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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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More Allocation Madness: 2014/2015 Domaine des Comte Lafon
Hot on the heels of our Dauvissat-Camus offer, comes another hot allocation: Domaine des Comte Lafon. Domique Lafon has been the Lafon at the helm for over 30 years now and has proved himself to be not only a noble upholder of the impeccable values of this remarkable and well-regarded Domaine, but also one of the most dynamic and influential forces in Burgundy today. Rather than just sit on his laurels, Dominique has formed two additional winemaking estates connected to his...Learn more
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One Shot: 2016, 2015 & 2011 Dauvissat-Camus Allocations

Vincent Dauvissat embodies Chablis, in body and soul. A long, lean man, with tremendous energy and angular, almost stone-like features, he seems to be the bodily representation of the wines. But he is also deeply expressive and has many engaging, thoughtful, even profound things to say. His wines are no different than the man. No wonder the entire world wants them. I predict a lot of broken hearts on this one!

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Eternal Flame: The Epic 2015 Domaine Hubert Lignier Allocation
Hubert Lignier is assuredly among my favorite producers. Neal Martin talks about the Domaine in glowing, reverent terms, situating the Domaine’s ethos and style as on the level of Perrot-Minot and Dujac, though without the polish of the former or the whole bunch quality of the Dujac wines. In sum, the house is traditional and these are elegant wines of great poise and rigor. I have been lucky to have quite a bit of old Ligniers, and the memories linger among my most treasured Burgundy...Learn more
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“Serious House Burgundies”: 2015 Bourgogne Rouge & Blanc at Supreme Value Pricing
Burgundy madness has inspired something of a crisis for wine lovers in recent years. Small quantities and enormous demand has driven prices through the roof, making even humble Bourgogne appellations wines quite expensive. From well regarded growers, it is not uncommon to see wines at this entry level sell for well over $30 and sometimes even $40 or $50. Gone are the days of $20 Burgundy, at least the ones you want to drink. Thankfully there are still some very serious values to be found. Often these...Learn more
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“Nothing is more difficult than simplicity”: 2016 Domaine A. & P. Villaine
Like Prudhon, Domaine A. & P. de Villaine offers incredible value. However, nothing Aubert de Villaine has ever done as been “under-the-radar.” It turns out that when you run Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, people tend to take notice of any other activities in the wine world you may undertake. After all, other luminaries who are affiliated with DRC have gone to found some of Burgundy’s most prestigious Domaines: Madame Lalou Bize Leroy set up shop with Domaines Leroy and d’Auvenay, while Henri Roch founded...Learn more
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Among the Best Values in ANY Vintage: Domaine Henri Prudhon
Domaine Henri Prudhon had been an under-the radar secret for decades. A mainstay of the Rosenthal portfolio, Prudhon was always a solid bet for value. It still is. However, St. Aubin has been on something of a wild ride in the last decade. In the ‘80s, St. Aubin was a Burgundy backwater, often overlooked and seldom considered worth exploration. Sure stalwart traditionalists like Prudhon and Langoureau produced lovely wines, but few people noticed. Only aficionados and geeks snapped up...Learn more
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Drouhin 2016

Drouhin 2016

4/17/2018 3:42 PM

“Elegant, fresh, energetic and super-transparent to the underlying terroir”: 2016 Joseph Drouhin Drouhin, alongside Jadot, Bouchard P&F, and Faiveley, represents the pinnacle of production quality at the négociant end of the spectrum. This is largely because all of these négociants own a significant number of the vineyards they produce. All of them, in many ways, should be thought of as very large Domaines, rather than négociants. In fact, when you begin to look at the numbers, often one or two cuvées skews our perception of their status. For example, Drouhin produces about 3 million bottles a year. Almost 1.5 million...Learn more
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If You Only Buy One: 2015 Red Burgundy Value that Steals the Spotlight
My love for Bitouzet-Prieur is well known. Classical is the catch word at the Domaine. Whether you’re dealing with Meursault or Volnay, a bottle with Bitouzet-Prieur on the label ensures that the experience will be classique. The Meursaults are tense and mineral, with an oily richness, while the Volnays bound with floral notes, Volnay’s hallmark medicinal minerality and a sultry sophistication.Learn more
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The Church of Burgundy: 2014 Bitouzet-Prieur Allocations - Les Blancs

These are, as many of you know, among my absolute favorite Burgundies. The story here is nothing new, but something we seem to take for granted. Elegance, freshness, depth and terroir - all the buzzwords you see in every Burgundy offer - are not qualities which any Domaine produces in equilibrium or in every vintage. And yet, there are Domaines which seem to do so, and somehow remain out of the discussion when it comes to “elite” status.

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