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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
White Bordeaux 2014 Yquem

[US Slip labels]

1 Bottle 150cl £400
  • A stunner, sporting tropical mango and papaya notes that glide along beautifully, while heather honey, pineapple chutney and toasted coconut flavors fill in through the finish. Delivers an amazing mouthfeel that is both creamy and intense, with a pretty inner floral brightness that contrasts with the fruit. Best from 2020 through 2045. 6,665 cases made.

    Score: 98 James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017

    The 2014 d'Yquem has a complex bouquet with buttered toast, almond, honey and peach skin aromas. It opens with greater zeal than its peers, there is more immediacy here. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, a finely tuned and satisfying Sauternes with style and grace, evincing great tension and mineral drive towards the finish. Superb. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2020 - 2055

    Score: 97 Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018

    Very subtle Yquem on the nose with dried pineapple, lemons, green apples and hints of botrytis. The palate grabs you by the arms and shows you superb concentration of spices, dried fruit, phenolics and incredible energy. Nothing is like this from Sauternes this vintage! Drink whenever you like. Spellbinding.

    Score: 98 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017

    A crazy combination of botrytis, dried fruits and freshness. It's not the sweetest Yquem but it has an extraordinary depth of fruit and freshness. It goes on for minutes. Spicy and intense. A stunning young wine. A brightness and fabulous depth of fruit.

    Score: 97/98 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2015

    The 2014 d'Yquem is a wine of restraint above all else. Candied lemon, orange peel, apricot jam, graphite and almond are some of the many threads in a rich fabric that envelops all the senses. A wine of contrasts, the 2014 is at times delicate, while in other moments it is more powerful. Although striking, the 2014 falls just short of being profound. In exchange, readers will find an Yquem that will give up its charms on the earlier side.

    Score: 95 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017

    Bright gold with a green note. Intense freshness on the nose. Fabulous nose of richness and freshness. The residual sugar is not high but the balance is great. Lime and pears and great richness and almost like a fruit juice, it's so refreshing yet dense and sweet. 13.35%
    Drink 2020-2050

    Score: 19 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2015

    The greatest sweet wine of Bordeaux and without doubt one of the world's most famous wines. There is no denying outstanding quality is consistently maintained here but pricing in some recent vintages has been too high. The 2013 was not sold en primeur and the 2012 vintage was not produced. This vintage will also not be released en Primeur but held back until 2016.

      Farr Vintners, March 2015

    Floral fragrant the nose is quite light with tangerine freshness the palate richer sweet fruit apricot and candied peel. The honeyed sweetness on the mid palate is balanced by freshness at the back stylish and fragrant this is not a heavyweight but has elegance and charm. 2016-35

    Score: 93/97 Derek Smedley MW, April 2015

    In a very good to excellent year for Sauternes, this was the outstanding wine, as it often is. Picked in four selections between September 5th and October 30th, it had 100% botrytis infection. Exotic, honeyed yet gloriously refreshing, with notes of lemon tart and nutmeg spice, it lingers tantalisingly on the palate.

    Score: 97 Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015

    Score: 97 Decanter Magazine, April 2015

Tasting Notes
98
White Bordeaux 2017 Cos d'Estournel Blanc

1 Case 6 75cl £495
  • A blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, the 2017 Blanc comes sailing out of the glass with bold notes of white peaches, fresh pineapple, lemon tart and lime cordial plus suggestions of honeysuckle, beeswax and musk perfume with a touch of wild sage. Medium-bodied and with a beautiful silky texture, the palate is packed with vibrant stone fruit and tropical fruit flavors, sporting a racy line of freshness, and it finishes long with an invigorating lift. 2020 - 2034

    Score: 94 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

    Cos d'Estournel started making this white wine in 2005 from the Goulée vineyard. The 2017 Blanc is composed of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sémillon. It gives beautiful, expressive grapefruit, ripe peach and passion fruit notes with touches of baker’s yeast, powdered ginger, nutmeg and beeswax. Medium-bodied, vibrant, racy and with great finesse, it has a very long citrus and tropical fruit-laced finish. With plenty of structure and intensity, it should age reasonably well.

