Côte d'Or

2017 was, in general, the high yielding vintage a lot of producers were hoping for in Côte d'Or following the devastating frost in 2016, but Saint Aubin again disappointed after frost damage. The large harvest did not disappoint in quality either - we were delighted to find white wines with energy, clarity and balance. The vintage doesn’t quite have the intensity and longevity of 2014 or the sheer weight of the 2015 vintage but sits happily in the middle offering a more 'all-round' approach.

The village wines of Meursault, Puligny and Chassagne won't need long in the cellar and will give early enjoyment. Many of the Premier and Grand Cru whites showed true expressions of their terroir but will need more time to come around.

We are especially delighted to be introducing Joseph Colin from Saint Aubin who produced some wonderfully crisp and pure wines in this vintage and is an exciting addition to this year's offering.


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Domaine Anne Gros

Anne Gros joined her father François at the family domaine in Vosne Romanée in 1988, having given up her arts studies in favour of viticulture and oenology at Beaune and Dijon, she took charge of the domaine in 1995 and has been joined now by 2 of her children Julie since 2015 and Paul since 2017. The Domaine now has 7 hectares of Pinot and Chardonnay. Anne describes herself as being 'wary of certainties and keen to preserve her freedom'.

In the vineyards Anne practises viticulture influenced by organic and biodynamic principles, and the vineyards are ploughed and fertilised with compost, but although she believes that the long-term health of the vineyards are best preserved by such methods, she likes to maintain the freedom to use conventional treatments when necessary.

In the cellar, the wines are classically made, in cement tanks for the reds, and stainless steel for the whites. They are then aged in barrel for up to fifteen months, with 80% new wood for the grand crus, 50% for the village wines and 30% for the regional wines. Anne is quietly meticulous and almost obsessive about cleanliness in her cellar, which perhaps is reflected in the delicacy and restrained tension in her wines, which have aromatic clarity, limpid precision, sheer joie de vivre, lively balance and persistence.

There is a bit more wine here than in some recent vintages - a chance to get on the list of one of most sought-after Domaines of Burgundy.

2017 HAUTES CÔTES DE NUITS Blanc Cuvée Marine Domaine Anne Gros

2017 HAUTES CÔTES DE NUITS Blanc Cuvée Marine Domaine Anne Gros

Anne explained that 2017 is quite the opposite for her in terms of production to 2016 - and she has very little white available this year having suffered badly to coulure in the Spring. This spends aAnne explained that 2017 is quite the opposite for her in terms of production to 2016 - and she has very little white available this year having suffered badly to coulure in the Spring. This spends a short time in barrel but retains a bright fresh expression. Good clean lines and well-focused white fruit. Not so much citrus pep, a more multi-layered, harder stone-fruit. Very tidy and nice texture. these vines are now more than 20 years old and the juice is of very good quality. Drinking range: 2020 - 2023L&S(Nov 2019)

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Domaine Joseph Colin

Joseph Colin is one of the four children of Marc Colin (the others being Pierre-Yves, Damien and Caroline), who had a large domaine with vines in Saint Aubin, Santenay, Chassagne and Puligny. Pierre-Yves left the family domaine in 2005 and since then Joseph was an important member of the team there. Now he has decided to leave, making a token 1800 or so bottles in 2016, before starting in earnest with 2017, with seven hectares of vines, from which he makes an astonishing nineteen different cuvées.

Most of the vines he has in Saint Aubin are young, but by limiting bunches to six or seven per vine, he manages to control the yields. With plenty of time to learn his craft at Domaine Marc Colin, he has developed into a confident winemaker. He experimented with sulphur levels in the wines at the family domaine, so coming to his current view that the wines should be left the longest time possible without added S02, perhaps adding some at racking, but if he feels there's still enough C02 after racking, he will not even add any at that stage, so as to develop 'wine at its purest', but he is keen to say also that he has no standard recipe - he will adapt to each wine. In 2017 he used no S02 until just before bottling, but if there's some botrytis he will add it earlier.

Joseph is a very bright new prospect for lovers of precise, pure white Burgundies with fresh acidity for crystalline definition.

2017 BOURGOGNE BLANC Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 BOURGOGNE BLANC Domaine Joseph Colin

From a parcel in Puligny, right by the entrance to the village (and very close to Vincent Dureuil's). Like all Joseph's wines this sees no S02 until the final racking before bottling, and it hasFrom a parcel in Puligny, right by the entrance to the village (and very close to Vincent Dureuil's). Like all Joseph's wines this sees no S02 until the final racking before bottling, and it has tightened it a little, but it will soon relax again. Excellent weight and freshness, lovely balance. Drinking range: 2020 - 2024L&S(Jul 2018)

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2017 SAINT AUBIN Compendium Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 SAINT AUBIN Compendium Domaine Joseph Colin

Six parcels of vines blended together. A lovely balance of fruit and the light framing of oak. An edge of green pith, leading to a citrussy point; vibrant and delicious. Almost tannic feel with theSix parcels of vines blended together. A lovely balance of fruit and the light framing of oak. An edge of green pith, leading to a citrussy point; vibrant and delicious. Almost tannic feel with the phenolics on the finish, suggesting much more development to come as it rounds out. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025L&S(Jul 2018)

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2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Clos du Meix Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Clos du Meix Domaine Joseph Colin

Bright, firm, with a fine line of mineral - great precision. It is high up in the village and the acidity is more pronounced, but it is this that gives it the glittering definition.Bright, firm, with a fine line of mineral - great precision. It is high up in the village and the acidity is more pronounced, but it is this that gives it the glittering definition.L&S(Jul 2018)

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2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Sous la Roche Dumay Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Sous la Roche Dumay Domaine Joseph Colin

