Côte d'Or

We had some great tastings of white in the Côte d'Or. Lydie Alzingre, at Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot, described the 2016s as having more acidity than 2015 - 'straighter' wines. Guillaume Boillot at Domaine Henri Boillot said he felt 2016 is a very 'saline' vintage. Jean-François Germain was trying to smile bravely, but with 20% of a normal harvest, was finding it hard. Nevertheless his, as well as Remi Jobard's Meursaults are outstanding.

Domaine Anne Gros

Anne Gros is quietly meticulous and almost obsessive about cleanliness in her cellar, which perhaps is reflected in the delicacy and restrained tension in her wines, which have aromatic clarity, limpid precision, sheer joie de vivre, lively balance and persistence. 2016 is another tiny harvest and will have to be allocated, but as yet we have neither confirmed quantities or prices, so email if you would like to go on the list.

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2016 HAUTES CÔTES DE NUITS Blanc Cuvée Marine Domaine Anne Gros

75cl bottles, case of 12

Great harvest and yield here in 2016. Anne picked latish, between the 27th of September and the 10th of October, these vines are about 20 years old. Quite an open, delicately floral nose leads to a Great harvest and yield here in 2016. Anne picked latish, between the 27th of September and the 10th of October, these vines are about 20 years old. Quite an open, delicately floral nose leads to a more robust palate. Good level of nice, ripish grapefruit t, but then bright and zippy citrus hit cuts through. This year they reduced the 'new' wood here to 30-35% and I like the brightness very much. L&S (Oct 2017)

Domaine Hubert Lamy

Olivier Lamy, has built on the foundations his father Hubert prepared with twenty years and more of work in the vineyards. Today the Domaine has 18.5 hectares of vines - 80% are Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. The vines are in several appellations - Saint-Aubin, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay. The Saint Aubins remain some of the bargains of Côte d'Or, and challenge the supposed superiority of the grander villages on a regular basis, both in terms of young and mature wines. His wine-making style and preference is to emphasise the fresh and the mineral side of his wines, and in 2016, 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 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.

2016 BOURGOGNE BLANC Chataigniers Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 12

Very high vineyard. Last ones to harvest. Very bright and zippy. Lots of lemon juice here. Some pith but this is a sparky. Crisp and good. Very high vineyard. Last ones to harvest. Very bright and zippy. Lots of lemon juice here. Some pith but this is a sparky. Crisp and good. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 SAINT AUBIN Princée Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 12

Great feel. Some good intensity to the fruit but no fatness. Nicely fresh. Good drive and gentle grip of minerality. Citrus again, but there is some riper flesh in the middle. The limestone-heavy Great feel. Some good intensity to the fruit but no fatness. Nicely fresh. Good drive and gentle grip of minerality. Citrus again, but there is some riper flesh in the middle. The limestone-heavy vineyard makes itself known here on the focused tighter finish. Good stuff. L&S (Nov 2017)

2016 SANTENAY 1er Cru Clos des Gravières Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 12

Good limestone soil here - and this is clear on the palate. The nose is pretty and delicate, floral white petals. The palate has some nice weight, but the mineral, limestone hit is to the fore and Good limestone soil here - and this is clear on the palate. The nose is pretty and delicate, floral white petals. The palate has some nice weight, but the mineral, limestone hit is to the fore and gives a spic and span feel. Good flow, bright and juicy acidity, some push too - this goes on well. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Frionnes Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 12

The 2016 Saint Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes has an attractive bouquet with scents of citrus peel and blackcurrant leaf. It needs to develop a touch more harmony but it does appear to gain detail in the The 2016 Saint Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes has an attractive bouquet with scents of citrus peel and blackcurrant leaf. It needs to develop a touch more harmony but it does appear to gain detail in the glass. The palate is well balanced, quite primal with grapefruit and Granny Smith apple notes. There is moderate depth here, but I just find it a little conservative on the finish, as if it does not want to go that extra mile. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2017)

2016 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Clos de la Chatenière Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 12

The 2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Clos de la Chatenière, which originates from a parcel with a more southerly exposure compared to others farmed by Olivier Lamy, has a clean and precise bouquet with white The 2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Clos de la Chatenière, which originates from a parcel with a more southerly exposure compared to others farmed by Olivier Lamy, has a clean and precise bouquet with white peach, orange pith and subtle aniseed scents. The palate is very well balanced with more depth and fruit intensity than the Les Frionnes, touches of tangerine and white peach laced with bitter lemon, leading to a harmonious and quite long finish. Excellent. Drinking range: 2019 - 2029 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2017)

2016 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Rémilly Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 12

Nice and bright again, but with more weight in the middle too. A tad riper, tad sleeker than the Frionnes - good fruit profile. Yellow flesh and zippy floral hits - really good Burgundy! Nice and bright again, but with more weight in the middle too. A tad riper, tad sleeker than the Frionnes - good fruit profile. Yellow flesh and zippy floral hits - really good Burgundy! L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Tremblots Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 12

