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Coche, Roulot, Ente, Lafon … Jobard?
Much like Chablis, there is an argument about who’s next. Yes, there are superstars in the appellation. Wines that are nigh impossible to source, and when you do, the tariff is, frankly, intolerable for the average human. Even American upper middle class human. The question then becomes: where can one find the Lafon or Roulot level of quality without paying Roulot or Lafon like prices. In Chablis, I like Pinson for a Raveneau or Duavissat like experience; in Meursault, it is Jobard. Antoine Jobard. Antoine took over from his father Francois in 2007. He had been involved in the day to day operations for...Learn more
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Under the Radar, Overperforming: Two Jewels from St. Aubin & Pommard
Jeanne-Marie de Champs visited us again on Tuesday night. A stalwart of the Burgundy trade, she has been both ambassador and guide to generations of Burgundy buyers, working with elite (Méo-Camuzet, Clos de Tart, et al.) and humble Domaines alike, her view of Burgundy is all-encompassing, catholic and broad in its purview. As such, she has often been the champion of small Domaines that offer tremendous value, or deserve better attention. On Tuesday night she featured two such Domaine that remain...Learn more
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 “I would describe the domaine as one of the most consistent in all of Burgundy.”
If you’re looking for a top-flight red Burgundy experience, certain names recur - Vosne, Chambolle, Gevrey, Rousseau, Leroy, Roumier, et al. Unfortunately, for many, these names command extraordinary prices on the market. However, values can be found in Nuits; add Chevillon to the equation, and you’ve effectively levelled the playing field. With a supple, fruit forward and generous style, the Chevillon wines are immediately attractive. But, honest, too. The Perrieres is stony, mineral and long; the...Learn more
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Who Says You Can’t Go Home Again: White Burgundies from the Soul
This past Sunday we completed a massive inventory count and, finally, have some very good data to work off of. In the process, we discovered wines we forgot we had, and in a store the size of ours, there are some real gems that can be uncovered. As the principal buyer, I was able to take some perspective. In some senses, the various producers, verticals and extraneous quantities felt like strata in an archaeological dig, each layer dating to a period during my tenure here. We didn’t go so far back in time as to...Learn more
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Burgundy Elite Languishing in Plain Sight
$1050. That’s the average price of Cecile Tremblay’s 2015 Chapelle Chambertin. One of the most in-demand growers in Burgundy these days, Tremblay has attracted global attention and demand, with wines that are succulent, delicately fragrant, yet powerfully rich. Production is exceedingly small, and there’s nothing from the winery that can be found for under $150. And, yes, that includes the Bourgogne. Sure, she has attractive holdings under vine - the aforementioned Chapelle-Chambertin, Vosne 1er Beauxmonts, Morey Très Girard, Chambolle 1er Feusselottes, et al. - and she is...Learn more
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The Quintessence of Classicism in Chambolle: 2016 Francois Bertheau
Sometimes I am embarrassed at just how much great wine moves through this store. So much that, to be honest, you can forget about remarkable parcels. Such is the case with the soon-to-arrive 2016 wines from Francois Bertheau. Bertheau makes absolutely breathtaking wines of precision, finesse and delicacy. Looking for power and intense concentration, look elsewhere. Bertheau’s wines are limpid and bright, delicate and floral, subtle and graceful - in short, they represent the quintessence of...Learn more
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En Point: 2015 Bourgogne Drinking Beautifully Now
We don’t have much left, but I bought big in 2015 and that effort is just now starting to bear fruit. Take today’s wine - 2015 Henri Boillot Bourgogne Rouge. Sweet, lush fruit, a core of earth tones and a ravish-me-now quality that makes this almost irresistible. As good as it was on release, it’s even better now, the structure finally yielding entirely to the fruit and providing a sumptuous quaff for a modest price - for Burgundy anyhow! 2015 is truly a special year, recalling the fruit and power of 2005, but with a structure that is less inimitable, or at least more friendly in its youth than 2005...Learn more
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“Indeed exciting, vibrant and pure”: Case Buy Bourgogne Blanc from a Meursault Classicist
My passion for Bitouzet-Prieur is long known and well published. Despite being a longstanding mainstay of the Rosenthal portfolio and well regarded classicist producing finely etched and sumptuous Muersaults and Volnays, the Domaine continues to improve, grow and garner attention, especially as Francois takes the reins from his father, Vincent. Everything seems to have gotten just a touch more elegant, a touch more focused, a touch more elevated. This can be seen in the 2016 Bourgogne Blanc, which...Learn more
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Short & Sweet: Small Lot of Backvintage Gem - 2005 Drouhin Chambolle 1er Cru
Look, I’m not going to talk this wine up in my usual manner. I shouldn’t need to. Drouhin’s Chambolle 1er Cru is widely recognized as one of the greatest values in all of Burgundy. A blend of Chambolle 1ers Crus Noirots, Hauts Doix, Borniques, Plantes, and Combottes, this cuvée delivers on everything we look for in Chambolle 1er Cru - supple, sultry and silken fruit, lacy textures and a strong sense of florality. By now, everyone knows that 2005 is a modern legend in Burgundy. And what’s more, they’re finally...Learn more
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WE GOT MORE: DRC’s Réserve Privée: The Epic 2017 Domaine A. & P. de Villaine Releases
A & P de Villaine sells for all the wrong reasons, which I cheekily jested about in in my subject line. Yes, this is the personal, family Domaine of Aubert de Villaine, perhaps best known as the director of the holiest of all French wine holies - Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. And, yes, it is this aspect which most piques the interest of the market. And, yet, all of the hype aside: these are soulful wines from one of the most passionate producers in Burgundy. That's why you should buy them, but I know it is not why many will.Learn more
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