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 “Domaine Leflaive” by Another Name: 2014/2016 Domaine Pierre Morey
My title makes me feel just a little dirty. Pierre Morey deserves recognition and plaudits in his own right, rather than for his groundbreaking work as the winemaker at the renowned Domaine Leflaive. Nonetheless, I feel like the wines sell and gain attention more for his work at Domaine Leflaive, rather than the incredible wines he produces at his own, eponymous Domaine. Crafting benchmark examples of Meursault 1er Perrières and Bâtard-Montrachet, you would think he would have emerged out his...Learn more
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Insane 2016 “Hudelot-Noellat” Value Case Buys
Domaine Hudelot-Noellat may be the hottest estate in Burgundy. Always an excellent source for some of Burgundy’s greatest terroirs, the ascendancy of Charles van Canneyt has taken this remarkable Domaine to new heights and now it sits comfortably atop the quality hierarchy alongside Domaines like Mugneret-Gibourg, Roumier and Rousseau, even if it hasn’t quite achieved these Domaines’ gold-plated status on the market. Yet. Last year, I introduced many of you to Charles’s new négociant line under his own name, Charles van Canneyt. The project allows for him to expand into...Learn more
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“I revere Alex Moreau as one of the best winemakers in Chassagne-Montrachet”: 2016 Bernard Moreau Allocation
You all will know that I have been a huge proponent of Domaine Bernard Moreau for the past few years now. 2016 is no exception: this is a Domaine to overlook at your peril. For my money, I would put Moreau squarely atop the hierarchy in Chassagne, perhaps higher even than Ramonet. The tradition of excellence here is not as long or notable as Ramonet’s, but if things keep up at this pace, it won’t be long before the Moreaus’ wines are as equally sought after, rare and impossible to find. The cartel of white Burgundy...Learn more
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“The Pearl of the Côte”: 2016 Excellence in Vosne
The Gros family seems to have a tentacle in nearly every hectare of Vosne-Romanée. After all, there are so many of them - Anne-Françoise Gros (i.e. Domaine A.-F. Gros) - Michel Gros, Anne Gros, and Gros Frères et Soeurs. With deep roots in the appellation and an extensive history with the vines, the family has amassed some impressive holdings - Richebourg, Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux, important parcels in Clos Vougeot, including Le Grand Maupertui and en Musigni, Vosne 1ers Chaumes, aux Brûlées and the monopole Clos de la Fontaine, parcels of Aux Réas and Les Barreaux … well, you get the idea.Learn more
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CASE BUY ALERT!!! 2015 Red Burgundy 1er Cru Greatness at pre-2009 Pricing!!!
For all its tradition and history, Burgundy is still a relatively dynamic place. Domaines and négociants are founded and sold, vineyards trade hands and the market changes rapidly (unfortunately only in one direction of late). Often in the sturm und drang of this commotion there are deals to be found. Today, I have one such deal. Last year Domaine Prieur-Brunet sold to négociant titan Louis Jadot. The small family Domaine had a quiet legacy, but a noble one. With a history stretching back to 1804, the Prieur...Learn more
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“Meursault 1er Perrières” for $29.99!?!?!
Dupont-Fahn is an infamous name in Burgundy. Raymond, the current Dupont-Fahn at the helm, inherited a range of well sited and well regarded vineyards in Meursault from his father, Michel. However, one of these vineyards has garnered its fair share of controversy. Bourgogne Chaumes des Perrières. But this is no ordinary Bourgogne. It’s 40 year old Meursault from 1ers Sous Dos d’Ane and Perrières. In fact, the vines sit just above Coche-Dury’s plot in Perrières. It’s illustrated below on the map. So why is it humble Bourgogne? Well, Raymond’s grandfather thought that the topsoil was too...Learn more
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Top Domaine, Top Value

Top Domaine, Top Value

9/6/2018 8:00 AM

There are few Domaines as august, revered and profound as Domaine Leflaive. With a substantial range of the most important Grands and 1ers Crus of Puligny, the estate is an important source for some of the most breathtaking wines of all of Burgundy. But they are expensive. Nosebleed expensive. And rare. Exceedingly rare, as they are tightly allocated. As such, sadly, many Burgundy lovers will never try these remarkable wines, despite their iconic status and touchstone example. Thankfully the Domaine has expanded its activities outside Puligny and produces a remarkable wine from...Learn more
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The Ultimate Cellar Saver: Iconic Burgundy in Half Bottle
Half bottles get little respect in the wine trade. The oft-told and well-worn saw goes that a magnum is the perfect size bottle for one. But beyond the macho boasting and guffawing in the face of bald alcoholism, most of us recognize the half bottle as an ideal amount for wine for a weekday meal, especially for those who have a partner who isn’t drinking or travels often. The problem is sourcing quality examples. You’d be surprised how hard this actually is. Relatively few Burgundians produce half bottles, especially in any quantity. Part of it is a chauvinism on their part, favoring the bias in the...Learn more
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“The rewards are immense”: 2016 Michel Niellon
Michel Niellon is an iconic address. For decades, alongside Ramonet, this renowned grower personified Chassagne and white Burgundy. Ramonet always veered toward the mineral, steely and cutting expression of white Burgundy, whereas Michel Niellon's broad, smiling open face offered you opulence, intensity and richness. Of course, that is not to say that Ramonet could not be rich, even unctuous, or that Niellon lacked rigor or structure, but that these are the hallmarks of the style. Michel Niellon has been at this now for well over 50 years, having begun working with his father, Marcel, in 1957. Today, the operation is run by his...Learn more
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“Brutal”: 2015 Remi Rollin - Underground Gem no More
Remi Rollin has been among our most popular and desired Burgundies for years now. Every year seems to bring another swathe of zen-like balance and elegance in both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. I am very fond of this address, and even fonder of the days when we could open Neal’s book and see a range of available vintages in stock in Maspeth: Have a hankering for a lithe, mineral-rich red with some age, well, why not call up Neal and have send a couple boxes of 2005 Pernand Rouge 1er Ile de Vergelesses? You’ll need something to whet your whistle, though. How about 2002 Pernand Blanc 1er Sous Frétille?Learn more
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