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Wine & Spirits: "Gentle strawberry fruit fills this soft rosé, its zesty finish keeping it clean. A fine aperitif." (4/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "Full, ripe wine, layered with fruits and a dry, more mineral core. The wine has good depth of flavor, strawberries, red currants and a citrus cut that keeps the wine fresh at the end. (RV)" (11/2013) K&L Notes: This delightful sparkling rosé wine comes from Burgundy. It is made of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Gamay Noir. The charming eye of the swan color comes from the addition of Pinot Noir to the wine when the lees are disgorged, following the traditional fermentati... Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "Eight-year-old vines in Grands Champs. Used to be Gamay for the workers. Bright pale cherry red. Simple but simply fruity with an attractive Gevrey-like kick on the end. Much more complex than the average Bourgogne. (JR)" (11/2015)
The Mercurey Clos Rond comes from a single vineyard in Mercurey. The name means "the walled vineyard in that brambly area," derived from the local word "Ronde" instead of the more usual French "Ronce," meaning brambles. In a land where ownership is usually splintered, this vineyard is a rare case where the entire vineyard is under one owner, Domaine Faiveley. It lies on a gentle slope, with rich red-brown soil, a fairly high clay content, and buried limestone beneath. The result is a Pinot Noir displaying rich, round fruit, both red and black, and just a... Read More »
It is hard to beat a great rosé when it is made from Pinot Noir grapes, loaded with delicate floral aromas and gorgeous notes of young strawberries, white raspberries and subtle wild herb notes. A classic rosé from Burgundy that is hard to resist, this will pair marvelously with food or drink deliciously on its own. Located in Marsannay at the northern end of the Côte de Nuits, Domaine Bart is a small property that owns 19 hectares of vineyards in both Marsannay and Fixin. The wines have a reputation as being classically flavored and dependable in just ... Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A fresh, cool and pure nose offers up notes of various red berries along with touches of earth and underbrush. There is fine intensity and energy to the supple and delicious flavors that culminate in a refreshing finish that delivers sneaky good length. Domaine Charles Audoin was founded in 1972 with only 2 ha of vines that have now been augmented bit by bit to its present size of 12 ha. Charles' son Cyril joined his father in 2000 and is now completely responsible for the vines and winemaking." (1/2016)
Maison Jacques Bavard is a tiny negociant producer in Puligny-Montrachet. He comes from a long line of wine-growers, and is dedicated to working with organic and biodynamic growers. We found him a few years ago on a tip, and found the purity of his wines to be most impressive. Thanks to importing his wines directly, we have them available at a very modest price. This exciting Pinot Noir comes from the picturesque village of Monthelie, located next to the more famous village of Volnay.
Wine Spectator: "A mix of strawberry and cherry highlights this balanced red, which shows enough structure to stay focused, extending the earth-tinged finish. (BS)" (12/2015) K&L Notes: Relatively serious for a Bourgogne rouge, with nice rich fruit, lots of length. This has both weight and charm. A value! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 06/2014)
This domaine, run by two sisters, Mireille Desmonet and Claudie Jobard, makes lovely wines in Pommard. The Cuvée Milliane is named after their grandmother, and comes from a 1/2-hectare parcel in the town of Pommard, with vines of more than 55 years of age. A gentle fermentation using native yeasts results in a charming wine, with a bright cherry note and a silky finish. This drinks much more like a village Pommard than like a simple Bourgogne Rouge. It is bright and fresh, with a bit of grip on the finish and lovely character. And thanks to our direct im... Read More »
