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Producers & Wines, Burgundy

Domaine Charles Audoin, Marsannay-la-Côte:

Marsannay is already making a noise in the Côte de Nuits, and this domaine is banging a large drum. The Route Nationale from Beaune to Dijon strays a little further East once you have passed Gevrey Chambertin, with the result that it is easy to miss the slopes of Marsannay which form the natural continuation ("combes" and all) of the Côte de Nuits. This is a very serious domaine of 13 hectares, founded in 1972, and developed in recent years by young Cyril Audoin. There is confidence and modesty here in very promising balance and the wines show exceptional precision, freshness, weight and balance. After receiving very high marks from Burghound writer Allen Meadows, these wines become doubly attractive when we look at their prices for genuine single vineyard Côte de Nuits wines. The single vineyards Longeroies, Clos de Jeu, Champs Salomon and Favières are all destined to achieve 1er cru status when the top Marsannay vineyards are finally reclassified over the next few years, but, for now, they each cost well under the price of any of the village wines from further South. A new winery was completed in time for the 2014 vintage and there are great and ambitious plans for the future.


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
AUBOA17B Aligoté 2017

AUMAB15B Marsannay Blanc 2015
AUBCS15B Marsannay Blanc, Au Champs Salomon 2015

AUMAB14B Marsannay Blanc 2014
AUBCS14B Marsannay Blanc, Au Champs Salomon 2014

AUROS14B Marsannay Rosé 2014

AUBOR15B Bourgogne Rouge 2015
AUMAR15B Marsannay, Cuvée Marie Ragonneau 2015
AUMLO15B Marsannay, Les Longeroies 2015
AUMCJ15B Marsannay, Clos De Jeu 2015
AUMCS15B Marsannay, Au Champs Salomon 2015
AUMFA15B Marsannay, Les Favières 2015

AUBOR14B Bourgogne Rouge 2014
AUMAR14B Marsannay, Cuvée Marie Ragonneau 2014
AUMLO14B Marsannay, Les Longeroies 2014

AUMLO13B Marsannay, Les Longeroies 2013

AUMAR12B Marsannay, Cuvée Marie Ragonneau 2012
AUMLO12B Marsannay, Les Longeroies 2012
AUMCJ12B Marsannay, Clos De Jeu 2012
AUMCS12B Marsannay, Au Champs Salomon 2012
AUMFA12B Marsannay, Les Favières 2012

AUMAR11B Marsannay, Cuvée Marie Ragonneau 2011
AUMCJ11B Marsannay, Clos De Jeu 2011
AUMCS11B Marsannay, Au Champs Salomon 2011
AUMFA11B Marsannay, Les Favières 2011

Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey Chambertin :

When the Burgundy offers appear in January, it's fun to play "Fourrier-bingo". Jean-Marie Fourrier's words are so keenly devoured by all his visitors, press and clients alike, and he always offers such an intelligent, considered and convincing analysis of the vintage, that his words appear in quotations everywhere. It's already not far short of twenty years since he took over the domaine from his father, and in that time - since our first vintage in 1999 - we have observed the domaine rise into the stratosphere. His unambiguous message, which his wines convey so convincingly, is that purity, elegance, freshness and terroir definition must always dominate over winemaking, oak, or any other 'tricks' available. Old vines, loving attention, careful, gentle, thoughtful winemaking - it's a simple recipe. In Jean-Marie's delicate hands "allowing nature to believe she's in control" produces magnificent results.  We have only very small quantities of all of these wines, and over the last few years almost everything has disappeared during the January En Primeur offer.

From January 2019 we hope to be offering our regular range of the 2016 vintage: Bourgogne Blanc, Gevrey Chambertin, Morey St Denis Clos Solon, the Premiers Crus: Cherbaudes, Goulots, Combe aux Moines and Clos St Jacques and Grand Cru Griotte. Quantities will be very limited and we expect to allocate all of these to existing customers.


Domaine Heresztyn-Mazzini, Gevrey Chambertin :

Florence Heresztyn-Mazzini has stamped an immediate signature onto the domaine which she now runs, with her Champenois husband Simon Mazzini, beginning with the 2012 vintage. There are some changes to the vineyards so the domaine she has taken over has 5.5 hectares of vines, a reduction from the 9ha of previous years. The other 3.5 ha, which includes all of the Gevrey Corbeaux, are owned by her uncle and aunt and are being farmed separately, for now at least. So, perhaps temporarily, Corbeaux has disappeared from the portfolio. New modern labels have appeared, and, most importantly, there are some new ideas being implemented in both vineyard and cellar which all focus on improving quality. Grape selection has been intensified, smaller boxes are used for transporting the grapes, and the proportion of whole bunches has also increased towards 50%. Florence is now also following lutte raisonnée viticultural practices which are taking them towards organic farming, and a reduction of 30% in the number of spraying treatments previously employed. The wines spend the same long period on the lees as before, with malolactics continuing to take their time.