On the nose this is tautly mineral which follows to the intense palate of bright, scrubbing minerality. Energetic fruit does pop out, there's a nice citrus, pithy, limey middle with a good slick On the nose this is tautly mineral which follows to the intense palate of bright, scrubbing minerality. Energetic fruit does pop out, there's a nice citrus, pithy, limey middle with a good slick feel. This is fresh and focused, Good Puligny style, delivering in spades what you want. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 SAINT AUBIN Haute Densité 1er Cru Derrière Chez Édouard Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 6

30,000 vines per hectare (only 30cm between each vine) Just a tiny amount of grapes off each vine - this is about half normal yield per head. Good, compact, intense feel. It is high Density in 30,000 vines per hectare (only 30cm between each vine) Just a tiny amount of grapes off each vine - this is about half normal yield per head. Good, compact, intense feel. It is high Density in your mouth. Good cut and line. So much pent up energy drives the bright cirtus juice and the pithy, mineral scrape on and on. Will need some time, but this has immense potential. L&S (Jan 2018)

2016 CRIOTS BÂTARD MONTRACHET Haute Densité Grand Cru Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 6

(no frost losses here; Lamy told me he harvested yellow grapes early as these vines ripened very quickly at the end, making 40 hectoliters per hectare; 12.5% potential alcohol chaptalized to 13.1%): (no frost losses here; Lamy told me he harvested yellow grapes early as these vines ripened very quickly at the end, making 40 hectoliters per hectare; 12.5% potential alcohol chaptalized to 13.1%): Pale, bright yellow. Lovely lemony lift to the aromas of peach and flowers, with more exotic lichee and spice notes that reminded me of Gewurztraminer. The most exotic of these 2016s, with a plushness and almost oily thickness barely contained by harmonious acidity. The exotic lichee note carries through on the palate. This rather powerful, youthfully aggressive, slightly warm wine finishes seamless and very long but was a bit of a comedown in class following the Saint-Aubin Derrière Chez Edouard Haute Densité. Rating: 90-92 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Sep 2017)

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Tremblots Haute Densité Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 6

20,000 vines per HA in this Smaller grapes, smaller bunches as ever with this sort of intense planting. The result is more acidity, more sugar, everything intensifies. Olivier then leaves this 20,000 vines per HA in this Smaller grapes, smaller bunches as ever with this sort of intense planting. The result is more acidity, more sugar, everything intensifies. Olivier then leaves this on the lees for 18 months, the result is impressive. Raising this way above it's Village level quality. Saline, savoury feel. But then more drive too. This is deeper, firmer, more precise than the regular bottling. Impressive fruit brawn, but more intense, more compacted citrus, lemony peel and juicy acidity. Good and clever stuff. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Tremblots Haute Densité Domaine Hubert Lamy

75cl bottles, case of 3

20,000 vines per HA in this Smaller grapes, smaller bunches as ever with this sort of intense planting. The result is more acidity, more sugar, everything intensifies. Olivier then leaves this 20,000 vines per HA in this Smaller grapes, smaller bunches as ever with this sort of intense planting. The result is more acidity, more sugar, everything intensifies. Olivier then leaves this on the lees for 18 months, the result is impressive. Raising this way above it's Village level quality. Saline, savoury feel. But then more drive too. This is deeper, firmer, more precise than the regular bottling. Impressive fruit brawn, but more intense, more compacted citrus, lemony peel and juicy acidity. Good and clever stuff. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Frionnes Domaine Hubert Lamy

Half-bottles, case of 24

The 2016 Saint Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes has an attractive bouquet with scents of citrus peel and blackcurrant leaf. It needs to develop a touch more harmony but it does appear to gain detail in the The 2016 Saint Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes has an attractive bouquet with scents of citrus peel and blackcurrant leaf. It needs to develop a touch more harmony but it does appear to gain detail in the glass. The palate is well balanced, quite primal with grapefruit and Granny Smith apple notes. There is moderate depth here, but I just find it a little conservative on the finish, as if it does not want to go that extra mile. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2017)

Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Laurent manages to pack in a lot alongside his running of the vineyards. 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 being a father of three, one of whom (elder son Adrien) worked at L&S at the end of 2015. Laurent's wines have long been L&S favourites for value in both red and white, and as William Kelley has noted this year, writing about Laurent's top red, the Pommard Rugiens, in Decanter, this 'an address that deserves to be better-known'.

