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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2016 Chassagne 1er Cru Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche

8 Case 6 75cl £420
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    29th Dec 2017

    Source

    234, The Wine Advocate

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

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

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

Tasting Notes
92
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2019 Chassagne 1er Cru Embazees

[Due late 2021]

2 Case 6 75cl £350
White Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2019 Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc

[Due late 2021]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2015 Batard Montrachet

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

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2019 Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres

1 Case 6 75cl £385
White Burgundy Morey Marc 2015 Puligny Montrachet

1 Case 12 75cl £450
  • Domaine Marc Morey
    2015
    Puligny-Montrachet  ♥
    Villages White 750 ml
    Score: 89
    Tasted: Jun 11, 2017
    Drink: 2021+
    Issue: 67
    Outstanding Top value
    Note: from a purchase of fruit that is mostly from Les Levrons
    Producer note: The always low key Sabine Mollard was as usual quite candid while noting that "the growing season was so hot that I was afraid that we were going to make another 2009 but in the end, no. I chose to begin picking on the 2nd of September and brought in spotlessly clean fruit that possessed good but not really high potential alcohols of between 12.8 and 13.3%. Acidities though were variable and a few of them were on the low side so I touched them up, though the additions were so low that I'm not sure that it really made much difference. As to the wines, they are not nearly as marked by the sunshine as I would have guessed and they are, to my taste anyway, much much more interesting than their 2009 counterparts. With that said, I don't see the 2015s as being especially long-lived and thus they should be accessible and enjoyable young." With the exception of the Bâtard, Mollard noted that her 2015s were bottled between August 2016 and February 2017. (Robert Kacher Selections, www.robertkacherselections.com, Washington, DC, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Haynes, Hanson & Clark, www.hhandc.co.uk and Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, both UK).
    Tasting note: Here the more elegant nose is notably ripe though fresh as it offers up notes of pear and apple confit that are trimmed in subtle honeysuckle nuances. The middle weight flavors are at once more voluminous and slightly finer though I would not describe the mouth feel as refined, all wrapped in an opulent, delicious and more complex finish. This isn't classically styled but it is a very good Puligny villages that should also reward a few years of cellaring.
     

Tasting Notes
89
White Burgundy Raveneau 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre

1 Bottle 75cl £225
  • Tasting note: Wafting aromas of essence of pear, iodine and copious amounts of mineral reduction are also trimmed in just enough wood to mention. The succulent yet powerful broad-shouldered flavors possess excellent muscle and intensity on the super-saline, indeed this has an almost salty finish. Fine quality here and built-to-age as well.

Tasting Notes
93
White Burgundy Raveneau 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre

6 Bottle 75cl £220
  • Domaine François Raveneau
    2018
    Chablis "Montée de Tonnerre"  ♥
    1er Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Nov 10, 2020
    Drink: 2030+
    Issue: 80
    Outstanding
    Note: from several parcels totaling 2.5 ha with two-thirds of it in Chapelot and the remainder in Pied d'Aloup
    Producer note: Isabelle Raveneau briefly commented that in 2019 "Mother Nature gave us a relatively easy growing season while keeping a few challenges up her sleeve. For starters, there was some frost damage during the late spring that had secondary effects by disturbing the flowering, which of course had a deleterious effect on yields. This was followed by a very hot and dry summer that caused some hydric stress problems, particularly for the younger vines with less well-developed root systems. Moreover, the intense sunlight was sufficiently strong to fry any exposed berries, which resulted in further losses. Ultimately, we chose to begin picking on the 10th of September and the fruit really couldn't have been much cleaner. We did of course need to eliminate any dried sunburned berries resulting but there really wasn't much else to sort out. In the end we ended up with a relatively small crop of around 35 hl/ha, which is obviously much, much less than the roughly 75 hl/ha we realized in 2018. The fruit was also quite ripe, and nothing was chaptalized, something that is relatively rare in Chablis. We had no problems with either fermentation and I like the way the wines are coming along. We will of course see once they are bottled but for now, I would describe them as very promising." The Raveneau 2018s, revisited below, were mostly bottled in May 2020. As an aside I have always liked the Chapelot from Raveneau (rarely seen as the production is limited to 1,200 to 1,500 bottles annually) though because of the reduced quantities due to hail and frost, none was produced in 2015, 2016 or 2017 but there is one in 2018. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, www.kermitlynch.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk and Haynes, Hanson & Clark, www.hhandc.co.uk, both UK).
    Tasting note: This is perhaps the most elegant and floral-infused wine in the range with its array of various white flower scents, especially acacia that are nuanced by wisps of ocean breeze, iodine and algae. The restrained and well-detailed flavors possess a sophisticated and refined mouthfeel while the stony and chiseled finish exhibiting excellent persistence on the bone-dry finish. This is class in a glass and a stunning rendition of the appellation though note well that at least moderate patience is strongly advised.
     

