees would be. Potential alcohols were in the 12 to 13.2% range, which is perfectly acceptable if not truly excellent. Yields however were down considerable and while they were a bit higher than 2010, the total was still off 25 to 30%. I did our normal vinification where I lowered the temperature to between 13 and 16° C (55 and 61° F) and then allowed the musts to climb when and as they wanted. The malos were all over the place with some of them ending early and others terminating much later. As to the wines, there is more underlying material than we had in 2007, and to my taste, the quality is definitely higher as well. I think that the 2011s should age well, not because they are necessarily all that firmly structured so much as that they are very well-balanced." 2011 is a vintage chez Rousseau where the big boys definitely shined and while the lower level wines are more than respectable, they don't necessarily transcend the vintage. That said, the Chambertin, Bèze, Ruchottes, Clos St. Jacques and Clos de la Roche are all very impressive. Regarding the now in-bottle 2010s, they are absolutely stunning and any and all should be on your shopping lists, but in particular, absolutely do not miss either the Chambertin or the Clos de Bèze as they are utterly brilliant. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, NY; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, House of Townend, www.houseoftownend.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerini.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: Very deeply colored, indeed this is the mostly deeply tinted of the Rousseau '10s. A gentle touch of wood offsets the highly complex and ultra-fresh nose that interweaves a superb range of floral, spice and distinctly ripe fruit elements. The seductively textured, detailed, pure and vibrant broad-shouldered flavors display a subtle minerality before terminating in an explosive, powerful and tautly muscled finish that delivers massive length. This is a relatively powerful Rousseau Bèze yet it remains quite refined as the underlying tannins are almost inexplicably fine-grained and like the Clos St. Jacques, it should age effortlessly for years. In sum, this is simply phenomenal.
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2012 Charmes Chambertin

2 Case 6 75cl £3,500
  • Tasting note: A beautifully elegant essence of red berry fruit nose enjoys added breadth in the form of spice, earth and gentle floral nuances. I very much like the sense of freshness and vivacity to the medium weight plus flavors that possess fine detail and a hint of minerality that continues onto the silky and saline-inflected finish. This wine has made a great deal of progress over the past 5 vintages or so and 2012 continues that trend.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2015 Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £17,500
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2015
    Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 98
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2018
    Drink: 2037+
    Issue: 69
    Note: 100% new wood
    Producer note: Eric Rousseau charmingly described the style of the 2016 vintage as "being softer and more typical than 2015. It's like your best friend in the sense that you can always count on it to drink well early, late and in-between. While I really like the results I have to admit that getting to them wasn't easy as some of our parcels suffered dearly at the hands of the frost, and in particular in Chambertin and Clos St. Jacques as we lost 60% and 30% respectively relative to a normal harvest. Plus the mildew was also really quite awful though we managed just the same, but that isn't to say that doing so was easy. Once those problems stopped being problems, which was in the middle part of July, the rest of the season was relatively straightforward to navigate. We chose to begin picking on the 23rd of September under perfect harvest conditions and brought in both clean and ripe fruit that, again with the exceptions of Chambertin and the Clos St. Jacques, had more or less normal yields and Clos de la Roche was excellent in that regard. Potential alcohols were very good at between 12.5 and 13% with good but not high acidities. The skins were on the thicker side though not like say 2005 or 2015. As to another vintage that is stylistically comparable, I might suggest a slightly riper and denser version of 2014." I was most impressed with the Rousseau 2016s but the Chambertin really stood head and shoulders above the other wines. Usually it's quite close between it and the Clos de Bèze but at this early juncture, the Chambertin appears to have a considerable edge. I also was seriously impressed by the now in-bottle 2015s, revisited below, which were put there in April 2017. Speaking of bottling, Rousseau noted that they are now using bottles where the bottom of it is embossed with the name of the domaine. He further explained that as of 2015 that each cork used for the Chambertin and Clos de Bèze is individually analyzed for TCA-taint. This quality control step will be progressively applied to the other wines in the range going forward. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, USA; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerini.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: Here too there is just enough oak to mention but once again it's not really enough to impair the purity of the distinctly cool and ultra-spicy red currant, underbrush, sandalwood, lilac and plenty of earth aromas. The rich, intense and overtly muscular big-bodied flavors possess a similar level of minerality that is borderline pungent and it informs the explosively long, firm and very serious finish. This notably powerful, but not really austere effort, displays magnificent potential and if it develops its usual degree of complexity over time it should merit the upper end of my projected range. But as structured and firm as it is, I suspect that this will drink well after only 6 to 8 years of age thanks to the incredible abundance of dry extract.
     

