Grand Cru whites and reds

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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 Grand Cru Valmur Domaine Moreau-Naudet

2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Valmur Domaine Moreau-Naudet

75cl bottles, case of 6

Yum. Broader, more depth. Sweet, sugared pears. Really lovely texture. More intense again. Lovely bruised fruit concentration. Good lines too - but for now the mineral edge, the acidity is in the Yum. Broader, more depth. Sweet, sugared pears. Really lovely texture. More intense again. Lovely bruised fruit concentration. Good lines too - but for now the mineral edge, the acidity is in the shade. Lots to come. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Drouhin Vaudon

The Beaune-based merchant Joseph Drouhin has restyled its Chablis Domaine 'Domaine Drouhin-Vaudon' to emphasise its ties with and holdings in (38 hectares) the Chablis vineyard. The Moulin de Vaudon, an 18th Century watermill straddling the Serein River, close to the Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis, is the headquarters and the source of the name. It is the largest estate in Chablis entirely farmed biodynamically.

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2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Les Clos Domaine Drouhin Vaudon

2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Les Clos Domaine Drouhin Vaudon

75cl bottles, case of 6

(They were able to retain their Bio-dynamic practices with this Grand Cru, despite the conditions. Harvested September 29th) Nice pithy lemon nose - follows to the palate with good restraint and fine (They were able to retain their Bio-dynamic practices with this Grand Cru, despite the conditions. Harvested September 29th) Nice pithy lemon nose - follows to the palate with good restraint and fine lines, nice acidity and quite a ripe core of sweeter, golden mirabelle fruit. Some almost ginger-spice here too and a pineapple cube like crunch. Impressively concentrated middle L&S (Nov 2017)

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Domaine Vincent Dauvissat

Vincent Dauvissat remains one of the (if not the) leading lights of Chablis, and his wines are always in high demand and limited volume. Single-minded determination in the vineyard, followed by very subtle use of old oak barrels as part of a long élevage, produce some of Chablis' most age-worthy and fascinating wines. The tasting in Vincent's cellar of his 2013's was one of the highlights of a recent trip. Every wine from his Petit Chablis all the way up through his village, Premier Cru and finally Grand Cru displayed incredible weight, finesse and complexity. These are wines that will start to drink in the next couple of years for the lesser wines and in the medium term for the Premier Cru & Grand Cru, but these wines have great ageing ability.

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2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Les Preuses Domaine Vincent Dauvissat

2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Les Preuses Domaine Vincent Dauvissat

75cl bottles, case of 6

(from a 1 ha parcel planted in 1970). An airy, elegant and cool nose displays aromas of lemon-lime, white peach and sea shore whiffs. The incredibly refined yet highly seductive medium-bodied flavors (from a 1 ha parcel planted in 1970). An airy, elegant and cool nose displays aromas of lemon-lime, white peach and sea shore whiffs. The incredibly refined yet highly seductive medium-bodied flavors possess excellent mid-palate density while delivering superb length on the sneaky long finish. This is clearly still very young but the natural class of a fine Preuses is very much in evidence. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 92-95 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2018)

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2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Les Clos Domaine Vincent Dauvissat

2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Les Clos Domaine Vincent Dauvissat

75cl bottles, case of 6

The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos has a correct, strict and intense bouquet with white citrus fruit, apple blossom, flint and just a faint touch of blackcurrant. After aeration it loosens its tie The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos has a correct, strict and intense bouquet with white citrus fruit, apple blossom, flint and just a faint touch of blackcurrant. After aeration it loosens its tie and starts to evolve smoke and hazelnut aromas. The palate is very mineral driven with beguiling tension that demands the full attention of your senses. It comes across quite spicy in the mouth with touches of ginger, curry leaf and Chinese five spice. Texturally, it becomes slightly more honeyed towards the finish—a wonderful crescendo—and the aftertaste lingers for more than a minute. To put in the most banal of terms...wow. That sums it up in three letters. Drinking range: 2026 - 2055 Rating: 96-98 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2017)

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Maison des Hâtes

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 'Fourchaume L'Homme Mort'. With recent short harvests year on year caused by the terrible run of luck with the weather, Pierrick has started buying in fruit to bulk out what he has - and to keep the cellar full. As with all his wines, these Hates wines are all about freshness and precision. In 2016, he has again picked earlier than some of his neighbours and so captured 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 these 2 'Negoce' wines having less than 25% oak ageing. The results are super, bright, elegant wines but with a real shape and feel - classical, but interesting Chablis.

