Wine List

Click title to see more details and available photographs, we also have an advanced search available.

As wholesalers our prices are set to be as competitive as possible.

Our minimum order value is £750 in the UK & £1000 for exports.

Our prices do not include VAT and are ex London City Bond - UK duty may need to be added.

We prefer to sell odd bottles as one lot.

CSV
Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Red Burgundy Ponsot 1997 Clos de la Roche Cuvee Vieilles Vignes

1 Bottle 75cl £300
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2005 Griotte Chambertin

[repack]

1 Case 6 75cl £2,250
  •  Ponsot Griotte-Chambertin

    Good ruby-red. Sappy, liqueur-like aromas of griotte cherry and black raspberry. Wonderfully intense and concentrated, with a nearly confectionery sweetness to its explosive fruit flavors. Like the Cuvee des Alouettes, this comes across as a bit high-toned and will require careful attention during its final months of elevage But offers great potential.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 92-95 Stephen Tanzer
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2005 Clos de la Roche Cuvee Vieilles Vignes

[repack]

1 Case 6 75cl £4,500£4,250
  • Tasting note: All the superb and dramatic complexity that this displayed from barrel has made it into bottle as an extremely ripe and fantastically broad nose soars from the glass, merging seamlessly into dense, pure rich and powerful flavors that are opulent, sweet and dripping with so much extract and sap that the combination stains and saturates the palate on the hugely proportioned yet impeccably balanced finish that is so long that it doesn't seem possible. Given how many reference standard vintages Domaine Ponsot has produced of the Clos de la Roche over the years, it would be presumptuous to anoint this as the best ever but if it isn't, it will certainly take its rightful place among the very greatest. In sum, a 'wow' wine that makes you shake your head in sheer amazement. However be aware that this is a buy and forget wine as it will require at least 15 years to shed its considerable tannins and it will see 50 years without difficulty.

Tasting Notes
99
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2006 Grand Cru Assortment

[owc]

1 Case 12 75cl £2,500
Red Burgundy Leroy 1995 Clos de Vougeot

1 Bottle 75cl £2,500
  • Domaine Leroy
    1995
    Clos de Vougeot
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Apr 15, 2017
    Drink: now+
    Issue: 66
    Tasting note: Still a deep ruby color that displays only a touch of lightening at the rim and that impression of youthfulness is reinforced by the distinctly earthy nose that exhibits moderate secondary development but certainly no sous bois. On the palate this is a fascinating wine of power and intensity yet without weight or heaviness, and the usual austerity of classic Clos de Vougeot is only a background element as the rich, full-bodied, sappy and highly complex flavors are underpinned by supple tannins that have none of the aggressiveness of the typical '95 today. 
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Leroy 2000 Clos de Vougeot

1 Bottle 75cl £3,800
  • Domaine Leroy
    2000
    Clos de Vougeot
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Nov 23, 2019
    Drink: Try from 2022+
     
    Tasting note: (with thanks to Joe Tsai; tasted twice in 2019 with other bottles described below). A mild touch of bricking. An expressive nose is now composed mostly of secondary fruit, floral and spice aromas where nuances of earth and a touch of game are present. The supple, delicious and impressively concentrated big-bodied flavors are supported by plenty of sap on the noticeably ripe, dusty and beautifully complex and lingering finish. For my taste this is close to its apogee but I would suggest holding for another 3 to 5 years. Note that another bottle tasted in 2010 seemed much more advanced than this one and while still very good, it was clearly not as pristine and rated 93 and yet another one tasted in 2016 was like the one described above except that the finish was mildly drying; this example rated 92 points.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Lignier-Michelot 2009 Morey 1er Cru Faconnieres

3 Case 3 150cl £295
  • Tasting note: A more restrained nose of cassis, plum, violets and earth marries into seductively textured, lacy and ultra-pure flavors that are wonderfully refined, indeed to the point where they possess a silky mouth feel and culminate in a superbly long and punchy finish that is the epitome of finesse. This offers excellent qualit

Tasting Notes
92
NV La Grande Rue

7 Bottle 75cl £350
NV La Grande Rue

7 Bottle 75cl £400
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 1996 La Grand Rue

7 Bottle 75cl £400
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 £3,400
  • 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 Lafarge 2017 Volnay 1er Cru Mitans

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

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Lignier H 2008 Clos de la Roche

1 Case 12 75cl £3,500
  • Producer note: As detailed in Issue 33, Hubert Lignier, seconded by his elder son Laurent, has commenced afresh with new facilities down on the main route between Beaune and Dijon as well as using a small cellar beneath his house in Morey. The situation varies for each wine but in essence the Kellen Lignier team (see Domaine Lucie et Auguste Lignier below), which consists mostly of Kellen and her régisseur (domaine manager) Dominique Poirotte, is now responsible for all of the shared vines in terms of viticulture. With professional assistance, Kellen does all of the vinification and Hubert has the right to purchase from her a certain amount of unbottled new wine. He also has the right to purchase one-third of the production in the form of grapes from the Clos de la Roche and the old vines Morey 1er, which he then vinifies himself. With respect to the 2008 vintage, Lignier told me that "September saved the harvest. Without it, I'm sure that there would have been very little worth picking. For the parcels that we buy as fruit, we began the harvest on the 29th of September and while there was sorting required, it was less than was the case with 2007. Basically, the fruit was clean but it was necessary to eliminate the unripe berries. When all was said and done, we had a very small harvest of only about 25 hl/ha. I did a long cool maceration of 7 to 8 days but then very little punching down to arrive at a softer overall vinification. In terms of the wines, they're pretty and classic." I confess to being underwhelmed by both the '07 and the '08 vintages here and I'm not sure exactly what happened. I suspect that it relates to the still as yet uneasy working relationship between Hubert and Kellen in the sense that neither has complete control from start to finish. Still, when I compared my scores to the bottled '07s from both domaines, there was limited correlation for the upper level wines (I am obviously not referring to the Clos de la Roche or the old vines Morey 1er) but almost identical correlation for the villages level wines. I don't know what differences might lay in the respective bottling regimes and the timing of same but clearly there are differences in the resulting wines. Moreover, I have been an earnest collector of the Lignier wines since the very early '90s and neither of these vintages resembles the quality level that I am accustomed to seeing. Given that high-level expertise and fine vineyards are indisputably present, I hope things get back on track quickly. (Rosenthal Wine Merchant, www.madrose.com, Shekomeko, NY; and Robert Rolls & Co., Tel: 020 76061166, UK).
    Tasting note: A slightly riper and attractively refined nose of red and blue pinot fruit, earth and underbrush gives way to dusty, serious and concentrated flavors that are very firmly tannic and while there is solid length, there is also just a hint of that nagging dryness.
     