    Score: 90/92 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

    This is a very rich white with sliced, dried mango and apple, as well as cooked apples, candle wax and light vanilla. Full-bodied, layered and intense. Big, rich wine, yet remaining fresh and vivid. Needs time to come together. A blend of 80% sauvignon blanc and 20% semillon. but the semillon really marks the wine. Searing acidity, too. Try after 2021.

    Score: 96 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020

    This is going to be a wonderful Cos white with green mangoes, sliced apples and crushed-stone character. Green kiwis, too. Full-bodied and very rich with tension and brightness. Fantastic length. 80% sauvignon blanc and 20% semillon.

    Score: 96/97 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018

Tasting Notes
94
White Bordeaux 2017 Cos d'Estournel Blanc

1 Case 3 150cl £510
  • A blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, the 2017 Blanc comes sailing out of the glass with bold notes of white peaches, fresh pineapple, lemon tart and lime cordial plus suggestions of honeysuckle, beeswax and musk perfume with a touch of wild sage. Medium-bodied and with a beautiful silky texture, the palate is packed with vibrant stone fruit and tropical fruit flavors, sporting a racy line of freshness, and it finishes long with an invigorating lift. 2020 - 2034

    Score: 94 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

    Cos d'Estournel started making this white wine in 2005 from the Goulée vineyard. The 2017 Blanc is composed of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sémillon. It gives beautiful, expressive grapefruit, ripe peach and passion fruit notes with touches of baker’s yeast, powdered ginger, nutmeg and beeswax. Medium-bodied, vibrant, racy and with great finesse, it has a very long citrus and tropical fruit-laced finish. With plenty of structure and intensity, it should age reasonably well.

    Score: 90/92 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

    This is a very rich white with sliced, dried mango and apple, as well as cooked apples, candle wax and light vanilla. Full-bodied, layered and intense. Big, rich wine, yet remaining fresh and vivid. Needs time to come together. A blend of 80% sauvignon blanc and 20% semillon. but the semillon really marks the wine. Searing acidity, too. Try after 2021.

    Score: 96 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020

    This is going to be a wonderful Cos white with green mangoes, sliced apples and crushed-stone character. Green kiwis, too. Full-bodied and very rich with tension and brightness. Fantastic length. 80% sauvignon blanc and 20% semillon.

    Score: 96/97 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Bernstein 2015 Clos de la Roche

1 Bottle 75cl £290
Red Burgundy Bernstein 2016 Charmes Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £275
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2009 Bonnes Mares

1 Case 6 75cl £1,075
  • Tasting note: In contrast to many of the wines in the range that are quite expressive, this is actually quite reticent if not downright mute with very ripe but elusive aromas of mocha, plum and spicy cassis. The extremely rich, powerful and concentrated big-bodied flavors possess a suave mouth feel as the sap almost completely buffers the unusually generous but quite serious and long finish. This is a classic Bonnes Mares in terms of its underlying architecture and should require between 15 and 20 years to be at its best.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2015 Clos de Beze

3 Case 12 75cl £1,925
  • Tasting note: More subtle though still prominent oak can be found on the much more reserved red currant and dark berry-suffused nose that displays an astonishing array of spice, exotic tea and soft earth aromas. There is better energy as well as more evident minerality on the sleek and sophisticated flavors that deliver superb length and depth on the balanced finale. This is a powerful but classy effort that, very much like the Le Corton, is going to need a long stay in a cool cellar to fully resolve the supporting structure.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2016 Volnay Caillerets Cuvee Carnot - Domaine

1 Case 12 75cl £550
  • Tasting note: More discreet wood more easily allows the overtly spicy aromas of poached plum, lavender and tea, The round yet reasonably well-detailed flavors possess a sophisticated mouth feel as well as fine mid-palate density, all wrapped in a youthfully austere, mineral-driven and very firm finish. Unlike the Grèves however, this excellent effort should be reasonably approachable after 5 to 7 years. Burghound 

