Côte de Nuits PART 1

We mentioned in the main introduction that Morey escaped most of the problems of 2016, and has made a good crop of excellent wines, but the quality of the wines elsewhere in the Côte de Nuits is also high - it's just the volume that is limited. So there will be no Premier Cru Chambolle from Perrot-Minot or Mugneret-Gibourg at all, for example, no Hautes Côtes or Nuits Saint Georges from Domaine de la Douaix, and Thibault-Liger-Belair made only one 'assembled' cuvée of Hautes Côtes, a total of ten barrels where he'd normally expect fifty. Depressingly for Thibault, his Moulin à Vent estate way to the south also suffered 70% hail damage.


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Domaine Huguenot

The Huguenots can trace their history in Marsannay and working in the vines back to 1789. Currently the domaine is run by Philippe. His father Jean-Louis expanded the domaine from five to twenty-two hectares (twelve in Marsannay, six in Fixin, and four in Gevrey) before handing over the reins. Philippe took the bold step of taking all twenty-two hectares into organic production (the conversion was completed in 2010), but immensely sadly he was forced to do a single non-organic treatment in 2016, because of the terrible conditions, so now he is back to square one - another three years to re-qualify for the organic label. When we visited, Philippe was unsure if he would try for the certification again - but for all that is not planning to change the way he works - it is, he assures us, better for him and the environment and and his workers as well as for quality, and the domaine will continue along organic lines. In 2016 these are once again lovely wines which have a lightness of tread and great aromatic purity and length, with more or less structure and weight depending on whether they are from clay or more rock-dominated soils.

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2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Huguenot

2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Huguenot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Good feel. Fresh, but not tart. Pretty fruit. floral too. Nice soft red summer fruits. Acidity is nice and lifts the whole well. A pretty, joyful and bright Bourgogne Rouge. Good feel. Fresh, but not tart. Pretty fruit. floral too. Nice soft red summer fruits. Acidity is nice and lifts the whole well. A pretty, joyful and bright Bourgogne Rouge. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MARSANNAY Domaine Huguenot

2016 MARSANNAY Domaine Huguenot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Not yet racked and ready - but this is a proper sample blend of the different cuves. Will be bottled in early 2018. Nice weight and gentle patina of gloss here. This is sleek and has gentle 'suedey' Not yet racked and ready - but this is a proper sample blend of the different cuves. Will be bottled in early 2018. Nice weight and gentle patina of gloss here. This is sleek and has gentle 'suedey' grip that keeps it real and nicely textured. Attractive and pretty, but not a whopper. Pretty fruit, well ripened and nice balance. Just good clean fun. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MARSANNAY Montagne Domaine Huguenot

2016 MARSANNAY Montagne Domaine Huguenot

75cl bottles, case of 12

This has a more mineral underbelly than the village wine. I like the energy and the more lifted feel. Quite poised, light on its feet. Good bright red fruits. Balance of freshness is excellent with This has a more mineral underbelly than the village wine. I like the energy and the more lifted feel. Quite poised, light on its feet. Good bright red fruits. Balance of freshness is excellent with the nicely ripe red berries. The vines here are facing due south. The vineyard is heavilly loaded with limestone pebbles, and what they call 'Calcaire friable'. Lots of small stones that over time have washed down from the two Combes to the north East - you can sense this by the cool restraint in the wine. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 FIXIN Petits Crais Domaine Huguenot

2016 FIXIN Petits Crais Domaine Huguenot

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Philippe explains that he must be very gentle with the wine-making to avoid over extraction or you get hard tannins and too much heft here. In 2016 he has been successful! It is more burley for sure. Philippe explains that he must be very gentle with the wine-making to avoid over extraction or you get hard tannins and too much heft here. In 2016 he has been successful! It is more burley for sure. Quite broad and big. More shoulders than the Marsannay - but there is a really good level of fun and pleasure. Lots of well-rounded darker fruit. Nice feel and lifts to a cherry skin piquancy at the finish. Petit Crais are the small stones that cover the deep layer of 'Marne de Bresse' Clay subsoil. The Huguenot's Fixin vines are more on the clay and so it is no surprise that this feels broader generally than the other wines. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MARSANNAY Charme aux Prêtres Domaine Huguenot

2016 MARSANNAY Charme aux Prêtres Domaine Huguenot

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is nicely round fruited. Glossy. Very pretty, slightly more sunny feel. But the impact is well-checked by the touch of bright acidity. Flows well without ever getting too rich. Easy and This is nicely round fruited. Glossy. Very pretty, slightly more sunny feel. But the impact is well-checked by the touch of bright acidity. Flows well without ever getting too rich. Easy and satisfying style. Finishes more cleanly with a saline note of minerality. The grapes here come form a vineyard down in the south of the AC. Quite firm limestone below the soil, quite a thick stratum. Comblanchien, the village south of NSG where they quarry this stone gives it its name - it is almost marble-like in texture/density/hardness. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MARSANNAY Champs Perdrix Domaine Huguenot

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2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Les Crais Domaine Huguenot

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Les Crais Domaine Huguenot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Nice flow here again. This is straight, elegant and nicely poised. Fruit is on the red spectrum with gently ripe strawberries and raspberries. It is quite a sunny solaire but well-judged, well Nice flow here again. This is straight, elegant and nicely poised. Fruit is on the red spectrum with gently ripe strawberries and raspberries. It is quite a sunny solaire but well-judged, well measured. Gentle and pretty Gevrey. Some wood spice too. Always early ripening and the first he picks in Gevrey, you can sense this ripe middle. A geological feature the Cone de Boulisses (the Moraine from the Combe) spills out in a fan and Les Crais is right in it. Similar to the effect in Marsannay and the freshness in the wine, that restraining edge owes much to this. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Fonteny Domaine Huguenot