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2016 CHABLIS Grand Cru Bougros Maison des Hâtes

75cl bottles, case of 6

The volume is turned up to 11 here, such character and drive with lots of concentration, boldly structured, with grip and immaculate length. Deep core of citrus, lime and mandarin, with oyster shell, The volume is turned up to 11 here, such character and drive with lots of concentration, boldly structured, with grip and immaculate length. Deep core of citrus, lime and mandarin, with oyster shell, and then super fine mineral drive. Mouthfilling with lovely tension, built to offer drinking pleasure long in to the 2020's. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 L&S (Jan 2018)

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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 CRIOTS BÂTARD MONTRACHET Haute Densité Grand Cru Domaine Hubert Lamy

2016 CRIOTS BÂTARD MONTRACHET Haute Densité Grand Cru Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 6

(no frost losses here; Lamy told me he harvested yellow grapes early as these vines ripened very quickly at the end, making 40 hectoliters per hectare; 12.5% potential alcohol chaptalized to 13.1%): (no frost losses here; Lamy told me he harvested yellow grapes early as these vines ripened very quickly at the end, making 40 hectoliters per hectare; 12.5% potential alcohol chaptalized to 13.1%): Pale, bright yellow. Lovely lemony lift to the aromas of peach and flowers, with more exotic lichee and spice notes that reminded me of Gewurztraminer. The most exotic of these 2016s, with a plushness and almost oily thickness barely contained by harmonious acidity. The exotic lichee note carries through on the palate. This rather powerful, youthfully aggressive, slightly warm wine finishes seamless and very long but was a bit of a comedown in class following the Saint-Aubin Derrière Chez Edouard Haute Densité. Rating: 90-92 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Sep 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 BÂTARD MONTRACHET Grand Cru Domaine Henri Boillot

2016 BÂTARD MONTRACHET Grand Cru Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Palish yellow. Bright, subtle aromas of pear drop, white peach and lemon. Juicy and lively in the mouth, with fresh acidity giving cut to the wine's very intense citrus fruit flavors. Really Palish yellow. Bright, subtle aromas of pear drop, white peach and lemon. Juicy and lively in the mouth, with fresh acidity giving cut to the wine's very intense citrus fruit flavors. Really titillates the taste buds on the very long, penetrating finish. Boillot told me he harvests Bâtard for healthy acidity (4.4 grams per liter in this case, with a pH of 3.13). "I don't pick it late at 14.5%," he explained. "For me, Chardonnay at 12.5% is ripe. A white wine needs energy." Rating: 93-96 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Sep 2017)

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Henri Boillot

Henri Boillot complements his domaine wines with a small range of négociant wines of superb quality in very limited quantities. A few of the wines are offered here - an opportunity to buy some of Burgundy's rarest appellations from a top source.

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2016 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Grand Cru Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Twelve barrels made from bought in grapes. Wow - this is electrically charged. Seriously intense. Tingles with acidity, but then a weighty streak of riper apple fruit. A gooseberry perk kicks in and Twelve barrels made from bought in grapes. Wow - this is electrically charged. Seriously intense. Tingles with acidity, but then a weighty streak of riper apple fruit. A gooseberry perk kicks in and then more broad ripe peach. The breadth of fruit is impressive, but is beautifully tempered and ends with finesse and drive. This will benefit from some time. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 LE MONTRACHET Grand Cru Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

(just a single 350-liter barrel from fruit on the Puligny side of the appellation, as the vines in Chassagne were 100% frosted): Brooding, deep aromas of fresh apricot, pineapple, spices and iodine (just a single 350-liter barrel from fruit on the Puligny side of the appellation, as the vines in Chassagne were 100% frosted): Brooding, deep aromas of fresh apricot, pineapple, spices and iodine lifted by a lemony note. Dense, thick and powerfully concentrated but with a fine-grained texture to its stone fruit and crushed rock flavors; not hugely expressive today--in fact, a bit unformed. Finishes dusty, vibrant and very long. Perhaps the longest of these young 2016s but also surprisingly subtle in the way it unwinds on the finish. Rating: 93-95 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Sep 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 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