This vineyard also goes under the name 'Sur Gamay', which describes very clearly where it is, above the hamlet of Gamay, under the imposing rock that takes its name from a M. Dumay. Joseph isThis vineyard also goes under the name 'Sur Gamay', which describes very clearly where it is, above the hamlet of Gamay, under the imposing rock that takes its name from a M. Dumay. Joseph is obviously right to think that this name is more attractive, and the wine is too - it's a sunny spot, warmer and with a lovely combination of ripeness and mineral soil, making for a wine with good 'thickness', even to look at in the glass, and a very straight, fine line of mineral expression, giving away its proximity to the Dents de Chien. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027L&S(Jul 2018)

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2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Les Combes Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Les Combes Domaine Joseph Colin

A vineyard next to Chassagne Petingeret, up at the top of the slope in the stones. Quite a big wine, a deeper yellow-gold, with a lovely, almost lush, ripe citrus pulp - lovely and mouthfilling.A vineyard next to Chassagne Petingeret, up at the top of the slope in the stones. Quite a big wine, a deeper yellow-gold, with a lovely, almost lush, ripe citrus pulp - lovely and mouthfilling. Totally yummy density, and pinging with fresh acidity and a little saline touch on the finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026L&S(Jul 2018)

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2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Chatenière Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Chatenière Domaine Joseph Colin

Joseph describes his plot in Chatenière as late-ripening - he picks it last of all - making fresh, bright wines. It is so steep that he leaves it grassed-over to avoid erosion. But 2017 was a hotJoseph describes his plot in Chatenière as late-ripening - he picks it last of all - making fresh, bright wines. It is so steep that he leaves it grassed-over to avoid erosion. But 2017 was a hot year and the grapes small, and this has a lovely core of fruit and a soft touch on the palate despite the good acidity. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027L&S(Sep 2018)

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2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru En Rémilly Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru En Rémilly Domaine Joseph Colin

From two parcels, one in les Cortons, one in Rémilly proper. Straight, intense, pure.From two parcels, one in les Cortons, one in Rémilly proper. Straight, intense, pure.L&S(Sep 2018)

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Domaine Joseph Colin

Coming from 4 parcels, of which Meix Goudard is the biggest, which is on the level of the premier Crus (under les Macherelles), Blanchots - on the rock next to Criots, and Journoblots, which is underComing from 4 parcels, of which Meix Goudard is the biggest, which is on the level of the premier Crus (under les Macherelles), Blanchots - on the rock next to Criots, and Journoblots, which is under Criots. All are well-placed and make up 1.35 ha in total, so this is Joseph's biggest cuvée. He says he tries to pick it at 12.5% maximum, to retain freshness, and he succeeds - it is ripe, but the energetic freshness is retained. Pale gold with green/yellow reflections. Ripe sunny fruit nose is supported by comfortable oak and excellent acidity. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025L&S(Jul 2018)

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Trezin Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Trezin Domaine Joseph Colin

Trezin always makes for a mineral Puligny, and this is no exception, taut and fine, zippy even, with a lick of limestone. Joseph says that it always makes a wine like this, bursting with brightness,Trezin always makes for a mineral Puligny, and this is no exception, taut and fine, zippy even, with a lick of limestone. Joseph says that it always makes a wine like this, bursting with brightness, but that if picked later to try to get more flesh, the acidity can go and it becomes heavy. Like this, it is floral fresh, a nice light touch with bright length. Chewable mineral and a feel of polished stones on the end. Drinking range: 2019 - 2026L&S(Sep 2018)

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Chenevottes Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Chenevottes Domaine Joseph Colin

Fleshy expression like the Saint Aubin la Combe. Saline too, but even richer. A lovely savoury edge which gives it almost an umami feel. Long, chewy mineral finish.Fleshy expression like the Saint Aubin la Combe. Saline too, but even richer. A lovely savoury edge which gives it almost an umami feel. Long, chewy mineral finish. Drinking range: 2022 - 2028L&S(Sep 2018)

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Joseph Colin

A great classic of a vineyard, and as it sounds, a rocky, white soil, very mineral. Discreet nose, very pure and straight. Rock crystal elegance here, very fine - there's thickness of body yet totalA great classic of a vineyard, and as it sounds, a rocky, white soil, very mineral. Discreet nose, very pure and straight. Rock crystal elegance here, very fine - there's thickness of body yet total purity. Magical site-specific combination of ripeness and brightness. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030L&S(Sep 2018)

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru La Garenne Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru La Garenne Domaine Joseph Colin

Garenne is high on the slope, in the hamlet of Blagny. While it ripens well, it always remains a 'tonique' style, with a slight citrus skin bitterness. 'The vintage makes little difference here -Garenne is high on the slope, in the hamlet of Blagny. While it ripens well, it always remains a 'tonique' style, with a slight citrus skin bitterness. 'The vintage makes little difference here - it's pretty much always like this - but it needs to be ripe, like Vide Bourse. I try to pick it over 13%', says Joseph. Pale bright silvery-gold. Good straight nose with mineral and citrus, fat and complete on the palate, very well-defined crystalline feel, the subtle citrus core giving a nice balance and length. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028L&S(Sep 2018)

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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 BOURGOGNE BLANC Chataigniers Domaine Hubert Lamy

2017 BOURGOGNE BLANC Chataigniers Domaine Hubert Lamy

A great introduction to Olivier's wines, picked at a natural 13.5%, with good acidity and no new oak, this is ripe, rich and has a good full depth of fruit - expressive and already delicious.A great introduction to Olivier's wines, picked at a natural 13.5%, with good acidity and no new oak, this is ripe, rich and has a good full depth of fruit - expressive and already delicious. Drinking range: 2019 - 2023L&S(Jul 2018)

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2017 SAINT AUBIN Princée Domaine Hubert Lamy

