Jancis Robinson - White

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 'GV' Macon Vergisson La Roche from Domaine Daniel Barraud to Corton Charlemagne from Domaine Joseph Drouhin. 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 Denis Pommier

Founded when the Pommiers inherited 2 hectares of vines in 1990. Isabelle and Denis bottled their first wine in 1994 and now have 18 hectares of vineyards, which are run according to biodynamic principles (which have sadly cost them dearly in terms of lost crop in 2016 and 2017).

The Petit Chablis is a model of brisk freshness - made entirely in stainless steel - while the Premier Crus benefit from a small amount of barrel-fermentation and élevage. The Troësmes (a small parcel within the larger premier cru 'Beauroy' which the Pommiers think deserves to be identified by its correct name) is relatively rounder, while the Côte de Léchet is the one for fans of the slatier, crystalline side of minerality. Keep either of the premiers crus four to six years.

2017 CHABLIS 1er Cru Troësmes Domaine Denis Pommier

2017 CHABLIS 1er Cru Troësmes Domaine Denis Pommier

Brighter still than the Croix aux Moines - this has lovely mineral push and lots of citrus ping. Intense. More zest and pith - but joyously fresh and finishes with a nicely saline line. A tightishBrighter still than the Croix aux Moines - this has lovely mineral push and lots of citrus ping. Intense. More zest and pith - but joyously fresh and finishes with a nicely saline line. A tightish finish - nice tension and poise here.L&S(Oct 2018)

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Domaine Moreau-Naudet

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

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

2017 CHABLIS 1er Cru Forêts Domaine Moreau-Naudet

2017 CHABLIS 1er Cru Forêts Domaine Moreau-Naudet

This is impressive. Very mineral, a heft of oyster and chalk but surrounded by a thin crisp layer of lime juice and pithy lemon. There is brooding weight - but today from the tank this is pure andThis is impressive. Very mineral, a heft of oyster and chalk but surrounded by a thin crisp layer of lime juice and pithy lemon. There is brooding weight - but today from the tank this is pure and powerfully muscular Chablis. Delicious. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 CHABLIS 1er Cru Montmains Domaine Moreau-Naudet

2017 CHABLIS 1er Cru Montmains Domaine Moreau-Naudet

Tasted in October from the tank - the nose is more subdued here than on the Vaillons. And yet the feel here is richer and weightier. Great breadth in the mouth. The mineral side of this is serious,Tasted in October from the tank - the nose is more subdued here than on the Vaillons. And yet the feel here is richer and weightier. Great breadth in the mouth. The mineral side of this is serious, clean and scrubbed - this has a suedey texture to finish and lovely soft spice. Impressive impact.L&S(Oct 2018)

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Domaine Drouhin Vaudon

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

2017 CHABLIS Grand Cru Les Clos Domaine Drouhin Vaudon

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

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Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

Frantz Chagnoleau and his wife Caroline Gon, who is also the winemaker at the Comte Lafon Mâcon operation, are rising stars of the Mâconnais. Together they have a small domaine consisting of 3.5 hectares of Mâcon in a single block in Saint Albain, and several small plots in Viré Clessé, Saint Véran and Pouilly Fuissé, making up 6.8 hectares in total. All the vineyards are organically farmed (Ecocert certified).

Great care is taken at harvest to pick at the optimum monent for sugars, acidity and aromatic precursors, and they will stop the picking between parcels if they think that the ripening is not even across the whole domaine. Grapes are manually picked into 25kg cases, so as to get whole, undamaged grapes to the winery. After careful pressing, a very non-interventionist vinifcation takes place with natural yeasts in oak foudres.

The wines are kept on the lees to preserve freshness until the beginning of summer, when they are racked and lightly filtered, before bottling before the next harvest, except for some of the top wines which are aged for another six months in tank in order to develop fully. The wines are expressive and pure and well worth seeking out.

In 2017 they started picking on the 25th August, which was just as well, because acidities dropped after the 70-80mm of rain which fell on the 2nd and 3rd of September. Good ripeness (13.5% max) and good acidities. The vines did not suffer as they had in 2015 - there was more water. Frantz feels that there is more concentration and aroma than in 2011, and wines which are more accessible young than the 2016s.

