Top Picks from the Villages

These are just a few of the 'village' level wines which stood out in our tastings for outstanding quality and/or value.


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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 Princée Domaine Hubert Lamy

2016 SAINT AUBIN Princée Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 12

Great feel. Some good intensity to the fruit but no fatness. Nicely fresh. Good drive and gentle grip of minerality. Citrus again, but there is some riper flesh in the middle. The limestone-heavy Great feel. Some good intensity to the fruit but no fatness. Nicely fresh. Good drive and gentle grip of minerality. Citrus again, but there is some riper flesh in the middle. The limestone-heavy vineyard makes itself known here on the focused tighter finish. Good stuff. L&S (Nov 2017)

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Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Laurent manages to pack in a lot alongside his running of the vineyards. He has a sophisticated microlight which he flies to all corners of France, he keeps and hunts hawks, and conducts the Chassagne brass band, as well as being a father of three, one of whom (elder son Adrien) worked at L&S at the end of 2015. Laurent's wines have long been L&S favourites for value in both red and white, and as William Kelley has noted this year, writing about Laurent's top red, the Pommard Rugiens, in Decanter, this 'an address that deserves to be better-known'.
2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

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

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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 MEURSAULT Domaine Henri Germain

2016 MEURSAULT Domaine Henri Germain

75cl bottles, case of 12

Jean-François lost 50% of this to the frost. Good acidity here. Firm pear flesh and lovely dense middle of fruit. Concentrated and ripe - but super balanced by acidity. This was recently racked but Jean-François lost 50% of this to the frost. Good acidity here. Firm pear flesh and lovely dense middle of fruit. Concentrated and ripe - but super balanced by acidity. This was recently racked but not bottled when we tasted. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Rémi Jobard

Rémi has been been making small qualitative changes ever since he took over here. The entire vineyard is cordon-pruned, so yields are naturally limited. There has been no use of fertiliser since 1994, and the vineyard is grassed-over to encourage the vine roots to go deep. The domaine is certified organic from 2008. Rémi has two vast presses, to enable him to press very slowly over six hours, and this has resulted in a big jump in finesse. The élevage now lasts nearly fifteen months, so as to allow the wines to develop slowly and to avoid fining. As a result these are wines which take a moment to show, but which reward the patient with complexity and great depth of flavour. Rémi made a move from traditional barrels to foudres made of a mix of French Austrian and Slavonian oak, constructed by Austrian cooper Stockinger, and having added a new one (or two) each year, there's barely a normal barrel left. He likes the way the wines develop in these large volumes, in which the 'oaking' effect is minimised. Unfortunately he has been hit very hard by the frosts of 2016 - and has made only 20% of a normal harvest across the domaine, something he was struggling to come to terms with when we visited. Even more frustrating is that what he does have - is very good!
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2016 MEURSAULT Narvaux Domaine Rémi Jobard

2016 MEURSAULT Narvaux Domaine Rémi Jobard

75cl bottles, case of 12

Rather lean for Meursault. Precise acidity and good, brisk, green-apple fruit, but it seems rather angular and mean at this stage. Rather lean for Meursault. Precise acidity and good, brisk, green-apple fruit, but it seems rather angular and mean at this stage. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025 Rating: 16.5 Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2018)

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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 Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Nose is nicely poised and restrained. Lovely crispy hard white apple on pallet. Bright but with super weight. Floral too. White pretty, intense flowers. Then something deeper, riper and broader in Nose is nicely poised and restrained. Lovely crispy hard white apple on pallet. Bright but with super weight. Floral too. White pretty, intense flowers. Then something deeper, riper and broader in the fruit make-up. Nice zing and quite fun feel, but there is an unctuous weight to the texture too. 'Plus tendue, plus droit que 2015 mais avec assez de matiere.' L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Henri Boillot

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

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Toasty nose loaded with vanilla and spice - plus cool lemon juice and a tad of pithiness. Palate is brighter, good feel. Levity tension. Good ripeness to the grapefruit and pears - but super line of Toasty nose loaded with vanilla and spice - plus cool lemon juice and a tad of pithiness. Palate is brighter, good feel. Levity tension. Good ripeness to the grapefruit and pears - but super line of acidity too. Nicely textured. 25% New Oak. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine François Raquillet