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Raveneau 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre

1 Case 12 75cl £2,850
  • Domaine François Raveneau
    2018
    Chablis "Montée de Tonnerre"  ♥
    1er Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 95
    Tasted: Nov 10, 2020
    Drink: 2030+
    Issue: 80
    Outstanding
    Note: from several parcels totaling 2.5 ha with two-thirds of it in Chapelot and the remainder in Pied d'Aloup
    Producer note: Isabelle Raveneau briefly commented that in 2019 "Mother Nature gave us a relatively easy growing season while keeping a few challenges up her sleeve. For starters, there was some frost damage during the late spring that had secondary effects by disturbing the flowering, which of course had a deleterious effect on yields. This was followed by a very hot and dry summer that caused some hydric stress problems, particularly for the younger vines with less well-developed root systems. Moreover, the intense sunlight was sufficiently strong to fry any exposed berries, which resulted in further losses. Ultimately, we chose to begin picking on the 10th of September and the fruit really couldn't have been much cleaner. We did of course need to eliminate any dried sunburned berries resulting but there really wasn't much else to sort out. In the end we ended up with a relatively small crop of around 35 hl/ha, which is obviously much, much less than the roughly 75 hl/ha we realized in 2018. The fruit was also quite ripe, and nothing was chaptalized, something that is relatively rare in Chablis. We had no problems with either fermentation and I like the way the wines are coming along. We will of course see once they are bottled but for now, I would describe them as very promising." The Raveneau 2018s, revisited below, were mostly bottled in May 2020. As an aside I have always liked the Chapelot from Raveneau (rarely seen as the production is limited to 1,200 to 1,500 bottles annually) though because of the reduced quantities due to hail and frost, none was produced in 2015, 2016 or 2017 but there is one in 2018. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, www.kermitlynch.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk and Haynes, Hanson & Clark, www.hhandc.co.uk, both UK).
    Tasting note: This is perhaps the most elegant and floral-infused wine in the range with its array of various white flower scents, especially acacia that are nuanced by wisps of ocean breeze, iodine and algae. The restrained and well-detailed flavors possess a sophisticated and refined mouthfeel while the stony and chiseled finish exhibiting excellent persistence on the bone-dry finish. This is class in a glass and a stunning rendition of the appellation though note well that at least moderate patience is strongly advised.
     

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Prieur 2013 Chevalier Montrachet

1 Case 3 75cl £725
  • Domaine Jacques Prieur
    2013
    Chevalier-Montrachet
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 92-94
    Tasted: Jun 15, 2015
    Drink: 2023+
    Issue: 59
    Note: from a .14 ha parcel
    Producer note: Consulting enologist Nadine Gublin and co-owner and general director Edouard Labruyère told me that 2013 was a "vintage where we had a very difficult spring that contributed to a poor flowering. Then we had the infamous July 23rd hail storm that caused us a lot of damage in our vineyards from the northern part of Meursault all the way to Beaune though thankfully there was nothing in the Côte de Nuits. There will be no Champ Pimont or Clos des Santenots as both vineyards were hailed to the point that we are actually more concerned about their health going forward than the loss of crop for this year. August and September weren't bad if hardly ideal and ultimately we decided to begin picking the whites on the 2nd of October and then we attacked the reds on the 5th. As to the wines, they are surprisingly good and completely different than their 2012 counterparts. They're super-fresh, elegant and refined and even in the Côte de Beaune they are really quite lovely as the hail was early enough that the vines could recover sufficiently well to ripen what little fruit remained." (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, NY and Jeroboam Wines, www.jeroboamwines.com, NY, NY; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, and Coe Vintners, www.coevintners.com, all UK).
    Tasting note: A restrained and all but mute nose only grudgingly reveals notes of wet stone, acacia blossom and citrus nuances where the latter continues onto the big-bodied and strikingly intense flavors that culminate in a notably powerful and stony finish. The finale is really quite interesting as it starts out being quite linear but as it sits on the palate it really begins to fan out. This is presently very much a baby but one packed with potential.
     

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Prieur 2018 Montrachet

1 Case 3 75cl £1,425
  • The 2018 Montrachet Grand Cru is matured in 60% new oak. It has a finely tuned bouquet with scents of granite filtering through the green apple and pear aromas, and just a little linseed oil in the background. The well-balanced palate displays a fine bead of acidity, good tension from start to finish and a crescendo of concentration that leaves you feeling that you are in the presence of a famous (the most famous?) vineyard. This is a very worthy "Monty" with great potential.

    -- Neal Martin (94-96) Neal Martin 2023 - 2048 Not Available Jan 2020

Tasting Notes
96
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2017 Chevalier Montrachet

1 Bottle 150cl £1,400
  • Domaine Leflaive
    2017
    Chevalier-Montrachet
    Grand Cru White barrel
    Score: 93-96
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
    Drink: 2032+
    Issue: 75
    Producer note: As is usually the case, I tasted with director Brice de La Morandière along with régisseur (estate manager) Pierre Vincent. They told me that while 2017 had "a growing season that was easier to manage than was 2016, there were still a few problems such as a late April frost scare and enough mildew pressure to cost us at least some yield. Otherwise though, things were reasonably clement and we picked ripe and clean fruit from the 29th of August to the 3rd of September. Yields were good and consistent as they came in around 42 to 43 hl/ha save for the Bourgogne which suffered some frost damage. Sugars and potential alcohols were very good, coming in as they did between 12.5 and 13%. There was not a lot of malic acid but even so pHs were solid at around 3.05 to 3.15. As to the wines, probably the characteristic that defines the 2017s the best is their outstanding balance. They're classically styled white burgundies and we're really quite pleased with the results." La Morandière explained that they are continuing their expansion in the Mâconnais and several of the new entries were really quite impressive. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Private Cellar Ltd., www.privatecellar.co.uk, all UK).
    Tasting note: An all-but mute if cool and elegant nose only grudgingly reveals its aromas of wet stone, white flowers, tangerine peel and jasmine tea. There is almost painful intensity to the larger-scaled yet refined flavors that brim with both dry extract and a driving minerality before concluding in an equally long finish. This too is very clearly built-to-age and is a superb Chevalier that is going to require extended patience.
     

