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Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2014 Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes

1 Case 12 75cl £1,500
  • Château de La Tour
    2014
    Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2017
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 65
    Note: from vines that were planted in 1910
    Producer note: François Labet told me that 2015 was a "precocious vintage where we realized relatively tiny yields in Clos de Vougeot thanks to a very high incidence of shatter during the flowering, which is to say around 20 hl/ha. We chose to begin harvesting on the 8th of September and the fruit was spotlessly clean, ripe and with very thick skins. The vinifications were easy and we did almost no punching down as it would have been very easy to extract too much structure. As to the wines they are still of course developing but they appear to be extremely promising. The tannins are phenolically mature and the fruit is very ripe yet it's not ripe in the same fashion as say 2003 or 2009 and thus the terroir transparency is better. I like them a lot and they should be reasonably approachable young yet they're so concentrated that they should age for decades." The La Tour 2015s are indeed very promising and should prove to be exceptionally long-lived. That said, don't miss their 2014s either as they too are first-rate. I remind readers that there was no cuvée Homage à Jean Morin in 2014. The 2014s, revisited below, were bottled in June 2016. (Terlato Wines, Lake Bluff, Il; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK).
    Tasting note: Here the nose is compositionally similar to that of the regular cuvée but as is usually the case it is more reserved, more complex and the wood treatment is more subtle. There is notably better concentration to the impressively rich, powerful and muscular big-bodied flavors are shaped by dense but relatively fine tannins on the wonderfully long, balanced and again youthfully austere finale. This terrific effort is really most impressive though note well that it is going to need at least 10 years of bottle age and reward 15 to 18.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2016 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes

2 Case 6 75cl £850
  • Château de La Tour
    2016
    Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 92-95
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2018
    Drink: 2031+
    Issue: 69
    Note: from vines that were planted in 1910
    Producer note: François Labet told me that 2016 was a "difficult but nonetheless excellent vintage that produced results no one expected. The frost was a sort of severe crop thinning and made for naturally very concentrated wines. We didn't really have too much trouble with the mildew though it certainly kept us busy fighting it off. I chose to overlap the treatments whenever I could so even with the rain the foliage was never left completely unprotected. I began the harvest on the 22nd of September with our vines in Beaune (sold under the Labet label for which the reviews will appear in Issues 70 and 71) and then attacked them in Clos de Vougeot. Thankfully the fruit was both ripe and essentially spotless even though yields were down fully 50%. I used 100% whole clusters for the vinification with no added sulfur until the malos finished. As to the wines, they are rich, seductive and full-bodied and in particular I really like the intrinsic balance. They should age well yet drinking them on the younger side would not be out of the question." Labet has once again done excellent work with his 2016s and while they don't quite match the quality of the 2015s, it's actually quite close. The 2015s, revisited below, were bottled in June 2017. (Terlato Wines, IL, USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK).
    Tasting note: Here too there is a pretty maraschino cherry note sitting atop the slightly riper array of super-fresh plum, black cherry, cassis and violet-scented aromas. The naturally sweet and beautifully concentrated broad-shouldered flavors brim with sappy dry extract before culminating in an overtly powerful and driving finish where the intensity really builds from the mid-palate on to the explosive backend. The old vines are very much apparent and this should also age effortlessly for years.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Chevillon, Robert 2011 Nuits 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 6 75cl £360
  • Domaine Robert Chevillon
    2011
    Nuits St. Georges "Les Vaucrains" 1er  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2023+
    Issue: 53
    Outstanding
    Note: from a 1.5 ha parcel
    Producer note: Bertrand Chevillon called the 2012 a "complicated and challenging vintage that in the end gave us both good and bad news. The bad news is that quantities were off between 40 and 50% due to the poor flowering but the good news is that the quality of the raw materials was first rate. Just to provide you with an idea, very generally speaking that are around 100 berries per bunch in a typical vintage but in 2012 there were between 50 and 60. We began picking on the 20th of September and you really couldn't ask for cleaner fruit as there was literally zero rot. Phenolic maturities were excellent and the potential alcohols were very good at around 12.5%. We did our normal vinification and the result is very rich and concentrated wines that should have early appeal but also age very well as there is no reason why they shouldn't." Chevillon noted that the domaine changed its label as of the 2011 vintage so fans should look for a change when those wines appear in the market place. Note I revisited two now in-bottle 2011s and one 2010 below. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, www.kermitlynch.com, Berkeley, CA; A&B Vintners, www.abvintners.co.uk, and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, both UK).
    Tasting note: This is very reserved, indeed to the point where the nose is borderline taciturn and requires considerable swirling to reveal the ripe and intensely earthy nose of animale inflected dark berry fruit. The concentrated, powerful and muscular broad-shouldered flavors ooze with an abundance of dry extract that actually causes the very firm tannins to appear more civilized than they really are. Despite the reserve of the nose the austere finish is explosive and the length is excellent.
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2007 La Romanee

