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Though the 2014 has yet to be reviewed, the 2013 earned "Outstanding Top Value" from Burghound: "This too is extremely fresh though with a bit more aromatic breadth to the floral, citrus, pear and apple-scented nose. The middle weight flavors possess an attractive texture and solid concentration before terminating in a balanced and lingering finish. I would suggest holding this excellent effort for 2 to 3 years though it could be approached young. Recommended." (06/2015) From the importer, Louis Dressner: "The wines from the Pernot family in Puligny-Mont... Read More »
92 points James Suckling: "A rich and delicious white with bright acidity plus sliced apple pie and lemon. Bright and satisfying. From the Burgundy appellation just below Puligny. This is all barrel fermented and aged. Long finish." (6/2015) Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A subtle touch of matchstick character sits atop the still fresh aromas of pear and various floral elements. There is good volume to the punchy and nicely detailed flavors that possess an appealing richness on the acceptably complex but pleasantly persistent finale." (6/2015) K&L Notes: This delightfully rich white Burgundy is made as an homage to Olivier Le... Read More »
Once in a great while you find wines from the Mâcon so good that tasting them blind you are forced to apply some much higher (and more expensive) appellation to it. Often, such a wine comes from hillside vineyards, with better drainage and cooler nights. This is such a wine, from the slopes below the giant monolith of rock that is Solutré. Domaine Renaud is a small operation, making Mâcon, Pouilly-Fuissé and St. Veran from 12 hectares of estate vineyards. Their cellar is modern, and they use upright ovals for many of the wines, and stainless for others. ... Read More »
This comes from a vineyard that is part of the better-known Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot 1er Cru. It has fairly rich clay soils, so Jacques planted grass between the rows to compete with the vines and reduce their vigor and yield by natural means. It's a terrific value for a 1er Cru Chassagne, thanks to our direct import program. From a tiny negociant producer in Puligny-Montrachet that we found by chance during a buying trip in Burgundy, and have been carrying since the 2008 vintage.
According to importer David Milligan: "Slow and natural fermentation. Fermentation and blending of this wine are 100% French oak cask (with 15% new oak). The barrel aging, on the lees, for about 12 months allows them to obtain a fine wine, complex with beautiful richness. Exceptionally rich with subtle honey accents and notes of grilled nuts balanced by fresh peaches. Long on the finish."
This elegant wine comes from the border with Meursault and tastes like it. From a tiny negociant producer in Puligny-Montrachet that we found by chance during a buying trip in Burgundy, and have been carrying since the 2008 vintage. A staff favorite.
From a tiny negociant producer in Puligny-Montrachet that we found by chance during a buying trip in Burgundy, and have been carrying since the 2008 vintage. Wonderfully affordable Burgundy, and a staff favorite that is sure to sell out at a brisk pace.
Wine & Spirits: "Warm and leesy, this has the textural weight and body of a Rhône wine and some musky green flavors. Serve it well chilled with boudin blanc." (4/2016) K&L Notes: Olivier Leflaive primarily makes Les Sétilles from vineyards at the foot of the slope in Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault with an average vine age of 40 years. Grapes are carfully sorted in the cellar and typically more than 2/3 of the harvest is aged in barrel (around 10% new) with the balance of the wine aged in tanks. The result is a white Burgundy that showcases freshness, texture, and a purity of mine... Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is a hint of matchstick character to the mostly citrus-infused nose that leads to attractively vibrant, cool and delicious flavors that deliver solid persistence on the clean, dry and inviting finish." (6/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Lusher on the nose than most. Correct with real chalky chew and life and interest. Juicy. Quite long." (11/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Bourgogne Chardonnay, which had been bottled already when I visited Pierre-Yves, has a light and pretty, floral bouquet rather than fruit-driven. The palate is crisp on the entry with sharp acidity and a sour lemon finish. Ve ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
From importer David Milligan Selections: "Slow natural fermentation, aged on the lees, 70% in stainless steel tanks and 30% in French oak barrels. This blending of oak and steel creates an elegant wine of great finesse. Yellow gold to the eye. The aroma of this white Burgundy is clean and offers generosity and depth along with accents of blanched nut and citrus. The wine enters the mouth with a clean attack and has a particularly long line ending with etched, persistent acidity, inflections of yellow and white fruits, and a faint vanilla note. This white... Read More »
This is one of the best sites in St. Romain, and always highly regarded by those in the know. It drinks well above its status, and will fool many folks into thinking it must be Grand Cru. An attractive citrus/lemon blossom note offsets its focused minerality.
