* Last Chance Reds *

With most of the 2017 allocations now complete, we have made a list of the top reds of which we still have availability. This is your best chance to pick up a highly sought-after case before it's too late. You can also DOWNLOAD THE LIST in excel format.


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Domaine Hubert Lamy

A domaine with 18.5 hectares of vines - 80% are Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. The vines are spread over Saint-Aubin, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay. Olivier Lamy's wine-making style and preference is to emphasise the fresh and the mineral side of his wines, and in 2017, 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 2017 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. 2017 brought no relief from the recent small harvests - thanks to early frosts which nipped the buds, yields were 10-20hl/ha in the Bourgogne and village Saint Aubins, so volumes are still decidedly short.

Olivier says of the vintage '2017 will be a solar year but very balanced with ripe wines at the beginning of the mouth and finishing on freshness, minerality, tension and a lot of energy. The élevage will be 24 months without any new wood to keep more freshness. The wines are nicely balanced, revealing aromas of citrus fruits. They are pure, fresh and mineral wines. Their chiselled and precise character means they will keep well.". As for the reds, he says 'This vintage gave very healthy red grapes, so a good proportion of the whole bunches was kept in vatting. Ruby colours, a complex nose, floral, fruity and spicy, the concentration in the mouth and soft and pleasant tannins characterise these wines which express nice notes of fresh fruits. All finesse, they show all the elements of great Burgundian red wines.'

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2017 SANTENAY Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Gravières Domaine Hubert Lamy

2017 SANTENAY Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Gravières Domaine Hubert Lamy

One of the great vineyards of Santenay, steeply sloped especially towards the top. Olivier has high-density planted at the bottom. Deep colour, juicy and rich, with lots of limestone and energy.One of the great vineyards of Santenay, steeply sloped especially towards the top. Olivier has high-density planted at the bottom. Deep colour, juicy and rich, with lots of limestone and energy.L&S(Nov 2018)

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Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

The origins of the Pillot family in Chassagne can be traced back to the eighteenth century, when they seem to have been coopers more than vignerons. In the nineteenth century they abandoned barrel-making in favour of enlarging the property in Chassagne. Fernand and Laurent, who is the fourth generation, added to it again in 1992, and then in 2001 Laurent's wife Marie-Anne inherited half of her family's property, the Pommard domaine of Pothier-Rieusset, and Laurent and his father bought the other half. The domaine now stands at 14.5 hectares of vines across almost the whole length of the Côte de Beaune from Santenay to Beaune.

The Domaine is worked according to organic principles and are ploughed – no chemical weedkillers are used. They have also been members of the Dephy-ECO-phyto group, which works to reduce the number of treatments using copper sulphate, since 2012.

Laurent has always managed to pack in a lot alongside his running of the vineyard. 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 dabbling in Mayoral duties - on top of being a father of three, Anaïs, Adrien and Eugène. They are all mad about the alps and disappear up the mountains at regular intervals.

Laurent's eldest son Adrien has been travelling the world making wine all over the place for the last few years having completed his training in Beaune. Bringing back lessons learnt in Australia, South Africa and California (and from a stint at Lea & Sandeman) - he now helps Laurent with all aspects of the wine-making and viticulture at the domaine. The wines have long been L&S favourites in both red and white - they represent excellent value, and they age very well too, despite being attractive young. The whites are precise and pure, and not lacking for body and generosity, while the reds are velvety and juicy, beautifully balanced even if drunk young on their expressive Pinot fruit. The domaine was rightfully heralded in Decanter Magazine last year as 'an address that deserves to be better-known'. Great value and real pleasure across their range.

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2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Charmots Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Charmots Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Enticing fine fruit nose with a touch of smoke. Refined palate. Good structure to the dark fruit. There is substance and freshness, but it is the elegance of this site which comes out above all. WillEnticing fine fruit nose with a touch of smoke. Refined palate. Good structure to the dark fruit. There is substance and freshness, but it is the elegance of this site which comes out above all. Will repay a short time in the cellar. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Produced from old vines, some dating back to the 60s, the Rugiens tops the table in a line up of impressive Pillot Pommards. Striking nose of rich fruit. On the palate there is complexity already.Produced from old vines, some dating back to the 60s, the Rugiens tops the table in a line up of impressive Pillot Pommards. Striking nose of rich fruit. On the palate there is complexity already. Rich and round, then real density and the tannins firm up in the concentration. Terrific energy throughout. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035L&S(Oct 2018)

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Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

After hail and frost had savagely cut the production here in four out of the previous five vintages, it was smiles and relief all round this year. In 2016 Nico had just five barrels of 'Village' Volnay, but the 'perfect' 2017 vintage has yielded 39 barrels form the same ground. How Nico has managed to keep smiling through the last few years is anyone's guess, but that's Nico. It can only be hoped that with the only slightly smaller 2018 harvest now in barrel, these troubles have come to an end. Now in its second year, he could not be happier with his new winery. A fantastic bespoke build, admittedly in a ZI (Zone industrielle) on the outskirts of Beaune, which he recognises is not ideal for the folklore aspect, but it is a perfect tool for the job, and does have a good view of all 'his' bits of the Côte - from the roof.

As we wrote last year, the wines in this cellar reflect his bounding optimism - they are generous and bouncing with energy. He describes the 2017 vintage as 'Gourmand, Friand, Fruité', which is marvellous, but at least partly untranslatable - come on chaps, we need a word for gourmand that is better than 'greedy', and another for friand which does not involve a long explanation - but 'easy to love' might do. But you get the idea. It's delish. 'Not the density of 2015, but just as well-balanced', as Nico went on to say, and 'a vintage which respects the identity of each terroir. The kind of vintage you can drink from the word go, and at any time for ten years, but which will surprise if you then find a bottle you've forgotten in the cellar, when you see it has aged brilliantly - like the 2002s'. From a Bourgogne you can drink now, through to an incredibly serious Grand-Cru-level Pommard Rugiens, this is a great set of wines.
2017 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE 1er Cru Les Fourneaux Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE 1er Cru Les Fourneaux Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

Tried from two barrels. The first was an old oak barrel: Lovely cherry fruit, tightly knitted with chalky tannins. The second sample was from a new oak barrel: The cherry fruit was much fuller,Tried from two barrels. The first was an old oak barrel: Lovely cherry fruit, tightly knitted with chalky tannins. The second sample was from a new oak barrel: The cherry fruit was much fuller, richer and rounder. A bold and rich-fruited wine with solid tannins under, in need of a little more élevage when we saw it, but should be excellent.L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 POMMARD Vignots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 POMMARD Vignots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

The Vignots is perched higher up on the Côte where the soil is thinner and is dominated by white rock (limestone and chalk). A tighter feel. Lovely refined fruit. The chalk is evident in theThe Vignots is perched higher up on the Côte where the soil is thinner and is dominated by white rock (limestone and chalk). A tighter feel. Lovely refined fruit. The chalk is evident in the mineral frame. It has a cool, slender feel to it. There is enough fruit to see it home. An attractive, genuine Pommard. L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 VOLNAY Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 VOLNAY Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

The village Volnay is taken from plots on clay and limestone, vinified separately then blended together. Lovely charming ample black fruit and then the charge of the mineral limestone element givingThe village Volnay is taken from plots on clay and limestone, vinified separately then blended together. Lovely charming ample black fruit and then the charge of the mineral limestone element giving energy and length - lovely balance and enormously likeable.L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 BEAUNE 1er Cru Reversées Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 BEAUNE 1er Cru Reversées Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

Always a popular option on the shop shelves at L&S the 2017 Reversées is a level up in concentration, with deep colour an intriguing rich dark fruit character framed by mineral rock. The fruit isAlways a popular option on the shop shelves at L&S the 2017 Reversées is a level up in concentration, with deep colour an intriguing rich dark fruit character framed by mineral rock. The fruit is sweet and attractive. Some spice too. Good volume and concentration balanced by fresh acidity.L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 POMMARD Noizons Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 POMMARD Noizons Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

After the Village wine this has more charm, soft and ripe. An easy to love Pinot that puts you at ease immediately. As Nico explains, Noizons is really a Pommard for people who don’t like Pommard!After the Village wine this has more charm, soft and ripe. An easy to love Pinot that puts you at ease immediately. As Nico explains, Noizons is really a Pommard for people who don’t like Pommard! Great fruit red and supple with gentle spice, but without the Pommard bones. The vines here are on clay - which helps give that easy and sexy style. A real smoothie. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Clos des Angles Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Clos des Angles Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

The Clos des Angles is made with 50% whole cluster giving a lovely juicy feel to the wine. Straight laced at this stage. There is a plump and weighty feel that is kept in check by fresh acidity and aThe Clos des Angles is made with 50% whole cluster giving a lovely juicy feel to the wine. Straight laced at this stage. There is a plump and weighty feel that is kept in check by fresh acidity and a tingle of tannin. Complexity should come in time. I look forward to trying this again once bottled. L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 BEAUNE 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 BEAUNE 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

100% de-stemmed. So silky and classy - a slippery feel, saline then intense with flavour, a real lift of mineral - there's a lot of iron in the soil here. Very moreish.100% de-stemmed. So silky and classy - a slippery feel, saline then intense with flavour, a real lift of mineral - there's a lot of iron in the soil here. Very moreish.L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Charmots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Charmots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

