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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.

White



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
AUBOA14B Aligoté
2014
108.20
AUMAB14B Marsannay Blanc
2014
159.30
AUBCS14B Marsannay Blanc, Au Champs Salomon
2014
192.50






AUMAB13B Marsannay Blanc
2013
167.20
Rosé




AUROS14B Marsannay Rosé
2014
119.30
Red




AUMAR14B Marsannay, Cuvée Marie Ragonneau   2014   167.70
           
AUMLO13B Marsannay, Les Longeroies
2013
196.20






AUMAR12B Marsannay, Cuvée Marie Ragonneau
2012
155.60
AUMLO12B Marsannay, Les Longeroies
2012
185.40
AUMCJ12B Marsannay, Clos De Jeu
2012
185.40
AUMCS12B Marsannay, Au Champs Salomon
2012
193.40
AUMFA12B Marsannay, Les Favières
2012
204.30






AUMAR11B Marsannay, Cuvée Marie Ragonneau
2011
149.60
AUMCJ11B Marsannay, Clos De Jeu
2011
170.60
AUMCS11B Marsannay, Au Champs Salomon
2011
180.40
AUMFA11B Marsannay, Les Favières
2011
190.40






AUMCJ10B Marsannay, Clos De Jeu
2010
170.60

 


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 2017 we hope to be offering our regular range of the 2015 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.

Red



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
DHGCH14B Gevrey Chambertin, Vieilles Vignes
2014
285.90
DHGCJ14B Gevrey Chambertin, Les Jouises
2014
304.10
DHGCV14B Gevrey Chambertin, Clos Village
2014
314.60
DHGCP14B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru La Perrière
2014
405.60
DHGCG14B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru  Les Goulots
2014
405.60
DHMOM14B Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Les Millandes
2014
417.60
DHCSD14B Clos St Denis, Grand Cru
2014
826.60






DHGCH13B Gevrey Chambertin, Vieilles Vignes
2013
269.70
DHGCV13B Gevrey Chambertin, Clos Village
2013
282.90
DHGCP13B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru La Perrière
2013
402.60
DHGCG13B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru  Les Goulots
2013
402.60
DHMOM13B Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Les Millandes
2013
402.60
DHCSD13B Clos St Denis, Grand Cru
2013
728.60






DHGCH12B Gevrey Chambertin, Vieilles Vignes
2012
264.40
DHGCC12B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru Les Champonnets
2012
394.20
DHGCG12B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru Les Goulots
2012
394.20

 

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

Red



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
DHGCP10B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru La Perrière
2010
314.70
DHMOM10B Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Les Millandes
2010
384.30
DHCSD10B Clos St Denis, Grand Cru
2010
561.20






DHGCC09B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru Champonnets
2009
332.00
DHGCP09B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru La Perrière
2009
332.00
DHMOM09B Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Les Millandes
2009
401.70
DHCSD09B Clos St Denis, Grand Cru
2009
551.40






DHGCC08B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru  Corbeaux
2008
301.80
DHGCP08B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru La Perrière
2008
301.80






DHGCP07H Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru La Perrière
2007 halves 178.20
DHGCC07B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru  Corbeaux
2007
301.80
DHMOM07B Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Les Millandes
2007
377.50






DHGCC06B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru  Corbeaux
2006
301.80
DHGCP06H Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru La Perrière
2006 halves 178.20
DHGCP06B Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru La Perrière
2006
301.80
DHMOM06B Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Les Millandes
2006
377.50
DHCSD06H Clos St Denis, Grand Cru
2006 halves 312.10
DHCSD06B Clos St Denis, Grand Cru
2006
481.00






DHGCP05H Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru La Perrière
2005 halves 208.90
DHMOM05M Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Les Millandes
2005 magnum 861.30
DHCSD05H Clos St Denis, Grand Cru
2005 halves 351.20
DHCSD05B Clos St Denis, Grand Cru
2005
653.70
DHCSD05M Clos St Denis, Grand Cru
2005 magnum 1309.90


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.

Red



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
JEMSD12B Morey St Denis, Vieilles Vignes
2012
238.10
JEMOC12B Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Les Chenevery
2012
320.70
JECMC12B Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru Les Combottes
2012
342.70






JENSG11B Nuits St Georges, Les Poisets
2011
215.00


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. 