Tasting Notes
96
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2018 Batard Montrachet

1 Bottle 150cl £1,100
  • Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the 2018 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru is a textural, elegantly muscular wine evocative of pear, toasted almonds, white flowers, peach and vanilla pod. Layered and powerful, it concludes with a long, saline finish. It's more dramatic and broader-shouldered than the suave, seamless Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet this year.

    Score: 95 William Kelley, RobertParker.com, January 2021

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2018 Chevalier Montrachet

1 Bottle 150cl £1,425£1,350
  • Rating

    (94 - 96)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     William Kelley

    Issue Date

    9th Jan 2020

    Source

    January 2020 Week 2, The Wine Advocate

    The 2018 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru was also quite introverted and reserved when I tasted it, mingling scents of orange oil, pear and green apple with hints of crushed chalk and fresh pastry in a youthfully shy bouquet. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, chalky and tensile, with fine concentration, racy acids and a serious, almost austere profile in the context of this charming white Burgundy vintage.

    While many producers along the Côte de Beaune were inclined to accept the generous yields of the 2018 as nature's gift, arguing that Chardonnay can sustain an elevated crop without suffering dilution, Brice de La Morandière and Pierre Vincent told me that they opted to perform an aggressive green harvest, jettisoning around 40% of the potential crop. The result is a charming set of wines with good depth and structure that's nicely differentiated by site, though the wines were still quite introverted when I visited in November. Brice de La Morandière compares them unfavorably to the 2017s, and certainly the 2018s appear to be less tensile and vibrant. But in some quarters, the same criticism was made of the domaine's 1982s—another abundant harvest of ripe grapes—and today, the 1982 Leflaive wines are still drinking brilliantly. So, I am not giving up on the 2018s just yet. Given that de La Morandière and Vincent have made a number of important changes in winemaking practices at the domaine beginning with the 2017 vintage, I was disappointed that they declined to show those wines from bottle. Tasting wines in the midst of their élevage can be informative, certainly, but there is no substitute for tasting finished wines from bottle—an argument I expand on in the introduction to this report. And when a domaine of Leflaive's importance makes notable changes in their winemaking practices, revisiting the resulting wines from bottle is of more than usual interest. Given that de La Morandière and Vincent appear to be doing everything right to rehabilitate the reputation of Domaine Leflaive, I was a little surprised, and I will make effort to taste this watershed vintage from bottle one way or another in the near future.

Tasting Notes
96
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2018 Batard Montrachet

1 Case 3 75cl £1,575£1,550
  • Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the 2018 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru is a textural, elegantly muscular wine evocative of pear, toasted almonds, white flowers, peach and vanilla pod. Layered and powerful, it concludes with a long, saline finish. It's more dramatic and broader-shouldered than the suave, seamless Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet this year.

    Score: 95 William Kelley, RobertParker.com, January 2021

Tasting Notes
95
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2018 Chevalier Montrachet

1 Case 3 75cl £1,980£1,950
  • Rating

    (94 - 96)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     William Kelley

    Issue Date

    9th Jan 2020

    Source

    January 2020 Week 2, The Wine Advocate

    The 2018 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru was also quite introverted and reserved when I tasted it, mingling scents of orange oil, pear and green apple with hints of crushed chalk and fresh pastry in a youthfully shy bouquet. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, chalky and tensile, with fine concentration, racy acids and a serious, almost austere profile in the context of this charming white Burgundy vintage.

    While many producers along the Côte de Beaune were inclined to accept the generous yields of the 2018 as nature's gift, arguing that Chardonnay can sustain an elevated crop without suffering dilution, Brice de La Morandière and Pierre Vincent told me that they opted to perform an aggressive green harvest, jettisoning around 40% of the potential crop. The result is a charming set of wines with good depth and structure that's nicely differentiated by site, though the wines were still quite introverted when I visited in November. Brice de La Morandière compares them unfavorably to the 2017s, and certainly the 2018s appear to be less tensile and vibrant. But in some quarters, the same criticism was made of the domaine's 1982s—another abundant harvest of ripe grapes—and today, the 1982 Leflaive wines are still drinking brilliantly. So, I am not giving up on the 2018s just yet. Given that de La Morandière and Vincent have made a number of important changes in winemaking practices at the domaine beginning with the 2017 vintage, I was disappointed that they declined to show those wines from bottle. Tasting wines in the midst of their élevage can be informative, certainly, but there is no substitute for tasting finished wines from bottle—an argument I expand on in the introduction to this report. And when a domaine of Leflaive's importance makes notable changes in their winemaking practices, revisiting the resulting wines from bottle is of more than usual interest. Given that de La Morandière and Vincent appear to be doing everything right to rehabilitate the reputation of Domaine Leflaive, I was a little surprised, and I will make effort to taste this watershed vintage from bottle one way or another in the near future.

Tasting Notes
96
White Burgundy Romanee Conti 2017 Montrachet

[owc]

1 Bottle 75cl £6,250
  • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
    2017
    Montrachet
    Grand Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 97
    Tasted: Jun 10, 2020
    Drink: 2037+
    Issue: 79
    Note: from 3 parcels on the Chassagne side that total .68 ha
    Producer note: Please see Issue 73 or the appropriate Burghound.com database entries for co-director Aubert de Villaine's detailed description of the 2017 vintage. For ease of reference, the Montrachet was bottled in April 2019. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com and Planet Wines, www.planetofwine.com, all UK; Sequin & Robillard/Vinifera, www.seguinrobillard.ca, Canada).
    Tasting note: A restrained nose flirts with the exotic while requiring aggressive swirling to eventually reveal aromas of essence of pear and apple compote, passion fruit, tangerine peel, spice and a subtle but not invisible touch of wood. The dense, opulent and caressing big-bodied flavors possess outstanding mid-palate concentration thanks to the copious amount of sappy dry extract that also buffers the citrus-tinged acidity shaping the hugely long, youthfully austere, dry and gorgeously complex finish. This is at once powerful and muscular yet for all of the imposing size and weight, the balance is impeccable save for a minor touch of warmth. Even so, there is a real sense of harmony that should enable this exceptionally tightly wound beauty to age gracefully for years to come. This is sublime and while 2017 is not the best young Montrachet that I have tasted from the Domaine, but among them and this has the potential to be genuinely great as it should have no problem making for very old bones.
     