2016 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

(malo finished): Bright yellow. Candied lime, underripe pineapple and white peach on the nose, complicated by notes of bergamot and crushed stone. Plush and intense but youthfully reserved, conveying (malo finished): Bright yellow. Candied lime, underripe pineapple and white peach on the nose, complicated by notes of bergamot and crushed stone. Plush and intense but youthfully reserved, conveying savory crushed-stone minerality; little oak showing despite the fact that nearly 50% was new. The almost painful rising back end features an element of medicinal herbs. A superb wine without any excess weight but still a bit disjointed. (The Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet were just starting their malolactic fermentations at the time of my visit.) Rating: 92-95 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Sep 2017)

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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 LE MONTRACHET Marquis de Laguiche Grand Cru Joseph Drouhin

2016 LE MONTRACHET Marquis de Laguiche Grand Cru Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Yikes - the volume is up here! Great electric sparkle to this on the attack. Bright - but not all acid - good weight too. Rich, smooth and deep. Some caramel dabs to the soft white fruit. Long and Yikes - the volume is up here! Great electric sparkle to this on the attack. Bright - but not all acid - good weight too. Rich, smooth and deep. Some caramel dabs to the soft white fruit. Long and pure, concentration and intensity is good here and nicely balanced. Good. (This down in quantity by about half, compared to normal, but not as badly hit as some thanks to the northerly position of their vines.) L&S (Nov 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 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Propriétés Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2016 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Propriétés Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Nose of melting butter on lightly grilled white bread - then a hit of much brighter, more zippy lemon juice fruit. Some spice too and firm pear flesh. The feel is bright, with really good energy, Nose of melting butter on lightly grilled white bread - then a hit of much brighter, more zippy lemon juice fruit. Some spice too and firm pear flesh. The feel is bright, with really good energy, some dusty mineral coating too but an energising, sparky drive underlies the riper, more warm apple and more ripe fruits that build in the mouth. Good and powerful, will need some patience. L&S (Dec 2017)

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Thibault Liger-Belair

The lack of the word 'domaine' in the name signals that this is a négociant wine from Thibault Liger-Belair. Thibault buys the grapes he picks having tended the vines with his own team, so that the wines can be seen as domaine wines in all but name. A couple of new appellations this year, a Corton Clos di Roi, and even a few bottles of Corton Charlemagne.

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2016 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Les Languettes Grand Cru Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

In 2016 this has undergone a seriously long fermentation - just over a year! It has just finished when we visit - hence its a tad reductive, for the moment. Nice weight though, nice texture and then In 2016 this has undergone a seriously long fermentation - just over a year! It has just finished when we visit - hence its a tad reductive, for the moment. Nice weight though, nice texture and then bang some gorgeous,, lip-smackingly juicy acidity. Fruit is pert and hard to pinpoint, but pineapple and riper peach in play. Creamy leesy notes add a nice new dimension but this will need time to settle and meld. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CORTON RENARDES Grand Cru Thibault Liger-Belair

2016 CORTON RENARDES Grand Cru Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, case of 6

Quite high up the hill of Corton, good deep soils here. 40 % Whole bunches used. There is a reat nose. Riper, juicier darker fruit - mature strawberry and some ripe raspberry too. Very expressive Quite high up the hill of Corton, good deep soils here. 40 % Whole bunches used. There is a reat nose. Riper, juicier darker fruit - mature strawberry and some ripe raspberry too. Very expressive and fun to taste. Nice lines too - driven and some good framework to keep it steady. Balanced. Riper though but no excess. Good. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CORTON Grand Cru Clos du Roi Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Very limestone soil here. Makes this feel very firm and mineral in the mouth. Like having a pebble in there with some pretty red fruit too. Perfumed lifted just ripe, juicy fruit and then mineral Very limestone soil here. Makes this feel very firm and mineral in the mouth. Like having a pebble in there with some pretty red fruit too. Perfumed lifted just ripe, juicy fruit and then mineral purity and dusty grip. Organic vineyard. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Henri Boillot

Henri Boillot complements his domaine wines with a small range of négociant wines of superb quality in very limited quantities. A few of the wines are offered here - an opportunity to buy some of Burgundy's rarest appellations from a top source.