1 Case 6 75cl £21,500
  • Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair
    2007
    La Romanée
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Jan 30, 2010
    Drink: 2022+
    Issue: 37
    Producer note: Louis-Michel Liger-Belair told me that 2008 was a "very complicated vintage. The April to June period was reasonably good but July and August were difficult. We began picking on the 27th of September and there was a moderate amount of sorting required. I would estimate our sorting losses at between 5 and 12%, which when coupled with the naturally lower yields of the vintage left us with, on average, 30% less wine than in a normal harvest. This is to say that in 2008 we realized yields of between 19 and 27 hl/ha. Sugars for the grapes that we kept were very good at between 12 and 13%. I did a relatively soft vinification as I reduced the cuvaison by a few days. Extraction though was really no problem as the grapes that we kept had normal skin thicknesses. The new wine had very high levels of malic acid, which definitely has affected the élevage due to the long malos. You had to be very vigilant to make sure that everything was very clean. Normally, we would just add a dose of SO2 but if you're malolactic is still progressing, you risk stopping it. Overall, I really like the vintage as the wines are pure and very transparent." As the scores and comments suggest, the in-bottle '07s have turned out very well, which is to say pretty much consistent with my original expected ranges. (A Becky Wasserman Selection/Le Serbet, www.leserbet.com, Beaune, France; additional distributors include Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CA & TX, and USA Wine Imports, www.usawineimports.com, NY, NY for "Selection Pas Mal", New York, NY; Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, UK and Richards Walford & Co., Ltd., www.r-w.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: As it usually is, the nose is positively kaleidoscopic with a wonderful breadth of red and black fruit aromas, violets and Asian spice nuances that continues onto the rich, full and very stylish medium full flavors blessed with impressive amounts of supporting mid-palate sap that relegate the firm tannic spine to the background for the moment before exploding into a youthfully austere and mouth coating finish that seems to go on and on. This is not an especially big La Romanée but like several of its brethren, it's tightly focused, balanced and carries enormous flavor authority.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2009 La Romanee

1 Bottle 75cl £4,600
  • Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair
    2009
    La Romanée
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 97
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2012
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 45
    Producer note: Louis-Michel Liger-Belair told me that 2010 fashioned "superbly elegant and exceptionally fresh wines but unfortunately there isn't a lot of them. We lost some yield due to the frost but it was mostly limited to the vines at the bottom of La Colombière. The poor flowering though contributed the most to the loss of yield and all told we were down about 30% relative to what we obtained in 2009. I elected to begin picking on the 26th of September and while the fruit was really quite clean, it still required some sorting though no more or no less than usual. I strongly believe in thoroughly sorting everything no matter the vintage as it's the little details that can make a big difference. Potential alcohols were very good if not high and ranged between 12 and 13%. As to the wines, I very much like them as they reflect their individual terroirs clearly. If I had to try to describe 2010 in terms of vintage comparisons, I would say that it is a blend of the styles of 2001 and 2008." As the scores and comments suggest, the now in-bottle '09s have also turned out extremely well and a number of them are really quite stunning. (A Becky Wasserman Selection/Le Serbet, www.leserbet.com, Beaune, France; additional distributors include Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CA/NV/AZ/NM and USA Wine Imports, www.usawineimports.com, NY, NY for "Selection Pas Mal", New York, NY; Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, UK and Richards Walford & Co., Ltd., www.r-w.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: Initially a mild touch of reduction mutes the nose but some aggressive swirling quickly releases a kaleidoscopically broad range of spice nuances that add real breadth to the ultra-elegant, ripe and quite pure aromas of red pinot, plum and cassis that precede the rich, full and silky medium-bodied flavors that are discreet yet powerful and superbly persistent. This is an exceptionally stylish and classy wine that is supported by ultra-fine tannins and the hallmark finishing austerity. While the '09 La Romanée is essentially a wine of finesse it doesn't mean that it isn't built to age because it more assuredly is, indeed it will require at least 20 years to arrive at its peak.
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2010 La Romanee