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2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

(no Chenes this year - all in this village wine, as pre 2015.) Tasted from barrel. The weight strikes you immediately in the mouth. Good caramelly, nicely oaky feel, smartly judged. Quite broad (no Chenes this year - all in this village wine, as pre 2015.) Tasted from barrel. The weight strikes you immediately in the mouth. Good caramelly, nicely oaky feel, smartly judged. Quite broad fruit. Nicely weighted. Is good. Nice spiced-loaf note - tea cake with butter oozing. Yum. Unmistakably White Burgundy. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Noyers Brets Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

We can never get enough of this superb value Puligny so were pleased to hear that 2016 was not completely catastrophic in terms of quantity here. Brighter, tighter feel than the Chasagne. More zip We can never get enough of this superb value Puligny so were pleased to hear that 2016 was not completely catastrophic in terms of quantity here. Brighter, tighter feel than the Chasagne. More zip and kick which I really like. Fruit is brightly citrus - note of apple tang - then quite good clean drive. This is really good drinking. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Morgeot Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is very attractive. Bright fruit notes, but full too. Good clean, obvious fun. Quite a presence. Long, and the more mineral core keeps on pushing. No chance to make Les Fairandes this year, all This is very attractive. Bright fruit notes, but full too. Good clean, obvious fun. Quite a presence. Long, and the more mineral core keeps on pushing. No chance to make Les Fairandes this year, all in with this. Lemon and ripe limes. A superb citrus cocktail of bright flavours and cut here. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Vergers Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Super - this is like a perfect mix of the last two (Chassagne Village & Puligny) - bright and fresh - no tartness to the acidity - just bright and clean. I love the ripeness and the concentration. A Super - this is like a perfect mix of the last two (Chassagne Village & Puligny) - bright and fresh - no tartness to the acidity - just bright and clean. I love the ripeness and the concentration. A delicious feel. Concentration comes from the poor yield. Some vines had just one bunch on them - so this is intense. But good too. I like it. Has the concentration, but not the over-ripeness. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Champgains Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

'Plus Classique' says Laurent. Yes, there is more pep here. Less intensity, less weight - but this is still powerfully structured. Good, Solaire and yet nice length. Goes on. Honey, soft melon and 'Plus Classique' says Laurent. Yes, there is more pep here. Less intensity, less weight - but this is still powerfully structured. Good, Solaire and yet nice length. Goes on. Honey, soft melon and peach - really quite yummy - but gourmand. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Caillerets Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Already bottled. More nutty. More woody, more mineral. Nice, pear fruit. A tasty, grippy middle. Then mineral notes take over. Not blockbusting but good drive and length. Already bottled. More nutty. More woody, more mineral. Nice, pear fruit. A tasty, grippy middle. Then mineral notes take over. Not blockbusting but good drive and length. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Vide Bourse Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Still on the lees, never moved from the barrel - no racking. More concentrated than usual. Because of the vintage's low yields. Yes there is ripeness to the fruit - an intensity which is Still on the lees, never moved from the barrel - no racking. More concentrated than usual. Because of the vintage's low yields. Yes there is ripeness to the fruit - an intensity which is mind-boggling. Spiced pears. Ripe juice. It flows well, but there is a rich feel, an unctuousness despite the healthy acidity. Impressive and full of impact. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Grandes Ruchottes Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Wow. This has lots going on. Lots of zip and acid, led by a heavy hit of ripe, quite soft citrus fruit - some warm energy. An undertow of chalk and some fine scraping texture too. But it is the Wow. This has lots going on. Lots of zip and acid, led by a heavy hit of ripe, quite soft citrus fruit - some warm energy. An undertow of chalk and some fine scraping texture too. But it is the impact which is seriously impressive. Its all here - a big, balanced beauty. L&S (Oct 2017)

Domaine Henri Germain

Jean-François Germain runs this small 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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2016 BOURGOGNE BLANC Domaine Henri Germain

75cl bottles, case of 12

What a lovely start to our tasting here in the cellar. From Tank. Nice bright start, pushing and nicely dense middle. Not too ripe, good balance and judgement. Works well. Concentrated but not too What a lovely start to our tasting here in the cellar. From Tank. Nice bright start, pushing and nicely dense middle. Not too ripe, good balance and judgement. Works well. Concentrated but not too intense. A neatly poised Bourgogne Blanc. Jean-François lost 35% of this to the frost. L&S (Dec 2017)

2016 MEURSAULT Domaine Henri Germain

75cl bottles, case of 12

Jean-François lost 50% of this to the frost. Good acidity here. Firm pear flesh and lovely dense middle of fruit. Concentrated and ripe - but super balanced by acidity. This was recently racked but Jean-François lost 50% of this to the frost. Good acidity here. Firm pear flesh and lovely dense middle of fruit. Concentrated and ripe - but super balanced by acidity. This was recently racked but not bottled when we tasted. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 MEURSAULT Chevalières Domaine Henri Germain

75cl bottles, case of 12

Not yet racked, still on lees. More texture, more weight than the village wine, more minerality too. This unfurls gracefully to be nicely broad and have some serious shape. Yet still ringing with Not yet racked, still on lees. More texture, more weight than the village wine, more minerality too. This unfurls gracefully to be nicely broad and have some serious shape. Yet still ringing with bright citric pep. Nose is more intense, a tad of interesting leesy character and savoury too. Interesting Meursault. L&S (Dec 2017)