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2017 Chambertin

1 Case 12 75cl £2,125
  • The 2017 Chambertin Grand Cru comes from a single parcel from the upper slopes (0.30 hectares). It has an outgoing, slightly spicy/Oriental bouquet, with hints of hoisin suffusing the black and red fruit and a discreet tobacco note underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, juicy tannin. This is quite grippy toward the finish, although it needs more brightness and refinement on the finish, which at the moment feels quite solid.

    Score: 90/92 Neal Martin, vinous.com (49), January 2019

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2017 Bonnes Mares

1 Case 12 75cl £2,400
  • The 2017 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru comes from a 0.23-hectare parcel close to the Morey commune. This has a superior bouquet to the Echézeaux, more controlled and detailed, offering lovely floral, violet aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and a fine bead of acidity, and fleshy and generous toward the finish. Good potential here. Drink 2022-2040.

    Score: 91/93 Neal Martin, vinous.com (49), January 2019

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2017 Clos de Beze

1 Case 12 75cl £2,550
  • The 2017 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru has a rich, generous bouquet of copious red cherry and wild strawberry fruit tinged with Earl Grey and tobacco. The palate is well balanced with fine, supple tannin and a keen line of acidity. This is precise, not overly complex, but very well proportioned, building gradually toward the grippy yet elegant finish. Excellent. Drink 2022-2040.

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

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2018 Beaune 1er Cru Greves Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus

4 Case 6 75cl £395
Red Burgundy Bouzereau 2012 Corton Clos des Fietres

2 Case 6 75cl £275
Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2011 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes

1 Case 12 75cl £1,050
  • Domaine Château de la Tour
    2011
    Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
    Drink: 2023+
    Issue: 53
    Note: from vines that were planted in 1910
    Producer note: François Labet told me that 2012 was a "challenging vintage in the Côte de Nuits for a wide variety of reasons up until the 10th of August, but it was even more challenging in the Côte de Beaune. Once we arrived at the 10th of August though it was generally remarkable how quickly the vines recovered and got the fruit ripening process back on track. Before that though the flowering was quite troubled and resulted in a lot of shatter and shot berries. While there was some disease pressure, most notably from mildew, we were able to limit the damage by treating when and how it was necessary. We began picking on the 23rd of September and brought in very clean and phenolically mature fruit and I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality as I never expected it to be as good as it was. As to the wines, they are rich, powerful and very generous yet well-balanced wines that will have that rare ability to give pleasure young but because of the concentration, age for years too. I think that they will surprise a lot of people by how well they age." It seems that Labet rarely misses anymore and 2012 is no exception. The 2011s, revisited below, were bottled in July 2013. See also the Progress Report herein regarding an extensive Château de la Tour vertical. (Wine Warehouse, www.winewarehouse.com, Los Angeles, CA and Verity Wines, www.veritywines.com, NY/NJ; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK).
    Tasting note: Deep ruby. An intensely floral nose is composed of cool but ripe red pinot, dark currant and plenty of pungent earth scents. There is more size, weight, power and concentration to the imposingly constructed flavors that are both supported and shaped by the tightly wound and extremely firm tannins, all wrapped in a mouth coating and hugely persistent finish. This displays terrific potential but it is a robust wine to buy only if you have the wherewithal and patience to wait.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2016 Clos Vouget Cuvee Classique