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Mongeard Mugneret 2012 Richebourg

1 Bottle 300cl £2,500
  • Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret
    2012
    Richebourg
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 93-95
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2030+
    Issue: 53
    Don't miss!
    Note: from vines adjacent to those of Domaine de la Romanée Conti in Richebourg proper totaling .31 ha; 100% whole cluster vinification
    Producer note: Vincent Mongeard succinctly describes 2012 as a "vintage where the underlying terroir really shines. It's very interesting that over the last few years we have had less than ideal growing seasons yet the wines have turned out to be better than merely acceptable. Part of this is of course improved methods of viticulture but also both producer and consumers are more accepting of the fact that a less than ideal growing season does not automatically equate to poor wines the way it often once did. I like my 2012s and I hope my clients do too. I just wish that I had more of them." I would call the Mongeard 2012s as very much performing in-line with the overall quality of the vintage. As I explained last year, 2011 was the last vintage for the old vines Echézeaux because the parcel that has been historically used to produce it was donated to the Hospices de Beaune by its owner (this parcel had been leased by Mongeard). I revisited this wine below in bottle. (Atherton Wine Imports, www.awiwine.com, Atherton, CA, M.S. Walker, www.mswalker.com, MA/RI/NH, Vineyard Brands, www.vineyardbrands.com, Birmingham, Al; several UK importers).
    Tasting note: A distinctly toasty nose of subtle spice, earth and very cool yet ripe dark berry fruit aromas are trimmed in plenty of floral character. There is gorgeous intensity to the mineral-driven big-bodied flavors that possess outstanding delineation on the extract-rich mid-palate before terminating in a refined but overtly powerful and muscular finish that delivers strikingly good length. This too is decidedly built for longer-term cellaring.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 1995 Romanee Conti

[UK agent]

1 Bottle 75cl £16,000
  • An opulent, spicy, lush, highly floral and powerfully complex nose merges seamlessly with deep, classy, sappy, simply gorgeous, fresh flavors that offer incredible depth and purity of expression. Classy, pure and the length doesn't seem to quit. The 95 isn't an especially big wine and though it's by no means shy, the breadth of flavors and underlying nuance seems endless. If there is a nit, there is just a hint of finishing dryness that disappears with food but a careful taster will notice it. Otherwise, this is extremely impressive and though it can be approached now with extended airing, I would continue to cellar it and there is no question in my mind that it should continue to age effortlessly for years.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 1996 Grands Echezeaux

[UK agent]

2 Bottle 75cl £2,000
  • Tasting note: (with thanks to Bruce Khouri). Deep ruby. What was once quite aromatically tight and backward has now begun to open to reveal elegant red and black fruit aromas nuanced by ample spice and warm earth nuances that are followed by middle weight, focused and still somewhat reserved flavors that culminate in a firm but not hard finish and while there is noticeable acidity present, it is not in the aggressive fashion that plagues any number of '96s. Over several hours, this becomes superbly elegant and spicy with outstanding precision and detail and it's clear that the extended aeration is the key to really getting all there is out of the '96 GE at this point. This is still on the way up and in good storage, it should live for decades. Moreover, given how many '96s are showing today, this has to rank among the best of the vintage. Multiple, and consistent, notes.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 1996 Romanee Saint Vivant

[UK agent]

3 Bottle 75cl £2,200
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2016

    Source

    228, The Wine Advocate

    The 1996 Romanée Saint-Vivant Grand Cru continues to be an absolutely delightful wine from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, and puts to rest memories of a sub-par bottle tasted blind several years ago. Now two decades old, it retains a healthy color with little sign of ageing. The bouquet is fresh and vital, angular at first yet seeming to gain harmony with each swirl of the glass. It is not intense, but prioritizes clarity and tension over power. Dark berry fruit emerge first, briary and Vervain tea, an underlying mineralité eventually coming forth. The palate is very well balanced, quite linear and certainly not flamboyant or flattering. It makes you, the taster, work to seek out its nuances, its energy and refinement. Hints of black cherry intermingle with a marine-like undertow that governs that finish. It does not posses huge depth and I think Aubert de Villaine makes a more sophisticated wine nowadays, but it remains a joy. Tasted September 2016.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 1996 Richebourg

[UK agent]

3 Bottle 75cl £2,600
  • Rating

    (93 - 96)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2005 - 2018

    Reviewed by

    Pierre Rovani

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 1998

    Source

    118, The Wine Advocate

    As is often the case with this youthful wine, the nose was extremely reticent. After considerable coaxing, I had a peek at this offering's deeply ripe dark fruit aromatics. But what a flavor profile! A massive explosion of profound and intense cherries, raspberries, boysenberries, and strawberries coated my palate. It is a medium-to-full-bodied, densely-fruited, and powerful wine that is perfectly balanced and delineated. Projected maturity: 2005-2018.

     

Tasting Notes
95
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 2007 Grands Echezeaux

3 Bottle 75cl £1,800
  • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
    2007
    Grands Echézeaux
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 91
    Tasted: Jan 30, 2010
    Drink: 2019+
    Issue: 37
    Note: 55+ year old vines
    Producer note: Co-director Aubert de Villaine was away on a trip to the Far East during my visit though I discussed his view of the vintage during my 2008 trip, the impressions from which are included below. For the tastings and other details, I met instead with cellar master Bernard Noblet. M. de Villaine described the 2008 growing season as one where the "vegetative cycle started much later than in 2007 as April was both cooler and wetter. The weekend of Rameaux the wind came from the west, which told us that it was going to be a difficult year. [Rameaux is the Sunday before Easter (Palm Sunday) which celebrates Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. There is an old Burgundian saying that the direction of the wind, called the vent de Rameaux, will be the dominant wind of the vintage.] The silver lining in this however was that the poor weather created a high proportion of shot berries, which added a lot of concentration to the musts. The floraison was late compared with other recent vintages and was spread over almost three weeks, which typically, and unfortunately, means that the ripening of the berries would be heterogeneous. The prediction of the vent de Rameaux came true as the wind brought rain storm after rain storm from the west during the months of June, July and August. This of course put heavy pressure on our vineyard team to be out treating, leaf pulling and keeping the bunches well aerated. It was such a delicate balancing act that any missteps would have had severe consequences for the quality of the fruit, particularly from botrytis. By the beginning of September, we were becoming increasingly anxious. Mercifully, the rain stopped completely on the 13th of September and the next day the west wind was replaced by the north wind. The beneficial effects of this steady cool and dry wind served to dry out the vineyards, stopped the botrytis and evaporated excess water from the grapes all while accelerating the maturities. We began picking on the 27th in La Tâche because the vines had come to the end of their vegetative cycle and there was no more photosynthesis occurring. We finished with Echézeaux on the 6th of October. Sorting was seriously important, so much so that we threw out between 30 and 40% of the crop. What we kept though was perfectly ripe and had everything necessary to create wines that will age for years. Yields though were very low, even for us at between 15 and 19 hl/ha. Sugars ranged between 12.5 and 12.8% and we destemmed between 30 and 40% of the fruit. Because the weather was so cool at harvest time, so were the grapes when we deposited them into the fermenters and thus there was a natural cool maceration of 9 to 10 days. The extraction did not come easily so we let the grapes macerate tranquilly to accomplish the extraction by themselves. The total cuvaison lasted from 18 to 20 days, depending on the wine." Bernard Noblet added that at this early stage the '08s reminded him of the 1998s.
    Tasting note: A more densely fruited nose that is intensely floral in character and notably more complex as well intermingles with more subtle spice and earth notes as well as notes of game, jerky and tea, most of which are picked up by the fresh, intense, powerful and moderately well muscled big-bodied flavors that possess an attractive mouth feel and solid finishing depth. This possesses ample dry extract that renders the firm tannins almost invisible at present but I suspect the buffering effect will not last long before this shuts down. This is an understated effort that isn't especially dense or powerful, at least not by the usual superb standards of this wine, but the balance is nigh-on perfect.
     