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2016 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Henri Boillot

2016 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Good shape. Quite tight, but still super attractive. Blueberry and plum here. Some clove and spiced sandalwood. Brilliant underpinning on minerality. Stylishly done, sleek and unshowy - yet Good shape. Quite tight, but still super attractive. Blueberry and plum here. Some clove and spiced sandalwood. Brilliant underpinning on minerality. Stylishly done, sleek and unshowy - yet impressive. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 BONNES MARES Grand Cru Henri Boillot

2016 BONNES MARES Grand Cru Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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2016 LE CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Henri Boillot

2016 LE CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

Oak on the nose, followed by spicy, warm tannins, grip and some darker notes. No bitterness - intense, dark purples give way to mature dark fruit. Muscular and burly, but still manages to retain Oak on the nose, followed by spicy, warm tannins, grip and some darker notes. No bitterness - intense, dark purples give way to mature dark fruit. Muscular and burly, but still manages to retain super fine lines. Power, drive, minerality, with super shape, weight and fruit. Long - wow! L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Huguenot

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

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2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Huguenot

2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Huguenot

75cl bottles, case of 6

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

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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 CLOS SAINT DENIS Grand Cru Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2016 CLOS SAINT DENIS Grand Cru Domaine Stéphane Magnien

75cl bottles, case of 6

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

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2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Stéphane Magnien

75cl bottles, case of 6

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

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Domaine Anne Gros

Anne Gros is quietly meticulous and almost obsessive about cleanliness in her cellar, which perhaps is reflected in the delicacy and restrained tension in her wines, which have aromatic clarity, limpid precision, sheer joie de vivre, lively balance and persistence. 2016 is another tiny harvest and will have to be allocated, but as yet we have neither confirmed quantities or prices, so email if you would like to go on the list.

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2016 ÉCHEZEAUX Les Loachausses Grand Cru Domaine Anne Gros

2016 ÉCHEZEAUX Les Loachausses Grand Cru Domaine Anne Gros

75cl bottles, case of 6

Les Loachausses is a monopole of the Gros Family. (Anne has some vines & Gros Parent the rest) Lovely sweetly ripe middle once again. Red fruit streaked with blackberry edge. Long, powdery feel. Les Loachausses is a monopole of the Gros Family. (Anne has some vines & Gros Parent the rest) Lovely sweetly ripe middle once again. Red fruit streaked with blackberry edge. Long, powdery feel. Lilac and lavender here too. It's delicious. Elegant, scented, floral and gently intense. There's a tautness and litheness here - powered by mineral edge. Superb. 60+% New Wood on all the Grand Crus. Harvested 27 Sept. 38yo vines. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CLOS DE VOUGEOT Le Grand Maupertui Grand Cru Domaine Anne Gros

2016 CLOS DE VOUGEOT Le Grand Maupertui Grand Cru Domaine Anne Gros

75cl bottles, case of 6

'Le Grand Maupertui' is at the top of Clos, just below Grands Echezeaux where there was considerable frost damage this year. Less ripe than some on the nose, more dark fruited. It immediately 'Le Grand Maupertui' is at the top of Clos, just below Grands Echezeaux where there was considerable frost damage this year. Less ripe than some on the nose, more dark fruited. It immediately picks up in the mouth - this has great pure, pretty fruit - but a line and length that is impeccable. Great drive and push are buoyed by the lovely pretty scented fruit. Goes on and on. Fresh and pure. This parcel was originally planted in 1905, the vines now average about 60 years old. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 RICHEBOURG Grand Cru Domaine Anne Gros