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90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A more deeply pitched and slightly riper nose reflects intensely earthy and sauvage aromas of underbrush and dark currant. There is good richness to the round yet attractively detailed medium weight flavors that possess plenty of minerality that adds a touch of lift to the more powerful and ever-so-mildly rustic finale. This well-balanced effort should also drink well young if desired." (1/2015) Wine Spectator: "Graphite, sandalwood, strawberry and spice flavors highlight this delicate red. Harmonious, featuring a combination of fragrance and intensity, with a lingering fi ...Read More »
90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Reduction presently masks the fruit and renders the nose impossible to assess. As it virtually always is this is bigger, richer and more powerful with fine mid-palate concentration that helps to buffer the slightly firmer and more rustic tannins on the impressively complex and persistent finish. This is very Nuits in character and will need 10 to 12 years to arrive at its apogee." (1/2015) 91 points James Suckling: "Pretty dark fruits such as blackberry and blueberry with hints of spice. Full body, tight center palate, and fine tannins. Better in a year or two, but very delicate, fi ...Read More »
90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Firm reduction flattens the nose. Otherwise there is a relatively refined mouth feel to the delineated middle weight flavors that exude plenty of minerality on the saline and lightly austere finale that is notably more complex and persistent. This is a lovely Fixin that is worth considering." (1/2016)
This exciting Pinot Noir comes from the picturesque village of Monthelie, located next to the more famous village of Volnay. It is from a tiny negociant in Puligny-Montrachet named Jacques Bavard. He comes from a long line of wine-growers, and is dedicated to working with organic and biodynamic growers.
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is good freshness to the pungent nose of various red berries, menthol and distinct earth aromas. The supple, round and relatively forward middle weight flavors possess a lovely sense of energy and while they are not as concentrated or complex as the best villages examples in the range, this is still attractive in its fashion. This should be approachable young but reward 6 to 8 years of cellar time too." (4/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Nuits-Saint-Georges Village has a fragrant, understated bouquet with mingling red and black fruit plus a modicum of mineralite, whi ...Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is a top note of herbal tea to the complex and very ripe aromas of humus, earth and red and dark berry fruit scents. The delicious and relatively suave middle weight flavors display a hint of minerality on the slightly warm finish where the warmth is enough to detract somewhat from the sense of vivacity. While by no means a poor wine I would suggest serving this a bit cooler than normal. (AM)" (1/2015) Wine Spectator: "The light cherry and berry fruit is tinged with sweet sawdust and vegetal notes. Finishes slightly dry. (Web-2015) (BS)"
Praise from Wine Advocate: "Gotta soft spot for Hudelot-Baillet...I don't mind admitting that. It's just got everything that I like about Burgundy: not too big, congenial winemaker, choice selection of premier crus with a grand cru if you fancy, straightforward winemaking, nothing fancy, nothing self-aggrandising. Just delicious, nuanced wines that need but a sip to compel a purchase. Dominique Leguen, son-in-law of former proprietor Joel Hudelot-Baillet, was working in the vat-room when I arrived early in the morning. He told me that he believes the qua... Read More »
94-97 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is enough wood to notice along with a hint of menthol on the markedly earthy red and dark berry fruit aromas where background hints of spice and floral elements are in evidence. The overtly powerful and concentrated broad-shouldered flavors display almost painful intensity before culminating in an explosively long and very firmly structured finish where once again a hint of bitter cherry appears. This is an interesting wine of contrasts as the mid-palate, even with all of its intensity, possesses a caressing palate feel yet the finish is bold, robu ...Read More »
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According to the importer: "A cote du Beaune Burgundy that is drinkable now and will age for years. Great food wine. Excellent value."