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Rossignol Trapet 2017 Latricieres-Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £620
  • Domaine Rossignol-Trapet
    2017
    Latricières-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2020
    Drink: 2032+
    Issue: 77
    Note: from vines planted in 1955
    Producer note: Brothers David and Nicolas Rossignol run this 100% biodynamically farmed domaine. This year I again met with both of them who told me that the 2018 growing season was an "exercise in contrasts as the late winter through to mid-June was very wet and warm whereas the summer was exceptionally hot and almost bone dry. The early humidity and warmth triggered a severe attack of mildew that caused us to work exceptionally hard to tamp it down. The flowering was early and fast and contributed greatly to the uniform maturities that we had at the harvest. As noted the summer was very hot and dry but the early season rainfall enabled the vines to largely avoid shutting down, which of course had a positive effect on maturities. We picked from the 4th to the 12th of September and brought in good yields with potential alcohols that ranged from 13.2 to 13.8%. We used on average around 50% whole clusters during a very soft vinification; in fact we didn't do even one punch down. In the end, the wines are marked by the warmth of the vintage yet still manage to remain fresh and delicious." The range of 2017s revisited below was bottled between March and May 2019. (Becky Wasserman & Co., www.beckywasserman.com, Beaune, France and various regional importers; Anthony Sarjeant, Adnams & Co, www.adnams.co.uk, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, Davy & Co., www.davywine.co.uk, Bowes Wine, www.boweswine.co.uk, Compass Wines, www.jasparcorbett.com, DB McCraith, www.dbmwines.co.uk, Averys Fine Wine Merchants, www.averys.com, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Harrods Limited, www.harrods.com, Private Cellar Ltd., www.privatecellar.co.uk Charles Taylor Wines, www.charlestaylorwines.com and Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, all UK; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com/hk, Hong Kong).
    Tasting note: There is a touch of herbal tea to the pretty and cool aromas of various red berries, forest floor and plenty of floral nuances. The mouthfeel of the beautifully delineated middle weight flavors is quite sleek though here there is even more evident minerality suffusing the balanced, long and very firm finish that is less youthfully austere than it usually is. This is presently a bit lean though I suspect that it will flesh out with time in bottle.
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Rossignol Trapet 2018 Latricieres-Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £630
  • The 2018 Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru has an outstanding bouquet of vibrant black cherry and boysenberry fruit suffused with minerals. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit on the entry, maybe just a little closed after bottling at the moment, but demonstrating good grip and a strong marine influence on the finish. Give this 3–4 years in bottle. 

    -- Neal Martin 94+ Neal Martin 2022 - 2045 Not Available Dec 2020

Tasting Notes
94
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 Roumier, Georges & Christophe 2007 Musigny

1 Bottle 75cl £8,750
  • Tasting note: A gorgeously spicy and expressive, even kaleidoscopic nose exhibits an impressive panoply of varied earth and spice nuances that accompany the ripe black fruit and floral aromas that include both violets and lavender hints that complement to perfection the pure, refined, intense and driving full-bodied flavors blessed with buckets of dry extract that completely buffer the dense but extremely fine tannins and confer a velvety sweetness to the textured and hugely long finish. For all the fireworks going on in this wine, there is the sensation of a Zen-like calm. Simply wonderful and a wine of unmistakable class.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2003 Charmes Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £495
  • Medium red. Flowers, red cherry and animal fur on the nose. Supple, sweet and elegant; in a rather subtle style, showing less power than the Cazetiers but much easier to taste today. This is Charmes of premier cru weight, but it builds nicely and lingers well on the back end. The tannins here are rather gentle.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 87-89 Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 2005

Tasting Notes
89
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2005 Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £3,500
  • There is still some unabsorbed wood present on the notably ripe yet brooding nose that evidences a superb range of spice elements along with fresh black currant, plum, earth and game nuances. The superbly concentrated and overtly powerful big-bodied flavors are even bigger, richer and more mineral-inflected than those of the imposingly scaled ‘05 Clos de Bèze while delivering a full frontal palate assault on the hugely long finish. The Rousseau style is one of refinement and elegance and that is true even with this most masculine of burgundies yet in 2005 it would be fair to call this wine butch, as it’s definitely built along the lines of a ‘take no prisoners’ style. As one might reasonably intuit from the description, this is nowhere near ready and I would not expect it to be for at least another 15 years and 20+ would not surprise me. A monument in the making. Drink 2030+

    98
    Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, October 2015

    I was frankly quite surprised to find the Chambertin almost as expressive and every bit as broad aromatically as the Bèze as the nose is equally kaleidoscopic if featuring a more deeply pitched set of fruit aromas and more earth. The flavors are bigger if not finer with serious power and weight on the rich, full and driving finish that possesses an exuberant underlying sense of energy, all wrapped in a core of rock solid but ripe and balanced tannins. Like the potential of the Bèze, this too has a chance to ascend as one of the top vintages ever typified by such years as '34, '49, '52, '62, '66 and '91. Arguably the Chambertin of the vintage.

    99
    Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (29), January 2008

Tasting Notes
99
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2008 Chambertin

3 Bottle 75cl £1,650
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2008
    Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Apr 19, 2016
    Drink: Try from 2023+
     
    Tasting note: A still mildly toasty nose features remarkably dense yet elegant aromas of deeply pitched yet extremely cool and restrained red and blue fruit aromas that are nuanced by a broad range of earth, game and underbrush hints. There is an utterly beguiling purity to the relatively refined but muscular medium full-bodied plus flavors that are strikingly complex, vibrant and perfectly balanced before culminating in a gorgeously long finish. This is brimming with upside development potential and while it too will require plenty of patience, its class and grace are such that it can be enjoyed now though I would strongly counsel waiting. In a word, magnificent. Tasted thrice recently with consistent notes.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2008 Chambertin

1 Case 12 75cl £22,500
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2008
    Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Apr 19, 2016
    Drink: Try from 2023+
     
    Tasting note: A still mildly toasty nose features remarkably dense yet elegant aromas of deeply pitched yet extremely cool and restrained red and blue fruit aromas that are nuanced by a broad range of earth, game and underbrush hints. There is an utterly beguiling purity to the relatively refined but muscular medium full-bodied plus flavors that are strikingly complex, vibrant and perfectly balanced before culminating in a gorgeously long finish. This is brimming with upside development potential and while it too will require plenty of patience, its class and grace are such that it can be enjoyed now though I would strongly counsel waiting. In a word, magnificent. Tasted thrice recently with consistent notes.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2009 Clos de Beze

1 Bottle 75cl £2,550
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils 2009 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze : Score 96

