Côte de Beaune

As was mentioned in the main introduction, Nicolas Rossignol, whose vines extend over most of the main red appellations of the Côte de Beaune, told us the effect of the frost damage to his vines was worse than any of the three years of hail in 2013, 2013 and 2014. Just after the harvest he told us that he was discussing his yield in one parcel Bourgogne Rouge with a fellow vigneron, and said he was turning in around 40 - at which the other interrupted and said that sounded OK, thinking he meant 40 hectolitres per hectare - before he finished the sentence saying not hectolitres but kilos per hectare. There's not much of these wines, but they are very good. The wines of de Courcel, made, like those of Domaine Confuron-Cotetedot, by Yves Confuron, are utterly outstanding this year - another vintage where the very late-picking for which Yves is known seems to have paid dividends.


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Domaine Joël Rémy

A family domaine that extends back five generations to 1853, but which Joël has modernised considerably over the past twenty years, installing new fermentation and ageing equipment. Over the years his vinifications have changed, and the wines have a lot more immediacy and precision. The quality of fruit is not in doubt, as lovers of his Bourgogne Rouge from year to year will attest, and a lot of work in the vineyard contributes to this, including leaf-thinning towards the end of the growing season. In the winery he has installed a vibrating sorting table, and the only filtering is by a lens filter at very low pressure to avoid de-naturing the wines. All offer quite striking value. 2016 marks the first year that Joel is joined by both his children in the business with Maxime and Manon now joining their father full-time - and full of energy. Following Joel's recent successes, there is a renewed air of excitement and ambition here.
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2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Pinot Noir Domaine Joël Rémy

2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Pinot Noir Domaine Joël Rémy

75cl bottles, case of 12

Just bottled - Whiff of smoke and wood on the nose, then a burst of bright acidity before the dark, ripe, rich blackberry fruit emerges. Some blueberry grip and restraint. Precise, great acidity. All Just bottled - Whiff of smoke and wood on the nose, then a burst of bright acidity before the dark, ripe, rich blackberry fruit emerges. Some blueberry grip and restraint. Precise, great acidity. All in barrel this year and has lost no freshness at all. (Normally half the juice's elevage is done in Inox). Fresh, jolly and well balanced. Another very food Bourgogne Rouge from the Remy family. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHOREY LES BEAUNE Les Beaumonts Domaine Joël Rémy

2016 CHOREY LES BEAUNE Les Beaumonts Domaine Joël Rémy

75cl bottles, case of 12

Lovely, sexy dark fruit. Perky - pinging zip. Morello cherry - but energetic - and nice weight. Some dark glossy berries. Concentrated. Quite polished, but not too ripe. Nice, a tension here a Lovely, sexy dark fruit. Perky - pinging zip. Morello cherry - but energetic - and nice weight. Some dark glossy berries. Concentrated. Quite polished, but not too ripe. Nice, a tension here a tautness. 23 September was an early harvest here - explains the zing somewhat - and was certainly a great decision. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE Lavières Domaine Joël Rémy

2016 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE Lavières Domaine Joël Rémy

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is fine toned. More red berries, with a sherberty fizz, followed by darker fruit. Really jolly with a lot of pep and energy. More elegant than the Chorey, really fun to drink. Balanced. This is fine toned. More red berries, with a sherberty fizz, followed by darker fruit. Really jolly with a lot of pep and energy. More elegant than the Chorey, really fun to drink. Balanced. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 BEAUNE 1er Cru Les Avaux Domaine Joël Rémy

2016 BEAUNE 1er Cru Les Avaux Domaine Joël Rémy

75cl bottles, case of 12

This has a great polish to the fruit. Very fine, but not inconsiderable grip growing here. Lovely mineral firmness and balance. A commanding force drives this broad weight through. Nice acidity, This has a great polish to the fruit. Very fine, but not inconsiderable grip growing here. Lovely mineral firmness and balance. A commanding force drives this broad weight through. Nice acidity, quite dense fruit and a dark glossy touch of chocolate... bitter orange almost. Very good.

(Unable to make Cent Vignes this year - only 800 metres away, but hit too hard by the frost. 35 HL/HA.)
L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 ALOXE CORTON Les Combes Domaine Joël Rémy

2016 ALOXE CORTON Les Combes Domaine Joël Rémy

75cl bottles, case of 12

Feels quite serious, great grip. Good firmness to the fruit - yet still retains that acidity. Dark and slightly sinewy, with some darkness. Weighty fruit. Concentrated and dense. Really quite Feels quite serious, great grip. Good firmness to the fruit - yet still retains that acidity. Dark and slightly sinewy, with some darkness. Weighty fruit. Concentrated and dense. Really quite impressive!