2016 MEURSAULT Limozin Domaine Henri Germain

75cl bottles, case of 12

Seems leaner and cleaner. Good more saline than Chevaliers, mineral scrub, suede-like texture to the clean edge. Nicely ripe fruit too a core of intense soft apple and some yellow plum zip. Brighter, Seems leaner and cleaner. Good more saline than Chevaliers, mineral scrub, suede-like texture to the clean edge. Nicely ripe fruit too a core of intense soft apple and some yellow plum zip. Brighter, cleaner more intense. Good. L&S (Dec 2017)

2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1er Cru Morgeot Domaine Henri Germain

75cl bottles, case of 12

Again the minerality drives this one at the outset, but there is a softer broader mass of white fruit in the middle. Some white flowers too. Less clear acidity, but good mineral edge keeps this Again the minerality drives this one at the outset, but there is a softer broader mass of white fruit in the middle. Some white flowers too. Less clear acidity, but good mineral edge keeps this straight and nicely driven. L&S (Dec 2017)

2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzots Domaine Henri Germain

75cl bottles, case of 12

Ooh, this is silky, rich and broad. More goldy fruit, more sap, dense too, but then slowly the mineral compound builds - balances. This is big, but good. Seasoned with spice and there is an energy Ooh, this is silky, rich and broad. More goldy fruit, more sap, dense too, but then slowly the mineral compound builds - balances. This is big, but good. Seasoned with spice and there is an energy here from the acidity which is bedded in deep. L&S (Dec 2017)

2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Henri Germain

75cl bottles, case of 12

Some of this is in barrels that have not done their Malo yet, so we are tasting an unrepresentatively 'new Wooded' component.. this will mellow when assembled. In fact, the oak, although more Some of this is in barrels that have not done their Malo yet, so we are tasting an unrepresentatively 'new Wooded' component.. this will mellow when assembled. In fact, the oak, although more pronounced is not too overbearing. Nice tight clean fruit. Good toast and buttery lime curd. Clean and fresh but with good depth and texture. This is going to be great. L&S (Dec 2017)

2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Perrières Domaine Henri Germain

75cl bottles, case of 6

This seems more lithe, less sun-packed. Good zip to the acid, juicy, mouth-watering. More lime and yellow grapefruit. Perk, and weight nice balance, but this is well lifted, just a note of This seems more lithe, less sun-packed. Good zip to the acid, juicy, mouth-watering. More lime and yellow grapefruit. Perk, and weight nice balance, but this is well lifted, just a note of concentrated juice on the finish, a line of more sugar - but this is long and nicely intense. L&S (Oct 2017)

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 is certified organic from 2008. 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. Unfortunately he has been hit very hard by the frosts of 2016 - and has made only 20% of a normal harvest across the domaine, something he was struggling to come to terms with when we visited. Even more frustrating is that what he does have - is very good!

2016 BOURGOGNE BLANC Domaine Rémi Jobard

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is bright again, but neater, more together, more serious. Lovely drive. Quite a weight of fruit. Ripe apples, grapefruit and some peachy flesh. Good acidity without being overpowering. There is This is bright again, but neater, more together, more serious. Lovely drive. Quite a weight of fruit. Ripe apples, grapefruit and some peachy flesh. Good acidity without being overpowering. There is some ripe matter here, filling out the middle. Really rather impressive balance. This is very good. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 BOURGOGNE BLANC Vieilles Vignes Domaine Rémi Jobard

75cl bottles, case of 12

One foudre and the remainder in barriques. An elegant aroma. Juicy strike to a rounded palate. There is quite some richness here too. It is fresh and lemony on the finish. It is ripe, but not One foudre and the remainder in barriques. An elegant aroma. Juicy strike to a rounded palate. There is quite some richness here too. It is fresh and lemony on the finish. It is ripe, but not too rich. Jolly nice indeed. Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2017)

2016 MEURSAULT Sous la Velle Domaine Rémi Jobard

75cl bottles, case of 12

Frost means that Remi got just 2 barrels per HA. The lift here is fantastic. Then there are some more serious undertones, some 'matiere'. Herbs, dried savoury husks. Some cooked pear - crisper apple Frost means that Remi got just 2 barrels per HA. The lift here is fantastic. Then there are some more serious undertones, some 'matiere'. Herbs, dried savoury husks. Some cooked pear - crisper apple and a really impressive texture, with good grip and a gentle suede-like feel. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 MEURSAULT Luraule Domaine Rémi Jobard

75cl bottles, case of 12

The nose here is broader, with distinctive white fruit that follow on to the palate. Great intensity here. Rich fruit... some yellow flesh, some apple, some almost pineapple essence - but not so The nose here is broader, with distinctive white fruit that follow on to the palate. Great intensity here. Rich fruit... some yellow flesh, some apple, some almost pineapple essence - but not so tart. Bright for sure, but the acidity is very well entwined with the fruit, giving great tension and balance. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 MEURSAULT Chevalières Domaine Rémi Jobard