    Producer note: Eric Rousseau's take on the 2010 vintage was "almost every aspect was marked by the weather and most of it wasn't favorable. The night of the 19th of December 2009 had a 15° C drop in just a few hours that caused the sap in the vines to freeze, expand and ultimately kill many vines. We certainly had some of our villages vineyards hit relatively hard. Then the weather was cool and wet during the flowering which caused a lot of shot berries to materialize, which of course was the major driver of the lower yields. In fact we had the lowest yields in 2010 that we have had during the entire decade and I include 2003 in that comparison. Our yields varied between 20 and 30 hl/ha but on the other hand, it is almost a certainty that without the low crop levels we never would have had sufficiently ripe fruit. I didn't wait very long to begin picking and began on the 22nd of September and picked until October 2nd. There was some sorting work for under ripe berries but really no more than usual. Sugars were very good and ranged from 12 to 13.5%. The harvest weather was also very cool and it took a bit longer to get the fermentations to begin but after that I did my normal vinification. Right after the fermentations were finished the temperatures fell even further which means that the cellars cooled off earlier than usual. This had the effect of delaying the onset of the malos and since there was a lot of malic acid, the malos were long and slow. I don't know about elsewhere but here at the domaine 2010 is a really beautiful vintage. There is tension and verve to the wines and they make me think of the 2008s but with better density and riper tannins. And unlike the 2008s, I don't think that the 2010s will close up once they're in bottle." As to the now in-bottle '09s, they confirmed the seriously impressive quality that they displayed at this time last year. But as good as they are, and they are sensational, the Rousseau '10s are also amazing, in particular the Chambertin which is utterly brilliant. Rousseau noted that he used no new wood at all except for the Clos St. Jacques, Chambertin and Clos de Bèze. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, NY; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: This is quite ripe yet the impression is one of freshness with no surmaturité while the aromas reveal an exuberant spiciness to the dense mix of red and black fruit and wet stone aromas. The supple, round and marvelously well-detailed broad-shouldered flavors possess a silky mid-palate brimming with dry extract on the almost painfully intense and massively long mineral-driven finish that displays stunning persistence. The 2009 is an impeccably well-balanced effort in yet another in a long line of great vintages for this storied wine.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2009 Clos Saint Jacques

1 Case 6 75cl £6,500
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2009
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques" 1er
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2012
    Drink: 2024+
    Issue: 45
    Note: from a 2.2 ha parcel raised in 80% new wood
    Producer note: Eric Rousseau's take on the 2010 vintage was "almost every aspect was marked by the weather and most of it wasn't favorable. The night of the 19th of December 2009 had a 15° C drop in just a few hours that caused the sap in the vines to freeze, expand and ultimately kill many vines. We certainly had some of our villages vineyards hit relatively hard. Then the weather was cool and wet during the flowering which caused a lot of shot berries to materialize, which of course was the major driver of the lower yields. In fact we had the lowest yields in 2010 that we have had during the entire decade and I include 2003 in that comparison. Our yields varied between 20 and 30 hl/ha but on the other hand, it is almost a certainty that without the low crop levels we never would have had sufficiently ripe fruit. I didn't wait very long to begin picking and began on the 22nd of September and picked until October 2nd. There was some sorting work for under ripe berries but really no more than usual. Sugars were very good and ranged from 12 to 13.5%. The harvest weather was also very cool and it took a bit longer to get the fermentations to begin but after that I did my normal vinification. Right after the fermentations were finished the temperatures fell even further which means that the cellars cooled off earlier than usual. This had the effect of delaying the onset of the malos and since there was a lot of malic acid, the malos were long and slow. I don't know about elsewhere but here at the domaine 2010 is a really beautiful vintage. There is tension and verve to the wines and they make me think of the 2008s but with better density and riper tannins. And unlike the 2008s, I don't think that the 2010s will close up once they're in bottle." As to the now in-bottle '09s, they confirmed the seriously impressive quality that they displayed at this time last year. But as good as they are, and they are sensational, the Rousseau '10s are also amazing, in particular the Chambertin which is utterly brilliant. Rousseau noted that he used no new wood at all except for the Clos St. Jacques, Chambertin and Clos de Bèze. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, NY; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: Discreet but not invisible wood spice adds breadth to the otherwise perfumed, elegant and ultra-pure stone-infused red berry fruit nose that is also quite fresh within the context of the vintage. The detailed and strikingly intense medium-bodied flavors exude dry extract that effectively pushes the firm tannic spine to the background on the palate staining and massively long finish. This powerful effort is a potentially a great Clos St. Jacques that rivals its 2005 counterpart at the same stage of its development.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2010 Clos de Beze

1 Bottle 75cl £3,250
  • 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 Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £1,900
  • Producer note: Eric Rousseau's take on the 2010 vintage was "almost every aspect was marked by the weather and most of it wasn't favorable. The night of the 19th of December 2009 had a 15° C drop in just a few hours that caused the sap in the vines to freeze, expand and ultimately kill many vines. We certainly had some of our villages vineyards hit relatively hard. Then the weather was cool and wet during the flowering which caused a lot of shot berries to materialize, which of course was the major driver of the lower yields. In fact we had the lowest yields in 2010 that we have had during the entire decade and I include 2003 in that comparison. Our yields varied between 20 and 30 hl/ha but on the other hand, it is almost a certainty that without the low crop levels we never would have had sufficiently ripe fruit. I didn't wait very long to begin picking and began on the 22nd of September and picked until October 2nd. There was some sorting work for under ripe berries but really no more than usual. Sugars were very good and ranged from 12 to 13.5%. The harvest weather was also very cool and it took a bit longer to get the fermentations to begin but after that I did my normal vinification. Right after the fermentations were finished the temperatures fell even further which means that the cellars cooled off earlier than usual. This had the effect of delaying the onset of the malos and since there was a lot of malic acid, the malos were long and slow. I don't know about elsewhere but here at the domaine 2010 is a really beautiful vintage. There is tension and verve to the wines and they make me think of the 2008s but with better density and riper tannins. And unlike the 2008s, I don't think that the 2010s will close up once they're in bottle." As to the now in-bottle '09s, they confirmed the seriously impressive quality that they displayed at this time last year. But as good as they are, and they are sensational, the Rousseau '10s are also amazing, in particular the Chambertin which is utterly brilliant. Rousseau noted that he used no new wood at all except for the Clos St. Jacques, Chambertin and Clos de Bèze. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, NY; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: This is also ultra-pure and densely fruited with notes of anise, mint, wet stone and a sauvage hint that introduces intensely earthy and mineral-driven big-bodied flavors that are rich, powerful, serious and densely concentrated, all wrapped in a silky, palate staining, explosive and colossally persistent finish. This is actually relatively expressive and approachable for a young Cham yet the balance and harmony is present for this to age for decades. A brilliant effort and one of the best vintages ever for this justifiably revered wine.
     

Tasting Notes
98
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2012 Gevrey Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £1,650
  • ote: from 7 different vineyards located primarily in the dejection cone east of the village
    Producer note: Eric Rousseau's take on the 2012 vintage was that "we had a lousy spring that was followed by a poor flowering that caused both a lot of shatter and a high incidence of shot berries. Plus it rained and rained basically until the end of July where we were then hit by several scorching days that sunburned any berries that were directly exposed to the sunlight. Not surprisingly given the conditions we had plenty of mildew pressure as well as some oïdium but at least there was no botrytis. By contrast most of August and almost all of September were pretty much perfect which managed to redress the difficulties of the spring and early summer. We elected to begin picking on the 20th of September and brought in impeccably clean fruit that required very little sorting. Potential alcohols were in the 12 to 13% range and I used between 10 to 15% whole clusters in the vinification. Yields though were not great and I would put the average deficit right at 30% though it depended on the parcel in question as some were worse than that and others were hardly touched. I like the vintage as there is fine concentration and very good phenolic ripeness. I don't believe that it's a great vintage but it is certainly a very good to perhaps even excellent vintage." I am in basic agreement with Rousseau's take on his 2012s and while they definitely transcend the average quality of the vintage I would stop short of calling it a genuinely great vintage, at least not in the context of the incredibly high standards of what constitutes a great vintage chez Rousseau. Still, to be both fair and clear, they are very impressive by any normal standard. As I observed last year 2011 is a very fine vintage for the Domaine, particularly for Rousseau's top wines. As the now in-bottle scores and comments suggest, they more than merit your interest. The 2011s, revisited below, were bottled in April 2013. Speaking of bottling, Rousseau noted that he is now using bottles where the bottom is embossed with the name of the domaine. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, NY; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.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: An elegant and pure nose features aromas of various wild red berries and plenty of earth and sauvage character. A restrained and cool mouth feel characterizes the lightly mineral and saline-inflected middle weight flavors that possess both good balance and delineation on the lingering finish. This will be approachable young if desired.
     