('Terre Blanches' soil is deep and rich, with lots of clay.)
L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 POMMARD Vignots Domaine Joël Rémy

2016 POMMARD Vignots Domaine Joël Rémy

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is finer, more 'edged' than the Aloxe Corton. Very tightly furled for now. Puckering acidity and tannins. In a good way. Dense, ripe, powerful fruit. This vineyard is situated at the top of the This is finer, more 'edged' than the Aloxe Corton. Very tightly furled for now. Puckering acidity and tannins. In a good way. Dense, ripe, powerful fruit. This vineyard is situated at the top of the hill and shaded by the trees there, from the sun and the frost. Good stuff. Deep red fruits. Delicious. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Hubert Lamy

Olivier Lamy, has built on the foundations his father Hubert prepared with twenty years and more of work in the vineyards. Today the Domaine has 18.5 hectares of vines - 80% are Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. The vines are in several appellations - Saint-Aubin, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay. The Saint Aubins remain some of the bargains of Côte d'Or, and challenge the supposed superiority of the grander villages on a regular basis, both in terms of young and mature wines. His wine-making style and preference is to emphasise the fresh and the mineral side of his wines, and in 2016, there is again no new wood in the cellar, and that is with the wines in 600 litre demi-muids rather that the classic Burgundy (225 litre) fût. Certainly Oliver's whites do have an arrow-like purity and intensity, and seem to age completely straight and true. The whites have all the freshness that you'd expect here. The reds are worth more than a casual mention too. Olivier has been getting some consultation help from Sylvain Pataille, and the wines have energy and bounce along with the supple tannins and ripeness.
2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Rouge Goujonne Domaine Hubert Lamy

2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Rouge Goujonne Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 12

Nice feel. Tastes quite ripe reds fruit, but well checked, good grip too - and just enough darkness and seriousness underlying, but essentially this is ample and fleshy yet firmish. Remarkably good Nice feel. Tastes quite ripe reds fruit, but well checked, good grip too - and just enough darkness and seriousness underlying, but essentially this is ample and fleshy yet firmish. Remarkably good considering the very recent racking and sulphuring. L&S (Nov 2017)

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2016 SANTENAY Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Gravières Domaine Hubert Lamy

2016 SANTENAY Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Gravières Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is more sophisticated in terms of drive and shape in the mouth than the St Aubin red. With darker edges, blacker fruits and more power. This is impressively muscular and firm, but good. I like This is more sophisticated in terms of drive and shape in the mouth than the St Aubin red. With darker edges, blacker fruits and more power. This is impressively muscular and firm, but good. I like it and look forward to its evolution. L&S (Nov 2017)

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Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Laurent manages to pack in a lot alongside his running of the vineyards. He has a sophisticated microlight which he flies to all corners of France, he keeps and hunts hawks, and conducts the Chassagne brass band, as well as being a father of three, one of whom (elder son Adrien) worked at L&S at the end of 2015. Laurent's wines have long been L&S favourites for value in both red and white, and as William Kelley has noted this year, writing about Laurent's top red, the Pommard Rugiens, in Decanter, this 'an address that deserves to be better-known'.
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2016 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Laurent makes this from bought in grapes. Quite a nice feel. Good weight. Not subtle. Not quiet. Quite intense. A note of caramel on the edge. This is richly done. There is some acidity too, but not Laurent makes this from bought in grapes. Quite a nice feel. Good weight. Not subtle. Not quiet. Quite intense. A note of caramel on the edge. This is richly done. There is some acidity too, but not super full of finesse. Good and easy. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 SANTENAY Prarons Dessus Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 SANTENAY Prarons Dessus Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Really good. A huge step up in terms of feel and lift from the Bourgogne. This has proper shape and feel. Nice rich fruit - a bit richer than I expected, but it is nicely done. Poised enough and Really good. A huge step up in terms of feel and lift from the Bourgogne. This has proper shape and feel. Nice rich fruit - a bit richer than I expected, but it is nicely done. Poised enough and gently sculpted fruit - and good acidity to bring it all into line. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Rouge Vieilles Vignes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Rouge Vieilles Vignes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is juicy and well weighted. I like the level of fruit ripeness. Great blend of red zip and dark mass. But also a tension, a balance with the acidity and a mineral skeleton that keeps it fresh. This is juicy and well weighted. I like the level of fruit ripeness. Great blend of red zip and dark mass. But also a tension, a balance with the acidity and a mineral skeleton that keeps it fresh. Better balance than the Santenay. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 POMMARD Tavannes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 POMMARD Tavannes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