93 points Wine Spectator: "Flavors of violet, cherry, currant, spice and mineral render this red complex and expressive. A tightly wound yet intense version, leaving a saturated finish, this features an aftertaste that unwinds with dark fruit and mineral notes. Best from 2017 through 2032." (8/2014) 92 points Vinous: "Roumier's 2011 Morey-Saint-Denis Clos de La Bussière is terrific. Dark plum and cherry notes meld into cloves, menthol and spices in a layered wine dripping with class. Veins of underlying minerality give the 2011 much of its energy and tension. Although Christophe Roumier's wines have b ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chambolle Musigny 1Er Cru les Charmes has a tightly-wound bouquet that does not require too much encouragement to reveal scents of macerated small red cherries, blueberry and a hint of cold flint. There is something "cool" about this nose (temperature speaking). The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry. I like the tannins here, precise and perhaps a little rigid, yet they frame the red berry fruit with style and lend wonderful mineralité on the finish. This is an impressive Chambolle Charmes that should age with style and grace. Laurent Po ...Read More »
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In 2003, Yves Girardin, a 10th generation grower in Santenay (and brother of Vincent Girardin) acquired this property and built a new winemaking facility. More recently, after completing technical training, Yves's son Benoit has joined him, representing the 11th consecutive generation of the family to grow wine in Santenay. Working in their new cellars, they have really improved quality a tremendous amount in the last few years, and we are excited to import their wines directly. This is from 50 year old vines, and has both more focus and more weight than... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Rully Les 4 Vignes has a brisk, cranberry and tomato leaf-scented bouquet that feels a little bucolic. The palate is sharp and a little rustic on the entry, but clean with charming, dry, dark cherry fruit on the finish." (10/2014)
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Wine Enthusiast: "While the aromas have rustic overtones, the wine itself goes down the red fruit path. It shows juicy cherry flavors, soft but present tannins and a good touch of spice and wood. There is an attractive smoky aftertaste." (6/2014)
92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* This too is relatively toasty and very ripe, indeed to the point of where there are notes of deep plum, mocha, black berry and subtle spice hints that lead to intensely mineral and highly complex and nuanced flavors that benefit from a distinct sense of lift and detail because of the almost pungent minerality of the firmly structured and hugely long finish. This isn't really my style but there is no doubting the underlying quality of the raw material." (4/2007) Jancis Robinson: "Cask sample. Delicate perfumed spice. Very fine tannins are there but the wine gl ...Read More »
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92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "The cool, pure and airy nose is consists of red currant, earth and spice nuances that display a top note of rose petal. There is terrific intensity to the sleek and mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that possess fine size, weight and focused power on the saline finish where a touch of bitter cherry appears." (1/2016) 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru is certainly not as immediate as that temptress, the 2014 Charmes-Chambertin. This insists upon more coaxing from the glass, more swirling to eke out those attractive scents of blackberry, raspberry pre ...Read More »
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Located in Gevrey-Chambertin, Frédéric Esmonin has winemaking in his blood. His father, Andre, produced the grand cru Mazis-Chambertin for the Hospice de Beaune, and his cousin Sylvie is also well regarded. From the Prince of Pinot: "Judicious use of oak, excellent concentration at every level and early bottling maintaining freshness make Esmonin's wines very attractive and finely structured red Burgundies. They are among the first Burgundies from each vintage to arrive on our shores and they are very reasonably priced considering the pedigree of the vin... Read More »
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Nicolas Potel, the well-known and highly regarded winemaker in Burgundy, has founded a new Domaine (estate-owned vineyards) and Maison (a négociant, making wine with fruit from other growers). The emphasis at Roche de Bellene is on individual terroirs from vieilles vignes (old vines 40 years or older) that are farmed responsibly. All of the growers that Nicolas works with are either BIO certified or farming according to the principles of lutte raisonée (sustainable viticulture). This enables Nicolas to consistently produce the expressive, terroir-driven ... Read More »
93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru is 50% whole cluster and 50% new oak and it comes from the domaine’s own vines supplemented by purchased fruit. It has a very elegant bouquet that is quite Vosne-like in style: red berries, minerals and dried petals. The palate is medium-bodied with a dense, solid opening. There is impressive matiere here: a firm grip and equipped with a composed yet weighty finish that will require 5-6 years to fully mature. Good potential." (12/2013) 93-95 points Vinous: "Today, the 2012 Clos de la Roche comes across as tight and very much closed in on itse ...Read More »
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Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding Top Value* An exceptionally fresh and very pretty array of liqueur-like red berry fruit aromas is cut with earth and soft spice hints. There is very fine volume to the delicious, round and succulent flavors that possess a seductively textured mouth feel before terminating in a clean, dry and highly complex finish. This is excellent for its level and recommended." (4/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Bourgogne Rouge has a fragrant bouquet with brambly red berry fruit. The palate is rounded on the entry with sappy red berries and a touch of bergamot... there is pl ...Read More »
Maison Jacques Bavard is a tiny negociant producer in Puligny-Montrachet. He comes from a long line of wine-growers, and is dedicated to working with organic and biodynamic growers. We found him a few years ago on a tip, and found the purity of his wines to be most impressive. Thanks to importing his wines directly, we have them available at a very modest price.