2016 RICHEBOURG Grand Cru Domaine Anne Gros

75cl bottles, case of 3

Again perfumed and intense on the nose. Lovely red crunchy fruit. Bigger, broader, more glossy middle but more savoury too. More restrained with some limestone cut and thrust. More grippy and feral Again perfumed and intense on the nose. Lovely red crunchy fruit. Bigger, broader, more glossy middle but more savoury too. More restrained with some limestone cut and thrust. More grippy and feral than Anne's other grand Crus. Almost menthol notes - this is really not a rich fruit-bomb. Deeply intense and compact with some relatively hairy elements, but still elegant and super fine and that under-pinning line of sweet, red fruit. Impressive. 7 barrels made - Average age of vines is 70 years old. 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 CLOS DE LA ROCHE Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 CLOS DE LA ROCHE Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

75cl bottles, case of 6

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

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2016 CLOS SAINT DENIS Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 CLOS SAINT DENIS Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

75cl bottles, case of 6

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

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2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

75cl bottles, case of 6

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

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Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

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

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2016 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 12

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

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2016 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 6

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

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2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 6

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

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2016 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 6

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

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2016 MAZIS CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 MAZIS CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 3

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

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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 CLOS DE VOUGEOT Grand Cru Clos Vougeot Domaine Faiveley

2016 CLOS DE VOUGEOT Grand Cru Clos Vougeot Domaine Faiveley

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Bold and rich on the nose. It is concentrated and juicy. It is butch and full. Plenty of rich tannin with a big structure. There is clearly no intention here to make a more ‘elegant’ style Bold and rich on the nose. It is concentrated and juicy. It is butch and full. Plenty of rich tannin with a big structure. There is clearly no intention here to make a more ‘elegant’ style of Vougeots, but go with the flow and bring out its more bullish and overt character. A full-on Vougeots. “I see it like an an English lord in his landrover,” says Jerome. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 19.15 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2017)

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2016 CLOS SAINT DENIS Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

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2016 CLOS DE LA ROCHE Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

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2016 LATRICIÈRES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

2016 LATRICIÈRES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Cool and fresh on the nose. Bright red fruits and marked intensity. Racy. This is lovely - zesty, fresh and vibrant. The tannins are silky and there is tension to match the sweetness. Very Cool and fresh on the nose. Bright red fruits and marked intensity. Racy. This is lovely - zesty, fresh and vibrant. The tannins are silky and there is tension to match the sweetness. Very good finish with cool minerality. This is very good indeed. Top notch! Score 19.75. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 19.75 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2017)

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2016 GRANDS ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

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2016 MAZIS CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

2016 MAZIS CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

(from both Mazis Haut and Bas where the two parcels total a remarkable 1.20 ha). A pungent nose of wood and reduction renders the nose impossible to evaluate fairly. Otherwise there is a super-sleek (from both Mazis Haut and Bas where the two parcels total a remarkable 1.20 ha). A pungent nose of wood and reduction renders the nose impossible to evaluate fairly. Otherwise there is a super-sleek and intense palate impression to the imposingly-scaled flavors that possess more size and weight if slightly less minerality than those of the Latricières while flashing excellent length on the moderately austere finish. This is also textbook. Drinking range: 2036 - Rating: 92-95 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2018)

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2016 CHAMBERTIN CLOS DE BÈZE  Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

2016 CHAMBERTIN CLOS DE BÈZE Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

(from a 1.29 ha parcel). This is softly oaky with a wonderfully spicy array of black cherry, pungent earth and evident sauvage nuances that can be found on the impressively rich and seductively (from a 1.29 ha parcel). This is softly oaky with a wonderfully spicy array of black cherry, pungent earth and evident sauvage nuances that can be found on the impressively rich and seductively textured broad-shouldered and concentrated flavors that coat the palate with extract, all wrapped in a balanced, long and deep finish. I very much like the way this fans out on the strikingly persistent finish. Note that plenty of patience is a requisite here and it would be largely pointless to open a bottle before its 10th anniversary. Drinking range: 2036 - Rating: 93-96 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 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 CHAMBERTIN CLOS DE BÈZE Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2016 CHAMBERTIN CLOS DE BÈZE Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

A little harder, a little more compacted fruit core. More serious. Good power. Attractive fruit, not too ripe. Silky warm strawberries to finish, but a good mineral cut too. Whole bunch is not 'new' A little harder, a little more compacted fruit core. More serious. Good power. Attractive fruit, not too ripe. Silky warm strawberries to finish, but a good mineral cut too. Whole bunch is not 'new' says Veronique, however much people are calling it innovative - her grandpa did it too - not systematically but it works well in their Grand Crus particularly. Bunches that are smaller clusters work better. With this wine the Drouhin team normally aim for 15% to 50% - but here it is 65% in 2016 L&S (Nov 2017)