This has just been racked and moved from barrel to tank - to make space for the big harvest of 2017s that need space now in barrels. Despite this 'unrest' the wine is impressively calm and together. This has just been racked and moved from barrel to tank - to make space for the big harvest of 2017s that need space now in barrels. Despite this 'unrest' the wine is impressively calm and together. Very nice. Good flow, easy feel, but not simple. Red fruits dominate and add a piquancy to the richly weighty matter. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 VOLNAY Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 VOLNAY Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Bright, clean and peppy fruit. Dark cooked cherry macerated flavour - warm strawberry juice too. This has poise, electric zip and energy that really lifts the mood and feel. Very good village wine. Bright, clean and peppy fruit. Dark cooked cherry macerated flavour - warm strawberry juice too. This has poise, electric zip and energy that really lifts the mood and feel. Very good village wine. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Rouge 1er Cru Morgeot Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Rouge 1er Cru Morgeot Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Just 4 Barrels this year. Already 'blended' as this was assembled in June - then back in to oak for a bit longer. It will be bottled in the spring of 2018. Richer, bigger, sweeter. This is ripe and Just 4 Barrels this year. Already 'blended' as this was assembled in June - then back in to oak for a bit longer. It will be bottled in the spring of 2018. Richer, bigger, sweeter. This is ripe and already seems enticingly ready to go! Nice grip too, but gentle done, just slight firm edge. Broad heart and some chalky lift. Good stuff, more complex and interesting. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 BEAUNE 1er Cru Boucherottes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 BEAUNE 1er Cru Boucherottes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

The Boucherottes is, as one would expect, more generous and charming than the red Chassagnes, revealing an open bouquet of sweet red and black cherry, spice and raw cocoa. On the palate the wine is The Boucherottes is, as one would expect, more generous and charming than the red Chassagnes, revealing an open bouquet of sweet red and black cherry, spice and raw cocoa. On the palate the wine is supple and medium-full, its fine tannins nicely cloaked in creamy fruit. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 90-90 Decanter Magazine (Oct 2017)

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2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Clos du Verger Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Clos du Verger Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

More guts and matter here than the Chassagne Morgeot tasted before. Denser, more serious. More masculine. Grippier too. I like this feel and tauter tension. Nice ripeness, nice balance as is More guts and matter here than the Chassagne Morgeot tasted before. Denser, more serious. More masculine. Grippier too. I like this feel and tauter tension. Nice ripeness, nice balance as is becoming a hallmark for the better 2016s. L&S (Oct 2016)

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2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Charmots Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Charmots Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Thump - in contrast to the Vergers. This is immediately much firmer. Really lovely fruit, but you can sense the toast here, a good spiced edge. More darkness, black baked damson and more intense, a Thump - in contrast to the Vergers. This is immediately much firmer. Really lovely fruit, but you can sense the toast here, a good spiced edge. More darkness, black baked damson and more intense, a touch of more bitter flavour. Imposing and broad, less generous for now, this will need some time, but should be an impressive, imposing Pommard. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Again more restrained, more youthful for now. Somehow there's a more serious edge to this than the other Pillot Pommards, but for me it is more balanced, more friendly - more charming. This is really Again more restrained, more youthful for now. Somehow there's a more serious edge to this than the other Pillot Pommards, but for me it is more balanced, more friendly - more charming. This is really good. Concentration is key. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Henri Germain

Jean-François Germain runs this small domaine. The Chassagne vineyards came through his mother, a Pillot, and Jean-François is married to François Jobard's daughter, so they are quite intertwined with some of our other producers. In terms of winemaking the Germains are always happy to let nature take its course, and in the vineyards they follow as natural a system of viticulture as possible. These are concentrated, tightly wound wines from one of Burgundy's coldest cellars. Slow to develop, they show wonderful crystalline purity. New wood is used sparingly.
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2016 BEAUNE 1er Cru Bressandes Domaine Henri Germain

2016 BEAUNE 1er Cru Bressandes Domaine Henri Germain

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is more firm at the outset, nice mineral frame carries the really pretty, pink raspberry juice and clean blueberry-edged middle along nicely. I like this. Great flow. Jean-François had no This is more firm at the outset, nice mineral frame carries the really pretty, pink raspberry juice and clean blueberry-edged middle along nicely. I like this. Great flow. Jean-François had no problem with the 1er Cru from the frost achieved the regular 45-50 HL/HA. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MEURSAULT Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Henri Germain

2016 MEURSAULT Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Henri Germain

75cl bottles, case of 12

Good clean Pinot Nose, then seriously ripe, mature fruit feel in the mouth. Macerated strawberries, ripe dark Raspberries. Intense, then countered by a savoury, more meaty edge emerging, swine-like, Good clean Pinot Nose, then seriously ripe, mature fruit feel in the mouth. Macerated strawberries, ripe dark Raspberries. Intense, then countered by a savoury, more meaty edge emerging, swine-like, there's a wild feel, good and interesting. Good grip to close. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

With the exception of 2015 Nico's appallingly bad luck with the weather since 2012 has continued in 2016. After hail (& some frost) caused huge damage in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2016 it is the frost that has caused the most appalling damage. For example in 2016 he has just five barrels of 'Village' Volnay, but next year the 'perfect' 2017 vintage has yielded 39 barrels form the same ground. Down to about just 15% of the potential harvest in 2016 - how he keeps smiling is anyone's guess, but that's Nico. For the second year running he could not be happier with his new winery. A fantastic bespoke build, admittedly in a ZI (Zone industrielle) on the outskirts of Beaune which he recognises is not ideal, it is a perfect tool for the job, and does have a good view of all 'his' bit of the Côte - from the roof. As we wrote last year, the wines in this cellar reflect his bounding optimism - they are generous and bouncing with energy.
2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