1 Case 6 75cl £625
  • Château de La Tour
    2016
    Clos de Vougeot
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 91-94
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2018
    Drink: 2028+
    Issue: 69
    Note: from yields of 20 hl/ha in 2016
    Producer note: François Labet told me that 2016 was a "difficult but nonetheless excellent vintage that produced results no one expected. The frost was a sort of severe crop thinning and made for naturally very concentrated wines. We didn't really have too much trouble with the mildew though it certainly kept us busy fighting it off. I chose to overlap the treatments whenever I could so even with the rain the foliage was never left completely unprotected. I began the harvest on the 22nd of September with our vines in Beaune (sold under the Labet label for which the reviews will appear in Issues 70 and 71) and then attacked them in Clos de Vougeot. Thankfully the fruit was both ripe and essentially spotless even though yields were down fully 50%. I used 100% whole clusters for the vinification with no added sulfur until the malos finished. As to the wines, they are rich, seductive and full-bodied and in particular I really like the intrinsic balance. They should age well yet drinking them on the younger side would not be out of the question." Labet has once again done excellent work with his 2016s and while they don't quite match the quality of the 2015s, it's actually quite close. The 2015s, revisited below, were bottled in June 2017. (Terlato Wines, IL, USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK).
    Tasting note: A ripe and very fresh nose offers up notes of maraschino cherry, plum, raspberry, spice and distinct floral wisps. There is excellent concentration to the succulent but quite powerful big-bodied flavors that possess a sleek mouthfeel thanks to the relatively refined tannins shaping the youthfully austere finish that flashes fine depth on the highly persistent finish. I like the balance and this should age effortlessly.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2016 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes

3 Case 6 75cl £925
  • Château de La Tour
    2016
    Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 92-95
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2018
    Drink: 2031+
    Issue: 69
    Note: from vines that were planted in 1910
    Producer note: François Labet told me that 2016 was a "difficult but nonetheless excellent vintage that produced results no one expected. The frost was a sort of severe crop thinning and made for naturally very concentrated wines. We didn't really have too much trouble with the mildew though it certainly kept us busy fighting it off. I chose to overlap the treatments whenever I could so even with the rain the foliage was never left completely unprotected. I began the harvest on the 22nd of September with our vines in Beaune (sold under the Labet label for which the reviews will appear in Issues 70 and 71) and then attacked them in Clos de Vougeot. Thankfully the fruit was both ripe and essentially spotless even though yields were down fully 50%. I used 100% whole clusters for the vinification with no added sulfur until the malos finished. As to the wines, they are rich, seductive and full-bodied and in particular I really like the intrinsic balance. They should age well yet drinking them on the younger side would not be out of the question." Labet has once again done excellent work with his 2016s and while they don't quite match the quality of the 2015s, it's actually quite close. The 2015s, revisited below, were bottled in June 2017. (Terlato Wines, IL, USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK).
    Tasting note: Here too there is a pretty maraschino cherry note sitting atop the slightly riper array of super-fresh plum, black cherry, cassis and violet-scented aromas. The naturally sweet and beautifully concentrated broad-shouldered flavors brim with sappy dry extract before culminating in an overtly powerful and driving finish where the intensity really builds from the mid-palate on to the explosive backend. The old vines are very much apparent and this should also age effortlessly for years.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2016 Clos Vougeot Hommage a Jean Morin

1 Case 6 75cl £3,300
  • Château de La Tour
    2016
    Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes Homage à Jean Morin
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 93-95
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2018
    Drink: 2033+
    Issue: 69
    Note: made from the first bunch on each fruiting cane; 900 bottles produced
    Producer note: François Labet told me that 2016 was a "difficult but nonetheless excellent vintage that produced results no one expected. The frost was a sort of severe crop thinning and made for naturally very concentrated wines. We didn't really have too much trouble with the mildew though it certainly kept us busy fighting it off. I chose to overlap the treatments whenever I could so even with the rain the foliage was never left completely unprotected. I began the harvest on the 22nd of September with our vines in Beaune (sold under the Labet label for which the reviews will appear in Issues 70 and 71) and then attacked them in Clos de Vougeot. Thankfully the fruit was both ripe and essentially spotless even though yields were down fully 50%. I used 100% whole clusters for the vinification with no added sulfur until the malos finished. As to the wines, they are rich, seductive and full-bodied and in particular I really like the intrinsic balance. They should age well yet drinking them on the younger side would not be out of the question." Labet has once again done excellent work with his 2016s and while they don't quite match the quality of the 2015s, it's actually quite close. The 2015s, revisited below, were bottled in June 2017. (Terlato Wines, IL, USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK).
    Tasting note: Hints of wood and menthol can be found on the even riper nose that is composed by notes of extract of black cherry, dark raspberry, anise, rose petal and a whiff of earth. Once again there is superb mid-palate density to the opulent yet exceptionally serious and imposingly-scaled flavors that are shaped by a firm core of robust tannins on the hugely long yet impeccably well-balanced finish. Unlike the prior two cuvées that could perhaps be enjoyed in their youth, this is expressly built-to-age and is going to need plenty of it. Impressive.
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2017 Clos Vougeot Hommage a Jean Morin