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2016 GRANDS ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Joseph Drouhin

2016 GRANDS ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Some innovative vinification was needed here in 2016. Lots of whole bunches were used (nearly 100%) as there was so little fruit and they wanted to fill the vessel. Tiny crop not solely because of Some innovative vinification was needed here in 2016. Lots of whole bunches were used (nearly 100%) as there was so little fruit and they wanted to fill the vessel. Tiny crop not solely because of the frost, they also have just replaced lots of the vines - so will be small harvest for 5-6 years anyway. This entire production was made in just one 500 litre barrel, turned on its side and with the top taken off. The team ended up with just 350 litres of wine. There is a grandeur to the richness here. A savoury, dark line swirls through the weighty, ample, brooding fruit. Damson and baked red plums. Pepper, lots of whole bunch chew and steminess.. Good though and a good drive of power. L&S (Nov 2017)

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2016 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2016 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

More angular than the Chambolle - as is normal - but Veronique says this is softer than often and has less corners. It certainly flows nicely. Has good shape, some bones, some darker notes - plummy More angular than the Chambolle - as is normal - but Veronique says this is softer than often and has less corners. It certainly flows nicely. Has good shape, some bones, some darker notes - plummy berries and deeper less flashy fruit in the middle. Good, sophiticated feel. L&S (Nov 2017)

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2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

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2016 GRIOTTE CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2016 GRIOTTE CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Sweeter, easier, quite generous. Ripe red fruit, gloss, but just a tad of grippy suede texture keeps this serious. Intense, grip and feel from whole cluster fermentation. Good, balanced Griotte. Sweeter, easier, quite generous. Ripe red fruit, gloss, but just a tad of grippy suede texture keeps this serious. Intense, grip and feel from whole cluster fermentation. Good, balanced Griotte. L&S (Nov 2017)

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2016 BONNES MARES Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

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2016 LE MUSIGNY Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2016 LE MUSIGNY Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

This is great. Sleek, polished and clean feel. This is good and broadly intense. Lovely ripeness. But just checked by minerality and nice acidity to frame it. Broad, leafy and good cut. Tannin is This is great. Sleek, polished and clean feel. This is good and broadly intense. Lovely ripeness. But just checked by minerality and nice acidity to frame it. Broad, leafy and good cut. Tannin is gentle, but stony too. Impressive, finishes on a more brisk note. More serious, less fat, less flesh - just nicely focused drive of a point red fruit. L&S (Nov 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 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Aux Charmes Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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

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2016 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

2016 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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

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2016 RICHEBOURG Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

2016 RICHEBOURG Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

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

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Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

The sisters Marie-Christine and Marie Andrée have been firmly in control of this exceptional domaine for some years now. With one a pharmacist and the other an oenologist, the domaine was always going to be in safe hands as far as the wine-making was concerned and in 2017, Lucie, Marie-Christine's daughter has joined the team officially. These are top-flight burgundies with that elusive balance of enough concentration allied with delicacy of expression and the capability of ageing well. The exciting news here is that Fabrice Vigot is giving up his métayage, so another four hectares of vines, in Bourgogne, Nuits 'village', Vosne and Échezeaux will come back into the management of the domaine and the amount of wine available should increase a little from 2017 vintage. These wines are as good (and as sought-after) as ever.