Unusual for Pommard because of its easy charm. There is lots of clay in Nico's parcel here - which is near his 'Noizons' a wine in 2017 that is unnervingly gentle.! Delicious. Pretty. Dark redUnusual for Pommard because of its easy charm. There is lots of clay in Nico's parcel here - which is near his 'Noizons' a wine in 2017 that is unnervingly gentle.! Delicious. Pretty. Dark red fruit. Soft and doux for Pommard. Really lovely. Great acidity - super balance. That pitch perfect mix of weight and ripeness with the lovely freshening acidity is joyous. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Santenots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Santenots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

Two hectare plot which is divided in to 4 different parcels - each vinified separately. The vineyard is dominated by large limestone rocks in a soil with a lot of ireon oxide. There is wonderfulTwo hectare plot which is divided in to 4 different parcels - each vinified separately. The vineyard is dominated by large limestone rocks in a soil with a lot of ireon oxide. There is wonderful primary black fruit which marries well with the oak. Gamey and earthy notes too. Rich, powerful and masculine. Good structure with the tannins building towards the finish. Classy and pronounced. Drinking range: 2021 - 2029L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Argillières Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Argillières Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

Tasted after the Clos de Vergers - this is darker and more spicily toasty on the nose. The parcel is within part of Clos de Vergers. More tannic and serious. Yet still supple and ripely done.Tasted after the Clos de Vergers - this is darker and more spicily toasty on the nose. The parcel is within part of Clos de Vergers. More tannic and serious. Yet still supple and ripely done. Dense. More limestone here, and so it is no surprise the structure is good, mineral and sculpted well. Lovely dark aromas. Charming Pommard. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Chevrets Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Chevrets Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

The soil is made up of limestone and clay. Old vines. 50% whole cluster. Very silky and luscious on entry with black and exotic purple fruit - the weight is immediately apparent. Lots of rich darkThe soil is made up of limestone and clay. Old vines. 50% whole cluster. Very silky and luscious on entry with black and exotic purple fruit - the weight is immediately apparent. Lots of rich dark fruit kept in check by noticeable acidity. Ripe tannins grow towards the end. The limestone becomes apparent at the finish with a hint of rocky mineral.L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Roncerets Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Roncerets Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

'Roncerets' literally means 'Blackberry Bush' and Blackberry is certainly evident in the wine. Sweet dark fruit dominates the palate. It feels quite fat until the chalky tannins start to build and'Roncerets' literally means 'Blackberry Bush' and Blackberry is certainly evident in the wine. Sweet dark fruit dominates the palate. It feels quite fat until the chalky tannins start to build and the structure becomes more apparent. There is a good balance of elegance and power. Plenty of energy and brambly vigour. A lovely, bold Volnay. L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

The vineyard name 'Caillerets' translates as 'Small Stones' in English. The soil is made up of clay with small lumps of limestone. There is a feminine aspect to the wine - smooth on entry the wineThe vineyard name 'Caillerets' translates as 'Small Stones' in English. The soil is made up of clay with small lumps of limestone. There is a feminine aspect to the wine - smooth on entry the wine has attractive fruit with lots of mineral flavour woven around it. It is well balanced - the weight of juice is well supported by noticeable tannin and acidity. Great finesse. L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Épenots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Épenots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

The Épenots parcel is made up of vines that were planted 112 years ago (75% of the cuvée) with some that are 50 years old. The oldest vines are a little plot owned by Vincent, who works for NicolasThe Épenots parcel is made up of vines that were planted 112 years ago (75% of the cuvée) with some that are 50 years old. The oldest vines are a little plot owned by Vincent, who works for Nicolas and trusts him to make the best wine with them. The result is Grand Cru quality. Very rich and complete on the nose. A mineral core. Red, black fruit and spice. The deep fruit is joined by mouth-coating velvety tannins. Slightly closed at this stage but the tension and energy is apparent and hugely impressive. Drinking range: 2026 - L&S(Nov 2018)

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Domaine Comte Armand

A domaine totalling nine hectares, of which the most important part is a magnificent five hectare monopole of the Pommard Premier Cru Clos des Epeneaux, which was put together by Nicolas Marey in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (along with the DRC Romanée Saint Vivant 'Marey-Monge'). These vineyards were all sold, except for the Clos (now been enclosed by a wall), which came to Jean-François Armand as a dowry when he married Nicolas' daughter in 1826. The Volnay vineyards were added in 1994, followed by parcels in Auxey Duresses.

The current Comte Armand is a lawyer living in Paris, but very supportive of the régisseurs who have looked after this domaine for the thirty years or so that L&S have been buying here. The 1980 vintage, made by one of the many Rossignols of Volnay who was in charge at the time, was for us a great introduction to the possibilities of the great Clos des Epeneaux vineyard. Then came the era of Pascal Marchand, a young Quebecois who came to do a harvest with Domaine Bruno Clair and just never left. He began a period of radical restructuring and the introduction of organic and then biodynamic farming, while making very dark, dense and long-lived wines. Benjamin Leroux, hugely respected amongst growers who approach things from an organic or biodynamic point of view, then took over, and refined this approach and changed the way the parcels of vines are divided up for harvesting, paying less attention to just the age of the vines, and more to the underlying soil types. Claude Bourguignon was employed to provide a full geological survey of the Clos as the basis for this. Under Benjamin the wines of the Clos gained in finesse and precision, while still having the depth and richness expected of a great Pommard.

Both Pascal and Benjamin were keen to expand beyond the confines of the Clos, and the Domaine also has vines in Volnay, and, a particular enthusiasm of both Pascal and Benjamin, in Auxey Duresses, where they are convinced of the great potential of some of this village's undervalued and neglected terroirs. Paul Zinetti, who had worked with Ben for four years, took over in 2014.

The vineyard is cultivated organically (ECOCERT certified) and biodynamically. The grapes are entirely de-stemmed, but left intact, for a five to eight-day cold maceration before the fermentation, which lasts five to ten days, and then the wine remains in the fermenters for between three and fifteen days, depending on the vintage. In most years, the total time with skin contact will be around four weeks, which is longer than most. The wines will then be aged in barrel for between eighteen and twenty-four months, with new wood limited to 30% for the wine from the old vines of the Clos, down to none at all for the village wines.

Paul has nailed his colours to the mast by saying he wants to make a less tannic wine in the Clos, and one which is more about aromatic length. In this he is continuing the route that Ben was following, but perhaps taking it even further.

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Fremiets Domaine Comte Armand

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Fremiets Domaine Comte Armand

A seriously inviting nose a richness to the fruit. a lovely powerful ripe core. After the Auxey this feels almost broad and sweepingly ripe and juicy. Loaded with rich red berries and warm strawberryA seriously inviting nose a richness to the fruit. a lovely powerful ripe core. After the Auxey this feels almost broad and sweepingly ripe and juicy. Loaded with rich red berries and warm strawberry flesh. Kept in check by a good, suedey underside. Overla this feels like it will be drinking from the get go. nusually with this Volnay they have done somne some pigeage, Paul is not big in to it - but he felt this wine needed a touch of extraction and intensity. The fruit comes form 2 plots. One is made up of 90 year old vines - the other is 33 years old. After 2016 he was considering pulling out the old vines. But he is really happy with them in 2017. 25% New wood here. 10% Whole Bunch. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Clos des Épeneaux Domaine Comte Armand

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Clos des Épeneaux Domaine Comte Armand

Tasting this in the cellar, the final wine is not yet complete so we tasted the 2 constituent parts and then a final blend put together by Paul. The first part (40%) comes from the younger vinesTasting this in the cellar, the final wine is not yet complete so we tasted the 2 constituent parts and then a final blend put together by Paul. The first part (40%) comes from the younger vines which are between 35 and 55 years old. There is great poise to this and lovely push. There is a firmness that pushes back at you here, a remarkable powerful wall of minerality that is like a brooding edifice. Creating a crisp backdrop to the nice weight of bright red fruit. Pretty Pinot with a lifted character. Crunchy and nervy. The majority (60%) will be made up of the old vine parcel, 65-90 year old vines. This component is on another plain. So much more richness here. a lovely sweeter feel. Great depth. Denser, really quite wonderfully indulgent. A much more luxurious and decadent feel. Darker red fruit and super texture. The resultant blend is very impressive. Somehow more perfumed on the nose. This expresses itself really nicely. generous but well measured. Comes together well and you totally see the decision on these proportions. That dense richer fruit sits well on the brighter, firmer lift of the younger vines. Good delivery now - ample weight and good level of ping. Nicely complementary components that end up well balanced but certainly generous on the fruit side. Drinking range: 2025 - 2033L&S(Nov 2018)

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Domaine de Courcel

One of the great domaines of Pommard, with a 400 year history in the same family. The domaine produces a small amount of Bourgogne Chardonnay, a completely over-performing Bourgogne Rouge, a village Pommard (Vaumuriens, 1.44 ha), but the biggest part of the domaine consists of four great Premier Cru expressions of the terroir of Pommard, Fremiers (0.79 ha), Croix Noires (0.58 ha), Grand Clos des Epenots (4.89 ha) and Rugiens (1.07 ha). These represent a very different style to the Clos des Épeneaux of Comte Armand, for example. Yves Confuron, the régisseur, describes the difference between the two top wines by saying that the Grand Clos is 'terreux' while the Rugiens is 'aérien'.

