White Half-bottles


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Domaine des Hâtes

It is no surprise that Domaine des Hâtes has been recently hailed as '.. one of the new Chablis growers to watch out for..' by the Robert Parker team. Our first visit there in November was very memorable and the work going on here is hugely impressive. Pierrick Laroche is a charming young man and a very talented winemaker. He owns 12 Hectares of Chablis vineyards and a complete Hectare of 1er Cru Homme Mort, which he labels as 'Fourchaume L'Homme Mort'. It is all about freshness and precision here. Picking perhaps earlier than some of his neighbours Pierrick captures beautiful acidity and brightness of fruit - he then loves giving the wine a long élevage in tank to build texture and weight and complexity. He is not averse to using oak - but it is done at a very minimal level with just the 1er Cru wine having less than 25% oak ageing. The results are super, bright, elegant wines but with a real shape and feel - classical, but interesting Chablis.

2016 CHABLIS Domaine des Hâtes

2016 CHABLIS Domaine des Hâtes

Half-bottles, case of 12

Great impact here on the nose - this was bottled on the 10th of December (less than a month ago) and Pierrick explains some of the expression is muted for now as a result - and yet this is still very Great impact here on the nose - this was bottled on the 10th of December (less than a month ago) and Pierrick explains some of the expression is muted for now as a result - and yet this is still very appealing! Classic Chablis flavours with a limey pithy undercurrent and some nice weighty matter in the middle. Just a whiff of more chalky, mineral stoniness adds a smart frame. What's not to like? And this will only become more fun. A great vintage here. L&S (Jan 2018)

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Domaine Adhémar et Francis Boudin

Domaine Adhémar & Francis Boudin, also known as Domaine de Chantemerle, has supplied L&S since our very first list. Adhémar, who sadly departed on his 96th birthday in the late autumn of 2016, was a well-known personality, never short of a story. He was in the leading group of the pioneering growers who cleared scrub and planted some of the original Chablis vineyards. It was hard, and he only stopped keeping cows alongside ('if you didn't have a cow or two you died of hunger') in the mid 1950s. It is astonishing to think that the Premiers Crus were only defined in 1975. Francis, who has obviously been in charge for may years, continues to make wines which from this sector at La Chapelle Vaupelteigne, next to the Fourchaume escarpment, gets good ripeness and the wines here are quite fat and supple, while still retaining the classic Chablis minerality.

2016 CHABLIS Domaine Adhémar et Francis Boudin

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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Fourchaume Domaine Adhémar et Francis Boudin

2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Fourchaume Domaine Adhémar et Francis Boudin

Half-bottles, case of 12

Peanuts, dairy, lime and apple – vocal and typical. Expressive and layered with lovely pith on the finish. Peanuts, dairy, lime and apple – vocal and typical. Expressive and layered with lovely pith on the finish. Drinking range: 2017 - 2023 Rating: 17 Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2018)

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Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson

It is a long time now since Marie Jacqueson was named 'Young Winemaker of the Year' at the Hospices de Beaune in 2010. Working closely with her father Paul, she represents the third generation of Jacquesons to be making wine here since her grandfather Henri started off in the 1950's with a small parcel of Aligoté.</p> <p>They continue to craft beautiful wines punching well above their weight for the appellation. The family are now well settled in their beautifully equipped, huge cellars directly below their house, less charming perhaps than the original topsy turvy levels of their original space - but eminently more practical and certainly gives them awesome control of every stage of the vinification and elevage. Part of the secret of this domaine has always been the quality of the élevage in barrel. Some of the best examples of what is achievable here in this beautiful corner of the Côte Chalonnaise are made in this cellar, and at some of the most reasonable prices.</p> <p>The white wines here are refined and hugely impressive and the reds are a joy - silky and expressive and represent real bargains. In 2016 the family has bought a further 5 hectares in prime spots - mostly for red, but with just over a hectare of white too.

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2016 RULLY 1er Cru La Pucelle Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson

2016 RULLY 1er Cru La Pucelle Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson

Half-bottles, case of 24

Tasted after just 2 days in bottle. More cream than the village wine, more ripeness. Wood really well tucked in. Great feel, broad, ripe fruit - nice weight of fruit - but still good shape - nice Tasted after just 2 days in bottle. More cream than the village wine, more ripeness. Wood really well tucked in. Great feel, broad, ripe fruit - nice weight of fruit - but still good shape - nice bright lines. Detailed. Good impact and flows on beyond with a nice bright kick. Mostly Calcaire with 30% Clay. Focus and purity - but not slight. L&S (Dec 2017)

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Domaine Hubert Lamy

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

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2016 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Frionnes Domaine Hubert Lamy

2016 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Frionnes Domaine Hubert Lamy

Half-bottles, case of 24

This is the proper blend with the old and middled aged vines. It has fruit and minerality. Quite floral, juicy and this has much more energy than the young vines in the press experiment. This is the proper blend with the old and middled aged vines. It has fruit and minerality. Quite floral, juicy and this has much more energy than the young vines in the press experiment. This really has much more zip and a freshness to the finish than the younger vines in the press experiment. This is very nicely layered too. Drinking range: 2020 - Rating: 15.5 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2017)

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Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

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

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2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Half-bottles, case of 12

(no Chenes this year - all in this village wine, as pre 2015.) Tasted from barrel. The weight strikes you immediately in the mouth. Good caramelly, nicely oaky feel, smartly judged. Quite broad (no Chenes this year - all in this village wine, as pre 2015.) Tasted from barrel. The weight strikes you immediately in the mouth. Good caramelly, nicely oaky feel, smartly judged. Quite broad fruit. Nicely weighted. Is good. Nice spiced-loaf note - tea cake with butter oozing. Yum. Unmistakably White Burgundy. L&S (Oct 2017)

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

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

Half-bottles, case of 12

This is very attractive. Bright fruit notes, but full too. Good clean, obvious fun. Quite a presence. Long, and the more mineral core keeps on pushing. No chance to make Les Fairandes this year, all This is very attractive. Bright fruit notes, but full too. Good clean, obvious fun. Quite a presence. Long, and the more mineral core keeps on pushing. No chance to make Les Fairandes this year, all in with this. Lemon and ripe limes. A superb citrus cocktail of bright flavours and cut here. L&S (Oct 2017)

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