1 Bottle 75cl £4,800
  • Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair
    2010
    La Romanée
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 97
    Tasted: Jan 14, 2013
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 49
    Producer note: Louis-Michel Liger-Belair told me that 2011 was an "exceptionally precocious vintage that not only started early but ended early. I chose to begin picking on the 3rd of September and brought in super clean fruit though there was some sorting work required for under ripe berries, which cost us around 5%. Quantities were down again and I would estimate that they were off between 15 and 20% relative to a normal vintage. One of the really impressive aspects of this vintage is just how ripe the underlying phenolics are even though the potential alcohols were only slightly above average at between 12 and 13%. It was warm during the harvest and the fruit was obviously warm as well when it arrived at the cuverie. As such the fermentations started relatively rapidly. I elected to push the length of the cuvaisons significantly, which is to say that they normally last about 20 days but in 2011 the average was 25. The malos were varied with some finishing early and some late but the post-malo pHs were pretty much textbook at between 3.5 and 3.6. Overall, 2011 is not a great vintage but I like the wines a lot as they have good aging potential plus they will offer a lot of pleasure young." In other news Liger-Belair told me that he acquired the Nuits 1er monopole of La Grande Vigne (it's actually in Prémeaux) which measures 2.21 ha. He will also have some white next year as a .5 ha portion of La Grande Vigne is planted to chardonnay. As the scores and comments suggest, the now in-bottle '10s have also turned out extremely well and a number of them are really quite stunning, in particular the Reignots. (A Becky Wasserman Selection/Le Serbet, www.leserbet.com, Beaune, France; additional distributors include Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CA/NV/AZ/NM, Grand Cru Selections, LLC, nedbenedict@gmail.com, NY/NJ, Wines Unlimited, www.winesunlimited.com, New Orleans, LA, Classified Wine & Spirits, LLC, www.classifiedwine.net, Austin, TX, C'est Vin, LLC, 703/243-3559, Arlington, VA, and USA Wine Imports, www.usawineimports.com, NY, NY for "Selection Pas Mal", New York, NY; Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, UK and Richards Walford & Co., Ltd., www.r-w.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: This is discreet and reserved with a gorgeously complex nose that offers up notes of violets, cassis, black berry, clove, sandalwood and anise hints. There is a palpable sense of energy to the brilliantly well-delineated, cool and restrained flavors that possess outstanding mid-palate concentration with focused power and a strong mineral component that culminate in a driving and explosive finish. What is interesting here though is that the power is delivered with no apparent weight and the supporting tannins are wonderfully sophisticated. While there is some of the trademark youthful austerity it seems less pronounced in 2010 than in some other recent vintages. A magnificent and perfectly balanced effort of pure silk that should age accordingly and this is undoubtedly one of the best wines in a great vintage.
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2016 Echezeaux

1 Bottle 75cl £1,450
Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2017 Echezeaux

2 Bottle 75cl £1,450
  • 92-95 BH - Tasting note: Firm reduction. The finer and slightly denser flavors possess solid dry extract as well as a velvety and highly sappy seductive mouthfeel where the extract does a good job of buffering the long, complex and mocha-infused finish. Lovel

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Comtes Lafon 2011 Monthelie 1er Cru Les Duresses

1 Case 6 75cl £330
  • Lafon's 2011 Monthélie is sweet, supple and seductive. Dark red cherry pit, flowers and spices meld together in a soft, voluptuous wine loaded with tons of appeal. The 2011 offers gorgeous resonance, volume and texture, not to mention considerable pleasure. Dominique Lafon makes more important reds, but I often find myself attracted to the Monthélie for the pure joy it so often delivers. 

    -- Antonio Galloni

Tasting Notes
90
Red Burgundy Courcel 2012 Pommard 1er Cru Grand Clos des Epenots

1 Case 6 75cl £375
  • Domaine de Courcel
    2012
    Pommard "Grand Clos des Epenots"  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Apr 15, 2015
    Drink: 2027+
    Issue: 58
    Outstanding 
    Note: from an enormous 4.8 ha parcel with vines ranging from 50 to 65 years of age
    Producer note: Régisseur Yves Confuron describes 2013 as a "very challenging vintage where the main factor was the hail though there were other problems as well such as the poor flowering, mildew and oidium. But the hail was terrible because the stone were large and fell with such force that they often just cut right through the bunches. In a sense though this wasn't all bad news because while this shearing effect certainly served to seriously reduce quantities, it also means that the cuts were clean and thus the fruit was easier to sort. In my view tiny hail stones, particularly those with edges to them, that nick the bunches cause much more of a headache come harvest time. We began picking on the 15th of October and while that sounds late, the fruit simply wasn't ripe before that. It was necessary to sort some but once we did that we had very ripe and clean fruit with very thick skins so as is our custom we used 100% whole clusters for the vinification. As to the wines they're dense, serious and built-to-age and remind me of say a stricter 2007 or a richer 2006." The 2012s, revisited below, were bottled in September 2014 after two years in barrel. 