Tasting Notes
90
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2013 Clos Saint Jacques

1 Bottle 75cl £570
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2038

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    30th Nov 2016

    Source

    Interim End of November 2016, The Wine Advocate

    Tasted blind at the Burgfest tasting in Beaune, the 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques from Rousseau has an elegant bouquet with pure red cherry, sous-bois and rose petal scents that blossom in the glass. Just gorgeous! The palate is very well balanced with crisp tannin, very well judged acidity with raspberry, redcurrant and plenty of spice towards the beautifully composed, elegant but quite powerful finish. Top class. Tasted September 2016.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2013 Clos de Beze

4 Bottle 75cl £1,250
  • Another striking wine, the 2013 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze is beautifully layered and expressive today. Violets, lavender, dark spices, mint and new leather meld together as this striking, translucent wine shows off its unmistakable personality. This is an especially refined Bèze with perhaps a bit less power than is customary, but that is not at all a bad thing. As always, the new oak (80%) is quite evident today, but that should not be an issue, as I can't imagine opening a bottle of the 2013 before its tenth birthday, and even that will be too soon for the wine to deliver the full breadth of its pedigree.

    Score: 94 - 97

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2025-204301 April 2015

    Subtle if not invisible wood serves as a backdrop for the highly spiced, cool and pure mélange of red currant, dark berry, earth and once again exotic tea nuances. There is knock-out intensity to the gorgeously textured and mineral-inflected flavors that are imposingly scaled yet there is not even a hint of heaviness on the restrained, delineated and explosively long and mouth coating finale. This breathtakingly fine effort is a simply beautiful combination of power and grace. Don't miss!

    Score: 95 - 98

    Allen Meadows, Burghound Maturity: 2031+15 January 2015

    The 2013 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru has a more complex, nuanced bouquet than the Clos Saint Jacques and this year, it insists upon putting distance between the two. It has an effortless quality, unfurling with each swirl dark berried fruit, subtle moss/undergrowth tones that are almost autumnal. The palate is tensile, intense, focused and underpinned by filigree tannins that lend it magnificent sophistication. This is utterly harmonious and an outstanding wine for the vintage.

    Score: 95 - 97

    Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-204001 December 2014

Tasting Notes
98
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2013 Chambertin

7 Bottle 75cl £1,395
  • Tasted blind at the Burgfest tasting in Beaune, the 2013 Chambertin Grand Cru from Armand Rousseau had a slight reduction on the nose but underneath lies some gorgeous and ripe redcurrant, strawberry and bay leaf aromas. Very complex, but you need to wait for the aromas to fully get into their stride. The palate is extremely well balanced with fine tannins. It is blessed with wonderful focus and precision, armed with outstanding tension and intensity on the sophisticated finish. This is what we call in the trade: "proper Chambertin."

    Score: 95

    Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-205030 November 2016

    Matured in 100% new oak, the 2013 Chambertin Grand Cru has wonderful transparency on the nose, beautifully defined with Morello, crushed strawberry, limestone and orange sorbet. The palate is supremely well balanced with lithe tannins, beautiful acidity and real elegance on the finish. This is a sublime Chambertin, but I might hedge my bets with the Clos de Bèze this year.

    Score: 94 - 96

    Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-204001 December 2014

    Very good deep red. Closer to the CSJ than to the CDB on the nose, offering terrific pungent lift to the aromas of black raspberry, rose petal and blood orange. Wonderfully sappy and pure, without any impression of weightiness to its saline flavors of raspberry, spices and white pepper. Utterly fine-grained, silky wine with great finesse. One of the longest, most palate-saturating wines of this vintage, finishing with noble tannins and taste bud-titilllating perfume. Perfectly balanced also but built for a glorious evolution in bottle. It would be a shame to open this bottle too soon.

    Score: 97

    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com Maturity: 2026-2042

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2014 Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £1,500
  • Rating

    97

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2023 - 2055

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2017

    Source

    233, The Wine Advocate

    Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2014 tasting, Rousseau's 2014 Chambertin Grand Cru has a fruit-driven bouquet laden with black cherries, crushed strawberry, ink and a touch of bay leaf. As it aerates, the fruit seems to take more of a back seat and the terroir comes through. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very pure and elegant, iron fist/velvety glove and so forth. This is what a grand cru should be. Utterly seductive and captivating, its satin texture might lure you into opening a bottle too soon. Give it a decade to admire Rousseau at full flight. Tasted September 2017.

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2014 Mazy-Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £2,400
  • Rating

    (92 - 94)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2038

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Dec 2015

    Source

    222, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Mazy Chambertin Grand Cru saw 10% new oak and a touch of reduction appeared to accentuate that. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. I like the weight here. There is more body and density than the Charmes-Chambertin, though with the same finesse on the lightly spiced finish. Once the aromatics sort themselves out, this will be a very fine Mazy-Chambertin, though the Charmes has more charm.