75cl bottles, case of 12

Wow this is bigger still and bursting with acidity too. Delicious mix of tropical and crisp yellow plum skin. Intense, powerful and full of energy. Impressive stuff. Wow this is bigger still and bursting with acidity too. Delicious mix of tropical and crisp yellow plum skin. Intense, powerful and full of energy. Impressive stuff. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 MEURSAULT Narvaux Domaine Rémi Jobard

75cl bottles, case of 12

Remi’s part is above Genevrières..there is a wood which separates the dessus part of Genevrières from this parcel of Narvaux...he is at the top of the bottom part. Better yields here in 2016 at Remi’s part is above Genevrières..there is a wood which separates the dessus part of Genevrières from this parcel of Narvaux...he is at the top of the bottom part. Better yields here in 2016 at 35 hl/ha. I like the high tone...floral aromas and then a cool and energetic pounce on the palate. This has a keen and mineral line...quivers to the finish. Very good acidity and minerals. Lively finish...I like this a lot. Drinking range: 2021 - Rating: 16.95 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2017)

2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzot Dessus Domaine Rémi Jobard

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is more steely, more mineral. With a lot of limestone relative to Remy's other wines. Less obvious power of fruit, less obvious bright acidity. Broad though with more floral and aromatic fruit This is more steely, more mineral. With a lot of limestone relative to Remy's other wines. Less obvious power of fruit, less obvious bright acidity. Broad though with more floral and aromatic fruit rather than citrus. More measured, less exuberant perhaps but has its own impressiveness. Long. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Genevrières Domaine Rémi Jobard

75cl bottles, case of 12

Oh yes. Lovely attack. Bright zinging fruit peps, mineral line and impressive weight. It's all here. This is super. Amazing impact! It's full, dense and broad, yet light on its feet because of the Oh yes. Lovely attack. Bright zinging fruit peps, mineral line and impressive weight. It's all here. This is super. Amazing impact! It's full, dense and broad, yet light on its feet because of the great mineral undertone and that crisp acidity - really good.

(Lost very little, probably because it was a little cloudy, so avoided the burn..)
L&S (Oct 2017)

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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2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Nose is nicely poised and restrained. Lovely crispy hard white apple on pallet. Bright but with super weight. Floral too. White pretty, intense flowers. Then something deeper, riper and broader in Nose is nicely poised and restrained. Lovely crispy hard white apple on pallet. Bright but with super weight. Floral too. White pretty, intense flowers. Then something deeper, riper and broader in the fruit make-up. Nice zing and quite fun feel, but there is an unctuous weight to the texture too. 'Plus tendue, plus droit que 2015 mais avec assez de matiere.' L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Champ Canet Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 12

Vines are oldest they have in Puligny 60+ years. Highest and rockiest vineyard. A little broader impact on the nose, crisp apple and wood-spice. Well polished feel - but pretty still. Then a hit of Vines are oldest they have in Puligny 60+ years. Highest and rockiest vineyard. A little broader impact on the nose, crisp apple and wood-spice. Well polished feel - but pretty still. Then a hit of pithy Lemon juice in the mouth. This is bright and has zip, but quite shy. Sticks to its clear lemony kick. Almost gooseberry too. More linear, more closed, but long and mouthwatering. There is a fruit weight at the end under the mineral frame - that shows what will reveal itself in time. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Referts Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 6

45-50 year old vines. More toast and spice some herby notes too add intrigue on the more savoury nose, more savoury. Then a mineralogy too. Foliage on wet marble. This is more lean in the middle. 45-50 year old vines. More toast and spice some herby notes too add intrigue on the more savoury nose, more savoury. Then a mineralogy too. Foliage on wet marble. This is more lean in the middle. More tight. But good limey citrus note and ping down the middle. Nicely weighted too. 'Tres Gourmand'. Fine feel, but not too sleek - just really good. The finish is a tad more restrained in terms of flavour and more savoury too. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Combettes Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Down the hill a bit from Champ Canet. It has a broader more savoury nose. Roast chicken and some vanilla kick. Then intense on the palate. More weight, more ripeness a silky feel, softer apples and Down the hill a bit from Champ Canet. It has a broader more savoury nose. Roast chicken and some vanilla kick. Then intense on the palate. More weight, more ripeness a silky feel, softer apples and yet still good green zip. Balanced well with richness and then a lovely crisp line that keeps on running. Good, nice weight - nice lines. But needs time. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Truffières Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Different nose here. A tad more vegetal, lemon-braised fennel, some nice tarragonny whiffs. Bright and crisp though. Impressive lines, a crystalline pure minerality. I like this. Creamy yet a Different nose here. A tad more vegetal, lemon-braised fennel, some nice tarragonny whiffs. Bright and crisp though. Impressive lines, a crystalline pure minerality. I like this. Creamy yet a tartness that keeps it up on a high plain. Somehow less sophisticated,, less prettiness for now - but good impact and impressive. In Blagny. Right up high on the hard rock of the cote. L&S (Oct 2017)

Domaine Henri Boillot

A top producer for red and white alike. Henri and his son Guillaume have now moved all the vinification and élevage out of Volnay entirely in order to have all the wine in one place (down on the plain in Meursault). Not so 'folklorique', but a better tool to reach even higher quality levels. After six years working alongside Henri, Guillaume has been entirely responsible for the vinification of the reds since 2013 - Henri's contribution is henceforth entirely on the whites, but one senses this is Guillaume's show now and in 2016 he has created a fantastic vintage, across the board.

