William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

In case you didn't know already, William Kelley is now chief Burgundy guru at the Wine Advocate. He has singled out quite a few wines from the L&S offer for particular praise. You can see them all below. Just click on each wine to see all the reviews.

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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.

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2017 CHABLIS Vieilles Vignes Les Pargues Domaine Moreau-Naudet

2017 CHABLIS Vieilles Vignes Les Pargues Domaine Moreau-Naudet

These vines are now more than 60 years old. We tasted this in the cellar with Virginie - there will be a wood-aged element here too once assembled - but we are just tasting from the steelThese vines are now more than 60 years old. We tasted this in the cellar with Virginie - there will be a wood-aged element here too once assembled - but we are just tasting from the steel tanks. Lovely brisk feel, but the fruit is beautifully ripe. Crisp but with depth. Sleek and delicious mineral undertone - a whiff of rock and salt- but the energy just makes you smile. Really good Chablis. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025L&S(Nov 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 Solange Tribut

Solange Tribut is the daughter of Laurent Tribut, whose excellent Chablis we have sold successfully for years, and the niece of the highly regarded Vincent Dauvissat. The family tradition for expressive yet pure Chablis is safe in her hands. Her wines are very classically shaped. Light on their toes - pithy with lovely citrus highs and great clean lines. Super value wines with great heritage.
2017 CHABLIS Domaine Solange Tribut

2017 CHABLIS Domaine Solange Tribut

This had just been bottled and yet is still hugely expressive. Compared to the Laurent Tribut Chablis there is more breadth and sleekness here. The fruit is riper, more apple and pear which leadsThis had just been bottled and yet is still hugely expressive. Compared to the Laurent Tribut Chablis there is more breadth and sleekness here. The fruit is riper, more apple and pear which leads seamlessly to a good saline finish with oyster shell and nice pithy lemon. The fruit all comes from a specific parcel that she bought near Beauroy, very steep but just round the corner from the 1er Cru site.L&S(Oct 2018)

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Domaine Laurent Tribut

Laurent Tribut is married to Vincent Dauvissat's sister, Marie Clotilde. When he started he made his wines in the Dauvissat cellar in Chablis, but now this small family-run domaine is based in Poinchy. You could not hope to meet a more charming and mild-mannered man as Laurent. He is a quiet genius, making some of the purest and most classical wines in the appellation.

This year it was great to get to know three (Solange, Adeline and Gabriel) of Laurent's four children who all now work with him. With his guidance the future here looks very bright. With just 6 hectares the quantities are small - but the quality of all his cuvées is extraordinary. Pure, powerfully driven, classically shaped there is more than a passing similarity to the wines of his brother-in-law the head-line grabbing Vincent Dauvissat. Buyers will enjoy these super wines with some time in bottle too - they have a great ability to age and patience will pay off, we recently tasted the 1er Cru Côte de Léchet 2004 with Laurent in his cellar and it was bright, young and full of vigour - nearly 15 years on. This is brilliant, classic Chablis made by a quiet maestro.

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2017 CHABLIS Domaine Laurent Tribut

2017 CHABLIS Domaine Laurent Tribut

Tasted from the barrel this is beautifully bright, fresh and clean. There is an intensely savoury whiff of iodine and lovely crunched-up shells. A saline undercurrent runs through and is softened byTasted from the barrel this is beautifully bright, fresh and clean. There is an intensely savoury whiff of iodine and lovely crunched-up shells. A saline undercurrent runs through and is softened by some lovely fruit notes of crisp pear, some pithy lemon and a spray of white flowers. Great classic pure Chablis, so impressive for a 'Village' wine. Complex and intense, yet restrained for now - has everything you could hope for in 'proper' Chablis.L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 CHABLIS 1er Cru Côte de Léchet Domaine Laurent Tribut