2017 SAINT AUBIN Princée Domaine Hubert Lamy

Olivier normally would hope to make 70-80 barrels, but this year it's a mere 25. Cropped at 10hl/ha. Ripe and expressive nose is supported on the palate too, and there's an enlivening dryness ofOlivier normally would hope to make 70-80 barrels, but this year it's a mere 25. Cropped at 10hl/ha. Ripe and expressive nose is supported on the palate too, and there's an enlivening dryness of texture with a scrape of limestone - great village wine. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025L&S(Jul 2018)

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2017 SANTENAY 1er Cru Clos des Gravières Domaine Hubert Lamy

2017 SANTENAY 1er Cru Clos des Gravières Domaine Hubert Lamy

You can taste the sun on this wine, like sun on hot rock - ripe and minerally with a lovely texture, taut and bright and firm, very straight.You can taste the sun on this wine, like sun on hot rock - ripe and minerally with a lovely texture, taut and bright and firm, very straight. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025L&S(Jul 2018)

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2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Frionnes Domaine Hubert Lamy

2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Frionnes Domaine Hubert Lamy

On decomposed limestone. A rich and full wine, generous, then the limestone element pulls out the finish.On decomposed limestone. A rich and full wine, generous, then the limestone element pulls out the finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2024L&S(Jul 2018)

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Tremblots Domaine Hubert Lamy

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Tremblots Domaine Hubert Lamy

The 'younger' vines that make up this plot are now 40 years old, the older ones over 80. Clay and limestone. Expressive again, juicily aromatic 'a bit phenolic', says Olivier, going on to explainThe 'younger' vines that make up this plot are now 40 years old, the older ones over 80. Clay and limestone. Expressive again, juicily aromatic 'a bit phenolic', says Olivier, going on to explain that when it's this ripe he can attack the pressing with several rebêchages (breaking down the matted pressed skins and re-loading the press for another go), as the phenolic side will not show as vegetal because of the ripeness, and the extract will help the wine age well. There's a powerful density which shows great promise. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025L&S(Jul 2018)

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2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Rémilly Domaine Hubert Lamy

2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Rémilly Domaine Hubert Lamy

Very bright pale colour, a délice from start to finish: a slight bitterness keeps the freshness - full-flavoured, ripe and long. Lots of richness here.Very bright pale colour, a délice from start to finish: a slight bitterness keeps the freshness - full-flavoured, ripe and long. Lots of richness here. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025L&S(Jul 2018)

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2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Clos de la Chatenière Domaine Hubert Lamy

2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Clos de la Chatenière Domaine Hubert Lamy

Notes of light reduction frame aromas of crisp green apple, dried white flowers and citrus oil, introducing the 2017 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Clos de la Chatenière, a medium to full-bodied, satinyNotes of light reduction frame aromas of crisp green apple, dried white flowers and citrus oil, introducing the 2017 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Clos de la Chatenière, a medium to full-bodied, satiny textured wine with a tangy line of acidity and a pure, searingly mineral finish. Lamy adds the fruit from his young vines in this parcel to his Bourgogne, so this is effectively an old-vine cuvée. Rating: 91-93 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Jan 2019)

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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 BOURGOGNE BLANC Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 BOURGOGNE BLANC Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Hints of matchstick and melon sit atop the citrusy white orchard fruit aromas. Here too there is very good energy to the slightly bigger flavors that possess a lovely texture on the delicious, cleanHints of matchstick and melon sit atop the citrusy white orchard fruit aromas. Here too there is very good energy to the slightly bigger flavors that possess a lovely texture on the delicious, clean and equally dry finish. Drinking range: 2020 - Rating: 86 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jun 2019)

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2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Sentier du Clou Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Sentier du Clou Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

There is a lovely mouth feel to the Saint Aubin. Saline and plush. Vanilla mingles with predominantly green fruit. Energy and poise. This should drink well over the next five years. There is a lovely mouth feel to the Saint Aubin. Saline and plush. Vanilla mingles with predominantly green fruit. Energy and poise. This should drink well over the next five years. L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Nose of enticing fruit with a hint of smoke. Defined ripe green fruit. Acidity is less obvious - the juice is soft and encompassing. Some broadness and power. A lovely way to kick off a long list ofNose of enticing fruit with a hint of smoke. Defined ripe green fruit. Acidity is less obvious - the juice is soft and encompassing. Some broadness and power. A lovely way to kick off a long list of Chassagne Montrachets. This village wine is made up from 8 different plots which add up to about 35 barrels in total. Drinking range: 2019 - 2026L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Les Chênes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Les Chênes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

The Pillots have nearly a hectare of this 'lieu-dit' of Chassagne Village which is below the Premier Cru La Maltroie. This is just the 2nd time he has vinified it separately, as after the inauguralThe Pillots have nearly a hectare of this 'lieu-dit' of Chassagne Village which is below the Premier Cru La Maltroie. This is just the 2nd time he has vinified it separately, as after the inaugural vintage in 2015 - he was hit hard by frost and there was not enough to do anything with in 2016. Laurent has been working on this plot for several years after buying it in a poor state and planted with Pinot. It is a triumph with Chardonnay and well worth splitting out in to its own bottling. Very pure, yet richer and creamier than the Village wine. Touch of brown sugar on the top of the hard apple. It is a lovely expression. Much deeper and more complex with just enough freshness.L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Noyers Brets Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Noyers Brets Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Really racy nose. Seems better value than the Joseph Colin Puligny. Smooth as a baby's bottom and with well-judged, particularly open fruit. Very approachable – good for restaurants?Really racy nose. Seems better value than the Joseph Colin Puligny. Smooth as a baby's bottom and with well-judged, particularly open fruit. Very approachable – good for restaurants? Drinking range: 2019 - 2024 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2019)

