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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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“One of the most exciting addresses in the Côte d'Or”: 2017 Domaine Bernard Moreau
To say that I think the wines of Domaine Bernard Moreau are exceptional is an understatement. Bluntly, it is my estimation that Alexandre Moreau and his brother Benoit have put this Domaine squarely atop the quality hierarchy and represent the best of what Burgundy can achieve. As many are aware, in the past 10-15 years new Domaine have emerged to challenge the old order of White Burgundy excellence, where Raveneau, Ramonet, Leflaive, Lafon and Coche-Dury have sat for so long. Names like...Learn more
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A Chassagne Master Heads South: Under-$40 1er Cru White Burgundy YOU. MUST. BUY.
Look, there’s a lot of hype in the selling of wine. Every other email floating about in the universe of mailers claims to be hawking the next emergent “cult wine” or the truest inheritor to the Coche legacy or that the winemaker is the reborn Henri Jayer, hellbent on improving on his already august legacy. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the story behind the wine is worth celebrating and underscoring, emphatically. In rhetorical terms, this might more accurately be called hyperbole. Some might consider it...Learn more
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“Something almost ravishing about these wines”: 2017 Perrot-Minot
I remain bullish on Perrot-Minot. Yes, they occupy the top end of the “luxury game” in Burgundy these days and are priced as such. Nonetheless, Christophe produces wines that are the exception to the rule: fleshy, flashy, luxuriant and supple, and yet honest, terroir-driven and focused. There aren’t many people who can pull this feat off. And yet he does, with aplomb. This is no small feat. What follows is from last year’s offer: Perrot-Minot occupies a strange space in the world of Burgundy these days. Simply put, Christophe is...Learn more
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SMALL AMOUNTS REMAIN: CASE BUY ALERT - Burgundy Royalty’s Daily Drinker
The Liger-Belair name commands a certain amount of reverence in Burgundy. The history of this family is deeply woven into the fabric of not just Burgundy, but also of French history. Even a cursory overview of the family’s holdings inspires a sense of awe: Richebourg, La Romanée, Echezeaux, 1er Aux Reignots, 1er Petits Monts, 1er Les St. Georges … I could go on. And this is nothing compared to what the family owned before the Revolution. However, Thibault Liger-Belair wears his royalty well. Humble, passionate ...Learn more
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You’ve Been Warned: 2016 Jérôme Chezeaux
Look, 2016 is a PROFOUND vintage in Burgundy, especially for the reds. Concentrated, yet harmoniously balanced on fine-boned structure and clarity of terroir expression, 2016 most resembles 2010. These are the kind of red Burgundies that will age for decades, yet offer opportunity for enjoyment throughout their lives. Such opportunities cannot be overlooked … especially when Jérôme Chezeaux is in the offing. This remarkable producer, a cornerstone of Neal Rosenthal’s Burgundy book, is perennially overlooked, despite the fact that the wines most resemble Mugneret-Gibourg stylistically...Learn more
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“Your New Favorite Domaine”: 2016 Gems from Under-the-Radar
Domaine Coquard Fleurot Loison has been hiding in plain sight for years. Situated in the heart of Flagey-Echezeaux, this historic house has breathtaking holdings, which, for years, ended up in the bottles of the négociants rather than under the Domaine’s own label. That all began to change with the ascendance of Claire Fleurot and winemaker Thomas Calladot. Today, everything is bottled at the Domaine, rather than sold off. Moreover, the wines are stupendous. Pure, fleshy, elegant and avoiding...Learn more
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