1er Cru Selection

It's always difficult to select out from the whole list, but here are a few Premiers Crus which have stood out for us at our various tastings of the 2016 vintage.


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Domaine Denis Pommier

Denis and Isabelle Pommier have come a long way since they inherited 2 hectares of vines in 1990. They bottled their first wine in 1994 and now produce fabulous wines from their 18 hectares of vineyards. The Petit Chablis is brisk and fresh - made entirely in stainless steel - while the Premier Crus benefit from a small amount of barrel-fermentation and élevage. The Troësmes is relatively rounder, while the Côte de Léchet is the one for fans of the slatier, crystalline side of minerality. Keep either of the premiers crus four to six years. The fuller Troësmes used to be called Beauroy - it's from a smaller part of the larger area that can be called Beauroy, but the Pommiers wanted to be more specific and use the name of this particular parcel. It can keep perhaps a year or two longer than the Côte de Léchet.

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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Côte de Léchet Domaine Denis Pommier

75cl bottles, case of 12

This will be bottled in the Spring of 2018. Denis says that after the wines' 2nd winter in the cellar they will take on more focus and the mineral edge will come out more. Oh yes, great acidity This will be bottled in the Spring of 2018. Denis says that after the wines' 2nd winter in the cellar they will take on more focus and the mineral edge will come out more. Oh yes, great acidity here leads in to some pineapple and spiced bread. Really straight, lovely mineral core. Classic Lechet. - with a cushion of flesh too - c'est bon. Long and sleek. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Moreau-Naudet

The domaine will continue under Stéphane's wife Virginie, but we will miss the bright star that was Stéphane Moreau-Naudet, who died suddenly in September 2016. Stéphane, who was influenced by Vincent Dauvissat, who recommended him to us many years ago, was a consummate vigneron, and craftsman in the cellar, using barrel-élevage, but not in such a way that oakiness can readily be detected in the wines (all the barrels are steamed rather than charred and they use no new oak except for in the straight Chablis, and then only one barrel per 100hl in order to age it prior to using for the Premiers Crus). Wines full of racy character and complexity.

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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Montmains Domaine Moreau-Naudet

2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Montmains Domaine Moreau-Naudet

75cl bottles, case of 12

More spritzy still, great bite, great iodine-infused, clean underscore. Then a precise middle running through - a pinpoint spear of highly concentrated, zinging lemony, zippy juice. Long and bright More spritzy still, great bite, great iodine-infused, clean underscore. Then a precise middle running through - a pinpoint spear of highly concentrated, zinging lemony, zippy juice. Long and bright but not tart - just the right level of acidity. Poised. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Laurent Tribut

Laurent Tribut is married to Vincent Dauvissat's sister, Marie Clotilde. When he started he made his wines in the Dauvissat cellar in Chablis, but now this small family-run domaine is based in Poinchy just outside the city limits of Chablis. You could not hope to meet a more charming and mild-mannered man as Laurent. He is a quiet genius, making some of the purest and most wonderful wines in the appellation. With just 6 hectares the quantities are small - but the quality of all his cuvées is extraordinary. Pure, powerfully driven, classically shaped there is more than a passing similarity to the wines of his brother-in-law the head-line grabbing Vincent Dauvissat. Buyers will enjoy these super wines with some time in bottle too - there is a great ability to age and patience will pay off, just before Christmas we tasted the 1er Cru Cote de Lechet 2004 with Laurent in his cellar and although evolving beautifully, it was still bright, youthful and full of vigour.