2017 CHABLIS 1er Cru Côte de Léchet Domaine Laurent Tribut

After tasting the Beauroy this is a total shift in gear. Immediately brighter, tighter with a pow of clean minerality. The fruit is intense and tight for now but loaded with lovely lemon skin andAfter tasting the Beauroy this is a total shift in gear. Immediately brighter, tighter with a pow of clean minerality. The fruit is intense and tight for now but loaded with lovely lemon skin and some pert grapefruit bite. Much more on the citrus line here in the middle, but then the saltiness and clean dusty textured minerality kicks in. Pure, precise and very sleek. A wow wine this year. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 CHABLIS 1er Cru Beauroy Domaine Laurent Tribut

2017 CHABLIS 1er Cru Beauroy Domaine Laurent Tribut

The Beauroy is, as ever, a touch richer than the other wines here. It is more intense in every way with a gently savoury note of hard cheese, some iodine and then a great clean, brighter 'Chablis'The Beauroy is, as ever, a touch richer than the other wines here. It is more intense in every way with a gently savoury note of hard cheese, some iodine and then a great clean, brighter 'Chablis' core. The energy is great with a super mineral push. Classic lines and nice shape. Balance is so good between the acidity and weight, the fruit and the savoury edge - spot on Chablis and finishes as clean as a whistle. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030L&S(Oct 2018)

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Domaine Joseph Colin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Les Combes Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Les Combes Domaine Joseph Colin

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

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2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Chatenière Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Chatenière Domaine Joseph Colin

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

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2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru En Rémilly Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru En Rémilly Domaine Joseph Colin

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

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Domaine Joseph Colin

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

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Trezin Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Trezin Domaine Joseph Colin

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

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Chenevottes Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Chenevottes Domaine Joseph Colin

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

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Joseph Colin

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

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru La Garenne Domaine Joseph Colin

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru La Garenne Domaine Joseph Colin

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

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Domaine Hubert Lamy

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

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

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

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2017 SAINT AUBIN Princée Domaine Hubert Lamy

2017 SAINT AUBIN Princée Domaine Hubert Lamy

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

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2017 SANTENAY 1er Cru Clos des Gravières Domaine Hubert Lamy

2017 SANTENAY 1er Cru Clos des Gravières Domaine Hubert Lamy

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

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2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Frionnes Domaine Hubert Lamy

2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Frionnes Domaine Hubert Lamy

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

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2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Tremblots Domaine Hubert Lamy

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Tremblots Domaine Hubert Lamy

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

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2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Rémilly Domaine Hubert Lamy

2017 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Rémilly Domaine Hubert Lamy

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

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

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

The 2017 Saint-Aubin Clos de la Chatenière 1er Cru comes from 1.25 hectares of vine planted in 1964. This is more primal and reduced on the nose making it difficult to read at the time of my visit.The 2017 Saint-Aubin Clos de la Chatenière 1er Cru comes from 1.25 hectares of vine planted in 1964. This is more primal and reduced on the nose making it difficult to read at the time of my visit. The palate is one of the most powerful from Lamy this year, impressive in terms of white with flecks of ginger on the finish. This will be difficult to resist once in bottle. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, vinous.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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Domaine Henri Germain

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

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

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

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2017 MEURSAULT Domaine Henri Germain

2017 MEURSAULT Domaine Henri Germain

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

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2017 MEURSAULT Chevalières Domaine Henri Germain

2017 MEURSAULT Chevalières Domaine Henri Germain

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

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2017 MEURSAULT Limozin Domaine Henri Germain

2017 MEURSAULT Limozin Domaine Henri Germain

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

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2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzots Domaine Henri Germain

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzots Domaine Henri Germain

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

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2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Henri Germain

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Henri Germain

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

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2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Morgeot Domaine Henri Germain

2017 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Morgeot Domaine Henri Germain

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

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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 Sous la Velle Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT Sous la Velle Domaine Rémi Jobard

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

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2017 MEURSAULT Luraule Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT Luraule Domaine Rémi Jobard

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

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2017 MEURSAULT Narvaux Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT Narvaux Domaine Rémi Jobard

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

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2017 MEURSAULT Chevalières Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT Chevalières Domaine Rémi Jobard

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

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2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzot Dessus Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzot Dessus Domaine Rémi Jobard

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

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2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Rémi Jobard

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

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2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Genevrières Domaine Rémi Jobard

2017 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Genevrières Domaine Rémi Jobard