François took over the running of this estate from his father, Jean, in 1984, and records show that the same family have made wine in Mercurey since the 1600s. With eleven hectares under vine, François has substantially reduced yields, introduced higher quality oak barrels and significantly increased the quality of wines made at this domaine. The 'newly' kitted out cuverie is now in its third vintage with the 2016 harvest and it is clear that in this modernised arena Francois is able to imrove further the purity of expression and silky joy of these brilliant wines. Francois explains he tries to avoid over-extraction at all costs - his one aim is to deliver the beautifully pure fruit profile he gets out of the old vines - this he does with great success. It is a wonderfully transparent style- combined with good mid-palate weight.
2016 MERCUREY Vieilles Vignes Domaine François Raquillet

2016 MERCUREY Vieilles Vignes Domaine François Raquillet

75cl bottles, case of 12

I like the nose. Enticing and open. Palate is richly textured. Silky, sexy flow. Fruit has a lovely ripeness. Concentrated quite dense. But pretty and crowd-pleasing style. Already bottled. I like the nose. Enticing and open. Palate is richly textured. Silky, sexy flow. Fruit has a lovely ripeness. Concentrated quite dense. But pretty and crowd-pleasing style. Already bottled. L&S (Dec 2017)

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Domaine Joël Rémy

A family domaine that extends back five generations to 1853, but which Joël has modernised considerably over the past twenty years, installing new fermentation and ageing equipment. Over the years his vinifications have changed, and the wines have a lot more immediacy and precision. The quality of fruit is not in doubt, as lovers of his Bourgogne Rouge from year to year will attest, and a lot of work in the vineyard contributes to this, including leaf-thinning towards the end of the growing season. In the winery he has installed a vibrating sorting table, and the only filtering is by a lens filter at very low pressure to avoid de-naturing the wines. All offer quite striking value. 2016 marks the first year that Joel is joined by both his children in the business with Maxime and Manon now joining their father full-time - and full of energy. Following Joel's recent successes, there is a renewed air of excitement and ambition here.
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2016 CHOREY LES BEAUNE Les Beaumonts Domaine Joël Rémy

2016 CHOREY LES BEAUNE Les Beaumonts Domaine Joël Rémy

75cl bottles, case of 12

Lovely, sexy dark fruit. Perky - pinging zip. Morello cherry - but energetic - and nice weight. Some dark glossy berries. Concentrated. Quite polished, but not too ripe. Nice, a tension here a Lovely, sexy dark fruit. Perky - pinging zip. Morello cherry - but energetic - and nice weight. Some dark glossy berries. Concentrated. Quite polished, but not too ripe. Nice, a tension here a tautness. 23 September was an early harvest here - explains the zing somewhat - and was certainly a great decision. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 ALOXE CORTON Les Combes Domaine Joël Rémy

2016 ALOXE CORTON Les Combes Domaine Joël Rémy

75cl bottles, case of 12

Feels quite serious, great grip. Good firmness to the fruit - yet still retains that acidity. Dark and slightly sinewy, with some darkness. Weighty fruit. Concentrated and dense. Really quite Feels quite serious, great grip. Good firmness to the fruit - yet still retains that acidity. Dark and slightly sinewy, with some darkness. Weighty fruit. Concentrated and dense. Really quite impressive!

('Terre Blanches' soil is deep and rich, with lots of clay.)
L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 POMMARD Vignots Domaine Joël Rémy

2016 POMMARD Vignots Domaine Joël Rémy

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is finer, more 'edged' than the Aloxe Corton. Very tightly furled for now. Puckering acidity and tannins. In a good way. Dense, ripe, powerful fruit. This vineyard is situated at the top of the This is finer, more 'edged' than the Aloxe Corton. Very tightly furled for now. Puckering acidity and tannins. In a good way. Dense, ripe, powerful fruit. This vineyard is situated at the top of the hill and shaded by the trees there, from the sun and the frost. Good stuff. Deep red fruits. Delicious. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Laurent manages to pack in a lot alongside his running of the vineyards. He has a sophisticated microlight which he flies to all corners of France, he keeps and hunts hawks, and conducts the Chassagne brass band, as well as being a father of three, one of whom (elder son Adrien) worked at L&S at the end of 2015. Laurent's wines have long been L&S favourites for value in both red and white, and as William Kelley has noted this year, writing about Laurent's top red, the Pommard Rugiens, in Decanter, this 'an address that deserves to be better-known'.
2016 POMMARD Tavannes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 POMMARD Tavannes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