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Toasty nose loaded with vanilla and spice - plus cool lemon juice and a tad of pithiness. Palate is brighter, good feel. Levity tension. Good ripeness to the grapefruit and pears - but super line of Toasty nose loaded with vanilla and spice - plus cool lemon juice and a tad of pithiness. Palate is brighter, good feel. Levity tension. Good ripeness to the grapefruit and pears - but super line of acidity too. Nicely textured. 25% New Oak. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Poruzots Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 6

More toast here on the nose than the Pulignys. This is a lot more powerful and nutty. The citrus is less obvious and has a restrained, tighter feel. Showing wonderfully bright angles, this wine is More toast here on the nose than the Pulignys. This is a lot more powerful and nutty. The citrus is less obvious and has a restrained, tighter feel. Showing wonderfully bright angles, this wine is however, a bit heavier-going and has somewhat less zip and pow... as you'd expect with Meursault. Finishes with a little lift. Good. Broader yes, but still nicely poised. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Broader, more wholesome somehow than the other Pulignys. Lovely weight. Oak is totally there but with no spikes or splinters, it's just beautifully framing the fruit already. Seamless, smooth and Broader, more wholesome somehow than the other Pulignys. Lovely weight. Oak is totally there but with no spikes or splinters, it's just beautifully framing the fruit already. Seamless, smooth and flowing so sleekly already... Really lovely bright perk to the grapefruit, it gives off a grapefruit and lemony pithiness. Delicious, powerful, yet sleek. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Genevrières Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Broader, richer feel. Delivers beautifully. This is impressive! Weightier, richer - with just enough minerality and drive. Good. Broader, richer feel. Delivers beautifully. This is impressive! Weightier, richer - with just enough minerality and drive. Good. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Pucelles Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Brighter, almost spritz-like with excitement and energy. Super sharp feel with a tropical punch, this has great juiciness to accompany the acidity. Blossomy apple flower notes meld with warm, soft Brighter, almost spritz-like with excitement and energy. Super sharp feel with a tropical punch, this has great juiciness to accompany the acidity. Blossomy apple flower notes meld with warm, soft pineapple and a touch of honey - but not sweet. Finishes broad, saline and complete. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 BÂTARD MONTRACHET Grand Cru Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Palish yellow. Bright, subtle aromas of pear drop, white peach and lemon. Juicy and lively in the mouth, with fresh acidity giving cut to the wine's very intense citrus fruit flavors. Really Palish yellow. Bright, subtle aromas of pear drop, white peach and lemon. Juicy and lively in the mouth, with fresh acidity giving cut to the wine's very intense citrus fruit flavors. Really titillates the taste buds on the very long, penetrating finish. Boillot told me he harvests Bâtard for healthy acidity (4.4 grams per liter in this case, with a pH of 3.13). "I don't pick it late at 14.5%," he explained. "For me, Chardonnay at 12.5% is ripe. A white wine needs energy." Rating: 93-96 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Sep 2017)

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Combettes Domaine Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, case of 6

Richer with a more spiced middle than the village wine. It has a lovely weight again, but less richness to the fruit. Wood is warmer and more pronounced, but then the minerality kicks in. This seems Richer with a more spiced middle than the village wine. It has a lovely weight again, but less richness to the fruit. Wood is warmer and more pronounced, but then the minerality kicks in. This seems firmer and harder lined - but has good pure lines. Nice flow and gentle lemony feel. 50% New Oak. L&S (Oct 2017)

Henri Boillot

Henri Boillot complements his domaine wines with a small range of négociant wines of superb quality in very limited quantities. A few of the wines are offered here - an opportunity to buy some of Burgundy's rarest appellations from a top source.

