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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 »
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 »
91-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Palish medium red. Perfumed aromas of cherry, redcurrant, licorice and crushed stone. Sweet, pliant and concentrated; at once very ripe and elegant, with lovely lift for the vintage. Wonderfully expressive, penetrating wine, finishing with tangy red fruits and minerals and a light touch. But will it top the 2008? (ST)" (1/2011) 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Gevrey-Chambertin Estournelles St. Jacques emerges from the glass with explosive dark fruit. This is an especially large scaled, big style of Gevrey, but all of the elements come together nicely in the glass. The tannins tu ...Read More »
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87-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is just enough reduction present to mask the underlying fruit but not so much as to completely hide the earth and game nuances. By contrast there is a lovely sense of freshness and verve to the detailed, intense and delicious medium-bodied flavors that possess notably more volume and finishing complexity. This isn't particularly refined but I like the frank character and the delivery." (4/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Ladoix 1er Cru la Corvée, which comes from limestone soils and was raised in 20% new oak, has a transparent red berry and briary bouquet that opens n ...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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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: "A mildly toasty nose offers up ultra-fresh notes of herbal tea, black raspberry, earth and discreet floral and spice nuances. There is fine detail and plenty of punch to the lightly mineral-inflected middle weight flavors that also possess solid mid-palate density, all wrapped in a balanced and lingering if robust finish... (AM)" (1/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin la Brunelle is showing a little over-ripeness on the nose that denudes this Gevrey of some of its definition. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet ripe tannins. It has a grainy texture and seg ...Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A whiff of oak toast can be found on the earthy and overtly sauvage aromas of plum and violet scents. There is a relatively refined mouth feel to the supple and energetic middle weight flavors that terminate with no rusticity on the lingering finish. A competent effort." (1/2015)
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 »
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)
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 »
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 »
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)
The Domaine notes some very unique qualities that make the terroir of this offering so special. "Three types of Premiers Crus may be found in Gevrey-Chambertin. The most famous are located in the vineyards of Côte St. Jacques. This slope, which extends from la Bossiere at the entrance of the valley in Champeaux, was given its name in the 19th century. Another string of climats is located beneath the Grands Crus. Finally, it is the best parcels of the alluvial cone at the far end of the valley that merit this name. Gevrey is one of the two most well-endow... Read More »
91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Notes of wood and rose petal serve as a backdrop to the plum, earth and ever-so-mildly sauvage suffused nose. There is excellent delineation and plenty of minerality to the vibrant middle weight flavors that culminate in a tighter and firmer finish that also exhibits a touch of austerity." (1/2016) Wine Enthusiast: "This is a fresh, juicy wine with acidity and bright red fruits. Yes, there are tannins but they support the lively, crisp strawberries and the spice that comes from the wood aging. The wine is developing fast and will be ready to drink from 2018. (RV)" (8/2016)
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)
This wine is the same as that sold under the Ponsot label, except for the paper sticker on the bottle. It even has his proprietary glass and comes from the same 100+ year-old vines, as well as being vinified in the same cellar. Oh, and the price—a fraction of that under Ponsot's own label. Such are the joys of share-cropping. The Ponsot wine received 94-96 points and praise from Neal Martin in Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Clos St Denis Très Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru takes its time to open in the glass, but eventually offers raspberry preserve, wild strawberr... Read More »
90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "The markedly earthy nose is composed primarily of plum and dark cherry scents. The bright, intense and minerally medium weight flavors possess solid delineation that continues onto the nicely persistent and balanced finale that is slightly firmer." (1/2016)
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)"
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A discreet application of wood sets off the pretty nose of various red berries and plum scents. There is good richness to the generously proportioned and fleshy middle weight flavors that deliver reasonably good depth on the slightly austere and rustic finale." (4/2015)
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)
90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* Here the nose is both fresher and cooler with really pretty red berry fruit aromas that are also cut with ample minerality that can also be found on the rich, sweet and exceptionally pure middle weight flavors that offer wonderful delineation on the long and linear finish. There is a beautiful underlying tension and energy here and this should age well. Recommended." (1/2007)
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Domaine Alain Jeanniard is located between the villages of Gevrey and Chambolle, and the man owns a tiny 3.5 hectares of total fruit (and some of that is harvest en fermage, meaning leased). The wines are some of the most charming and pure of anything we have in stock, getting them was NOT easy, and we are the first store in California to carry them. According to Allen Meadows: "Alain Jeanniard runs this small 4 ha domaine where he supplements his production from fruit that he buys and vinifies himself. Interestingly, from 2000 to 2006 Jeanniard was resp... Read More »
87-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Here the expressive nose is more deeply pitched with more earth and humus character adding depth to the very fresh nose of dark currant aromas. There is good verve and delineation to the medium-bodied flavors that possess a seductive mouth feel thanks to the velvety and persistent finish. Lovely stuff that will be approachable young if desired." (1/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Mid crimson. This smells quite evolved already! Neat, well balanced and very charming with real substance and savour. Easy to see why this producer is so popular. Definitely a cut above the average village ...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 »
94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is coming along very nicely and while by no means ready at only 8 years of age, it's sufficiently open and supple that it could be drunk now with pleasure. There is fine complexity to the notably ripe yet still very fresh nose that is displaying only a hint of maturity to the black fruit, earth and sauvage infused aromas. There is very clearly a high degree of phenolic maurity to the firm but not hard structural elements shaping the broad-shouldered and very rich flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration and stunning good length on the ...Read More »
94-95 points James Suckling: "classic beautiful wine with strawberry and hints of minerals. Full-bodied, layered and firm. Wonderful depth here." (6/2015) 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A completely different nose is, as one might reasonably expect, much spicier with its layered array of various dark berries, floral and sandalwood scents. There is first-class volume to the concentrated, velvety and palate coating flavors that possess an abundance of dry extract that adds a seductive texture to the finish as well as does a fine job of buffering the firm but not hard tannic spine on the strikingly persistent backend. ...Read More »
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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)
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 »
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."
