“The 2016 Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru has opened wonderfully since I tasted it in bottle: citrus lemon, Vervane tea, dill, ginger and yellow plum aromas bursting from the glass, an underlying spiciness developing in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with a spicy opening, lemongrass and touches of ginger, very open and generous with dried honey, curry leaf and a touch of ginger towards the feisty finish. Excellent.” -- 93 pts Vinous (Neal Martin)
A single vineyard that typifies the essence of Volnay, concentrated with lovely racy acidity, vibrant and fresh. In style of Joseph Voillot, his wines represent the essence of the terroir, beautifully perfumed with hints of lavender, spring flowers and violets showing at the moment mainly primary fruit with excellent texture and balance on the palate. Still very young but this will benefit from cellaring 7-10 years.
“The 2016 Chablis Vaulorent 1er Cru has a really lovely bouquet with dried pineapple, musk, chalk dust and yellow flower aromas. The palate is well balanced with a smooth entry, nicely pitched acidity with a gorgeous yellow plum, orange rind and light strawberry finish that lingers in the mouth. Excellent.” -- 93 pts Vinous (Neal Martin)
A classic Beaune from one of the most classical producers in Burgundy, soft and velvety with lovely acidity and stucture, caressing tannins and slightly floral. Perhaps not at the very high level of his Volnay and Pommard however this is a spectacular Beaune that offers, even in its youth, precision, soft and velvety tannins. Quite approachable now however it will be much better in 5 years plus.
A stunning single vineyard cru which typifies this particular single vineyard Vergelesses. The wine first of all is full bodied with concentration, power and a touch of limestone, beautiful balance, racy acidity, lifted aromas of fresh baked bread and brioche with a touch of oak. Good now but superb in 5 years time.
Wine Advocate 91 points - "The 2015 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses wafts from the glass with notes of baked plum, cherries, raspberry, currant leaf, rich spice and espresso which mingle in a sun-kissed bouquet. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, rich and ample, with fine-grained tannins and flavors of fruit preserve. This is a bit more marked by the 2015 sunshine than it seemed in barrel (when it seemed the peer or even the superior of the domaine's Serpentières), and could end up evolving like the 1990."
The 1er Cru Aux Guettes and Vergelesses are the two most revered and perhaps best within Simon Bize’s range. This is powerful and dynamic with a lovely bouquet of violets, spring flowers and rosemary, lovely supple tannins with vibrant fresh acidity. Beautifully constructed, silky with perfect balance. This will be marvellous within the next 10 years.
Chisa Bize has done a magnificent job with this particular vintage and one of the outstanding 1er Cru from this Domaine Talmettes is perhaps one of the best we have tried in the last 20 odd years. Crunchy, fresh and clean with lively vibrancy, beautiful acidity, balance and equilibrium which is really what you expect from great Burgundy. At the moment it is showing little reduction, a little too much frontal fruit but this will balance out. Be patient with it and give it some time. Outstanding 1er Cru! Drink over the next 10 years.
One of the best 1er Cru from Simon Bize, this has always been one of our favourites, high tone, lovely fresh acidity, depth and concentration, that’s how we would probably describe this wonderful wine. 2017 is a big but also a very good vintage and most of Simon Bize’s wines are crafter for longevity so expect a magnificent Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru within 8-10 years.
Dujac's 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis Village is very pretty, wafting from the glass with notes of plums, red berries, rose petal, cinnamon and other warm spices. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, succulent and giving with a juicy core of fruit and a light framing of chalky tannins.
Volnay is an expressive, feminine, soft and velvety wine that even though can be approached fairly young, in the hands of a top producer can also age for many years. Voillot’s Volnay is expressive, medium to full body, vibrant and fresh. Soft and elegant but still powerful, focused and concentrated. An outstanding Volnay that will cellar for 5 years plus.
Medium-bodied, giving and fleshy, the 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis Blanc offers up aromas of green orchard fruit and freshly baked bread followed by an open knit, succulent palate. It should offer generous drinking in its youth.
Rating (87 –89)
"The 2016 Savigny les Beaune les Grand Liards has a lovely, pure blackberry, boysenberry and wet loam scented bouquet that is very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with dusky black fruit, chalky tannin, quite linear and focused but you can really feel the freshness and energy on the finish of this impressive village cru. Excellent, especially for a village cru, the sole vineyard to survive and make a single vineyard bottling."