Tasting Notes
98
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2018 Ruchottes-Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £675
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2018
    Ruchottes-Chambertin - Clos des Ruchottes
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2021
    Drink: 2036+
    Issue: 81
    Note: 1.06 ha; 20% new wood
    Producer note: Eric Rousseau's daughter Cyrielle, who is gradually assuming control of day-to-day operations and is overseeing an expansion of the cuverie, briefly described the 2019 growing season as "yet another one that was so hot and dry that we again thought, wrongly as it turned out, that we would have baked fruit and heavy wines. Happily, despite the heat and drought-like conditions, the vines didn't really suffer much, or at least not enough to shut down their photosynthetic processes. These conditions also keep disease pressure at bay so the fruit couldn't have been any cleaner and the only sorting required was to eliminate a few sunburned berries. We chose to begin picking on the 12th of September and brought in very ripe yet balanced fruit as there was good acidity thanks to the relatively cool nights. The berries were relatively tiny with thick skins and potential alcohols ranged from 13.2 to a high of 14.5%. We vinified softly as we always do and there were no problems with the primary fermentations though some of the malos were slow to finish. As to the wines, I personally adore the 2019s for their freshness, verve and transparency. They're balanced and so refreshing that they're already irresistible. I wouldn't necessarily call them better than our 2018s, but they are certainly different styles and I prefer the 2019s, at least for now." As to the domaine 2018s, four of which are revisited below, were bottled in March and April 2020. As I reported previously, the domaine is now using bottles where the bottom of it is embossed with the name of the domaine. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, USA; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerini.com, all UK; Altaya Wines, www.altayawines.com, Hong Kong).
    Tasting note: An absolutely gorgeous nose reflects cool and pure aromas of the essence of red berry liqueur, spice and soft floral scents. The lilting and mineral-driven middle weight flavors retain excellent delineation and a sophisticated mouthfeel while the sneaky long if decidedly firm finish possesses outstanding complexity. This powerful yet sophisticated and refined Zen-like effort is exceptionally promising.
     

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
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
White Burgundy Blain, Marc-Antonin 2017 Batard Montrachet

1 Bottle 75cl £165
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2008 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc

1 Bottle 300cl £375
  • Tasting note: A very subtle reductive character knocks down the expressiveness of the lemon and pretty white flower aromas so I would strongly suggest decanting this for 20 to 30 minutes first. The detailed, pure and lightly mineral-driven flavors possess really lovely balance and fine length. If there is a nit it is that this doesn't possess the complexity of the best 1ers here though the track record of this wine is such that I wouldn't bet against it developing materially more complexity in the bottle.

Tasting Notes
90
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2018 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres

1 Case 6 75cl £460
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2012 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet

3 Bottle 300cl £695
  • Tasting note: This is also quite elegant with its equally spicy nose of honeysuckle, yellow and white orchard fruit and citrus elements. There is a lovely vibrancy to the concentrated and relatively large-scaled flavors that possess good power on the markedly dry and somewhat compact edgy finish. As with the Combettes my predicted range offers the benefit of the doubt that the finish will flesh out and the dryness will dissipate with time.
     

Tasting Notes
92
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2016 Batard Montrachet

2 Case 6 75cl £1,275
  • Strong reduction masks the fruit at present. On the plus side there is lovely verve and freshness to the rich and full-bodied yet, curiously, even finer flavors that are very tightly wound thanks to the firm core of citrus-tinged acidity shaping the serious, classy and hugely impressively persistent finish. This too is definitely going to require extended cellaring before it reaches its peak. Drink 2028+

    Score: 91/94 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (71), June 2018

    Cask sample. Oak more evident here than on the Corton-Charlemagne. More spice and cedar on the nose and palate. Has a definite sour/citrus creamy freshness but seems less subtle than the Corton. Just a touch sour on the aftertaste; big and long. Drink between 2024-2030.

    Score: 17.5 Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2017

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Pillot, Jean-Marc 2016 Chassagne Montrachet

2 Case 6 75cl £180
  • Rating

    87

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2023

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Apr 2017

    Source

    230, The Wine Advocate

    The 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet Village has a reserved bouquet, quite Puligny-like in style, hints of walnut and almond developing on the nose with time. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry, nicely balanced if not the most complex Chassagne-Montrachet. There is a pleasant spicebox note on the finish, though I would have liked more energy to come through.

Tasting Notes
87
White Burgundy Roulot 2015 Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

1 Bottle 75cl £425
  • Tasting note: Here too the admirably pure aromas are distinctly cool with its ripe nose of white peach and essence of pear that is trimmed in notes of subtle wood, spice and citrus zest. Once again there is fine volume to the solidly concentrated and sappy medium-bodied flavors that possess first-rate complexity and persistence on the balanced finale. A classic Charmes.