Tasting Notes
97
White Burgundy Sauzet 2016 Bourgogne Blanc La Tufera

2 Case 12 75cl £295
  • Burghound Tasting note: An agreeably fresh nose combines primarily pear and apple notes with soft floral and citrus nuances. There is lovely detail to the attractively textured flavors that culminate in a dry, saline and chiseled finish. This is a quality Bourgogne plus it has the stuffing to age too.

     

     

     

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

2 Case 6 75cl £595
  • Score: 92

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

Tasting Notes
92
White Burgundy Verget 1996 Batard Montrachet

2 Bottle 75cl £160
Rhone Avril 2012 CNDP Clos des Papes

1 Bottle 300cl £225
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2035

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    14th Sep 2015

    Source

    Special Report (Sep 2015), The Wine Advocate

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

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Chapoutier 1998 Ermitage de l'Oree

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £120
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    $253

    Drink Date

    2001 - 2049

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2001

    Source

    133, The Wine Advocate

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

Tasting Notes
99
Rhone Chapoutier 1998 Ermitage Le Meal Blanc

1 Case 6 75cl £625
96
Rhone Chapoutier 2006 Ermitage de l'Oree

2 Case 3 150cl £625
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2009 - 2047

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2017

    Source

    229, The Wine Advocate

    More tight and reserved than the open-knit Le Meal Blanc, the 2006 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree offers a heavenly bouquet of caramelized orchard fruits, celery seed, buttered hazelnuts, orange blossom and white flowers. Just crazy good on the palate, with full-bodied richness and a seamless, unctuous texture, it has incredible purity, precision and length, with this liquid rock-like minerality on the finish. It's just about as good as it gets, and while it's drinking great today, it should keep for 2-3 decades.

Tasting Notes
99
Rhone Chapoutier 2007 Ermitage de l'Oree

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

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Chapoutier 2007 Ermitage de l'Oree

1 Case 3 150cl £490
  • Rating

    (94 - 96)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2009 - 2039

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Apr 2009

    Source

    182, The Wine Advocate

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

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Chapoutier 2008 Ermitage Le Meal

5 Bottle 150cl £145
  • Notes of beef blood, smoked game, tapenade, creme de cassis, and charcoal jump from the glass of the dense opaque purple-colored 2008 Ermitage Le Meal (350 cases). This chewy, thick, unctuous effort is a revelation for this vintage. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years.

Tasting Notes
92
Rhone Chapoutier 2008 Cote Rotie Mordoree

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

Tasting Notes
89
Rhone Chapoutier 2008 Ermitage l'Ermite

4 Case 6 75cl £550
94
Rhone Chapoutier 2008 Ermitage l'Ermite

2 Case 3 150cl £560
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    $180 - 250

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2011

    Source

    193, The Wine Advocate

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

Tasting Notes
94
Rhone Chapoutier 2012 Ermitage de l'Oree

2 Case 3 150cl £525
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2042

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2014

    Source

    216, The Wine Advocate

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

Tasting Notes
99
Rhone Chapoutier 2013 Ermitage de l'Oree

[US Slip Label]

1 Bottle 150cl £200
  • JEB DUNNUCK: 100

    Leading off three single-vintage whites from Hermitage, the stunning 2013 Ermitage Cuvee de L’Oree has an off-the-hook bouquet that includes just about everything you could think of when considering Hermitage Blanc. White peach, white flowers, almond paste, quince and wet rock are just some of the nuances, and it packs a serious punch on the palate, with full-bodied richness, a flamboyant, expansive texture and riveting focus and purity. Give it a year or so and drink it over the following 2-3 decades. Dec 2014, www.robertparker.com

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Chapoutier 2014 Ermitage de l'Oree

5 Bottle 150cl £175
  • Rating

    98+

    Release Price

    $337

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2045

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    31st Dec 2015

    Source

    222, The Wine Advocate

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

Tasting Notes
98
Rhone Chapoutier 2014 Ermitage de l'Oree

[US Slip Label]

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

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

Tasting Notes
98
Rhone Chapoutier 2014 Ermitage l'Ermite

[US Slip Label]

1 Bottle 150cl £280
  • Rating

    97

    Release Price

    $420

    Drink Date

    2021 - 2041

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2016

    Source

    228, The Wine Advocate

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

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

Tasting Notes
97
Rhone Chapoutier 2015 Ermitage de l'Oree

1 Bottle 150cl £195
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    $337

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2046

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2016

    Source

    228, The Wine Advocate

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

Tasting Notes
98
Rhone Chapoutier 2015 Ermitage Le Meal

1 Case 6 75cl £1,150
  • Rating

    99+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    29th Dec 2017

    Source

    234, The Wine Advocate

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

Tasting Notes
99
Rhone Chapoutier 2016 Ermitage de l'Oree

1 Bottle 150cl £225
  • Rating

    97

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2035

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    29th Dec 2017

    Source

    234, The Wine Advocate

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

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

[Due 2022]

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

[Due 2022]

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

[Due 2022]

