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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 VOLNAY 1er Cru Santenots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Santenots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

Magnums, case of 6

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 POMMARD 1er Cru Épenots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Épenots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

Magnums, case of 6

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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2016 POMMARD Vignots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 POMMARD Vignots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

Magnums, case of 6

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 VOLNAY Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 VOLNAY Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

Magnums, case of 6

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 BEAUNE 1er Cru Reversées Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2016 BEAUNE 1er Cru Reversées Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

Magnums, case of 3

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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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 POMMARD 1er Cru Clos des Épeneaux Domaine Comte Armand

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Clos des Épeneaux Domaine Comte Armand

Magnums, wood case of 3

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

Jeroboam, 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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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.
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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

Magnums, 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 Grand Clos des Épenots Domaine de Courcel

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

Jeroboam, wood case of 1

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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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 FIXIN Petits Crais Domaine Huguenot

2016 FIXIN Petits Crais Domaine Huguenot

Magnums, wood case of 6

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 Champs Perdrix Domaine Huguenot

2016 MARSANNAY Champs Perdrix Domaine Huguenot

Magnums, case of 6

Cask sample. Punchy black fruit, tense acidity on the palate with reasonably full body to match. Good length, with clove spice and a touch of herbal garrigue adding interest. Cask sample. Punchy black fruit, tense acidity on the palate with reasonably full body to match. Good length, with clove spice and a touch of herbal garrigue adding interest. Drinking range: 2019 - 2029 Rating: 17 Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2018)

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2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Les Crais Domaine Huguenot

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Les Crais Domaine Huguenot

Magnums, wood case of 6

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

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 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 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Domaine Thierry Mortet

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Domaine Thierry Mortet

Magnums, case of 6

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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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 1er Cru Faconnières Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Faconnières Domaine Stéphane Magnien

Magnums, case of 3

(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 CLOS SAINT DENIS Grand Cru Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2016 CLOS SAINT DENIS Grand Cru Domaine Stéphane Magnien

Magnums, case of 3

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

Magnums, case of 3

(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 MOREY SAINT DENIS Rue de Vergy Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS Rue de Vergy Domaine Lignier-Michelot

Magnums, case of 3

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 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Vieilles Vignes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Vieilles Vignes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

Magnums, case of 3

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 Les Chenevery Domaine Lignier-Michelot

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

Magnums, case of 3

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 Charmes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

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

Magnums, case of 3

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 Faconnières Domaine Lignier-Michelot

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

Magnums, case of 3

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 CLOS DE LA ROCHE Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 CLOS DE LA ROCHE Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

Magnums, case of 3

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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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 VOSNE ROMANÉE Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 VOSNE ROMANÉE Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Magnums, case of 6

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 1er Cru Les Vignes Rondes Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

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

Magnums, 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 VOSNE ROMANÉE 1er Cru Suchots Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

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

Magnums, 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 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Magnums, case of 3

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 VOSNE ROMANÉE 1er Cru Suchots Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

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

Jeroboam, case of 1

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 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Jeroboam, case of 1

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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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 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

Magnums, wood case of 3

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

Magnums, wood case of 3

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

Magnums, wood case of 3

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

Magnums, wood case of 1

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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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

Jeroboam, wood case of 1

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 RICHEBOURG Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

2016 RICHEBOURG Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

Jeroboam, wood case of 1

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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Domaine des Lambrays

Thierry Brouin is handing over the reins to Boris Champy, but is still on hand for now, we had a great tasting with both of these delightful (and hugely talented) men in October to assess the 2016 vintage, which is looking fantastic. The team continues to do a magnificent job at this monopole Grand Cru vineyard which is very well-placed next to Clos de Tart at the top of the village of Morey-Saint-Denis. The wines are opulent and rich yet still well-defined and freshly fragrant, and there's a tiny volume of top-notch Puligny too.
2016 CLOS DES LAMBRAYS Grand Cru Domaine des Lambrays

2016 CLOS DES LAMBRAYS Grand Cru Domaine des Lambrays

Magnums, wood case of 3

Nice nose. Gently rich and warm. Nice woody spices. Touch smokey. On Palate there is a younger feel. Sculpted and sprightly with juicy acidity. Lovely ripe fruit, but so much more fresh and tart. Nice nose. Gently rich and warm. Nice woody spices. Touch smokey. On Palate there is a younger feel. Sculpted and sprightly with juicy acidity. Lovely ripe fruit, but so much more fresh and tart. Great texture, wood seems to fit in so well. Deliciously integrated. Tricky season there was the frost - although not a big deal in Morey then it stayed cold. June was tricky. Some Mildew which killed a lot of fruit that had survived the Frost! By July and August conditions were excellent - and all turned out nice. Assemblage was done in March 2017 after the Malolactic had finished - so from barrel we could taste the final blend already. 85% whole Bunch. 30% more available in 2016 than 2015. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CLOS DES LAMBRAYS Grand Cru Domaine des Lambrays

2016 CLOS DES LAMBRAYS Grand Cru Domaine des Lambrays

Jeroboam, wood case of 1

Nice nose. Gently rich and warm. Nice woody spices. Touch smokey. On Palate there is a younger feel. Sculpted and sprightly with juicy acidity. Lovely ripe fruit, but so much more fresh and tart. Nice nose. Gently rich and warm. Nice woody spices. Touch smokey. On Palate there is a younger feel. Sculpted and sprightly with juicy acidity. Lovely ripe fruit, but so much more fresh and tart. Great texture, wood seems to fit in so well. Deliciously integrated. Tricky season there was the frost - although not a big deal in Morey then it stayed cold. June was tricky. Some Mildew which killed a lot of fruit that had survived the Frost! By July and August conditions were excellent - and all turned out nice. Assemblage was done in March 2017 after the Malolactic had finished - so from barrel we could taste the final blend already. 85% whole Bunch. 30% more available in 2016 than 2015. L&S (Oct 2017)

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