Tasting Notes
93
White Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 2015 Corton Charlemagne

2 Case 6 75cl £1,250
  • 91-94 A notably ripe and wonderfully spicy nose reflects notes of liqueur-like dark cherry, cassis, plum and violet. The dense, serious and markedly powerful big-bodied flavors brim with dry extract before terminating in a muscular and impressively long finish that also displays a hint of warmth. This is an imposingly-scaled and quite firmly structured effort that will require 12 to 15 years of bottle to arrive at its apogee. Patience. Sweet spot Outstanding

    Score: 91 - 94

    Allen Meadows, Burghound Maturity: 2027+15 January 2017

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Bonneau du Martray 2018 Corton Charlemagne

2 Case 6 75cl £1,350
  • Tasting note: A cool, pure and elegant nose combines notes of various white fleshed fruit scents that in particular include Granny Smith apples and pear, along with hints of citrus and wet stone. There is excellent intensity as well as fine richness to the detailed and mineral-driven flavors where the minerality adds a sense of lift to the complex and sneaky long finale. This is lovely and should be approachable a bit sooner than its 2017 counterpart. 92-92 Burghound

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2016 Montrachet

1 Case 6 75cl £2,800£2,600
  • There is just half of the quantity of the 2016 Montrachet Grand Cru this year (although that said, that's probably a multiple of what fellow Montrachet growers inherited). The bouquet has that marine-like tincture like the La Cabotte - oyster shell and sea cave scents underlying the citrus fruit. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, sappy in the mouth, a brooding intensity toward the finish. You can just feel the presence of this Montrachet, the opening chapter of a great wine. This will take several years to reach its apogee but it will be worth the wait.

    Score: 94 - 96

    Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2020-205029 December 2017

    (almost finished with its malo): Bright yellow. Higher-pitched and more musky than La Cabotte, offering scents of ripe stone fruits and smoky oak. Fat, sweet, ripe and full, with stone fruit and spice flavors a bit suppressed at present. Finishes thick, spicy, dusty and powerful. Like the two wines from Chevalier-Montrachet, this gives an impression of high alcohol; all three are in the high 13s. Very strong wine but the most monolithic of this trio, with its slightly aggressive character somewhat leavened by obvious energy.

    Score: 92 - 94

    Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com 01 September 2017

Tasting Notes
96
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2018 Chevalier Montrachet La Cabotte

3 Bottle 150cl £880
  • The 2018 Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte Grand Cru comes from a small band of 0.21 hectares above Montrachet. Curiously, it does not convey the same complexity as the regular Chevalier-Montrachet on the nose. The palate is quite elegant, with a little more viscosity on the entry, a fine bead of acidity and a slightly honeyed texture on the finish. It is precise and poised, but again, does not equal the complexity of the Chevalier-Montrachet, which is advantaged by coming from all four terraces instead of a single plot.

    -- Neal Martin (92-94) Neal Martin 2023 - 2045 Not Available Jan 2020

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2018 Montrachet

1 Bottle 150cl £930
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2018 Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres

2 Case 6 75cl £350
  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    2018
    Meursault "Perrières"  ♥
    1er Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Oct 10, 2020
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 80
    Outstanding
    Note: from 3 separate parcels
    Producer note: Winemaker Frédéric Weber is always a wealth of detail regarding the intricacies of the growing season and regarding the 2018 vintage, he explained that "the winter was relatively mild with double the normal rainfall between October 2017 and April 2018. April and May were dry and warm, so the vegetation exploded as the soil provided ample supplies of water. We were further blessed with a precocious and very fast flowering where there was almost no shatter. This in turn engendered an enormous fruit set so it was clear early on that absent a destructive bout of hail that we were definitely going to have good volumes and particularly so in white. As such we chose to drop quite a bit of chardonnay bunches in July and August. Despite the abundant early season rainfall, the summer was quite dry and sufficiently so that young vines or those planted in more meager soils suffered from hydric stress. We could see this in the fact that the véraison took a long time to finish. Thankfully, an August 23rd storm dropped enough water to allow the vines to bring the fruit to full maturity. After doing a long series of ripeness sampling, we finally chose to begin picking on the 28th of August with the pinot and then attacked the chardonnay on the 3rd of September. The fruit was impeccably clean, and yields were very good in both colors with between 38 to 40 hl/ha in pinot and between 48 to 60 hl/ha in chardonnay. Potential alcohols were equally good, ranging as they did between 13.5 to 14% in pinot and slightly higher in chardonnay at between 13.5 to 14.5%. For the reds we used between 15 and 50% whole clusters and vinified softly as the skins were thick with a high degree of extractability plus there were more seeds than usual so we did everything we could to avoid damaging them. Another big factor is that we had no fermentation stoppages but that doesn't mean that we weren't worried about the possibility of them. With respect to the reds, some people want to compare them to the 2003s but we don't really agree. To be sure, 2018 was consistently very warm and dry but it wasn't as extreme as 2003 plus yields were much higher. Speaking for our wines, we would suggest that they're like a mix of 2005 and 2009, which is to say that we believe that 2018 is potentially a great vintage." Weber added that Bouchard purchased very few wines for the négociant side of the operation, partially because the domaine vines produced such good volumes but also because the quality of the wines on offer was too often suspect. (Henriot, Inc., www.henriotinc.com, NY, USA; The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, and John E. Fells and Sons, www.fells.co.uk, both UK).
    Tasting note: Whiffs of matchstick, lemongrass and mineral reduction are present on the cool and pure essence of pear aromas that are also trimmed in just enough wood to mention. The middle weight flavors flash a lovely minerality while the mouthfeel is very classy on the chiseled, sappy, dry and youthfully austere finale where the only nit is a hint of warmth. This will need a few years to develop better overall depth though it's not so backwards that it could not be enjoyed young if that's your preference.
     