There are immediately noticeable differences in the wines. Most strikingly, the wines seem fresher, more defined, a touch slimmer, and more energetic. Perfumes are excellent, and tannins are fine, polished and fit comfortably around the fruit. We have enjoyed the wines of the domaine over the past decade, but we observed the beginning of a new era with the 2012s, continuing with the 2013s, and everything is in place to give the domaine a big push forwards. Early reports from several of the critics talk with similar enthusiasm. We are confident of a great future for the estate.


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
DHGCH15B Gevrey Chambertin, Vieilles Vignes 2015
DHGCV15B Gevrey Chambertin, Clos Village 2015
DHGCG15B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru  Les Goulots 2015

DHGCH14B Gevrey Chambertin, Vieilles Vignes 2014
DHGCJ14B Gevrey Chambertin, Les Jouises 2014
DHGCV14B Gevrey Chambertin, Clos Village 2014
DHGCP14B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru La Perrière 2014
DHGCG14B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru  Les Goulots 2014
DHMOM14B Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Les Millandes 2014
DHCSD14B Clos St Denis, Grand Cru 2014

DHGCH13B Gevrey Chambertin, Vieilles Vignes 2013
DHGCV13B Gevrey Chambertin, Clos Village 2013
DHGCP13B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru La Perrière 2013
DHMOM13B Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Les Millandes 2013
DHCSD13B Clos St Denis, Grand Cru 2013

DHGCH12B Gevrey Chambertin, Vieilles Vignes 2012
DHGCC12B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru Les Champonnets 2012


N.B. The wines from 2011 and earlier are from the parents' generation and are labelled Domaine Heresztyn.


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
DHMOM10B Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Les Millandes 2010

DHGCC09B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru Champonnets 2009
DHMOM09B Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Les Millandes 2009

DHGCC08B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru  Corbeaux 2008
DHGCP08B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru La Perrière 2008

DHGCP07H Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru La Perrière 2007 halves 178.00

DHGCP06H Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru La Perrière 2006 halves 178.00
DHMOM06B Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Les Millandes 2006
DHCSD06H Clos St Denis, Grand Cru 2006 halves 311.80
DHCSD06B Clos St Denis, Grand Cru 2006

DHGCP05H Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru La Perrière 2005 halves 221.50
DHCSD05H Clos St Denis, Grand Cru 2005 halves 369.50
DHCSD05M Clos St Denis, Grand Cru 2005 magnum 1440.20

Domaine Alain Jeanniard, Morey St Denis:

This is a four hectare domaine, based in Morey, but supplemented by a small négociant activity, where technically Alain just buys fruit from his sister and aunt, but actually looks after their vineyards too. Alain abandoned a career in the commercial world in 2000 to return to Morey where his family has lived since the 18th Century and took over a half hectare which grand-père planted in 1929. This planting forms the basis of both the Morey Vieilles Vignes and the Morey 1er Cru Chenevery. Other small parcels have been added in both the Hautes Côtes, Nuits St Georges, and the Côte de Beaune (Pommard), though the Chambolle Combottes offered this year is from purchased grapes. The viticulture follows "lutte raisonnée" and vinification, using on average a quarter of whole bunches, is very gentle. The must is worked very little, and any "pigeage" is done by foot. Elevage takes place in about 25% new oak, and bottling with no fining or filtration. These wines have superb texture, explosive perfumes in the mouth and some structure.


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
JEMOC12B Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Les Chenevery
JECMC12B Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru Les Combottes

Domaine Henri Jouan, Morey St Denis:

This small estate is run by Philippe Jouan, though overlooked still with great attention by father Henri.  Father and son, during my visits anyway, seem to spend their entire time in amicable contradiction, the one correcting or modifying every sentence uttered by the other. Henri is in his 70s, but , despite the bickering, is, I'm certain, a very useful consultant to his son. The estate is tiny, only 3 hectares split over 10 parcels for the 5 crus produced. Vines are between 45 - 70 years old. But there is even less than 3 hectares-worth of wine to bottle as Maison Joseph Drouhin have been long-standing customers since Henri first began making wine, fifty years ago. Both father and now son rely on empirical experience in wine making and élevage and claim that nothing has changed in these fifty years. The grapes are de-stemmed, fermented at a temperature "controlled" in the French sense of the word by Henri's hand on the side of the tank! They like a quick malolactic fermentation and they rack off the lees straight after. Philippe sums up the wines modestly saying they make wine "pour nos clients qui aiment le fruit". The wines are delicate, supple, beautifully-perfumed and forward. Village wines are in 30 % new oak, Clos Sorbé 40% and Clos St Denis 70%. The wines are all bottled, corked and labelled by hand, unfined and unfiltered. 