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Fonteny Domaine Huguenot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Quite Clayey soil here. Richer, broader, more drive too than the Les Crais. More structured, but the acidity is good and the line of pep in the middle just reigns in the heft. There is always enough Quite Clayey soil here. Richer, broader, more drive too than the Les Crais. More structured, but the acidity is good and the line of pep in the middle just reigns in the heft. There is always enough water here too, says Philippe, which keeps it fresher. Never too exuberant. But good and interesting complexity of dark, more plummy flavour and some nice wood-spice. Almost 30% New Wood - but this is all about the fruit. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Huguenot

2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Huguenot

75cl bottles, case of 6

After the Fonteny tasting this gets you immediately back to finesse and elegance. Super slick, lovely drive and intensity at the core. Fruit here is mature. Tightly wound for now, there is a mineral After the Fonteny tasting this gets you immediately back to finesse and elegance. Super slick, lovely drive and intensity at the core. Fruit here is mature. Tightly wound for now, there is a mineral wrapping to the firm middle of dark, ripe fruit which balances so well, keeping the feel fresh and grippy, and adding power that will ensure a mid to long term future. This is very good, a real pleasure to taste, but it will need time. Super. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MARSANNAY Champs Perdrix Domaine Huguenot

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2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Fonteny Domaine Huguenot

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Fonteny Domaine Huguenot

Magnums, case of 6

Quite Clayey soil here. Richer, broader, more drive too than the Les Crais. More structured, but the acidity is good and the line of pep in the middle just reigns in the heft. There is always enough Quite Clayey soil here. Richer, broader, more drive too than the Les Crais. More structured, but the acidity is good and the line of pep in the middle just reigns in the heft. There is always enough water here too, says Philippe, which keeps it fresher. Never too exuberant. But good and interesting complexity of dark, more plummy flavour and some nice wood-spice. Almost 30% New Wood - but this is all about the fruit. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine de la Douaix

Mark and Gilles Moustie are Belgians, huge fans of wine and in particular Burgundy. The family rented a gite for many years in the Hautes Côtes village of Arcenant, straight up the hill to the west of Nuits Saint Georges, and gently graduated from buying wines at domaines up and down the Côte to wanting to make the wine themselves. Eventually they bought some vines and a house with cellars, and set to. Most of their wines are all from vines they own, but they do make a little wine from bought-in fruit to supplement what is still a tiny domaine. Mark is Belgium-based, a management consultant, so it is his son Gilles who is hands-on on a daily basis. Gilles came to show these wines at our 2015 tasting last year and the wines went down a storm, selling to one of the wine writers attending and to a wine professional who wanted five cases each of two of them - in magnums - with good reason, as they showed brilliantly, rich in body and fruit, with supple ripe tannins. The 2016 releases promise to be equally good - if not perhaps even more classic explains Mark on our visit.

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2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Vieilles Vignes Domaine de la Douaix

2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Vieilles Vignes Domaine de la Douaix

75cl bottles, case of 12

Rich spicy, black fruit. Smooth and seductive. Rich and juicy and generous. Lots of body and a rich and rounded palate. Soft and rounded...rich finish for a Bourgogne. Hint of black pepper at the Rich spicy, black fruit. Smooth and seductive. Rich and juicy and generous. Lots of body and a rich and rounded palate. Soft and rounded...rich finish for a Bourgogne. Hint of black pepper at the end. A rich Bourgogne. Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2017)

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2016 CÔTE DE NUITS VILLAGES Terres Nobles Domaine de la Douaix

2016 CÔTE DE NUITS VILLAGES Terres Nobles Domaine de la Douaix

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is sophisticated stuff! Finer lines than the Bourgogne Rouge. More svelte, more fine, more mineral. Some intense notes of darkish berries and damson flesh - spiced and nicely aromatic - but a This is sophisticated stuff! Finer lines than the Bourgogne Rouge. More svelte, more fine, more mineral. Some intense notes of darkish berries and damson flesh - spiced and nicely aromatic - but a firm line here and mineral depth. Smart wine, will be great to see in 2-3 years. L&S (Jan 2018)

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2016 CÔTE DE NUITS VILLAGES Vieilles Vignes Domaine de la Douaix

2016 CÔTE DE NUITS VILLAGES Vieilles Vignes Domaine de la Douaix

75cl bottles, case of 12

Dark, rich and spicy with a touch of chocolate on the nose. Rich, compact and dense for a village wine. Plenty of sweet acidity..this has a more muscle with a bite to the tannins and grip. Burly Dark, rich and spicy with a touch of chocolate on the nose. Rich, compact and dense for a village wine. Plenty of sweet acidity..this has a more muscle with a bite to the tannins and grip. Burly and energetic. Needs some time. Drinking range: 2022 - Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2017)

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Domaine Thierry Mortet

Thierry has only limited volumes of Premier cru and no Grands Crus, so has remained discreetly under the radar despite our best efforts! Three or four days of cold maceration are followed by two weeks of fermentation, with just a touch of cooling to keep the temperature around 31-33C (below 35, at least), then into barrel, all second use or older for the Bourgogne, with 30% new wood on the Gevrey, and 50% on the Clos Prieur. Certified organic and in biodynamic conversion, Thierry's wines are fine and precise, tangy and long, never massive, but not unsubstantial all the same.