1 Case 6 75cl £290
Rhone Chapoutier 2019 Ermitage Le Meal Blanc

[Due 2022]

1 Case 6 75cl £725
Rhone Chapoutier 2019 Ermitage de l'Oree

[Due 2022]

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

[Due 2022]

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

[Due 2022]

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

owc

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

    Score: 100
     

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

1 Case 12 75cl £2,995
100
Rhone Grand Veneur 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes

1 Case 6 150cl £1,850
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    $75 - 90

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2047

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2012

    Source

    203, The Wine Advocate

    A monumental effort meriting a perfect score, the super-rich 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a 4,000-bottle blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah from 55- to 105-year-old vines and was aged for 18 months in small oak. The wine offers majestic blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with kirsch, licorice and subtle Provencal herbs in the background. It is akin to chewing meat in the mouth given its viscosity and thickness. This utterly amazing wine comes close to being over the top, but it pulls back just in time. A massive Chateauneuf du Pape (even for a 2010), it needs 5-6 years of cellaring and should age effortlessly for 25-30 years. Bravo!  

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Pegau 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo

2 Case 6 75cl £2,040
100
Rhone Sabon, Roger 1998 CNDP Le Secret de Sabon

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £250
  • Rating

    100

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    28th Aug 2014

    Source

    214, The Wine Advocate

    A rock-star 1999 that's drinking at point (like most wines in the vintage today), it should continue to evolve nicely going forward. Shockingly good, the 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape le Secret du Sabon tastes like a hypothetical blend of the 2007 and the 2001. Powerful, massive, concentrated and beautifully ripe, it offers notions of kirsch, currants, peppered meats, Asian spice and licorice in its seamless, yet voluptuous and hedonistic personality. It's a crazy good bottle of wine that could be considered over-the-top by some, but who cares when it's this good? If I had bottles, I'd line them up for drinking as you don't want to miss this beauty while it's drinking at point. A brilliantly run estate, Domaine Roger Sabon covers close to 44 acres that are spread throughout the appellation, and the wines have been made by Didier Negron since 2001. This retrospective focused on their top cuvee, the Secret du Sabon, which is a field blend of roughly (the exact blend is a "secret") 90% Grenache with the balance other permitted varieties (from 100-year-old vines), that-s aged all in 600-liter barrels. While the first released vintage was 1998, they also bottled a small amount in 1990, 1995 (the only one I've tasted? superb) and 1996. 

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Sabon, Roger 2007 CNDP Le Secret de Sabon

1 Case 6 150cl £2,800
  • The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Secret du Sabon is jaw-dropping good, and tops out on my scale. Crazily perfumed and complex, with layers of kirsch, crushed flowers, incense, beef blood and garrigue, it hits the palate with massive depth and richness, thrilling purity of fruit and a seamless texture that needs to be tasted to be believed. I'd happily drink bottles today, but given its mid-palate depth and no shortage of tannin that emerges on the finish, it will have no issues evolving through 2027.

    Score: 100 Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

    More closed and restrained than normal is the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Secret des Sabon. The Sabon family has always been "secretive" about the blend used for this cuvee, but they do acknowledge that about 90% Grenache is combined with a field blend from vines over 100 years of age. Yields are microscopic, averaging 8-12 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine is aged one year in used 600-liter demi-muids. In the years it has been made (the first commercial vintage was 1998, although a small amount was made for the family in 1990, 1995, and 1996), this cuvee often borders on pure perfection (i.e., 1998 and 2001). The 2007 is too backward at this stage to go that far out on a limb, but it possesses a dense plum/purple color to the rim as well as an extraordinary perfume of cedarwood, tobacco leaf, creosote, licorice, black fruits, smoke, and a smell and taste of highly-charred meat with the essence of blood. This extraordinarily full-bodied, but forebodingly backward wine is more inaccessible than the 1998 or 2001 were at a similar stage of development, but it is an enormous, massively-endowed Chateauneuf du Pape that represents the concentrated blood of an old vineyard. The finish is virtually endless, lasting well past a minute. It will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 25-35 years thereafter.

    Score: 97+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (185), October 2009

    Reminiscent of a hypothetical blend, stylistically speaking, of a 1990 and 1998, the opaque plum/purple 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Secret des Sabon is off the charts. There are only 2,000 bottles of this limited cuvee, from a parcel of 100+ year old vines in the famed La Crau sector. Enormously powerful notes of grilled herbs, roasted meats, creme de cassis, blackberries, charcoal, and truffles emerge from this massive, super-concentrated 2007. A tour de force in winemaking, this is old vine intensity at its greatest and purest. Give it 5-6 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following three decades.Proprietor Jean-Jacques Sabon and the other younger family members are taking these wines to even greater quality heights than previously attained. The new vintages possess updated, more polished labels, but more importantly, the wines continue to go from what were very strong efforts in the past, to even deeper concentration, complexity, and depth. All four cuvees are now routinely outstanding, with the top two offerings, the Cuvee Prestige and the limited production Le Secret des Sabon, compelling Chateauneufs. As with many estates, the 2007s exhibit the vintage's succulent, juicy, incredibly pure fruit and tremendous freshness and vivacity, all packed into substantial, full-bodied wines with surprisingly high alcohols given their vibrancy. One might expect such greatness in 2007 in Chateauneuf du Pape, but the Sabons have also hit the heights in the excellent 2006 vintage.

    Score: 96/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (179), October 2008

    Very silky, with a beautiful beam of kirsch running through notesof pepper, incense, black tea and melted licorice. The long, supplefinish has good latent grip, while maintaining its perfumy elegance.Drink now through 2020.