Tasting Notes
92
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2019 Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres

6 Case 6 75cl £420
  • 2019 Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils Meursault Les Perrières 1er Cru

    The 2019 Meursault Les Perrières 1er Cru is quite intense on the nose, although I found more terroir expression on the Genevrières by comparison. The well-balanced palate has a saline entry, a fine bead of acidity and an intense, quite citric finish; good salinity on the aftertaste. This Les Perrières has plenty of energy and should offer 15–20 years’ drinking. 

    -- Neal Martin (92-94) Neal Martin 2023 - 2043 Not Available Dec 2020

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Bouzereau 2012 Corton Clos des Fietres Blanc

2 Case 6 75cl £330
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2013 Puligny 1er Cru Les Pucelles

1 Case 6 75cl £585
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2016 Chassagne 1er Cru Embazees

3 Case 6 75cl £350
  • Pale yellow. Pure, expressive aromas of pear, apple, spices, lichee, menthol and white flowers. Silky and ripe but lively too, with its ripe pear flavor conveying a glyceral texture without any excess weight. Finishes with lovely tactile persistence. This fruit was picked near 13% potential alcohol and was not chaptalized, noted Faure-Brac, adding that if Drouhin had waited any longer to harvest, the acidity level would have plunged even farther (it's 3.7 grams per liter following the malolactic fermentation).

    -- Stephen Tanzer (90-93) Stephen Tanzer Not Available Sep 2017

Tasting Notes
93
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2016 Chassagne 1er Cru Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche

8 Case 6 75cl £420
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    29th Dec 2017

    Source

    234, The Wine Advocate

    The 2016 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot (Marquis de Laguiche) was affected by the frost, and hence 50% of the fruit was lost. The nose is pleasant with scents of white peach and citrus lemon, although it does not quite have the vigor of the Embasees. The palate is well balanced with a ripe, sorbet-fresh entry of orange and pear, quite energetic toward the finish that fans out in confident fashion. This gets better with acquaintance and deserves a couple of years once in bottle.

Tasting Notes
91
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2016 Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres

2 Case 6 75cl £420£390
  • Pale, bright yellow. Aromas of mirabelle, dusty spices, crushed stone and smoky oak. Rich, plush, ripe wine with lowish acidity but good firming minerality. Thick, spicy and dry, finishing quite backward in the early going, even bitter-edged. This somewhat phenolic, brooding Perrières will need some patience.Rating: 90-92Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Sep 2017)

Tasting Notes
92
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2019 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc

2 Case 6 75cl £500
  • Blanc Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru

    The 2019 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 1er Cru, which is a selection from six different tries through the vineyard, has an intense nose, slightly Alsace-like in style thanks to a hint of linseed oil intermingling with yellow plum and orange blossom. The palate is well balanced with a tensile opening. Lovely orange pith and nectarine notes here. Not a voluminous wine, but very focused on the finish. Excellent. 

    -- Neal Martin (91-93) Neal Martin 2022 - 2036 Not Available Dec 2020

Tasting Notes
93
White Burgundy Fevre, William 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

5 Case 6 75cl £430
  • The holding comprises 2.5 ha planted between 1947 and 1952 and all still in great condition. Pale lemon colour. The nose is restrained but you are immediately in the presence of majesty. This has the most volume of all but is not the easiest to see. It has more flesh than Les Preuses, along with a different but equal mineral vitality to Côte Bouguerots The two together make something exceptional! Tasted: May 2019
    Full information

    Score: 95/97 Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy, May 2019

    The 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos is another obvious success, mingling aromas of citrus and citrus confit with hints of beeswax, peach and pear in an inviting bouquet. Full-bodied, muscular and layered, it's textural and fleshy, with a deep and tightly wound core, racy acids and a chalky finish. This is a fine effort that will improve with bottle age, but it is a bit more front-loaded out of the gates than the very fine 2017 rendition.