88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Here the nose is exceptionally pretty with an airy and cool array of plum, red currant, earth and a hint of humus. There is a relatively refined mouth feel to the attractively energetic and solidly powerful flavors that are presently quite compact as the firm finish clearly indicates that it will require time to unfold." (4/2012)
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Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Here the nose is much more deeply pitched with a ripe array of various dark berries, earth and a touch of the sauvage. There is an attractive sense of verve to the equally well-detailed flavors that possess better volume and mid-palate concentration, all wrapped in a rustic but not particularly austere finish. This offers pretty good quality for the appellation and note that it will be approachable young." (4/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Light cherry colour. Smells a good deal riper than the Bourgogne Rouge, more damson and plum. Satisfying balance of that riper fruit, grippy fr ...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 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A well-layered and ripe nose features a trace of oak toast, plum, earth and the hallmark sauvage character of a classic Mercurey. The rich and generously proportioned medium weight flavors exude a fine bead of minerality on the rounded and suave mid-palate that contrasts with the mildly rustic and chewy texture of the impressively long finish. This velvety effort should amply repay 4 to 7 years of cellaring. Worth considering." (10/2015)
89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Volnay 1er Cru les Fremiets has lifted redcurrant and cranberry fruit on the nose that is vibrant and pure, developing wilted rose-petal scents with aeration. The palate is smooth on the entry, quite primal and succulent with mulberry and red plum tinged with soy toward the finish. (JD)" (12/2014) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Initial herbal aromas give way to pretty floral, cherry and blackberry flavors in this elegant red. Firm, lingering with fruit and mineral elements. Best from 2018 through 2025." (5/2016) Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A subtle touch of wood frames the slightly fresher nose that present ...Read More »
88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chambolle-Musigny Village, which is matured in 20% new oak, has a very harmonious and quite intense bouquet with pure raspberry and wild strawberry scents unfurling. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin: crisp dark berry fruit with black plum and a dash of black spice on the finish. There is impressive length here for a village cru that is compact but focused. (NM)" (12/2014) 86-89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Spicy red fruit aromas lifted by a note of blood orange. A sappy, penetrating midweight with raspberry and spice flavors turning a little lean toward the ...Read More »
David Lefort, 32 years old, started his domaine in 2010 by first converting his 2.08 Ha property in Mercurey 1er Cru to organic agriculture. His rocky limestone soil is from superior Jurassic time with 20 year old vines. Starting with an organic approach in the vineyard, David continues in the cellar with minimal intervention using only indigenous yeast and gravity. Simply put, some of the best wines from this appellation. All wines are organic.
94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From barrel, the 2012 Clos de Vougeot Cuvee Vieilles Vignes has one of my favourite bouquets with wonderful vibrancy, mineralite and tension. The palate has a beguiling sense of symmetry and tension, blessed with precocious, beautifully aligned mineral-rich black and red fruit towards the finish. One of the best Clos de Vougeot this year. (NM)" (12/2013) 92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is aromatically riper than the Chambertin though that is not especially surprising. There is fine layering to the spiced plum, cassis, warm earth and hint of exotic tea aromas. I very much like the se ...Read More »
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91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "The profusely wooded nose displays plenty of menthol attributes along with various red and dark berry fruit, herbal tea, earth and a pretty floral nuance. There is fine power and concentration to the large-scaled, intense and muscular flavors that deliver excellent length on the overtly robust and rustic finale that is presently very tannic yet not hard though there is ample youthful austerity present. This will clearly need plenty of time." (4/2015) 91-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Healthy medium red. Reserved but nuanced aromas of red cherry, licorice, coffee and wild herbs. Dense, conc ...Read More »
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89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* A ripe yet markedly cool and restrained nose offers up notes of cassis, spice, earth, underbrush and menthol. There is a lovely mineral streak to the rich and relatively large-scaled flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration and plenty of verve on the complex and impressively persistent finish. This is a fine Gevrey villages and worth your attention plus it is sufficiently pliant to enjoy young but should reward longer term cellaring as well." (4/2014) Vinous: "Crushed flowers, mint and sweet red berries all take shape in the 2012 Gevrey ...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 »
87-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Gorgeously spicy and perfumed notes of smoke and game introduce savory, delicious, surprisingly forward flavors and an impressively complex finish. This is not particularly dense but it is suave and as much Vosne as Nuits in character." (4/2003) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Moderately saturated medium red. Pure, lively aromas of red fruits, mocha and spices. Juicy, bright and perfumed in the mouth, with tangy, intense flavors of raspberry, strawberry, pomegranate and minerals, lifted by a strong floral element. Finishes juicy, long and minerally, with firm but fine tannins. 90+ (ST) ...Read More »