1 Bottle 150cl £925
  • Tasting note: Very generous wood stops just short of being dominant on the red pinot fruit, mocha, forest floor and newly turned earth. There is outstanding concentration to the big-bodied and overtly powerful flavors that brim with dry extract that serves to buffer the very firm but not really robust or especially austere finale. This is certainly a big wine but I don't find the separation that I normally find between this and the old vines cuvée though it may separate more clearly in time.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2017 Clos Vougeot Cuvee Classique

1 Case 6 75cl £695
Red Burgundy Chateau de la Tour 2017 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes

1 Case 6 75cl £895
  • Domaine Château de La Tour
    2017
    Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2020
    Drink: 2032+
    Issue: 77
    Note: from vines that were planted in 1910
    Producer note: François Labet told me that 2018 had "a very large fruit set so even with our high percentage of old vines, it was critical to control yields because if you didn't, even with the very hot temperatures it was difficult to obtain sufficient phenolic maturity. I began picking my chardonnay on the 4th of September and picked both my Côte de Beaune pinot [sold under the Labet label for which the reviews will appear in Issues 78 and 79]. We chose to begin picking the Clos on the 7th of September and picked slowly as the conditions were warm but largely ideal. The fruit was very clean with yields that varied between 35 and 38 hl/ha. The potential alcohols were actually pretty reasonable considering the heat as nothing came in over 14% and most were right at 13.5%. We used 100% whole clusters for the vinifications and the fermentations gave us no particular concerns. The style of the 2018s isn't classic but given how much they have freshened over the course of the élevage, they may well surprise people as to how they evolve over the longer term." The 2017s, revisited below, were bottled in June 2019. (Terlato Wines, IL, USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK; Watson's Wines, 852.2606.8828, www.watsonswine.com, Hong Kong).
    Tasting note: Similar wood treatment with a touch of menthol is present on the red berry aromas. There is better mid-palate density to the broad-shouldered and powerful flavors that possess excellent depth and persistence on the balanced and youthfully austere finish where a hint of wood resurfaces. There is much better than average concentration in the context of what is typical for the 2017 vintage though note well that this is presently very backward.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Chevillon, Robert 2002 Nuits 1er Cru Chaignots

4 Bottle 75cl £95
  • Tasting note: Here there is a completely different expression as the earth, leather and iron quality plus floral notes dominate the expressive red fruit nose and rich, superbly intense flavors that both coat and stain the palate with buckets of sappy extract. To be sure, this is no model of finesse though it is by no means rustic either but the complexity, quality of material and harmony combine to create a wine of lovely potential.
     

