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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 »
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 »
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)
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)
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 »
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.
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, 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 import their wines direct.
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)
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From S. Irena Virbila of the Los Angeles Times: "This is classic Pinot Noir from one of the greatest names in Burgundy. Domaine Leroy's lineup ranges from this Bourgogne Rouge at about $35 to bottles costing several hundred dollars. And though the price may seem high for an entry-level Burgundy, the 2003 Bourgogne Rouge is better than many premier crus at twice the price. With its gorgeous fruit and exquisite balance, this is no simple Burgundy, and Lalou Bize-Leroy is no average winemaker. Get it before it's snatched off the shelves." (06/2007)
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)"
According to the importer: "A cote du Beaune Burgundy that is drinkable now and will age for years. Great food wine. Excellent value."
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 »
92-95 points Vinous: "Healthy bright red. A sexy earthy perfume makes for a deep, mellow nose; smells thick! Then lush and deep on the palate, but with surprising energy and shape to the highly complex flavors of cherry, clove, espresso, dried flowers, licorice pastille, underbrush and minerals. Wonderfully plush and voluminous without any excess weight. The penetrating finish is gripping and very long. Superb, terroir-driven grand cru with a long future ahead of it. (ST)" (1/2015) 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Clos des Lambrays is whole bunch as usual (whereas the Morey Saint Denis is destemmed) a ...Read More »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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)
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is a hint of herbal tea present on the notably fresh nose of red currant, rose petal and red currant aromas. The agreeably rich and supple medium-bodied flavors possess a velvety mouth feel as well as slightly rough tannins on the cool if slightly edgy finish where a mild hint of bitterness appears." (1/2016) Jancis Robinson: "Scented and fresh and vigourous. Lots of energy. Kerpow. Just a little hard on the end. Long and lively." (11/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Vosne-Romanée Village, without the addition of 'Les Commune' for the first time, has a lifted dark cherry and blackberry l ...Read More »
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Sustainably produced by the son of Isabelle and Vincent Greuzard of Château de la Greffiere. From the importer: "One of the best terroirs of the Maconnais with its clay-limestone soil and close proximity to the famous Roche de Solutre. Xavier is as hard-working as his parents and is a very promising young vigneron."
93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "**Outstanding** An explosive red pinot fruit nose is nuanced by hints of earth, underbrush and an interesting touch of peach stone introduces still bigger, richer and more structured flavors that possess serious size and weight, culminating in a velvety and mouth coating finish that seems to go on and on. This is an extremely impressive wine constructed in an old school style but there's nothing rustic or inelegant about it though note that it's built for the long-term. (AM)" (4/2008) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Very ripe, smoky nose showed mounting red fruits with a ...Read More »
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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.
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 grapes for this wine come from Les Vignots, a plot near the premier crus... Read More »
96 points Decanter: "Ethereal notes of blackberry but also floral lift with a lovely silky texture and a savoury/mineral finish. Great appeal already. (GB)" (2/2016) 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru is matured in 50% new oak and is 100% whole bunch fruit. It is blessed with a winsome bouquet. As usual, there is something very natural, unimposing and refined on the nose: blackberry and briary, a hint of graphite, a subtle leafiness maybe, and yet delineated and very pure. The palate is lively and energetic with crisp tannin, black rather than red fruit, linear and very clas ...Read More »
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Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Top value* A discreet if not invisible touch of wood sets off the pretty and very fresh aromas of violets and red and dark currant scents. The richer and somewhat surprisingly, even riper medium weight flavors exude a subtle minerality before terminating in an utterly delicious, vibrant and well-balanced finale. This is really quite good and worth considering as an inexpensive candidate for an ageworthy house red." (1/2016)
90 points Vinous: "Tollot-Beaut's 2012 Chorey-lès-Beaune is intensely perfumed and juicy, with dark red cherry, hard candy and spice notes that are pushed forward. Firm, slightly coarse tannins give the wine its slightly rustic personality, but I say that in the best sense. The 2012 is an ideal wine for the dinner table, where it will offer much pleasure. The style is frank, direct and super-expressive. (AG)" (4/2015) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Bright and laced with cherry and berry flavors on a balanced frame. Approachable now, but this should develop over the next five or so years. Drink now through ...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: "*Outstanding* A slightly riper nose features aromas of cassis, spice, earth and violets along with sauvage nuances. There is plenty of muscle on the extract-rich, intense and impressively dense middle weight flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the overtly powerful and moderately rustic finish. This is a very serious Gevrey villages that will require at least a decade of bottle age before it will be ready for prime time." (1/2015) 88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(60% new oak; Dugat owns 2.5 hectares of vines here, making this his largest cuvée): Healthy deep red. Pure aromas o ...Read More »
90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from a 1.0 ha parcel of 45+ year old vines) A softly spicy nose offers up notes of plum, black currant and discreet warm earth hints. Like the Chaignots the medium weight flavors are juicy and succulent with plenty of volume and mid-palate density before terminating in a palate coating finish that is balanced and sweet in the best sense of the term. Drink: 2020+" (1/2015) 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru les Roncieres has a more introspective bouquet compared to the Bousselots at the moment. There are traces of tightly wound raspberry preserve scents ...Read More »
90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An expressive nose is composed of black cherry liqueur, wood toast, spice and subtle earth scents that are trimmed in background wood nuances. There is excellent volume to the caressing yet reasonably precise medium-bodied flavors that exhibit an appealing stony element on the rustic, firm and serious finish where a touch of wood resurfaces. Moderate patience will be required but this is once again quite good." (1/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Marsannay En Ouzelois is much broodier on the nose compared to the Bourgogne les Pressoniers, with touches of tar and undergrowth ...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 »
From the importer: "Stephan Monnot recently took the reins here and immediately this is a case of the son surpassing the father’s skills, which is quite remarkable. In father Edmond’s hands, this domaine was already considered by Bettane et Desseauve to be 'without a doubt the most consistent in quality and typicity in the expression of the terroir of Maranges.' They go on to say that Monnot 'offers always a great ratio of price to quality' for the consumer. Red wines typically have characteristics of pine and earth, mingled with tangy cherries and dark ... Read More »
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."