90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* Here too there is a bit of residual sulfur so once again I would suggest aerating this for several minutes first. Otherwise there is fine intensity to the notably ripe, dense and mineral-driven middle weight flavors that are markedly saline in character on the notably dry and refreshing finale that presently displays a touch of austerity." (6/2015)
Wine Advocate on Corcia: "Alain Corcia continues to be a fine source of fairly priced whites from the Maconnais and the Cote de Beaune. Few brokers or importers offer such outstanding values." (PR, 04/1998)
90 points Wine Spectator: "Everything is in the right place in this butter-tinged, peach-, apple- and lemon-infused white. Intense and persistent, with spice and mineral notes on the long finish. Best from 2016 through 2024. 1,200 cases imported." (3/2015)
89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A subtle touch of wood frames ever-so-mildly exotic aromas of white peach, pear and acacia blossom. There is fine intensity to the textured medium-bodied flavors that possess good verve before culminating in a dry, saline and balanced if mildly austere finish." (10/2014)
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières has a similar bouquet compared to the Bâtard-Montrachet, quite potent with spice, green apple, almost Riesling-like in style with great definition. The palate is quite gras-like in style, and perhaps here if I am to make comparisons, you might place it closer to Corton-Charlemagne. There is appreciable weight in the mouth here, good length and a generous dash of lemongrass on the finish. Very fine indeed." (1/2016) 90-93 points Vinous: "(Pernot owns more than three of the ten total hectares of Folatières): Pale, green-tinged ye ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
87-90 points Vinous: "Pale green-tinged yellow. Pure, fresh aromas of white peach, white flowers, lemon and noble herbs. Supple and juicy, showing surprisingly soft acidity to the flavors of lime, white peach and mint... (ST)" (9/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Puligny-Montrachet Village has a crisp, stony, Granny Smith apple-scented bouquet that is tightly wound, but you have to admire the mineralité conveyed here considering that this is a village cru. The palate is well balanced with pear, peach skin and ginger notes, maybe just a little too phenolic on the finish for my liking, but a white ...Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Rich, almost fat and oily, yet with good cut, this white boasts lemon, peach, mineral and spice flavors. Finishes with a lean, mouthwatering profile. Drink now through 2018. (BS)" (12/2015)
95 points Vinous: "Pale, bright lemon-yellow. Cool aromas of lemon ice, lime, tarragon, anise and metallic minerality. Surprisingly sweet on entry, then as powerful, structured and tannic as a red wine. Rounder and richer than the comparatively angular, almost painful Chevalier-Montrachet, but impenetrable today in spite of its pliant texture. Both wines are outstanding. (ST)" (9/2015) 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Hints of oak toast don't materially detract from the otherwise wonderfully fresh and cool aromas of green apple, lime, wet stone and white flower. The muscular, firm and broad-shouldered flavo ...Read More »
Once in a great while you find wines from the Mâcon so good that tasting them blind you are forced to apply some much higher (and more expensive) appellation to it - and this is such a wine. Domaine Renaud is a small operation, making Mâcon, Pouilly-Fuissé and St. Veran from 12 hectares of estate vineyards. Their cellar is modern, and they use upright ovals for many of the wines, and stainless for others. This value is a great alternative to California Chardonnay and an entry into white Burgundy.