The aim is to limit yields to around 25hl/ha, to attain optimum ripeness. The vines are ploughed, and pruned carefully to suit each one, then de-budded in spring and green-harvested in August to keep the fruit load balanced. Following Yves' usual practice the harvest is late and the vatting is long - usually around a month, with a cold maceration leading into a cool fermentation, and a long post-fermentation soak under the protection of the carbon dioxide given off by the fermentation. The wines are developed in barrel over 21 to 23 months, with a third of the barrels being replaced each year. After racking they are bottled without fining or filtration.

The domaine produces wines with astonishing depth and density that still retain the freshness, just like Yves' own wines at Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot. They are classic vins de garde and patience is advised - and will be amply rewarded.

2017 POMMARD Vaumuriens Domaine de Courcel

2017 POMMARD Vaumuriens Domaine de Courcel

Just a whiff of toast on nose. In the mouth there is again that tell-tale grip and wildness. Measured though and with nice minerality growing. This is Pommard for sure. Nicely granular grip underpinsJust a whiff of toast on nose. In the mouth there is again that tell-tale grip and wildness. Measured though and with nice minerality growing. This is Pommard for sure. Nicely granular grip underpins the fruit - yet there is more flow here, a nice richness to the fruit. Good and nice push here. The finish is long and really pleasing with weighty fruit and nice smooth lines. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Fremiers Domaine de Courcel

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Fremiers Domaine de Courcel

Higher toned than either the Vaumariens or the Croix Noirs. Softer fruit middle. Really quite generous and free flowing for this cellar. More purple and red berries here. Sleeker and easier. StillHigher toned than either the Vaumariens or the Croix Noirs. Softer fruit middle. Really quite generous and free flowing for this cellar. More purple and red berries here. Sleeker and easier. Still that power and impact you want from de Courcel - but a softer blow delivers this with some comfort. Drinking range: 2023 - 2029L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Croix Noires Domaine de Courcel

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Croix Noires Domaine de Courcel

Nose is softer and more generous here. The palate is rich, but on the dark, more sinewy end of things. Earthy notes too with the mulberry and restrained damson juice. This is more generous and moreNose is softer and more generous here. The palate is rich, but on the dark, more sinewy end of things. Earthy notes too with the mulberry and restrained damson juice. This is more generous and more supple than the Vaumariens at this stage.With that grip relenting somewhat - and this has good power too. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Grand Clos des Épenots Domaine de Courcel

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Grand Clos des Épenots Domaine de Courcel

Scented and with a growing gentle, plum flesh perfume on the nose. Then you feel the very fine-lined texture, great detail. There is a darkness here, a deep brood to the fruit - some baked plum, someScented and with a growing gentle, plum flesh perfume on the nose. Then you feel the very fine-lined texture, great detail. There is a darkness here, a deep brood to the fruit - some baked plum, some morello cherry and such gorgeously fine tannins. Real flow and polish, not shiny - but sleek and so persistent the fruit ripeness is bang on. Rich and pure and powerfully driven with perfect balance of underpinning minerality and super fine, powdery tannins. Darkly sexy wine. Drinking range: 2024 - 2031L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine de Courcel

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine de Courcel

Yves tastes this after the Grand Clos des EPenots and you can see why, it is a real change of gear. Great news - a blast of cool fresh Pinot Noir. Palate has a racy feel. Intense, more edge and cutYves tastes this after the Grand Clos des EPenots and you can see why, it is a real change of gear. Great news - a blast of cool fresh Pinot Noir. Palate has a racy feel. Intense, more edge and cut here. More tightly-furled fruit at the core. a restrained hardness. The tannins are here for the long haul - but protect the really lovely fruit - soft strawberry flesh peeks out and deliciously ripe plum juice. Really nice firm drive - but not aggressive finish.L&S(Nov 2018)

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Domaine Henri Boillot

A domaine which dates back to 1885, but which began properly in the early years of the 20th century under the current Henri's grandfather (also Henri). His son, Jean, was the one who really developed it. Henri arrived in 1975 and worked his way up, becoming the winemaker. In 2000 he began the building of the new winery at the bottom of Meursault, and he then bought out his brother and sister to keep the domaine as one, renaming it from 'Domaine Jean Boillot' to 'Domaine Henri Boillot' to avoid confusion with his brother Jean-Marc's domaine.

After six years working alongside his father, Guillaume is the 'chef de culture', i.e. heads up the vineyard team, and has been entirely responsible for the vinification of the reds since 2012. Henri continues to make the whites which he likes to be 'straight, taut, precise, pure and elegant'. Guillaume's input has resulted in red wines that have gained in definition and energy, without losing the luxurious velvety richness and fruit depth that they have always had.

The Domaine totals around 14 hectares, with roughly equal surfaces of red and white, and of which just under 4ha is the Monopole vineyard of Clos de la Mouchère, a walled enclave within the premier Cru Puligny Perrières. The 2017 vintage saw the arrival of two new parcels of Grand Cru red, in Échezeaux and Latricières Chambertin

In November 2018 we tasted with Henri while Guillaume was busy in the cellar, working on the just harvested 2018s, and he was very upbeat about the 2017s - rightly so. They harvested the whites between the 27th and 30th August - going early to preserve the energy which is increasingly a hallmark here.

Henri says this year is quite like 2016 but with a bit more weight he thinks. There is lovely acidity like the 2013s. He explains that 2017s have the same acidity as the 2016s - but with a note more glycerol which pads out the middle. The results are delicious, delectable wines you want to drink.

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Chevrets Domaine Henri Boillot

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Chevrets Domaine Henri Boillot

After the Fremiets there is immediately more texture, more grip here. A good feel and some nicely ripe fruit. Yes again there is the glycerine like texture to the fruit core, but the darker notes andAfter the Fremiets there is immediately more texture, more grip here. A good feel and some nicely ripe fruit. Yes again there is the glycerine like texture to the fruit core, but the darker notes and the grip begin to build in the mouth, black fruits compete with the softly ripe red berries. An impressive Chevrets, dark and brooding but very suave. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Fremiets Domaine Henri Boillot

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Fremiets Domaine Henri Boillot

More aromatic complexity here on the nose. Some dark raspberry and then some more floral, dried petals and darker berry fruit. Palate is intense. Deeply flavoured juice, nicely concentrated. AgainMore aromatic complexity here on the nose. Some dark raspberry and then some more floral, dried petals and darker berry fruit. Palate is intense. Deeply flavoured juice, nicely concentrated. Again that lovely sleek flow, the glycerol coated glide across the palate that is so inviting. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Henri Boillot

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Henri Boillot

The Caillerets is the most serious of the Boillots' Volnays and it is all fermented in barrel. Which are specially modified to have big holes to get the grapes in and out. The nose has violets andThe Caillerets is the most serious of the Boillots' Volnays and it is all fermented in barrel. Which are specially modified to have big holes to get the grapes in and out. The nose has violets and deep red flesh of plum and some damson skin pep too. Lively and higher-toned than the Fremiets or Chevret. More ethereal with its flow - but the fruit is beautifully weighted and so satisfying. Gorgeous dark notes keep this feeling more serious but is is really good and full of pleasure. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027L&S(Oct 2018)

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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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2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Henri Boillot

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Henri Boillot

A tad firmer than any of the domaine's Volnays as you would expect. Darker fruit lines here. Some leaf, some pepper and thick-skinned blackcurrants at play with the more generous blackberry pulp.A tad firmer than any of the domaine's Volnays as you would expect. Darker fruit lines here. Some leaf, some pepper and thick-skinned blackcurrants at play with the more generous blackberry pulp. Intense, more meaty and more wild. Yet still fun and a ride worth taking. Lots of joy and just a slightly wild side.L&S(Oct 2018)

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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 are domaine wines in all but name.
2017 CORTON RENARDES Grand Cru Thibault Liger-Belair

2017 CORTON RENARDES Grand Cru Thibault Liger-Belair

Thibault has 2 parcels here; 1 is higher up the hill with really deep soils. The combination, Thibault explains, adds real complexity. He has included 40% Whole bunch too, to add some lift, despiteThibault has 2 parcels here; 1 is higher up the hill with really deep soils. The combination, Thibault explains, adds real complexity. He has included 40% Whole bunch too, to add some lift, despite the limestone soils which already influence the clean sweeping feel. Sweet attack. Fruit is poised but ripe. Remains light on its toes - rich not thick - but sweet and with easy flow - it is good. About a third new oak. Drinking range: 2021 - 2029L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CORTON Grand Cru Clos du Roi Thibault Liger-Belair
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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, Loïc (who despite his youthful good-looks, has overseen the wine-making since 2012) gets an astonishing density into the wines, and they 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.)