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2016 RUCHOTTES CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

2016 RUCHOTTES CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

75cl bottles, case of 3

More intense, savoury. Curled up. Stones/clay note. Almost plasticine. But wow there is power and unfurled intensity - a real weight. Dark fruit. Pithy blueberry and firm blackberries. Mineral core More intense, savoury. Curled up. Stones/clay note. Almost plasticine. But wow there is power and unfurled intensity - a real weight. Dark fruit. Pithy blueberry and firm blackberries. Mineral core too. Very impressive - no hard edges, nothing sticks out, this is an imposing mass of gentle power and flavour. Minerality is dominant for now. This year they have added in a parcel of younger vines (planted in 2000) formerly declared as Gevrey - now mature enough to go into this - and add a brighter, more accessible note on the attack - that clear fruit. Very Good, but will need some time.. 70% New Wood They have 0.60 of a hectare made up of three growers - Rousseau, Roumier and them. Just 3 HA in total. They are in 'Ruchottes du Bas' with the forest right behind them which protects the vines there from some frost. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

2016 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

75cl bottles, case of 3

Nose is rich, powerful well perfumed. Pretty red fruits. then on the palate - A cherry skin pique, good fun energy zips though this. Grip, super fine, ripe tannin - builds in mouth - but this has Nose is rich, powerful well perfumed. Pretty red fruits. then on the palate - A cherry skin pique, good fun energy zips though this. Grip, super fine, ripe tannin - builds in mouth - but this has great flow, great precision and length. Just tightly wound for now. Balanced poised and deep. Lovely ripeness, great acid, great mineral feel. Taut and focused, but completely yummy. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

2016 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

75cl bottles, case of 3

2 plots - one higher up and one 'Quartiers de Nuits' in town on the flat. Always picked at the same time and made as one cuvée. This is a really interesting mix - from the off. When co-fermented the 2 plots - one higher up and one 'Quartiers de Nuits' in town on the flat. Always picked at the same time and made as one cuvée. This is a really interesting mix - from the off. When co-fermented the harmony is seamless. Weight of fruit is wonderful. Riper, little black berries. But here is also a super mineral undercurrent. Grippy, but in a gentle, dusty mineral way. Intense and exciting. VG. Measured but full of beans and potential. Awesome. Just 4 barrels this year, about 60% New Wood. 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 CLOS DES LAMBRAYS Grand Cru Domaine des Lambrays

2016 CLOS DES LAMBRAYS Grand Cru Domaine des Lambrays

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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

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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 CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2016 CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Half of the fruit here was lost to frost. What is left is excellent. Just 'Wow!' on the nose - picture-perfect fruit. balanced, open and so inviting. Follows to the palate. Gorgeously poised fruit. Half of the fruit here was lost to frost. What is left is excellent. Just 'Wow!' on the nose - picture-perfect fruit. balanced, open and so inviting. Follows to the palate. Gorgeously poised fruit. Hard strawberries, no tartness though. red fruit, lovely texture, some sinew, some whole bunch notes giving a tad of structure, but completely gorgeous. Poise and power in perfect harmony. Already completely delicious. 'Promising' says Christophe! He is right, its delicious. The perfect example. Just gorgeous. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Christophe says this is smoky, but not from the oak, it's in fact a graphite reduction in the soil - the result on the nose is just a lovely oriental wood-spice framing the red fruit. There is a Christophe says this is smoky, but not from the oak, it's in fact a graphite reduction in the soil - the result on the nose is just a lovely oriental wood-spice framing the red fruit. There is a trace of this frame on the pallet too. Great fruit though, riper, more supple. Pure expression, but this has an extra element of generosity a sucrosity. No spare fat, just relatively ripe and full core. Then focuses, comes together beautifully. Charming. Christophe says the samples are a little too chilly, muting the expressiveness - they are certainly showing a purity and a restraint. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MAZOYÈRES CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2016 MAZOYÈRES CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Intense fruit hit opens up this with a loud noise. Great weight of riper red berries, ripe raspberry and some delicious strawberry too. More burly, more breadth, yet again this is very straight, with Intense fruit hit opens up this with a loud noise. Great weight of riper red berries, ripe raspberry and some delicious strawberry too. More burly, more breadth, yet again this is very straight, with good focus. Not weighty or heavy. Just pure and powerful with beautifully ripened fruit and incredibly fine, delicate tannins. Long finish of beautiful, gourmand fruit. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHAPELLE CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2016 CHAPELLE CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

