1er Cru whites and reds

While some premier crus have sadly sold out, there are still great options available at this level for both white and red. It's well worth taking a few minutes to peruse the list in full - there are plenty of gems still to be had!


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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.
2016 CHABLIS 1er Cru Côte de Léchet Domaine Denis Pommier

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 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

75cl bottles, case of 12

The 2016 Saint Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes has an attractive bouquet with scents of citrus peel and blackcurrant leaf. It needs to develop a touch more harmony but it does appear to gain detail in the The 2016 Saint Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes has an attractive bouquet with scents of citrus peel and blackcurrant leaf. It needs to develop a touch more harmony but it does appear to gain detail in the glass. The palate is well balanced, quite primal with grapefruit and Granny Smith apple notes. There is moderate depth here, but I just find it a little conservative on the finish, as if it does not want to go that extra mile. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2017)

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2016 SANTENAY 1er Cru Clos des Gravières Domaine Hubert Lamy

2016 SANTENAY 1er Cru Clos des Gravières Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 12

Good limestone soil here - and this is clear on the palate. The nose is pretty and delicate, floral white petals. The palate has some nice weight, but the mineral, limestone hit is to the fore and Good limestone soil here - and this is clear on the palate. The nose is pretty and delicate, floral white petals. The palate has some nice weight, but the mineral, limestone hit is to the fore and gives a spic and span feel. Good flow, bright and juicy acidity, some push too - this goes on well. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Rémilly Domaine Hubert Lamy

2016 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Rémilly Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 12

Nice and bright again, but with more weight in the middle too. A tad riper, tad sleeker than the Frionnes - good fruit profile. Yellow flesh and zippy floral hits - really good Burgundy! Nice and bright again, but with more weight in the middle too. A tad riper, tad sleeker than the Frionnes - good fruit profile. Yellow flesh and zippy floral hits - really good Burgundy! L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Clos de la Chatenière Domaine Hubert Lamy

2016 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Clos de la Chatenière Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 12

The 2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Clos de la Chatenière, which originates from a parcel with a more southerly exposure compared to others farmed by Olivier Lamy, has a clean and precise bouquet with white The 2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Clos de la Chatenière, which originates from a parcel with a more southerly exposure compared to others farmed by Olivier Lamy, has a clean and precise bouquet with white peach, orange pith and subtle aniseed scents. The palate is very well balanced with more depth and fruit intensity than the Les Frionnes, touches of tangerine and white peach laced with bitter lemon, leading to a harmonious and quite long finish. Excellent. Drinking range: 2019 - 2029 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2017)

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2016 SAINT AUBIN Haute Densité 1er Cru Derrière Chez Édouard Domaine Hubert Lamy

2016 SAINT AUBIN Haute Densité 1er Cru Derrière Chez Édouard Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 6

30,000 vines per hectare (only 30cm between each vine) Just a tiny amount of grapes off each vine - this is about half normal yield per head. Good, compact, intense feel. It is high Density in 30,000 vines per hectare (only 30cm between each vine) Just a tiny amount of grapes off each vine - this is about half normal yield per head. Good, compact, intense feel. It is high Density in your mouth. Good cut and line. So much pent up energy drives the bright cirtus juice and the pithy, mineral scrape on and on. Will need some time, but this has immense potential. L&S (Jan 2018)

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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 Vergers Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

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

75cl bottles, case of 12

Super - this is like a perfect mix of the last two (Chassagne Village & Puligny) - bright and fresh - no tartness to the acidity - just bright and clean. I love the ripeness and the concentration. A Super - this is like a perfect mix of the last two (Chassagne Village & Puligny) - bright and fresh - no tartness to the acidity - just bright and clean. I love the ripeness and the concentration. A delicious feel. Concentration comes from the poor yield. Some vines had just one bunch on them - so this is intense. But good too. I like it. Has the concentration, but not the over-ripeness. L&S (Oct 2017)

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

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 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Morgeot Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

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

75cl 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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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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2016 BEAUNE 1er Cru Boucherottes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 BEAUNE 1er Cru Boucherottes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

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

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

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

75cl bottles, case of 12

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

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2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Charmots Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Charmots Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

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

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2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

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

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Domaine Henri Germain

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

2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzots Domaine Henri Germain

75cl bottles, case of 12

Ooh, this is silky, rich and broad. More goldy fruit, more sap, dense too, but then slowly the mineral compound builds - balances. This is big, but good. Seasoned with spice and there is an energy Ooh, this is silky, rich and broad. More goldy fruit, more sap, dense too, but then slowly the mineral compound builds - balances. This is big, but good. Seasoned with spice and there is an energy here from the acidity which is bedded in deep. L&S (Dec 2017)

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2016 BEAUNE 1er Cru Bressandes Domaine Henri Germain