    Tasting note: This is also markedly ripe yet not quite as ripe as the Fremiers with its array of both red and dark currant, black cherry, tobacco and warm earth aromas that are trimmed in noticeable wood. There is fine detail and reasonably good punch to the lush and very round medium-bodied flavors that also display a hint of mocha. This too is a big and overtly powerful Pommard yet it avoids being top heavy. Note that I would strongly suggest that this not even be considered before it has at least 10 years of bottle age.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Courcel 2012 Pommard 1er Cru Les Fremiers

4 Case 6 75cl £390
  • Domaine de Courcel
    2012
    Pommard "Les Fremiers"  ♥
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Apr 15, 2015
    Drink: 2027+
    Issue: 58
    Outstanding 
    Producer note: Régisseur Yves Confuron describes 2013 as a "very challenging vintage where the main factor was the hail though there were other problems as well such as the poor flowering, mildew and oidium. But the hail was terrible because the stone were large and fell with such force that they often just cut right through the bunches. In a sense though this wasn't all bad news because while this shearing effect certainly served to seriously reduce quantities, it also means that the cuts were clean and thus the fruit was easier to sort. In my view tiny hail stones, particularly those with edges to them, that nick the bunches cause much more of a headache come harvest time. We began picking on the 15th of October and while that sounds late, the fruit simply wasn't ripe before that. It was necessary to sort some but once we did that we had very ripe and clean fruit with very thick skins so as is our custom we used 100% whole clusters for the vinification. As to the wines they're dense, serious and built-to-age and remind me of say a stricter 2007 or a richer 2006." The 2012s, revisited below, were bottled in September 2014 after two years in barrel. (Diageo Château and Estate Wines, www.diageowines.com, Napa, CA; O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Lea & Sandeman, www.leaandsandeman.co.uk and Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: This is also notably ripe with an expressive and well-layered nose that features notes of essence of cassis, earth, leather and spice nuances plus a mildly curious hint of apricot. There is outstanding concentration to the big-bodied and intense flavors that also are shaped by phenolically mature tannins before ending in a suave, mouth coating and velvety finish. This is full-on and very serious and will need a very long snooze in a cool cellar before it will reach its full majority.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy de Montille 2011 Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens

[oc]

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

2 Case 6 75cl £3,950
  • 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 2012 Bonnes Mares

1 Case 12 75cl £3,600
  • Deep ruby. This is also quite floral yet the character of it is from whiter flowers than those of the Amoureuses. In addition there is good ripeness but also fine freshness to the plum, black cherry, cassis and blueberry aromas. The supple but tautly muscular medium weight plus flavors possess a suave mouth feel thanks to the abundant dry extract that both coats the palate and buffers the very firm tannic spine on the highly persistent finish. Patience will be required.

    Score: 93/95 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (53), January 2014

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2013 Bonnes Mares

1 Case 12 75cl £3,500
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2013
    Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 93-95
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2015
    Drink: 2028+
    Issue: 57
    Don't miss!
    Note: from a 2.67 ha parcel situated entirely in terres rouges soil in the south-west portion of the vineyard
    Producer note: Resident enologist François Millet described the 2013 vintage as one that had a "very difficult spring with an equally poor flowering that produced a lot of shatter and a high incidence of shot berries. Somewhat curiously we had a very solid July and August, which in the last few vintages has been rare, but despite the clement conditions the maturities didn't really progress much. By contrast September was pretty much lousy and in particular the second half of it. The wet and humid conditions were perfect to allow rot to spread and to spread fast and we were really worried that we could have a serious problem. We chose to begin picking on the 5th of October and picked slowly until the 13th. While the general level of quality was quite high we did have to do significant sorting and I would put our sorting losses at around 10%. Between these losses and the poor flowering we wound up with a bit less overall yield than we obtained in 2012. With respect to the vinifications the fruit had a very high solid to liquid ratio so we had to be careful not to over exact the structural elements because it would have been easy to do. As to the wines, I love them because the terroir almost couldn't be any clearer. They are refreshing, intense and balanced and I think they're going to surprise a lot of people in the sense that such a difficult vintage could produce such beautiful wines. Moreover I believe that they will continue to put on weight as they age because the musts were actually denser than the wines seem to be now so all of that dry extract has to show up sooner or later." The 2012s, revisited below, are simply terrific and were bottled between February and March 2014 and have turned out even slightly better than I originally foresaw. (Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, San Francisco, CA, Country Vintner, www.countryvintner.com, Ashland, VA, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CO/NM, Ideal Wines, www.idealwine.us, Boston MA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, email david.forman@atlanta.com, GA, C'est Vin, LLC, 703/243-3559, Arlington, VA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, and Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, both UK).
    Tasting note: This is much more deeply pitched and even more reserved though aggressive swirling liberates a wonderfully complex array of plum and black raspberry liqueur-like aromas where added breadth is present in the form of spice, earth, pepper, dried flowers and a hint of underbrush. The dense, powerful and broad-shouldered flavors brim with dry extract that imparts a velvety mouth feel to the vibrant finale as well as pushes the very firm core of tannins to the background. This is a big but beautifully well-balanced wine that should amply reward up to 20 years of cellaring.
     