The wines are every bit as good as you'd expect from this domaine in 2017 and for once may not be as devilishly long-lived as usual. As Loïc said the wines have an openness and a more aerial feel this year - and are deeply charming for it. The season he says was unusual and with the vines recovering from the loss of so much fruit in 2016 to frost (almost 30%) they went in to overdrive producing lots of grapes in 2017. Taking counsel from his father and grandfather he resisted the urge for a bountiful harvest and spent August thinning out the crop with a thorough green harvest. 'No holiday for me' he said cheerfully - and kept smiling as he explained they dropped enough fruit to fill another 20 barrels - ouch! There were, said Loïc, some problems with 'blocage de maturité' where young vines really suffered in the 36/37-degree heat. The harvest was early - starting on the 2nd of September, they were among the first. Neither in 2017, nor in 2018, was there really anything to do on the sorting table. The understanding and skill from the three generations of Dugats was crucial in such fine results. When you taste these mesmerising wines, you realise that all the right decisions were made. A real highlight on our tour of the region. Dense and intense but with a lovely softness in 2017, truly extraordinary.

These wines are in high demand, but it is still well-worth making requests, especially if buying other wines. Likely to be released in March.

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2017 POMMARD Vieilles Vignes La Levrière Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2017 POMMARD Vieilles Vignes La Levrière Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

This is charming! Lovely full feel, quite glossy almost but quite powerful. Then the structure begins to build. There nicely driven, focused but with some serious guts. Fine grained tannin. 'MoreThis is charming! Lovely full feel, quite glossy almost but quite powerful. Then the structure begins to build. There nicely driven, focused but with some serious guts. Fine grained tannin. 'More torréfié' says Loic and he is right. It stays supple - not overdone, but full and soft. More Pommard with some power and breadth. Vines here are nearly 80 years old. Defined and so joyous with energetic push. Drinking range: 2022 - 2028L&S(Nov 2018)

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Domaine Henri Boillot

A domaine which dates back to 1885, but which began properly in the early years of the 20th century under the current Henri's grandfather (also Henri). His son, Jean, was the one who really developed it. Henri arrived in 1975 and worked his way up, becoming the winemaker. In 2000 he began the building of the new winery at the bottom of Meursault, and he then bought out his brother and sister to keep the domaine as one, renaming it from 'Domaine Jean Boillot' to 'Domaine Henri Boillot' to avoid confusion with his brother Jean-Marc's domaine.

After six years working alongside his father, Guillaume is the 'chef de culture', i.e. heads up the vineyard team, and has been entirely responsible for the vinification of the reds since 2012. Henri continues to make the whites which he likes to be 'straight, taut, precise, pure and elegant'. Guillaume's input has resulted in red wines that have gained in definition and energy, without losing the luxurious velvety richness and fruit depth that they have always had.

The Domaine totals around 14 hectares, with roughly equal surfaces of red and white, and of which just under 4ha is the Monopole vineyard of Clos de la Mouchère, a walled enclave within the premier Cru Puligny Perrières. The 2017 vintage saw the arrival of two new parcels of Grand Cru red, in Échezeaux and Latricières Chambertin

In November 2018 we tasted with Henri while Guillaume was busy in the cellar, working on the just harvested 2018s, and he was very upbeat about the 2017s - rightly so. They harvested the whites between the 27th and 30th August - going early to preserve the energy which is increasingly a hallmark here.

Henri says this year is quite like 2016 but with a bit more weight he thinks. There is lovely acidity like the 2013s. He explains that 2017s have the same acidity as the 2016s - but with a note more glycerol which pads out the middle. The results are delicious, delectable wines you want to drink.

2017 LATRICIÈRES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Henri Boillot

2017 LATRICIÈRES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Henri Boillot

More generous on nose than the Echezeaux at this stage. Then a brighter, more lively palate. Seriously intense but this has more gloss and brightness than the more serious and gutsy Echezeaux.More generous on nose than the Echezeaux at this stage. Then a brighter, more lively palate. Seriously intense but this has more gloss and brightness than the more serious and gutsy Echezeaux. Delicious. Sleek, loaded with beautifully pert red berries and sweet flow. A super, zinging finish is marked by a slightly riper, darker fruit sensation. Yum. This year the Latricieres Chambertin and the Echezeaux are new arrivals for the domaine - and exciting ones!L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine Henri Boillot

2017 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine Henri Boillot

This and the Latricieres Chambertin are new arrivals this year for the domaine - and exciting ones! A wonderful nose. Inviting. Complexly aromatic. Floral and soft red fruits. Palate is tight andThis and the Latricieres Chambertin are new arrivals this year for the domaine - and exciting ones! A wonderful nose. Inviting. Complexly aromatic. Floral and soft red fruits. Palate is tight and very focused. This remains tightly furled with nice bones from the clean-lined mineral grip. Dark fruit is just ripe with a good bite to it. There is an intensity that is super. Some chew for now - this will take some time to unfurl but will be awesome. Restrained and dense for now with powerful drive. Long, long, long.L&S(Oct 2018)

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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 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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2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Vieilles Vignes Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Vieilles Vignes Domaine Stéphane Magnien

Good harvest this year after the skinny 2016. this is surprisingly ripe and has good weight to the slick, polished fruit. Lots of firm, forest strawberry and ripe cherries with just a lick ofGood harvest this year after the skinny 2016. this is surprisingly ripe and has good weight to the slick, polished fruit. Lots of firm, forest strawberry and ripe cherries with just a lick of mineral dustiness on the back end. This is elegant though - with nice acidity keeping it peppy. a generous fine feel. Fraicheur is the signature of the domaine and is really here - as the long, fine finish develops. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Faconnières Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Faconnières Domaine Stéphane Magnien

Immediately this is very indulgent. A great intense feel to the fruit. Luxuriant. Nicely polished and sleek. Good width. Great intensity. Really joyful and then that fresh feel to finish. Sleek fruitImmediately this is very indulgent. A great intense feel to the fruit. Luxuriant. Nicely polished and sleek. Good width. Great intensity. Really joyful and then that fresh feel to finish. Sleek fruit and still tension. Long and so moreish. Similar idea to the fins grains but longer and better. Stephane says - un bon Premier Cru, qui monte - it certainly does seem to improve each year. Very supple tannins make this one of our picks of the vintage, really good. Drinking range: 2021 - 2028L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Sentiers Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Sentiers Domaine Stéphane Magnien

Dark baked fruit - plum and damson - but not as ripe or thick as the Petits Noix. Nicely focused and with a fresh edge a bright and lifted finish. Floral. Dried petals - pre-fermentation he reallyDark baked fruit - plum and damson - but not as ripe or thick as the Petits Noix. Nicely focused and with a fresh edge a bright and lifted finish. Floral. Dried petals - pre-fermentation he really gets wafts of rose petal and violet from the juice - this is somewhat muted after time in barrel - but it is certainly very aromatic and lifted nicely. It will be interesting to see how this ages - all is set fair! Elegant and fine boned. 25% New Wood. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CLOS SAINT DENIS Grand Cru Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2017 CLOS SAINT DENIS Grand Cru Domaine Stéphane Magnien

So sophisticated. It is poised and perfectly judged. Intense but not tight. Ripe but not sweet. Very fine powdery tannins add shape and then the acidity is juicy and drives this on and on. Hard toSo sophisticated. It is poised and perfectly judged. Intense but not tight. Ripe but not sweet. Very fine powdery tannins add shape and then the acidity is juicy and drives this on and on. Hard to spit. Lots to enjoy. nuance and layered complexity - but not a blockbuster - so much finesse. Such energy and length. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Stéphane Magnien

2017 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Stéphane Magnien

Stéphane's Charmes Chambertin is in fact in Mazoyères, but he feels Charmes is a more commercial name. Just enough grip and fine-grained tannin to add power which carries the fine soft flesh ofStéphane's Charmes Chambertin is in fact in Mazoyères, but he feels Charmes is a more commercial name. Just enough grip and fine-grained tannin to add power which carries the fine soft flesh of lovely ripe fruit. Being Mazoyères, it is not as creamy and supple as some Charmes - but perhaps more structure and no doubt has an exciting future. With a fresh edge and the typical restraint of this donmaone's wines. Precise and lifted. 35 year old vines, pruned particularly to reduce yield and have more wood in the trunk. Before bottling he keeps the wines in tank at 16 degrees not chilled to 8 - he feels they go into bottle more open and softer. Another smart innovation form this surprisingly broad-minded young vigneron. 35% New wood. Drinking range: 2023 - 2031L&S(Nov 2018)

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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 worked at the domaine with his father Maurice from 1988, beginning to bottle some of the wine from 1992 (it had previously been sold to the négoce), taking over in 2000, which was the vintage when he first bottled all the domaine's production.

In the vineyard Virgile made significant changes, stopping the use of herbicides, and beginning to plough instead. Green harvesting to limits yields followed, along with greater attention to grape selection. The domaine works organically except in extremis.