2016 BEAUNE 1er Cru Bressandes Domaine Henri Germain

75cl bottles, case of 12

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

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Jean-Marc Boillot

Alongside the wines from his own vineyards, Jean-Marc also runs a successful négociant business, vinifying wines from the Côte Chalonaise with huge success, as well as other vineyards in the Côte de Beaune. In Montagny in particular, the wine is the best we have found in the appellation, and remarkably consistent from year to year.
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2016 MONTAGNY 1er Cru Jean-Marc Boillot

2016 MONTAGNY 1er Cru Jean-Marc Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Nice weight. Pineapple, cream some interesting zip too. Really bright middle, lifts the well ripened peachy fruit. Creamy, butter on warm toast. Tastes like White Burgundy - but rich and southern. As Nice weight. Pineapple, cream some interesting zip too. Really bright middle, lifts the well ripened peachy fruit. Creamy, butter on warm toast. Tastes like White Burgundy - but rich and southern. As it should. Good and weighty and nicely long. L&S (Oct 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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2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Combettes Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

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

75cl bottles, case of 6

Down the hill a bit from Champ Canet. It has a broader more savoury nose. Roast chicken and some vanilla kick. Then intense on the palate. More weight, more ripeness a silky feel, softer apples and Down the hill a bit from Champ Canet. It has a broader more savoury nose. Roast chicken and some vanilla kick. Then intense on the palate. More weight, more ripeness a silky feel, softer apples and yet still good green zip. Balanced well with richness and then a lovely crisp line that keeps on running. Good, nice weight - nice lines. But needs time. L&S (Oct 2017)

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

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

75cl bottles, case of 6

Different nose here. A tad more vegetal, lemon-braised fennel, some nice tarragonny whiffs. Bright and crisp though. Impressive lines, a crystalline pure minerality. I like this. Creamy yet a Different nose here. A tad more vegetal, lemon-braised fennel, some nice tarragonny whiffs. Bright and crisp though. Impressive lines, a crystalline pure minerality. I like this. Creamy yet a tartness that keeps it up on a high plain. Somehow less sophisticated,, less prettiness for now - but good impact and impressive. In Blagny. Right up high on the hard rock of the cote. 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 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 Croix Noires Domaine de Courcel

2016 POMMARD 1er Cru Croix Noires Domaine de Courcel

75cl bottles, case of 6

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

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

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

75cl bottles, case of 6

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

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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 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzots Domaine Henri Boillot

2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzots Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 6

More toast here on the nose than the Pulignys. This is a lot more powerful and nutty. The citrus is less obvious and has a restrained, tighter feel. Showing wonderfully bright angles, this wine is More toast here on the nose than the Pulignys. This is a lot more powerful and nutty. The citrus is less obvious and has a restrained, tighter feel. Showing wonderfully bright angles, this wine is however, a bit heavier-going and has somewhat less zip and pow... as you'd expect with Meursault. Finishes with a little lift. Good. Broader yes, but still nicely poised. L&S (Oct 2017)

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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 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Les Perrières Domaine Henri Boillot

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Les Perrières Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Here the superbly elegant nose is compositionally similar to the straight Puligny but with notably better complexity thanks to the fine range of spice elements. The excellent depth continues onto the Here the superbly elegant nose is compositionally similar to the straight Puligny but with notably better complexity thanks to the fine range of spice elements. The excellent depth continues onto the driving and wonderfully intense middle weight flavors that brim with both minerality and dry extract where the latter imparts a sappy texture to the strikingly saline-inflected and impressively persistent finish. This is first-rate though note well that it’s clearly built-to-age. Drinking range: 2028 - Rating: 94-94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jun 2018)

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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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2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Fremiets Domaine Henri Boillot

2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Fremiets Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

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

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2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Chevrets Domaine Henri Boillot

2016 VOLNAY 1er Cru Chevrets Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

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

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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 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 '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 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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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 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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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.
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2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Les Loups Domaine des Lambrays

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Les Loups Domaine des Lambrays

75cl bottles, case of 6

The 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru "Les Loups" is a blend from the lieux-dits of La Riotte, Clos Sorbet and Le Village. It was matured with 50% whole bunch in one-third new oak. It has a surprisingly The 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru "Les Loups" is a blend from the lieux-dits of La Riotte, Clos Sorbet and Le Village. It was matured with 50% whole bunch in one-third new oak. It has a surprisingly refined and delicate bouquet, perhaps a little outdone by the nascent fruitiness offered by the Morey Village cru. The palate is medium-bodied with the whole bunch lending a certain spiciness and freshness, sous bois notes complementing the black fruit on the finish. Very fine, very natural and understated. Drinking range: 2020 - 2032 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2017)

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Domaine Faiveley

The Faiveley family are the largest vineyard owners in Burgundy, owning around 120ha, spread across the Côtes de Nuits, Beaune and Chalonnais and encompassing everything from generic Bourgogne up to the grandest of Grand Crus. Their holdings supply the grapes for 5 out of every 6 bottles made by Faiveley, the balance being bought in from carefully selected contract growers.
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2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Les Champgains Domaine Faiveley