This has just been racked and moved from barrel to tank - to make space for the big harvest of 2017s that need space now in barrels. Despite this 'unrest' the wine is impressively calm and together. This has just been racked and moved from barrel to tank - to make space for the big harvest of 2017s that need space now in barrels. Despite this 'unrest' the wine is impressively calm and together. Very nice. Good flow, easy feel, but not simple. Red fruits dominate and add a piquancy to the richly weighty matter. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 VOLNAY Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2016 VOLNAY Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Bright, clean and peppy fruit. Dark cooked cherry macerated flavour - warm strawberry juice too. This has poise, electric zip and energy that really lifts the mood and feel. Very good village wine. Bright, clean and peppy fruit. Dark cooked cherry macerated flavour - warm strawberry juice too. This has poise, electric zip and energy that really lifts the mood and feel. Very good village wine. 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 MARSANNAY Montagne Domaine Huguenot

2016 MARSANNAY Montagne Domaine Huguenot

75cl bottles, case of 12

This has a more mineral underbelly than the village wine. I like the energy and the more lifted feel. Quite poised, light on its feet. Good bright red fruits. Balance of freshness is excellent with This has a more mineral underbelly than the village wine. I like the energy and the more lifted feel. Quite poised, light on its feet. Good bright red fruits. Balance of freshness is excellent with the nicely ripe red berries. The vines here are facing due south. The vineyard is heavilly loaded with limestone pebbles, and what they call 'Calcaire friable'. Lots of small stones that over time have washed down from the two Combes to the north East - you can sense this by the cool restraint in the wine. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MARSANNAY Charme aux Prêtres Domaine Huguenot

2016 MARSANNAY Charme aux Prêtres Domaine Huguenot

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is nicely round fruited. Glossy. Very pretty, slightly more sunny feel. But the impact is well-checked by the touch of bright acidity. Flows well without ever getting too rich. Easy and This is nicely round fruited. Glossy. Very pretty, slightly more sunny feel. But the impact is well-checked by the touch of bright acidity. Flows well without ever getting too rich. Easy and satisfying style. Finishes more cleanly with a saline note of minerality. The grapes here come form a vineyard down in the south of the AC. Quite firm limestone below the soil, quite a thick stratum. Comblanchien, the village south of NSG where they quarry this stone gives it its name - it is almost marble-like in texture/density/hardness. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MARSANNAY Champs Perdrix Domaine Huguenot

2016 MARSANNAY Champs Perdrix Domaine Huguenot

75cl bottles, case of 12

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

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2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Les Crais Domaine Huguenot

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Les Crais Domaine Huguenot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Nice flow here again. This is straight, elegant and nicely poised. Fruit is on the red spectrum with gently ripe strawberries and raspberries. It is quite a sunny solaire but well-judged, well Nice flow here again. This is straight, elegant and nicely poised. Fruit is on the red spectrum with gently ripe strawberries and raspberries. It is quite a sunny solaire but well-judged, well measured. Gentle and pretty Gevrey. Some wood spice too. Always early ripening and the first he picks in Gevrey, you can sense this ripe middle. A geological feature the Cone de Boulisses (the Moraine from the Combe) spills out in a fan and Les Crais is right in it. Similar to the effect in Marsannay and the freshness in the wine, that restraining edge owes much to this. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine de la Douaix

Mark and Gilles Moustie are Belgians, huge fans of wine and in particular Burgundy. The family rented a gite for many years in the Hautes Côtes village of Arcenant, straight up the hill to the west of Nuits Saint Georges, and gently graduated from buying wines at domaines up and down the Côte to wanting to make the wine themselves. Eventually they bought some vines and a house with cellars, and set to. Most of their wines are all from vines they own, but they do make a little wine from bought-in fruit to supplement what is still a tiny domaine. Mark is Belgium-based, a management consultant, so it is his son Gilles who is hands-on on a daily basis. Gilles came to show these wines at our 2015 tasting last year and the wines went down a storm, selling to one of the wine writers attending and to a wine professional who wanted five cases each of two of them - in magnums - with good reason, as they showed brilliantly, rich in body and fruit, with supple ripe tannins. The 2016 releases promise to be equally good - if not perhaps even more classic explains Mark on our visit.
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2016 CÔTE DE NUITS VILLAGES Vieilles Vignes Domaine de la Douaix