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A very fresh nose features a pretty mix of apple, citrus, petrol and soft floral hints. There is both good volume and punch to the detailed and delicious flavors that possess only average complexity but very solid persistence. This balanced effort should drink well almost immediately." (6/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Sweetish and pretty concentrated for a Bourgogne 2013. Seems a fair price for a wine that is rather like an old-style Meursault – even a bit buttery!" (1/2015)
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Puligny-Montrachet Village, which sees around 15% new oak, has a fragrant bouquet: apple blossom, touches of peach and yellow plum, quite complex for a village cru. The palate is fresh and malic on the entry with a keen line of acidity. Linear and correct with a slightly abrupt but delineated finish. Very fine." (12/2014) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(in tank): Bright, light yellow. Rather subdued aromas of lemon, grapefruit and white flowers. Fat and sweet on entry, and distinctly exotic after the 2014s. Nicely full in the middle but tight on the back end, perhaps a bit hard ...Read More »
88-90 points Vinous: "Pale yellow-green. Nuanced but restrained aromas of minerals, spearmint and crushed stone reminded me more of Puligny than of Meursault (Pernot called the nose "timid"). Broad and nicely balanced, showing a slight greenness to the flavors of lime blossom and mint. Displays some Meursault-typical fat but finishes with a faintly bitter edge. (ST)" (5/2015) K&L Notes: Stephen Tanzer on Pernot's 2014 vintage: " 'Very well balanced wines from healthy grapes' was Paul Pernot's description of his 2014s. 'There wasn't much juice in the grapes, so we made less than in 2013. B... Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A more restrained and very pretty nose offers up hazelnut, acacia blossom, and pear aromas. The cool, sleek and delicious middle weight flavors also exude a very subtle minerality on the slightly austere finish that delivers good if not truly distinguished depth and persistence." (6/2015)
90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This wine was bottled only two weeks before I tasted it; as such it's not surprising that some would display some residual sulfur. This possesses a similar nose though in this case there is a hint of baked bread. Otherwise the medium weight flavors are slightly denser while retaining the same sense of vibrancy, all wrapped in a gorgeously long and complex finale. Between these two wines I often prefer the Puligny but in 2013 the Chassagne version has a slight edge. Either way you can't go wrong as both wines are excellent, particularly for the level. ...Read More »
From a tiny negociant producer in Puligny-Montrachet that we found by chance during a buying trip in Burgundy, and have been carrying since the 2008 vintage. Wonderfully affordable Burgundy, and a staff favorite that is sure to sell out at a brisk pace. The St-Romaine Blanc comes from Sous la Velle and Sous la Chateau, two of the best sites in Saint Romaine, a village with a cool climate and rocky soils.
89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding top value* A slightly riper and more complex nose is composed by essence of pear, white peach and dried flowers. There is more volume as well as mid-palate concentration to the medium-bodied and palate coating flavors that deliver slightly more depth on the well-balanced and solidly long finish. This is a lovely Puligny villages and worth a look." (6/2015) 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Puligny-Montrachet les Enseigneres has a very reticent nose at the moment, perhaps more so than the village cru. The palate is balanced on the entry with citrus lemon, grapefruit an ...Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Notes of reduction again mask the nose though the mildly funky aromas are followed by rich, full and delicious flavors that manage to retain a good sense of underlying detail and tension on the lingering finish. This is a bit coarser than the Champlots and should drink well slightly earlier." (6/2015) K&L Notes: From the importer: "This husband and wife team is located in the hamlet of Gamay nestled between Puligny Montrachet and St. Aubin. In close proximity to the Grand Crus, Domaine Sylvain Langoureau is made up of numerous small parcels totaling 8.5 hectares. Own... Read More »
Olivier Leflaive is from one of the most important winemaking families in Puligny-Montrachet. Aligoté is a rare find stateside: a value-driven alternative wine to Chardonnay that generally gets drunk locally before it can hit the U.S. shelves. From the importer: "Olivier Leflaive's Aligote is sourced from domaine vineyards in Meursault and behind the tiny village of Corpeau, just south of Puligny-Montrachet. Vines average 30 years old in soils of clay and limestone. The domaine's Aligots is made with low yielding, old vines, vinified and aged in 100% sta... Read More »
92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru les Champs Gain has an entrancing bouquet in the making, one not unlike the Chenevottes, but here with light brushes of lemon sherbet and even marmalade - a little more exotic perhaps. The palate is precise and citric, likewise driven by the acidity that lends this so much tension and race. It gradually builds in the mouth toward a very harmonious, animated finish. The Champ Gains is one of the domaine’s best Chassagnes in 2013. (NM)" (12/2014) 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This wine was bottled only two weeks before I tasted it; as such it's not ...Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A noticeably reduced nose strongly suggests that decanting this for a few minutes first is in order. There is a subtle touch of minerality to the detailed and discreetly saline-inflected flavors that possess fine depth and length. Recommended at this definitely boxes above its weight." (6/2015) K&L Notes: Producer note: "Henri Boillot continues to make stunning wines from his négociant operation and he has arguably become the finest pure négoce specializing in white burgundy today; yes there are other very fine négociants but the huge majority of them are really doma... Read More »
The Greffiere Macon is an assemblage of old vines that is aged with a touch of oak (about ¼). The village of La Roche Vineuse is appropriately named for the bevy of limestone found in the vineyard.
