The Burgundy Briefing

Sarah Marsh MW's Burgundy Briefing recommendations contain plenty of things in our offer. She had particularly good things to say about the wines of Domaine Perrot-Minot and we couldn't agree more! Click on each wine to see all the reviews.

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Domaine Rémi Jobard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2017 MEURSAULT 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 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 VOLNAY Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 VOLNAY Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

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

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2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Chevrets Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Chevrets Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

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

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2017 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 de Courcel

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

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

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

2017 POMMARD Vaumuriens Domaine de Courcel

2017 POMMARD Vaumuriens Domaine de Courcel

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

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2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Fremiers Domaine de Courcel

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Fremiers Domaine de Courcel

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

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2017 POMMARD 1er Cru 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 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 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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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 RUCHOTTES CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

2017 RUCHOTTES CHAMBERTIN Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

No change here really in terms of quantity as conditions throughtout the season were kind. They say that the whole of Gevery Chambertin was not touched by frost in 2016 nor 2017. After the EchezeauxNo change here really in terms of quantity as conditions throughtout the season were kind. They say that the whole of Gevery Chambertin was not touched by frost in 2016 nor 2017. After the Echezeaux this is immediately more intense, with a good, dark feel. More gloss and weight to the fruit core though. This is heady and has a great luxurious sweep to it some how. There's a mineral undertow too, gently persistent which adds freshness and length. Impressive stuff, gloriously fine and with succulent drive, and a gentle notch more robust than the Chambolle. 70% New Wood. They have 0.60 of a hectare in this plot which they share with two others - Rousseau and Roumier. Their parcel is in 'Ruchottes du Bas' with the forest right behind them, an erstwhile protector of the vines there from extreme conditions. Drinking range: 2021 - 2029L&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 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 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Orveaux des Bussières Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY Orveaux des Bussières Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

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

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2017 VOSNE ROMANÉE Champs Perdrix Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

2017 VOSNE ROMANÉE Champs Perdrix Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

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

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

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

This is gorgeously succulent on the nose. It is elegant and juicy and floral on the attack. Intense and fresh in the middle - lovely depth with no over richness. Rippling bolt of satin. The finishThis is gorgeously succulent on the nose. It is elegant and juicy and floral on the attack. Intense and fresh in the middle - lovely depth with no over richness. Rippling bolt of satin. The finish is very persistent, delightfully floral and fresh. It has structure and grace. Rating: 19.85 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Dec 2018)

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