     

    NMThis must be the first time that I have tasted the Bonnes-Mares from barrel and thought it could be mistaken for the Musigny! The 2013 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru has an intense black pepper and blackberry bouquet, touches of mint and forest floor in the background, growing in intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile and quite obdurate tannin, the acidity finely tuned and cutting through the surfacing blueberry and blackberry fruit. There is plenty of spice furnishing the finish and lingering long after the wine has departed, completing a seriously fine Bonnes-Mares that is stylish and intellectual.

    Score: 92/94Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (216), December 2014

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2015 Bonnes Mares

1 Case 3 75cl £1,150
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2015
    Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2018
    Drink: 2035+

    Tasting note: An extract of black cherry nose is interwoven with notes of earth, violet, spice and plum liqueur scents. The very dense and serious yet vibrant and relatively refined big-bodied flavors brim with dry extract that serves to mostly buffer the powerful and very firm tannic spine on the once again naturally sweet, sappy and massively long finish. As is often the case with the de Vogüé Bonnes Mares, this is a 'buy and forget you own it' wine.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy de Vogue 2016 Musigny Vieilles Vignes

1 Case 3 75cl £2,175
  • 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 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 2017 Griotte-Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £1,750
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2019 Beaune 1er Cru Cras

[Due late 2021]

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

[Due late 2021]

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

[Due late 2021]

1 Case 6 75cl £520
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2019 Charmes Chambertin

[Due late 2021]

1 Case 6 75cl £800
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2019 Clos de Beze

[Due late 2021]

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 2000 Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £1,695£1,475
  • Chambertin

    Full ruby. Knockout nose of cassis, leather, game, flowers, minerals and coffee. Offers great sweetness and tensile strength; a highly concentrated yet subtle wine with a very strong spine. Finishes with remarkable finesse for a wine so powerful, but then it Chambertin. Dugat vinified whole clusters.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 92-95 Stephen Tanzer

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Dugat-Py 2000 Mazis Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £2,350
93
Red Burgundy Dujac 2005 Charmes Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £380
  • Domaine Dujac
    2005
    Charmes-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Apr 14, 2012
    Drink: Try from 2017+
     
    Tasting note: This is notably ripe yet still fresh and quite pretty with violet, plum and black cherry liqueur aromas that are trimmed in plenty of earth. The big, powerful and solid-concentrated middle weight plus flavors have really deepened and broadened since I last saw this in barrel. While I would stop short of describing it as robust the tannic structure is quite firm and this is clearly built to last for another 20 years. An impressive effort that it best left in the cellar for another 7 to 10 years as it will require at least that long for the tannic spine to mellow. This is definitely a lovely effort with excellent potential because despite all of the size, weight and punch, there is an impeccable sense of balance.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Dujac 2012 Echezeaux

1 Bottle 75cl £415£395
  • 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 Bonnes Mares

2 Bottle 75cl £470
  • Deep red. Pungent cherry, licorice and wild herbs on the nose, lifted by exhilarating treble notes of blood orange and peony. Sharply delineated and tightly wound, dominated by its structure today. A more savory style than either the Clos Saint-Denis or Clos de la Roche, with dark berry, mineral and wild herb flavors carrying impressively on the extremely long, saline aftertaste.

    -- Stephen Tanzer

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 £1,800
  • 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 2016 Vosne 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts

1 Case 6 75cl £1,250£1,200
  • Tasting note: A spicy and admirably pure nose mixes notes of red and blue pinot fruit with those of Asian-style tea, dried orange peel and a wide array of floral elements. The sleek, intense and beautifully vibrant medium weight flavors exhibit plenty of minerality on the balanced and impressively persistent if notably austere finish. This lovely effort is very Vosne and the dense but fine supporting tannins are quite sophisticated.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Engel, Rene 2000 Clos de Vougeot

4 Bottle 75cl £925
  • Domaine René Engel
    2000
    Clos de Vougeot
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Apr 14, 2018
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: A ripe yet still fresh nose combines mostly secondary fruit with hints of sous-bois, earth and a whiff of spice. The rich, concentrated and broad-shouldered flavors possess solid power before culminating in beautifully complex and persistent finish. While this robust effort does flash a hint of warmth, overall there is good balance and for my taste, this has arrived at its apogee though it should easily hold for years to come. In a word, excellent.
     