    Apparently Charles Rousseau is 92-years-old now. He no longer occupies the cabin on the right-hand side by the gate and remains at his home just a stone's throw away from the domaine. Even though this legend is no longer there to greet visitors, give them the once over, his legacy continues with his wines. As usual, I was accompanied by the ever congenial Frédéric Robert. He accompanied me around the barrels and he was as candid as ever. He told me that they only had minor skirmishes with the drosophila suzukii, in particular at some of the row ends close to the forest. Interestingly, he told me that they could not find any rationale to where they located, for example not necessarily in warm humid spots. Anyway, he said that they were easy to sort out. The harvest took place from September 12 until September 21, starting with the Gevrey Villages and finishing with the Lavaux and Clos Saint-Jacques in cooler microclimates. He also allowed me to taste the "Clos du Château" from the vines owned by the Ng family that Rousseau are managing. Frédéric told me that no firm decision has been made whether to bottle it (they declined in 2013 and blended it with the Village Cru). However, it seems that 2014 may mark its debut and I can't see why not. It is light and uncomplicated, but contains that transparency and tension that gives it Rousseau's signature style. As for the rest of the 2014s, well, there are some absolute beauties. Perhaps to quibble, their Gevrey Cazetiers did not quite create sparks like other growers' that I tasted, however, I adored the Clos de la Roche Grand Cru. Funny to think that in the 1990s it was regarded as the domaine's weakest link. I have a preference for the Chambertin over the Clos-de-Bèze. The difference is fairly marked this year, though if I was to spend my shillings on one, it would be the fabulous Gevrey Clos Saint-Jacques that leaves you feeling elated. I think Charles Rousseau would be rightly proud of these latest additions.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2015 Gevrey Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £1,675
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2015
    Gevrey-Chambertin
    Villages Red barrel
    Score: 88-91
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2017
    Drink: 2021+
    Issue: 65
    Note: from Les Crais, Creux Brouillard, En Champs, Les Cercueils, Clos Prieur Haut and Bas, La Marie and Estournelles St. Jacques
    Producer note: Eric Rousseau was away at the time of my visit so it was his daughter Cyrielle (at the domaine since 2012) who enthusiastically explained that 2015 "gave us a super growing season that was relatively easy though not without a few concerns. There was some early season oidium pressure and then due to the fact that the conditions were so hot and dry that there were several short periods of hydric stress. Otherwise though there really wasn't much to cause anxiety and the fruit progressively ripened to a very high level. We chose to begin picking on the 3rd of September and brought in immaculately clean fruit that possessed potential alcohols that ranged between 12.2 to 13%. The skins were thick that there was a relatively high incidence of shot berries. As such yields, while still reasonable, were roughly 20% lower than what we realized in 2014. As to the wines they're at once structured but inviting and refreshing and thus they should probably drink well for all their lives as the tannins are quite ripe yet there is good freshness and a fine sense of harmony." While it's hardly news, for the last 20 years the domaine has hardly put a foot wrong and it certainly didn't in 2015 as the wines, especially at the grand cru level, are brilliant. However I strongly advise that you not ignore their 2014s as they too are absolutely worthy of your consideration. The 2014s, revisited below, were bottled in April 2016. Speaking of bottling, Rousseau noted that they are now using bottles where the bottom of it is embossed with the name of the domaine. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, NY; 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: An agreeably fresh and distinctly earth nose displays hints of forest floor, red currant and a hint of game. I like the sense of vibrancy to the delicious, round and beautifully well-detailed flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality as well as very solid complexity on the lingering and well-balanced finish.
     

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2017 Mazy-Chambertin

3 Bottle 75cl £390
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2017
    Mazy-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 91-94
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2019
    Drink: 2034+
    Issue: 73
    Note: from .53 ha in Mazis-Bas; 20% new wood in 2016
    Producer note: Like most of her colleagues, Eric Rousseau's daughter Cyrielle described the 2017 growing season as "an easy one where there really wasn't too much to worry about other than controlling yields. After the frost losses we endured in 2016, many of the vines that had suffered damage were especially productive so it was necessary to drop quite a bit of fruit. However, out of all of the things that it's at times necessary to be concerned about, the best one to have is controlling yields, in fact I would call it a high class problem. Because the flowering passed quickly, the fruit had relatively homogenous ripeness levels plus it was very clean. Thus when we started the harvest on the 5th of September, we were able to harvest quickly, in fact we picked everything in only 8 days. Yields were obviously much better than in 2016 and we averaged around 35 hl/ha across all of our appellations. And by the same token when the fruit is ripe and clean the vinifications were straightforward. As to the wines, they're actually quite powerful with excellent freshness levels. The acidities aren't high but from a taste perspective, that is not at all how they come across as they're really quite vibrant. It's true that they don't have the sheer densities of the 2016s but they're so well-balanced that they're impressively harmonious." I agree with Cyrielle's take on the wines because while the Rousseau '17s aren't quite as dense as their '16s, they're not far off and they are complete and well-balanced. And the '16s, three of which are revisited from bottle below, are stunning; they were bottled in April 2018. As I reported previously, the domaine is now using bottles where the bottom of it is embossed with the name of the domaine. Also as of 2015 each cork used for the Chambertin and Clos de Bèze is individually analyzed for TCA-taint. This quality control step is being progressively applied to the other wines in the range.
    Tasting note: Deft but not invisible wood easily allows the attractively spicy aromas of wild dark berries, plum, humus and a floral nuance to be appreciated. The succulent but powerful big-bodied flavors possess slightly better mid-palate density while exhibiting excellent power and minerality on the robust, saline and very firm finale. This too has been making real quality strides over the past few years.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2017 Clos Saint Jacques

2 Bottle 75cl £625
  • Tasting note: Here the wood treatment is equally subtle on the restrained nose that displays fresh and cool aromas of red currant, wet stone, tea and forest floor. Like the Ruchottes the mouthfeel of the middle weight flavors is quite sleek and ultra-intense while flashing plenty of minerality on the strikingly well-detailed finish that displays focused power and superb length. This is an exercise in harmony and grace and while it should be approachable after only 6 to 8 years, it should age effortlessly for several decades.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2017 Gevrey Chambertin Clos du Chateau

2 Bottle 150cl £675
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2017
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos du Chateau"
    Villages Red barrel
    Score: 87-89
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2019
    Drink: 2022+
    Issue: 73
    Note: a 1.36 ha monopole of the domaine
    Producer note: Like most of her colleagues, Eric Rousseau's daughter Cyrielle described the 2017 growing season as "an easy one where there really wasn't too much to worry about other than controlling yields. After the frost losses we endured in 2016, many of the vines that had suffered damage were especially productive so it was necessary to drop quite a bit of fruit. However, out of all of the things that it's at times necessary to be concerned about, the best one to have is controlling yields, in fact I would call it a high class problem. Because the flowering passed quickly, the fruit had relatively homogenous ripeness levels plus it was very clean. Thus when we started the harvest on the 5th of September, we were able to harvest quickly, in fact we picked everything in only 8 days. Yields were obviously much better than in 2016 and we averaged around 35 hl/ha across all of our appellations. And by the same token when the fruit is ripe and clean the vinifications were straightforward. As to the wines, they're actually quite powerful with excellent freshness levels. The acidities aren't high but from a taste perspective, that is not at all how they come across as they're really quite vibrant. It's true that they don't have the sheer densities of the 2016s but they're so well-balanced that they're impressively harmonious." I agree with Cyrielle's take on the wines because while the Rousseau '17s aren't quite as dense as their '16s, they're not far off and they are complete and well-balanced. And the '16s, three of which are revisited from bottle below, are stunning; they were bottled in April 2018. As I reported previously, the domaine is now using bottles where the bottom of it is embossed with the name of the domaine. Also as of 2015 each cork used for the Chambertin and Clos de Bèze is individually analyzed for TCA-taint. This quality control step is being progressively applied to the other wines in the range.
    Tasting note: An expressive and quite aromatic nose freely offers up notes of red and dark berries laced with earth and a whiff of forest floor. The supple, round and delicious lighter weight flavors possess good verve while offering acceptable depth and persistence. This easy-going effort could easily be enjoyed young.
    Occa
     

Tasting Notes
89
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2017 Clos de Beze

1 Bottle 75cl £1,375
  • Tasting note: While the wood treatment is certainly evident it remains reasonably subtle on the overtly cool and restrained nose that is markedly spicy with its broad-ranging combination of exuberantly fresh aromas of dark cherry, raspberry, rose petal, violet, plum and a suggestion of earth. There is excellent power and punch to the large-scaled flavors that are a combination of power and refinement while being blessed with an abundance of sappy dry extract that imparts a seductive quality to the mouthcoating, hugely long and firmly structured and chiseled finish. While the Chambertin appears to have a slight edge at this very early juncture due to having slightly better complexity, it's going to be interesting in 20 to 25 years' time to see which is the better wine!