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2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Beauroy Domaine Laurent Tribut

2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Beauroy Domaine Laurent Tribut

75cl bottles, case of 12

Great restrained texture, this is mineral is fine is intense. 'Assez tendre' says Laurent, and he is right this has a good, soft weight to it and yet there is enough tension/balance for me - but I Great restrained texture, this is mineral is fine is intense. 'Assez tendre' says Laurent, and he is right this has a good, soft weight to it and yet there is enough tension/balance for me - but I sense Lauent would prefer more tautness. However, this has great minerality - and then a soft blanket of ripe fruit too. Unmistakable Chablis, but clearly a 'solaire' year. Very attractive. L&S (Dec 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 1er Cru Champgains Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

'Plus Classique' says Laurent. Yes, there is more pep here. Less intensity, less weight - but this is still powerfully structured. Good, Solaire and yet nice length. Goes on. Honey, soft melon and 'Plus Classique' says Laurent. Yes, there is more pep here. Less intensity, less weight - but this is still powerfully structured. Good, Solaire and yet nice length. Goes on. Honey, soft melon and peach - really quite yummy - but gourmand. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Already bottled. More nutty. More woody, more mineral. Nice, pear fruit. A tasty, grippy middle. Then mineral notes take over. Not blockbusting but good drive and length. Already bottled. More nutty. More woody, more mineral. Nice, pear fruit. A tasty, grippy middle. Then mineral notes take over. Not blockbusting but good drive and length. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Henri Germain

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

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2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Morgeot Domaine Henri Germain

2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Morgeot Domaine Henri Germain

75cl bottles, case of 12

Again the minerality drives this one at the outset, but there is a softer broader mass of white fruit in the middle. Some white flowers too. Less clear acidity, but good mineral edge keeps this Again the minerality drives this one at the outset, but there is a softer broader mass of white fruit in the middle. Some white flowers too. Less clear acidity, but good mineral edge keeps this straight and nicely driven. L&S (Dec 2017)

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2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Henri Germain

2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Henri Germain

75cl bottles, case of 12

Some of this is in barrels that have not done their Malo yet, so we are tasting an unrepresentatively 'new Wooded' component.. this will mellow when assembled. In fact, the oak, although more Some of this is in barrels that have not done their Malo yet, so we are tasting an unrepresentatively 'new Wooded' component.. this will mellow when assembled. In fact, the oak, although more pronounced is not too overbearing. Nice tight clean fruit. Good toast and buttery lime curd. Clean and fresh but with good depth and texture. This is going to be great. L&S (Dec 2017)

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Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

Jean-Marc Boillot left the family domaine to be winemaker to Olivier Leflaive for five years. Then from his maternal grandfather Étienne Sauzet he inherited much of the vineyard of the old Domaine Sauzet, in some of the best vineyards of Puligny, and with this holding and others from his paternal side, he set up his own business. He makes wines that show well young, with complex exotic fruit aromas with the core of minerality, but they age well too. His daughter Lydie and son are now taking a more active role in the domaine.

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2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Champ Canet Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Champ Canet Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Vines are oldest they have in Puligny 60+ years. Highest and rockiest vineyard. A little broader impact on the nose, crisp apple and wood-spice. Well polished feel - but pretty still. Then a hit of Vines are oldest they have in Puligny 60+ years. Highest and rockiest vineyard. A little broader impact on the nose, crisp apple and wood-spice. Well polished feel - but pretty still. Then a hit of pithy Lemon juice in the mouth. This is bright and has zip, but quite shy. Sticks to its clear lemony kick. Almost gooseberry too. More linear, more closed, but long and mouthwatering. There is a fruit weight at the end under the mineral frame - that shows what will reveal itself in time. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Referts Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Referts Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 6

45-50 year old vines. More toast and spice some herby notes too add intrigue on the more savoury nose, more savoury. Then a mineralogy too. Foliage on wet marble. This is more lean in the middle. 45-50 year old vines. More toast and spice some herby notes too add intrigue on the more savoury nose, more savoury. Then a mineralogy too. Foliage on wet marble. This is more lean in the middle. More tight. But good limey citrus note and ping down the middle. Nicely weighted too. 'Tres Gourmand'. Fine feel, but not too sleek - just really good. The finish is a tad more restrained in terms of flavour and more savoury too. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Henri Boillot