2016 CÔTE DE NUITS VILLAGES Vieilles Vignes Domaine de la Douaix

75cl bottles, case of 12

Dark, rich and spicy with a touch of chocolate on the nose. Rich, compact and dense for a village wine. Plenty of sweet acidity..this has a more muscle with a bite to the tannins and grip. Burly Dark, rich and spicy with a touch of chocolate on the nose. Rich, compact and dense for a village wine. Plenty of sweet acidity..this has a more muscle with a bite to the tannins and grip. Burly and energetic. Needs some time. Drinking range: 2022 - Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2017)

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Domaine Thierry Mortet

Thierry has only limited volumes of Premier cru and no Grands Crus, so has remained discreetly under the radar despite our best efforts! Three or four days of cold maceration are followed by two weeks of fermentation, with just a touch of cooling to keep the temperature around 31-33C (below 35, at least), then into barrel, all second use or older for the Bourgogne, with 30% new wood on the Gevrey, and 50% on the Clos Prieur. Certified organic and in biodynamic conversion, Thierry's wines are fine and precise, tangy and long, never massive, but not unsubstantial all the same.
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2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Domaine Thierry Mortet

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Domaine Thierry Mortet

75cl bottles, case of 12

Toasty nose, but very pretty fruit. Quite tight almost green undergrowth notes. Very gentle, super fine grip. Sparkly acidity. Nice poise. Finishes on a riper fruit note strawberries and some plum in Toasty nose, but very pretty fruit. Quite tight almost green undergrowth notes. Very gentle, super fine grip. Sparkly acidity. Nice poise. Finishes on a riper fruit note strawberries and some plum in the middle Delicious. Nicely rounded out middle but this is also pure with tight lines. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Vigne Belle Domaine Thierry Mortet

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Vigne Belle Domaine Thierry Mortet

75cl bottles, case of 12

Very pretty again. This is a little broader, a little more serious. Again though it is restrained, not showy in any way. Lovely mineral feel. Very good, nicely ripened fruit underlies the cool, pert Very pretty again. This is a little broader, a little more serious. Again though it is restrained, not showy in any way. Lovely mineral feel. Very good, nicely ripened fruit underlies the cool, pert zip that pings across the palate. and yet that chalky undertone continues. 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 Grains Fins Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS Grains Fins Domaine Stéphane Magnien

75cl bottles, case of 6

This year Stéphane has made 2 separate cuvées of village Morey St Denis. This one 'Cuvée Fins Grains' comes from his plots with just gravel soils and showcases the more elegant style This year Stéphane has made 2 separate cuvées of village Morey St Denis. This one 'Cuvée Fins Grains' comes from his plots with just gravel soils and showcases the more elegant style achievable. Nice pure feel. Lovely flow. Lovely texture. Wow. Thist is awesomely fun on the palate. Full of bounce, lovely cherry. Hedgerow berries and blueberry and firm under-ripe cherries?! Really good. More finesse than most Morey - (more Chambolle in style?) Across the board there is no more than just 10% of New Wood on the village wines here. 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 Vieilles Vignes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS Vieilles Vignes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