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2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Charmes de Daix Côte de Nuits Domaine Thierry Mortet

2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Charmes de Daix Côte de Nuits Domaine Thierry Mortet

75cl bottles, case of 12

From Daix, north of Dijon. As always tasting with Theirry is fascinating. Like his wines he is energetic and precise, putting together an assemblage in the pippette for us to taste. This is elegant, From Daix, north of Dijon. As always tasting with Theirry is fascinating. Like his wines he is energetic and precise, putting together an assemblage in the pippette for us to taste. This is elegant, bright and clean as a whistle. Always brightly acid, but super poised. Just a kick of cranberry and crisp strawberries slowly fill out. Fun and bright Bourgogne Pinot Noir. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Domaine Thierry Mortet

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Domaine Thierry Mortet

75cl bottles, case of 12

Toasty nose, but very pretty fruit. Quite tight almost green undergrowth notes. Very gentle, super fine grip. Sparkly acidity. Nice poise. Finishes on a riper fruit note strawberries and some plum in Toasty nose, but very pretty fruit. Quite tight almost green undergrowth notes. Very gentle, super fine grip. Sparkly acidity. Nice poise. Finishes on a riper fruit note strawberries and some plum in the middle Delicious. Nicely rounded out middle but this is also pure with tight lines. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Vigne Belle Domaine Thierry Mortet

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Vigne Belle Domaine Thierry Mortet

75cl bottles, case of 12

Very pretty again. This is a little broader, a little more serious. Again though it is restrained, not showy in any way. Lovely mineral feel. Very good, nicely ripened fruit underlies the cool, pert Very pretty again. This is a little broader, a little more serious. Again though it is restrained, not showy in any way. Lovely mineral feel. Very good, nicely ripened fruit underlies the cool, pert zip that pings across the palate. and yet that chalky undertone continues. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Domaine Thierry Mortet

2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Domaine Thierry Mortet

75cl bottles, case of 12

None in 2016 - totally frosted. Similar to the Mugnerets. None in 2016 - totally frosted. Similar to the Mugnerets. L&S (Dec 2017)

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2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Clos Prieur Domaine Thierry Mortet

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Clos Prieur Domaine Thierry Mortet

75cl bottles, case of 12

After the Vigne Belle one is immediately hit by great gobs of bright, spritzy fruit. Cranberry, blueberry. A very bright fruit profile once again, but really nice shape. There's a more clear density After the Vigne Belle one is immediately hit by great gobs of bright, spritzy fruit. Cranberry, blueberry. A very bright fruit profile once again, but really nice shape. There's a more clear density here and a really interesting feel, clean lines. Mineral push lovely acidity - but really nicely balanced fruit and some herby notes. Touch of toffee. Bigger longer, richer weight it. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Beaux Bruns Domaine Thierry Mortet

2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Beaux Bruns Domaine Thierry Mortet

75cl bottles, case of 12

More meaty, more savoury, more grip, less flash. Although there is great acidity once again. This is tight and sharply-cut all round, but with a nice weight of matter and fruit heft (for More meaty, more savoury, more grip, less flash. Although there is great acidity once again. This is tight and sharply-cut all round, but with a nice weight of matter and fruit heft (for Thierry!) elegance and power. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Stéphane Magnien

Stéphane's is a small domaine, a mere 4.5 hectares, with one full hectare of that in regional wine - Passetoutgrains and Bourgogne - but it is blessed with two Grands Crus and also a long history of not messing with nature. No pesticides have ever been used on this land, and the plants are nearly all the old 'Pinot tordu' - twisted Pinot with its gnarly stems which are less vigorous than the modern clones and said by many to make wines with more finesse. Stéphane chaptalizes only to extend fermentations - these are wines which his father Jean-Paul used to describe as 'sage en alcool' - from 12 to 13% - the old vines do not make much alcohol. Wood use is also discreet, never exceeding 20% new wood on the Grands Crus, 15% on the Premiers Crus and on the village appellations, 10% new wood for one year only, then all into older barrels. Stéphane says that he aims to make wines with more richness than his father's, 'but not black angular wines which have less relief. Wines which leave your mouth clean and and clear, refreshed and revived and, above all, wanting another glass'. He destems 100%, gives the grapes a six-day maceration, then a classical fermentation with just two pigeages, and a little remontage (pumping over) at the end.

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2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS Grains Fins Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS Grains Fins Domaine Stéphane Magnien

75cl bottles, case of 6

This year Stéphane has made 2 separate cuvées of village Morey St Denis. This one 'Cuvée Fins Grains' comes from his plots with just gravel soils and showcases the more elegant style This year Stéphane has made 2 separate cuvées of village Morey St Denis. This one 'Cuvée Fins Grains' comes from his plots with just gravel soils and showcases the more elegant style achievable. Nice pure feel. Lovely flow. Lovely texture. Wow. Thist is awesomely fun on the palate. Full of bounce, lovely cherry. Hedgerow berries and blueberry and firm under-ripe cherries?! Really good. More finesse than most Morey - (more Chambolle in style?) Across the board there is no more than just 10% of New Wood on the village wines here. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS Vieilles Vignes Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS Vieilles Vignes Domaine Stéphane Magnien

75cl bottles, case of 6

This year Stéphane has made 2 separate cuvées of village Morey St Denis. This Vieilles Vignes cuvée comes from his Clay dominated plots where the vines average at least 55 years old. There's a This year Stéphane has made 2 separate cuvées of village Morey St Denis. This Vieilles Vignes cuvée comes from his Clay dominated plots where the vines average at least 55 years old. There's a similar profile to the lovely fruit. But here its a bit more wild, a bit more hairy and broad. Masculine. Power, heft and grip - but pretty fruit character underneath. An interesting study when compared with the Fins Grains. More Saint Denis in spirit. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Vieilles Vignes Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Vieilles Vignes Domaine Stéphane Magnien

