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Here is a list of the wines from our 2017 Burgundy en primeur offer that Jancis Robinson and the Purple Pages team rated 16.5 points or higher. It ranges from some outstanding value village wines, like the superb 2017 Mercurey Vieilles Vignes from Domaine François Raquillet to the rather grander Grand Crus from Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py and Perrot-Minot. Click on each wine to see all the reviews.

For a full list of the top wines of which we still have availability have a look at our Last Chance Whites and Last Chance Reds lists.


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Domaine François Raquillet

The Chalonnais proved to be a happy hunting ground for the 2017 vintage and Mercurey was no exception. Francois produces a number of different labels from 11 hectares of mainly old vines and has recently been concentrating on reducing yields and increasing the quality of oak barrels. One might think that all this would send prices shooting north, however, this producer remains one of the true bargains in Burgundy. The 2017 vintage was a pleasure to taste and will be an immediate hit for our not so patient clients! Energy, pretty fruit, mineral and structure. These wines are excellent options for early to medium term drinking.
2017 MERCUREY Vieilles Vignes Domaine François Raquillet

2017 MERCUREY Vieilles Vignes Domaine François Raquillet

2017 Mercurey, Vieilles Vignes, is a notch up the ladder from the (Bourgogne Rouge) and it is balanced, full and will age well over the short term. With crunchy tannins and bright red cherry fruit2017 Mercurey, Vieilles Vignes, is a notch up the ladder from the (Bourgogne Rouge) and it is balanced, full and will age well over the short term. With crunchy tannins and bright red cherry fruit this is a lovely wine. Rating: 17+ L&S(Jan 2019)

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Domaine François Lumpp

François Lumpp started as a grower in the family domaine in 1977, but then separated from his brother and set up on his own with four hectares of vines in 1991. He and his wife Isabelle have gradually grown the vineyard to reach nine and a half hectares. They are delighted that they have now been joined by two of their children, Pierre and Anne-Cécile.

François is a passionate viticulturalist and places great emphasis on making the wine in the vineyards, which are farmed with minimum intervention to allow the terroir to express itself fully. In practice this means very careful choice of plant material to give the highest quality results (often at the expense of yield).

2017 has produced a very generous style for both the whites and the reds in Givry making the tasting from barrel extremely enjoyable. The reds are dominated by rich, glossy dark fruit and fresh acidity. It is no surprise that Tim Atkin described Francois Lumpp as the 'the best producer in Givry.' High praise indeed and luckily for us, this has not been reflected in the price - the Lumpp wines still offers great value for money.

2017 GIVRY 1er Cru Clos Jus Domaine François Lumpp

2017 GIVRY 1er Cru Clos Jus Domaine François Lumpp

70% new wood. A little more obvious oak on the nose than the Crausot. Good intensity on the palate. The bright, black cherry, sweet, dark fruit is weighty but kept in check by some grippy tannin and70% new wood. A little more obvious oak on the nose than the Crausot. Good intensity on the palate. The bright, black cherry, sweet, dark fruit is weighty but kept in check by some grippy tannin and energetic acidity. The wine has a serious feel to it - slightly leaner. Impressive. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 GIVRY 1er Cru Crausot Domaine François Lumpp

2017 GIVRY 1er Cru Crausot Domaine François Lumpp

Lovely dark rich fruit - mainly sweet blackberry, with a fresh raspberry topnote. Joyful and hedonistic, smooth and dense. Rolls across the mouth seductively. The tannins take a back seat here. ALovely dark rich fruit - mainly sweet blackberry, with a fresh raspberry topnote. Joyful and hedonistic, smooth and dense. Rolls across the mouth seductively. The tannins take a back seat here. A hint of mineral in the background. Lovely length in which the fruit flavours all roll around each other. Drinking range: 2021 - 2028L&S(Oct 2018)

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Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

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

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

Laurent has always managed to pack in a lot alongside his running of the vineyard. He has a sophisticated microlight which he flies to all corners of France, he keeps and hunts hawks, and conducts the Chassagne brass band as well as dabbling in Mayoral duties - on top of being a father of three, Anaïs, Adrien and Eugène. They are all mad about the alps and disappear up the mountains at regular intervals.