    The 2017 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru is the last wine to be poured as Cyrielle Rousseau mentions how it takes longer to fully absorb the oak. It has a much more introverted bouquet compared to the Chambertin this year and demands much more coaxing. Eventually it reveals brambly dark fruit, Earl Grey and a hint of chestnut. The palate is showing the wood at the moment (as Cyrielle Rousseau had predicted) although there is immense substance here with an almost candied, savoury finish that is going to be intriguing once bottled. It is very persistent...but will it exude the nobility of the Chambertin?

    -- Neal Martin (94-96) Neal Martin 2024 - 2045

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2017 Chambertin

2 Bottle 75cl £1,525
  • Tasting note: Discreet wood is present on the ultra-fresh and incredibly spicy though even more restrained nose that reflects notes of red berries, the sauvage, earth, floral and exotic tea wisps. The gorgeous mouthfeel of the imposingly constituted and admirably concentrated flavors is one of contrasts as the mid-palate is quite supple yet the powerful, driving, austere and muscular finish is robust, serious and austere. This almost painfully intense wine is jaw droppingly good and somewhat curiously relative to how the Chambertin and the Clos de Bèze typically show at this stage, the Chambertin is the flashier of the two. We'll see in time though as it's usually the Chambertin that goes into a shell only to emerge 20+ years later. Be that as it may, today this is a genuine 'wow' wine.

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2018 Chambertin

4 Bottle 75cl £2,050
  • 18
    Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 97
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2021
    Drink: 2038+
    Issue: 81
    Note: 2.55 ha; 100% 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: There is barely enough wood to mention on the wonderfully fresh and airy aromas of red cherry, pomegranate, earth and a hint of the sauvage. The seductively textured yet well-delineated big-bodied flavors possess an abundance of energy on the intensely mineral-inflected, sappy and impeccably well-balanced finale that reflects a touch of youthful austerity. The sheer level of complexity is stunning, and this knockout of a Chambertin should age for a very, very long time yet it's not so backward and it couldn't be approached after a decade or so of aging.
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2018 Mazy-Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £2,950
  •  

    2010

    Mazis-Chambertin

    Grand Cru Red barrel

    Score: 92-94

    Tasted: Jan 10, 2012

    Drink: 2025+

    Issue: 45

     

    Note: from Mazis-Bas

    Producer note: Eric Rousseau's take on the 2010 vintage was "almost every aspect was marked by the weather and most of it wasn't favorable. The night of the 19th of December 2009 had a 15° C drop in just a few hours that caused the sap in the vines to freeze, expand and ultimately kill many vines. We certainly had some of our villages vineyards hit relatively hard. Then the weather was cool and wet during the flowering which caused a lot of shot berries to materialize, which of course was the major driver of the lower yields. In fact we had the lowest yields in 2010 that we have had during the entire decade and I include 2003 in that comparison. Our yields varied between 20 and 30 hl/ha but on the other hand, it is almost a certainty that without the low crop levels we never would have had sufficiently ripe fruit. I didn't wait very long to begin picking and began on the 22nd of September and picked until October 2nd. There was some sorting work for under ripe berries but really no more than usual. Sugars were very good and ranged from 12 to 13.5%. The harvest weather was also very cool and it took a bit longer to get the fermentations to begin but after that I did my normal vinification. Right after the fermentations were finished the temperatures fell even further which means that the cellars cooled off earlier than usual. This had the effect of delaying the onset of the malos and since there was a lot of malic acid, the malos were long and slow. I don't know about elsewhere but here at the domaine 2010 is a really beautiful vintage. There is tension and verve to the wines and they make me think of the 2008s but with better density and riper tannins. And unlike the 2008s, I don't think that the 2010s will close up once they're in bottle." As to the now in-bottle '09s, they confirmed the seriously impressive quality that they displayed at this time last year. But as good as they are, and they are sensational, the Rousseau '10s are also amazing, in particular the Chambertin which is utterly brilliant. Rousseau noted that he used no new wood at all except for the Clos St. Jacques, Chambertin and Clos de Bèze. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, NY; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, all UK).

    Tasting note: A completely different nose features much more in the way of sauvage notes and the underlying fruit slides over to the blue side of the spectrum along with plenty of earth and soft spice nuances. The rich, round and beautifully textured flavors also enjoy an abundance of dry extract that coats the palate and buffers the firm tannins that will assist this mineral-driven and beautifully balanced effort to age for decades.

     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2018 Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £12,500
  • 18
    Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 97
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2021
    Drink: 2038+
    Issue: 81
    Note: 2.55 ha; 100% 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: There is barely enough wood to mention on the wonderfully fresh and airy aromas of red cherry, pomegranate, earth and a hint of the sauvage. The seductively textured yet well-delineated big-bodied flavors possess an abundance of energy on the intensely mineral-inflected, sappy and impeccably well-balanced finale that reflects a touch of youthful austerity. The sheer level of complexity is stunning, and this knockout of a Chambertin should age for a very, very long time yet it's not so backward and it couldn't be approached after a decade or so of aging.
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2018 Clos de Beze

1 Case 6 75cl £12,500
97
Red Burgundy Vougeraie 2017 Musigny

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

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

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Vougeraie 2018 Musigny

1 Case 6 75cl £4,250
  • Domaine de la Vougeraie
    2018
    Musigny
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 94-97
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2020
    Drink: 2038+
    Issue: 77
    Don't miss!
    Note: from a tiny parcel of .17 ha; 100% whole clusters
    Producer note: Sylvie Poillot, who is the general manager of this now 44 ha domaine of which 70% of the production is in red, conducted this year's tasting. She noted that the amount of vines under production grew recently because they bought Maison Alex Gambal. Gambal's vines were already being farmed organically and thus there was no recertification necessary. With respect to the 2018 vintage, Poillot told me that "we began the harvest on the 23rd of August with our young vines. We then picked slowly and deliberately over the next 3 weeks. The fruit was basically spotless with good ripeness levels both in terms of sugars and phenolic maturities. Yields were generous and particularly so in chardonnay. We used variable amounts of whole clusters during the vinifications where we had no particular difficulties. As to the wines, they're certainly ripe but they offer reasonably good freshness and terroir transparency plus they should be approachable on the younger side." I would recommend many of the Vougeraie 2018s as they, when taken as a group, offer excellent quality. While the Musigny is almost always stunning, the Bonnes Mares transcends its usual level plus the portfolio of villages level wines also offer fine quality. (Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, NV/CO/AZ/NM, USA; Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com and Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, both UK; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.co.jp, Japan; Watson's Wines, 852.2606.8828, www.watsonswine.com, Hong Kong/China).
    Tasting note: Not surprisingly this is less aromatically expressive today with its elegant and super-fresh if restrained array of various ripe dark berries, violet, lavender, exotic tea and impressive range of spices. There is equally good volume, power and muscle to the full-bodied flavors that brim with minerality on the explosively long and impeccably well-balanced finish. This is a very serious and stunningly good Musigny of lace and grace that is indisputably built-to-age so plenty of patience strongly advised. In a word, magnificent.
     