75cl bottles, case of 6

Vines planted before phyloxera from 1902/03. Just 15-20% are the original. But these are epic and still dominate the vineyard. There is something more rooty here. Beetroot and earthier than much Vines planted before phyloxera from 1902/03. Just 15-20% are the original. But these are epic and still dominate the vineyard. There is something more rooty here. Beetroot and earthier than much already tasted. But this is fine and elegant. Intense, deep rooted. Lovely minerality courses through the dark brambling, fresh damson juice. Perky blue feel. Chewy subtle grip and lovely acidity. Very joyous and sophisticated village wine. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS 'Petites Noix' 1er Cru Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS 'Petites Noix' 1er Cru Domaine Stéphane Magnien

75cl bottles, case of 6

(From the centre of town, just in front of the Clos de Lambrays winery and buildings.) Stéphane says these vineyards always give a more blocky, robust wine - and it is true here. Intense, rose (From the centre of town, just in front of the Clos de Lambrays winery and buildings.) Stéphane says these vineyards always give a more blocky, robust wine - and it is true here. Intense, rose petals and cooked red cherry. Lots of hard breadth and power. Big shoulders; a broad firmer feel. Fresh, plus carré, but great weight of matter. Powerful stuff. Needs time, but ace. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Faconnières Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Faconnières Domaine Stéphane Magnien

75cl bottles, case of 6

(Just below Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Vineyard). Riper nose than Sentiers. More sweet black and red plummy fruits in play. Nice palate. Serious. Broad shouldered but not tough, just good pinning in (Just below Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Vineyard). Riper nose than Sentiers. More sweet black and red plummy fruits in play. Nice palate. Serious. Broad shouldered but not tough, just good pinning in from mineral, smoky framework but super weight of 'a point' strawberry, summer pudding fruit. Finishes with a more leafy, herby lift. Round, deep and 'gourmand'. This has an inescapable, expressive, bright and sexy flow, but serious too. Fabulous. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Sentiers Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Sentiers Domaine Stéphane Magnien

75cl bottles, case of 6

(Just under Bonnes Mares) Stéphane is employing a very dynamic approach here both in the vineyards and in the cellar. Removed the leaves from the north side of the rows in this vineyard (which took (Just under Bonnes Mares) Stéphane is employing a very dynamic approach here both in the vineyards and in the cellar. Removed the leaves from the north side of the rows in this vineyard (which took 3 weeks in the middle of the season) but he is aiming for more ripeness than before from these vines. Also with the fermentation this year he is now pumping over rather than pushing down the cap. Trying to reduce tannins and add openness to the wines. There is clear progress being made. this is impressive. Less power or impact than the Chambolle VV, but this is elegant and well ripened fruit red fruit some clove and pretty spice too, nicely balanced, weight and lift. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CLOS SAINT DENIS Grand Cru Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2016 CLOS SAINT DENIS Grand Cru Domaine Stéphane Magnien

75cl bottles, case of 6

Lovely intense juice. Not too beefy or broad. Fine but concentrated. So densely packed with tight flavours of ripened plum, dark cherry, blueberry. Impressive. There's a Mure liqueur again whiff and Lovely intense juice. Not too beefy or broad. Fine but concentrated. So densely packed with tight flavours of ripened plum, dark cherry, blueberry. Impressive. There's a Mure liqueur again whiff and then a cassis crunch too, really good. 65 year old vines. Energy levels high in this. A verve. Stéphane explains that after 1936 the Clos St Denis Grand Cru became 6.6 HA having been just 3 HA before. Their vines are at the heart of the original 3 HA Grand Cru, before expansion. Very noble with lovely perk and then some grip. His rows are right next to Ponsot & Dujac. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Stéphane Magnien

75cl bottles, case of 6

(in fact is a Mazoyeres Chambertin) Some spritz in the wine at this point in its élevage, this will pass. At its core this is darker fruited than the Clos St Denis. Deeply sexy. With a fine mineral (in fact is a Mazoyeres Chambertin) Some spritz in the wine at this point in its élevage, this will pass. At its core this is darker fruited than the Clos St Denis. Deeply sexy. With a fine mineral undercurrent but powerful and intense. Delicious. 'Un Grand Classique' is what Stephane claims - and he is right - a great clasic style that will stand the test of time. More mineral, more tension than some. But really Charmes nonetheless. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Lignier-Michelot

A domaine of 11 hectares, 25% regionals, 50% Villages, 20% Premiers crus and 5% Grands Crus. Virgile Lignier's wines have a lovely combination of enough body and richness, combined with a lively clarity of expression. The old vines village cuvées are seriously good, and great value too. Going up the scale each site seems to speak very clearly of its source and there is a brightness and energy along with full, seamless fruit. Virgile's 2016s were all showing brilliantly when we visited in November, and this domaine is in our view one to follow very closely as the prices have not yet caught up with the growing quality.

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2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Cuvée Bertin Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Cuvée Bertin Domaine Lignier-Michelot

75cl bottles, case of 12

(from Les Seuvrées and Les Murots). A much earthier and more sauvage-inflected nose exhibits nuances of underbrush and humus on the combination of red and dark currant aromas. There is once again (from Les Seuvrées and Les Murots). A much earthier and more sauvage-inflected nose exhibits nuances of underbrush and humus on the combination of red and dark currant aromas. There is once again excellent power and concentration to the medium-bodied flavors that possess a caressing mouthfeel thanks to the abundant amount of dry extract, all wrapped in a driving and slightly rustic finish. This too is excellent for its level. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 89-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2018)