    Score: 93 James Molesworth (Wine Spectator), Wine Spectator, September 2009

    Please note that these tasting notes/scores are not intended to be exhaustive and in some cases they may not be the most recently published figures. However, we always do our best to add latest scores and reviews when these come to our attention. We advise customers who wish to purchase wines based simply on critical reviews to carry out further research into the latest reports.

     

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Usseglio, Pierre 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Mon Aieul

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 12 75cl £1,900
99
Rhone Usseglio, Pierre 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape

1 Case 12 75cl £375
  • OBERT PARKER: 93

    The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition was cropped at 23 hectoliters per hectare (overall it was a small crop in 2010), and is a blend of mostly Grenache and 20% Syrah, with 80% aged in old wood foudres and 20% in small barrels. The alcohol level came in at 15.5%. Classic black raspberry, black cherry, garrigue, and lavender notes hit the palate with considerable authority. The Syrah component provides a slightly deeper purple hue to the color than is apparent in some other vintages. The extra level of concentration due to the tiny yields has resulted in a full-bodied, rich wine with super purity. It is already accessible, and should keep for 10-15 years. ||This branch of the Usseglio family left their home in Italy following the Great Depression in 1929 to make a new start producing wine in southern France. This estate has been on “fire” qualitatively since 1998. The cellars of brothers Jean-Pierre and Thierry Usseglio, who own approximately 60 acres of vines, are located adjacent to the ruins of a pope’s palace on the northeastern side of the village. In top vintages, such as 2010, 2009 and 2007, three Chateauneuf du Pape cuvees are produced. These include a traditional cuvee, the old vine, tank- and foudre-aged Mon Aieul and the more modern-styled Reserve des Deux Freres. Lirac is on the acquisition list of many Chateauneuf du Pape proprietors for a number of reasons: (1) they live close by; (2)the terroir is not dissimilar from that of Chateauneuf du Pape; and (3) the land is relatively cheap. The 2010 Chateauneuf du Papes are superb. Wine Advocate.October, 2012

Tasting Notes
93
Rhone Beaucastel 1989 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin

1 Bottle 75cl £650
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2015

    Source

    217, The Wine Advocate

    The first vintage for this cuvee, the still inky colored 1989 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage À Jacques Perrin is deeper, richer and more powerful than the 1990, yet slightly less evolved and exuberant. From a scorching hot and dry year, this incredible cuvee is massive on all counts, with classic dark fruits, roasted herbs, charred meats, melted licorice and truffle aromas and flavors, full-bodied richness, a dense, layered, multidimensional texture and a blockbuster finish that just wouldn’t quit. Like the 1990, there’s certainly some evolution here, and it’s a gorgeous drink today, but it should easily continue to evolve through 2030+.

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Beaucastel 2001 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £300£275
  • I found this bottle of 2001 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage À Jacques Perrin to be slightly behind a recent bottle from my cellar. Nevertheless, it was perfumed and surprisingly open, with gorgeous cedar, charcuterie, truffle, blackberry and currant-like fruit all soaring from the glass. Full-bodied, seamless and supple, with its tannin, fruit and acidity perfectly balanced, it’s just now on the cusp of moving from its adolescent stage into the early stages of maturity. Give bottles another 3-5 years and enjoy over the following couple of decades. The blend here is the classic, foudre-aged mix of 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 10% Counoise, and 10% Syrah.

    Coming mostly from a plot of old vines located behind the estate, the Perrin Family’s Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin was first created in 1989 and is a tribute to the late Jacques Perrin, who passed away in 1978. Aged all in foudre and normally a blend of 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 10% Counoise and the rest Syrah, it’s only produced in top vintages and there’s normally a scant 400-500 cases to go around. It’s an incredible, yet atypical Châteauneuf du Pape due to its high Mourvèdre content. While most vintages require upwards of a decade of cellaring, the more forward, sexy vintages can certainly be enjoyable in their youth as well.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Beaucastel 2004 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin

[individual owc]

6 Bottle 75cl £175
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2034

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2015

    Source

    217, The Wine Advocate

    The 2004 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage À Jacques Perrin continues to show well, and was even more open from this bottle than from one earlier this year. While still youthful, it has beautiful complexity and depth on the palate, and certainly offers plenty of pleasure. Dark fruits, spice, cured meats, truffle and licorice all flow nicely to a full-bodied, concentrated, lively feel on the palate. It has bright acidity and fine tannin, and while it will never have the sheer decadence of a bigger year, it shines for its complexity, elegance and length.

Tasting Notes
95
Rhone Beaucastel 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc - 6x75

1 Case 6 75cl £590
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2037

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    14th Sep 2015

    Source

    Special Report (Sep 2015), The Wine Advocate

    Revealing a touch of darker gold in its color, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is another blockbuster that continues to shine every time I've opened a bottle. Ripe, decadent and supple, it has boatloads of honeycomb, caramelized citrus, brioche and ripe tropical fruits to go with a gorgeously textured feel on the palate. I suspect it's best consumed over the coming year or two or cellared for 5-6 years.

Tasting Notes
95
Rhone Beaucastel 2009 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin

1 Case 3 75cl £675
  • (70% mourvedre and 10% each of grenache, counoise and syrah, all raised in foudre): Glass-staining purple. Hypnotic bouquet of black and blue fruits, potpourri and exotic spices. Broad, sappy and strikingly pure, with intense blackberry and boysenberry flavors that reach ever corner of the palate. Rich but lithe wine with a seamless texture and superb finishing clarity. This wine's marriage of power and vivacity is something else.