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
DJGCH15B Gevrey Chambertin Aux Echézeaux 2015

DJPTG14B Bourgogne Passetoutgrain 2014
DJCOB14B Côteaux Bourguignons 2014
DJMSD14B Morey St Denis  2014
DJCHM14B Chambolle Musigny 2014
DJGCH14B Gevrey Chambertin Aux Echézeaux 2014
DJMCS14B Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Clos Sorbé 2014
DJCSD14B Clos St Denis, Grand Cru 2014

DJPTG13B Bourgogne Passetoutgrain 2013
DJMCS13B Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Clos Sorbé 2013
DJCSD13B Clos St Denis, Grand Cru 2013


Domaine François Bertheau, Chambolle Musigny :

A six and a bit hectare domaine run by François, fifth generation vigneron. He has worked at the estate since 1984 and took over in 2004. It is a traditional cellar - nothing fancy, no fining or filtration of course - and rarely more than 20% new oak. The fruit and perfume always blow us away on these wines. They are the epitome of everything that is lovely about Chambolle: light and delicate structure which blossoms and explodes with fruit on the palate, and with gentle textures and great tannin balance. You might say "old-fashioned" in the best sense of the word. There are six wines: Bourgogne Rouge, Chambolle village and a steady crescendo of complexity and class through Premiers Crus to Grand Cru. The first Premier Cru is an assemblage of 4 lieu-dits: (Gruenchers, Groseilles, Noirots, Beaudes) all contiguous on the north side of the village just below Bonnes Mares. Then comes Charmes, with more delicate but explosive red fruit and then Amoureuses, composed from 3 separate parcels, and for many worth a Grand Cru, with such refinement: less primary fruit, spicy, ethereal. Bonnes Mares completes the range, from the "terres rouges" section of the Grand Cru, a few rows at the Chambolle end. The wine is just a little more four square and structured than the others, and also, obviously, needs time. We've not had much wine from François recently, but odd cases in the earlier vintages are delicious.


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
FBCHM15B Chambolle Musigny 2015
FBCPC15B Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru 2015
FBCMC15B Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru Les Charmes 2015

FBCHM14B Chambolle Musigny 2014
FBCMC14B Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru Les Charmes 2014

FBCHM13B Chambolle Musigny 2013

FBCHM11B Chambolle Musigny 2011
FBBOM11B Bonnes Mares, Grand Cru 2011
FBCHM11M Chambolle Musigny Magnum 2011 magnum 492.80
FBCPC11M Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru Magnum 2011 magnum 697.80
FBCMC11M Chambolle Musigny, 1 Cru Les Charmes Magnum 2011 magnum 982.90

FBCMC08B Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru Les Charmes 2008

Domaine Confuron-Gindre, Vosne Romanée :

Claudine (née Gindre) and François run this excellent Vosne-based domaine. They are a charming couple whom we were delighted to welcome to London earlier this year for the first time for the Primeur tastings. Claudine's search for the perfect Irish coffee will be resumed on their return next year, we hope! Confuron is a well-known name in the village but this is the least well-known of the domaines with this famous family name, though the reputation is developing fast. The wines are kept in a very cool cellar where the wines develop very slowly. The Premiers and Grand Crus have a real thickness of old vine texture. Chaumes, for example, is a parcel planted in 1919. The domaine has 11 hectares in all spread over around fifty different small parcels. That is a decent size for a domaine in this area though a sizeable proportion of this is in Bourgogne Rouge, and the holdings in the top vineyards are tiny. Consequently we have almost none of the Premier and Grand Crus to offer (Chaumes, Brûlées, Beaumonts, Echézeaux) though we do have more of the village wines and the excellent Bourgogne Rouge. Taking quality and vineyard locations into account these are really well-priced wines. About 25% of new oak is used on the village wines, up to 100% on the Grand Cru. Wines are unfined and unfiltered. To set yourself up for these serious reds, we recommend their Aligoté, bone dry, tart and racy and very modestly-priced. Their son Edouard is finishing his schooling at the Lycée Viticole this year, and then will spend some time travelling in the wine regions of the New World before knuckling down to work at the domaine.