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

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

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

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Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

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

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

2017 BEAUNE 1er Cru Reversées Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

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

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2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Clos des Angles Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Clos des Angles Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

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

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2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Épenots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Épenots Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

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

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Domaine Comte Armand

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

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

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

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

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

2017 AUXEY DURESSES Domaine Comte Armand

2017 AUXEY DURESSES Domaine Comte Armand

All this comes from one parcel of 35-65 year old vines. From a clay rich vineyard. No whole bunch is used. This is pretty but has a nice grippy intensity too. Paul has allowed quite a long macerationAll this comes from one parcel of 35-65 year old vines. From a clay rich vineyard. No whole bunch is used. This is pretty but has a nice grippy intensity too. Paul has allowed quite a long maceration - he wanted to do this to add depth a total of 4 weeks of maceration, after fermentation. Nice cherry flesh and some perky skin bite too. Grip and structure in place. As yet this is unfined and Paul says he will fine it gently, which will soften the firmish tannins a tad. Drinking range: 2019 - 2024L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 AUXEY DURESSES 1er Cru Domaine Comte Armand

2017 AUXEY DURESSES 1er Cru Domaine Comte Armand

This comes from two different plots, each with very different terroirs. 40% from Bertrands which is made up of lots of limestone and adds real finesse. The remaining 60% comes from the Bas deThis comes from two different plots, each with very different terroirs. 40% from Bertrands which is made up of lots of limestone and adds real finesse. The remaining 60% comes from the Bas de Duresses which has deeper soil, more clay. This adds the depth and weight to the blend. Paul is not planning to fine nor filter this and you can see why. There is good density and great energy. Really joyously vibrant, but it is hard not to like the nicely ripe fruit too. This is measured and has good push with pretty red fruit. A great Auxey. L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 VOLNAY Domaine Comte Armand

2017 VOLNAY Domaine Comte Armand

Pale crimson. Juicy, fruity sort of nose. Less structure than the Auxey-Duresses Premier Cru. Big and almost blowsy. Some heat on the endPale crimson. Juicy, fruity sort of nose. Less structure than the Auxey-Duresses Premier Cru. Big and almost blowsy. Some heat on the end Drinking range: 2022 - 2029 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2019)

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2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Fremiets Domaine Comte Armand

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Fremiets Domaine Comte Armand

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

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2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Clos des Épeneaux Domaine Comte Armand

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Clos des Épeneaux Domaine Comte Armand

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

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Domaine de Courcel

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

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

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

2017 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine de Courcel

2017 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine de Courcel

This has guts and bite. Nice grippy intensity. Great dark fruit. Full of black currant and plum skin. sleek tannins and juicy too. Impressive punch and savour for a Bourgogne.This has guts and bite. Nice grippy intensity. Great dark fruit. Full of black currant and plum skin. sleek tannins and juicy too. Impressive punch and savour for a Bourgogne. Drinking range: 2020 - 2024L&S(Nov 2018)

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

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

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

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2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine de Courcel

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine de Courcel

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

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Domaine Henri Boillot

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

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

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

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

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

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Chevrets Domaine Henri Boillot

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Chevrets Domaine Henri Boillot

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

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2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Fremiets Domaine Henri Boillot

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Fremiets Domaine Henri Boillot

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

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Domaine de la Douaix

Mark and Gilles Moustie are Belgians, huge fans of wine and in particular Burgundy. The family rented a gite for many years in the Hautes Côtes village of Arcenant, straight up the hill to the west of Nuits Saint Georges, and gently graduated from buying wines at domaines up and down the Côte to wanting to make the wine themselves. Eventually they bought some vines and a house with cellars, and set to.

Most of their wines are from vines they own, but they do make a little wine from bought-in fruit to supplement what is still a tiny domaine. It is his Gilles who is hands-on on a daily basis and is really running the domaine now with ever-growing confidence and the wines seem to improve year on year. He is now working organically across the domaine.