    -- Josh Raynolds 96 Josh Raynolds
     

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Beaucastel 2012 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin

2 Bottle 150cl £420
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2022 - 2042

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2014

    Source

    215, The Wine Advocate

    The wine of the vintage is the Perrin’s 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin, and it will most likely merit a perfect rating in another couple of years. Full-bodied, massive and layered on the palate, with awesome purity and freshness, it delivers incredible aromatics of beef blood, truffle, graphite, iron and black and blue fruits. Given all of the fruit and texture, you almost have to hunt for the structure here, but trust me, it’s there. The tasting at Beaucastel took place a 9 a.m., and even then, this is one wine I found impossible to spit. It’s a tour de force that will have 3-4 decades of life.

Tasting Notes
99
Rhone Beaucastel 2013 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin

3 Case 3 75cl £460
  • Rating

    96+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2025 - 2055

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    30th Oct 2015

    Source

    221, The Wine Advocate

    The 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin is a beast of a wine that’s shed most of the baby fat it showed from barrel. A normal blend of 60% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, and the rest Syrah and Counoise, this tiny production release has incredible minerality to go with searing black and blue fruits, forest floor, smoked earth and leather. Full-bodied, inky, concentrated and backwards with a serious kick of tannin, it will need a decade of cellaring to be approachable. I suspect it will have 2-3 decades of longevity.

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Beaucastel 2015 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin

1 Bottle 300cl £800
  • A classic blend of mostly Mourvèdre, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin is a blockbuster that’s certainly the wine of the vintage. Possessing an inky purple color to go with an incredible bouquet of blueberries, garrigue, olive tapenade, beef blood and pepper. Rich, full-bodied, powerful and layered, with sweet, ripe tannin, it's a more approachable example of this cuvée that past vintage, yet will keep for 3 decades or more.

    Score: 99 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, October 2017

    A well-endowed wine, dripping with cassis, plum sauce and raspberry puree flavors supported by notes of warmed apple wood, black tea and melted licorice. Dense yet remarkably polished, and almost supple in feel, with a bolt of warm earth scoring the very end of the finish. Best from 2025 through 2050. 170 cases made.

    Score: 98 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Advance, June 2018

    Inky ruby. Potent blackberry, cassis, potpourri and garrigue aromas expand with air, picking up Indian spice and mineral nuances and a hint of smokiness. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering wonderfully concentrated yet lively dark fruit liqueur, spicecake and floral pastille flavors and a touch of candied licorice. Deftly blends richness and vivacity and finishes spicy, focused and extremely long; pliant tannins add shape and closing grip.

    Score: 95/97 Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, March 2017

Tasting Notes
99
Rhone Bonneau Henri 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape

[repack]

1 Case 6 75cl £840
Rhone Bonneau Henri 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Marie Beurrier

1 Case 12 75cl £1,350
  • Rating (90 - 92)+

    Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date 30th Oct 2015

    Source 221, The Wine Advocate

    About as sexy as they come, the 2011 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Marie Beurrier is just about overflowing with notions of kirsch, bouquet garni, Provençal garrigue and bloody meat. Medium to full-bodied, sexy, nicely concentrated and already hard to resist, it will probably see the inside of a bottle in the not too distant future. Henri commented that he wished he'd scheduled the 2011 to be bottled before the 2010, which is lined up for bottling as soon as possible.

Tasting Notes
92
Rhone Brunel, Andre 1990 CNDP Les Cailloux Cuvee Centenaire

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £360
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2020

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 2003

    Source

    E2003, The Wine Advocate

    One of the greatest vintages for Andre Brunel, aside from his extraordinary succession of vintages from 1998-2001 is 1990. The perfect Cuvee Centenaire is still dense ruby/purple-colored with a sumptuous nose of white flowers, raspberry and cherry liqueur, smoke, and mineral scents. The gorgeous aromatics are followed by an unctuously-textured, pure wine that combines the best of Chateauneuf du Pape with the floral, earthy complexity of a great grand cru red Burgundy. This is a riveting tour de force in winemaking. Don’t miss it. Anticipated maturity: now-2020. From this impeccably run estate, Andre Brunel produces 7,000 cases of a traditionally made regular Chateauneuf du Pape, and, when possible, about 500 cases of Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire. The Cuvee Centenaire emerges from 114-year old Grenache vines (about 80-85% of the blend), which is combined with younger-vine Syrah and Mourvedre. Approximately half of the blend spends time in new oak casks, and half in neutral foudres or vats. Brunel, who is one of the most articulate spokespersons of Chateauneuf du Pape, continues to fine tune his winemaking, always trying to enhance the fruit and texture. That has been apparent over recent vintages, although some of the old classics are not to be missed.

     

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Rhone Chapoutier 1990 Ermitage Le Pavillon

1 Bottle 75cl £375
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2002 - 2035

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1997

    Source

    Rhone Book, The Wine Advocate

    The 1990 Le Pavilion is as compelling as the 1989. It exhibits slightly less opulence, but more power and weight. Black colored, with an extraordinary perfume of licorice, sweet blackcurrants, smoke, and minerals, it coats the palate with layer upon layer of decadently rich, superconcentrated, nearly viscous Syrah flavors. There is amazing glycerin, a chewy, unctuous texture, and phenomenal length. The tannins, which are considerable when analyzed, are virtually obscured by the massive quantities of fruit. I hope I live to see the day when Chapoutier's 1990 Ermitage Le Pavilion, Chave's 1990 Hermitage, and Jaboulet's 1990 Hermitage La Chapelle are fully mature! What a trio of wines these three producers have produced from this historic appellation! My best guess for the aging potential of the Ermitage Le Pavilion is that it is more forward than both the Chave and Jaboulet Hermitages, but should you have the good fortune to find a bottle or two, do not open it for at least 7-10 years. It should last for 30-40 years.