Tasting Notes
93
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 Fourrier 2010 Griotte Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £925
  • Tasting note: A very densely fruited and overtly ripe nose offers up a variety of red berry fruit liqueur aromas that include cherry and raspberry as well as hints of earth, underbrush and a subtle note of wet stone. There is excellent intensity to the supple and extremely rich yet focused, balanced and beautifully well-detailed flavors that possess a caressing mouth feel. The structural elements are completely ripe and there is a really lovely underlying tension that runs the length of the wine and this embodies that most attractive of qualities, which is to say power without weight. This is brilliant and should age that way too. I would strongly advise decanting this as well.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Fourrier 2014 Vosne Romanee Aux Reas

[Duty Paid]

5 Bottle 75cl £55
Red Burgundy Fourrier 2015 Gevrey Chambertin Les Cherbaudes

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 3 75cl £375
  • Domaine Fourrier
    2015
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Cherbaudes"  ♥
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 91-93
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2017
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 65
    Outstanding 
    Note: from .67 ha parcel planted in 1940
    Producer note: Jean-Marie Fourrier told me that 2015 "was a relatively simple vintage to manage as the growing season was clement, dry and calm so there wasn't too much to do other than be vigilant. One of the aspects that I found so interesting was how stable the sugars and acidities were during the last week before the harvest as you almost never see that. We began picking on the 10th of September and picked through to the 20th. The fruit was incredibly clean so we were able to pick rapidly but also exactly when we wanted. Yields were reasonable, ranging between 27 and 33 hl/ha, which for us is neither high nor low. Potential alcohols were strong at between 12.8 and 13.3% and I did a very light vinification as searching for maximum extraction given how thick the skins were would have been a major mistake. As to the wines, I would describe them as being a blend of 2009 and 2010 with the ripeness and generosity of the former allied with the transparency, freshness and acidity of the latter." Fourrier rarely misses anymore and he certainly didn't in 2015 as there are any number of terrific wines in the range. While it's not surprising because it's the case with most domaines that have ancillary négociant operations (see those reviews under the name of Jean-Marie Fourrier immediately below), I would observe that the domaine wines are generally more consistent and, with only a few exceptions, of higher quality. (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; L'Imperatrice Fine Wines, www.imperatrice.com.hk, Hong Kong/Macau).
    Tasting note: This is notably more deeply pitched with its well-layered array of black cherry, dark currant, earth and wisps of forest floor. The suave, rich and caressing medium-bodied flavors brim with sappy dry extract that imparts a seductive texture to the velvety finish that is sneaky long.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Fourrier 2016 Gevrey Chambertin Vielles Vignes

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 6 75cl £360
  • Domaine Fourrier
    2016
    Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
    Villages Red barrel
    Score: 88-90
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2018
    Drink: 2022+
    Issue: 69
    Note: from Les Champs Perriers in Brochon
    Producer note: Jean-Marie Fourrier told me that 2016 threw a "decidedly challenging growing season at us. I don't know if you can say that we were lucky but I starting plowing our vines on the 20th of April and when the frost hit seven days later, the vineyards that I had plowed better resisted it. Losses were highly disparate as we lost 60% in Chambolle, Gevrey was off between 25 and 30% yet Morey was essentially untouched. The spring though was basically lousy and it provoked a vicious attack of mildew. Just to provide some perspective, a typical season has 7 to 8 incidences of mildew yet there were 32 in 2016! Worse still, it was so wet that we couldn't get equipment into the vines so we had to treat manually with tanks loaded on our backs. Ultimately the spring closely resembled that of 2013 but with frost. The summer though was much better, in fact in a sense it was too hot as we did have some sunburned fruit though thankfully it was limited. We picked quickly from the 27th of September to the first of October and the fruit was pretty much spotless. Potential alcohols were quite good at between 13 and 13.5% with plenty of shot berries which of course helps to add concentration. Acidities were perfectly good but not as high as you might think given the lateness of the harvest. There wasn't necessarily a lot of malic acid but given how cold the winter of 2016-2017 was the malos were slow to finish. The post-malo pHs were on average about 3.6 with total acidities that were about the same. As to the wines, they're wonderfully fresh and bright and so delicious that I suspect people will have difficulty leaving them alone as they should drink well immediately." I have long been an admirer of the Fourrier wines and particularly so for their purity of expression and overall quality. As such I confess to being somewhat surprised by the level of wood on some of the 2016s. While there certainly appears to be sufficient underlying material to successfully integrate it over time, the style is a bit of a departure from what I'm used to seeing. To be sure I have had days in Burgundy where the wood just seems more apparent at every domaine and perhaps that's what happened here. See also the Jean-Marie Fourrier négociant wines immediately below. (Rosenthal Wine Merchant, www.madrose.com, NY, USA; there are many sources in the UK including A&B Vintners, 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; Pearl of Burgundy, www.pearlofburgundy.com, Hong Kong).
    Tasting note: A pungent nose of earth and wood leads to supple, round and delicious medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by relatively fine-grained tannins while offering good length on the balanced finish. This is sufficiently forward that it could be enjoyed young.
     