    Score: 95 William Kelley, RobertParker.com, July 2020

    Aromas of waxy lemon rind, dried flowers and peaches preface the 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos, a full-bodied, ample and muscular wine that's deep, powerful and reserved. While it's early days to make a definitive judgement, it's obviously very promising.

    Score: 93/95 William Kelley, RobertParker.com, August 2019

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2015 Batard Montrachet

2 Case 6 75cl £1,250
  • Tasting note: Notes of honey, petrol, white orchard fruit and various floral scents serve as an elegant introduction to the caressing and wonderfully seductive big-bodied flavors that display both excellent volume and power on the muscular, dense and superbly persistent finale. This is not an especially refined vintage for this wine but should mature into a real beauty if given a chance.
     

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2015 Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles

4 Case 6 75cl £1,625
  • Tasting note: Reduction presently flattens the underlying fruit. On the plus side there is excellent size, weight and punch to the generously proportioned, powerful and tautly muscular flavors that reflect both plenty of minerality and dry extract before concluding in an almost thick yet balanced finale that delivers first-rate length. 2015 is not a particularly elegant vintage for this wine but once again, there is no lack of character.
     

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2015 Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles

1 Case 3 150cl £1,750
  • Tasting note: Reduction presently flattens the underlying fruit. On the plus side there is excellent size, weight and punch to the generously proportioned, powerful and tautly muscular flavors that reflect both plenty of minerality and dry extract before concluding in an almost thick yet balanced finale that delivers first-rate length. 2015 is not a particularly elegant vintage for this wine but once again, there is no lack of character.
     

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Prieur 2015 Montrachet

1 Case 3 75cl £1,500
  • Tasting note: A beautifully layered nose flashes a broad assortment of aromas that include apple, pear, acacia, lavender, spice and a discreet application of wood. The Chevalier is a big wine but this is bigger still with its imposingly scaled flavors that are both muscular and powerful yet even so there is a better sense of verve and particularly so on the lingering, sappy and well-balanced finale. This is clearly going to require at least some bottle age and amply reward a decade plus.

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2015 Puligny 1er Cru Clavoillon

1 Case 6 75cl £900
  • 90-93 

    Here too there is a trace of matchstick character on the slightly riper aromas that feature notes of apple compote, lavender and hints of the exotic and citrus elements. The rich, generously proportioned and fleshy medium weight flavors possess more size and weight than is usual for this wine thanks to the copious level of dry extract that confers a sappy texture to the moderately structured and notably dry finish in the context of the vintage. 

    Note: Leflaive is the largest holder of Clavoillon with a whopping 4.8 ha parcel that averages 40+ years of age

    Drink: 2023+

    Score: 90/93 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (67), June 2017

Tasting Notes
93
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2015 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet

1 Case 3 75cl £1,375
  •  

    Domaine Leflaive

    2015

    Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet

    Grand Cru White barrel

    Score: 92-95

    Tasted: Jun 11, 2017

    Drink: 2027+

    Issue: 67

    Don't miss! 

    Note: from 45+ year old vines, which are the oldest of the Domaine

    Producer note: I tasted this time with director Brice de La Morandière along with new régisseur (estate manager) Pierre Vincent who was hired away from Domaine de la Vougeraie (see below). They told me that 2015 "gave us a very hot and mostly dry growing season that produced excellent maturities. There wasn't much disease pressure to speak of other than some early season oidium pressure. We chose to begin picking on the 28th of August which was the second earliest date ever along with 2003 and 2011. The fruit was basically spotless with good but not excessive ripeness and moderate potential alcohols. The acidities were also solid if not high and in hindsight I think that beginning the harvest when we did was the key to preserving not only the acidities but also the freshness levels. Most domaines started picking around the 3rd or the 4th of September and having started a week earlier than that, in the end, turned out to be the right decision for us. As to the wines, they're clearly the product of a warm vintage and they are certainly rich yet they are fresh, vibrant and offer the possibility of enjoying them younger than is perhaps typical for our wines." I have to agree with La Morandière that the Leflaive 2015s are unusually fresh and vibrant in the context of what is typical for the vintage. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Private Cellar Ltd., www.privatecellar.co.uk, all UK).

    Tasting note: As is often the case this evidences a similar aromatic profile to that of the Pucelles and in particular with respect to the honeysuckle character. While there is a bit more size, density and mid-palate volume to the middle weight plus flavors they manage to retain the same heightened sense of refinement and particularly so on the sneaky long and focused finish. This is potentially really fine juice.

