Grand Cru whites and reds

This is a shortcut list of some of the very top wines of the vintage. For some of these we are down to our last few bottles so act fast to secure your allocation.


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Domaine Moreau-Naudet

We still miss the bright star that was Stéphane Moreau-Naudet, who died suddenly in September 2016, but there is no question that the domaine has proved to be in exceptionally capable hands under his widow Virginie, helped by Stéphane's team.

Stéphane, who was influenced by Vincent Dauvissat (who recommended him to us many years ago) was a consummate vigneron, working organically, hand-picking, aiming for optimum maturity while avoiding any botrytis influence. He was also a master-craftsman in the cellar, using barrel-élevage, but not in such a way that oakiness can readily be detected in the wines (all the barrels are steamed rather than charred and there is no new oak except for in the straight Chablis, and then only one barrel per 100hl in order to age it prior to using for the Premiers Crus). Virginie is proving to have what it takes to build on Stéphane's legacy, and the wines here, full of racy character, textural depth and complexity, are as fine as they have ever been.

2017 CHABLIS Grand Cru Valmur Domaine Moreau-Naudet

2017 CHABLIS Grand Cru Valmur Domaine Moreau-Naudet

After the fabulous Foret this is considerably deeper and richer - with a great weight. There is a ripeness here that is almost exotic and loaded with spice and citrus zest. Then this gets leaner andAfter the fabulous Foret this is considerably deeper and richer - with a great weight. There is a ripeness here that is almost exotic and loaded with spice and citrus zest. Then this gets leaner and cleaner as it spends time on the palate. Such persistence and complexity. Exhilarating acidity keeps it bright - but this has power and huge promise for the future.  Drinking range: 2021 - 2027L&S(Oct 2018)

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Domaine Drouhin Vaudon

The Beaune-based merchant Joseph Drouhin has restyled its Chablis Domaine 'Domaine Drouhin-Vaudon' to emphasise its ties with and holdings in (38 hectares) the Chablis vineyard. The Moulin de Vaudon, an 18th Century watermill straddling the Serein River, close to the Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis, is the headquarters and the source of the name. It is the largest estate in Chablis entirely farmed biodynamically.
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2017 CHABLIS Grand Cru Les Clos Domaine Drouhin Vaudon

2017 CHABLIS Grand Cru Les Clos Domaine Drouhin Vaudon

We tasted 4 of the Chablis from Drouhin which all impressed, but this Les Clos is a definitive notch up. Raised in large (500l), old barrels to limit the 'wood impact' on this full and deliciousWe tasted 4 of the Chablis from Drouhin which all impressed, but this Les Clos is a definitive notch up. Raised in large (500l), old barrels to limit the 'wood impact' on this full and delicious juice. Good weight and breadth and a nice big ample middle. A sweep of pithy apple. Generous and delicious. Mineral line builds adding nice shape and push - then some good dusty spice kicks in on the back palate. This generous feeling Chablis is big and yet has just the right pinch of acidity making it juicy and moreish. Smart Chablis, but with a feel of fun and joy - and highly recommended. Drinking range: 2019 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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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.

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2017 BÂTARD MONTRACHET Grand Cru Joseph Colin

Lucky Joseph has a friendly vigneron who thinks he needs a Grand Cru or two in his range, so sells him the must for this and the Chevalier Montrachet. He can set the picking date and goes a bitLucky Joseph has a friendly vigneron who thinks he needs a Grand Cru or two in his range, so sells him the must for this and the Chevalier Montrachet. He can set the picking date and goes a bit earlier than the date his friend chooses, to keep a tonic freshness (as he does with the Vide Bourse). As so often is the case with a Bâtard this was giving little away in our early tastings, but the weight and density are Grand Cru all right, as is the seamless length. I have no doubt that it will turn out very well. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHEVALIER MONTRACHET Grand Cru Joseph Colin

Much more expressive than the Bâtard, a bright airy nose, really quite regal. Less body, but greater tension and more vivacious personality - but this is no slight little thing - it's a great and Much more expressive than the Bâtard, a bright airy nose, really quite regal. Less body, but greater tension and more vivacious personality - but this is no slight little thing - it's a great and powerful beauty. As Joseph puts it, it has the elegance of Montrachet - 'brillance et éclat'. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035L&S(Nov 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 CRIOTS BÂTARD MONTRACHET Haute Densité Grand Cru Domaine Hubert Lamy

