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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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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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