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Morgeot Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Morgeot Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Morgeot is the largest vineyard in Chassagne at 60 hectares. The soil is mainly clay and stone. Full bodied supported by good tension. The vanilla adds depth and volume. Obvious charm and pleasure.Morgeot is the largest vineyard in Chassagne at 60 hectares. The soil is mainly clay and stone. Full bodied supported by good tension. The vanilla adds depth and volume. Obvious charm and pleasure. One almost feels guilty enjoying it so much. It ends on a bright note - the acidity adding the finishing touches to a well-made wine. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Vergers Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Vergers Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

This is a vineyard with lots of iron in the shallow clay topsoil. Below is big lumps of Limestone. The results are great. Peppy and bright juice. With citrus zesty spritz on the nose which follows toThis is a vineyard with lots of iron in the shallow clay topsoil. Below is big lumps of Limestone. The results are great. Peppy and bright juice. With citrus zesty spritz on the nose which follows to the bright palate. Good weight too, and the riper richness builds as this is in your mouth. Great flow and depth.L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Champgains Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Champgains Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

The Champgains has a taut nose. Certainly not taut on the palate. The wine has a sweet entry. It is full and weighty on the palate. This is less about the energy and vigour and more about the sheerThe Champgains has a taut nose. Certainly not taut on the palate. The wine has a sweet entry. It is full and weighty on the palate. This is less about the energy and vigour and more about the sheer volume and density of juice. Voluptuous. L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Fairandes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Fairandes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Brighter and more perk, more poise than the Morgeot tasted just before. It is because it is so different that Laurent has started making it as a separate wine when he can. It is from right up at theBrighter and more perk, more poise than the Morgeot tasted just before. It is because it is so different that Laurent has started making it as a separate wine when he can. It is from right up at the top of Morgeot bang next door to the Grandes Ruchottes vineyard. It is so expressive Laurent likes to keep it apart - and it is great that he does. A gorgeously juicy middle. Super lemon and soft citrus juice. Very succulent and inviting. The bright start mellows but the flow and energy remain. impressive depth revealed at finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

The creaminess is evident on the nose. Clearly Meursault. The palate reveals precise, pure fruit, a touch of mineral tension but all wound up in a smooth, creamy, textured juice. ImmediatelyThe creaminess is evident on the nose. Clearly Meursault. The palate reveals precise, pure fruit, a touch of mineral tension but all wound up in a smooth, creamy, textured juice. Immediately appealing, this will give drinking pleasure for the next seven years. L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Vide Bourse Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Vide Bourse Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

The Vide Bourse has a riper and more exotic feel to it. On the palate there is lots of vibrant, bright fruit. The concentration is impressive. Flavours of vanilla, nut, fig and stone fruit give theThe Vide Bourse has a riper and more exotic feel to it. On the palate there is lots of vibrant, bright fruit. The concentration is impressive. Flavours of vanilla, nut, fig and stone fruit give the wine a broad feel. It is well integrated and the bracing acidity gives it structure. Long finish. Drinking range: 2019 - 2029L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Grandes Ruchottes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Grandes Ruchottes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

An enticing nose of smoke and flint. The entry is supple and sweet - there is good concentration of fruit supported by refined oak. A twinkle of acidity keeps the juice bright and poised. This isAn enticing nose of smoke and flint. The entry is supple and sweet - there is good concentration of fruit supported by refined oak. A twinkle of acidity keeps the juice bright and poised. This is very alluring. L&S(Oct 2018)

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Domaine Henri Germain

Jean-François Germain has been joined over the course of 2018 by his daughter Lucie - who is now helping to run this small (6.5ha) domaine.

The Chassagne vineyards came through his mother, a Pillot, and Jean-François is married to François Jobard's daughter, so they are quite intertwined with some of our other producers. In terms of winemaking the Germains are always happy to let nature take its course, and in the vineyards they follow as natural a system of viticulture as possible.

These are concentrated, tightly wound wines from one of Burgundy's coldest cellars. Slow to develop, they show wonderful crystalline purity. New wood is used sparingly.

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2017 BOURGOGNE BLANC Domaine Henri Germain

2017 BOURGOGNE BLANC Domaine Henri Germain

Another cellar full of barrels. What a difference a year makes. The Bourgogne Blanc from Henri Germain is very pure and very elegant. There is twinkle of upbeat acidity that keeps it lively. SomeAnother cellar full of barrels. What a difference a year makes. The Bourgogne Blanc from Henri Germain is very pure and very elegant. There is twinkle of upbeat acidity that keeps it lively. Some weight to the juice, the wine has a lovely green fruit flavour and just a suggestion of oak. This is a very inviting style. L&S(Oct 2018)

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2016 MEURSAULT Domaine Henri Germain

2016 MEURSAULT Domaine Henri Germain

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

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2017 MEURSAULT Domaine Henri Germain

2017 MEURSAULT Domaine Henri Germain

This comes from 7 different parcels throughout the village. The nose suggests this might be a leaner style of Meursault. On entry there are notes of ripe green apple and pear along with more exoticThis comes from 7 different parcels throughout the village. The nose suggests this might be a leaner style of Meursault. On entry there are notes of ripe green apple and pear along with more exotic fruit. The wine is brimming with tension and energy - the buttery smoothness is not evident at this stage. Good concentration to the juice. More muscle than fat but a wonderful 'glide'.L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 MEURSAULT Chevalières Domaine Henri Germain

2017 MEURSAULT Chevalières Domaine Henri Germain

A freshness to the nose. The oak is not prominent. There is more creaminess here than the village but still defined by the wonderful acidity that gives it a lift. Super tension too and a lovelyA freshness to the nose. The oak is not prominent. There is more creaminess here than the village but still defined by the wonderful acidity that gives it a lift. Super tension too and a lovely citrus pep to the core. Great minerality too keeping it clean and bright - but that leaner fruit is key and nicely pushing. It has volume and texture but serious drive too. A classy Chevalières from Henri Germain. L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 MEURSAULT Limozin Domaine Henri Germain

