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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2019 Clos de Beze

2 Case 3 150cl £1,770
Red Burgundy Mugnier JF 2007 Musigny

1 Case 6 75cl £8,500
  • Rating 94

    2010 - 2025

    Reviewed by

    David Schildknecht

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2010

    Source

    189, The Wine Advocate

    Mugnier’s wines of the vintage, his 2007 Musigny exudes ripe, vanilla- and star anise-tinged black raspberry and cassis, underlain by clean, marrow-like meatiness. Already satiny in texture, yet buoyant, this finishes with dark-fruited, forest floor-inflected, palate-staining persistence yet a soothing, enveloping personality that is anything but palate-straining. Even though this is an unusually approachable example of its kind, few Burgundian Pinots of its vintage, I suspect, will justify the 15 or more years of glory that I would anticipate from this Musigny. Frederic Mugnier’s 2008s – which I last tasted shortly before their March bottling – did not experience the exceptionally late malo-lactic transformation that characterized so many wines of that vintage. Yields were especially low thanks not only to vintage-typical millerandage, but – particularly in the case of Les Amoureuses – to the vines’ slow recovery from the shock of 2007 hail.

    Tasting note: A restrained, airy, clean, bright and beautifully layered nose features red pinot, violets, spice and mineral notes that complement perfectly the seductively textured medium full flavors that display a taut muscularity and superb focus on the refined and firmly structured finish. I particularly like the intensity and drive and this should reward about a decade of patient cellaring. A Musigny of harmony and grace.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Mugnier JF 2010 Musigny

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

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Mugnier JF 2012 Bonnes Mares

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

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

     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Mortet 2011 Fixin Vieilles Vignes

[Duty Paid]

10 Bottle 75cl £60
  • Domaine Denis Mortet
    2011
    Fixin Vieilles Vignes
    Villages Red 750 ml
    Score: 88
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2017+
    Issue: 53
    Note: from 40 year old vines in the tiny .74 ha vineyard of Champs Pennebaut, which is near the Couchey border for the inveterate map readers among you
    Producer note: Arnaud Mortet observed that the 2012 vintage "suffered through a troubled and extended flowering that was responsible for much of the naturally low yields. The bunches were loose and with tiny berries that allowed the fruit to be super clean at the harvest. I decided to start picking on the 23rd of September and brought in ripe fruit that needed only small amounts of chaptalization and in some cases, none at all. As I have been slowly doing each vintage now, I once again lightened the extraction. I shortened the cool maceration period from 7 days to 5 and did a 21 day total cuvaison. In the same vein I used a bit less new wood as well and it now averages about one-third though that of course varies wine by wine. I completely destemmed in 2012 though I have been thinking about doing some more experimenting with using some whole clusters so we will see going forward. As to the style of the 2012s I think it's the kind of vintage that everyone will like. The wines are ripe but fresh and with a mid-palate succulence that makes them a pleasure to drink." As I commented last year the Mortet 2011s are excellent and now that they are in bottle they confirm the quality that I saw last year. Mortet noted that his 2011s, revisited below, were bottled between January and April, 2013. (Martine's Wines, www.martineswines.com, Novato, CA; multiple UK sources, including Bibendum Wine Ltd., www.bibendum-wine.co.uk, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, Harrods Limited, www.harrods.com, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, and The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk).
    Tasting note: An adroit application of wood sets off fresh and ripe if somber aromas of dark berries, violets and plum. The very round, suave and supple flavors display both good energy and fine volume before terminating in a balanced and persistent finish that exhibits a bit of youthful Fixin austerity and rusticity.
     

Tasting Notes
88
Red Burgundy Ponsot 1997 Clos de la Roche Cuvee Vieilles Vignes

1 Bottle 75cl £290£270
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2002 Chapelle Chambertin

[repack]