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2015 Puligny 1er Cru Les Pucelles

1 Case 6 75cl £1,450
  • 92-94 

    In contrast to the relative expressiveness of most of the prior wines, this is much more reserved and only grudgingly reveals its aromas of honeysuckle, essence of pear and soft oak nuances. The caressing and very refined middle weight flavors possess a highly seductive mouth feel that also brims with dry extract while delivering excellent length on the beautifully complex and persistent finale that, like the Combettes, is unusually dry relative to what is common for the vintage. Class in a glass. 

    Note: from two very large parcels of vines totaling over 3 ha

    Drink: 2027+

    Score: 92/94 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (67), June 2017

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2017 Batard Montrachet

1 Case 3 75cl £1,425
  • Wine Review

    Domaine Leflaive
    2017
    Bâtard-Montrachet
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 93-95
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
    Drink: 2032+
    Issue: 75
    Note: from 3 different parcels, two on the Chassagne side and the third in the Puligny sector that is near the border dividing the two communes
    Producer note: As is usually the case, I tasted with director Brice de La Morandière along with régisseur (estate manager) Pierre Vincent. They told me that while 2017 had "a growing season that was easier to manage than was 2016, there were still a few problems such as a late April frost scare and enough mildew pressure to cost us at least some yield. Otherwise though, things were reasonably clement and we picked ripe and clean fruit from the 29th of August to the 3rd of September. Yields were good and consistent as they came in around 42 to 43 hl/ha save for the Bourgogne which suffered some frost damage. Sugars and potential alcohols were very good, coming in as they did between 12.5 and 13%. There was not a lot of malic acid but even so pHs were solid at around 3.05 to 3.15. As to the wines, probably the characteristic that defines the 2017s the best is their outstanding balance. They're classically styled white burgundies and we're really quite pleased with the results." La Morandière explained that they are continuing their expansion in the Mâconnais and several of the new entries were really quite impressive. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Private Cellar Ltd., www.privatecellar.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: A beautifully layered nose features notes of citrus peel, lavender, petrol, pear, white peach and soft wood nuances. There is seriously good size, weight and vibrancy to the broad-shouldered and admirably concentrated flavors that possess evident power on the serious, palate staining and strikingly long finish. If this built-to-age Bâtard can add more depth it should merit the upper end of my predicted range though note well that it's definitely going to require patience.

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Roche de Bellene 2012 Montrachet

1 Case 6 75cl £2,150
White Burgundy Sauzet 2016 Bourgogne Blanc La Tufera

2 Case 12 75cl £320
  • Burghound Tasting note: An agreeably fresh nose combines primarily pear and apple notes with soft floral and citrus nuances. There is lovely detail to the attractively textured flavors that culminate in a dry, saline and chiseled finish. This is a quality Bourgogne plus it has the stuffing to age too.

     

     

     

Tasting Notes
87
White Burgundy Sauzet 2016 Puligny 1er Cru Champ Gain

2 Case 6 75cl £595
  • Score: 92

    Tasted: Jun 15, 2018
    Drink: 2023+
    Issue: 71
    Outstanding 
    Producer note: Gérard Boudot described the 2016 vintage as "one that is already infamous for the combined double whammy of frost and mildew. One of the interesting, if painful, aspects of the frost is just how disparate the damage was. For example, the grands crus in particular were crushed as was my parcel of Chassagne yet the 1ers, with the exception of Folatières, were largely untouched so yields were pretty much normal there. On the other side of the ledger though is the sad reality that there will be no Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune, Chassagne or Bienvenues in 2016. I chose to begin picking on the 20th of September and thankfully the fruit came in both very clean and ripe without being too ripe so there were no issues with either fermentation. As to the wines, I would say that the quality is very good if not necessarily great. They do have very fine transparency and I see no reason why they shouldn't amply reward mid-term to mid-term plus cellaring." Boudot noted that the domaine had begun sealing the necks of the bottle with wax for the grands crus and he is sufficiently encouraged by the results that he intends to adopt this for all of the wines going forward. I would point out again that as of 2013 the domaine is using corks with a diameter of 25 mm (24 is normal) from cork bark that has a minimum of 12 years of age. Lastly, with the exception of the Bourgogne, the wines were bottled in January and February 2018. (Vineyard Brands, www.vineyardbrands.com, AL, USA; O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Davy & Co., www.davywine.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Harrods Limited, www.harrods.com/food-and-wine, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, Clarion Wines, www.clarionwines.co.uk, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, House of Townend, www.houseoftownend.com, Claret-E Ltd, www.claret-e.com, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com and Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk, all UK; Sequin & Robillard/Vinifera, www.seguinrobillard.ca, Canada).
    Tasting note: A smoky and expressive nose offers up notes of apple, pear, acacia and rose petal. Once again there is excellent intensity to the racy yet cool medium weight flavors that are at once richer and stony, all wrapped in a markedly saline-inflected finish that delivers even better persistence. Good stuff.