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2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS Rue de Vergy Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS Rue de Vergy Domaine Lignier-Michelot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Nose here is generous and ripe - then the first hit on the palate far more restrained ripeness - good feel, but a nice lick of acidity carries the fruit on. In the mouth it gains weight, there's a Nose here is generous and ripe - then the first hit on the palate far more restrained ripeness - good feel, but a nice lick of acidity carries the fruit on. In the mouth it gains weight, there's a lovely texture - which slowly fills out. Fruit gets deeper, riper, and broader, but it is super and not heavy in any way. Minerality kicks in towards the end and grips this more and more - lovely, smart kit that will be excellent - but needs a moment. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS Vieilles Vignes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS Vieilles Vignes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

75cl bottles, case of 12

From three parcels - Tres Girard, Chenevery and Cognées, all over 60 years old. Again a great, precise attack. Lovely, cleanly delineated fruit. Red and pert - then some more leafy, crunchy From three parcels - Tres Girard, Chenevery and Cognées, all over 60 years old. Again a great, precise attack. Lovely, cleanly delineated fruit. Red and pert - then some more leafy, crunchy black-currents. A smoky lift of grippier matter joins in and builds the breadth and depth. Finishes with beautifully ripe, dense fruit. A super richness - but the lovely acidity means there is no fat or excess heft. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Vieilles Vignes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Vieilles Vignes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Good deep nose, then nice bounce to the fruit. This is pretty clean cut - quite a high line of perky fruit, quite intense, quite good definition - bright, red berries. Attractive. Good gentle grip. Good deep nose, then nice bounce to the fruit. This is pretty clean cut - quite a high line of perky fruit, quite intense, quite good definition - bright, red berries. Attractive. Good gentle grip. Lovely energetic style. Purity of fruit balances perfectly the polished tannins - but weight of fruit is good and acidity perfectly judged. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Good intensity on the nose, well ripened strawberries and red berries, follows to the palate. Sleek powerful flow. Pretty tannins, really quite sophisticated. Powerful yet not hefty - this just Good intensity on the nose, well ripened strawberries and red berries, follows to the palate. Sleek powerful flow. Pretty tannins, really quite sophisticated. Powerful yet not hefty - this just drives on through the palate. Impressive density, but slides there effortlessly, lovely Charmes smoothness. A ripeness and sleekness to the power. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Les Chenevery Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Les Chenevery Domaine Lignier-Michelot

75cl bottles, case of 6

The vines here are really on the rock - proper hard Limestone. (So Virgile picks later to add ripeness to the fruit, like with Rue de Vergy) Fruit is still crisper, a super mineral element is clean The vines here are really on the rock - proper hard Limestone. (So Virgile picks later to add ripeness to the fruit, like with Rue de Vergy) Fruit is still crisper, a super mineral element is clean and firm and bright on the attack, a harder middle, with a good richness to the fruit, but some cherry skin and grippier dry notes. Very impressive intense, powerful and super push. Impressive. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Faconnières Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Faconnières Domaine Lignier-Michelot

75cl bottles, case of 6

This similar profile to Cheseaux, but more minerality starts popping out in the palate. good, stony clean peps punctuate the mid palate. A touch saline - working hand in hand with the nicely shaped This similar profile to Cheseaux, but more minerality starts popping out in the palate. good, stony clean peps punctuate the mid palate. A touch saline - working hand in hand with the nicely shaped red and black fruit, there's an underlying slick ripeness and depth, complex and satisfying. This vineyard is limestone mixed with some softer Marne. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Aux Chezeaux Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Aux Chezeaux Domaine Lignier-Michelot

75cl bottles, case of 6

More perk here than the Charmes. It is more intense, with less of a shadow of mineral drive - this is more direct, more clean-cut, but a good weight too. Very appetising, very succulent. More perk here than the Charmes. It is more intense, with less of a shadow of mineral drive - this is more direct, more clean-cut, but a good weight too. Very appetising, very succulent. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CLOS DE LA ROCHE Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 CLOS DE LA ROCHE Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Lots of whole bunch here too. Great intensity, great power. this pings with energy, great precision too, an absolute humdinger. Superbly compact ripe red fruit, some cranberry too - with just enough Lots of whole bunch here too. Great intensity, great power. this pings with energy, great precision too, an absolute humdinger. Superbly compact ripe red fruit, some cranberry too - with just enough cut and acidity - mouthwatering, long and powerful. Tannins are a little firmer, but this is super - power, depth, density and precision. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CLOS SAINT DENIS Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 CLOS SAINT DENIS Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Unusually in 2016 Virgile did no pigeage, except at the end. 100% Whole bunch - this helps fill up the fermenting tank as he had only one barrel's worth of fruit. the stems make up about 20% more Unusually in 2016 Virgile did no pigeage, except at the end. 100% Whole bunch - this helps fill up the fermenting tank as he had only one barrel's worth of fruit. the stems make up about 20% more volume. Fantastic impact at first inspection. So sleek on the attack, sublimely easy glide across the palate. Not rich, but beautifully ripe, 'a point' red fruit. Soft strawberries and lovely spice. Such sleek tannins, super fine feel. Long and pure, fruit is great and stems add that extra dimension of structure and intensity. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

75cl bottles, case of 6

2016 is the last vintage for Virgile here - as the vines have been sold. Great sweet and easy attack. Lovely creamy fruit. Lots of warm strawberries, some greener raspberry leaf notes too - 2016 is the last vintage for Virgile here - as the vines have been sold. Great sweet and easy attack. Lovely creamy fruit. Lots of warm strawberries, some greener raspberry leaf notes too - delicious and sexy. Great mineral undercurrent as well - a fine line just checks the fruit and focuses the whole. Impressive balance. Super drive - charming! Finish is powdery and dusty fruit and stones. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Vignerons since the seventeenth century, the Confuron family even have a strain of Pinot Noir named after them - Pinot Confuron. The domaine has several Grands Crus vineyards as well as the Premier Cru vineyard of Les Suchots, making it one of the very top domaines of the Côte de Nuits. The Confurons have always used whole-bunch fermentation, picking very late. In fact, a bit like the Thévenets with their whites in the Maconnais, they pick so much later that they can seem to have different vintages to everyone else. Yves also makes the wines at Domaine de Courcel in Pommard. Don't miss those either. But also don't think of opening any of them young - these are meant for the long haul.

