Tim Atkin MW – Best Value Producers

by Andrew Hooper
2012-Burgundy-Lea-and-Sandeman-Wine-Merchants-Cellar

Just published is Tim Atkin’s 2012 Burgundy Special Report, available for £12 from his website, an incisive and in-depth tome on all things to do with this most extraordinary of vintages. It’s £12 well spent, especially if you are considering making a purchase or two, which Mr Atkin would seem to heartily recommend.

‘Anyone who loves red Burgundy should buy some. Prices are steep for the top wines, but less so than they are in Bordeaux in equivalently special vintages.’

We, of course, read it eagerly to see what Tim has to say about the growers and négociants in the LEA & SANDEMAN list and were happy to see them mentioned often and in glowing terms. Especially pleasing is that in his list of Top 25 Best Value Producers (and this is a vintage where price and, therefore one supposes value, are a key talking point), LEA & SANDEMAN growers provide 7 entries. Worth a look…

All prices quoted are the In Bond price for 12 bottles unless stated otherwise. Please read the terms of the offer on the website, but any wine in it can be bought in sixes if bought duty-paid – we cannot always split cases under bond.

Domaine Daniel Barraud
2012 POUILLY FUISSÉ Vieilles Vignes En Buland Domaine Daniel Barraud
93 points     (£213)
2012 POUILLY FUISSÉ La Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud
*93 points     (£192)
2012 POUILLY FUISSÉ Vieilles Vignes La Verchère Domaine Daniel Barraud
92 points     (£168)
2012 POUILLY FUISSÉ Alliance-Vergisson Domaine Daniel Barraud
92 points     (£120)
2012 POUILLY FUISSÉ Vieilles Vignes Les Crays Domaine Daniel Barraud
91 points     (£198)
2012 SAINT VÉRAN Les Pommards Domaine Daniel Barraud
91 points     (£129)
2012 SAINT VÉRAN En Crèches Domaine Daniel Barraud
91 points     (£111)
2012 MÂCON VERGISSON La Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud
90 points     (£96)
2012 MÂCON CHAINTRÉ Pierres Polies Domaine Daniel Barraud
90 points     (£81)

Domaine de la Douaix
2012 CÔTE DE NUITS VILLAGES Vieilles Vignes Domaine de la Douaix
*91 points     (£198)
2012 CÔTE DE NUITS VILLAGES Terres Nobles Domaine de la Douaix
91 points     (£171)
2012 HAUTES CÔTES DE NUITS Clos des Fervelots Domaine de la Douaix
91 points     (£141)
2012 BOURGOGNE ROUGE Vieilles Vignes Domaine de la Douaix
91 points     (£126)

Domaine Huguenot
2012 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN Les Crais Domaine Huguenot
92 points     (£117 – 6 bots)
2012 MARSANNAY Champs Perdrix Domaine Huguenot
91 points     (£186)
2012 MARSANNAY Montagne Domaine Huguenot
*91 points     (£165)
2012 MARSANNAY Échezots Domaine Huguenot
91 points     (£156)
2012 FIXIN Petits Crais Domaine Huguenot
90 points     (£177)

Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson
2012 RULLY 1er Cru La Pucelle Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson
91 points     (£135)
Shipped stock available now; also available in half bottles

Domaine Françouis Raquillet
2012 MERCUREY 1er Cru Les Vasées Domaine François Raquillet
*93 points     (£162)
2012 MERCUREY Vieilles Vignes Domaine François Raquillet
92 points     (£135)
2012 MERCUREY 1er Cru Les Veleys Domaine François Raquillet
90 points     (£168)

Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
2012 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Grandes Ruchottes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
93 points     (£360)
2012 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Vide Bourse Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
92 points     (£348)
2012 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Vergers Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
92 points     (£279)
2012 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Champgains Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
92 points     (£267)
2012 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Noyers Brets Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
92 points     (£237)
2012 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Morgeot Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
91 points     (£267)
2012 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Sentier du Clou Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
90 points     (£174)
2012 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
90 points     (£324)
2012 POMMARD 1er Cru Rugiens Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
93 points     (£384)
2012 POMMARD 1er Cru Charmots Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
92 points     (£315)
2012 POMMARD Tavannes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
91 points     (£183)
2012 SANTENAY Prarons Dessus Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
*91 points     (£123)

Domaine Denis Pommier
2012 CHABLIS 1er Cru Côte de Léchet Domaine Denis Pommier
*92 points     (£132)
2012 CHABLIS 1er Cru Beauroy Domaine Denis Pommier
91 points      (£132)

Those marked with an * also made it on to Tim’s list of the Top 50 wines under £250, along with…

2012 GIVRY 1er Cru Crausot Domaine François Lumpp
*92 points     (£210)
2012 CHABLIS Grand Cru Valmur Domaine Moreau-Naudet
*92 points     (£243 – sold out)

All worth a nibble?  After all, as Tim Atkin MW says,

‘The best wines, particularly the best red wines, are sublime and worth collecting. I promise you won’t regret buying them a decade hence.’

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