2017 MEURSAULT Limozin Domaine Henri Germain

The Limozin feels more dense - there is a warming rich concentration of fruit and oak on the palate. The tongue is tingled by the evident acidity. The mineral frame works well with the green fruitThe Limozin feels more dense - there is a warming rich concentration of fruit and oak on the palate. The tongue is tingled by the evident acidity. The mineral frame works well with the green fruit and stone fruit flavours. Well balanced and pleasing. Super precision and succulently juicy. Long, glycerol coated finish.L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzots Domaine Henri Germain

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzots Domaine Henri Germain

Flint and smoke on the nose. This re-appears on the creamy palate along with oak and toast. The oak lends itself well to the stone fruit flavour. It has good density and warmth. There is a vein ofFlint and smoke on the nose. This re-appears on the creamy palate along with oak and toast. The oak lends itself well to the stone fruit flavour. It has good density and warmth. There is a vein of acidity throughout that keeps it light on its feet. A fine Poruzots. L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Henri Germain

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Henri Germain

Pure and mineral. The Charmes has a cool feel to it - there is green fruit with good poise and lovely texture. The juice is weighty but with bright acidity that seems to be the trademark of the 2017Pure and mineral. The Charmes has a cool feel to it - there is green fruit with good poise and lovely texture. The juice is weighty but with bright acidity that seems to be the trademark of the 2017 vintage. It is certainly texture over flavour at this stage but plenty to look forward to. L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Morgeot Domaine Henri Germain

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Morgeot Domaine Henri Germain

The Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot offers a change in scenery following a Meursault dominated tasting. Mineral, pure and clean. A hint of vanilla but there is nothing overpowering from the oak. CrushedThe Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot offers a change in scenery following a Meursault dominated tasting. Mineral, pure and clean. A hint of vanilla but there is nothing overpowering from the oak. Crushed rocks. Fruit lingering in the background. Crisp and striking. L&S(Oct 2018)

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2014 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Henri Germain

2014 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Henri Germain

As mineral as the Chevalierères - it smells of rock, but with a greater depth. Entry confirms all this, and then there is the volume - a cool mineral, glassy weight and purity. Liquid flint? VeryAs mineral as the Chevalierères - it smells of rock, but with a greater depth. Entry confirms all this, and then there is the volume - a cool mineral, glassy weight and purity. Liquid flint? Very straight and long, should age with the usual arrow-like trajectory. Drinking range: 2019 - L&S(Nov 2015)

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Domaine Rémi Jobard

Rémi has been been making small qualitative changes ever since he took over here. The entire vineyard is cordon-pruned, so yields are naturally limited. There has been no use of fertiliser since 1994, and the vineyard is grassed-over to encourage the vine roots to go deep. The domaine has been certified organic from 2008. He says that the two most important things are the absence of weedkiller (and thus the necessity to plough, which cuts any surface roots and makes the vine go deeper) and not adding any fertiliser which again makes the roots go deeper to find nutrients.

Rémi has two vast presses, to enable him to press very slowly over six hours, and this has resulted in a big jump in finesse. The élevage now lasts nearly fifteen months, so as to allow the wines to develop slowly and to avoid fining. As a result these are wines which take a moment to show, but which reward the patient with complexity and great depth of flavour.

Rémi made a move from traditional barrels to foudres made of a mix of French, Austrian and Slavonian oak, constructed by Austrian cooper Stockinger, and having added a new one (or two) each year, there's barely a normal barrel left. He likes the way the wines develop in these large volumes, in which the 'oaking' effect is minimised.

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2017 BOURGOGNE BLANC Rémi Jobard

2017 BOURGOGNE BLANC Rémi Jobard

In 2017 this replaces ‘Vignes Nouvelles’ in the range as those vines are now older and qualify to go into his Bourgogne Côte d'Or. He makes this from fruit he buys in and does the long élevage in hisIn 2017 this replaces ‘Vignes Nouvelles’ in the range as those vines are now older and qualify to go into his Bourgogne Côte d'Or. He makes this from fruit he buys in and does the long élevage in his own cellars. To be labelled simply 'Rémi Jobard'. The juice is good and intense with a tight, waxy citrus middle. Nice and peppy up front, but soft feel too at the back of the palate. Quite pretty and nicely limpid juice. Drinking range: 2019 - 2023L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 BOURGOGNE CÔTE D'OR BLANC Vieilles Vignes Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 BOURGOGNE CÔTE D'OR BLANC Vieilles Vignes Domaine Rémi Jobard

This got frosted a little in 2017, but this is a bounce back up in volume of total yield after the near catastrophe of 2016. Delicate now for now, but in the mouth, it is positive, suave, fat andThis got frosted a little in 2017, but this is a bounce back up in volume of total yield after the near catastrophe of 2016. Delicate now for now, but in the mouth, it is positive, suave, fat and supple, and steadily grows in interest and complexity with green fruit, then pears and them yellow fruit sweetness and accent following. Lots of fat. Stays bright and fine, concentrated and very long. From several parcels in Chassagne, Puligny and Meursault, all of which abut vineyards classified at village level. Drinking range: 2019 - 2026L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 MEURSAULT Sous la Velle Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT Sous la Velle Domaine Rémi Jobard

Weight and richness from the start, with a good balance of succulence and a juicy acidity which pulls out a really lively length.Weight and richness from the start, with a good balance of succulence and a juicy acidity which pulls out a really lively length. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 MEURSAULT Luraule Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT Luraule Domaine Rémi Jobard