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2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Very Confuron - this is serious, intense and darkly joyous. Juicy black plum fruit a touch of chocolate powder too. Some damson fruit and spice. Some granite. Some chew. Wow - bold Bourgogne, but Very Confuron - this is serious, intense and darkly joyous. Juicy black plum fruit a touch of chocolate powder too. Some damson fruit and spice. Some granite. Some chew. Wow - bold Bourgogne, but good. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 VOSNE ROMANÉE Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 VOSNE ROMANÉE Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is direct, clean with a good minerally grip. Firm and quite taut feel to the fruit, this is the Confuron way. Lovely fruit. Dark and joyous. Long. Intense and great depth of black plum and This is direct, clean with a good minerally grip. Firm and quite taut feel to the fruit, this is the Confuron way. Lovely fruit. Dark and joyous. Long. Intense and great depth of black plum and blackberries that just add a burst of good acidity. Long and delicious feel. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 NUITS SAINT GEORGES Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 NUITS SAINT GEORGES Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Intense again. Upfront there is toffee and chewy dates and some harder plum flesh. THe mid-palate is loaded with fruit. Superbly fine-grained tannins add lovely texture and a gentle firmness. Long Intense again. Upfront there is toffee and chewy dates and some harder plum flesh. THe mid-palate is loaded with fruit. Superbly fine-grained tannins add lovely texture and a gentle firmness. Long and intense. Smooth, yet quite thick. This is slightly in the 'Vosne' style, sexy and sleek Nuits. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Hello! Touch of toffee again. Delicious ripe black cherry juice, but absolutely not sweet. Perfectly poised and lots of black fruits. Finesse of tannin is superb - Yves compares it to 2003. Darkly Hello! Touch of toffee again. Delicious ripe black cherry juice, but absolutely not sweet. Perfectly poised and lots of black fruits. Finesse of tannin is superb - Yves compares it to 2003. Darkly rich and satisfying. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 6

This has a lovely, inviting and pretty nose. Very scented, floral notes of rose petal, lavender too. Elegant feel. This is more pretty and silky, but then the fruit is harder, less soft, less rich. This has a lovely, inviting and pretty nose. Very scented, floral notes of rose petal, lavender too. Elegant feel. This is more pretty and silky, but then the fruit is harder, less soft, less rich. Damson and raspberry juice here. Very pure and long, just a little more linear for this cellar keeps it more pert and bright feeling. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Craipillot Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Craipillot Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Good red fruit - riper middle, yet compacted nicely. So much going this will need time. Intense, lovely mineral feel and drive. Such polished tannins again. Lovely matiere, bright and bouncy too. Good red fruit - riper middle, yet compacted nicely. So much going this will need time. Intense, lovely mineral feel and drive. Such polished tannins again. Lovely matiere, bright and bouncy too. Great stuff - brilliantly balanced. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 NUITS SAINT GEORGES 1er Cru Les Vignes Rondes Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 NUITS SAINT GEORGES 1er Cru Les Vignes Rondes Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Because of where Yves vines are here this again has some classic 'Vosne side' style and feel. Violets on the nose, some lovely floral dried red petals and interesting perky fruit too. More serious, Because of where Yves vines are here this again has some classic 'Vosne side' style and feel. Violets on the nose, some lovely floral dried red petals and interesting perky fruit too. More serious, more intense fruit power in the middle. Firm core, some leather and stones. Tough earthy minerality adds a sense of restraint, but this is broad and richly satisfying. Powerful flavour, nice sleek, soft lines a big 'Rondes' feel, impressive stuff. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 NUITS SAINT GEORGES 1er Cru Les Vignes Rondes Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 NUITS SAINT GEORGES 1er Cru Les Vignes Rondes Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Because of where Yves vines are here this again has some classic 'Vosne side' style and feel. Violets on the nose, some lovely floral dried red petals and interesting perky fruit too. More serious, Because of where Yves vines are here this again has some classic 'Vosne side' style and feel. Violets on the nose, some lovely floral dried red petals and interesting perky fruit too. More serious, more intense fruit power in the middle. Firm core, some leather and stones. Tough earthy minerality adds a sense of restraint, but this is broad and richly satisfying. Powerful flavour, nice sleek, soft lines a big 'Rondes' feel, impressive stuff. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 VOSNE ROMANÉE 1er Cru Suchots Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 VOSNE ROMANÉE 1er Cru Suchots Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 6

On the nose this is less expressive, less shouty than the Nuits just tasted. A subtle attractive fruit is quite shy for now. The feel is really good though, nicely weighted and an immense drive of On the nose this is less expressive, less shouty than the Nuits just tasted. A subtle attractive fruit is quite shy for now. The feel is really good though, nicely weighted and an immense drive of minerality. Then some dark-tinged raspberry notes. Black raspberries is what comes to mind. Small Hawthorne berries and a blue flowery petal. Really very pretty by the finish. Pumped up with fun. Quite a journey - I really look forward to watching this evolve over time. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 VOSNE ROMANÉE 1er Cru Suchots Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 VOSNE ROMANÉE 1er Cru Suchots Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 12

