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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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Just Landed: Insane 2016 “Hudelot-Noellat” Value Case Buys
“Innovation” is a funny word in Burgundy, because it often implies very small departures from previous generations. So, too, at Hudelot-Noellat, where Charles has improved upon Alain’s exacting perfectionism with some techniques very much in vogue these days at cult addresses, such as Fourrier, Pacalet and Bachelet. The core remains the same: systematic selection massale replanting in the vineyards to retain very old vines, planted at high density; destemming and 5-6 day cold soak macerations before natural yeast fermentations; followed by 18-months in oak before bottling...Learn more
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“Serious, old school and age-worthy whites”: 2017 Pierre Morey - The Man Behind Domaine Leflaive
It is true that Pierre Morey, alongside Anne-Claude Leflaive, was the mastermind behind the renaissance of the region’s most famous and important white wine producer’s return to excellence in the late 80’s. First, Pierre helped transition the vineyards over to biodynamics, and then he revamped the entire regime in the cellar. For the next 20 years, until today, Leflaive was universally held as the greatest producer of white Burgundy in the region, with the wines commanding incredible prices on the market.Learn more
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2016 Chevillon - “Genuinely Exceptional”
I don’t know what to say about Domaine Robert Chevillon that hasn’t already been said. Simply put, this is one of the finest Domaines in all of Burgundy. Sumptuous, rich and powerful wines that nonetheless deliver the balance, finesse and terroir expression that is the signature of great Burgundy. Allen Meadows’ exuberance sums it up nicely: “Chevillon rarely misses, indeed I would describe the domaine as one of the most consistent in all of Burgundy. … Thus it won't surprise readers to see me extol the quality of the domaine's 2016s are they are genuinely exceptional across...Learn more
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