1 Case 6 75cl £1,250
  • Domaine Ponsot
    2002
    Chapelle-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 91
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2005
    Drink: 2012+
    Issue: 17
    Note: from a .60 ha parcel
    Producer note: As is his usual practice, Laurent Ponsot was one of the very latest growers to pick, telling me that he didn't start until "September 7th. Nothing was normal this year but the '03s are absolutely fantastic. The hardest thing to do was not to get excessively jammy wines. Amazingly, one of my neighbors picked his Clos de la Roche on August 14th yet I didn't pick mine until September 14! His sugar readings were only 10.5% - I know because I asked. There was rain on August 31st and it saved us because it jump started the cycle of photosynthesis all over again and because of the small crop, we gained a lot of sugar quickly. By waiting the extra month, all of my wines came in between 13 and 14%, which is where they should be. Our yields however were abysmal as we realized fully two-thirds less than a normal crop, and I already crop low. I didn't chaptalize and I absolutely did not acidify. Besides, acidities went up during the fermentation as the dried berries released acidity into the musts. And I'm proud to say that I did the same amount of punching down as usual and I didn't alter the total cuvaison either. I also have not racked the wines at all but I will bottle them a good deal earlier than usual, which is to say January rather than July. Some wines are not reviewed, most notably the Clos St. Denis Vieilles Vignes because there was only one barrel and as Ponsot correctly notes, "what am I going to top up with if I keep offering samples?" (Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL and Atherton Wine Imports, Atherton, CA; Morris & Verdin, Goedhuis & Co., Ballantynes, Lay and Wheeler and Rare & Fine Wine Co., all UK).
    Tasting note: This is really quite pretty too but it can't match the depth and explosive quality of the Griotte. Still, there is good complexity on the high-toned red fruit nose cut with an almost pungently earthy character followed by a very fresh, intense and precise palate impression and fine length. In short, this is an exceptionally refined wine that will also require plenty of time.
     

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2002 Grand Cru Assortment

[owc]

1 Case 12 75cl £3,750
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2004 Griotte Chambertin

[repack]

1 Case 12 75cl £2,150
  •  Ponsot Griotte-Chambertin

    Good full red. Sappy, very showy aromas of red cherry, faded rose, meat, dried herbs and smoke. Fat, dense, broad and sweet, with expressive flavors of red cherry, spices and dried herbs. Very rich, long wine, finishing with a fine dusting of tannins and a lingering aromatic quality.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 92 Stephen Tanzer $189.00 Mar 2007

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2005 Chapelle Chambertin

2 Bottle 75cl £290
  • Chapelle-Chambertin

    Full, deep red. Superripe, distinctly high-toned aromas of dark cherry, mocha, tar, black tea and rooty licorice, with a pharmaceutical dusty quality and an emerging liqueur-like note of framboise Thick, sappy and extremely intense; a hugely rich wine that's like a boiled-down essence of pinot, and yet powerful acidity gives it tremendous energy in the mouth. Notes of black cardamom and botanical herbs give this hugely rich wine a distinctly medicinal character. I had the feeling I was awakening a very angry bear during the early weeks of its winter hibernation: yes, it was the wrong time!

    -- Stephen Tanzer 94+ Stephen Tanzer
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2005 Griotte Chambertin

1 Case 12 75cl £4,750
  •  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 £4,800
  • 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 Chapelle Chambertin

3 Bottle 75cl £185
  • Chapelle-Chambertin

    Deep, saturated ruby-red. Superripe, slightly high-toned aromas of wild blackberry, black cherry and smoke. This, too, is a sweet, superripe fruit bomb, albeit in a rather powerful style and with a firm edge. Ponsot say it's the wine's tannins that give the impression of volatile acidity. Extremely rich for 2006: it will be interesting to follow this.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 91-94 Stephen Tanzer

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2006 Grand Cru Assortment

[owc]

1 Case 12 75cl £2,800
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2017 Clos de la Roche Cuvee Vieilles Vignes

1 Case 3 150cl £1,990
  • Tasting note: A spicy, cool and gorgeously complex nose reflects notes of both red and dark currant, earth and a whiff of leather. There is excellent richness to the concentrated and beautifully textured broad-shouldered flavors that possess focused power and a subtle minerality that really comes up on the youthfully austere and strikingly long finish. As good as the Chapelle is, there is just another dimension present here.