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
CGBOA16B Bourgogne Aligoté 2016

CGBOR16B Bourgogne Rouge 2016

CGGCH15B Gevrey Chambertin 2015
CGVOR15H Vosne Romanée  2015 halves 152.60
CGVOR15B Vosne Romanée  2015
CGNSG15H Nuits St Georges 2015 halves 152.60
CGNSG15B Nuits St Georges 2015

CGGCH14B Gevrey Chambertin 2014
CGNSG14H Nuits St Georges 2014 halves 138.00
CGNSG14B Nuits St Georges 2014

CGVOR13B Vosne Romanée  2013
CGNSG13B Nuits St Georges 2013

CGVOR12B Vosne Romanée 2012
CGNSG12B Nuits  St Georges 2012

CGVOR11B Vosne Romanée 2011
CGNSG11B Nuits  St Georges 2011


Domaine Sylvain Cathiard, Vosne Romanée :

Sylvain and Odette's son Sébastien has been fully in charge since the 2011 harvest  and his success with 2011, 2012 and 2013 suggest the period of apprenticeship has been passed with flying colours. There are subtle changes to viticultural practices and élevage, which seem to emphasise freshness and liveliness of fruit. This seems particularly evident in the lovely 2013s where this approach seems ideally suited to the character of the vintage. This is a jewel of a small estate (4 ha) which is now one of the very top names in this famous village. We have a small allocation each year of all the cuvees, and the barrel tasting each Autumn is one of the highlights of the year's tasting calendar. There are many old vines at this estate, and the style is complex, rich, voluptuous even, but always delicately perfumed and never forced.

From January 2019 we hope to be offering our regular range of the 2016 vintage. Quantities will be very limited and we expect to allocate all of these to existing customers.


Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut, Ladoix:

Here's a new addition to the list after a much-appreciated tip-off from a wine producer friend. This is an immaculate estate, run by brothers Pierre and Vincent Ravaut and assisted by their semi-retired father, Gaston. It's interesting to point out that single domaine wines are a relatively recent development in the wine history of Burgundy, but that chez Ravaut this process was begun in the 1920's by the original Gaston Ravaut and his son, Pierre. The estate makes wines of great typicity ad authenticity, and offers brilliant value for money. They are situated right at the complex geological point where the Côte de Beaune becomes the Côte de Nuits. In total they own 18 ha in the appellations of Ladoix, Aloxe-Corton and Corton, nestled around the hill of Corton with its famous 'flat-top' hair cut.

Some white is made, including a very little Corton-Charlemagne from the Hautes Mourottes lieu-dit, but the estate focused largely on reds. There is a wide range of wine styles here from such a wide variety of terroirs that it is difficult to generalise about the style of the domaine. The Ladoix wines are generally slightly earlier-maturing styles, with a prominent ripe red fruit note, charming perfume, but lively acidity, at least in 2014. The Aloxe-Corton and Corton wines, just to the south of Ladoix, are heftier, more structured and powerful and generally require more time in bottle. The AC 1er Cru is a blend of Valozières, Vercots and Fournières and has terrific concentration and complexity. The Corton Bressandes should need to introduction as one of the specific lieu-dits of the only Grand Cru in the Côte de Beaune.

Fruit is totally de-stemmed and fermentation takes place in concrete followed by a minimum of 12 months in barrel using a low proportion of about 15% to 20% new oak. Part of the oak is supplied by that well-known tonnellerie Rémond, who are based in Ladoix. Very attractive pricing here, especially for the Premiers and Grands Crus.


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
DRCDN15B Côtes de Nuits Villages
DRLBR15B Ladoix 1er Cru Le Bois Roussot
DRACP15B Aloxe Corton 1er Cru
DRCBR15B Corton Bresandes, Grand Cru

DRCDN14B Côtes de Nuits Villages
DRLBM14B Ladoix 1er Cru Les Basses Mourottes
DRACP14B Aloxe Corton 1er Cru
DRCBR14B Corton Bresandes, Grand Cru


Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard, Pommard:

This is a fifth generation, 6.5 hectare estate, predominantly based in Pommard, with a few vines in Beaune, Meursault and Volnay. It's predominantly a red wine estate, but we have bought a little Beaune Blanc in 2016 and look forward to Meursault and a new St Aubin blanc next year.  Thank you to Edouard Confuron for the introduction. It was a great recommendation.

The estate is run by Thierry and Estelle Violot-Guillemard. They will be handing over to their son Joannès in the next few years, but for now they are busily overseeing work to extend the cellar which will give them space to accommodate the abundant 2017 vintage. We can understand why this has been put off during the last five famously lean years in the Côte de Beaune, but finally now they really need the space.