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2016 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Grand Cru Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Twelve barrels made from bought in grapes. Wow - this is electrically charged. Seriously intense. Tingles with acidity, but then a weighty streak of riper apple fruit. A gooseberry perk kicks in and Twelve barrels made from bought in grapes. Wow - this is electrically charged. Seriously intense. Tingles with acidity, but then a weighty streak of riper apple fruit. A gooseberry perk kicks in and then more broad ripe peach. The breadth of fruit is impressive, but is beautifully tempered and ends with finesse and drive. This will benefit from some time. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 LE MONTRACHET Grand Cru Henri Boillot

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

(just a single 350-liter barrel from fruit on the Puligny side of the appellation, as the vines in Chassagne were 100% frosted): Brooding, deep aromas of fresh apricot, pineapple, spices and iodine (just a single 350-liter barrel from fruit on the Puligny side of the appellation, as the vines in Chassagne were 100% frosted): Brooding, deep aromas of fresh apricot, pineapple, spices and iodine lifted by a lemony note. Dense, thick and powerfully concentrated but with a fine-grained texture to its stone fruit and crushed rock flavors; not hugely expressive today--in fact, a bit unformed. Finishes dusty, vibrant and very long. Perhaps the longest of these young 2016s but also surprisingly subtle in the way it unwinds on the finish. Rating: 93-95 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Sep 2017)

Domaine Faiveley

The Faiveley family are the largest vineyard owners in Burgundy, owning around 120ha, spread across the Côtes de Nuits, Beaune and Chalonnais 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.

Domaine-Faiveley

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Les Champgains Domaine Faiveley

75cl bottles, case of 6

(malo finished): Pale, bright straw-yellow color. Sexy scents of apple, ginger and nutmeg. Supple on entry, then juicy in the middle palate and more minerally than the Meursault Charmes. This is (malo finished): Pale, bright straw-yellow color. Sexy scents of apple, ginger and nutmeg. Supple on entry, then juicy in the middle palate and more minerally than the Meursault Charmes. This is aging in 40% new oak but the wood element is subtle. Wonderful energy and precision here, conveying considerable éclat to its flavors of lemon, lime, crushed stone and flowers. The firmest and most minerally of these 2016 premier crus, not to mention the longest on the aftertaste. Offers superb potential. Rating: 91-93 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Nov 2017)

2016 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Grand Cru Domaine Faiveley

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

(malo finished): Bright yellow. Candied lime, underripe pineapple and white peach on the nose, complicated by notes of bergamot and crushed stone. Plush and intense but youthfully reserved, conveying (malo finished): Bright yellow. Candied lime, underripe pineapple and white peach on the nose, complicated by notes of bergamot and crushed stone. Plush and intense but youthfully reserved, conveying savory crushed-stone minerality; little oak showing despite the fact that nearly 50% was new. The almost painful rising back end features an element of medicinal herbs. A superb wine without any excess weight but still a bit disjointed. (The Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet were just starting their malolactic fermentations at the time of my visit.) Rating: 92-95 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Sep 2017)

Joseph Drouhin

Despite the size of their vineyard holding, not all of 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.

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, case of 6

(Harvested September 22 -27. From 8 plots.) Relatively rich middle here, slick ripe and well textured without being amazingly defined. Fruit is firm pear and some nice white fleshy peach. This is (Harvested September 22 -27. From 8 plots.) Relatively rich middle here, slick ripe and well textured without being amazingly defined. Fruit is firm pear and some nice white fleshy peach. This is smart and proper and on par for good village Puligny. L&S (Nov 2017)

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Clos de la Garenne Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, case of 6

Surprisingly fat and full for a wine from this premier cru which is quite high up. It's got shoulders. Dry and pure, it is aromatically reserved compared to the expansive Folatières - for now. Surprisingly fat and full for a wine from this premier cru which is quite high up. It's got shoulders. Dry and pure, it is aromatically reserved compared to the expansive Folatières - for now. L&S (Nov 2018)

2016 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET Marquis de Laguiche 1er Cru Morgeot Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, case of 6

Quite affected by frost here. The very old vines here are always solid performers says Veronique. Just one row - but the fsmily have a very long contract since 1947 - this knowledge and understanding Quite affected by frost here. The very old vines here are always solid performers says Veronique. Just one row - but the fsmily have a very long contract since 1947 - this knowledge and understanding allows great consistency. Deep and intense fruit. There is a buzz here, some nice textured fruit, nice spice and then good acidity and push - juicy and good. The average age of the vines is 40 years old. L&S (Nov 2017)

2016 MEURSAULT 1er Cru Perrières Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, case of 6

The 2016 Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres has a strict, wet stone and smoke-tinged bouquet that is very well defined, almost Puligny-like in style. The palate is well balanced with a slightly waxy The 2016 Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres has a strict, wet stone and smoke-tinged bouquet that is very well defined, almost Puligny-like in style. The palate is well balanced with a slightly waxy texture, spicy and a little angular at the moment even though it seems to meld together toward the finish. Give this 3 or 4 years in bottle before broaching, because it seems very "distant" at the moment. Drinking range: 2019 - 2032 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2017)

2016 LE MONTRACHET Marquis de Laguiche Grand Cru Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Yikes - the volume is up here! Great electric sparkle to this on the attack. Bright - but not all acid - good weight too. Rich, smooth and deep. Some caramel dabs to the soft white fruit. Long and Yikes - the volume is up here! Great electric sparkle to this on the attack. Bright - but not all acid - good weight too. Rich, smooth and deep. Some caramel dabs to the soft white fruit. Long and pure, concentration and intensity is good here and nicely balanced. Good. (This down in quantity by about half, compared to normal, but not as badly hit as some thanks to the northerly position of their vines.) L&S (Nov 2017)