Tasting Notes
89
Red Burgundy Coquard Loison Fleurot 2015 Clos Vougeot

2 Case 6 75cl £820
Red Burgundy D'Angerville 2017 Volnay 1er Cru Fremiet

1 Case 6 75cl £370
  • Domaine Marquis d'Angerville
    2017
    Volnay "Frémiets"
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 91-93
    Tasted: Apr 10, 2019
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 74
    Note: from a 1.57 ha parcel
    Producer note: Guillaume d'Angerville described 2017 as a "vintage where we again narrowly avoided a potentially disastrous brush with frost. The growing season began exceptionally early and when temperatures began to fall in the last week of April, everyone had the bad memories of 2016 in their heads. Thankfully we managed to mostly avoid any real damage and the rest of the season was really pretty tranquil. We chose to begin picking on the 4th of September and the fruit really couldn't have been much cleaner. There was a bit of sorting for a few under ripe berries but otherwise, the sorting crew had an easy time of it. As to the wines, I would describe them as a harmonious blend of finesse and energy with excellent terroir transparency. There is an attractive fluidity about them that I very much like and adding to their appeal is a lovely freshness that makes them almost irresistible. As is often the case, I was particularly taken with the quality I found here and I would agree with M. d'Angerville that there is a highly appealing blend of refinement and purity to his 2017s. Note that the 2016 Clos des Ducs revisited below was bottled in April, 2018. (John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Charles Taylor Wines, www.charlestaylorwines.com and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, all UK; Altaya Wines, www.altayawines.com, Hong Kong).
    Tasting note: A slightly more deeply pitched nose displays an evident spiciness to the plum, dark raspberry and violet-scented aromas. The highly energetic and intense medium weight flavors offer even more minerality on the well-detailed flavors that possess more depth and a bit more length as well on the firmer finish. This is very Frémiets in character and a wine that should amply reward extended keeping.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy D'Angerville 2017 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Angles

1 Case 6 75cl £375
  • Domaine Marquis d'Angerville
    2017
    Volnay "Clos des Angles"
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 90-92
    Tasted: Apr 10, 2019
    Drink: 2027+
    Issue: 74
    Note: from a 1.05 holding located in the Pointes des Angles
    Producer note: Guillaume d'Angerville described 2017 as a "vintage where we again narrowly avoided a potentially disastrous brush with frost. The growing season began exceptionally early and when temperatures began to fall in the last week of April, everyone had the bad memories of 2016 in their heads. Thankfully we managed to mostly avoid any real damage and the rest of the season was really pretty tranquil. We chose to begin picking on the 4th of September and the fruit really couldn't have been much cleaner. There was a bit of sorting for a few under ripe berries but otherwise, the sorting crew had an easy time of it. As to the wines, I would describe them as a harmonious blend of finesse and energy with excellent terroir transparency. There is an attractive fluidity about them that I very much like and adding to their appeal is a lovely freshness that makes them almost irresistible. As is often the case, I was particularly taken with the quality I found here and I would agree with M. d'Angerville that there is a highly appealing blend of refinement and purity to his 2017s. Note that the 2016 Clos des Ducs revisited below was bottled in April, 2018. (John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Charles Taylor Wines, www.charlestaylorwines.com and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, all UK; Altaya Wines, www.altayawines.com, Hong Kong).
    Tasting note: There is a touch of herbal tea character to the spice and ultra-fresh red and dark currant scents that include a pretty floral wisp. The mouth feel of the middle weight flavors is completely different as it can be accurately described as one of lace and grace, all wrapped in a nicely complex and lingering finish that flashes just a bit of youthful austerity.
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy D'Angerville 2017 Volnay 1er Cru Champans