There is lovely fruit in these 2017s, as well as the depth and gutsiness which attracted us to this domaine in the first place.

2017 ALOXE CORTON Domaine de la Douaix

2017 ALOXE CORTON Domaine de la Douaix

This was not in a 'tastable' state when we visited the cellar in November so it was great to try it with Gilles at our London tasting in January. Feels quite serious, great hold and intensity. GoodThis was not in a 'tastable' state when we visited the cellar in November so it was great to try it with Gilles at our London tasting in January. Feels quite serious, great hold and intensity. Good maturity to the fruit - yet still retains that firm drive. The appetising core is deliciously dark and has a good note of sinewy intensity that adds real savour and a delicious new angle to the more plump fruit weight. A fun-packed, yet serious and ambitious Aloxe Corton that certainly delivers. A good new addition to the focused range here. Drinking range: 2022 - 2027L&S(Jan 2019)

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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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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 Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 BEAUNE Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Joseph Drouhin

Tasted after the 1er Cru 'Cras' Beaune - and this is a pleasing step up. The Clos des Mouches is brighter and more minerality driven.With a dense, focused red fruit compote at the core, gilded by aTasted after the 1er Cru 'Cras' Beaune - and this is a pleasing step up. The Clos des Mouches is brighter and more minerality driven.With a dense, focused red fruit compote at the core, gilded by a darker line of blackberry and soft plum flesh - and a nicely textured scratchy weight as the tannins buid. Good drive and good feel too. 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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2017 POMMARD Vieilles Vignes La Levrière Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2017 POMMARD Vieilles Vignes La Levrière Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

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

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Domaine de la Douaix

Mark and Gilles Moustie are Belgians, huge fans of wine and in particular Burgundy. The family rented a gite for many years in the Hautes Côtes village of Arcenant, straight up the hill to the west of Nuits Saint Georges, and gently graduated from buying wines at domaines up and down the Côte to wanting to make the wine themselves. Eventually they bought some vines and a house with cellars, and set to.

Most of their wines are from vines they own, but they do make a little wine from bought-in fruit to supplement what is still a tiny domaine. It is his Gilles who is hands-on on a daily basis and is really running the domaine now with ever-growing confidence and the wines seem to improve year on year. He is now working organically across the domaine.

There is lovely fruit in these 2017s, as well as the depth and gutsiness which attracted us to this domaine in the first place.

2017 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Vieilles Vignes Domaine de la Douaix

2017 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Vieilles Vignes Domaine de la Douaix

Although this has certainly 'put on weight' since we tasted in November this retains a positive, fresh feel - lots of nice pretty fruit. Soft, richer strawberry juice and some good earthy spice too.Although this has certainly 'put on weight' since we tasted in November this retains a positive, fresh feel - lots of nice pretty fruit. Soft, richer strawberry juice and some good earthy spice too. The delicate feel we noted in November has been replaced by a slightly more weighty and satisfying core. Not massive but a good depth of fruit and very nicely delivered. Gilles explains that even at this level they do really do try and intensify things here and get the most out of their vineyards. He evidently feels they need to make serious wines wherever they can as they lack premier or grand cru sites. This is fun but also quite a sophisticated starter here. Drinking range: 2019 - 2026L&S(Jan 2019)

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2017 CÔTE DE NUITS VILLAGES Vieilles Vignes Domaine de la Douaix

2017 CÔTE DE NUITS VILLAGES Vieilles Vignes Domaine de la Douaix

this is a true Old Vine' cuvée coming from 2 plots - one is 75 years old the other is more than 85. Riper and sweeter attack than the Terre Nobles. Really quite primary when tasted in November, andthis is a true Old Vine' cuvée coming from 2 plots - one is 75 years old the other is more than 85. Riper and sweeter attack than the Terre Nobles. Really quite primary when tasted in November, and there is a more robust feel. In the mid-palate the fruit tightens up a tad. Fine tannins are more present. There is nice complexity and layers of flavourful brambling fruit that spread across the palate. Yet this is firmer for sure. and has really impressive density and drive. These old vines have such long roots that it helps them cope with hydric stress and drought like the hot back end of 2017. Impressive stuff - a grandeur and stature to the wine that belies its humble appellation status. Better from 2021. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027L&S(Jan 2019)