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

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère Domaine Henri Boillot

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Broader, more wholesome somehow than the other Pulignys. Lovely weight. Oak is totally there but with no spikes or splinters, it's just beautifully framing the fruit already. Seamless, smooth and Broader, more wholesome somehow than the other Pulignys. Lovely weight. Oak is totally there but with no spikes or splinters, it's just beautifully framing the fruit already. Seamless, smooth and flowing so sleekly already... Really lovely bright perk to the grapefruit, it gives off a grapefruit and lemony pithiness. Delicious, powerful, yet sleek. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Genevrières Domaine Henri Boillot

2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Genevrières Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Broader, richer feel. Delivers beautifully. This is impressive! Weightier, richer - with just enough minerality and drive. Good. Broader, richer feel. Delivers beautifully. This is impressive! Weightier, richer - with just enough minerality and drive. Good. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Joseph Drouhin

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

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2016 BEAUNE 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2016 BEAUNE 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Frost did not cause too many problems here and they actually had quite bumper harvest. In 1928 Veronique's grandfather planted Chardonnay back here in this vineyard, tasting this you realise what a Frost did not cause too many problems here and they actually had quite bumper harvest. In 1928 Veronique's grandfather planted Chardonnay back here in this vineyard, tasting this you realise what a great decision this was. There is a lovely feel - quite understated for now, quite wrapped up. The middle feels softer, more gentle. Good gently pithy fruit. No sharp edges, yet not too ripe. There is super balance. Flows nicely, broadish - more honeyed and rich towards the end which builds well, this will need time. L&S (Nov 2017)

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Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

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

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2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Charmots Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Charmots Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

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

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2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

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

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Domaine Comte Armand

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

2016 AUXEY DURESSES 1er Cru Domaine Comte Armand

2016 AUXEY DURESSES 1er Cru Domaine Comte Armand

75cl bottles, case of 6

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

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2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Clos des Épeneaux Domaine Comte Armand

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Clos des Épeneaux Domaine Comte Armand

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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

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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

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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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 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 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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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 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 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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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

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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Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

Christophe is now the fourth generation of his family producing wine on the estate after his great grandfather Amédée Merme devoted himself to the management and production of wine over 130 years ago. The estate has gone from strength to strength – always keeping the highest standards. Integrated viticulture has been practiced for many years now which has been adapted especially for the terroir. No herbicide or chemical fertilizer is used, instead, Christophe prefers to “stand back and listen to this terroir, only intervening when necessary or when the weather requires it, never systematically.” We still await the offer an allocations from Christophe, so please form an orderly queue - ie send requests and we will deal with them once we know what we have. This is one of the star domaines of the whole of Burgundy.

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2016 NUITS SAINT GEORGES Cuvée Ultra 1er Cru La Richemone Christophe Perrot-Minot

2016 NUITS SAINT GEORGES Cuvée Ultra 1er Cru La Richemone Christophe Perrot-Minot

75cl bottles, case of 6

More mineral at first. Chalky, limestoney texture surrounds an intense, powerfully wrought fruit core. Black berries with good firm crunch. A blue fruit note too, then some more earthy, sous-bois More mineral at first. Chalky, limestoney texture surrounds an intense, powerfully wrought fruit core. Black berries with good firm crunch. A blue fruit note too, then some more earthy, sous-bois elements. Great crunch of blackcurrant too. Fine line - more lurking power and potential. Super fine and balanced. Walks a perfect tight-rope of harmony between push and feel. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru La Riotte Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru La Riotte Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

75cl bottles, case of 6

The vines here are on very stony soil says Christophe. Impressive aromatics, then good pure fruits, morello cherry and dark strawberries dominate the pretty. The feel is immediately of the earth, the The vines here are on very stony soil says Christophe. Impressive aromatics, then good pure fruits, morello cherry and dark strawberries dominate the pretty. The feel is immediately of the earth, the limestone - there is super restraint to the fruit for now as the mineral feel coats it so well, real elegance and pure, finesse-filled drive. Impressive already, but this will round out before bottling says Christophe, which he intends to do in February probably. L&S (Oct 2017)

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