Tasting Notes
92
Rhone Allemand, Thierry 2001 Cornas Les Reynard

6 Bottle 75cl £380
Rhone Avril 2012 CNDP Clos des Papes

1 Bottle 300cl £225
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2035

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    14th Sep 2015

    Source

    Special Report (Sep 2015), The Wine Advocate

    Leading off the reds in the retrospective, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape hit a whopping 15.7% natural alcohol, yet doesn't show a trace of heat in its gorgeous bouquet of kirsch liqueur, blackberries, Asian spice, cured meats and garrigue. This is followed by a thick, concentrated, seamless 2012 that has the vintage's purity and rounded nature, plenty of sweet tannin, and a killer finish. Already hard to resist, it will cruise for another 15-20 years.

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Chapoutier 1998 Ermitage de l'Oree

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £120
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    $253

    Drink Date

    2001 - 2049

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2001

    Source

    133, The Wine Advocate

    The 1998 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree's explosive bouquet offers a liquid minerality, honeyed tropical fruits, peaches, and acacia flowers. Amazingly, the 100% new oak treatment has been totally absorbed. The wine is extremely full-bodied, fresh, and pure, with an immense palate presence as well as finish. Drink it over the next 4-5 years, or forget about it for a decade. 

Tasting Notes
99
Rhone Chapoutier 1998 Ermitage Le Meal Blanc

1 Case 6 75cl £625
96
Rhone Chapoutier 2007 Ermitage de l'Oree

2 Case 6 75cl £470
  • The 2007 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree reveals a light gold color as well as a rich nose of flowers intermixed with honeyed oranges, apricots, quince, and currants. Deep, full-bodied, and multidimensional, it should drink nicely for 30+ years. 
     

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Chapoutier 2007 Ermitage de l'Oree

1 Case 3 150cl £490
  • Rating

    (94 - 96)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2009 - 2039

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Apr 2009

    Source

    182, The Wine Advocate

    The 2007 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree reveals a light gold color as well as a rich nose of flowers intermixed with honeyed oranges, apricots, quince, and currants. Deep, full-bodied, and multidimensional, it should drink nicely for 30+ years.   

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Chapoutier 2008 Cote Rotie Mordoree

2 Case 3 150cl £270
  • Aromas of lilacs, crushed rocks, blue and red fruits and a gamy, earthy scent emerge from the dark ruby-hued, medium-bodied 2008 Cote Rotie La Mordoree (604 cases produced). It is complex aromatically, but seems to fall off on the palate. Nevertheless, it is a fine effort for a 2008. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. 
     

Tasting Notes
89
Rhone Chapoutier 2008 Ermitage l'Ermite

2 Case 3 150cl £560
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    $180 - 250

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2011

    Source

    193, The Wine Advocate

    It is an amazing achievement. Even better is the 2008 Ermitage l’Ermite (449 cases). Not as concentrated as Le Pavillon, it reveals a powdered rock character in its ink, graphite, earth, blueberry and black currant-scented bouquet. Displaying medium to full body as well as great purity, it is another amazing accomplishment from Michel Chapoutier. Interestingly, in 2008, Chapoutier decided to cut back on the new oak for all of his top cuvees (utilizing 25% versus the normal 100%).  

Tasting Notes
94
Rhone Chapoutier 2012 Ermitage de l'Oree

2 Case 3 150cl £525
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2042

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2014

    Source

    216, The Wine Advocate

    The 2012 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree is still firing on all cylinders, sporting heavenly notes of powdered rock, white flowers, honeyed orange blossom, white currants and a saltiness that keeps you coming back to the glass. Full-bodied, voluptuous and decadent, drink it anytime over the coming 2-3 decades.

Tasting Notes
99
Rhone Chapoutier 2014 Ermitage de l'Oree

[US Slip Label]

1 Bottle 150cl £180
  • The thickest, most unctuous, full-bodied and sexy white of the vintage is the 2014 Ermitage de l’Orée. Coming all from the sedimentary soils of the Les Murets and aged mostly in demi-muids (only 15% new), it offers a sensational perfume of caramelized peaches, campfire, honeysuckle and white flowers that literally come soaring from the glass. Possessing uncommon density, a stacked mid-palate, loads of sweet fruit and a blockbuster finish, this hedonistic effort can be drunk with incredibly pleasure today, or cellared for a decade or more. It will have three or more decades of overall longevity.

    Score: 98+ Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (222), December 2015

Tasting Notes
98
Rhone Chapoutier 2014 Ermitage l'Ermite

[US Slip Label]

1 Bottle 150cl £280
  • Rating

    97

    Release Price

    $420

    Drink Date

    2021 - 2041

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2016

    Source

    228, The Wine Advocate

    The inky black/purple-colored 2014 Ermitage l’Ermite is more firm, backward and mineral driven than the sexier Pavillon, offering fabulous notes of scorched earth, wood smoke, crushed violets, and both blackcurrant and crème de cassis. An utterly profound effort, it defines the more charming nature of the vintage, displaying building tannin and one seriously long finish. Forget bottles for 5-7 years and enjoy over the following two decades.