90-92 points, Neal Martin
Sourced from 9 different parcels in Volnay with an average vine age of around 40 years, this is what excellent Volnay is all about! Lovely aromas of dark cherry, spring flowers and thyme give way to a soft, caressing middle palate with lovely fresh acidity, structure and composure. Approachable in the next 3-5 years, better in 5 years plus.
Sourced from 4 different parcels in Pommard with an average vine age of 54 years, the wine is showing beautiful aromas of violets, a touch of lavender and cranberry. It’s starting to show remarkably well with the oak being fully integrated with a tinge of violet, caressing tannins and beautifully balanced. Even though the 2017 vintage will be approachable earlier than say the 2016, it is also very well built, powerful and it will reward those willing to wait 5-6 years plus.
"The 2016 Savigny Les Beaune Blanc has an attractive apple blossom and grass clipping scented bouquet with fine delineation. The palate offers passion fruit and hints of ginger on the entry, a fresh line of acidity and a slightly honeyed finish that lingers in the mouth. This is just a straightforward, delicious white Savigny."
89-91 points, Neal Martin
A standard village from Savigny-les-Beaune that again typifies the extent that this Domaine is going to even in their basic village wines. On the nose it is fresh, floral, perfumed with a touch of spring flowers, hints of lavender followed by a beautiful seamless acidity, perfect texture and medium body. Will be drinking beautifully over the next 5-6 years plus.
This is beautiful white Burgundy is mineral and full bodied with hints of brioche, pure white cream and just beautifully balanced. It’s not an exaggeration that once you try this it will almost remind you of a junior Puligny Montrachet. We think that this is probably his best effort up to date! Will keep for 4-5 years.
Most of you will know this producer by now as one of the top ten producers in Burgundy and indeed the world. All the fruit for this wine comes from his vineyards. The wine has a purple brick red colour, wonderful perfume of truffle, cepes and dried mushrooms. The palate is rich, concentrated and very gamy with hints of dark berry fruit, yet elegant and full. Being 100% Pinot Noir, the wine also displays forest undergrowth, but still remaining silky and velvety. This is what classic Pinot Noir should be, mushroomy, earthy, silky yet full and intense.
Typical Cotes du Nuits, full bodied and precise with beautiful acidity, textured and complex. On the nose it is perfumed with hints of lavender, rosemary, forest floor and tarragon. The palate is magnificent, layered, textured, balanced and refined with power. A beautiful expression of Pinot Noir from the Cotes du Nuits, the birthplace of Pinot Noir! Good to go now but better in 3 years.
Didier Fornerol has thrust forward with wines that are simply excellent and value for money, especially when it comes to Burgundy. The 2016 Cotes de Nuits Villages white captures this vintage perfectly, medium to full bodied with lovely acidity, depth and definition. At its price, it is excellent white Burgundy, clean, precise and pure. Drink now or over the next 2-3 years.
Four parcels totalling about 4.5 acres whose vines average around 50 years go into making this excellent Bourgogne Rouge Vieilles Vignes. Situated below Volnay, for an entry level Bourgogne Rouge, this punches well above its weight. Aromas of thyme, lavender and rose petals give way to a middle to full bodied wine with lovely acidity, excellent middle palate and perfectly balanced. It’s a wine that will reward those that love fresh, clean and poised Pinot Noir but it will also develop for 4-5 years plus.
A very low yielding, non-irrigated vineyard cropped at less than 3 tonnes per acre. The wine is golden green colour with a bouquet of Brioche, Marzipan and toffee. The palate is long and concentrated with a barrage of minerals, dry fruit and almonds, a high degree of acidity, good extraction and extended lees aging. The wine is an example of balance and equilibrium, full bodied with a persistent and pure finish. Will cellar for 3-5 years plus.
“There is good Chablis typicity to the ripe pear and apple scents and it continues on the rich and vibrant flavors that possess an inner mouth perfume that is also based on apple, all wrapped in a lightly mineral-inflected finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. This is a quality effort in the context of the genre.” -- 87-89 Burghound
Domaine Chanson is a historic top producer in the heart of Burgundy. They produce both white and red and this is one of their entry levels from the magnificent vintage of 2015. Typical white Burgundy, lovely Chardonnay with overtones of burnt butter, pure cream, lovely acidity and drinking beautifully now. If you haven’t tried it before, this is something that you will definitely enjoy!
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