2017 VIRÉ-CLESSÉ Les Raspillières Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

2017 VIRÉ-CLESSÉ Les Raspillières Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

Planted in 2005. A 30% slope and poor soil, thin at the top. Originally planted with Gamay, it was abandoned after phylloxera, then brought back from being scrubland by a forester who was passionatePlanted in 2005. A 30% slope and poor soil, thin at the top. Originally planted with Gamay, it was abandoned after phylloxera, then brought back from being scrubland by a forester who was passionate about wine and who realised it had once been a vineyard. Lovely greenish colour, taut and fresh yet gorgeously generous too - good acidity, and a touch of salinity. It's a late-ripening place, the fruit is green and sappy, with a bright citrussy length. L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 SAINT VÉRAN Prélude Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

2017 SAINT VÉRAN Prélude Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

Aged in a 50-50 mix of foudres and demi-muids. Prelude is an assemblage of four plots in the communes of Prissé and Chasselas, with vines up to fifty years old. All these are the first to be pickedAged in a 50-50 mix of foudres and demi-muids. Prelude is an assemblage of four plots in the communes of Prissé and Chasselas, with vines up to fifty years old. All these are the first to be picked in the domaine. Similar greenish colour, more reserved on the nose than the Mâcon, a finer, less exuberant style - good acidity and delicacy - not that it lacks power - a lovely classy, mineral-shaded wine.L&S(Oct 2018)

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Domaine Daniel Barraud

Daniel and Martine Barraud, now joined by their son Julien, have vineyards in Vergisson that are mostly high up under the famous rock (Vergisson lies between the two dramatic cliffs of the rocks of Solutré and Vergisson). The vineyards here are significantly higher than those of Fuissé, and are consequently later-ripening, and the wines often have a more solid structure - but all of Daniel's wines have their own character, from the Puligny-like directness of the La Roche to the fat richness of the 'en Buland', via the mineral force of the Crays.

All the wines are made keeping close to the tenets of bio-dynamics - not as Daniel says for the sake of it - but because over the generations experience has taught them these principles really are the best way forward - as such they only ever bottle on a waning moon, All the wines see some barrel ageing apart from the Chaintré, which is aged in foudre (2/3) and tank.

As Allen Meadows wrote in 2014 in Burghound "I have said this before, but I will say it again: no one makes better wine in the Mâconnais than Barraud. There are a few domaines that produce wines that are sometimes just as good, ... but none of them surpasses the quality he consistently produces. If you aren’t familiar with the wines, you owe it to yourself and your pocketbook to check them out." (www.Burghound.com).

2017 MÂCON VERGISSON La Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud

2017 MÂCON VERGISSON La Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud

As usual the class if this vineyard on the slopes of the rock of Vergisson itself shows through in a concentrated and mineral wine. There's a core of creamy almond, lovely richness and freshness andAs usual the class if this vineyard on the slopes of the rock of Vergisson itself shows through in a concentrated and mineral wine. There's a core of creamy almond, lovely richness and freshness and power and a touch of saline which adds even more to the fresh savoury finish. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 POUILLY FUISSÉ Alliance-Vergisson Domaine Daniel Barraud

2017 POUILLY FUISSÉ Alliance-Vergisson Domaine Daniel Barraud

Pale, green-tinted gold. Suave and really 'together' this year, a nice harmony of pear and citrus flesh fruit. It comes from three vineyards around the village of Vergisson, with lots of old vines.Pale, green-tinted gold. Suave and really 'together' this year, a nice harmony of pear and citrus flesh fruit. It comes from three vineyards around the village of Vergisson, with lots of old vines. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 POUILLY FUISSÉ sur la Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud

2017 POUILLY FUISSÉ sur la Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud

After the Crays this also has a shy nose and the same supple, glassy, transparent purity of feel. Again, the mineral power and an extra saline drive - this is yet more savoury. A superb example ofAfter the Crays this also has a shy nose and the same supple, glassy, transparent purity of feel. Again, the mineral power and an extra saline drive - this is yet more savoury. A superb example of this site. Drinking range: 2021 - 2029L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 POUILLY FUISSÉ Vieilles Vignes En Buland Domaine Daniel Barraud

2017 POUILLY FUISSÉ Vieilles Vignes En Buland Domaine Daniel Barraud

En Buland is like La Roche with a touch of la Verchère, and then more than either of them. Big and bold on the palate after a shy and retiring nose. Savoury, saline and voluminously ripe too. IntenseEn Buland is like La Roche with a touch of la Verchère, and then more than either of them. Big and bold on the palate after a shy and retiring nose. Savoury, saline and voluminously ripe too. Intense all the way through, the most complete of all, and very long. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

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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 Blanc 1er Cru Crausot Domaine François Lumpp

2017 GIVRY Blanc 1er Cru Crausot Domaine François Lumpp

A more intense, driven quality to the Premier cru, this has a natural elegance and juicy length along with a greater intensity of fruit concentration.A more intense, driven quality to the Premier cru, this has a natural elegance and juicy length along with a greater intensity of fruit concentration. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025L&S(Jan 2019)