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Leroy 2000 Clos de Vougeot

1 Bottle 75cl £4,000
  • 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
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 1996 La Grand Rue

7 Bottle 75cl £350
NV La Grande 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 Mischief & Mayhem 2014 Chambolle Musigny

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 6 75cl £195£175
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 Mommessin 2010 Clos de Tart

2 Case 6 75cl £2,200
  • Clos de Tart
    2010
    Clos de Tart
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Jan 14, 2013
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 49
    Producer note: Sylvain Pitiot, régisseur (resident manager) of Clos de Tart, told me that 2011 is a "very pretty and while not a great vintage, it's certainly very good. We picked extremely late by the standards of a relatively precocious vintage, which is to say on the 25th of September. The crop was exceptionally clean and there was really almost no sorting required to speak of beyond a few bits of debris, insects and the like. The potential alcohol was very good at around 13.5% and at that level there is of course no need for chaptalization. Yields were what I would consider normal here at Clos de Tart at around 28 hl/ha. I used some stems in the vinification though because the definitive blend has not yet been made, I can't say with precision what the final percentage will be. As to the 2011 Clos de Tart, it is a relatively forward vintage for us though it shouldn't have any trouble improving over at least a decade." As usual, the vinification was divided into seven different cuvées that may or may not be included in the final blend but the review below is based on what Pitiot believes will be reasonably representative of the '10 Clos de Tart. Further, some of the cuvées were destemmed completely and some not at all. As Pitiot noted, he believes that the '11 will have some significant amount of whole clusters in it. While the 2011 Clos de Tart is certainly a fine effort by the standards of the vintage, it seems clear that the 2010 vintage is at another level. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, St. Helena, CA; and Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK Clarion Wines, www.clarionwines.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: A ripe but cool and highly complex nose of moderately wooded aromas of violets, cassis, black berry and anise hints. The superbly rich and velvety broad-shouldered flavors possess outstanding size, weight and mid-palate concentration that coats the palate with dry extract and enrobes the firm tannic spine to the point where it is more of a background element than usual. There is excellent energy and precision to the dusty, pure and driving finish. This well-balanced effort should require between 15 and 18 years of cellar time to be at its best.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Mommessin 2012 Clos de Tart

1 Case 6 75cl £1,800
  • Tasting note: Discreet but not invisible wood sets off reserved and markedly ripe aromas of plum, spice, cassis, dried flowers and plenty of earth character. The concentrated big-bodied flavors possess copious amounts of palate coating dry extract that also serves to buffer the very firm tannic spine on the beautifully long finish that seems to lack a bit of energy at present. This is an imposing but not massive vintage for this storied wine that is borderline heavy. It's of course possible that the recent bottling has fatigued the wine but for the moment this comes across as a bit flat.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Mommessin 2014 Clos de Tart

1 Bottle 300cl £1,250
  • Tasting note: There is whiff of new wood framing the intensely floral-suffused nose and in particular rose petal and lavender that add elegance to the fresh mix of mostly red and dark currant scents that are trimmed in discreet earth hints. There is a lovely sense of energy to the moderately dense middle weight plus flavors that culminate in a dusty, palate coating and beautifully long finish. This is already completely harmonious and should make for terrific drinking for years to come.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Meo-Camuzet 2012 Vosne Romanee

1 Case 6 75cl £525
  • Domaine Méo-Camuzet
    2012
    Vosne-Romanée  ♥
    Villages Red barrel
    Score: 89-91
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2019+
    Issue: 53
    Outstanding 
    Note: 75% of the blend comes from vines in Les Barreaux and the remainder from Aux Communes
    Producer note: Jean-Nicholas Méo calls 2012 a "very elegant vintage where good vineyard work was indispensable. The growing season was a bit like that of 2010 but in the end it has more acidity and the wines are more tightly knit. The spring and early summer of 2012 were very difficult as we had mildew and a very poor flowering that affected some vineyards but interestingly not all of them. We also had significant pressure from powdery mildew with very tight windows for treating, which is to say 2 days or less. Those vignerons that missed those windows suffered greatly. Just to give you an idea of the severity of the attack there was even mildew on the bunches and probably the last time that Burgundy saw this phenomenon was in 1977. Generally speaking though there was a lot of shatter and thus the bunches were quite loose with small berries. I elected to begin picking on the 19th with the hill of Corton and then moved on to our other appellations on the 20th. We had a bit of rain on the 24th but it seemed to have no effect on the health of the fruit, which remained quite clean as our sorting losses were generally less than 5%. Potential alcohols ranged between 12.5 and 13% with most wines being closer to 13 than 12.5%. There was, again generally speaking, excellent phenolic maturity with balanced acidities and moderate amounts of malic acidity. For example we had pre-malos pHs of between 3.1 and 3.2 but the post-malos levels varied between 3.5 and 3.7. Our yields were not too bad at minus 10 to 15% because Vosne was less affected than many communes in the Côte. As to the wines I quite like them because they are approachable, ripe and already delicious but they should also age well for those clients who wish to cellar them." As the scores and commentaries confirm, 2012 is a very successful vintage for Méo though as was the case in 2011, I did not necessarily find the same high quality in the négociant operation (see Maison Méo-Camuzet below) that is more a reflection of the general quality of the vintage rather than outperforming it. 