Domaine Joseph Drouhin

Joseph Drouhin, founded in 1880 and still family owned, are one of the most well respected names in Burgundy, especially through their flagship wine, the iconic Clos des Mouches. Small refinements continue to be made made here. The presses have been changed - a reversion to basket pressing for the reds, and for whites the presses are open - along with a number of other growers they are following the trend to think that slight oxidation of the juice before fermentation is not a problem and may add complexity as well as avoiding later problems of premature oxidation in bottle. For the reds there has been the introduction of 15-20% of whole-bunch fermentation in the Côte de Nuits wines. The house style remains one that 'emphasises the natural elegance of great Burgundies' as they describe it.

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2016 BEAUNE 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Frost did not cause too many problems here and they actually had quite bumper harvest. In 1928 Veronique's grandfather planted Chardonnay back here in this vineyard, tasting this you realise what a Frost did not cause too many problems here and they actually had quite bumper harvest. In 1928 Veronique's grandfather planted Chardonnay back here in this vineyard, tasting this you realise what a great decision this was. There is a lovely feel - quite understated for now, quite wrapped up. The middle feels softer, more gentle. Good gently pithy fruit. No sharp edges, yet not too ripe. There is super balance. Flows nicely, broadish - more honeyed and rich towards the end which builds well, this will need time. L&S (Nov 2017)

2016 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Propriétés Grand Cru Domaine Joseph Drouhin

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Nose of melting butter on lightly grilled white bread - then a hit of much brighter, more zippy lemon juice fruit. Some spice too and firm pear flesh. The feel is bright, with really good energy, Nose of melting butter on lightly grilled white bread - then a hit of much brighter, more zippy lemon juice fruit. Some spice too and firm pear flesh. The feel is bright, with really good energy, some dusty mineral coating too but an energising, sparky drive underlies the riper, more warm apple and more ripe fruits that build in the mouth. Good and powerful, will need some patience. L&S (Dec 2017)

Thibault Liger-Belair

The lack of the word 'domaine' in the name signals that this is a négociant wine from Thibault Liger-Belair. Thibault buys the grapes he picks having tended the vines with his own team, so that the wines can be seen as domaine wines in all but name. A couple of new appellations this year, a Corton Clos di Roi, and even a few bottles of Corton Charlemagne.

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2016 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE Les Languettes Grand Cru Thibault Liger-Belair

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

In 2016 this has undergone a seriously long fermentation - just over a year! It has just finished when we visit - hence its a tad reductive, for the moment. Nice weight though, nice texture and then In 2016 this has undergone a seriously long fermentation - just over a year! It has just finished when we visit - hence its a tad reductive, for the moment. Nice weight though, nice texture and then bang some gorgeous,, lip-smackingly juicy acidity. Fruit is pert and hard to pinpoint, but pineapple and riper peach in play. Creamy leesy notes add a nice new dimension but this will need time to settle and meld. L&S (Oct 2017)

Domaine des Lambrays

Thierry Brouin is handing over the reins to Boris Champy, but is still on hand for now, we had a great tasting with both of these delightful (and hugely talented) men in October to assess the 2016 vintage, which is looking fantastic. 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.

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2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Folatières Domaine des Lambrays

75cl bottles, case of 6

They have just 0.29 ha here. An impressive, broad, rich nose. Nicely full feel with thick butter melting on a slab of grilled bread. Textured. Good bracing acidity. Juicy and flowers but much more They have just 0.29 ha here. An impressive, broad, rich nose. Nicely full feel with thick butter melting on a slab of grilled bread. Textured. Good bracing acidity. Juicy and flowers but much more dancing and less weighty than at Boillot. More poise, more clean lined, yet good persistence and flow. Long, nicely spiced. Warmer vineyard, nice ripeness and weight. There was no frost in Folatieres in 2016. L&S (Oct 2017)

2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Clos du Cailleret Domaine des Lambrays

75cl bottles, case of 6

Just 200 metres between their Puligny vineyards Folatieres and this Caillerets. Always the same harvest date, same pickers, same ageing - the only difference is the soil, the 'terroir' and the Just 200 metres between their Puligny vineyards Folatieres and this Caillerets. Always the same harvest date, same pickers, same ageing - the only difference is the soil, the 'terroir' and the Caillerets is always more mineral and 'stony'. More lifted. Caillerets used to be a Red vineyard, which is perhaps why it was not classified GC in 1930 - but the quality is very good. Really good. Bright, perky but all so finely tuned. Delicious. Layered and textured. Very good Puligny. Bought these vineyards from Chartron in 1993. O.36 ha in Caillerets L&S (Oct 2017)