75cl bottles, case of 12

In 2016 Nico has blended all his 1er Cru Pommards together into just one Pommard 1er Cru, co fermented in one single cuve. These are now filling just 5 barrels. Mineral drive in charge here - but In 2016 Nico has blended all his 1er Cru Pommards together into just one Pommard 1er Cru, co fermented in one single cuve. These are now filling just 5 barrels. Mineral drive in charge here - but lovely complex full broad line. The feel here is not too sweet or ripe, balanced and powerful. Great enticing slick fruit with some well mannered guts. I like. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Clos des Angles Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Clos des Angles Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

75cl bottles, case of 12

This year Nico was worried this might have ended up being too concentrated - too sweet. But it has definitely kept its balance. The Grapes were balanced at harvest and with 50% whole cluster adding This year Nico was worried this might have ended up being too concentrated - too sweet. But it has definitely kept its balance. The Grapes were balanced at harvest and with 50% whole cluster adding some beef and chew this is a great Clos des Angles. This is quite full, quite rich. Quite ripe, but there is a lovely intensity and steady drive here. Loaded with fruit, silky smooth - attractive - and just enough acidity to leave it finishing brightly. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Chevrets Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Chevrets Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is also broad and rich, but the minerality grows in the mouth. Freshness and dusty grip take over and drive this on and on with a scrape of limestone and chalk. Still feels richly loaded, but This is also broad and rich, but the minerality grows in the mouth. Freshness and dusty grip take over and drive this on and on with a scrape of limestone and chalk. Still feels richly loaded, but the fruit is simply divine and just 'a point'.. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 BEAUNE 1er Cru Reversées Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 BEAUNE 1er Cru Reversées Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

75cl bottles, case of 12

Very aromatic. Blueberries, succulent and juicy and rounded. Plump. Somewhat curvaceous and with the ripe fruit, it could be a bit heavy, but actually this is not, for it is nicely balanced Very aromatic. Blueberries, succulent and juicy and rounded. Plump. Somewhat curvaceous and with the ripe fruit, it could be a bit heavy, but actually this is not, for it is nicely balanced with fresh acidity. Rating: 17.5 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2017)

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2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

75cl bottles, case of 12

100% destemmed bunches here, Nico is always trying to illustrate the more lifted 'Aerien' feel of this vineyard - and it is here - even in a concentrated vintage. This is very nice. Lovely 100% destemmed bunches here, Nico is always trying to illustrate the more lifted 'Aerien' feel of this vineyard - and it is here - even in a concentrated vintage. This is very nice. Lovely minerality frames the lush fruit. It is sweet. It is easy in the middle but there is an intricate framework of minerality. Delicate but omnipresent. He was worried 2016 would be liKe 2003, just by looking at the yields. But not at all. The wines follow the terroir. Nico says hese vines in Cailleretes are just 10 metres from Chevrets and yet stulistically this wine is worlds apart. Fascinating to taste side by side. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 VOLNAY Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 VOLNAY Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

75cl bottles, case of 12

In the cellar comparing the 5 barrels of 2016 versus the 39 of the 2017 is another stark reminder of how badly affected these vineyards were affected by the frost in 2016. This is immediately In the cellar comparing the 5 barrels of 2016 versus the 39 of the 2017 is another stark reminder of how badly affected these vineyards were affected by the frost in 2016. This is immediately enticing and satisfying. excellent nose. On the palate, this is quite rich, quite sexy and easy. Nicely flows in a very pleasing way. Some tension - but this is on the big, sweeter, riper side of 2016. A true crowd-pleaser, but not simple - pleasing in a sophisticated way. A great example of how a slight elegance is great and not to be confused with being skinny. This really is lovely.a superb village wine. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Santenots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Santenots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

75cl bottles, case of 12

Big blocks of rock here in this vineyard. More wild, more sauvage. The impact in the mouth is impressive, a really lovely feel. For me, the best balance so far between sweetness of fruit, weight Big blocks of rock here in this vineyard. More wild, more sauvage. The impact in the mouth is impressive, a really lovely feel. For me, the best balance so far between sweetness of fruit, weight and breadth of fruit core, and the earthy mineral element which underpins this - runs beneath with energy, and texture. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE 1er Cru Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE 1er Cru Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