    Tasting note: There is a touch of wood to the softly reduced nose where some spice elements are still discernable. There is good concentration to the velvety and lightly mineral-inflected medium weight flavors that brim with dry extract on the relatively austere and distinctly backward finish. I like the depth as well as the length and this should be lovely in time.
     

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2003 Romanee Saint Vivant

1 Bottle 75cl £1,975
  • Wine Advocate

    95

    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 29/08/2005

    Perhaps the biggest Romanee-St.-Vivant produced at this domaine, the 2003 offers aromatics as well as flavors reminiscent of black fruits drenched in dark chocolate. Full-bodied, velvety-textured, as well as concentrated, it is immensely ripe, crammed with tannin, and vaunts an amazingly long finish. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2018. ()

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2007 Grands Echezeaux

[owc]

2 Case 3 75cl £5,500
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2008 Romanee-Conti

[UK stock]

1 Bottle 75cl £14,200
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2010 Echezeaux

1 Bottle 75cl £1,600
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2012 La Tache

[US label]

1 Bottle 75cl £3,100
  • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
    2012
    La Tâche
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 97
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2015
    Drink: 2034+
    Issue: 57
    Tasting note: Though this is by no means exuberant, it's clear that there is good ripeness to the spiced green tea, hoisin, soy, anise, sandalwood and rose petal aromas. The cool, pure and seductively textured medium weight plus flavors brim with both minerality and plenty of dry extract that buffers the extremely firm but not hard shaping tannins on the overtly austere if seriously persistent finish. This is perhaps best described as a block of stone at present and while the tannins are quite fine they are dense and coat the mouth. This is clearly going to need a lot of time and unlike several of the wines in the range, it's not likely to be a good candidate for early drinking. Despite the presence of plenty of volume and muscle, I would still describe 2012 as a vintage of finesse for this storied wine. In a word, brilliant.
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2013 Echezeaux

[owc]

1 Case 3 75cl £4,500
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2013 Romanee Saint Vivant

[owc]

2 Case 3 75cl £5,525£5,350
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 2014 Echezeaux

[owc]

2 Case 3 75cl £4,500
Red Burgundy Roumier, Georges & Christophe 2007 Musigny

1 Bottle 75cl £9,200
  • 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 Roumier, Georges & Christophe 2009 Bonnes Mares

1 Bottle 75cl £1,280
  • Allen Meadows: 96

    This is also remarkably fresh with very ripe but not over ripe aromas of cassis, spice, stone and raspberry liqueur. There is a palpable sense of energy running through the rich, powerful and brooding broad-shouldered flavors that benefit from a huge dollop of dry extract that pushes the very firm tannic spine to the background on the explosive and youthfully austere finish that possesses genuinely outstanding length. I very much like the balance here and this should age effortlessly for decades. Drink: 2027+
    -Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, Issue 45. Tasted: Jan 10, 2012

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Roumier, Georges & Christophe 2011 Chambolle Musigny