2017 CRIOTS BÂTARD MONTRACHET Haute Densité Grand Cru Domaine Hubert Lamy

The 2017 Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru comes from a miniscule 0.05 hectare parcel planted in 1975, vine density has been increased to 24,000 vines in recent years. There is just a single fiveThe 2017 Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru comes from a miniscule 0.05 hectare parcel planted in 1975, vine density has been increased to 24,000 vines in recent years. There is just a single five years old barrel, which had not been racked. It is a little muffled on the nose when I taste it, though it reveals hints of fresh pear, wet limestone and dew-speckled Granny Smith apples with time. The palate is beautifully balanced with a fine bead of acidity, taut and focused but with wonderful purity and depth towards the finish, with hints of quince lingering on the aftertaste. Très bon! Drinking range: 2022 - 2040 Rating: 95-97 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Jan 2019)

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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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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 BÂTARD MONTRACHET Grand Cru Domaine Henri Boillot

2017 BÂTARD MONTRACHET Grand Cru Domaine Henri Boillot

Richly joyous - very deep with broad shoulders but also a great lift here. Surprisingly bright. Gentle weight but super persistence and energy. Incredible balance between the breadth and theRichly joyous - very deep with broad shoulders but also a great lift here. Surprisingly bright. Gentle weight but super persistence and energy. Incredible balance between the breadth and the brightness. still fairly tight core of gorgeous fruit, this is clever and very good.L&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 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Grand Cru Henri Boillot

2017 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Grand Cru Henri Boillot

After the Le Montrachet you notice there is more heft here. a cliff of beautiful bright white fruit - then some riper notes follow. Lemon tart creaminess and sprightly pep too. Bright and clean as aAfter the Le Montrachet you notice there is more heft here. a cliff of beautiful bright white fruit - then some riper notes follow. Lemon tart creaminess and sprightly pep too. Bright and clean as a whistle but still that cleanly-cleaved heft. Dense yet with grace and flow. Serious.L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 LE MONTRACHET Grand Cru Henri Boillot

2017 LE MONTRACHET Grand Cru Henri Boillot

Yes! After the Bâtard this is almost refreshing - it is so finely delineated, a tremendous focus. The pep and electric energy here is stonking. Pure lines, but a deliciously ripe, almost honeyed coreYes! After the Bâtard this is almost refreshing - it is so finely delineated, a tremendous focus. The pep and electric energy here is stonking. Pure lines, but a deliciously ripe, almost honeyed core with crisp apple and lemon juice at the middle. Delicate yet powerful. What a joyful game it plays, balancing all the elements so well.L&S(Oct 2018)

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Domaine Faiveley

The Faiveley family are the largest vineyard owners in Burgundy, owning around 120ha, spread across the Côtes de Nuits, Beaune and 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 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

2017 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

Savoury marzipan aroma. It is full on the strike, so juicy and generous. Then it is cold and straight and has a fine salty tension. Lively long finish. “In le Corton - East facing top of LadoixSavoury marzipan aroma. It is full on the strike, so juicy and generous. Then it is cold and straight and has a fine salty tension. Lively long finish. “In le Corton - East facing top of Ladoix village so at the limit...maybe the coldest place.” says Jérome Flous Rating: 19.25 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Dec 2018)

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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 LE MONTRACHET Marquis de Laguiche Grand Cru Joseph Drouhin

2017 LE MONTRACHET Marquis de Laguiche Grand Cru Joseph Drouhin

Picked between the 5th of September and the 8th. Long and powerful mineral drive. Good and clean - but sleek too. A green-edged citrus fruit is the icing on richer, weightier stone-fruit lurking aPicked between the 5th of September and the 8th. Long and powerful mineral drive. Good and clean - but sleek too. A green-edged citrus fruit is the icing on richer, weightier stone-fruit lurking a bit below the radar for now. Really good feel of nice matter and density. This is long and clean for now but there will be more, for sure. That supple weight will broaden and fill out with time. One to watch, this is fine and intense. Just 30% New Oak. L&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 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 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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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 CORTON Grand Cru Clos des Cortons Domaine Faiveley

2017 CORTON Grand Cru Clos des Cortons Domaine Faiveley

This is superbly pretty on the nose. In the palate there is an easy and very good feel - full of energy and joy. A delicacy to it with nothing like as much brawn and breadth as the Mazis nor the BezeThis is superbly pretty on the nose. In the palate there is an easy and very good feel - full of energy and joy. A delicacy to it with nothing like as much brawn and breadth as the Mazis nor the Beze which we tasted before. The Cortons is a super elegant and pretty wine with poise and power. Bring it on! Powerfully elegant - this is so attractive already that it feels almost ready to go, but the compact nature of that zipping core lets you know this has much more to give in time, however attractive it already is. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028L&S(Nov 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.
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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 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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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 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Henri Boillot

