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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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Embarrassingly Good: 2016 Benjamin Leroux Whites
Talents like Benjamin Leroux are rare, once in a generation, really. Plaudits have been pouring in from day one, with comparisons to other once-in-a-generation talents, such as Henri Jayer. After a star turn at Comte Armand, Leroux set out on his own, with a micro-négoce project that sought out some of the more overlooked crus in Burgundy - Chassagne 1er Embazées or Volnay 1er Cave de Château des Ducs, for example. But the new Maison was also rooted in supreme value, with Bourgognes and Village wines that overdelivered and often included declassified juice in the blends. As the house has...Learn more
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♥ “Sweet spot, Outstanding” x 15!!!
Louis Boillot is one of those Burgundy producers who seems to flirt with greatness every vintage and, yet, does not garner the attention or demand he should. He belongs squarely to the whisper campaign style of Burgundy producers who trade among aficionados in the know. Simply put, Louis - alongside and maybe even surpassing his brother Lucien - is producing some of the most satisfying, achingly pure and compelling wines in all of Burgundy. Of course, with no Grand Cru to his name and no real foothold in any particular village, but rather with holdings spread across both...Learn more
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File Under “O” for Obvious: Magnums of 2014 Chablis
Most of us are familiar with Raveneau by now. If not through experience, at least by reputation, as the pinnacle of winemaking in Chablis and one of France’s most hallowed Domaines. Kermit Lynch has been importing Raveneau for the better part of 40+ years now, and introduced Americans along the way to many other remarkable French producers and wine regions in the process. But Kermit imports other Chablis producers beyond Raveneau, and it stands to reason that his nose for what’s good in Chablis is pretty keen. One of his discoveries many years ago was Domaine Lavantureux, formally helmed by the Lavantureux named Roland.Learn more
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2016 Meursaults from an Under-the-Radar Master: Jean-Philippe Fichet
If you like bracing wines of depth and complexity, Fichet is your man. What Fichet is doing in Meursault is analogous to what Thomas Pico is doing in Chablis, and there’s a reason both producers have garnered a slavish, cult-like following. Like Pico, Fichet has no claim on the finest sites in Burgundy, and there are no Grands Crus to clamor over, not even a lowly Criot-Bâtard-Montrachet. (Ok, that may have a little too cheeky by half!) Beyond that, there are not even any 1ers Crus – save a Puligny Referts which exists in...Learn more
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