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Domaine Thierry Mortet

The domaine dates back to 1992, when Domaine Charles Mortet was split between Thierry and his brother Denis, and Thierry set up on his own with just 4 hectares of vines. Today he has 7.3 ha, of which 6 are red and 1.3 white. Only 4.36 hectares are Gevrey or Chambolle, the rest being a small parcel of Marsannay Blanc and regionals - Bourgogne Rouge and Blanc, Aligoté and Passetoutgrain.

Thierry continues to be praised in the French press without ever quite seeming to crack the influential American journalists. It may be simply because he is a bit short of fancy appellations - one little cuvée of Grand Cru would no doubt do his reputation a lot of good - but might also put his prices up, and these remain very modest.

In the vineyard, Thierry has been certified organic since 2007, but really this was just an official stamp on what had been the practices of the domaine since the beginning, and he is working towards biodynamic certification. In the cellar, the grapes are entirely de-stemmed, and given four or five days of cold maceration are followed by the fermentation, with just a touch of cooling to keep the temperature around 31-33C (below 35, at least), and two pigeages a day. The total time in vat can be as little as 17 days. The wines then go into barrel, all second use or older for the Bourgogne, with 30% new wood on the Gevrey, and 50% on the Clos Prieur, for a period of around sixteen months.

Thierry's wines are fine and precise, tangy and long, never massive, but not insubstantial all the same.

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2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Domaine Thierry Mortet

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Domaine Thierry Mortet

Pretty and bright in the glass. Fresh and perky attack. Nice crisp edge to the bright red fruit. Some grip, some drive and dabs of nice peppy red berries. Some strawberry flesh and a fine suedey rubPretty and bright in the glass. Fresh and perky attack. Nice crisp edge to the bright red fruit. Some grip, some drive and dabs of nice peppy red berries. Some strawberry flesh and a fine suedey rub of grip that builds and gives a cleanish mineral edge. Peppy Gevrey, lithe and bright. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Vigne Belle Domaine Thierry Mortet

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Vigne Belle Domaine Thierry Mortet

A step up from the village wine with more weight and gloss here. On the palate there is a nice clean wave of fruit. Riper and darker. More blackberry, more restrained for now. Nice focus though -A step up from the village wine with more weight and gloss here. On the palate there is a nice clean wave of fruit. Riper and darker. More blackberry, more restrained for now. Nice focus though - then a tad more closed on the finish at this stage. Smart and quite taut. Not huge breadth but good intensity and flow. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Clos Prieur Domaine Thierry Mortet

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Clos Prieur Domaine Thierry Mortet

That tell-tale 'lift' is here once again - a real hallmark of this cellar. The clear progression from the Vignes Belles leads us here, again brightness - but the fruit has more weight. More breadthThat tell-tale 'lift' is here once again - a real hallmark of this cellar. The clear progression from the Vignes Belles leads us here, again brightness - but the fruit has more weight. More breadth and intensity. We have gone up the ladder for sure and there is a richer feel in the context of Thierry's cellar - but it is measured by a good level of brightness. Focused and fresh. But good drive too. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027L&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.

2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS Rue de Vergy Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS Rue de Vergy Domaine Lignier-Michelot

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

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2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Vieilles Vignes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Vieilles Vignes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

100% Whole Bunch used this year. This comes from two premier cru vineyards - Chatelot and Sentiers. There is a sweet concentration of ripe cassis juice on the nose. But on the palate this is lighter100% Whole Bunch used this year. This comes from two premier cru vineyards - Chatelot and Sentiers. There is a sweet concentration of ripe cassis juice on the nose. But on the palate this is lighter on its toes. More ethereal. Delicate. A good, classic Chambolle feel. Fruit is ripe and sweet but very fine and then there is a touch of dusty mineral lift on the finish that builds well and adds a touch more power, very Chambolle, still fresh and precise, despite the ripeness of the fruit. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027L&S(Nov 2018)