75cl bottles, case of 12

This year Nico's two 1er cru Savigny Les Beaunes - Lavieres and Fourneaux - are blended to be singular a '1er Cru'. As there simply was not enough of each to make stand alone wines. As Nico says This year Nico's two 1er cru Savigny Les Beaunes - Lavieres and Fourneaux - are blended to be singular a '1er Cru'. As there simply was not enough of each to make stand alone wines. As Nico says it is really interesting to blend these two different vineyard - each very different. Fourneaux adds power and tension to the more elegant more easy Lavieres. Nice fruit. Less ripe but firm, less acidity than elsewhere. More savoury, dried ham and dried fruit. Good, but less drive and flow than some. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 POMMARD Vignots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 POMMARD Vignots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

75cl bottles, case of 12

30% Whole Bunch in 2016. This comes from higher, shallower soils. Lots of limestone. Up above the 1er Cru. On the rock of the cote. Straight in with great drive of mineral hit. Nice fruit too. 30% Whole Bunch in 2016. This comes from higher, shallower soils. Lots of limestone. Up above the 1er Cru. On the rock of the cote. Straight in with great drive of mineral hit. Nice fruit too. Vineyard faces due south and there is a good ripeness lurking in the fruit, but well balanced. Makes for quite a big wine. Rich fruit, Good mineral hit too. Good power, broad shoulders. Nico explains as we taste that he thinks his new winery is helping with the definition of his wines - he's convinced the new set up is improving everything with the vinification and the élevage - the result he says are that the wines are gaining definition - and you can certainly sense that here. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 BOURGOGNE Pinot Noir Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 BOURGOGNE Pinot Noir Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

75cl bottles, case of 12

This from Nico's larger barrels. Impressive, really nice and weighty. Ripe fruit. Satisfyingly ample and mouth-filling. Great texture for a Bourgogne Rouge, but a big boy. Will stay in wood, Having This from Nico's larger barrels. Impressive, really nice and weighty. Ripe fruit. Satisfyingly ample and mouth-filling. Great texture for a Bourgogne Rouge, but a big boy. Will stay in wood, Having longer in barrel than normal, which will only add more joy and mellow this. 250 Hecolitres of this made in 2017 - in 2016, just 29 Hecolitres. L&S (Dec 2017)

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2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Roncerets Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Roncerets Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

75cl bottles, case of 12

The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Ronceret was 100% destemmed. Living up to its name there is plenty of blackberry and wild hedgerow on the nose although I would like to see more vigor develop by the time it The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Ronceret was 100% destemmed. Living up to its name there is plenty of blackberry and wild hedgerow on the nose although I would like to see more vigor develop by the time it is bottled. The palate is well balanced with chewy tannin, crisp acidity, quite muscular for a Volnay but there is fine precision on the lightly spiced finish. The length here is impressive, although I think Nicolas Rossignol made more complex and terroir-specific wines in this vintage. Drinking range: 2018 - 2029 Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2017)

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2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Épenots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Épenots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

75cl bottles, case of 12

50% Whole Bunch. Nico introduces this as 'Complet et Complexe' and you immediately see why. Some of his vines here are more than 110 years old. Others are being replaced with selection massale from 50% Whole Bunch. Nico introduces this as 'Complet et Complexe' and you immediately see why. Some of his vines here are more than 110 years old. Others are being replaced with selection massale from these oldies. In the palate this is dense, dark and serious. Intense, complex and almost hard in the middle. But good and exciting. Brooding powerful. When will this open up. Seems so young, so tightly furled, but intriguing. Darker fruits, leather and cherry juice. Powerful, lots of matter and good density and broad-shouldered. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Comte Armand

After the disastrous 12 Hectolitres per hectare harvest in 2012, the 2013 was a mere 8hl.ha in the 'Clos', and 2014 was the third vintage to be hailed. 2015 fared not much better with 15hl/ha, and 2016 is down to 14hl/ha again thanks to the frost. Truly they are not having much luck What they have created in 2016 is sensational though, if scanty in quantity. Paul Zinetti is now firmly in charge: 2014 counted as his first vintage, as Ben Leroux followed the 2013 to bottling. Paul has nailed his colours to the mast by saying he wants to make a less tannic wine in the Clos, and one which is more about aromatic length. In this I feel he is continuing the route that Ben was following, but perhaps taking it even further. Outstanding wines that were deservedly popular once again at our January tasting.
2016 AUXEY DURESSES Domaine Comte Armand

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2016 AUXEY DURESSES 1er Cru Domaine Comte Armand

2016 AUXEY DURESSES 1er Cru Domaine Comte Armand

75cl bottles, case of 6

Racked last week - will be bottled before Christmas 2017. From 2 parcels - 60% Bréterins, and 40% Bas des Duresses. Between 40 & 85 years old. Settles - naturally with a month in tank, no fining or Racked last week - will be bottled before Christmas 2017. From 2 parcels - 60% Bréterins, and 40% Bas des Duresses. Between 40 & 85 years old. Settles - naturally with a month in tank, no fining or filtration. Good, pure cherry juice. Acidity is great - just there keeping it fresh and clean but not getting in the way of the lovely red berry juiciness. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Fremiets Domaine Comte Armand