The 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 2017s were all showing brilliantly when we visited in November, and repeated at our Jan 7th tasting - 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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2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Aux Chezeaux Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Aux Chezeaux Domaine Lignier-Michelot

100% Whole Bunch here in 2017, Virgile always uses quite a lot with this wine, but this year he lost some fruit (he's down to just 3 barrels) and he needed the stems in the cuve to help fill it up.100% Whole Bunch here in 2017, Virgile always uses quite a lot with this wine, but this year he lost some fruit (he's down to just 3 barrels) and he needed the stems in the cuve to help fill it up. There is no pigeage this year as Virgile is more and more into delicate extraction, in 2017 he found such ripeness in the stems - that the wine is naturally concentrated and intense. Initially there is a little more reserve on the fruit side at, a little more structure here. Nicely framed by some very fine tannin. Fruit does build though and is really quite luxuriant when it builds. The long finish has some of that fine scrape of mineral dust and a brisk freshness. Good. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

80% Whole bunch. This has real intense power at its core. Broad fruit, deep red and some black notes - but all well ripened and full on. Pure and yet quite charmingly crowd-pleasing matter lies at80% Whole bunch. This has real intense power at its core. Broad fruit, deep red and some black notes - but all well ripened and full on. Pure and yet quite charmingly crowd-pleasing matter lies at the core of this - and it is delivered in a very polished way. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Les Chenevery Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Les Chenevery Domaine Lignier-Michelot

80% Whole Bunch, What a magnificent opening. Great weight of liquid fruit. Intensely flavoured and getting darker in the mouth. Nicely restrained mineral heft builds here. This is heady. Aromatics80% Whole Bunch, What a magnificent opening. Great weight of liquid fruit. Intensely flavoured and getting darker in the mouth. Nicely restrained mineral heft builds here. This is heady. Aromatics soar and there is such drive and power. Lots of spice and plum flesh followed by acidity that keeps it juicy and energetic. So alive. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Faconnières Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Faconnières Domaine Lignier-Michelot

50% Whole Bunch this year. This has a soft attack, but quickly gains a more serious edge in the mouth. Building structure and concentrated fruit intensity. Broad yet with nicely cut, clean lines and50% Whole Bunch this year. This has a soft attack, but quickly gains a more serious edge in the mouth. Building structure and concentrated fruit intensity. Broad yet with nicely cut, clean lines and a minerality that begins to tussle for superiority over the fruit. Lovely balance. Fruit is rich and loaded with good cherry notes, and yet the mineral core is superb also. Impressive stuff and just a little more muscle and grunt than the humdinger from Stephan Magnien. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Cuvée Jules 1er Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Cuvée Jules 1er Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

100% whole bunch. From Chabiots, Chatelots and Sentiers. Delicate freshness on floral fruit nose. It feels silky and fine, with a saline, rich, cool red petal and red fruit intensity in the middle.100% whole bunch. From Chabiots, Chatelots and Sentiers. Delicate freshness on floral fruit nose. It feels silky and fine, with a saline, rich, cool red petal and red fruit intensity in the middle. Lovely! Drinking range: 2021 - 2030L&S(Jan 2019)

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2017 CLOS DE LA ROCHE Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2017 CLOS DE LA ROCHE Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

All silk and elegance, this initially somes across as less punchily concentrated than the Faconnieres, but it is fabulously balanced and sleek, and all in supple length. Dark fruit expression, long,All silk and elegance, this initially somes across as less punchily concentrated than the Faconnieres, but it is fabulously balanced and sleek, and all in supple length. Dark fruit expression, long, long finish.L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS Rue de Vergy Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS Rue de Vergy Domaine Lignier-Michelot

50-70% Whole bunch. Wow - real burst of bright red fruit here. Not tart nor too crunchy just a lovely perkiness to its profile. Joyous and easy going with great continuing drive. Clean as a whistle -50-70% Whole bunch. Wow - real burst of bright red fruit here. Not tart nor too crunchy just a lovely perkiness to its profile. Joyous and easy going with great continuing drive. Clean as a whistle - soft and easy sweep of minerality underpinning it. Good but in quite a lightweight frame - early, appetising drinking. Drinking range: 2019 - 2023L&S(Nov 2018)

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Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Vignerons since the seventeenth century, the Confuron family has always selected and propagated vines to ensure that their plant material produces the highest quality, and they even have a clone of Pinot named after them - 'Pinot Confuron'.

The domaine has several Grands Cru vineyards as well as two hectares of the great Vosne Romanée Premier Cru 'Les Suchots'. There are around 12 hectares in all. The vines have never seen chemical weedkillers, and are ploughed and managed organically.

The Confurons have always used whole-bunch fermentation, picking very late, which really is a necessity if the stems are to be properly ripe and not give green flavours to the wine. 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 thinks that 2007 was their great vintage of the first decade of this millennium, and he'd probably be the only grower in the Cote de Nuits who would say that. Yves also makes the wines at Domaine de Courcel in Pommard, in the same way.

Yves, opinionated and laconical as ever, dismisses those who make pale wines by 'infusion' and says that failing to get the whole bunches properly ripe - and using all the bunch - is failing to get everything the terroir can offer. The wines he makes are dark, richly concentrated, and often hard to taste in their development, but experience shows that they age brilliantly. At the dinner after our 7th January tasting this year, we had a bottle of the 1996 'village' Chambolle, still hanging on and gloriously scented, While a 2006 and 2007 Grand Clos des Épenots from de Courcel showed two brilliantly realised wines in the style of their respective vintages that are just hitting their stride.

2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Plump red fruit and a heady rose water nose. This is just so open and inviting. Plenty of richness on the palate too and a satisfying bit of grip on the finish. A very impressive village Chambolle. Plump red fruit and a heady rose water nose. This is just so open and inviting. Plenty of richness on the palate too and a satisfying bit of grip on the finish. A very impressive village Chambolle. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028L&S(Jan 2019)

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2017 NUITS SAINT GEORGES 1er Cru Les Vignes Rondes Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2017 NUITS SAINT GEORGES 1er Cru Les Vignes Rondes Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

This vineyard is on the Vosne side of Nuits - and you sense that influence on the style here - even if the Confuron feel is still strong. There are violets on the nose, lovely floral dried petalsThis vineyard is on the Vosne side of Nuits - and you sense that influence on the style here - even if the Confuron feel is still strong. There are violets on the nose, lovely floral dried petals and interesting deeply rich fruit. More serious middle. Firm core, some leather and stones. Tough earthy minerality. Powerful flavour, but delivered with a nice fine feel. Drinking range: 2023 - 2031L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Craipillot Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Craipillot Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Confuron's premier crus can sometimes be a little brooding at this very early stage in their life but not a bit of it here. This tempts you straight in with a nose packed full of cassis, dark cherryConfuron's premier crus can sometimes be a little brooding at this very early stage in their life but not a bit of it here. This tempts you straight in with a nose packed full of cassis, dark cherry and fragrant spice. The entry is full, glossy, and bursting with sumptuous fruit. The tannins are super-fine too. This should be ready to drink well before the 2015 and 2016. Drinking range: 2023 - 2033L&S(Jan 2019)

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2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Derrière la Grange Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Derrière la Grange Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Like the village Chambolle this is open, ripe and inviting on the nose but there's a noticeable step up in terms of concentration and intensity on the palate. There's more structure too but theLike the village Chambolle this is open, ripe and inviting on the nose but there's a noticeable step up in terms of concentration and intensity on the palate. There's more structure too but the tannins seem to unfurl gracefully as you go. It's hard not to smile when tasting this. A poised, complex and immensely satisfying wine. Drinking range: 2024 - 2034L&S(Jan 2019)

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2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Petite Chapelle Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Petite Chapelle Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

This shares the gloss and sumptuousness of the Craipillot but there's an extra lift and brightness to the mid-palate which stands it apart. The fruit feels a touch fresher and has a bit more moreThis shares the gloss and sumptuousness of the Craipillot but there's an extra lift and brightness to the mid-palate which stands it apart. The fruit feels a touch fresher and has a bit more more 'crunch'. Then come those lovely fine tannins that build and build on the hugely impressive finish. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035L&S(Jan 2019)

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2017 VOSNE ROMANÉE 1er Cru Suchots Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2017 VOSNE ROMANÉE 1er Cru Suchots Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

This is heady stuff. The seductive dark fruit builds and builds. There is tremendous concentration and richness on the palate. The tannins are enveloping at this point but it's the perfect frame forThis is heady stuff. The seductive dark fruit builds and builds. There is tremendous concentration and richness on the palate. The tannins are enveloping at this point but it's the perfect frame for all that ripeness. This will doubtless need quite a bit of time in bottle but it shows tremendous promise. A magnificent wine in the making. Drinking range: 2028 - 2040L&S(Jan 2019)

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2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Lavaut Saint Jacques Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Lavaut Saint Jacques Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

This is more restrained at the moment. The fruit has a darker tone and enormous concentration. You feel the mineral undertow much more than in the other premier crus. Then there's that immaculateThis is more restrained at the moment. The fruit has a darker tone and enormous concentration. You feel the mineral undertow much more than in the other premier crus. Then there's that immaculate texture and such appetising weight of fruit. The finish is astoundingly long and rather more savoury than the Craipillot. It's a beguiling mix of poise and power but it will need a bit of time to blossom fully. Drinking range: 2026 - 2036L&S(Jan 2019)

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2017 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2017 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