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

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

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

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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 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2017 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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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 SAINT DENIS Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

2017 CLOS SAINT DENIS Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

Yes! More power and ping than the Clos de la Roche. This feels more grown up too, more serious. There is real weight, without the sometimes over-cooked richness that threatens some of the lesserYes! More power and ping than the Clos de la Roche. This feels more grown up too, more serious. There is real weight, without the sometimes over-cooked richness that threatens some of the lesser wines at this domaine. Dark, and a touch of earthy savour. This is not all sleekness and polish - there is good weight, well sculpted fruit and nice intensity with plenty of power. Good energy. A refreshing step in this line-up. Drinking range: 2022 - 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 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 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 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 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Les Fuées Domaine Faiveley

2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Les Fuées Domaine Faiveley

Small wooden tank - all pigeage by foot and 20% whole bunch. Red cherry aroma. Love the texture. Rich, satin texture and there is tension here. The whole bunch brings a minty lift. This has energySmall wooden tank - all pigeage by foot and 20% whole bunch. Red cherry aroma. Love the texture. Rich, satin texture and there is tension here. The whole bunch brings a minty lift. This has energy on the finish. There is ripe fruit and a minty freshness. I like the depth. Chassin (barrels) for this wine. 3 barrels and one is new. Rating: 18.25 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Dec 2018)

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Domaine Joseph Drouhin

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

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

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

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

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2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Les Baudes Joseph Drouhin

2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Les Baudes Joseph Drouhin

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

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2017 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 CHAMBERTIN CLOS DE BÈZE Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 CHAMBERTIN CLOS DE BÈZE Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

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

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2017 BONNES MARES Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 BONNES MARES Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

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

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2017 VOSNE ROMANÉE 1er Cru Petits Monts Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 VOSNE ROMANÉE 1er Cru Petits Monts Domaine Joseph Drouhin

As ever the 'Petits Monts' is one of the stars of the show here. The parcel is high up the slope - above DRCs Richebourg and next to Cros Parentoux - an impressive spot which does notAs ever the 'Petits Monts' is one of the stars of the show here. The parcel is high up the slope - above DRCs Richebourg and next to Cros Parentoux - an impressive spot which does not disappoint. One of the last that they pick as its height means it ripens quite late. The first vintage was 1985 and they really seem to understand the vineyard. The have nailed it once again in 2017. Lovely light middle but good energy is lively with cherry skin and cranberry crunch. There is sap too and riper juice lurking - driven on brilliantly by a fine-line of minerality that weaves its way throughout the well-kempt core. For some of the juice they ferment by 'Vendange Integral'. With whole bunches going in to a 500l puncheon for fermentation. Veronique explains this adds elegance and explains the lightness in colour. This is an superbly elegant wine. Pretty and with a suavely energetic drive. Lithe and bright. Very good. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Les Amoureuses Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Les Amoureuses Domaine Joseph Drouhin

Tasting this delicious wine reminds you why Chambolle is such a great village. This esteemed 1er Cru vineyard gives you everything you can dream of with Chambolle Musigny, Lovely elegant, gentleTasting this delicious wine reminds you why Chambolle is such a great village. This esteemed 1er Cru vineyard gives you everything you can dream of with Chambolle Musigny, Lovely elegant, gentle attack does not lack intensity and there is a ripe feel to the pretty red fruit. - the floral notes build with rose petal and cherry blossom in such a gorgeously gentle, but defined way. The detailing here is gorgeously precise - yet has such a pretty softness too. Really very delicious - aromatic with a fine mineral backdrop - classic, lacy, soft feel and a big step up from their village wine. Refined wine yet this gives simple pleasure. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 LE MUSIGNY Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 LE MUSIGNY Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