1 Case 6 75cl £420
  • Domaine Marquis d'Angerville
    2017
    Volnay "Champans"
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 91-94
    Tasted: Apr 10, 2019
    Drink: 2029+
    Issue: 74
    Sweet spot
    Note: from a huge 3.98 ha parcel
    Producer note: Guillaume d'Angerville described 2017 as a "vintage where we again narrowly avoided a potentially disastrous brush with frost. The growing season began exceptionally early and when temperatures began to fall in the last week of April, everyone had the bad memories of 2016 in their heads. Thankfully we managed to mostly avoid any real damage and the rest of the season was really pretty tranquil. We chose to begin picking on the 4th of September and the fruit really couldn't have been much cleaner. There was a bit of sorting for a few under ripe berries but otherwise, the sorting crew had an easy time of it. As to the wines, I would describe them as a harmonious blend of finesse and energy with excellent terroir transparency. There is an attractive fluidity about them that I very much like and adding to their appeal is a lovely freshness that makes them almost irresistible. As is often the case, I was particularly taken with the quality I found here and I would agree with M. d'Angerville that there is a highly appealing blend of refinement and purity to his 2017s. Note that the 2016 Clos des Ducs revisited below was bottled in April, 2018. (John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Charles Taylor Wines, www.charlestaylorwines.com and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, all UK; Altaya Wines, www.altayawines.com, Hong Kong).
    Tasting note: Once again there is a highly appealing freshness to the essence of red cherry, raspberry and floral elements, the latter of which is reflected by the sleek and relatively refined medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent punch on the beautifully persistent though markedly structured finish. This isn't as refined as the Caillerets but there is slightly better mid-palate density.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy D'Angerville 2017 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs

1 Case 3 150cl £775
  • Domaine Marquis d'Angerville
    2017
    Volnay "Clos des Ducs"
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 92-95
    Tasted: Apr 10, 2019
    Drink: 2032+
    Issue: 74
    Don't miss!
    Note: a monopole that measures 2.15 ha
    Producer note: Guillaume d'Angerville described 2017 as a "vintage where we again narrowly avoided a potentially disastrous brush with frost. The growing season began exceptionally early and when temperatures began to fall in the last week of April, everyone had the bad memories of 2016 in their heads. Thankfully we managed to mostly avoid any real damage and the rest of the season was really pretty tranquil. We chose to begin picking on the 4th of September and the fruit really couldn't have been much cleaner. There was a bit of sorting for a few under ripe berries but otherwise, the sorting crew had an easy time of it. As to the wines, I would describe them as a harmonious blend of finesse and energy with excellent terroir transparency. There is an attractive fluidity about them that I very much like and adding to their appeal is a lovely freshness that makes them almost irresistible. As is often the case, I was particularly taken with the quality I found here and I would agree with M. d'Angerville that there is a highly appealing blend of refinement and purity to his 2017s. Note that the 2016 Clos des Ducs revisited below was bottled in April, 2018. (John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Charles Taylor Wines, www.charlestaylorwines.com and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, all UK; Altaya Wines, www.altayawines.com, Hong Kong).
    Tasting note: There is an overt spiciness to the even more restrained nose that blends notes of red cherry, plum, violet, lavender and a whiff of warm earth. The sleek, intense and chiseled middle weight flavors flash ample minerality before terminating in a youthfully austere and wonderfully persistent finish that, like the Caillerets, is impeccably well-balanced. This tautly muscular effort is also youthfully austere and very much built-to-age. In a word, lovely.
     

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Red Burgundy de Montille 2011 Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens

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1 Case 3 150cl £295
  • Tasting note: This is also quite restrained with ultra-pure aromas of wet stone, floral hints, sandalwood and very fresh red berry fruit scents. There is a focused power to the robust yet refined medium-bodied flavors that possess plenty of supporting sap that helps to buffer the otherwise firm and well-integrated tannic spine on the explosively long, balanced and moderately austere finish. This beauty will also require ample patience.

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Red Burgundy de Montille 2014 Vosne 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts

1 Case 6 75cl £1,100
  • Tasting note: A discreet application of oak sets off the openly floral and spicy red currant, plum, sandalwood and Asian tea scents. There is impressive mid-palate density to the muscular and notably powerful medium weight plus flavors that seem to be constructed on a firm base of minerality, all wrapped in strikingly persistent finish that is austere but well-balanced thanks to the abundant level of sappy dry extract. Like the Clos du Roi, this is explicitly built-to-age and don't waste your precious bottles by drinking them too young.
     