Tasting Notes
90
Red Burgundy Fourrier 2017 Clos Saint Jacques Vieille Vigne

1 Case 6 75cl £2,100
  • Domaine Fourrier
    2017
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"  ♥
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 91-94
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2019
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 73
    Sweet spot Outstanding
    Note: from .89 ha parcel
    Producer note: Jean-Marie Fourrier told me that 2017 was "so much easier from a growing season perspective compared to 2016 even though we were luckier than most as we had less frost damage. The real challenge in 2017 was to control your yields, which was harder than it might otherwise sound for the simple reason that vines that suffered frost damage were very productive. We had an easier time doing this because of the very high percentage of old vines that our vineyards have. I chose to begin picking on the 7th of September and the fruit was largely spotless. Even so we did a careful sorting to eliminate any berries that weren't fully mature. Yields were reasonable and the fruit had homogenous ripening as potential alcohol only varied between 12.7 and 13.2%, which is perfect for the style of wine I want to produce. As to the wines, I would describe them as a happy surprise as I honestly did not expect them to be so good. Initially I thought that they would be on the lighter side as the skins weren't especially thick but as the élevage has progressed they had fleshed out and added weight. Moreover they have a kind of energy that makes them so refreshing that it just makes you feel like drinking them." I have long been an admirer of the Fourrier wines and particularly so for their purity of expression and overall quality. As the scores and commentaries will confirm, 2017 will do nothing to change my point of view. See also the Jean-Marie Fourrier négociant wines immediately below. (Rosenthal Wine Merchant, www.madrose.com, NY, USA; there are many sources in the UK including A&B Vintners, 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; Pearl of Burgundy, www.pearlofburgundy.com, Hong Kong and Macau).
    Tasting note: A more elegant and spicier nose consists of red and dark currant aromas laced with a plenitude of spice and floral whiffs. The super-sleek, intense and gorgeously textured medium weight flavors that are penetratingly mineral-driven display excellent depth and persistence. With all of those attributes duly noted, at this stage at least this is not necessarily more interesting than the Combe aux Moines though that of course could well change by the time these both arrive at their full maturities.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Grivot 1995 Richebourg

2 Bottle 75cl £625
Red Burgundy Grivot 2011 Clos de Vougeot

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 6 75cl £685
  • Domaine Jean Grivot
    2011
    Clos de Vougeot
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Jun 26, 2017
    Drink: Try from 2021+
     
    Tasting note: There is still a trace of wood toast to the mostly red berry fruit, spice and pungent earth-suffused nose. I like the ample size, weight, power, muscle and concentration of the relatively big-bodied flavors that possess outstanding complexity on the hugely long and well-balanced finish. Overall, this is an impressively intense Clos de Vougeot that displays excellent balance and harmony. As such, despite the fact that this is still on the way up, it's so well-balanced that it could be enjoyed young.
     

Tasting Notes
93
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 Echezeaux Les Loachausses

1 Case 6 75cl £1,080£950
  •  Anne Gros Echézeaux Les Loachausses Grand Cru

    Bright medium red. Reticent but very pure aromas of red cherry, spices and tobacco. Offers a lovely silky texture for the vintage, showing as much earth and tobacco character as red fruits and flowers. Not a particularly sweet style but distinctly fleshy in the context of the vintage. Its substantial tongue-dusting tannins call for patience but I could see starting to drink this wine at the same time as the Vosne villages.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 91+ Stephen Tanzer 2021 - 2029 $225.00 Mar 2017

Tasting Notes
91
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 2016 Echezeaux Les Loachausses

1 Case 6 75cl £930
  •  Anne Gros Echézeaux Les Loachausses Grand Cru

    The 2016 Echézeaux Les Loachausses Grand Cru has a very detailed and focused bouquet. My instinct tells me that this is already beginning to close down compared to its showing from barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. There is a fine bead of acidity, silky smooth in texture with a caressing white pepper tinged, black cherry and bilberry finish. There is still a little oak to be subsumed, but given the frost that affected this vineyard, this is a great success for Anne Gros. Tasted at the Domaine Direct Tasting in London.