(from a .68 ha parcel). As is often the case chez Drouhin, this possesses the spiciest nose in the range with its aromas of red and dark currant, Asian tea, sandalwood and plenty of floral influence.(from a .68 ha parcel). As is often the case chez Drouhin, this possesses the spiciest nose in the range with its aromas of red and dark currant, Asian tea, sandalwood and plenty of floral influence. There is very outstanding depth on the focused and sleekly muscular broad-shouldered flavors that exude a sense of focused power as well as ample minerality before culminating in a strikingly long and well-balanced finish. This is both silky and refined and the natural class of Musigny is very much on parade. Like the Amoureuses, this is a bona fide ‘wow’ wine that should richly reward extended keeping. Drinking range: 2032 - Rating: 96 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Apr 2019)

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Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

The steady progression of this domaine has been fascinating to watch as Thibault gradually refines his approach to each parcel of vines, and there can be no question with the commissioning of his new state of the art cellar this year that the 2016s are among the best he has ever made. Viticulture is biodynamic (since 2005), yields low but not ludicrously low, everything is pragmatic, so that he should be doing just what is necessary and no more. He uses 40-50% new wood maximum, with wood chosen and aged by him, and barrels made with almost no toasting. The wines are bright, pure, focused, aromatic and elegant without lacking anything in the way of stuffing.
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2017 NUITS SAINT GEORGES 1er Cru Les Saint Georges Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

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

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

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2017 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 Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

The sisters Marie-Christine and Marie Andrée have been firmly in control of this exceptional domaine for some years now. With one a pharmacist and the other an oenologist, the domaine was always going to be in safe hands as far as the wine-making was concerned and in 2017, Lucie, Marie-Christine's daughter has joined the team officially. These are top-flight burgundies with that elusive balance of enough concentration allied with delicacy of expression and the capability of ageing well. The exciting news here is that Fabrice Vigot is giving up his métayage, so another four hectares of vines, in Bourgogne, Nuits 'village', Vosne and Échezeaux will come back into the management of the domaine and the amount of wine available should increase a little from 2017 vintage. These wines are as good (and as sought-after) as ever.
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2017 NUITS SAINT GEORGES 1er Cru Chaignots Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

2017 NUITS SAINT GEORGES 1er Cru Chaignots Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

Tasting this after the Vosne Romanée there is a distinctly more primary feeling to the fruit. Ripe, black flesh and some sweet plums too, then a bite of cherry skin which kicks into a fizzing energyTasting this after the Vosne Romanée there is a distinctly more primary feeling to the fruit. Ripe, black flesh and some sweet plums too, then a bite of cherry skin which kicks into a fizzing energy here too. Lovely density, yet with lovely flow. Graceful, but with intent. This is delicious. That red fruit edge on the finish gives a lift and a further bounce of energy. Ripe fruit so well managed and just enough dark edge too to add complexity Drinking range: 2020 - 2026L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Feusselottes Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Feusselottes Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

This year they managed 10 barrels of Chambolle - a great improvement on last year when they filled just 1 after the devastating 2016 frost. The vines were very productive bouncing back from the quietThis year they managed 10 barrels of Chambolle - a great improvement on last year when they filled just 1 after the devastating 2016 frost. The vines were very productive bouncing back from the quiet season last year, having been frosted. To ensure quality and intensity a heavy green harvest was needed. Nose has more meatiness more brawn it would seem. Still beautifully aromatic - but somehow less delicate than you might expect from Chambolle. In a good way though, this has tempo and build. The palate is gorgeous. Rich and polished with mega flow and intent. Lots of great red flesh. Ripe plum and just a splash of darker more intriguing grippy savour too. Drinking range: 2021 - 2028L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 VOSNE ROMANÉE Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

2017 VOSNE ROMANÉE Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

This awesome wine is a blend of all their village parcels. 80% from the plot just behind the domaine which is 3 different parcels and then 5% from Chalandins and then 15% from the 'Combe Blanche' aThis awesome wine is a blend of all their village parcels. 80% from the plot just behind the domaine which is 3 different parcels and then 5% from Chalandins and then 15% from the 'Combe Blanche' a gorgeous richness on the nose. heady and joyful. Palate has more shape and edge to it. There’s a clean lined cut to the core of pert fruit. Blueberry and ripe raspberry - but some dried red petals too. aromatic and lifted. So pretty but not lightweight. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