In addition to their own vines, Thierry has some informal arrangements with neighbours and friends to buy fruit. This has been particularly helpful during these recent small vintages. So two of the premiers crus:  Pommard Arvelets and Volnay Santenots are technically négociant wines.

In a conversation with Thierry on red wines, the word "finesse" crops up regularly. Indeed this is immediately obvious in tasting. The old fashioned view of Pommard I remember was of an appellation dominated by tannin, and sometimes rustic over-extraction. (Or "structure" if you are from a different school of thought). There is structure in the wines - plenty in the case of Rugiens, one of the village's designated Grand Crus, if ever the day comes. But these are gentle wines, where the balance of the fragrance and perfume of pinot, allied to savoury mineral flavours, create wines of real charm and delicacy. Certainly Rugiens and Santenots will need a little time, but the Pommard Brescuel and Pommard La Platière (80 year vines and next to Les Arvelets) will bring great pleasure quite soon. Vines are almost all old (60+ years) and the estate has been certified organic since 1999. Everything is de-stemmed, there is a three to four day cold-soak, then a daily pumping over and punch-down during fermentation. The red wines ferment solely with natural yeasts. By modern standards, quite a lot of new oak - 60% - is used, from coopers François Frères and Damy. But the toast is very light, and the seasoning of the wood is extended to four to five years, which results in a barely perceptible oak influence. They are unfined and unfiltered.


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
VGBMD15B Bourgogne Les Maisons Dieu
2015 164.90
VGPEB15B Pommard En Brescul
2015 294.80
VGPLP15B Pommard 1er Cru La Platière
2015 381.20
VGPLA15B Pommard 1er Cru Les Arvelets
2015 381.20
VGPLR15B Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
2015 513.20
VGVSA15B Volnay 1er Cru Santenots
2015 366.70

Domaine Sophie Cinier, Pouilly-Fuissé:

Sophie's two and a bit hectare estate produced its first wines only in 2000, though on her mother's side the family has lived in Fuissé and been involved in wine production since at least the time of her grandfather. Vines he planted in 1941 came back under Sophie's control when she returned in 1998, and there is a lovely range of different styles from this tiny domaine. The vineyard area is fixed at its currently tiny level, but expansion comes from a couple of wines harvested by Sophie, but not in her own control, so technically négociant wines. The St Véran A la Côte was first made in 2011, but in 2014 a few barrels of Viré-Clessé have increased the portfolio. Unlike large parts of the Mâconnais where machine harvesting is the norm, Sophie's vineyard work is entirely manual, and she does not own a tractor, apart from the old one, rusting in her yard. Minimal vineyard treatments are applied (lutte raisonnée) and in the cellar, no addition of yeast, acid or sugar. The two Mâcon wines are tank fermented and aged, though a small oak element will be integrated into these from 2013. The St Véran and the two Pouilly Fuissés are 100% barrel-fermented (virtually no new oak), with a slow malolactic, no lees stirring and no manipulation. There is a seductive softness to these wines and some real richness in the Pouilly Fuissés.


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
CIMAF17B Mâcon Fuissé 2017

CIVCL16B Viré Clessé 2016
CISTV16B St Véran 2016
CIPOF16H Pouilly Fuissé Classic 2016 halves 105.40
CIPOF16B Pouilly Fuissé Classic 2016
CIPOF16M Pouilly Fuissé Classic 2016 magnum 324.20
CIPOC16H Pouilly Fuissé Collection 2016 halves 116.50
CIPOC16B Pouilly Fuissé Collection 2016
CIPOC16M Pouilly Fuissé Collection 2016 magnum 363.20
CIPVL16B Pouilly-Vinzelles, Les Longeays 2016
CIPVL16M Pouilly-Vinzelles, Les Longeays 2016 magnum 385.20
CIPVC16B Pouilly Fuissé, Vers Crâs 2016
CIPVC16M Pouilly Fuissé, Vers Crâs 2016 magnum 429.60

CIVCL15B Viré Clessé 2015
CIPOC15H Pouilly Fuissé Collection 2015 halves 116.50
CIPOC15B Pouilly Fuissé Collection 2015
CIPVC15B Pouilly Fuissé, Vers Crâs 2015

CIMAF14B Mâcon Fuissé 2014
CIPOF14M Pouilly Fuissé Classic 2014 magnum 300.60
CIPVC14M Pouilly Fuissé, Vers Crâs 2014 magnum 385.50

CISTV11B St Véran, A la Côte 2011


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