75cl bottles, case of 12

From three parcels - Tres Girard, Chenevery and Cognées, all over 60 years old. Again a great, precise attack. Lovely, cleanly delineated fruit. Red and pert - then some more leafy, crunchy From three parcels - Tres Girard, Chenevery and Cognées, all over 60 years old. Again a great, precise attack. Lovely, cleanly delineated fruit. Red and pert - then some more leafy, crunchy black-currents. A smoky lift of grippier matter joins in and builds the breadth and depth. Finishes with beautifully ripe, dense fruit. A super richness - but the lovely acidity means there is no fat or excess heft. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Vieilles Vignes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Vieilles Vignes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Good deep nose, then nice bounce to the fruit. This is pretty clean cut - quite a high line of perky fruit, quite intense, quite good definition - bright, red berries. Attractive. Good gentle grip. Good deep nose, then nice bounce to the fruit. This is pretty clean cut - quite a high line of perky fruit, quite intense, quite good definition - bright, red berries. Attractive. Good gentle grip. Lovely energetic style. Purity of fruit balances perfectly the polished tannins - but weight of fruit is good and acidity perfectly judged. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Vignerons since the seventeenth century, the Confuron family even have a strain of Pinot Noir named after them - Pinot Confuron. The domaine has several Grands Crus vineyards as well as the Premier Cru vineyard of Les Suchots, making it one of the very top domaines of the Côte de Nuits. The Confurons have always used whole-bunch fermentation, picking very late. In fact, a bit like the Thévenets with their whites in the Maconnais, they pick so much later that they can seem to have different vintages to everyone else. Yves also makes the wines at Domaine de Courcel in Pommard. Don't miss those either. But also don't think of opening any of them young - these are meant for the long haul.
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2016 VOSNE ROMANÉE Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 VOSNE ROMANÉE Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is direct, clean with a good minerally grip. Firm and quite taut feel to the fruit, this is the Confuron way. Lovely fruit. Dark and joyous. Long. Intense and great depth of black plum and This is direct, clean with a good minerally grip. Firm and quite taut feel to the fruit, this is the Confuron way. Lovely fruit. Dark and joyous. Long. Intense and great depth of black plum and blackberries that just add a burst of good acidity. Long and delicious feel. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

75cl bottles, case of 6

This has a lovely, inviting and pretty nose. Very scented, floral notes of rose petal, lavender too. Elegant feel. This is more pretty and silky, but then the fruit is harder, less soft, less rich. This has a lovely, inviting and pretty nose. Very scented, floral notes of rose petal, lavender too. Elegant feel. This is more pretty and silky, but then the fruit is harder, less soft, less rich. Damson and raspberry juice here. Very pure and long, just a little more linear for this cellar keeps it more pert and bright feeling. L&S (Oct 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.
2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Thibault Liger-Belair

2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, case of 12

Thibault's 1st vintage from this vineyard.. 10% Whole bunch 0.9 HA form 9 plots, - should get up to 20 'pieces' in a good, steady vintage. Lovely broad feel. Sweet fruit. Mostly 80 year old vines. Thibault's 1st vintage from this vineyard.. 10% Whole bunch 0.9 HA form 9 plots, - should get up to 20 'pieces' in a good, steady vintage. Lovely broad feel. Sweet fruit. Mostly 80 year old vines. Youngest are 40+. Really sexy and upfront. Not overripe - but just 'bosh here you go' creamy, smooth and very pretty. Violet and blue fruits, floral. Easy yet somehow fine and delicate strains to it. Precise and direct but still very 'Chambolle' says Thibault. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine des Lambrays

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

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS Domaine des Lambrays

75cl bottles, case of 6

This will be bottled with the Whites this year - soon in 2017, rather than in March 2018. Lovely and silky - so attractive. Really pretty. So smooth and this flows with a lithe exuberant joy - which This will be bottled with the Whites this year - soon in 2017, rather than in March 2018. Lovely and silky - so attractive. Really pretty. So smooth and this flows with a lithe exuberant joy - which is what they have decided to preserve by bottling sooner - taking it out of the wood to preserve the fruit. Delicious silky fruit, loaded with soft warm strawberry. Beautifully done. 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 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2016 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

75cl bottles, case of 6

After tasting the Vosne there is immediatley more grunt here. More wild fruit. More spice, a touch of leather. Mineral hold too - not a grip, just a firmness which is great. There is more structure After tasting the Vosne there is immediatley more grunt here. More wild fruit. More spice, a touch of leather. Mineral hold too - not a grip, just a firmness which is great. There is more structure here and fuller, still fine tannic build up in the palate - but the fruit is seamless, a lovely tension a finesse that is so smart. Les Survres et Les Justices are the plots. Great drive a touch of warmth to finish but this power is sleek and impressive. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS La Rue de Vergy Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2016 MOREY SAINT DENIS La Rue de Vergy Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Good uplifted aromatics. Floral and pretty nose. Nice feel, good 'matiere', without over-ripeness the fruit is nicely measured. Great concentration. Not sweet, just crisp enough, just enough edge Good uplifted aromatics. Floral and pretty nose. Nice feel, good 'matiere', without over-ripeness the fruit is nicely measured. Great concentration. Not sweet, just crisp enough, just enough edge here, lovely sculpted red and blue fruit, plums and some more evolved purple/red berries. Good spice, good flow. Serious. L&S (Oct 2017)

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