An immediate impression of almost waxy fat - in a good way - it's a lovely texture, the flavours slightly reticent to express themselves, but slowly emerging buoyed on the fine acidity which surfacesAn immediate impression of almost waxy fat - in a good way - it's a lovely texture, the flavours slightly reticent to express themselves, but slowly emerging buoyed on the fine acidity which surfaces though the mass and builds the richness of flavour. It stays quite straight - lots to chew on, and very long on this tension between the richness and freshness. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 MEURSAULT Narvaux Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT Narvaux Domaine Rémi Jobard

This has pep. after the Luraule this has tingle and tighter zest to the fruit on the attack - all lime skin and lemon juice - tight middle. It feels young but in the mouth it spreads softly acrossThis has pep. after the Luraule this has tingle and tighter zest to the fruit on the attack - all lime skin and lemon juice - tight middle. It feels young but in the mouth it spreads softly across the palate. There is a gentle, creamier feel - a whiff of peach an yellow plum. Not fat as that lovely juicy acidity keeps it in check, but there is a fun generosity to the fruit which will do well with time. about 55 years old. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 MEURSAULT Chevalières Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT Chevalières Domaine Rémi Jobard

Remi's vines here in Chevalières were planted in 1940. On the nose there is a whiff of smart, toasty oak for now. On the palate the juice is bright with a good citrus core, with some pineapple too,Remi's vines here in Chevalières were planted in 1940. On the nose there is a whiff of smart, toasty oak for now. On the palate the juice is bright with a good citrus core, with some pineapple too, really satisfying hit, there is lots to like in its vim and vigour, but there is a soft underside too. Ripe and generous, this amplitude is soft and sexy with spice and kick. A creamy feel. Great energy and drive - this will really reward patience. Drinking range: 2022 - 2028L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzot Dessus Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzot Dessus Domaine Rémi Jobard

This has great feel and poise. Lovely clean firm fruit. Spiced pear and green melon with gooseberry lick too. Pure, high toned and really nervy energy all driving along a substantial weight of fruit.This has great feel and poise. Lovely clean firm fruit. Spiced pear and green melon with gooseberry lick too. Pure, high toned and really nervy energy all driving along a substantial weight of fruit. A creamy feel, that will slowly spread and emerge to be really decadent. Power and restraint for now. Impressive. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Rémi Jobard

The last time Remi produced a Charmes was in 2011 - he then grubbed up his parcel and re-planted. So the vines are just back on stream and producing impressive fruit. Despite the youth this hasThe last time Remi produced a Charmes was in 2011 - he then grubbed up his parcel and re-planted. So the vines are just back on stream and producing impressive fruit. Despite the youth this has superb matter to it. There is good lick and grainy grip to the core - and it is fully-loaded with flavour. Cox's apple and nice, warm lemon flesh. Concentrated and intense. This my be young, but is impressively broad with fruit and texture. This is full of youthful exuberance and delivers well. Remi has a well-placed plot in Charmes-Dessus. Charmes is always quite generous and broad - but the Dessus as opposed to the Bas plots always have more acidity and balance. Drinking range: 2021 - 2028L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Genevrières Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Genevrières Domaine Rémi Jobard

This is tighter wound in the middle than the Poruzot tasted just before. With a mouthful of some lime and soft ginger here. Clean and pithy clear juice slowly turns to a broader, darker feel. LongThis is tighter wound in the middle than the Poruzot tasted just before. With a mouthful of some lime and soft ginger here. Clean and pithy clear juice slowly turns to a broader, darker feel. Long and so persistent, without any force or pressure. Less 'wham' than the Poruzot - perhaps more finely tuned. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026L&S(Nov 2018)

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Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

Jean-Marc Boillot left the family domaine to be winemaker to Olivier Leflaive for five years. Then from his maternal grandfather Étienne Sauzet he inherited much of the vineyard of the old Domaine Sauzet, in some of the best vineyards of Puligny, and with this holding and others from his paternal side, he set up his own business. He makes wines that show well young, with complex exotic fruit aromas with the core of minerality, but they age well too. His daughter Lydie and son are now taking a more active role in the domaine.
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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

The fruit for this super 'Village' wine comes from 7 parcels, all in same sector, on the Chassagne side - 5 are in Enseignères, 1 in Les Meix, 1 in Rue Rousseau. Fresh and clean. Nicely PulignyThe fruit for this super 'Village' wine comes from 7 parcels, all in same sector, on the Chassagne side - 5 are in Enseignères, 1 in Les Meix, 1 in Rue Rousseau. Fresh and clean. Nicely Puligny Montrachet in feel and attack but broader than some. The fruit is richly ripe - but there is a good drive and almost iodine edge that keeps it focused. Feel is sweeter though and there is a great sleekness to the flow. A well balanced, pleasing Puligny. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Champ Canet Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Champ Canet Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

(Their plot is very high up the Puligny slope and just next to Meursault Perrières) This is very attractive. Tighter than the Referts and the minerality here is more striking. There is a lovely(Their plot is very high up the Puligny slope and just next to Meursault Perrières) This is very attractive. Tighter than the Referts and the minerality here is more striking. There is a lovely acidity though as well. A real bright push - powerfully keeps the fruit moving. Pear and apple here - delicious firm flesh. Quite good breadth and richness too, but fresh. Drinking range: 2021 - 2029L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Referts Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Referts Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

Just next to the Meursault Charmes vineyard (a spot they share with Etienne Sauzet) This seems beefier and rounder than the village Puligny. There is a really good Puligny character. More definedJust next to the Meursault Charmes vineyard (a spot they share with Etienne Sauzet) This seems beefier and rounder than the village Puligny. There is a really good Puligny character. More defined and more intense. Some nuttiness, some great mineral drive too - this is deep, pure and intense. Nice clean mineral and citrus sweep at the finish.L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Truffières Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Truffières Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