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Les Champgains Domaine Faiveley

75cl bottles, case of 6

Back to the more creamy aroma here and better balance of ripe fruit and winemaking/barrel and lees texture. This wine is beautifully balanced between the oak-derived texture and the fruit freshness Back to the more creamy aroma here and better balance of ripe fruit and winemaking/barrel and lees texture. This wine is beautifully balanced between the oak-derived texture and the fruit freshness and purity. Drinking range: 2019 - 2026 Rating: 17 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2018)

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2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Cazetiers Domaine Faiveley

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Cazetiers Domaine Faiveley

75cl bottles, case of 6

Four hectares of this climats. They have different parcel from the richer and heavier terroir to the fresh and mineral. 40 barrels. This has sweetness and intensity and purity. Energetic. Refined Four hectares of this climats. They have different parcel from the richer and heavier terroir to the fresh and mineral. 40 barrels. This has sweetness and intensity and purity. Energetic. Refined tannins. It’s expressive, but has a more serious side. There is layering, harmony and intension. Very good indeed. Score 18.70 Rating: 18.7 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2017)

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2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Les Fuées Domaine Faiveley

2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Les Fuées Domaine Faiveley

75cl bottles, case of 6

(more than 50% of the potential crop was lost to frost; vinified in a new 3.5-hectoliter barrel with 50% whole clusters; one-third of these vines were planted in 2010): Bright, saturated medium red. (more than 50% of the potential crop was lost to frost; vinified in a new 3.5-hectoliter barrel with 50% whole clusters; one-third of these vines were planted in 2010): Bright, saturated medium red. Knockout perfume of cranberry, pomegranate, raspberry and white pepper. Vividly high-pitched and fine-grained in the mouth, with its penetrating, floral red fruit flavors accented by pungent crushed-stone minerality. Delivers outstanding intensity without weight, not to mention superb inner-mouth tension and saline complexity. This fabulously perfumed wine finishes with terrific rising length. This wine may not have the volume or power of the Combe d'Orveau but I suspect it will dance on its sibling's grave. Rating: 93-95 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Jan 2018)

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Joseph Drouhin

Despite the size of their vineyard holding, not all of Drouhin's wines come from their own domaine, but most of the other wines do come from long-term contracts, such as exists with the Marquis de Laguiche wines. In all but name these wines are 'Domaine' wines, and the vineyards are cared for and the wines vinified with exactly the same care.
2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Clos de la Garenne Joseph Drouhin

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Clos de la Garenne Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, case of 6

Surprisingly fat and full for a wine from this premier cru which is quite high up. It's got shoulders. Dry and pure, it is aromatically reserved compared to the expansive Folatières - for now. Surprisingly fat and full for a wine from this premier cru which is quite high up. It's got shoulders. Dry and pure, it is aromatically reserved compared to the expansive Folatières - for now. L&S (Nov 2018)

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2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Perrières Joseph Drouhin

2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Perrières Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, case of 6

A little bit of sulphur dioxide in the way here but it’s temporary. Strong oatmeal character. Some dried grasses too. There’s an odd aroma that is rather like wheat beer. Something odd here. Not A little bit of sulphur dioxide in the way here but it’s temporary. Strong oatmeal character. Some dried grasses too. There’s an odd aroma that is rather like wheat beer. Something odd here. Not sure if it is the sample. Drinking range: 2019 - 2024 Rating: 15.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2018)

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

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

75cl bottles, case of 6

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

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2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Cazetiers Joseph Drouhin

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Cazetiers Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, case of 6

The star of the 'free pour' section of our tasting with Veronique Drouhin. Finer lines, neater feel than the Nuits and the Clos Prieur tasted before. This is good, flows beautifully, natty balance of The star of the 'free pour' section of our tasting with Veronique Drouhin. Finer lines, neater feel than the Nuits and the Clos Prieur tasted before. This is good, flows beautifully, natty balance of power and elegance. Finally.! L&S (Nov 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 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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2016 VOSNE ROMANÉE Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru Beaux Monts Christophe Perrot-Minot

2016 VOSNE ROMANÉE Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru Beaux Monts Christophe Perrot-Minot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Pure, delicious and elegant. More fruit ripeness and weight in the middle stands out here, but there is super power through the core. Fine and delicious. Yet so sublimely intense. Pretty but not Pure, delicious and elegant. More fruit ripeness and weight in the middle stands out here, but there is super power through the core. Fine and delicious. Yet so sublimely intense. Pretty but not meek. Stony, saline finish adds a dusting of grip, quite delicious. This comes from vines on the coteaux of Vosne Romanée, on the right hand side near Cros Parantoux of Rouget. L&S (Oct 2017)

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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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