3 Bottle 75cl £175
  • Domaine Georges Roumier
    2011
    Chambolle-Musigny  ♥
    Villages Red 750 ml
    Score: 89
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2017+
    Issue: 53
    Outstanding
    Note: contains some premier cru juice from Fuées
    Producer note: Christophe Roumier enthusiastically describes the 2012 vintage as one that he unreservedly "loves. The wines are like richer versions of the 2010s but with the same transparency and precision. The growing season was complicated though and we are frankly lucky to have gotten out of it with such fine raw materials. The flowering was poor and there was a good deal of mildew pressure that also cost us some yield. I started picking on the 25th of September and because much of August and most of September were warm and dry the fruit was quite clean despite the early season difficulties. As such there was almost no sorting required as there was no rot and what little was required was mostly for either sunburned or unripe berries. I did my normal vinification and used between 30 and 40% whole clusters. One of the aspects of the wines that I really like is how fine the tannins are, which when coupled with the healthy acidities, is one of the major distinguishing characteristics of the 2012 vintage. Moreover they are the kind of wines that should be enjoyable young yet be capable of rewarding long-term keeping if desired. I only wish that we had more of them as the net yields were even lower than in 2010." It's rarely a newsflash to observe that Roumier has outperformed in a given vintage but nonetheless he has in both 2012 and 2011. Note the 2011's were revisited below in bottle. (Diageo Château and Estate Wines, www.diageowines.com, NY, NY; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Haynes, Hanson & Clark, www.hhandc.co.uk, Gerrard Seel, www.gerrardseel.co.uk, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, and The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: A wonderfully expressive and highly perfumed nose of red and blue berry fruit aromas leads to attractively textured, precise and detailed middle weight flavors that possess plenty of energy and a lovely hint of finishing minerality. Recommended.
     

Tasting Notes
89
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2001 Mazy-Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £550£495
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2001
    Mazis-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 88-91
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2003
    Drink: 2009-15
    Issue: 9
    Producer note: Corinne Rousseau commented that the 2001s were extremely slow to develop as they were extremely tight, very structured and unforthcoming when they were first racked into barrel. "Unlike some domaines, we had minimal rot, probably because we again did a severe green harvest". She characterizes the vintage as "a very good one and 1993 is probably the best comparison as it behaved just like 2001 when it was at this stage". Rousseau believes that the bottling will be pushed back slightly from July to August and the wines will not be fined but will be filtered. (Frederick Wildman and Sons, New York, NY)
    Tasting note: This too is quite soft with the classic sauvage and animale notes and slightly bigger, weightier flavors that deliver more flavor authority and punch if not as much elegance. Nicely concentrated with buried tannins and good length plus lovely finishing harmony.
     

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2005 Ruchottes Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes

1 Case 6 75cl £4,350
  • Tasting note: A more deeply pitched and very cool nose offers up very ripe dark berry fruit, truffles, spice hints and a touch of the sauvage, the latter of which can also be found on the rich, full and sweet medium weight plus flavors that deliver fine punch and precision on the delineated and exceptionally pure mineral infused finish. While always a fine wine in the Rousseau stable, 2005 is one of the best vintages that I have seen and it will age well.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2008 Clos de Beze

1 Bottle 75cl £1,350
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2008
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2011
    Drink: 2020+
    Issue: 41
    Producer note: Eric Rousseau's take on the 2009 vintage was that "we had a normal winter that wasn't too cold followed by a humid but warm spring. The flowering was uniform and abundant and the summer was much better than average. In fact, I'd like to have a summer like this every year! We did have some early season hail in Clos de la Roche but the effect was on quantity and not quality. I began picking on the 7th of September and brought in generous yields that ranged from a low of 35 hl/ha to a high of 48 hl/ha. There was a normal incidence of shot berries though I heard some of my neighbors say that they had lots. Potential alcohols were solid but not really high at between 12.5 and 13.5% and the acidities were basically ideal. I did a classic vinification of 16 to 20 days with the only exception being that I used a higher proportion of whole clusters, which is to say 15 to 20% versus my usual 5 to 10%. [Rousseau noted that because of the hail, he used no whole clusters for the Clos de la Roche]. For me, 2009 is a genuinely great vintage as the wines have really elegant tannins that remind me of the 1985s or the 1990s. Because of their charm and velvety textures, the wines should drink well from the beginning." 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, UK, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, UK, Heyman, Barwell and Rudd, UK O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, UK and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, UK).
    Tasting note: This is every bit as elegant as the Clos St. Jacques but even deeper and broader with incredibly complex and refined red berry fruit, plum and violet aromas that are relatively cool and are in keeping with the balanced, refined and mouth coating flavors that possess superb depth and excellent finishing intensity on the explosive and gorgeously persistent finish. This is a really lovely '08 that should improve for out to two decades.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2008 Chambertin