Tasting Notes
97
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2018 Montrachet

2 Bottle 150cl £930
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 2013 Puligny 1er Cru Les Pucelles

1 Case 6 75cl £525
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

1 Case 12 75cl £360
  • 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 Sauzet 2012 Chevalier Montrachet

1 Case 3 75cl £1,200
  • Tasting note: This is also unusually expressive while exhibiting very subtle hints of exotic orange pekoe tea on the beautifully fresh nose of dried fruits that include apricot, white peach and acacia blossom. There is an opulent and caressing mouth feel to the very rich and seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that coat the palate with dry extract before terminating in a delicious, mineral-driven and impressively long finish. This is rich to the point of succulence and while it will certainly age well this will be approachable much earlier than usual.

Tasting Notes
93
White Burgundy Boillot, Henri 2009 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet

1 Case 6 75cl £1,725
  • Tasting note: This is also quite ripe but less overtly so and remains notably more elegant with its expressive nose of honeysuckle, acacia blossom, pear and apple aromas. In accordance with the superior freshness, there is a bit more energy as well with a solid acid spine shaping the delicious and extract-rich medium weight plus flavors that possess excellent density on the vibrant, mouth coating and strikingly long finish. In a word, terrific.
     

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2014 Chevalier Montrachet La Cabotte

1 Case 3 150cl £2,100
  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    2014
    Chevalier-Montrachet "La Cabotte"
    Grand Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Jun 15, 2016
    Drink: 2024+
    Issue: 63
    Don't miss!
    Note: Bouchard has been separately vinifying this parcel, which at one time was part of Montrachet, since 1992 though the first commercial release was not until 1997; Bouchard jokingly refers to this parcel as their "Montrachet du haute pente", or upper slope Montrachet
    Producer note: Winemaker Frédéric Weber spent plenty of time discussing the nuances of the 2014 vintage and growing season, noting that "the winter was very mild, in fact we had the warmest one since 1900. Not surprisingly the vegetative cycle began very early and a cool north wind made sure that the vines suffered no disease pressure. The early June flowering passed without incidence and there was a relatively abundant fruit set. Throughout the month of June we were dreaming of the possibility of making another 1999 and then the 28th arrived with the widespread hailstorm and all such thoughts were instantly destroyed along with a great deal of the potential crop. In 2013 we lost about one-third of the potential crop whereas in 2014 it was more in the range of 40 to 45%. In fact it was the smallest crop here at Bouchard since 2003. In early July the direction of the wind changed from the north to the southwest and lousy weather followed the winds except for a few days that were so hot that some parcels suffered sun burned fruit. Happily the second half of August and virtually all of September changed once again for the better and conditions were not only near-perfect but again there was virtually no disease pressure because the small amount of rot that developed in August was dried by the prevailing north wind. It also helped that there weren't many berries on each bunch so the fruit was well-aerated. We chose to begin picking the pinot on the 11th of September but waited until the 14th to attack the chardonnay. The chardonnay was impeccably clean and potential alcohols were in the 12 to 13.5% range with good acid levels. In contrast to the relatively quick malos for the pinot, those for the chardonnay were extended. As is our usual practice we did zero bâtonnage and we used no new wood whatsoever. As to the style of the 2014 whites, they remind me a great deal of the 2008s which in my book is an excellent compliment." Weber noted that the villages wines were bottled in September 2015 followed by the 1ers in November and the grands crus in December. (Henriot, Inc., www.henriotinc.com, NY, NY; John E. Fells and Sons, www.fells.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: This presently has the same nose as the Corton-Charlemagne as it's both reduced and mildly woody though I would not expect this to persist beyond the first few years as the reduction is not heavy. There is once again outstanding volume and concentration as well as impressive size, weight and richness to the highly seductive big-bodied flavors that possess a plenitude of dry extract that both coats the palate and buffers the firm acid spine shaping the gorgeously long and well-balanced finale. In 2014 this more resembles Montrachet than Chevalier and I would make the same observation here that I made with the Corton-Charlemagne and Chevalier that while this should amply reward extended cellaring it is not so backward that it shouldn't drink well after 6 to 8 years.
     

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2016 Montrachet

1 Case 6 75cl £2,800
  • 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 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

[Due late 2021]

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 Comtes Lafon 1996 Meursault Clos de la Barre

3 Bottle 75cl £195
  • Rating

    (90 - 92)

    Release Price

    $62

    Drink Date

    2001 - 2006

    Reviewed by

    Pierre Rovani

    Issue Date

    23rd Feb 1998

    Source

    115, The Wine Advocate

    Displaying candied nuts on the nose, the Meursault Clos De La Barre is an absolutely delicious, expansive, rich, elegant and well-defined wine. Sweet layers of toasty and buttered brioches, hazelnuts, poached pears, spices, and traces of anise are found in this medium-to-full-bodied, velvety-textured, and superbly-balanced wine. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2006. The rating, with the range of scores in parentheses, indicates the wine was tasted from cask, not bottle. Dominique Lafon performed more batonnage than usual on his 1996s, "to give them more richness," he said. However, unlike some other vignerons, Lafon abandons the practice when the malos start because he wants his wines to be protected by the carbon dioxide gas that is a by product of a wine's malo-lactic fermentation. Lafon's yields were between 35 and 45 hectoliters/hectare, demonstrating his dedication to quality in this potentially high-yielding vintage.

     

Tasting Notes
92
White Burgundy de Vogue 2015 Musigny Blanc

2 Bottle 75cl £925
White Burgundy de Vogue 2017 Musigny Blanc

1 Bottle 75cl £775£750
  • Producer note: Resident enologist François Millet described the 2017 growing season as one "where we were seriously concerned about the possibility of another April frost damage nightmare. As it turned out the temperatures were low enough to cause injury to the new leaves but there wasn't the necessary humidity so we dodged a bullet. The rest of the season was relatively benign with a precocious flowering and warm if not scorching summer. As is often the case after a vintage where there is frost damage, the fruit set was abundant so we spent a lot of time controlling yields. We chose to begin picking on the 2nd of September under cool harvest conditions and brought in very clean fruit that required very little sorting. Yields were in the 30 to 35 hl/ha range where the potential alcohols averaged right at 13% so I chaptalized nothing. There was quite a bit of juice yet with reasonable solid to liquid ratios so I did not do a saignée. In the same spirit, I also chose to do no punching down at all as the grapes gave up their colors and extract easily. As to the wines, they're marked by their freshness and energy plus they have excellent transparency. I would put 2017 in the category of sunny and warm vintages such as 2009, 2000 and 1997 but importantly, 2017 has more concentration than any of those." Readers should be aware that as of 2015 the Musigny Blanc is once again being declared after having been declared as a Bourgogne Blanc since the 1994 vintage. Millet noted that the Musigny Blanc is raised in 20% new wood from the Tronçais forest. There are two parcels in both Grands and Petits Musigny measuring .67 ha and the dates of plantation are 1986, 1987, 1991 and 1997. (Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, CA, Country Vintner, www.countryvintner.com, VA, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CO/NM, Ideal Wines, www.idealwine.us, MA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, email david.forman@atlanta.com, GA and C'est Vin, LLC, 703.243.3559, VA, all USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, both UK).
    Tasting note: A discreet touch of wood can be found on the overtly floral-infused aromas that display additional breadth in the form of Poire Williams (pear brandy), petrol and citrus zest. There is a touch of wood on the palate as well of the caressing large-scaled flavors that display an abundance of both dry extract and minerality on the impressively long and very dry finale that is a bit less youthfully austere than it usually is.
     

Tasting Notes
94
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

Pages

CSV