2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Fremiets Domaine Comte Armand

75cl bottles, case of 6

Still on the fine lees, in barrel. 10% whole bunch. Very fruit profile. Rich measured, deep and super suave. Some mineral stony savouriness too - compacts the fruit towards the end - but this is so Still on the fine lees, in barrel. 10% whole bunch. Very fruit profile. Rich measured, deep and super suave. Some mineral stony savouriness too - compacts the fruit towards the end - but this is so pretty, so inviting. Delicious. But some grip, some darker corners too, not a push-over. 7 weeks of maceration - then they keep this for 3-4 weeks more in the vat (at 28 degrees.) - to round out the tannins. All the fruit comes from old vines, between 34 and 90 years old. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Clos des Épeneaux Domaine Comte Armand

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Clos des Épeneaux Domaine Comte Armand

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

We tasted from several barrels - new and from 2014 and it is clear that the Clos old vines can easily absorb new oak - takes it in its stride, but will have - I think - 30% new oak in the We tasted from several barrels - new and from 2014 and it is clear that the Clos old vines can easily absorb new oak - takes it in its stride, but will have - I think - 30% new oak in the final blend. Deep dark fruit on the nose - slight graphite note. Firm strike on the palate. It is both dense and elegant, for it has a lithe energy and shape. It’s deep, but not full bodied. It’s fresh. There are notes of cocoa powder. It has grip, but swathed in satin. It’s powerful, but sophisticated on the finish. We tasted the press separately. This has a savoury depth. Thicker textured with smooth, rich tannins. Depth of black chocolate. Rather delicious and will be incorporated into the blend, giving a smooth, rich underpinning to the structure. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 18.8 L&S (Nov 2017)

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2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Clos des Épeneaux Domaine Comte Armand

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Clos des Épeneaux Domaine Comte Armand

Methuselah, wood case of 1

We tasted from several barrels - new and from 2014 and it is clear that the Clos old vines can easily absorb new oak - takes it in its stride, but will have - I think - 30% new oak in the We tasted from several barrels - new and from 2014 and it is clear that the Clos old vines can easily absorb new oak - takes it in its stride, but will have - I think - 30% new oak in the final blend. Deep dark fruit on the nose - slight graphite note. Firm strike on the palate. It is both dense and elegant, for it has a lithe energy and shape. It’s deep, but not full bodied. It’s fresh. There are notes of cocoa powder. It has grip, but swathed in satin. It’s powerful, but sophisticated on the finish. We tasted the press separately. This has a savoury depth. Thicker textured with smooth, rich tannins. Depth of black chocolate. Rather delicious and will be incorporated into the blend, giving a smooth, rich underpinning to the structure. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 18.8 L&S (Nov 2017)

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Domaine de Courcel

One of the greatest domaines of Pommard, and five great expressions of the terroir, yet all very different style to the Clos des Épeneaux of Comte Armand. Yves Confuron, the régisseur, describes the difference between the two top wines by saying that the Grand Clos is 'terreux' while the Rugiens is 'aérien'. Very late harvested as usual, wines with astonishing depth and density that still retain the freshness and verve of the 2016 vintage.
2016 POMMARD Vaumuriens Domaine de Courcel

2016 POMMARD Vaumuriens Domaine de Courcel

75cl bottles, case of 12

A dark and brooding opening on the nose, followed by deliciously restrained morello cherry fruit. The fruit shows a real firmness on the palate and lovely white fleshed plum. This is the 'village' A dark and brooding opening on the nose, followed by deliciously restrained morello cherry fruit. The fruit shows a real firmness on the palate and lovely white fleshed plum. This is the 'village' wine - but it is awesome. Dense and compact for now, but with rich wild fruit. Excellent. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Fremiers Domaine de Courcel

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Fremiers Domaine de Courcel

75cl bottles, case of 6

This is also quite ripe with liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, violet, spice and plenty of floral influences. The sleeker if not bigger medium-bodied flavors are dense to the point of being This is also quite ripe with liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, violet, spice and plenty of floral influences. The sleeker if not bigger medium-bodied flavors are dense to the point of being borderline thick, even syrupy yet somehow manage to remain vibrant and intense on the lingering finish that also flashes a touch of warmth as well as a hint of bitter pit fruit. This firmly structured effort should age effortlessly for years to come. Drinking range: 2028 - Rating: 90-93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2018)

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2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Fremiers Domaine de Courcel

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Fremiers Domaine de Courcel

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is also quite ripe with liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, violet, spice and plenty of floral influences. The sleeker if not bigger medium-bodied flavors are dense to the point of being This is also quite ripe with liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, violet, spice and plenty of floral influences. The sleeker if not bigger medium-bodied flavors are dense to the point of being borderline thick, even syrupy yet somehow manage to remain vibrant and intense on the lingering finish that also flashes a touch of warmth as well as a hint of bitter pit fruit. This firmly structured effort should age effortlessly for years to come. Drinking range: 2028 - Rating: 90-93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2018)

