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Stupid Value: 2015 Jérôme Chezeaux Bourgogne Rouge
This will be short and sweet. Jérôme Chezeaux is a house favorite offering seriously under-the-radar excellence from the now almost-too-dear Côte de Nuits. It’s strange, especially given that Chezeaux’s wines have been imported for decades now by the inimitable Neal Rosenthal and he holds some pretty prime real estate in both Nuits and Vosne: 1ers Prulier and Vaucrains in the former, and Chaumes and Suchots in the latter, with an excellent plot of old vine Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot to boot! Anyhow, Chezeaux’s Bourgogne is a barnburner, and a stunning value too. Spicy, red and black fruits and very Nuits in...Learn more
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Title/Subject: History Lesson: Bruno Clair’s Iconic Marsannay Rosé
Burgundy isn’t all Grands and 1ers Crus that need decades of age. There are, for lack of a better term, frivolous wines, too. Wines that do not require hours of thought or great contemplation to appreciate their complexity and nuance, but rather are simply delicious and offer only delight to the drinker. Bruno Clair’s Marsannay Rosé is one of those wines. Bruno’s wines have an ardent following and the Marsannay Rosé has been an open secret from this touchstone Domaine for quite a while. Where else can you find a wine that...Learn more
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Another Case Buy Alert: The Ch. de Pierreclos’s Stunning 2016 Mâcon-Bussières at a Steep Discount!
Look, I could wax poetic about the sweet fruit and steely spine of this gorgeous white Burgundy. Or I could write a great exegesis of its origins and its particular qualities - vineyard and soil type, winemaking philosophy and viticultural practices, et al. I could even try to find some marketing hype to convince you to buy this wine. But I am not going to. Instead, I am simply going to tell you that you should buy this wine. If you’re in the market for excellent Chardonnay of the French stripe, with...Learn more
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Subtle, Fine, Elegant: 2015 & 2016 from Domaine Anne Gros
Anne Gros has an ardent and intense following among Burgundy aficionados. Producing subtle, elegant and fine Burgundy’s of precision and focus tends to earn you an ardent and intense following. Having a stunning array of vineyards in Vosne, including Vosne Les Barreaux, Echezeaux, and Richebourg. Of course, she also has the privilege of farming one of the most well-sited plot of vines in all of Clos Vougeot - Le Grand Maupertui - just below Grands Echezeaux and the vines here are over 100 years old. In addition to these “wow” wines, there are also some very excellent daily drinkers from...Learn more
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“Indeed Excellent”: 2016 Lignier-Michelot Allocation
I don’t have much to add after last year’s write up, so I will let it stand. I will, however, confirm that after tasting the 2016s from bottle earlier this year, that this is an excellent, if not supremely good vintage chez Lignier-Michelot and perhaps his best to date. Do not miss these. At this point I'd say Lignier-Michelot has reached cruising altitude. After the better part of a decade emerging on the scene, he seems to have found his voice - sexy, lush and yet honest wines that have an undeniable irresistibility. Prior to 2010, sometimes the wines could appear a little hard or brutish. Not so any more. Whatever coarseness was once...Learn more
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More Chablis: Testut’s Brilliant 2016’s
Testut is a producer I’ve been heralding for some time. Producing beautifully etched, classic Chablis of great drive and energy, with plenty of the flinty citrus fruit and mineral core that underpins great Chablis. This pair of 2016s are exceptional: the Montée de Tonnerre is a perfect picture of this remarkable cru, while the Forêts is a must-have wine not only from this Domaine, but the entire region. Let me explain. While Montée de Tonnerre is the most sought-after of the 1ers crus, with striking power, depth and minerality, the Forêts chez Testut is a tour-de-force. The cru itself is among the finer of the Chablis 1ers, contained as it...Learn more
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In Stock & Rare: Chablis Potpourri from some of the Region’s Best & Most Sought-After Producers
So, Chablis has had a hard run lately with some rather unfortunate and extreme frost that has seriously limited quantities available, even if the quality has remained exceptionally high. Add to that, that the producers on offer have all become hot commodities in their own right, with the world clamoring for the minuscule production of these highly regarded houses. Together, this triad of producers represents the new wave in Chablis, where the highly regarded and talented struggle to ever really command any...Learn more
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Perfectly Aged White Burgundy from a Retired Master: 2008/2010 Chassagne from Jean-Marc Morey
Jean-Marc Morey sadly hung up the pipette after the 2014 vintage, having completed well over 40 vintages at his humble, but remarkable Domaine. Achingly traditional, his range of Chassagnes could make the hair stand on the back of your neck. Ample, opulent and intense, with energy and minerality girding the whole edifice of these monumental wines. Funny, you could describe the man the same as his wines. Larger than life, he embodied (literally) the Burgundian spirit: generous, ample...Learn more
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Hit Where it Hurts: 2016 Pavelot
Hugues Pavelot is among the most consistent and talented winemakers in Burgundy, and 2016 is no exception. Nonetheless, it was a very difficult year for him, as the hardships of the vintage were particularly unkind to Savigny. Still, it is precisely this difficulty that proves just how talented the Pavelot family really is. For despite the struggles, these are attractive wines of great energy and fruit. Neal Martin puts the vintage well in context: “Parking my car in Savigny-lès-Beaune, the question was not whether Hugues Pavelot’s wines had been hit, but how severe their loss was. Eighty percent was the answer. Imagine...Learn more
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2015 Jérôme Chezeaux Allocation Part 1: Nuits-St.-Georges
Jérôme Chezeaux is large and powerful man. A former rugby player, his size and physique can be nearly intimidating. And yet he produces some of the most beautifully framed and delicate Burgundies in the entire region. Precision, filigree and focus are the hallmarks of the style, with a crystalline fruit quality and haunting sense of balance. As such, he has been among my favorite producers we offer every year. It doesn’t hurt that Chezeaux, despite being imported by Neal Rosenthal and with holdings in important crus such as Nuits 1er Vaucrains, Vosne 1er Suchots and Clos de Vougeot, he remains...Learn more
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