There is a buzz here. Lovely pert, deeply dark fruit. But this is upfront and ripe flavoured middle. Lots of spice, lots of whole bunch chewiness. I like the power very much, there is leather andThere is a buzz here. Lovely pert, deeply dark fruit. But this is upfront and ripe flavoured middle. Lots of spice, lots of whole bunch chewiness. I like the power very much, there is leather and damson and morello cherry that builds to a darkness that descends to shroud the palate. Serious dark fruit and brooding depth. Great feel though such suave texture of tannins. This is one of the few 2017s that you can see really will need time. Impressive stuff with one heck of a journey ahead. Tuck away for at least 10 years and it will be a joy well in to its second decade. Drinking range: 2025 - 2033L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2017 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Tasted after the Echezeaux in the cellar with Yves there is a more delicate, layered nose here - with dried herbs and more leafy edged fruit. The fruit is brighter too, more acidity and perk - butTasted after the Echezeaux in the cellar with Yves there is a more delicate, layered nose here - with dried herbs and more leafy edged fruit. The fruit is brighter too, more acidity and perk - but delicious and so rich for the house, so smoothly fruited despite only a third way through the malo wehn we tasted. A powerfully stacked Charmes, but loaded with rich intensity. This is generous and delicious. Drinking range: 2024 - 2032L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2017 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

This is alive with energy. Pings around your mouth. Despite the epic scale and density. Laden with lovely, brooding wild-berry fruit. The rich, concentrated middle,is dominated by dark fruit but withThis is alive with energy. Pings around your mouth. Despite the epic scale and density. Laden with lovely, brooding wild-berry fruit. The rich, concentrated middle,is dominated by dark fruit but with a lovely weight a lovely ripeness. Framed closely for now with fine, supple tannins - but the depth of fruit, the acidity and the drive are all there. This is very impressive indeed. This has a lot to give, one for the cellar. Drinking range: 2024 - 2034L&S(Nov 2018)

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Domaine Joseph Drouhin

For the last 130 years, Maison Joseph Drouhin has been in the hands of the Drouhin family. Today, the fourth generation is at the helm, still driven by the same passions that inspired the founder - and it remains one of the most well-respected names in Burgundy.

With this release of 2017s it is clear to see why. Not satisfied to rest on their laurels; each year small refinements continue to be made in how they operate. The presses have been changed - a reversion to basket pressing for the reds, and for whites the presses are open. The use of whole-bunch fermentation is now widespread. For the 2017s it makes up between 30-100% of the juice with all the Grand Cru wines and in varying amounts this process contributes to their other Red wines. The house style remains one that 'emphasises the natural elegance of great Burgundies' as they describe it.

Véronique Drouhin summed up the 2017 vintage as one that was warmer than normal, with over 200 hours of sunshine above the average and also a deficit in water over the year compared to normal. This seems to give a very appetising suppleness to some of the wines and an enticing immediacy too - yet they are far from rich or thick retaining some great finesse - particularly as you go up the 'ladder'.

Warm and dry as the data shows - it was not a totally straightforward vintage with pressure coming in the crucial month of April as the temperatures plummeted. However, thanks to lessons learnt in 2016 and the canny use of smoke to stop the sun burning the frozen vines - crisis was averted. The results speak for themselves. The 2017s have excellent maturity and they ended with quite a good-sized crop. Chassagne for Véronique was the most successful village - with pure lines and acidity - but there are some fantastic reds here as well.

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2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

The 2017 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru comes from six lieux-dits. It has a vibrant blackberry and raspberry bouquet, touches of pressed iris and undergrowth developing with aeration. The palate isThe 2017 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru comes from six lieux-dits. It has a vibrant blackberry and raspberry bouquet, touches of pressed iris and undergrowth developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied but with a little more amplitude than the Vosne-Romanée, if not quite the same sensuality toward the finish. Hopefully it will gain a little more terroir expression by the time of bottling. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Jan 2019)

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2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Les Baudes Joseph Drouhin

2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Les Baudes Joseph Drouhin

Better balance and poise than the Nuits village tasted before. Really quite nice ripeness to the fruit. An easy, satisfying Chambolle-Musigny - not simple, but perhaps not with the extreme delicacyBetter balance and poise than the Nuits village tasted before. Really quite nice ripeness to the fruit. An easy, satisfying Chambolle-Musigny - not simple, but perhaps not with the extreme delicacy you might be hunting as a Chambolle purist. Easy with a supple juiciness and pleasing.L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Cazetiers Joseph Drouhin

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Cazetiers Joseph Drouhin

At our London tasting, this was remarkable, standing up well to the massive and spectacular Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze, which came before it in the line-up. Bright, it certainly did not lackAt our London tasting, this was remarkable, standing up well to the massive and spectacular Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze, which came before it in the line-up. Bright, it certainly did not lack weight, but it's very much in the idiom of Drouhin reds, with intense fruit driven by a juicy acidity in lively balance which gives it surprising impact. Juicy acidity carries the velvet red and black fruit ain a beautiful long harmony. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030L&S(Jan 2019)

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2017 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

25-35% whole-bunch fermentation here and 30% New Oak. This is surprisingly restrained. Great power and pent up energy. For now though it is quite well pact. Very good fruit. Just enough chew, but25-35% whole-bunch fermentation here and 30% New Oak. This is surprisingly restrained. Great power and pent up energy. For now though it is quite well pact. Very good fruit. Just enough chew, but something more leafy too. Lovely peppy acidity keeps things flowing. Good promise for a fine future comes from the buzzing finish. The Drouhins changed their source of Chrmes fruit a few years ago and this is certainly a step up. Although they do not own this, they do rate the vigneron highly and you can see why. Big cask ‘Integrale’ fermentation again 100% whole clusters for some of the juice. Adds shape and flow. Charming. Drinking range: 2019 - 2029L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 GRANDS ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Joseph Drouhin

2017 GRANDS ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Joseph Drouhin

35% Whole Clusters, 30% New Oak. This is another of their own vineyards. Right at the top left side of the Grands Echezeaux - beyond Clos Vougeot as you look to the côte from the road. This has35% Whole Clusters, 30% New Oak. This is another of their own vineyards. Right at the top left side of the Grands Echezeaux - beyond Clos Vougeot as you look to the côte from the road. This has more pep and grip and intensity. Beautifully aromatic and gentle on the nose but this certainly tastes like it has a future. The fruit is nicely ripe and has a certain sweet note, the feel is luxurious. Ripe but well held by the acidity and darker lined edge of some wood and meatier black fruit working in harmony with the build of spicy tannins. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 GRIOTTE CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 GRIOTTE CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

Very much a case of small is beautiful, Griotte may be the least expansive of Gevrey's grands crus, but the quality of the wines it produces is often outstanding. This is fresh, balanced andVery much a case of small is beautiful, Griotte may be the least expansive of Gevrey's grands crus, but the quality of the wines it produces is often outstanding. This is fresh, balanced and enticingly perfumed, with 40% whole bunches and 40% new wood. Graceful and pure, it skates rather than stumbles across the palate, all supple berry fruit and precision. Drinking range: 2024 - 2029 Rating: 95-95 Tim Atkin MW - Decanter(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHAMBERTIN CLOS DE BÈZE Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 CHAMBERTIN CLOS DE BÈZE Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

Nicely rich. Some cocoa-powder like dusting. Fruit is nice, rich plum juice and some firmer darker berries too. A cooler drive and a nice feel. Fruit ripens as it opens on the palate. 40% WholeNicely rich. Some cocoa-powder like dusting. Fruit is nice, rich plum juice and some firmer darker berries too. A cooler drive and a nice feel. Fruit ripens as it opens on the palate. 40% Whole cluster. This is serious and seriously charming too. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 BONNES MARES Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 BONNES MARES Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

Loads of blue-earth and gunmetal aromas with raspberries, blueberries and lemon zest. Full to medium body, chewy tannins and crunchiness and richness at the end. Linear, very tight and persistent onLoads of blue-earth and gunmetal aromas with raspberries, blueberries and lemon zest. Full to medium body, chewy tannins and crunchiness and richness at the end. Linear, very tight and persistent on the finish. Bang! Give this a number of years to come around. Drink after 2022. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 97-97 Nick Stock, www.jamessuckling.com(Feb 2019)

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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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2017 VOSNE ROMANÉE Aux Réas Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

2017 VOSNE ROMANÉE Aux Réas Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

Heavily limestone dominated soil here, so once again, Thibault felt no need to include any whole bunches this year. Always quite a saline terroir but Thibault believes even more so in 2017 withHeavily limestone dominated soil here, so once again, Thibault felt no need to include any whole bunches this year. Always quite a saline terroir but Thibault believes even more so in 2017 with whiffs of iodine even. The intense more savoury notes really do measure the weight of fruit nicely. This has a pretty shape and delicate lines. More saline yes - lovely mineral freshness, but some pretty fruit is there too. This is going to be a freshly elegant Vosne. Good and smart stuff. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 NUITS SAINT GEORGES 1er Cru Les Saint Georges Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