2017 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Henri Boillot

Beautiful, very broad and velvet like spread across the palate. quickly the fine tannins build - this is serious stuff. a wonderful density and sweetly concentrated fruit core rolled in dusty,Beautiful, very broad and velvet like spread across the palate. quickly the fine tannins build - this is serious stuff. a wonderful density and sweetly concentrated fruit core rolled in dusty, scraping minerality. Yes, intense and delicious. Seriously serious. 100% whole bunch - but here they prune and tidy the bunches - 'this is not as easy and romantic as it sounds and is certainly a labour of love' says Henri.L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 BONNES MARES Grand Cru Henri Boillot

2017 BONNES MARES Grand Cru Henri Boillot

Wow. This hits you with a hugely broad wave of lovely, full fruit. Dark plum and sweeter red strawberry flesh mix to create a bright and intense core of deliciousness. Punctuated with dots of superWow. This hits you with a hugely broad wave of lovely, full fruit. Dark plum and sweeter red strawberry flesh mix to create a bright and intense core of deliciousness. Punctuated with dots of super fresh acidity that keep this so alive and energetic. Pings around your mouth and finishes more full on with that impact of broad fruit once again. Top drawer Grand Cru from this dynamic estate where the reds in particular are shifting up a gear with Guillaume's increasing influence.L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 LE CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Henri Boillot

2017 LE CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Henri Boillot

Delicious. Richly weighted. Full and yet so clean and lifted. This flies on a higher plain despite the great weight to the fruit mass. Lovely peppy juice. black and sweet middle - some greener,Delicious. Richly weighted. Full and yet so clean and lifted. This flies on a higher plain despite the great weight to the fruit mass. Lovely peppy juice. black and sweet middle - some greener, almost herbal notes too, a crisper leafy edge that adds a crunch and a delicious succulence. Complex and nuanced. This has so much to give. A super option for the cellar. 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 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 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 CLOS DE VOUGEOT Le Grand Maupertui Grand Cru Domaine Anne Gros

2017 CLOS DE VOUGEOT Le Grand Maupertui Grand Cru Domaine Anne Gros

After the stonking Richebourg there is more pep here, more vigour on the attack. This is a really fine style. For Clos Vougeot this is very svelte and seemlessly sexy. Enough shape and bones for aAfter the stonking Richebourg there is more pep here, more vigour on the attack. This is a really fine style. For Clos Vougeot this is very svelte and seemlessly sexy. Enough shape and bones for a longer haul without doubt - but there is an incredible sleek flow with gentle persistence and remarkable charm! Just wow. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 ÉCHEZEAUX Les Loachausses Grand Cru Domaine Anne Gros

2017 ÉCHEZEAUX Les Loachausses Grand Cru Domaine Anne Gros

Yum. So pretty. A great cocktail of nicely ripe berries some bluer notes too and a crisper feel. Very soft and so sleek - not shiny and polished but a lovely powdery feel. Just a whisper of delicateYum. So pretty. A great cocktail of nicely ripe berries some bluer notes too and a crisper feel. Very soft and so sleek - not shiny and polished but a lovely powdery feel. Just a whisper of delicate minerality on the finish. Classy Grand Cru Pinot Noir. Very special. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 RICHEBOURG Grand Cru Domaine Anne Gros

2017 RICHEBOURG Grand Cru Domaine Anne Gros

Very sexy on the nose -pure essence of wild red berry fruit, such pretty aromatics. Higher toned than the Echezeaux, with a slightly lither, more muscular feel but this is still pretty. Some moreVery sexy on the nose -pure essence of wild red berry fruit, such pretty aromatics. Higher toned than the Echezeaux, with a slightly lither, more muscular feel but this is still pretty. Some more tightly-wound elements - but the fruit here is pretty, so pretty! Drinking range: 2023 - 2030L&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 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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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.