    -- Neal Martin 93 Neal Martin 2021 - 2042 Not Available Oct 2019

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Gros, Anne 2016 Richebourg

1 Case 6 75cl £2,825
  •  Anne Gros Richebourg Grand Cru

    Good full red. Brooding, very pure aromas of dark raspberry and crushed stone. Wonderfully stylish and supple on entry, then broader, plusher and more deeply pitched in the middle palate than the Clos Vougeot but very backward today, showing less primary fruit character and more salty minerality. Not displaying quite the early cut or definition of the Clos Vougeot but the tannins are plush and the finish boasts terrific subtle length. This wine appears to possess the spine for long aging and should eventually surpass the Clos Vougeot.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 93+ Stephen Tanzer 2027 - 2040 $775.00 Jan 2018

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, Michel 2012 Clos Vougeot Grand Maupertuis

1 Case 6 75cl £575
  • Domaine Michel Gros
    2012
    Clos de Vougeot - Le Grand Maupertui
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 90-92
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2022+
    Issue: 53
    Note: from .20 ha parcel
    Producer note: Michel Gros, who is a student of the weather and intricacies of every vintage, is thus a great source of information. He described the 2012 vintage as having had "rain, rain and for a change, even more rain! April, May, June and almost all of July were wet and cool and it was only a heat spike at the end of July that broke the pattern. There was a very poor flowering which caused plenty of shatter which explains the tiny crop. Moreover there was the constant threat of mildew and powdery mildew which enjoyed ideal conditions. This is relatively rare because you usually have one or the other but almost never both at the same time. As such we made fully 13 treatments during the growing season which is the most that I can ever remember making in any one year. We really didn't experience much in the way of disease related crop losses except in Morey where the powdery mildew cost me around 25% of my potential yield. After suffering through all of the rain the weather returned to normal for a few days at the end of July only to turn exceptionally hot with more sun than normal that was so warm that it scorched any bunches that were directly exposed to the sunlight. This of course necessitated some sorting at the harvest but otherwise the crop was quite clean with virtually no rot to speak of. We picked from the 24th of the 28th of September for the vines in the Côte and from the 3rd to the 9th of October in the Hautes Côtes. As I noted there really wasn't much sorting required as most of the sunburned fruit had already dried up and fallen off before the harvest. Sugars were good if not high and averaged right at 12%. Overall quantities were down around 30% and while it's easy to complain about this it's important to remember that if the crop had not been notably smaller than usual then we would have had a full but completely unripe crop. In fact I would go so far as to say that the small crop literally saved the quality of the harvest in much the same fashion as 2010. However 2012 is not as concentrated as 2010 because in the latter instance the poor flowering resulted in a very high incidence of shot berries whereas in the former it caused mostly shatter which is obviously gives very different results. As to the style of the wines they are moderately concentrated with good freshness and fine acidity. For me I don't believe that 2012 is a great vintage but it's certainly excellent. Stylistically it reminds me a bit of 2002 plus the wines will be enjoyable young as it won't be necessary to wait 15 years before they are drinkable. However where 2012 really excelled is in the Hautes Côtes as the wines are abnormally rich and concentrated." With all due respect to M. Gros' view of his wines I am more sanguine as they are among the best that I have seen from him in recent years. 
    Tasting note: This is presently quite marked by its wood and the oak dominates the otherwise spicy black currant, plum and pungent earth aromas. The notably ripe big-bodied flavors possess a seductively velvety mouth feel and good depth of material on the persistent if only moderately complex finish. While it would be reasonable to expect more complexity in time I prefer to remain conservative.
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Hospices de Beaune 2012 Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Maurice Drouhin

[elevage by Faiveley]

5 Case 12 75cl £395
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

3 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 1er Cru Les Baudes

6 Bottle 75cl £45
  • Tasting note: The nose is quite similar to that of the Fuées except that here there is a bit more oak influence. As is almost always the case, the mouth feel is less refined but more muscular with good power, volume and punch to the medium-bodied flavors that finish with excellent length. This should also amply reward up to a decade of cellar time.

Tasting Notes
92
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 2012 Morey 1er Cru Clos des Ormes

5 Bottle 75cl £30
  • 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 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

4 Case 6 75cl £245
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2012 Chambolle 1er Cru Noirots

2 Case 6 75cl £250
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 Clos de Beze

1 Case 6 75cl £850
  • Tasting note: Discernible wood highlights the elegant, pure and highly spiced aromas of perfumed red pinot fruit that displays additional depth in the form of Gevrey style earth, floral and Asian-style tea notes. There is a softly exotic character to the mineral-driven big-bodied flavors that retain a fine sense of detail and intensity on the hugely long, complex and palate staining finish. This is a beautiful if firmly structured wine that is likely going to need between 12 and 15 years of cellar time to reveal its full, and considerable, potential.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2016 Clos de Beze

1 Case 3 75cl £600
  • 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 2017 Bonnes Mares

1 Case 3 75cl £690
  • Tasting note: Moderate wood/menthol influences can be found on the airier aromas that are composed by the essence of softly spicy red currant, lavender and a lovely floral hint. The succulent yet powerful larger-scaled flavors possess evident muscle while exhibiting excellent persistence on the extremely firm, serious and bitter cherry pit-inflected finish. This is a big 2017 and the most structured wine in the range.

Tasting Notes
94
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
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2019 Chambertin

1 Case 3 150cl £1,525

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