75cl bottles, case of 6

More intense fruit here than in the Charmes. A delicious strawberry jam middle which gets darker, more black fruit berries. Spice and pretty aromas of some dried flowers, hydrangea and dusty More intense fruit here than in the Charmes. A delicious strawberry jam middle which gets darker, more black fruit berries. Spice and pretty aromas of some dried flowers, hydrangea and dusty pot-pourri. The middle is intense, compacted and nicely firm mineral casing for the fruit core. Great drive, great power and tension, more grip than the Mazoyeres and Charmes - but still precisely poised and sculpted. Powerful stuff. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHAMBERTIN CLOS DE BÈZE Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2016 CHAMBERTIN CLOS DE BÈZE Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

75cl bottles, case of 6

On the nose this is not overtly expressive. On the palate however, this is strong and deeply aromatic. Great intensity, lovely more opulent middle. Riper, richer, polished weight of more juicy, more On the nose this is not overtly expressive. On the palate however, this is strong and deeply aromatic. Great intensity, lovely more opulent middle. Riper, richer, polished weight of more juicy, more ripe red berries and soft strawberry. Indulgent, sexy and full. Finishes with a kick of acidity and sparkle. Some gentle mineral dusting supports the long, long finish. Good, fine and indulgent. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

Domaine Dugat-Py's wines are far from shy and retiring, but they do require patience to show their best. Old vines, tiny yields, viticulture with minute and constant attention, all lead to a magnificent concentration and purity in the raw material. Without extracting harsh tannins, Bernard and Loïc (Loïc has in fact been in charge of the wine-making since 2012) get an astonishing density into their wines, and the take on the high percentage of new oak quite casually. (The village wines get 55-65% new wood, while the Premiers Crus and Grands Crus are all aged in 100% new barrels. Once again this year we were greeted this year by Loïc, Bernard's charming son who has been working with his father for 11 years, and been in charge of the wine-making for 6 years. The wines are every bit as good as you'd expect from this domaine in this vintage and will be every bit as long-lived too. These wines are in high demand, but even though we effectively sold out last year and will have less this year (the frost has reduced the yields by about 25% in 2016). However, it is still well-worth making requests, especially if buying other wines. Likely to be released in March.

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2016 MAZOYÈRES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2016 MAZOYÈRES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

75cl bottles, case of 6

Right next door to charm, but the terroir is completely different. Many more stones here in the soil, more limestone. Loic used between 80% and 90% whole bunches here. This has darker, more toasty Right next door to charm, but the terroir is completely different. Many more stones here in the soil, more limestone. Loic used between 80% and 90% whole bunches here. This has darker, more toasty notes, but the fruit is denser too. Darker, yet riper somehow. Real power and ample breadth, but not a slug - there are great lines here. More polished feel to the middle core. Round and slick, but a tad more minerality, more heft, more wallop. Finish is on the stone, more restrained and compact, neatly framed again by lovely dusty, chalky grip. L&S (Nov 2017)

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2016 MAZIS CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2016 MAZIS CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

75cl bottles, case of 3

Hello. Tighter, more compact for now. Tightly furled, gorgeous fruit just peeping out, ripe and red but not sweet. More like macerated raspberries and hawthorn. Rosemary too a tad of leather and Hello. Tighter, more compact for now. Tightly furled, gorgeous fruit just peeping out, ripe and red but not sweet. More like macerated raspberries and hawthorn. Rosemary too a tad of leather and rubber as well. Complex and compact. Bursting with energy, but more of the earth for now, less fruit singing. More about the serious feel and drive. Hugely impressive. Blimey. Long, pure and deeply intense. L&S (Nov 2017)

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2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2016 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

75cl bottles, case of 6

(a blend of one-third Mazoyères and two-thirds Charmes proper – the fruit comes from a mix of mostly 20+ year-old vines and a small percentage of extremely old vines; 60% stems). A brooding nose (a blend of one-third Mazoyères and two-thirds Charmes proper – the fruit comes from a mix of mostly 20+ year-old vines and a small percentage of extremely old vines; 60% stems). A brooding nose consists of essence of plum and black cherry scents that are cut with notes of earth, the sauvage and floral wisps. The rich, full-bodied and concentrated big-bodied flavors possess good power and muscle on the mouth coating and quite serious finale. Once again this is going to require extended cellaring if you wish to see its considerable potential fully revealed. Drinking range: 2036 - Rating: 93-95 L&S (Jan 2018)

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