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "The expressive nose exhibits plenty of floral character along with spicy red currant and plum scents. There is good freshness and a lovely sense of vitality to the rich and notably ripe medium-bodied flavors that retain good precision on the lingering finish. This should drink well in its youth if desired." (1/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Mid brownish ruby. Rich and spicy – quite rich and sweet. Hedonistic rather than the racy side of Vosne. Grainy finish. Fun and pleasurable rather than for purists." (12/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Vosne-Romanee Village includes vines from several plots aroun ...Read More »
About the producer: "Nicolas Potel, after his first steps as winemaker in the family Estate in Volnay, le Domaine de la Pousse d’Or, built up his own negociant brand, Maison Potel-Aviron, in Beaujolais region. In 2005, Nicolas built up his own estate, Domaine de Bellene, in Beaune with 15 hectares of organic vines in Côte de Beaune. In 2008, after the departure from SAS Nicolas Potel company, Nicolas Potel launched his new negociant business called 'Maison Roche de Bellene.' The philosophy is the same as Nicolas was used to in Nuits-Saint-Georges: we hav... Read More »
Aubert de Villaine is co-director of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. At Domaine de Villaine, he and his wife Pamela make uniquely terroir-driven yet unassuming wines from the Côte Chalonnaise village of Bouzeron, which they call home.
95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru has a more approachable bouquet than the 2014 Chambertin; it is more forward and expressive with red cherries, raspberry preserve and orange blossom aromas, which gain intensity and volume with virtually each swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannin. I adore the purity here, the sensuality of this Clos-de-Bèze that (whisper it) you might mistake for Armand Rousseau. This might well be Laurent Ponsot's finest contribution to the vintage. Laurent Ponsot was unfortunately away when ...Read More »
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Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from vines in Comblanchien): Healthy red-ruby color. A sexy basket of red fruits on the nose, lifted by a calcaire element. Silky and sweet but with good mineral energy to the raspberry and cherry fruit flavors. Finishes with nicely fine-grained tannins. Sexy, easygoing, rather soft wine for drinking over the next five years." (1/2016)
Producer tasting note: "A real 'terroir' wine. A deep ruby color and an intense nose of wild fruit : blackberry, blueberry, cranberry. Often tannic in its youth. Long and persistent on the palate, with flavours reminiscent of grenadine syrup or pomegranate."