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Red Burgundy de Vogue 2016 Bonnes Mares

1 Case 3 75cl £1,200
  • Tasting note: Deep ruby. Once again there is an exuberant freshness to the nose of plum, violet, peony, spice and earth aromas where a top note of kirsch is present. There is outstanding density and power to the big-bodied and overtly muscular flavors that deliver fine complexity on the caressing, sappy and harmonious finish. This too is lovely and should drink well a bit earlier than it normally does if that's your preference.
     

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Red Burgundy de Vogue 2017 Bonnes Mares

2 Case 3 75cl £900
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
    2017
    Bonnes Mares
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93

    Tasting note: A very ripe yet agreeably fresh nose reflects notes of blue berry, plum liqueur and violet that are cut with spice, menthol and earth hints. The exceptionally rich and impressively full-bodied flavors evidence a taut muscularity, all wrapped in an overtly powerful and lingering finish that is naturally sweet. As one would reasonably expect this is quite firm; indeed it's borderline rustic.
     

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Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2012 Nuits 1er Cru Proces

2 Case 6 75cl £290
  • Rating

    (90 - 92)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2013

    Source

    210, The Wine Advocate

    The 2012 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Proces has a wonderful, energetic yet sophisticated bouquet with vibrant red and black fruit married harmoniously with the oak. The palate is very smooth on the entry with supple, lithe tannins that caress the mouth. The acidity is well-judged with tart, dark cherry fruit interlaced with hints of soy, while the finish is focused and long. This Nuits Saint Georges has great potential.   

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92
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2015 Nuits 1er Cru Proces

3 Case 6 75cl £245
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2017 Gevrey 1er Cru Clos Prieur

2 Case 6 75cl £450
  • Cask sample. Scented again like so many of these Drouhin 2017s, scented with dark-red fruit and a stemmy freshness. Peppery, firm, spicy and generous even in its elegant framework. Long and satisfying and fresh. 
    17+/20 Julia Harding jancisrobinson.com (Nov-2018)

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Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2017 Griotte-Chambertin

2 Case 6 75cl £1,750
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2017 Clos de Beze

1 Case 6 75cl £1,790
  • Maison Joseph Drouhin
    2017
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 91-94
    Tasted: Apr 10, 2019
    Drink: 2025+
    Issue: 74
    Note: 40% whole clusters
    Producer note: As is usually the case, I met with Véronique Drouhin who noted that the 2017 growing season "was much less eventful than its 2016 counterpart though this is not to say that we didn't have some drama, mostly from a late April frost scare. And instead of the heavy mildew pressure we endured last year, we did have a significant attack of bud eating caterpillars that cost us some yield. While it's hard to estimate with precision, it was probably around 10% of the potential crop. [Known in Burgundy as mange bourgeons or literally, bud eaters.] Otherwise the season was clement and calm and the healthy yields were able to ripen without difficulty. Despite this the véraison was extended and this made harvesting tricky as each parcel had to be picked precisely when it was perfectly ripe. Thankfully the weather conditions in early September were ideal and just as importantly they held all the way to the end of what was an extended harvest for us. The fruit was super-clean and notably ripe with better volumes in red than white. We used a bit more whole clusters than usual because as I noted the fruit was clean and ripe with good phenolic maturities. One aspect of the 2017s that is worthy of note is how much they changed before and after the malos and I thought that they really improved. Moreover, the malos did not unduly degrade the acidities so there is good freshness and energy to the wines. For us at Drouhin, 2017 produced classically styled reds that are good to very good but I would describe the whites as genuinely great." I agree with Drouhin in terms of her description of the 2017s and overall I found the quality here to be impressive and particularly so among the big houses. (Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, NY, USA; Pol Roger Ltd., www.polroger.co.uk, UK).
    Tasting note: While not quite as aromatically complex as the GE, it's close as this also features a panoply of spice elements along with exceptionally fresh and dense red currant, violet and plum aromas. Interestingly the mouth feel of the middle weight flavors is super-fine, indeed almost lilting and delicate, with a relatively pliant if sneaky long finish. This is lovely if a bit atypical.
     

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