2017 ÉCHEZEAUX Grand Cru Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

So pretty. Small firmish berries and then beautifully intense fruit core. sweet red juicy is peppy and not too glossy. Nice grip from such super-fine tannins. There is a lift and a clarity to thisSo pretty. Small firmish berries and then beautifully intense fruit core. sweet red juicy is peppy and not too glossy. Nice grip from such super-fine tannins. There is a lift and a clarity to this which is gorgeous. Such poise and flow. Impressive. Not a beast, a genteel, quietly powerful wine with very classy restraint a classic 'house' touch to this Grand Cru. Drinking range: 2021 - 2029L&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 MOREY SAINT DENIS Domaine des Lambrays

2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS Domaine des Lambrays

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

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2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Les Loups Domaine des Lambrays

2017 MOREY SAINT DENIS 1er Cru Les Loups Domaine des Lambrays

This has good weight and a nice soft feel. Just a lick of cool minerality adds a gorgeously fluid feel. Nice rich weight to the soft fruit and perfect ripeness. Darkish berry juice, but flatteringThis has good weight and a nice soft feel. Just a lick of cool minerality adds a gorgeously fluid feel. Nice rich weight to the soft fruit and perfect ripeness. Darkish berry juice, but flattering and crowd pleasing. So smooth and sleek.2017 is the last time this wine will be labelled as Les Loups. With 2018 Boris has taken out one of the three contributing elements; 0.29 of a Ha - (4-5 barrels) Clos Sorbe - so do catch this while you can! Drinking range: 2022 - 2028L&S(Nov 2018)

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

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

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

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2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Justice des Seuvrées Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Justice des Seuvrées Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

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

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

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

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

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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 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

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

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2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Coeur de Roy Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Coeur de Roy Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

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

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2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Évocelles Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Évocelles Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2017 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 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Petite Chapelle Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Petite Chapelle Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

The family have three parcels in Petite Chapelle. One is 80 years old the others are 60 & 50 year old plots. On the nose this makes you sit up and pay attention straight away. This has class and aThe family have three parcels in Petite Chapelle. One is 80 years old the others are 60 & 50 year old plots. On the nose this makes you sit up and pay attention straight away. This has class and a grandeur to it. An immediately impressive edifice of beautiful, firm fruit. Plums and firmer red apple with bite and crunch. So expressive and lovely energetic concentration. This is still quite tightly furled but remains just so aromatic, so well defined and with unbelievable energy. Spice and harmony are revealed as it stays in the mouth. Really pure, and flagrantly joyous. Drinking range: 2022 - 2029L&S(Nov 2018)

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

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

The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin La Perrières 1er Cru comes from a parcel of 70-year old vines and there is just one new 350-litre barrel to go around this year. It has an intense bouquet with brambly redThe 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin La Perrières 1er Cru comes from a parcel of 70-year old vines and there is just one new 350-litre barrel to go around this year. It has an intense bouquet with brambly red fruit, hints of leather and hickory, Moroccan spice emerging with continued aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, a fine bead of acidity, grippy in the mouth with a fig and blackberry finish that leaves a light pepperiness on the aftertaste. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Jan 2019)

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

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

Loic has used between 30% and 50% whole bunch fermentation with all of his 1er Cru wines this year. The Dugat's 1er Cru Fonteny vines are more than 60 years old. This is lovely in the mouth. DarkLoic has used between 30% and 50% whole bunch fermentation with all of his 1er Cru wines this year. The Dugat's 1er Cru Fonteny vines are more than 60 years old. This is lovely in the mouth. Dark fruit expression, but it stays quite taut and mineral. The intense juice really penetrates every corner with a good, bright, pulsing fruit hit. There is fantastic pep and drive. Intense in its blackness. A luxurious feel here great weight and svelte fruit but that buzzing energy is awesome. Really this is an incredibly attractive and engaging wine, 'Almost on rock', says Loïc, 'very straight'. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030L&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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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 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Lavaux Saint Jacques Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py

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

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