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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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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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