More focused. Not so tartly peppy - but fresh still. Good energy and great gentle power. Not as broadly intense as the Combettes, but more minerality here. Yet this has nice ripeness to the fruit tooMore focused. Not so tartly peppy - but fresh still. Good energy and great gentle power. Not as broadly intense as the Combettes, but more minerality here. Yet this has nice ripeness to the fruit too - just balanced by that freshness. We asked Lydie where the name comes from and she explained there is a wood here near this plot - with mushrooms - where the name comes from. Up high just below Blagny. Sadly no truffles though! Drinking range: 2020 - 2026L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Combettes Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Combettes Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

Like the Champs Canet this is again on the Meursault side. Brighter, juicier with great pep to the citrus fruit. Some grip builds, some attractive texture This is concentrated - but fun and flowsLike the Champs Canet this is again on the Meursault side. Brighter, juicier with great pep to the citrus fruit. Some grip builds, some attractive texture This is concentrated - but fun and flows with good Puligny feel. Clean as a whistle, powerful and with lovely, tightly wound for now, joyous succulent fruit in its core.L&S(Oct 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 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Domaine Henri Boillot

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Domaine Henri Boillot

(Tasted from tank - just about to be bottled and being fined at moment) This is very fine, with a lovely purity and pithy, dusty drive. Then a core builds of riper yellow fruits. Nicely precise and(Tasted from tank - just about to be bottled and being fined at moment) This is very fine, with a lovely purity and pithy, dusty drive. Then a core builds of riper yellow fruits. Nicely precise and pure but with a glimpse of richness. Smart.L&S(Oct 2018)

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2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzots Domaine Henri Boillot

2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzots Domaine Henri Boillot

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

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2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzots Domaine Henri Boillot

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzots Domaine Henri Boillot

This is perky and brightly inviting. A tangy, lemon note runs right through this and plays well alongside a charmingly, chalky mineral line. Pure and correct and very pretty Meursault.This is perky and brightly inviting. A tangy, lemon note runs right through this and plays well alongside a charmingly, chalky mineral line. Pure and correct and very pretty Meursault. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Genevrières Domaine Henri Boillot

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Genevrières Domaine Henri Boillot

More pep and a frisson more energy and bounce than the Poruzots. Yet the middle is more open and laden with warm, almost grilled pineapple and crisper apple notes. Great spice too - but then a fineMore pep and a frisson more energy and bounce than the Poruzots. Yet the middle is more open and laden with warm, almost grilled pineapple and crisper apple notes. Great spice too - but then a fine taut line of acidity is succulent and mouth-watering. A really complex and interesting expression, delicious.L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère Domaine Henri Boillot

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère Domaine Henri Boillot

Wow. Even after the Pucelles there is a jaw-droppingly impressive attack here - such weight and yet such ping and bright energy again. Then it gets into his stride and rolls along with such sleekWow. Even after the Pucelles there is a jaw-droppingly impressive attack here - such weight and yet such ping and bright energy again. Then it gets into his stride and rolls along with such sleek grace and unrelenting gentle push. There is breadth and power in abundance. A sophisticated big boy. Will repay the patient. Although like most of these gorgeous 2017s there is something immediately inviting here. L&S(Oct 2018)

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

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

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

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Domaine Faiveley

The Faiveley family are the largest vineyard owners in Burgundy, owning around 120ha, spread across the Côtes de Nuits, Beaune and Chalonnaise and encompassing everything from generic Bourgogne up to the grandest of Grand Crus. Their holdings supply the grapes for 5 out of every 6 bottles made by Faiveley, the balance being bought in from carefully selected contract growers. At the top end these wines are right up there with the best and in 2017 these are luxurious, showy and give unadulterated pleasure. As with so many producers this year each wine really has a sense of place and knows its spot on the pecking order. Some real delights here for drinkers.
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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Les Champgains Domaine Faiveley

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Les Champgains Domaine Faiveley

The Faiveley whites have been improving every bit as emphatically as the domaine's reds over the last five years, favouring focus, precision and sensitive oak handling. This cool site has performedThe Faiveley whites have been improving every bit as emphatically as the domaine's reds over the last five years, favouring focus, precision and sensitive oak handling. This cool site has performed particularly well in 2017, showing plenty of zip and minerality alongside pear and lemongrass flavours and 30% new wood spice. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 Rating: 94-94 Tim Atkin MW - Decanter(Oct 2018)

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2017 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

2017 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

(from two parcels that total .866 ha in Le Rognet and Le Corton). Enough wood to merit mentioning sets off the overtly floral and citrus-suffused aromas that include notes of mineral reduction and(from two parcels that total .866 ha in Le Rognet and Le Corton). Enough wood to merit mentioning sets off the overtly floral and citrus-suffused aromas that include notes of mineral reduction and quinine. The dense, intense and very serious broad-shouldered flavors are akin to rolling small rocks around the mouth before culminating in a driving and gorgeously complex finish that goes on and on. The Bâtard and BBM are both very good but there is another dimension of depth present here. Drinking range: 2029 - Rating: 93-95 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jun 2019)

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Joseph Drouhin

Despite the size of their vineyard holding, not all Drouhin's wines come from their own domaine, but most of the other wines do come from long-term contracts, such as exists with the Marquis de Laguiche wines. In all but name these wines are 'Domaine' wines, and the vineyards are cared for and the wines vinified with exactly the same care.
2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Joseph Drouhin

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Joseph Drouhin

Lovely Puligny like flavours. Quite powerfully broad - with a softish weight that reels you in - and yet the style is nicely pure and mineral. Clever balance between plush pleasure and purity ofLovely Puligny like flavours. Quite powerfully broad - with a softish weight that reels you in - and yet the style is nicely pure and mineral. Clever balance between plush pleasure and purity of Puligny - which when done well is a signature of the 2017 vintage. Not as diamond cut as some years but with great power and it gives great joy. Well concentrated and quite weighty really. Drinking range: 2019 - 2024L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Clos de la Garenne Joseph Drouhin