On the nose this is less expressive, less shouty than the Nuits just tasted. A subtle attractive fruit is quite shy for now. The feel is really good though, nicely weighted and an immense drive of On the nose this is less expressive, less shouty than the Nuits just tasted. A subtle attractive fruit is quite shy for now. The feel is really good though, nicely weighted and an immense drive of minerality. Then some dark-tinged raspberry notes. Black raspberries is what comes to mind. Small Hawthorne berries and a blue flowery petal. Really very pretty by the finish. Pumped up with fun. Quite a journey - I really look forward to watching this evolve over time. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Petite Chapelle Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Petite Chapelle Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 6

More intense, more grip, more drive than the Craipillots. But lovely aromatics too - to back this impressive brawn too. Blackcurrants and cream. A gentle sucrosity builds here, this is a baby - More intense, more grip, more drive than the Craipillots. But lovely aromatics too - to back this impressive brawn too. Blackcurrants and cream. A gentle sucrosity builds here, this is a baby - brooding and loaded with promise. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Derrière la Grange Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Derrière la Grange Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Easier, more flow, more ease. Gorgoeus Chambolle fleshy suppleness. Lovely pretty fruit. Soft, balances crunchiness with a sweet middle. Good and clever stuff from Yves - after tasting the Gevreys Easier, more flow, more ease. Gorgoeus Chambolle fleshy suppleness. Lovely pretty fruit. Soft, balances crunchiness with a sweet middle. Good and clever stuff from Yves - after tasting the Gevreys this is a gentle reprieve for the palate somehow, just a touch more gentle and easy to understand at this stage from barrel. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Derrière la Grange Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Derrière la Grange Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Easier, more flow, more ease. Gorgoeus Chambolle fleshy suppleness. Lovely pretty fruit. Soft, balances crunchiness with a sweet middle. Good and clever stuff from Yves - after tasting the Gevreys Easier, more flow, more ease. Gorgoeus Chambolle fleshy suppleness. Lovely pretty fruit. Soft, balances crunchiness with a sweet middle. Good and clever stuff from Yves - after tasting the Gevreys this is a gentle reprieve for the palate somehow, just a touch more gentle and easy to understand at this stage from barrel. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Lavaut Saint Jacques Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Lavaut Saint Jacques Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Cask sample. More meaty and savoury than their Petite Chapelle, and much more restrained and austere on the palate. Boxy structure, flashes of bitter, herby character to finish. Cask sample. More meaty and savoury than their Petite Chapelle, and much more restrained and austere on the palate. Boxy structure, flashes of bitter, herby character to finish. Drinking range: 2026 - 2042 Rating: 17+ Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2018)

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2016 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Yikes. There is a buzz here. Lovely, pert, dark fruit. But this is upfront and the middle is deliciously ripe. Loaded with spice, lots of whole bunch chewiness is in evidence. I like darkness which Yikes. There is a buzz here. Lovely, pert, dark fruit. But this is upfront and the middle is deliciously ripe. Loaded with spice, lots of whole bunch chewiness is in evidence. I like darkness which gently begins to shroud the palate. Serious dark fruit and brood. Great feel though, such a suave texture of tannins. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Yikes. There is a buzz here. Lovely, pert, dark fruit. But this is upfront and the middle is deliciously ripe. Loaded with spice, lots of whole bunch chewiness is in evidence. I like darkness which Yikes. There is a buzz here. Lovely, pert, dark fruit. But this is upfront and the middle is deliciously ripe. Loaded with spice, lots of whole bunch chewiness is in evidence. I like darkness which gently begins to shroud the palate. Serious dark fruit and brood. Great feel though, such a suave texture of tannins. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 6

tasted in the cellar, this wine is only a third of its way through the malolactic fermentation and yet is already looking good and a pleasure to taste - the future looks very promising! Nose has a tasted in the cellar, this wine is only a third of its way through the malolactic fermentation and yet is already looking good and a pleasure to taste - the future looks very promising! Nose has a wealthy of more herby notes, more leafy feel. The fruit is brighter, red beries, ripened cranberry and soft raspberry gives the feel of more acidity and perk - but delicious and so softly fruited for Confuron, so smooth despite being not finished with the malo. Really impressed. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 6

This is alive with energy. Pings around. This zip balances brilliantly with the lovely brooding, wild berry fruit. Rich middle, dark plum and juicy baked blackberry fruit but a lovely weight, a This is alive with energy. Pings around. This zip balances brilliantly with the lovely brooding, wild berry fruit. Rich middle, dark plum and juicy baked blackberry fruit but a lovely weight, a lovely ripeness. Very good indeed. Again such super slick tannins add a neat frame to the fruit and the power - carry this on and on. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MAZIS CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 MAZIS CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 3

(from a tiny .08 ha parcel of 40+ year old vines located in Mazis-Haut that normally produce only one barrel). A more deeply pitched nose displays ripe yet wonderfully fresh aromas of cassis, humus, (from a tiny .08 ha parcel of 40+ year old vines located in Mazis-Haut that normally produce only one barrel). A more deeply pitched nose displays ripe yet wonderfully fresh aromas of cassis, humus, underbrush, smoke and the classic sauvage notes. The imposingly-scaled flavors possess a similar mouthfeel to those of the Clos de Vougeot with excellent power, density and muscle though here there is markedly more minerality on the hugely long finish that is shaped by a very prominent tannic spine. This is clearly built for the long-term and is going to need extended cellaring. Drinking range: 2036 - Rating: 93-95 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2018)

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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 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Les Grands Chaillots Thibault Liger-Belair

2016 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Les Grands Chaillots Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, case of 12

Peppy and nice. Juicy, grippy - but well shaped. Good bones. Ripe fruit but with just enough crunch. Sophisticated Bourgogne. Peppy and nice. Juicy, grippy - but well shaped. Good bones. Ripe fruit but with just enough crunch. Sophisticated Bourgogne. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Thibault Liger-Belair