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Domaine Joseph Colin

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

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

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

2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru En Rémilly Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru En Rémilly Domaine Joseph Colin

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

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Chenevottes Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Chenevottes Domaine Joseph Colin

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

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Joseph Colin

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

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru La Garenne Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru La Garenne Domaine Joseph Colin

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

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Domaine Hubert Lamy

A domaine with 18.5 hectares of vines - 80% are Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. The vines are spread over Saint-Aubin, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay. Olivier Lamy's wine-making style and preference is to emphasise the fresh and the mineral side of his wines, and in 2017, there is again no new wood in the cellar, and that is with the wines in 600 litre demi-muids rather that the classic Burgundy (225 litre) fût. Certainly Oliver's whites do have an arrow-like purity and intensity, and seem to age completely straight and true.

The 2017 whites have all the freshness that you'd expect here. The reds are worth more than a casual mention too. Olivier has been getting some consultation help from Sylvain Pataille, and the wines have energy and bounce along with the supple tannins and ripeness. 2017 brought no relief from the recent small harvests - thanks to early frosts which nipped the buds, yields were 10-20hl/ha in the Bourgogne and village Saint Aubins, so volumes are still decidedly short.

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

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2017 SAINT AUBIN Princée Domaine Hubert Lamy

2017 SAINT AUBIN Princée Domaine Hubert Lamy

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

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2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Frionnes Domaine Hubert Lamy

2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Frionnes Domaine Hubert Lamy

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

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Tremblots Domaine Hubert Lamy

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Tremblots Domaine Hubert Lamy

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

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

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

Very rich nose and much broader than the village St-Aubin. Exciting density and apparently potential.Very rich nose and much broader than the village St-Aubin. Exciting density and apparently potential. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2019)

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Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

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

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

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

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

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Noyers Brets Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Noyers Brets Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Aromas of green apple, toasted nuts, white flowers and almond paste introduce the 2017 Puligny-Montrachet Noyers Brets, a medium to full-bodied wine that's elegantly textural and nicely concentrated,Aromas of green apple, toasted nuts, white flowers and almond paste introduce the 2017 Puligny-Montrachet Noyers Brets, a medium to full-bodied wine that's elegantly textural and nicely concentrated, with succulent acids and a long, pure finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 90 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Jan 2019)

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

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

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

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2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Domaine Rémi Jobard

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

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

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

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2017 MEURSAULT Luraule Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT Luraule Domaine Rémi Jobard

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

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2017 MEURSAULT Narvaux Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT Narvaux Domaine Rémi Jobard

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

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2017 MEURSAULT Chevalières Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT Chevalières Domaine Rémi Jobard

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

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2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzot Dessus Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzot Dessus Domaine Rémi Jobard

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

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2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Genevrières Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Genevrières Domaine Rémi Jobard

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

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Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

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

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Like the Champs Canet this is again on the Meursault side. Brighter, juicier with great pep to the citrus fruit. Some grip builds, some attractive texture This is concentrated - but fun and flowsLike the Champs Canet this is again on the Meursault side. Brighter, juicier with great pep to the citrus fruit. Some grip builds, some attractive texture This is concentrated - but fun and flows with good Puligny feel. Clean as a whistle, powerful and with lovely, tightly wound for now, joyous succulent fruit in its core.L&S(Oct 2018)

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Domaine Henri Boillot

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

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

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

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

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

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Genevrières Domaine Henri Boillot

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Genevrières Domaine Henri Boillot

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

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

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

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

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Domaine Faiveley

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

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Les Champgains Domaine Faiveley

A very nice intense aniseed aroma. This is fresh and long and pure and tight. I like this a lot. tense and long finish.A very nice intense aniseed aroma. This is fresh and long and pure and tight. I like this a lot. tense and long finish. Rating: 18.15 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Dec 2018)

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Joseph Drouhin

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

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Joseph Drouhin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Domaine Joseph Drouhin

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

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

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

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

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2017 BEAUNE 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 BEAUNE 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Joseph Drouhin

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

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2017 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Propriétés Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Propriétés Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

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

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Domaine des Lambrays

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

Boris Champy has now taken over from Thierry Brouin as régisseur, and the team continues to do a magnificent job at this monopole Grand Cru vineyard which is very well-placed next to Clos de Tart at the top of the village of Morey-Saint-Denis. The wines are opulent and rich yet still well-defined and freshly fragrant, and there's a tiny volume of top-notch Puligny too. 2017 is a 'New Classic Vintage' says Boris - and there certainly is a sophisticated charm to all the wines - classically shaped but with that extra bite of sheer pleasure.

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Folatières Domaine des Lambrays

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Folatières Domaine des Lambrays

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

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