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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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2017 MAZIS CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2017 MAZIS CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Intense spice. This is rich and seductive and reserved to boot. Ah ha - this has tension. furled vigour. Succulence and strength with elegance. Very suave. A long and beautifully texturedIntense spice. This is rich and seductive and reserved to boot. Ah ha - this has tension. furled vigour. Succulence and strength with elegance. Very suave. A long and beautifully textured wine. Wonderful long finish. This is very good. Rating: 19.70 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Dec 2018)

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Domaine Faiveley

The Faiveley family are the largest vineyard owners in Burgundy, owning around 120ha, spread across the Côtes de Nuits, Beaune and 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 CLOS DE VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

2017 CLOS DE VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

Good impact. Again like the Clos St Denis - there is a big step up in feel and power. The intensity is great. There is a 'just ripe' note to the fruit and then a mineral drive. Super fine tannins addGood impact. Again like the Clos St Denis - there is a big step up in feel and power. The intensity is great. There is a 'just ripe' note to the fruit and then a mineral drive. Super fine tannins add frame and hold - but this is an attractive flowing wine and is so clearly Grand Cru material. Impressively lithe and pushing. Another really good Clos Vougeot. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CLOS DE LA ROCHE Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

2017 CLOS DE LA ROCHE Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

So much less shouty and obviously ripe than the 1er Crus tasted earlier in the line up. The vineyards class IS immediately clear. There is a calm ease to this on the nose. The attack is attractive,So much less shouty and obviously ripe than the 1er Crus tasted earlier in the line up. The vineyards class IS immediately clear. There is a calm ease to this on the nose. The attack is attractive, but with crisper edged red fruit than we have found in the village wines. It has much more measured lines, more edge which keeps it brighter and more lifted. The energy bubbles underneath and is brilliantly juicy. Red flowers and crisp red currants. A polished, more pure feel. Good. Drinking range: 2021 - 2029L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 LATRICIÈRES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

2017 LATRICIÈRES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

An impressive start here with really good push and drive. A leaner cleaner core. The scrubbed, textured core of fruit is pushed firmly on by the lovely mineral energy here. Exciting ride and bounce.An impressive start here with really good push and drive. A leaner cleaner core. The scrubbed, textured core of fruit is pushed firmly on by the lovely mineral energy here. Exciting ride and bounce. This is impressive. Very pure fruit is dark and yet glossy - but well wrapped up for now. More compact and more serious than the Charmes or Echezeaux at this stage. Impressive. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 GRANDS ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

2017 GRANDS ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

Tasted after the Echezeaux - this certainly is a broader beast. Loaded with sweeter fruit, a swirl of red berries and spice kept lifted enough by a vein of lovely, tingling acidity. For now there isTasted after the Echezeaux - this certainly is a broader beast. Loaded with sweeter fruit, a swirl of red berries and spice kept lifted enough by a vein of lovely, tingling acidity. For now there is a tightish middle but well crafted with pure and richly scented fruit. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 MAZIS CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

2017 MAZIS CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

On the nose there is a really attractive note of cassis essence here, which follows to the palate with a regal feeling. Richly ripe and a supple breadth - but with a fine-grained texture and gentleOn the nose there is a really attractive note of cassis essence here, which follows to the palate with a regal feeling. Richly ripe and a supple breadth - but with a fine-grained texture and gentle grip that just holds this ample and rich weight of deep, red fruit. Impressive tension keeps it alive and with great ping. Yes. The power and velvety push is very enchanting. Drinking range: 2019 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHAMBERTIN CLOS DE BÈZE Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

2017 CHAMBERTIN CLOS DE BÈZE Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

After tasting the Mazis the immediate feel here is softer, but there is some leather and more restraint to the fruit. This is bright and has good powdered energy. a chalky drive keeps it so fresh -After tasting the Mazis the immediate feel here is softer, but there is some leather and more restraint to the fruit. This is bright and has good powdered energy. a chalky drive keeps it so fresh - but there is a racy sleekness to the red and purple fruit. Good and intense. Smart stuff indeed. Drinking range: 2020 - 2029L&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 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 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 CLOS VOUGEOT Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

30% Whole-Bunch and 30% New Oak. Picked between 8-11 September. Firmish feel with good grip and concentration. Quite ripe middle to the juice. and good intent. Charming for sure and with good gentle30% Whole-Bunch and 30% New Oak. Picked between 8-11 September. Firmish feel with good grip and concentration. Quite ripe middle to the juice. and good intent. Charming for sure and with good gentle push. This is unmistakably Grand Cru. Oozing class and determined drive with with a very 2017 soft appeal. Their fruit comes from the middle of the Clos - near the abandoned house (La Follie) - which they co-own with Etienne de Montille. Very good. 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