2017 NUITS SAINT GEORGES 1er Cru Les Saint Georges Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

Thibault has 2 hectares here - and he is much more upbeat this year as it gave him 27 barrels in 2017 after the tiny haul of just 8 in 2016! Much of the wines charm can be linked to the interestingThibault has 2 hectares here - and he is much more upbeat this year as it gave him 27 barrels in 2017 after the tiny haul of just 8 in 2016! Much of the wines charm can be linked to the interesting soil here which has some clay but a very high density of small white pebbles which changes everything. He had to do 2 distinct harvests here. First to pick off the best bunches for whole bunch fermenting and the second is all destemmed fruit. This is broadly structured with good shoulders. More upright and more intense than the Vosne and there is a dry line which underscores this classy core of more weighty, sleek fruit. Some blueberry and plumskin measure the ripe feel - joined by warm raspberries and a more leafy edge. Good juicy acidity too balances the weight nicely. THis is a very smart, accessible Nuits from Thibault. Recommended.. Drinking range: 2023 - 2032L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Aux Charmes Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

2017 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Aux Charmes Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

Thibault Liger-Belair's Charmes-Chambertin comes from the Aux Charmes climat, close to Chambertin. Made with 70% whole bunches (with the central stem removed) and 100% new wood, this is fresh, sappyThibault Liger-Belair's Charmes-Chambertin comes from the Aux Charmes climat, close to Chambertin. Made with 70% whole bunches (with the central stem removed) and 100% new wood, this is fresh, sappy and very aromatic, with subtle wood, some clove and white pepper spice and good underlying minerality and tension, as the French like to say. Drinking range: 2025 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

2017 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

Two thirds of this fruit comes from his plot of older vines planted at the end of the 2nd World War - which he does a lot of 'stemwork' on - these whole bunches account for 40%. The final thirdTwo thirds of this fruit comes from his plot of older vines planted at the end of the 2nd World War - which he does a lot of 'stemwork' on - these whole bunches account for 40%. The final third comes from much younger plot on the Echezeaux side, these vines were planted in 2012 and are all destemmed. Tasted after the Corton you are struck immediatley by the more structured frame. Intense and powerful. There is an earthy grunt, a compacted mineral drive through the middle. Crunchy fruit - a wilder side. Unmistakably serious, grand cru lines which are joyfully gilded with nicely brambling fruit and lots spice. A 'lifting' energy builds. Very good, sophisticated. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032L&S(Nov 2018)

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Domaine des Lambrays

The 'Clos' consists of 8.66 hectares of land enclosed by a wall in which there is the original milestone marking its founding in 1365, confirmed in the records of the Abbaye de Citeaux (those monks knew where to place a vineyard). The Clos owes much of its current fame to the nineteenth and twentieth century proprietors who reconstituted it after the fragmentation of ownership which followed the French revolution. Despite always having been considered a Grand Cru site, the Clos was in fact classified Premier Cru in the original 1936 appellations contrôlées. The Rodier family which owned it from the 1930s fought to regain its Grand cru status, with eventual success only in 1981, when it became the last of the thirty-three Grands Crus of Burgundy, although by then it had passed to the Saier family. Recently under the benign ownership of the Günther Freund and his family, who gave a very free hand to régisseur Thierry Brouin, who had been employed by their predecessor Rolland Pelletier de Chambure, the quality of the wines here has pushed up again. In 2014 it was bought by the LVMH group.

Boris Champy has now taken over from Thierry Brouin as régisseur, and 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. 2017 is a 'New Classic Vintage' says Boris - and there certainly is a sophisticated charm to all the wines - classically shaped but with that extra bite of sheer pleasure.

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2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS Domaine des Lambrays

2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS Domaine des Lambrays

Lambrays's 'Village Morey' vines are on on Comblanchien - which is a hard limestone - and adds that slight restraint and focus to the wine. The attack here is pure, firm and lithe. This is sharplyLambrays's 'Village Morey' vines are on on Comblanchien - which is a hard limestone - and adds that slight restraint and focus to the wine. The attack here is pure, firm and lithe. This is sharply done. Good pep and intensity. The fruit suppleness and breadth grows in the mouth. Darker lines than some and a lick of cranberry keep this vivacious but so satisfying. A bottle of this will not last long once opened. Deliciously inviting. Drinking range: 2022 - 2029L&S(Nov 2018)

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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 on allocations from Christophe, so please form an orderly queue - i.e. 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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2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Justice des Seuvrées Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Justice des Seuvrées Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

This is bright with a good ping on the palate, but again the volume builds. A firmness again, but the fruit is so attractive. Ripe yet zippy. Clever balance. Nice tension. The minerality grows andThis is bright with a good ping on the palate, but again the volume builds. A firmness again, but the fruit is so attractive. Ripe yet zippy. Clever balance. Nice tension. The minerality grows and the breadth of this becomes more clear. Good and solid Gevrey Chambertin, but with real class and a lovely ripeness countered by just enough bite. Giving good impact and real pleasure. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS La Rue de Vergy Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS La Rue de Vergy Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

After the Bourgogne, there is a sweeter hit up front and lighter feel. More sleek. More uplifting. Fruit is delicate and has good pep to the red berry middle. Some weight builds some breadth, butAfter the Bourgogne, there is a sweeter hit up front and lighter feel. More sleek. More uplifting. Fruit is delicate and has good pep to the red berry middle. Some weight builds some breadth, but this is elegant and precise - with a well ripened middle. Balanced well-concentrated - but good lines. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Orveaux des Bussières Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Orveaux des Bussières Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

Christophe tells us that 40% 1er Cru Combe D’Orveau is included this year and this does have an impressive presence and intensity. Delicate nose with just a shadow of a plummy bouquet. This is pureChristophe tells us that 40% 1er Cru Combe D’Orveau is included this year and this does have an impressive presence and intensity. Delicate nose with just a shadow of a plummy bouquet. This is pure - on the palate your taken straight into the clean intense fruit. Blackberry and ripe raspberries meld together into a clean, polished core. With some tightness here. More to unfurl for sure. But this is pretty and has great push. the fruit is ripe and so nicely poised. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 NUITS SAINT GEORGES Les Murgers des Cras Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2017 NUITS SAINT GEORGES Les Murgers des Cras Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

A blend of three Premier Crus (20% Les Cras, 20% Les Murgers and 60% Les Richemone), the 2017 Nuit Saint-Georges Les Murgers des Cras has a perfumed nose of precocious red berry fruit, baking powderA blend of three Premier Crus (20% Les Cras, 20% Les Murgers and 60% Les Richemone), the 2017 Nuit Saint-Georges Les Murgers des Cras has a perfumed nose of precocious red berry fruit, baking powder and orange zest aromas. The smooth, harmonious palate is fleshy and generous, displaying more cohesion and sensuality than some of the other Village Crus. This is a comely, very pretty, charming Nuits Saint-Georges, vivid and zesty. Drinking range: 2020 - 2032 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Jan 2019)

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2017 VOSNE ROMANÉE Champs Perdrix Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2017 VOSNE ROMANÉE Champs Perdrix Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

Another sleek gem from Christophe, The Champs Perdrix starts in the mouth with a fine line of real ripeness to the black current fruit. Its an almost Ribena-like core. Then some gentle, soft, mineralAnother sleek gem from Christophe, The Champs Perdrix starts in the mouth with a fine line of real ripeness to the black current fruit. Its an almost Ribena-like core. Then some gentle, soft, mineral bite gets going - a broad sweep of ground pebbles adds a softly suedey texture., elegantly done. suave but a tad more sturdy than some wines here. Clean, brighter finish. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru La Riotte Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru La Riotte Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

This has more edge and brood than the Nuits St Georges tasted just before it. A great, tightly-furled core of fruit, with a gently grip and a more bold texture. Firmer and less clearly fleshy, lessThis has more edge and brood than the Nuits St Georges tasted just before it. A great, tightly-furled core of fruit, with a gently grip and a more bold texture. Firmer and less clearly fleshy, less soft feel - this is ripe and yet feels very serious too. It may be less pretty, less flirty and charming - but there is good oomph and a long finish with growing bite, pull and energy. Impressive, Will need a moment. Drinking range: 2023 - 2029L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Vieilles Vignes Ultra 1er Cru Combe d'Orveau Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

On the attack this has more edge to it, more pep than the Riotte. A much brighter expression and more silky too. Very nice intensity. Some plum-skin, cranberry note then some darker, ripeOn the attack this has more edge to it, more pep than the Riotte. A much brighter expression and more silky too. Very nice intensity. Some plum-skin, cranberry note then some darker, ripe cherry-flesh. This really does have a stonkingly pretty middle, you want to cherish the memory. Lots of intensity; juicy black fruits are sweet and yet still pure - and spot-on ripeness. So well lifted by great acidity too, this is simply a joy already. There is just the buzz of acidity circling too. Drinking range: 2021 - 2028L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 NUITS SAINT GEORGES Vignes Centenaires 1er Cru La Richemone Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2017 NUITS SAINT GEORGES Vignes Centenaires 1er Cru La Richemone Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