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Rhone Chapoutier 1996 Ermitage Vin de Paille

1 Case 3 37.5cl £180
  • Rating

    (96 - 99)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    1997 - 2047

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 1999

    Source

    121, The Wine Advocate

    What I found striking about the 1996 Vin de Paille was that the nose was identical to white truffles, something I had had my share of a week earlier when I was in Piedmont.  

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Rhone Chapoutier 2010 Ermitage Vin de Paille

1 Case 3 37.5cl £335
  • Because of a change in French laws, the 2010 Ermitage Vin de Paille will be the last sweet wine made by Chapoutier. Made from 100% Marsanne, this perfect wine exhibits an incredible perfume of truffles, apricot jam and caramelized tangerines. This noble, surgically precise classic can be drunk now or cellared for over 100 years. It is a remarkable wine, and it’s a shame to see this cuvee discontinued. For the technical minded, this wine has 120 grams of residual sugar. 

    In November of this year, Michel Chapoutier finally made the cover of The Wine Spectator. The accompanying article said essentially the same things I had written about over twenty years ago. More importantly, I am thrilled that Chapoutier received this attention because it has long been deserved. History will record that Michel Chapoutier is a revolutionary. He is also a highly emotional man whose infectious love of primitive art, historic books, classical music and, of course, terroir and winemaking are seemingly impossible to harness. Michel Chapoutier was among the first in France to embrace the radical biodynamic agricultural teachings, for which he was initially criticized, but is now praised. He was also the first to print all his labels in Braille, something that cynics considered to be a gimmick, but ask the National Association for the Blind what they think. Coming from a famous family, but moving in a direction unlike any of its previous members, Michel Chapoutier is self-taught. What he has accomplished over the last two decades or more is one of the great wine stories of the modern era. With all his outgoing, boisterous, machine-gun-speed prose that can sometimes sound shockingly cocky, and at other times reminiscent of the famous Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran, there is never a dull moment around Chapoutier., who makes comments such as “Filtering wine is like making love with a condom,” and “Acidifying wine is like putting a suit of armor on the vineyard’s terroir, vintage character and the cepage.” Don’t blame him if his brilliant intellect and shocking vocabulary put his visitors on the defensive. Michel Chapoutier has proven through his genius, the faith of his convictions and backbreaking attention to detail in his vineyards and in the winery that a once moribund negociant (yet with significant vineyard holdings) could become a beacon of inspiration and quality for the entire world. In short, every wine consumer in the world should admire his accomplishments. All of Chapoutier’s lower level 2010 whites and basic reds have long been sold out, so to keep the tasting somewhat limited during my visit, we focused on the more recently released 2010 white and red selections parcellaires and nearly all the 2011s. As for the 2010 selection parcellaire whites, they are spectacular. Le Pavillon, once called Rochefine and owned by Jaboulet-Verchere, consists of 10 acres of pure granite in the famed Les Bessards, which is considered by many to be the single greatest terroir of Hermitage. The Ermitage Le Pavillon, which is meant to age for 50+ years, is Michel Chapoutier’s legacy, and he is confident that history will support his belief in this extraordinary wine. Michel Chapoutier is not alone in believing the 2011s may resemble a more modern day version of 1991. That vintage was largely underrated by just about everybody (except yours truly) because all the accolades and hyperbole were largely bestowed on both 1989 and 1990 (deservedly), but in the Northern Rhone 1991 turned out to be a strikingly superb vintage for Cote Rotie, Hermitage, Cornas and Condrieu. In the Southern Rhone, the vintage was largely a disaster. Following is an overview of what to expect with the inexpensive 2011 whites and reds. Most of these wines do not have the weight, power or tannic structure of the 2010s, but they are by no means diluted or wimpish wines. They tend to be charming, fruit-forward and seductive, and thus may be preferred by consumers looking for immediate gratification. Although the first few wines reviewed are Southern Rhones, they need to be covered because they are in bottle, and I did not review them in issue 203. Along with several other producers, Michel Chapoutier has helped increase the world’s attention to the long-forgotten, microscopic appellation of St.-Peray. Chapoutier produces a bevy of St.-Perays under his own name as well as in partnership with two three-star chefs, Sophie Pic, of the Restaurant Pic in Valence (as well as several culinary branches in Paris and Lausanne, Switzerland), and Yannick Alleno, the brilliant chef at the Hotel Le Meurice’s in Paris. I did not review the two rose offerings from the Southern Rhone in issue 203, but both are excellent. Rose drinking season in the Mid-Atlantic and northeast regions is largely shut down until warm weather returns next spring. People in other, warmer climates of our country can still enjoy these wines. The red 2011 selections parcellaires are already fruit-forward and seductive. Readers should love them as they are much more evolved than the more structured, powerful, dense, tannic 2010s.

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Rhone Chapoutier 2010 Ermitage de l'Oree

3 Case 3 150cl £1,050
  • There are 716 cases of the 2010 Ermitage de l’Oree. I have been following this cuvee since its debut vintage and this 100% Marsanne possesses more richness than most Burgundy Montrachets. Although aged in 100% new, 500-liter demi-muids, the wine reveals no evidence of oak. Honeysuckle, caramelized citrus, white peach, quince and white currant characteristics are viscous and full-bodied, yet the wine possesses striking precision and laser-like focus. This monumental effort is the most opulent and richest of all Chapoutier’s dry whites in 2010. 
     

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