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Classic ruby color. A relatively somber, earthy and ripe red and dark berry currant suffused nose introduces round and delicious medium weight flavors that possess good definition on the mildly austere but not really rustic finish. This should drink well early but reward 5 years or so of cellar time." (4/2016) K&L Notes: Daughter of famed winemaker Jean-Marc Morey, Caroline also makes wine with her husband under the Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey label. She and her family are truly part of the history of winemaking in Chassagne-Montrachet, and you can taste that pedigree in... Read More »
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Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A much more deeply pitched nose features notes of very fresh and earth-inflected red and dark currant aromas. There is good volume and plenty of punch to the delicious if moderately rustic middle weight flavors that terminate in a balanced finish that is very Nuits in style." (1/2014)
93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux comes from 4 parcels of vines totaling around 0.5-hectares between 60 and 90 years that is worked by horse and sees 50% new wood (reduced from 80% in the past). It has a complex bouquet with maraschino, fresh strawberry, cold stone and orange rind that unfolds in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, slightly chalky in texture with firm backbone. There is a hint of white pepper loitering at the sides of the mouth, the finish assertive and demonstrative, lingering long like a grand cru. ...Read More »
87-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is notably earthier with its mix of red and dark berry fruit, sauvage and pungent earth nuances. There is a lovely sense of energy to the round, supple and seductively textured medium weight flavors that exude a subtle salinity on the finish that exhibits a touch of youthful asperity." (4/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Beaune 1er Cru les Epenottes offers red cherries, tomato vine and rose-petal scents on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry: chalky tannins and a pleasant build to a finish that boasts satisfying brambly red berry fruit ...Read More »
89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is earthier still though the floral top notes add a touch of elegance to the leather and game-inflected red berry fruit aromas. There is really lovely detail and a fine bead of minerality present on the medium-bodied flavors that possess good volume if less muscularity than usual while exhibiting fine length on the balanced, persistent and solidly complex finish. This is very Chanlins in character if perhaps a bit less youthfully austere than is typical." (4/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From 16-year-old vines planted on more limestone soils, the 2013 Pommard 1er Cru les Cha ...Read More »
Domaine Tortochot's parcel of old vines in Champerrier is the oldest they have in all of Gevrey-Chambertin as they were planted by Félix Tortochot in 1920.
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pommard Les Jarolieres saturates the palate with its round, ripe fruit. This shows lovely depth and richness, then turns quite a bit more powerful and tannic on the finish. Sweet menthol and crushed rocks wrap around the close. Les Jarolieres is on the border with Volnay. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2039. (AG)" (5/2011) 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: ""Sweet spot Outstanding" A completely different fruit profile is present here as the red currant, earth and wet stone aromas are followed by rich, full and naturally sweet mineral-driven flavors possess excellent mid-palate density ...Read More »
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94-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "At around 75 cases (3 barrels) the 2008 Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses represents a large lot by Le Moine standards, for which I hope a goodly number of wine lovers will be able to give thanks. Red currant, kirsch, freesia, citrus zest, and smoky black tea in the nose lead to a palate performance of brightness, wafting florality, and interactive complexity such would befit a great Riesling, with saline and subtly carnal savor as well as a crystalline sense of minerality shimmering through a long finish. This should be worth following for 15-20 years bu ...Read More »
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94-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Like the Clos de la Roche the ultra-fresh nose displays a curious hint of menthol on the spicy array of red currant, tea, lavender, violet and plenty of earth character. The dense, palate coating and once again sleekly muscular medium-bodied flavors are blessed with a seemingly endless reserve of tannin-buffering dry extract that imparts a sappy mouth feel to the massively long finish. The old vines are really in evidence and this regal effort should effortlessly age for years yet be approachable after only 10." (1/2016) 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Clos St Denis Très Vieille ...Read More »
In 2003, Yves Girardin, a 10th generation grower in Santenay (and brother of Vincent Girardin) acquired this property and built a new winemaking facility. More recently, after completing technical training, Yves' son Benoit has joined him, bringing to 11 the consecutive generations of the family to grow wine in Santenay. Working in their new cellars, they have really improved quality a tremendous amount in the last few years, and we are excited to now import their wines direct. "Vignes Franche" is located adjacent to and north of the famous Beaune Clos d... Read More »
In 2003, Yves Girardin, a 10th generation grower in Santenay (and brother of Vincent Girardin) acquired this property and built a new winemaking facility. More recently, after completing technical training, Yves's son Benoit has joined him, representing the 11th consecutive generation of the family to grow wine in Santenay. Working in their new cellars, they have really improved quality a tremendous amount in the last few years, and we are excited to import their wines directly. The fruit in the Bourgogne Rouge comes from estate vineyards just south of C... Read More »