90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is the only wine in the range to display a lavish amount of wood and there is plenty of it present on the menthol and sauvage infused nose of mostly red berry fruit aromas. There is excellent richness to the velvet-textured middle weight plus flavors that possess excellent power and punch on the balanced and lingering finish. This isn't super dense but there is plenty of underlying material such that this should be more than capable of reward up to a decade of cellar time." (4/2015) 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Corton les Renardes Grand Cru, which was raised in 60% new o ...Read More »
93-96 points Vinous: "Bright medium ruby. Discreet, aristocratic nose hints at black cherry, licorice and violet; really communicates an impression of cold terroir. Densely packed, sweet and thick on the attack, then powerful and rather strict in the middle, with firm acidity giving shape and tension to the dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes vibrant, salty and very long, with the solid tannins hitting the palate late. Inexpressive today but should enjoy a very graceful and long evolution in bottle. (ST)" (1/2015) 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A brooding yet pretty nose offers up timid whisper ...Read More »
91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A more deeply pitched mélange features notes of black cherry, plum, violet, anise and a wisp of earth. There is a sleek mouth feel to the intense mineral-inflected middle weight flavors that are supported by firm tannins that possess a bit more phenolic maturity before concluding in a dusty but not really austere finish. This also has just a hint of backend edginess but in this case it seems more likely that the balance will come together with a few years of bottle age." (4/2016)
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)
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 »
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)
90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A somber and brooding nose only reluctantly gives up distinctly sauvage aromas of newly turned earth, underbrush, game and ripe wild dark berry fruit. There is excellent richness and volume to the energetic and powerful medium weight flavors that possess lovely depth on the balanced and solidly persistent finish. This should reward 10 to 12 years of cellaring." (1/2014) 89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaut Saint Jacques (yes – it is spelled with a 't' here) offers pleasant raspberry leaf and forest floor scents on the “correct” nose. The palate is med ...Read More »
92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Sweet Spot* Ample wood spice is present on the brooding and deeply pitched nose of plum, dark currant, smoked meat and sauvage scents. Though this is an overtly powerful and muscular wine the seductively textured mid-palate is velvety thanks to the copious amount of dry extract that also buffers the notably firm tannic spine on the gorgeously long finale. This strikingly good effort will be approachable somewhat earlier than usual but make no mistake this is still going to require a long stay in a cool cellar." (1/2016) 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru l ...Read More »
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93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin les Corbeaux Vielles Vignes also sees around 30% new oak like the village cru. It has a feminine, astonishingly pure, supremely well- delineated bouquet that is bewitching: blackberry, fresh strawberry, cold limestone and a touch of iris. The palate displays brilliant balance and a wondrous sense of tension and vigour -- a wine that shimmers in the glass with palpable energy on the finish. This Corbeaux is just exquisite and exudes effortless charm. (NM)" (6/2015) 90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* (also from 60 to 70 year old vines) Here too there i ...Read More »
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90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An attractively fresh nose features note of dark cherry, red currant and discreet earth nuances. There is a lovely mouth feel to the beautifully well-detailed, intense and lightly mineral-inflected flavors that possess solid depth and length on the balanced finish. This should reward 5 to 7 years of bottle age. (AM)" (4/2015) 90 points Vinous: "A beautifully focused, pulsating wine, the 2013 Volnay is laced with bright red stone fruits, spices and mint. Beams of acidity and minerality give the wine its striking energy. The 2013 finishes with terrific purity, focus and cut. T ...Read More »
91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Extremely ripe with mocha, earth and roasted coffee aromas and sappy, robust, tannic yet elegant and classy flavors coupled with stupendous length and intensity. Ironically for a vigorous, forceful Corton, this manages to retain a refined, harmonious personality. Splendid quality here and this should age for at least two decades." (1/2003) 91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated dark red. Wild, roasted, liqueur-like aromas of strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and blackberry. Very sweet on entry, then thick and dense in the middle, with urgent fruit of noteworthy vibrancy. Lively firming ...Read More »
95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An elegant, pure and broad-ranging nose is composed of very fresh, cool and airy aromas of both red and dark currant, spice and earth scents where the wood treatment is admirably subtle if again not invisible. There is a lovely mouth feel to the attractively intense and well-concentrated flavors that coat the palate with dry extract before culminating in a refined, well-balanced and beautifully persistent finish. Like the Griotte this is an overtly robust and powerful wine that will require an even longer snooze in a cool cellar." (1/2016) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Charmes ...Read More »
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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.
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