The 2017 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru was picked on September 13 with around 35% whole cluster fruit. This has a generous, pure bouquet of black and blue fruit, delineated and focused if not quite asThe 2017 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru was picked on September 13 with around 35% whole cluster fruit. This has a generous, pure bouquet of black and blue fruit, delineated and focused if not quite as complex as the best Bonnes-Mares. The palate is sappy on the entry with grippy dark berry fruit, lightly spiced and quite sinewy. This year I prefer the femininity and terroir expression displayed by the Les Amoureuses. Not bad, but not my favorite among Drouhin’s Grand Crus. Two barrels produced. Drinking range: 2022 - 2040 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Jan 2019)

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2017 LE MUSIGNY Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 LE MUSIGNY Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

Mid cherry red. A gorgeous mid-point between aromatic and withheld. On the palate this is generous, packed with lovely spiced red and dark-red fruit but all firm and chewy at the moment. Not notablyMid cherry red. A gorgeous mid-point between aromatic and withheld. On the palate this is generous, packed with lovely spiced red and dark-red fruit but all firm and chewy at the moment. Not notably fresh but the freshness is in balance with all the other components. Deep and embryonic with amazing length. Drinking range: 2027 - 2047 Rating: 19+ Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Dec 2018)

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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 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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2017 RICHEBOURG Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

2017 RICHEBOURG Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

The vineyard dates from 1931 although inevitably some of the vines had to be replanted after the war. Thibault explains he feels Richebourg can walk a tricky line between power and elegance. He saysThe vineyard dates from 1931 although inevitably some of the vines had to be replanted after the war. Thibault explains he feels Richebourg can walk a tricky line between power and elegance. He says he finds it can even be a bit blocky when young - but for Thibault the whole bunch element really helps join up the conflicting elements you can get in Richebourg, and this year he's included 30% Whole bunch - his highest level ever. Tasted after the Les St Georges - this impresses with more power, more grip, more intensity. Ripe fruit in the middle heavy with dark and sweet berries. Good, juicy acidity and the fine tannins soften on the finish. Nicely sculpted fruit with some ping and push. Its all here and this is an impressive, sophisticated Grand Cru. Drinking range: 2023 - 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.

2017 CLOS DES LAMBRAYS Grand Cru Domaine des Lambrays

2017 CLOS DES LAMBRAYS Grand Cru Domaine des Lambrays

Lovely quite aristocratic nose, petals and dark leafy aromas backed by sophisticated fruit. This is good, really good. A lovely gentle intensity, but with grace and yet energy too. Super drive. SuchLovely quite aristocratic nose, petals and dark leafy aromas backed by sophisticated fruit. This is good, really good. A lovely gentle intensity, but with grace and yet energy too. Super drive. Such fine dusting of tannin they are barely there. A seamless, polished wine but still laden with detail and character. Boris was fascinating about the details of his wine-making here. The wine finished its Malo early, by December 1st 2017. He thinks that whole bunch fermentation releases potassium and other nutrients that are good for the bacteria - and this accelerates the process. He thinks you should go with this flow - not try and cool the cellar and slow down the natural process. Whatever he's up to it is certainly working. This may be a 'big ticket' wine - but it is well worth your consideration as it will offer fabulous mid to long term drinking. Smart. Drinking range: 2023 - 2031L&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 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 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 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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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 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2017 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN 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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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 MAZIS CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2017 MAZIS CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

100% Whole Bunch. They have 3 parcels here, the most important of which is more than 90 years old - and this makes up over half of the final blend, while the others are 75 and 50+. So pure. So100% Whole Bunch. They have 3 parcels here, the most important of which is more than 90 years old - and this makes up over half of the final blend, while the others are 75 and 50+. So pure. So intense though. It is light on its feet but the density is extraordinary, the concentration off the charts. And yet still a litheness and a power. It drives on, laden with dark red fruits, some forest bramble and violets but green leaf too and some tobacco. Really intense, drier feel than the Mazoyeres. Complex and firm. Incredible mass and mineral energy - mega wine. This will need time. Drinking range: 2024 - 2040L&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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2017 MAZOYÈRES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2017 MAZOYÈRES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

After the Charmes Chambertin, this is more serious. Less flash and flourish, but at its heart is some beautifully focused, darker fruit. More structured, spicier, and still richly velvety, even withAfter the Charmes Chambertin, this is more serious. Less flash and flourish, but at its heart is some beautifully focused, darker fruit. More structured, spicier, and still richly velvety, even with just a hint of fruit sweetness. The minerality builds and there is a dusty scrape of tannin. More direct - more restrained for now. A wilder exrpression and more about structural force, impressive length - rather wonderful. Drinking range: 2024 - 2035L&S(Nov 2018)

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