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An expressive nose mixes notes of citrus and white-fleshed fruit that precede fresh, cool and intense middle weight flavors that terminate in a clean and dry finish of moderate depth and persistence. This should reward 2 to 3 years of cellaring if desired." (6/2015) Wine & Spirits: "This is an impressive Bourgogne blanc, expressing its ginger and pineapple scents with subtlety and finesse. Touches of white mushroom bring an earthy contrast to the freshness. Pour it with roast chicken and wild mushrooms." (4/2015)
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A mild touch of reduction suppresses the expressive of the yellow fruited nose somewhat. Otherwise there is reasonably good freshness and verve to the delicious and easy-to-like middle weight flavors that possess acceptable depth and length. This fleshy and very round effort should drink well young." (6/2014)
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "The intensely, spicy, floral and citrusy aromas are actually relatively sophisticated for an aligoté. Moreover the nicely rich flavors retain a fine sense of detail and because there is good mid-palate fat, there is also lovely balance on the intense and lemony finish. If you enjoy a good aligoté from time to time this would make for a fine choice. Recommended." (6/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Courtesy of vines planted 75 years ago, the 2013 Bourgogne Aligoté has an attractive bouquet with beeswax and honeysuckle aromas. The palate is crisp in the mouth with the soft texture of ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(malo done and sulfited): Bright, pale yellow. Very pure but shy aromas of orange zest, pineapple, lemon, acacia flower and stone. Boasts outstanding volume and breadth to its unctuous fruit but penetrating limey acidity (4.6 grams per liter, according to Latour) gives definition to the middle palate and cuts through the wine's sucrosite. Wonderfully classy, full Genevrieres with a gripping, tactile, very long finish that leaves the mouth perfumed. This may yet surpass the terrific 2012." (9/2014) 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Like several of the wines in the range in 2013 this is dist ...Read More »
88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Puligny-Montrachet has a clean and crisp, quite stony and perhaps reserved bouquet compared to the 2012 last year. The palate is crisp and taut, already demonstrating impressive weight in the mouth, leading to a well-defined finish with a hint of fish oil, something almost 'Thai' on the finish. Very fine and there's personality here. (NM)" (12/2014) Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* (from 7 different lieux-dits). A slightly more elegant nose features notes of matchstick, citrus, floral and a hint of wood toast. The middle weight flavors possess excellent punch and de ...Read More »
90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This possesses an interesting nose of herbal tea and dried citrus peel along with hints of white flowers and pear scents. The detailed and punchy medium weight flavors display a silky mouth feel before terminating in a petrol-infused finish that is a bit drier than that of the Vergers." (6/2014) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Discreet aromas of pear and white flowers. Nicely concentrated, dense premier cru with a sappy quality and an attractive sugar/acid balance and enticing floral lift to its flavors of pear drop and menthol. Finishes broad but not heavy, with a repeating floral quali ...Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "An elegant version, this exhibits ripe flavors of peach, apricot and grapefruit. Juicy, lingering with long finish that echoes fruit and spice. Shows integration and harmony." (12/2015) Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding Top Value* There is fine volume and very solid mid-palate concentration to the medium-bodied flavors that possess good power and depth on the citrus-inflected, persistent and balanced finale. This possesses fine quality for a villages level Chassagne and is worth your interest." (6/2015)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Bourgogne Chardonnay comes from two parcels around Puligny. It has a primal bouquet at the moment: touches of grapefruit and green apple, but I feel it is missing a little intensity compared to its peers. The palate is light on the entry with simple pear and green apple notes, leading to an innocuous, light finish. Easy-drinking Chardonnay, no more, no less. (NM)" (12/2013)
Inventory: Redwood City