Red



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
DJPTG14B Bourgogne Passetoutgrain
2014
96.70
DJCOB14B Côteaux Bourguignons
2014
122.00
DJMSD14B Morey St Denis 
2014
266.20
DJCHM14B Chambolle Musigny
2014
281.40
DJGCH14B Gevrey Chambertin Aux Echézeaux
2014
281.40
DJMCS14B Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Clos Sorbé
2014
414.80
DJCSD14B Clos St Denis, Grand Cru
2014
702.30






DJPTG13B Bourgogne Passetoutgrain
2013
89.70
DJMSD13B Morey St Denis 
2013
234.80
DJCHM13B Chambolle Musigny
2013
257.90
DJMCS13B Morey St Denis, 1er Cru Clos Sorbé
2013
389.60
DJCSD13B Clos St Denis, Grand Cru
2013
643.40


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.

Red



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
FBCHM14B Chambolle Musigny
2014
314.60
FBCPC14B Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru
2014
411.60
FBCMC14B Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru Les Charmes
2014
560.10
FBCMA14B Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru Les Amoureuses
2014
1080.90
FBBOM14B Bonnes Mares, Grand Cru
2014
1135.60






FBCHM13B Chambolle Musigny
2013
292.80






FBCHM12B Chambolle Musigny
2012
279.90
FBCPC12B Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru
2012
399.30
FBCMC12B Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru Les Charmes
2012
515.30






FBBOR11B Bourgogne Rouge
2011
128.50
FBCHM11B Chambolle Musigny
2011
246.20
FBCPC11B Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru
2011
349.60
FBCMC11B Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru Les Charmes
2011
481.10
FBBOM11B Bonnes Mares, Grand Cru
2011
954.50
FBCHM11M Chambolle Musigny Magnum
2011 Magnum 490.60
FBCPC11M Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru Magnum
2011 Magnum 695.60
FBCMC11M Chambolle Musigny, 1 Cru Les Charmes Magnum
2011 Magnum 980.70






FBCHM10B Chambolle Musigny
2010
277.70
FBCPC10B Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru
2010
448.40






FBCHM09B Chambolle Musigny
2009
277.70
FBCPC09B Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru
2009
448.40






FBCHM08B Chambolle Musigny
2008
271.10
FBCPC08B Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru
2008
421.80
FBCMC08B Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru Les Charmes
2008
557.40
FBBOM08B Bonnes Mares, Grand Cru
2008
990.50

 


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.

Red



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
CGBOR14B Bourgogne Rouge
2014
102.90
CGNSG14B Nuits St Georges
2014
221.10
CGGCH14B Gevrey Chambertin
2014
233.20
CGVOR14B Vosne Romanée 
2014
233.20






CGBOR13B Bourgogne Rouge
2013
99.50
CGNSG13B Nuits St Georges
2013
212.60
CGVOR13B Vosne Romanée 
2013
212.60
CGVRC13B Vosne Romanée, 1er Cru Les Chaumes
2013
317.00
CGVBR13B Vosne Romanée, 1er Cru Les Brûlées
2013
317.00
CGVBE13B Vosne Romanée, 1er Cru Les Beaumonts
2013
317.00
CGECH13B Echézeaux, Grand Cru
2013
413.70






CGNSG12B Nuits  St Georges
2012
236.80
CGVOR12B Vosne Romanée
2012
236.80






CGNSG11B Nuits  St Georges
2011
200.90
CGVOR11B Vosne Romanée
2011
200.90






CGNSG10B Nuits  St Georges
2010
213.00
CGVRC10B Vosne Romanée, 1er Cru Les Chaumes
2010
437.40


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. Where we can we like to keep a small quantity of more mature stock, but this has become increasingly difficult in recent years, and quantities below are very limited.

Red



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
SCNSG13B Nuits St Georges 
2013
389.60
SCNUT13B Nuits St Georges, 1er Cru Aux Thorey
2013
679.70

 


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.

White



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
DRCCH14B Corton Charlemangne, Grand Cru
2014
383.50
Red




DRCDN14B Côtes de Nuits Villages
2014
128.90
DRLBM14B Ladoix 1er Cru Les Basses Mourottes
2014
183.50
DRACP14B Aloxe Corton 1er Cru
2014
225.80
DRCBR14B Corton Bresandes, Grand Cru
2014
340.80


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.

White



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
CIMAF14B Mâcon Fuissé
2014
123.50
CIPOF14B Pouilly Fuissé Classic
2014
159.00
CIPOF14M Pouilly Fuissé Classic
2014 Magnum 294.50
CIPOC14B Pouilly Fuissé Collection
2014
164.70
CIPVC14B Pouilly Fuissé, Vers Crâs
2014
181.70
CIPVC14M Pouilly Fuissé, Vers Crâs
2014 Magnum 376.70






CISTV13B St Véran, A la Côte
2013
135.70
CIPVC13B Pouilly Fuissé, Vers Crâs
2013
180.60






CIMAF11B Mâcon Fuissé
2011
116.80
CISTV11B St Véran, A la Côte
2011
131.40

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