    Not enough can be said about the quality that consistently comes from this estate. From the top to the bottom of the range, you can’t go wrong. And while the prices at the top are frightfully expensive (they’re out of my zip code), there are incredible values from St Péray, St Joseph, Cornas and Crozes Hermitage that should be snatched up by readers. Looking at the 2014s reviewed here, these shine for their elegance and purity, and are certainly some of the most concentrated wines in the vintage. Readers shouldn’t forget that while 2014 was a complicated vintage for the reds, the whites are gorgeous. As to the 2015s, these massive and concentrated wines are going to demand patience, but at the top end, I suspect will be as good as wine gets.

Tasting Notes
97
Rhone Chapoutier 2015 Ermitage de l'Oree

1 Bottle 150cl £195
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    $337

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2046

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2016

    Source

    228, The Wine Advocate

    Of the three sélection parcellaire whites, the 2015 Ermitage de l’Orée is the most fresh and lively, with full-bodied richness and depth in its pineapple, mint, tropical fruits, toasted bread, brioche and liquid rock-styled aromas and flavors. It has good acidity, a stacked mid-palate and one seriously long finish.

Tasting Notes
98
Rhone Chapoutier 2015 Ermitage Le Meal

1 Case 6 75cl £1,150
  • Rating

    99+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    29th Dec 2017

    Source

    234, The Wine Advocate

    When in the course of a tasting session one is confronted by a wine that stands above the others, I find it impossible to give more than a single perfect score. So the 2015 Ermitage le Meal gets a "consolation prize" 99+ rating. Full-bodied and intense, loaded with blackberry fruit that pushes the limits of ripeness and richness, this incredible wine retains such fine details as hints of crushed stone, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Unless it shuts down, it should be drinkable by 2025 and give pleasure for many years to come.

Tasting Notes
99
Rhone Chapoutier 2016 Ermitage de l'Oree

1 Bottle 150cl £225
  • Rating

    97

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2035

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    29th Dec 2017

    Source

    234, The Wine Advocate

    As usual, Chapoutier's sélections parcellaires are stunning. The 2016 Ermitage de l'Oree from Les Murets' clay soils combines hints of honey and toast with tangerine zest and melon. It's 100% Marsanne, yet shows exuberant, nearly tropical flavors and absolutely no bitterness. It's full-bodied, completely mouth coating and rich, yet it finishes with zesty vitality and sherbet-like cleanliness. It should drink well for at least two decades.

Tasting Notes
97
Rhone Chapoutier 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rouge

[Due 2022]

3 Bottle 75cl £49
Rhone Chapoutier 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rouge

[Due 2022]

1 Case 3 75cl £145
Rhone Chapoutier 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rouge

[Due 2022]

1 Case 6 75cl £290
Rhone Chapoutier 2019 Ermitage de l'Oree

[Due 2022]

1 Case 6 75cl £770
Rhone Chapoutier 2019 Ermitage Le Pavillon

[Due 2022]

2 Case 6 75cl £1,105
Rhone Chapoutier 2019 Ermitage L'Ermite

[Due 2022]

1 Case 6 75cl £1,230
Rhone Clos Saint-Jean 2007 CNDP La Combe des Fous

owc

1 Case 6 75cl £1,500
  • The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous (meaning "Valley of the Fools"), which comes from a specific vineyard known as Les Combes, was cropped at extremely low yields of 20-25 hectoliters per hectare. Atypically for a Chateauneuf du Pape, it contains a high percentage of Vaccarese (10%), along with 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Cinsault. The Grenache was aged in tank, and the other varietals spent time in old small barrels or demi-muids. Explosive aromatics include spring flowers, boysenberries, blueberries, black raspberries, graphite, and charcoal. A powerful wine with great depth, full body, and an endless finish, it is exquisitely pure with not a rough edge to be found. It is the equivalent of liquid haute couture. The Musigny of the southern Rhone, it possesses extraordinary aromatics followed by a wine with the texture, length, and multilayered mouthfeel that are the stuff of dreams. Looking back at my tasting notes, the first thing I wrote was "whoa!" Deep plum/purple to the rim, this wine should evolve for 20-25 years, but it is already remarkably accessible. The vintage's freshness as evidenced by the lack of any excessive heat and cool nights has given an aromatic singularity to the 2007s that is largely unprecedented in my tasting experience.

    Score: 100
     

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Clos Saint-Jean 2007 CNDP La Combe des Fous

1 Case 12 75cl £2,995
100

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