‘Vignes Centenaires’ this was known as the Cuvée Ultra until 2011. (But to avoid any confusion Christophe keeps the word Ultra on the back label). Wow. Straight out of the blocks this is like a‘Vignes Centenaires’ this was known as the Cuvée Ultra until 2011. (But to avoid any confusion Christophe keeps the word Ultra on the back label). Wow. Straight out of the blocks this is like a masterclass. Perfectly chiselled fruit. Black crisp berries and softer red fruit notes race across the palate. Lovely breadth. Effortlessly broad and sweeping but so light on its toes. The feel is aerial somehow, yet intense. Full of tension, the balance between ripeness and freshness. Between weight and lift. Really pretty juice, but finishes with more intent. More serious bite from the soft tannins and the lovely acidity. Really very wonderful. Drinking range: 2022 - 2029L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHAPELLE CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2017 CHAPELLE CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

After the Charmes there is more ripeness in this Chapelle, more svelte slick gloss to the feel. This is hyper polished. Richer, riper and then a dark note builds in the fruit. Moving to the blackerAfter the Charmes there is more ripeness in this Chapelle, more svelte slick gloss to the feel. This is hyper polished. Richer, riper and then a dark note builds in the fruit. Moving to the blacker spectrum with damson and blackberries here - but sexily ripe. Just a touch of firmness on the finish, some structure - but this is an intensely-laden, sleek wine of great joy. Drinking range: 2019 - 2028L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN 'du Dessus' Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2017 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN 'du Dessus' Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

Hello! This is immediately so inviting, such charm reels you in to the beautifully set fruit at the core here. It is broad and expansive. Lovely ripeness, but still some pep to the red berries. It isHello! This is immediately so inviting, such charm reels you in to the beautifully set fruit at the core here. It is broad and expansive. Lovely ripeness, but still some pep to the red berries. It is just so inviting. Really no hard edges and yet no excess. Sleek and polished but not flashy in anyway. at the finish more minerality peeks out, the super fine grip builds. Highest parcel of Charmes right next to Chambertin and this is where that more mineral, more grippy edge comes from. Brilliant. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 MAZOYÈRES CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2017 MAZOYÈRES CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

There is a dinstinct more muscular, more mineral sense immediately. Far less flashy and flirty than the Chapelle or the Charmes. The energy is exciting, the power impressive. A real heft in theThere is a dinstinct more muscular, more mineral sense immediately. Far less flashy and flirty than the Chapelle or the Charmes. The energy is exciting, the power impressive. A real heft in the middle of crisp, chalky minerality - well dressed in nice pert red fruit. not overdone. Brilliantly imposing and serious. Finishes with a good sensation of scratch and structure. Yes, top stuff, but will need time. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2017 CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

Nose has a darker edge than the other Grand Crus here. There is a jolt of energy on the palate. Yes the fruit is ripe, but with such vigour and energy that it races along. Really lovely brightness toNose has a darker edge than the other Grand Crus here. There is a jolt of energy on the palate. Yes the fruit is ripe, but with such vigour and energy that it races along. Really lovely brightness to the plum and strawberry highlights, clean lines and such drive. This is poised and so well measured. Weight builds but is always without excess. Not glossy, not heavy - just spot on. Walking the tight-rope of impact and excess this nails it. Not wavering at any moment, this delivers with huge fanfare. The balance with minerality is tip top - nothing is out of kilter. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHAMBERTIN CLOS DE BÈZE Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2017 CHAMBERTIN CLOS DE BÈZE Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

The 2017 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru has a clean, precise bouquet that is focused and direct, offering red and black fruit, crushed stone and more terroir expression than the Mazoyères. TheThe 2017 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru has a clean, precise bouquet that is focused and direct, offering red and black fruit, crushed stone and more terroir expression than the Mazoyères. The palate is medium-bodied, the sappy red fruit on the entry laced with marmalade and dried quince, and grippy in the mouth, with a touch of spiciness, although it does not fan out on the finish as I hoped. Hopefully it will fill out with bottle age. Drinking range: 2023 - 2045 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Jan 2019)

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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, Loïc (who despite his youthful good-looks, has overseen the wine-making since 2012) gets an astonishing density into the wines, and they 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.)

The wines are every bit as good as you'd expect from this domaine in 2017 and for once may not be as devilishly long-lived as usual. As Loïc said the wines have an openness and a more aerial feel this year - and are deeply charming for it. The season he says was unusual and with the vines recovering from the loss of so much fruit in 2016 to frost (almost 30%) they went in to overdrive producing lots of grapes in 2017. Taking counsel from his father and grandfather he resisted the urge for a bountiful harvest and spent August thinning out the crop with a thorough green harvest. 'No holiday for me' he said cheerfully - and kept smiling as he explained they dropped enough fruit to fill another 20 barrels - ouch! There were, said Loïc, some problems with 'blocage de maturité' where young vines really suffered in the 36/37-degree heat. The harvest was early - starting on the 2nd of September, they were among the first. Neither in 2017, nor in 2018, was there really anything to do on the sorting table. The understanding and skill from the three generations of Dugats was crucial in such fine results. When you taste these mesmerising wines, you realise that all the right decisions were made. A real highlight on our tour of the region. Dense and intense but with a lovely softness in 2017, truly extraordinary.

These wines are in high demand, but it is still well-worth making requests, especially if buying other wines. Likely to be released in March.

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2017 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py
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2017 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Halinard Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py
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2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

Loïc opened up the tasting with this fabulous wine, as ever the tasting in this cellar takes you to another realm. The Vieilles Vignes comes from 30 to 50 year old vines. Wow. Immediately the palateLoïc opened up the tasting with this fabulous wine, as ever the tasting in this cellar takes you to another realm. The Vieilles Vignes comes from 30 to 50 year old vines. Wow. Immediately the palate is rocked by great power. A purity to the fruit is lovely. with lots of carefully ripened, cherry-edged red fruit. Nicely concentrated but there is an openness here that is specific to the vintage. A joyous bounce of red-fruited energy drives through the middle. It is more supple than some, but so joyful. A wondrous opener here. Drinking range: 2022 - 2029L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Coeur de Roy Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Coeur de Roy Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

75 year old vines are the average here. This has more breadth and density than the Vieilles Vignes. A really polished deep feel. Incredible intensity, but with no tightness. There is a joyous and75 year old vines are the average here. This has more breadth and density than the Vieilles Vignes. A really polished deep feel. Incredible intensity, but with no tightness. There is a joyous and open expression. Excellent black and velvety fruit pulp core, dotted with mulched red flesh and the odd stripe of darker berries in the middle. Pert strawberry and some softer red fruits too make up the svelte weight. There is super energy too and a saline mineral freshness that adds further bounce. A great freshness to this Pinot, so impressive. Drinking range: 2022 - 2029L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Évocelles Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Évocelles Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

Sadly when we visited this wine was just finishing its Malolactic Fermentation and Loic decided it was unfit to taste. But he was very happy with what he had in barrel and having tasted through theSadly when we visited this wine was just finishing its Malolactic Fermentation and Loic decided it was unfit to taste. But he was very happy with what he had in barrel and having tasted through the rest of the cellar it is hard to imagine anything other than excellence here once again. He was really pleased how this year the classic Evocelles minerality was really at the core here.L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Champeaux Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Champeaux Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

Following the Petite Chapelle this is on a totally different spectrum. A wilder nose jumps out of the glass. Dark fruit and toast. Again more brood here, reminiscent of the Corbeaux. Darker with anFollowing the Petite Chapelle this is on a totally different spectrum. A wilder nose jumps out of the glass. Dark fruit and toast. Again more brood here, reminiscent of the Corbeaux. Darker with an exciting ‘sauvage’ feel; jagged rock and mineral. Black berries and some damson notes are more compacted by mineral push and some earth, hawthorn and leafy elements. A mineral power which is epic, but will need time to mellow. Really impressive stuff. Drinking range: 2023 - 2032L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Corbeaux Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Corbeaux Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

This vineyard is right next to Mazis Chambertin. Loïc has two parcels here, with vines planted up to 80 years ago. After the electric Fonteny, this is darker and denser. A sinewy, more old-schoolThis vineyard is right next to Mazis Chambertin. Loïc has two parcels here, with vines planted up to 80 years ago. After the electric Fonteny, this is darker and denser. A sinewy, more old-school feel, Loaded with darker, more black fruit and a granular grip. There is a lively acidity too and no fat at all. Good drive, good focus, but this is just a tad firmer and more brooding than the other wines here. Finishes with a beautiful, defined and fresh feel. Uplifting fruit, but impressive. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2017 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

This is made up of 2/3 Charmes and 1/3 Mazoyeres Chambertin, but all of their vines here are on the same terroir. In fact they do have other Mazoyeres vines, on different terroir - which is madeThis is made up of 2/3 Charmes and 1/3 Mazoyeres Chambertin, but all of their vines here are on the same terroir. In fact they do have other Mazoyeres vines, on different terroir - which is made separately. Wow. This is so intense. Immediately the broad sweep of exciting dark fruit is uncompromising. This Charmes is no slouch, no soft supple cushion of charm - it is bright and driven and loaded with fruit. Peppy and then some mineral bite too. Really concentrated. Loïc harvested early, on the 3rd September and that makes it even more amazing that it has such intensity. A real joy. Charming, but in an electric way. Drinking range: 2022 - 2031L&S(Nov 2018)

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