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Clos de la Garenne Joseph Drouhin

Good drive and straight power from the off. This is seriously enticing. A mineral plain in the middle is fresh and broad through this very smart Puligny. There is a nice luminosity, a joyous liftedGood drive and straight power from the off. This is seriously enticing. A mineral plain in the middle is fresh and broad through this very smart Puligny. There is a nice luminosity, a joyous lifted brightness, no hard acidity or bracing clench - the feel is just pure, sleek and bright. A pure clean softness that is impressive and fun. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Marquis de Laguiche 1er Cru Morgeot Joseph Drouhin

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Marquis de Laguiche 1er Cru Morgeot Joseph Drouhin

Tasted with Véronique Drouhin at her London presentation of the vintage. This has good pure lines again. A nice clean scrub of pithy restraint and lovely fresh chalky minerality. The fruit has aTasted with Véronique Drouhin at her London presentation of the vintage. This has good pure lines again. A nice clean scrub of pithy restraint and lovely fresh chalky minerality. The fruit has a waxier feel, with essence of lemon skin and then a riper, sweet line of juice in the middle. Still well-furled but you can sense the good, soft flesh just waiting below the surface. Good intensity. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Perrières Joseph Drouhin

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Perrières Joseph Drouhin

Slightly hazy appearance. Fragrant but very primary scents of pineapple, fresh yellow fruits and crushed stone, plus a note of hazelnut. Plush and velvety in the mouth, but with lovely lift to itsSlightly hazy appearance. Fragrant but very primary scents of pineapple, fresh yellow fruits and crushed stone, plus a note of hazelnut. Plush and velvety in the mouth, but with lovely lift to its yellow fruit and spice flavours. Finishes rich, broad, long and classically dry but not at all heavy, with slowly building mineral and spice notes. Already hints at the suavity of this great premier cru. Rating: 90-92 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com(Sep 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 BEAUNE 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 BEAUNE 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Joseph Drouhin

Jérôme Faure Brac, the oenologist, is all about low intervention in the winery as he wants vineyard expression to be key. He therefore made six different harvests here from the 1st to the 6th ofJérôme Faure Brac, the oenologist, is all about low intervention in the winery as he wants vineyard expression to be key. He therefore made six different harvests here from the 1st to the 6th of September. The Drouhin team sub-divide this large Clos vineyard (7Ha) into different parcels. Harvested and vinified separately they are only blended after élevage in barrel. This is almost a year and then the blend 'assembles' for 2-3 months in tank together before bottling. The results are great. With impressive breadth and structure. There is a nice intensity to the crisp-edged, yellow fruit. Not peachy but quite ripe citrus character and nice persistence. This has impact and depth, there's lots to like and this will become even more exciting with a few years in the cellar. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Propriétés Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Propriétés Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

All the Drouhin Corton Grand Cru fruit comes from the Les Languettes parcel. They've had a good crop this year making 6 barrels, which is getting back to a normal yield. Power and push dominate here.All the Drouhin Corton Grand Cru fruit comes from the Les Languettes parcel. They've had a good crop this year making 6 barrels, which is getting back to a normal yield. Power and push dominate here. The fruit is certainly nicely rich and well-shaped but it is quite closed for now. The wine feels full on, with good structure and weight - then lifted and pushed on with lively acidity. This is fresh and firm and unrelenting. The intensity of fruit will certainly broaden the feel and fill out this brawny Grand Cru. For now impressive and brooding but there is lots to come. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CRIOTS BÂTARD MONTRACHET Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin
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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.
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2017 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Les Languettes Grand Cru Thibault Liger-Belair

2017 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Les Languettes Grand Cru Thibault Liger-Belair

The 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru comes from vines planted in the 1940s in Les Longuettes and comprises just two barrels. There is a slight reduction on the nose that makes it difficult to readThe 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru comes from vines planted in the 1940s in Les Longuettes and comprises just two barrels. There is a slight reduction on the nose that makes it difficult to read now. The palate is very promising with a fine bead of acidity, good concentration, a slightly waxy texture and a persistent, brioche-tinged finish. One to watch. Drinking range: 2020 - 2034 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Jan 2019)

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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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2015 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Clos du Cailleret Domaine des Lambrays

2015 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Clos du Cailleret Domaine des Lambrays

As usual the Caillerets has a bit more tension than the Folatières, bright and firm and more mineral, just a little fat too, excellent length.As usual the Caillerets has a bit more tension than the Folatières, bright and firm and more mineral, just a little fat too, excellent length. Drinking range: 2018 - 2024L&S(Nov 2016)

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Folatières Domaine des Lambrays

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Folatières Domaine des Lambrays

Lovely clean and bright attack. Good breadth too - but a just pithy, fresh, lemony drive of fruit. Clean and beautifully textured. Creamy almost. Harvested 31 August. To avoid premox they have beenLovely clean and bright attack. Good breadth too - but a just pithy, fresh, lemony drive of fruit. Clean and beautifully textured. Creamy almost. Harvested 31 August. To avoid premox they have been measuring oxygen levels throughout the process, in barrel before bottling. Boris is all about the detail - (as you would hope from someone running such a prestigious domaine!) he tells us that 99.9% of corks are still washed with peroxide, he worries this is one of the reasons for premox so he sources others that are washed with SO2. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027L&S(Nov 2018)

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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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2016 MEURSAULT Vieilles Vignes Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py
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2017 MEURSAULT Vieilles Vignes Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py
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2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Morgeot Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py
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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Morgeot Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py
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2016 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Grand Cru Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py
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