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2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Croix Noires Domaine de Courcel

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Croix Noires Domaine de Courcel

75cl bottles, case of 6

(only one barrel made in 2016). An expressive nose speaks of essence of raspberry, earth, sauvage and a hint of wood. The dense super-ripe flavors brim with dry extract that coats the palate and (only one barrel made in 2016). An expressive nose speaks of essence of raspberry, earth, sauvage and a hint of wood. The dense super-ripe flavors brim with dry extract that coats the palate and imparts a velvety mouth feel to the mocha, bitter cherry pit and slightly warm finale. This muscular and mildly rustic effort is a very ripe 2016 yet the overall impression is one of freshness and energy. Drinking range: 2026 - Rating: 89-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2018)

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2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Grand Clos des Épenots Domaine de Courcel

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Grand Clos des Épenots Domaine de Courcel

75cl bottles, case of 6

A big notch up in power from the Vaumariens, with great intensity and drive. This is relatively dense and dark. Brooding black and blue fruits give way to hints of dark cherry and damson. Intense, A big notch up in power from the Vaumariens, with great intensity and drive. This is relatively dense and dark. Brooding black and blue fruits give way to hints of dark cherry and damson. Intense, really sexy. Great flow with no hard edges and ripe and rich tannins. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine de Courcel

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine de Courcel

75cl bottles, case of 6

This has great intensity, with a real hit of ripe fruit followed by a dark sweet juicy middle. The tannins build, the grip tightens. Intensely dark and brooding, but with that sucrosity again. Yummy. This has great intensity, with a real hit of ripe fruit followed by a dark sweet juicy middle. The tannins build, the grip tightens. Intensely dark and brooding, but with that sucrosity again. Yummy. Serious with a mineral kick that builds on the finish. Intense. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Henri Boillot

A top producer for red and white alike. Henri and his son Guillaume have now moved all the vinification and élevage out of Volnay entirely in order to have all the wine in one place (down on the plain in Meursault). Not so 'folklorique', but a better tool to reach even higher quality levels. After six years working alongside Henri, Guillaume has been entirely responsible for the vinification of the reds since 2013 - Henri's contribution is henceforth entirely on the whites, but one senses this is Guillaume's show now and in 2016 he has created a fantastic vintage, across the board.
2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Henri Boillot

2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

This has a lovely sweet raspberry nose. Generous and soft. The raspberry is also reflected in the palate, but gains a bit more seriousness and structure, alongside darker berries and some easy dark This has a lovely sweet raspberry nose. Generous and soft. The raspberry is also reflected in the palate, but gains a bit more seriousness and structure, alongside darker berries and some easy dark dried petals. Nice weight, not fat, but attractive and complete with a softish feel. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Fremiets Domaine Henri Boillot

2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Fremiets Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Darker, tighter, firmer than the Chevrets. This has more acidity, mineral drive and shape, with a brightness to the fruit. This Fremiets is perky and coy - but has interesting restraint and a mineral Darker, tighter, firmer than the Chevrets. This has more acidity, mineral drive and shape, with a brightness to the fruit. This Fremiets is perky and coy - but has interesting restraint and a mineral grip. Guillaume prefers the definition of the 2016 pinot noirs. Compared to the 2015 this is more classical, with greater elegance, finesse and drive. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Chevrets Domaine Henri Boillot

2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Chevrets Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Quite serious step up from the village wine. Dark, toasty nose, with a little reduction that tightens things up. This does seem slightly inward looking, but has a nice shape and intensity. Just quite Quite serious step up from the village wine. Dark, toasty nose, with a little reduction that tightens things up. This does seem slightly inward looking, but has a nice shape and intensity. Just quite dark blue in profile of flavour. Finishes with a good creamy sensation to the fruit, reminiscent of sugared blackberry cream left in a bowl after a crumble. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Henri Boillot

2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Surprising hit of deliciously ripened fruit on the nose. In the palate too this is really nicely sculpted. Brighter feel - more grace, more poise than the other Volnays. Pitch perfect for me, but no Surprising hit of deliciously ripened fruit on the nose. In the palate too this is really nicely sculpted. Brighter feel - more grace, more poise than the other Volnays. Pitch perfect for me, but no doubt with more to come, a very sexy rendition. Smooth, long, restrained and perky, with a winning line of mineral tension. Yum.

