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“You become smitten, even intoxicated by the … floral aromas & lush fruit”: 2016 Méo-Camuzet
Is it any surprise that Méo-Camuzet made good wine in 2016? The wines top nearly every critic and collector’s list every year. Intense, lush and sumptuous, the Méo wines’ generosity can be deceiving. Underneath all the opulence and seduction is a core of terroir and a sneaky sense of structure.This signature of style was learned at the feet of Burgundy’s legendary icon Henri Jayer. Add to that some of the region’s most envious collection of vineyards, and, well, it’s no surprise that world is beating down...Learn more
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“May challenge the supremacy of the 2015”: 2016 Comte Armand Clos des Epeneaux & a Bumper Crop of the 2015!
This wine needs little introduction. Much like Gevrey’s Clos St. Jacques, Nuits’ Les St. Georges or Chambolle’s Amoureuses, Pommard’s Clos des Epeneaux is a cru above, a blessed site that most Burgund-o-philes recognize as a Grand Cru in all but name. Clos des Epeneaux, however, is also a monopole of Domaine Comte Armand, which means that the unique terroir here has only one lens onto its ample gifts. Thankfully, Comte Armand has always been one of the most reliably exceptional Domaines in Burgundy for the past...Learn more
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A Stunning Range of Meursaults from a Louis Carillon Acolyte: 2016 Bouzereau-Gruère et Filles
I’ve written about this Domaine several times now. Historically underperforming, but today underestimated, it is a source for serious value and wines that are not just undervalued, but, frankly, available. There’s a lot of noise in the Burgundy market, and seriously talented, worth Domaines can fly well beneath the radar. While everyone clamors after Leflaive, and Roulot and Coche and Ente and Ramonet, some of the very best wines go unnoticed. Take Bouzereau-Gruère et Filles. Here’s what I’ve...Learn more
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Mugnier. Yes, That Mugnier: Domaine JF Mugnier 2011-2015
Ok, file this under “decisions, bad.” I am nearly certain that demand will vastly outstrip supply. Only a few bottles are a available for the really rare wines; some of them exist in only a single bottle. And, well, Mugnier is one of the titans, one of the growers the élite collectors fight each other to pay more and more for. I don’t imagine any of these wines will be left when the dust settles. So, what informs this hysteria? Why the rabid rush to secure any and all Mugnier in whatever quantities may be available. Well, like Leroy, Rousseau, DRC or Roumier, this is gold-plated Burgundy, triple-A bond-rated...Learn more
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Rock Solid: Two Times 2016 Jadot Value Plays
Négociants aren’t sexy. There really aren’t too many Instagram posts flush with images of Bouchard, Drouhin, or Jadot, at least in comparison to the parade of Leroy and Rousseau, Mugnier and DRC, Lafon and Leflaive, Coche and Roulot that marches past in what seems like an endless supply. Sure, occasionally you’ll see some shipper bottlings of major wines - Moose or Monty, for example - but no one really posts a humble Gevrey from the likes of Jadot with the same gloating grin that they do Armand Rousseau’s. Sure, small, family-owned and artisanal are all ideals that often make remarkable...Learn more
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Rare: Cellar-Direct, Library Releases from Domaine du Comte de Vogüé
Burgundy may as well be French for: “rare.” A tiny region producing less than 5% of France’s total wine production, Burgundy also produces perhaps the country’s most coveted and sought-after wines. Combine the two facts, and, well, it can be nigh impossible to secure any particular wine at all, let alone in any quantity. And older wines? Forget about it. They may as well not exist at all. Nevertheless, the Seine must be running backwards or the Mistral blowing southeast, because one of the marquee producers...Learn more
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“Among the best wines that I have ever seen from him”: The Epic 2016 Domaine Louis Boillot - ♥ “Sweet spot, Outstanding” x 18
I’ve been beating the drum for Louis Boillot for a while, more and less successfully. Our 2015 offer was quite strong, but less heralded vintages have not fared nearly as well. It’s a shame, really, as these are among the best wines in Burgundy today. Louis’s wines have always been strong, but there clearly has been a significant increase in quality since 2005 on. Might it have something to do with Louis moving his cellar to...Learn more
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The Train Has Left the Station: 2015 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy
It’s official. Harmand-Geoffroy is “in the club.” Burghound and other reviewers are starting to realize the talent on full display here. 2015 is nothing short of a coming out party for this remarkable Domaine. Harmand-Geoffroy, alongside a small group of other growers - Coffinet-Duvernay, Pinson and one or two more - represents the best of what the Burgundy List is: a source for the best of Burgundy, and not just the names everyone knows. I'm proud to represent "under the radar" growers like...Learn more
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DO NOT MISS THIS!!! Similar in Stature to Ramonet’s Ruchottes: 2016 Marc Morey Chassagne 1er Virondots
Some wines hide in plain site. Marc Morey’s Chassagne 1er Cru En Virondots is one of them. Look at the map of Chassagne: The area I’ve circled is known generally as “La Grande Montagne.” It includes what many people consider the finest vineyards of Chassagne - 1ers La Romanée, Grandes Ruchottes and En Caillerets. There are also two other plots that are much less well know - a 1er called La Grande Montagne itself and 1er En Virondots.I can guarantee you’ve never seen En Virondots before, except from...Learn more
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“The Natural Heir to Henri Jayer”: 2016 Benjamin Leroux
I would like to call Ben Leroux' wines “Domaine,” rather than négociant. I know, technically, it's not correct. After all, Benjamin only owns a small passel of his own vines, but he farms the vines himself or works only with growers who adhere to and follow the same strict demands he employed himself at Comte Armand, namely lutte raisonnée or biodynamism. There are no herbicides or pesticides employed in any of the vineyards and the rows are ploughed by horse. At present, more than 50% of the vineyards he exploits are certified organic or biodynamic. Suffice to say, after his star turn with...Learn more
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