3 Bottle 75cl £1,750£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 2009 Gevrey Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £225
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2009
    Gevrey-Chambertin
    Villages Red barrel
    Score: 87-89
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2011
    Drink: 2014+
    Issue: 41
    Note: from 7 different vineyards located primarily in the dejection cone east of the village
    Producer note: Eric Rousseau's take on the 2009 vintage was that "we had a normal winter that wasn't too cold followed by a humid but warm spring. The flowering was uniform and abundant and the summer was much better than average. In fact, I'd like to have a summer like this every year! We did have some early season hail in Clos de la Roche but the effect was on quantity and not quality. I began picking on the 7th of September and brought in generous yields that ranged from a low of 35 hl/ha to a high of 48 hl/ha. There was a normal incidence of shot berries though I heard some of my neighbors say that they had lots. Potential alcohols were solid but not really high at between 12.5 and 13.5% and the acidities were basically ideal. I did a classic vinification of 16 to 20 days with the only exception being that I used a higher proportion of whole clusters, which is to say 15 to 20% versus my usual 5 to 10%. [Rousseau noted that because of the hail, he used no whole clusters for the Clos de la Roche]. For me, 2009 is a genuinely great vintage as the wines have really elegant tannins that remind me of the 1985s or the 1990s. Because of their charm and velvety textures, the wines should drink well from the beginning." Rousseau noted that he used no new wood at all except for the Clos St. Jacques, Chambertin and Clos de Bèze. 
    Tasting note: Reduction limits the expressiveness of the nose though the detailed, delicious and vibrant middle weight flavors possess good depth and solid persistence.
     

Tasting Notes
89
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2009 Clos de Beze

1 Bottle 75cl £1,685
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2009
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2012
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 45
    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 Chambertin

8 Bottle 75cl £2,200
  • 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 2009 Clos de Beze

2 Case 6 75cl £10,250
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2009
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2012
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 45
    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 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 2010 Clos Saint Jacques

1 Case 6 75cl £6,250
  • 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 2011 Mazy-Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £325
  • Mild reduction removes the top notes of the otherwise complex and distinctly earthy mix of red and dark fruit aromas. There is excellent power and punch to the lightly mineral-tinged middle weight plus flavors that possess plenty of underlying tension before culminating in a markedly animale finish. This is very Mazis in basic character.

    Score: 91/93 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (49), January 2013

Tasting Notes
91
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2012 Clos de Beze

1 Bottle 75cl £1,450
  • [Colour]
    97
    BH
    96-98
    WA

    "A highly spiced and exceptionally fresh, ripe and airy nose mixes a wide variety of mostly red berry fruit aromas though there are background notes of plum, cassis, lavender and oak. The broad-shouldered flavors possess a seductive texture thanks to the copious amounts of dry extract that push the very firm tannic spine to the background. I very much like the concentration here as well as the vibrancy and this is very, very dry in the best sense of the term, indeed it is presently almost crisp yet the very dense supporting tannins are clearly quite ripe. This should be a fantastic Bèze in time and eventually the 2012 could rank among the great vintages for this storied wine." Burghound

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2013 Mazy-Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £365
  • The 2013 Mazis-Chambertin, matured in second-fill barrels, has a refined bouquet that is not a million miles away from the Charmes-Chambertin at the moment, but very precise and focused. The palate is very well balanced with tensile tannins and a keen thread of acidity: vibrant and shimmering in the mouth. With plenty of energy on the finish, this is a superb Mazis-Chambertin for the vintage.

    Score: 93/95Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (216), December 2014

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2013 Clos de Beze

5 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

6 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 2015 Mazy-Chambertin

2 Bottle 75cl £415
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2015
    Mazis-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 92-94
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2017
    Drink: 2030+
    Issue: 65
    Note: from Mazis-Bas
    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: A much more sauvage-suffused nose features plenty of warm earth character on the spicy, floral and dark currant aromas. This too possesses a supple mid-palate as the slightly bigger and richer medium-bodied flavors display excellent power and punch on the relatively robust and mineral-driven and well-balanced finish. While this should be approachable young, if you wish to experience it at its peak plenty of patience will be required.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2015 Clos Saint Jacques

1 Bottle 75cl £700
  • Burghound: 

    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. 