2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, case of 12

Thibault's 1st vintage from this vineyard.. 10% Whole bunch 0.9 HA form 9 plots, - should get up to 20 'pieces' in a good, steady vintage. Lovely broad feel. Sweet fruit. Mostly 80 year old vines. Thibault's 1st vintage from this vineyard.. 10% Whole bunch 0.9 HA form 9 plots, - should get up to 20 'pieces' in a good, steady vintage. Lovely broad feel. Sweet fruit. Mostly 80 year old vines. Youngest are 40+. Really sexy and upfront. Not overripe - but just 'bosh here you go' creamy, smooth and very pretty. Violet and blue fruits, floral. Easy yet somehow fine and delicate strains to it. Precise and direct but still very 'Chambolle' says Thibault. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

The steady progression of this domaine has been fascinating to watch as Thibault gradually refines his approach to each parcel of vines, and there can be no question with the commissioning of his new state of the art cellar this year that the 2016s are among the best he has ever made. Viticulture is biodynamic (since 2005), yields low but not ludicrously low, everything is pragmatic, so that he should be doing just what is necessary and no more. He uses 40-50% new wood maximum, with wood chosen and aged by him, and barrels made with almost no toasting. The wines are bright, pure, focused, aromatic and elegant without lacking anything in the way of stuffing.

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2016 HAUTES CÔTES DE NUITS Trois Terroirs Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

2016 HAUTES CÔTES DE NUITS Trois Terroirs Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, case of 6

Just one cuvée this year - from the 3 vineyards. 100 de-stemmed. Bright, touch of Creamola Foam - a sherberty zippy, creamy blue fruit. Nice. Pretty. Fun. Upbeat and no hardness, but not too big Just one cuvée this year - from the 3 vineyards. 100 de-stemmed. Bright, touch of Creamola Foam - a sherberty zippy, creamy blue fruit. Nice. Pretty. Fun. Upbeat and no hardness, but not too big and bold. Elegant and poised. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 NUITS SAINT GEORGES Charmotte Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

2016 NUITS SAINT GEORGES Charmotte Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, case of 6

Good bounce here. Good power to the black fleshed fruit. A tad firmer, a savoury, meaty whiff and some minerality there too which really drives it on. Affected by frost and mildew - just 6 barrels Good bounce here. Good power to the black fleshed fruit. A tad firmer, a savoury, meaty whiff and some minerality there too which really drives it on. Affected by frost and mildew - just 6 barrels this year from 1 HA, a very poor yield. But what there is, is good! More bold than the Chambolle, but still pretty fruit. Not too in your face. Nicely showy and complex. Good. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 VOSNE ROMANÉE Aux Réas Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

2016 VOSNE ROMANÉE Aux Réas Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, case of 6

Down to half the normal harvest this year. This is red fruited, with lovely brisk acidity. An appetising, clean and perky core. Redcurrants and cranberry. but then a gently grippy edge builds. All Down to half the normal harvest this year. This is red fruited, with lovely brisk acidity. An appetising, clean and perky core. Redcurrants and cranberry. but then a gently grippy edge builds. All bunches are de-stemmed as Thibault did not want to add further tension here between the bright fruit and the more earthy, ineral undertones. Not lean, but retrained and pert certainly. Mineral and aerien. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 NUITS SAINT GEORGES 1er Cru Les Saint Georges Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

2016 NUITS SAINT GEORGES 1er Cru Les Saint Georges Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

8 barrels here from 2 HA, Frost hit this quite hard. 10 barrels per hectare is normal. Thibault likes the reduction caused by malolactic fermentation. Adds an inky character, more subtle than 8 barrels here from 2 HA, Frost hit this quite hard. 10 barrels per hectare is normal. Thibault likes the reduction caused by malolactic fermentation. Adds an inky character, more subtle than reduction in the initial fermentation. Very sexy. Fine grippy tannins are firm but sleek, and sit well with the well poised dark berry fruit. Clean, firm but sweetly ripe in the middle. Dense and intense, but good, needs time. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Aux Charmes Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Aux Charmes Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

70% Whole bunch this year, which adds a great dimension you can sot just towards the finish. On the attack this is loaded with lovely Christmas spices mixed well with sprightly, bright, red 70% Whole bunch this year, which adds a great dimension you can sot just towards the finish. On the attack this is loaded with lovely Christmas spices mixed well with sprightly, bright, red fruits. There are pale plum notes and super aromatics of flowers too. Really flattering, really fun. 'Charmant'. A very good Charmes. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

2016 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

40% Whole Bunch this year. For now from barrel the oak is quite present. Some ginger powder spice to the perky black fruit. Blueberries too. But bright - then a denser middle, framed by minerality 40% Whole Bunch this year. For now from barrel the oak is quite present. Some ginger powder spice to the perky black fruit. Blueberries too. But bright - then a denser middle, framed by minerality too. Impressive drive here, a subtle underlying power. Powerful, dense. Nice zip and tension. Long and with an exciting buzz about it. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 RICHEBOURG Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

2016 RICHEBOURG Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

30% Whole bunch as Thibault feels this can make the wine seem more open. Jasmin is certainly there as suggested by Thibault, but lovely spices too. 5 spice, richer fruit, dark but ripe. Good and 30% Whole bunch as Thibault feels this can make the wine seem more open. Jasmin is certainly there as suggested by Thibault, but lovely spices too. 5 spice, richer fruit, dark but ripe. Good and powerful. Intense. Black wine gums here and such a sleek feel in the mouth. Deep and dense fruit, but a lovely lifting acidity too. I like this impressive wine very much. L&S (Oct 2017)

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