(Caillerets is situated above Chevret and goes around it. The poorer soil full of little stones, gives the wine its lift and mineral characteristics.)
L&S (Oct 2017)

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Henri Boillot

Henri Boillot complements his domaine wines with a small range of négociant wines of superb quality in very limited quantities. A few of the wines are offered here - an opportunity to buy some of Burgundy's rarest appellations from a top source.
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2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Henri Boillot

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

'Sur Les Violettes' says Guillaume. Much more power here. Bigger, more burly, but the fruit is clean and bright. Blueberry and perky raspberry notes, have an edge of minerality, keeping them fenced 'Sur Les Violettes' says Guillaume. Much more power here. Bigger, more burly, but the fruit is clean and bright. Blueberry and perky raspberry notes, have an edge of minerality, keeping them fenced in and taut. 25% whole bunch in 2016. Pure, yet powerful. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Joseph Drouhin

Joseph Drouhin, founded in 1880 and still family owned, are one of the most well respected names in Burgundy, especially through their flagship wine, the iconic Clos des Mouches. Small refinements continue to be made made here. The presses have been changed - a reversion to basket pressing for the reds, and for whites the presses are open - along with a number of other growers they are following the trend to think that slight oxidation of the juice before fermentation is not a problem and may add complexity as well as avoiding later problems of premature oxidation in bottle. For the reds there has been the introduction of 15-20% of whole-bunch fermentation in the Côte de Nuits wines. The house style remains one that 'emphasises the natural elegance of great Burgundies' as they describe it.
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2016 BEAUNE Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2016 BEAUNE Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, case of 6

Good deep colour, good deep fruit. Ripe, dense and fun flow. This year because of the tiny harvest they have had to use more whole clusters, simply to help fill the fermenters. This is great Good deep colour, good deep fruit. Ripe, dense and fun flow. This year because of the tiny harvest they have had to use more whole clusters, simply to help fill the fermenters. This is great practical thinking, but obviously affects the wines style and profile! The juice here is intense, textured and some brooding elements and there is enough life and energy to carry this to a satisfying end! L&S (Nov 2017)

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Thibault Liger-Belair

The lack of the word 'domaine' in the name signals that this is a négociant wine from Thibault Liger-Belair. Thibault buys the grapes he picks having tended the vines with his own team, so that the wines can be seen as domaine wines in all but name. A couple of new appellations this year, a Corton Clos di Roi, and even a few bottles of Corton Charlemagne.
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2016 CORTON RENARDES Grand Cru Thibault Liger-Belair

2016 CORTON RENARDES Grand Cru Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, case of 6

Quite high up the hill of Corton, good deep soils here. 40 % Whole bunches used. There is a reat nose. Riper, juicier darker fruit - mature strawberry and some ripe raspberry too. Very expressive Quite high up the hill of Corton, good deep soils here. 40 % Whole bunches used. There is a reat nose. Riper, juicier darker fruit - mature strawberry and some ripe raspberry too. Very expressive and fun to taste. Nice lines too - driven and some good framework to keep it steady. Balanced. Riper though but no excess. Good. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Lea & Sandeman Wine Merchants

2016 CORTON Grand Cru Clos du Roi Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Very limestone soil here. Makes this feel very firm and mineral in the mouth. Like having a pebble in there with some pretty red fruit too. Perfumed lifted just ripe, juicy fruit and then mineral Very limestone soil here. Makes this feel very firm and mineral in the mouth. Like having a pebble in there with some pretty red fruit too. Perfumed lifted just ripe, juicy fruit and then mineral purity and dusty grip. Organic vineyard. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

Domaine Dugat-Py's wines are far from shy and retiring, but they do require patience to show their best. Old vines, tiny yields, viticulture with minute and constant attention, all lead to a magnificent concentration and purity in the raw material. Without extracting harsh tannins, Bernard and Loïc (Loïc has in fact been in charge of the wine-making since 2012) get an astonishing density into their wines, and the take on the high percentage of new oak quite casually. (The village wines get 55-65% new wood, while the Premiers Crus and Grands Crus are all aged in 100% new barrels. Once again this year we were greeted this year by Loïc, Bernard's charming son who has been working with his father for 11 years, and been in charge of the wine-making for 6 years. The wines are every bit as good as you'd expect from this domaine in this vintage and will be every bit as long-lived too. These wines are in high demand, but even though we effectively sold out last year and will have less this year (the frost has reduced the yields by about 25% in 2016). However, it is still well-worth making requests, especially if buying other wines. Likely to be released in March.
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2016 POMMARD Vieilles Vignes Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2016 POMMARD Vieilles Vignes Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

75cl bottles, case of 6

70 year old vines in Levriere. Nose of swirling ripe purple fruit, but in the mouth more puckered, more restrained. Brighter, redder berries. Some grip, some cranberries some rose-hip. More earth, 70 year old vines in Levriere. Nose of swirling ripe purple fruit, but in the mouth more puckered, more restrained. Brighter, redder berries. Some grip, some cranberries some rose-hip. More earth, more grit, more mineral oomph. Delicious though, but the fruit is so compacted for now. So dense so intense - but finishes with a lovely window on the future. Riper, more open and darker fruit once again. Beautiful power here. L&S (Nov 2017)

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