    Tasting note: There is just enough wood present to mention but not so much as to materially detract from the cool, pretty and airy red berry, earth, humus, anise and rose petal-scented aromas. The refined yet quite powerful middle weight are almost painfully intense and there is so much minerality the mouth feel is akin to rolling small stones around in your mouth and this is particularly so on the sappy, palate coating and hugely long finish. This too is seriously impressive and very classy.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2015 Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £2,150
  • Tasting note: Here too there is just enough oak to mention but once again it's not really enough to impair the purity of the distinctly cool and ultra-spicy red currant, underbrush, sandalwood, lilac and plenty of earth aromas. The rich, intense and overtly muscular big-bodied flavors possess a similar level of minerality that is borderline pungent and it informs the explosively long, firm and very serious finish. This notably powerful, but not really austere effort, displays magnificent potential and if it develops its usual degree of complexity over time it should merit the upper end of my projected range. But as structured and firm as it is, I suspect that this will drink well after only 6 to 8 years of age thanks to the incredible abundance of dry extract.

Tasting Notes
98
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2016 Clos de Beze

1 Bottle 75cl £1,790
  • The 2016 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru is a little subdued on the nose with delineated red cherry, crushed strawberry and crushed stone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, fresh and mineral-driven, almost Ruchottes-like in style with just a small attenuation towards the finish. Very fine, if not quite delivering the substance you might have expected. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting. 

    -- Neal Martin 95 Neal Martin 2022 - 2045

Tasting Notes
95
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

2 Bottle 75cl £1,350
  • 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 Tortochot 2012 Chambertin

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

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Vougeraie 2012 Clos de Vougeot

1 Case 3 150cl £440
  • Tasting note: This is notably fresher than the Clos du Roi with its pretty aromas of earth, game, dried flowers and assorted red berry scents. There is a pungently earthy character to the broad-shouldered, intense and muscular flavors that are shaped by relatively fine-grained tannins before concluding in a powerful and persistent if not especially complex finish. This isn't as powerful or dramatic as the Clos du Roi though I prefer the balance and overall sense of completeness.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Vougeraie 2018 Musigny

1 Case 6 75cl £4,350
  • 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 Bertagna 2003 Corton Charlemagne

1 Bottle 75cl £75
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 Chevalier Montrachet La Cabotte -

1 Case 3 75cl £1,025
  • The 2016 Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte Grand Cru has a similar bouquet to the regular Chevalier-Montrachet this year, albeit with a subtle oyster shell scent that surfaces with time. The palate is very poised and a little nuttier and more saline than the regular bottling, although for me it does not quite deliver the same precision right on the finish. It is a bit broody at the moment and maybe closer in style to the Montrachet. Three barrels produced (since the vines were less affected by frost).

    Score: 92 - 94

    Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2020-204529 December 2017

    (just two barrels produced, vs. a normal three or four; almost finished with its malolactic fermentation): Pale, bright yellow. Musky, deeply pitched aromas of smoky oak and Montrachet-like iodiney minerality (La Cabotte is the northeastern section of Chevalier-Montrachet, which was part of Montrachet until early in the 20th century). Big, rich and deep, with savory minerality currently dominating ripe stone fruits. This very tactile, salty wine may be less energetic in the early going than the "regular" Chevalier-Montrachet but then it's in more of a Montrachet style, like the 2015 version: large-scaled but quite dry and classic and not expressive today. Also more tannic on the back end, and still with a malic note of spiced apple, along with an intriguing suggestion of peony remaining in the empty glass.

    Score: 92 - 94

    Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com 01 September 2017

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2017 Chevalier Montrachet

1 Case 12 75cl £2,400
  • The 2017 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru offers up aromas of lemon oil, pastry cream, white flowers, crushed rocks and mandarin. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with excellent concentration, chalky extract and juicy acids that lend the wine lovely precision, concluding with a pure, tongue-tingling finish. This is very promising and will be well worth seeking out.

    Score: 93/95 William Kelley, Wine Advocate, January 2019

    The 2017 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru comes from all four terraces in the vineyard. It has a crisp bouquet with fine mineralité, very focused and intense, with touches of hazelnut developing with time. The well-balanced palate displays a fine bead of acidity. Quite poised in the mouth, leading to a harmonious tangerine and crushed stone finish. This conveys a nascent authority that stands it in good stead for the future. Excellent. Drink 2022-2040.

    Score: 92/94 Neal Martin, vinous.com, January 2019

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2017 Montrachet

1 Case 12 75cl £4,900
  • 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, Wine Advocate (234), December 2017

Tasting Notes
96
White Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2018 Montrachet

2 Bottle 150cl £930

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