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

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Domaine Henri Boillot

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

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

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

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

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

2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 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 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

2017 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

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

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Joseph Drouhin

Despite the size of their vineyard holding, not all Drouhin's wines come from their own domaine, but most of the other wines do come from long-term contracts, such as exists with the Marquis de Laguiche wines. In all but name these wines are 'Domaine' wines, and the vineyards are cared for and the wines vinified with exactly the same care.
2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 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 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 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Rouge 1er Cru Morgeot Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

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

Only four barrels of the Morgeot rouge was made in the last vintage. Laurent looks much more relaxed this year. There is plenty of sweet dark fruit on the palate. Some grip and structure from theOnly four barrels of the Morgeot rouge was made in the last vintage. Laurent looks much more relaxed this year. There is plenty of sweet dark fruit on the palate. Some grip and structure from the tautening tannin and vibrant acidity. The concentrated fruit flavours sing. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028L&S(Oct 2018)

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2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Charmots Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

2017 POMMARD 1er Cru Charmots Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Enticing fine fruit nose with a touch of smoke. Refined palate. Good structure to the dark fruit. There is substance and freshness, but it is the elegance of this site which comes out above all. WillEnticing fine fruit nose with a touch of smoke. Refined palate. Good structure to the dark fruit. There is substance and freshness, but it is the elegance of this site which comes out above all. Will repay a short time in the cellar. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030L&S(Oct 2018)

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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 Henri Germain

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

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

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

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2017 BEAUNE 1er Cru Bressandes Domaine Henri Germain

2017 BEAUNE 1er Cru Bressandes Domaine Henri Germain

Rich, dark-fruit nose with a hint of honey. The texture is slick and weighty. Some complexity to the fruit already. The dark berry and wood notes blending well together. The acidity comes in at theRich, dark-fruit nose with a hint of honey. The texture is slick and weighty. Some complexity to the fruit already. The dark berry and wood notes blending well together. The acidity comes in at the end and creates a crisper feel. Red fruit on the finish. 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 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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2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Henri Boillot

2017 VOLNAY 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Henri Boillot

The Caillerets is the most serious of the Boillots' Volnays and it is all fermented in barrel. Which are specially modified to have big holes to get the grapes in and out. The nose has violets andThe Caillerets is the most serious of the Boillots' Volnays and it is all fermented in barrel. Which are specially modified to have big holes to get the grapes in and out. The nose has violets and deep red flesh of plum and some damson skin pep too. Lively and higher-toned than the Fremiets or Chevret. More ethereal with its flow - but the fruit is beautifully weighted and so satisfying. Gorgeous dark notes keep this feeling more serious but is is really good and full of pleasure. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027L&S(Oct 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 Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY 1er Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

The 2017 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru comes from six lieux-dits. It has a vibrant blackberry and raspberry bouquet, touches of pressed iris and undergrowth developing with aeration. The palate isThe 2017 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru comes from six lieux-dits. It has a vibrant blackberry and raspberry bouquet, touches of pressed iris and undergrowth developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied but with a little more amplitude than the Vosne-Romanée, if not quite the same sensuality toward the finish. Hopefully it will gain a little more terroir expression by the time of bottling. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Jan 2019)

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2017 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

2017 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

25-35% whole-bunch fermentation here and 30% New Oak. This is surprisingly restrained. Great power and pent up energy. For now though it is quite well pact. Very good fruit. Just enough chew, but25-35% whole-bunch fermentation here and 30% New Oak. This is surprisingly restrained. Great power and pent up energy. For now though it is quite well pact. Very good fruit. Just enough chew, but something more leafy too. Lovely peppy acidity keeps things flowing. Good promise for a fine future comes from the buzzing finish. The Drouhins changed their source of Chrmes fruit a few years ago and this is certainly a step up. Although they do not own this, they do rate the vigneron highly and you can see why. Big cask ‘Integrale’ fermentation again 100% whole clusters for some of the juice. Adds shape and flow. Charming. Drinking range: 2019 - 2029L&S(Nov 2018)

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2017 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

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

75cl bottles, case of 6

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