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Wine Spectator: "Black cherry, floral and earth flavors are married to a rich texture, underlined by vibrant acidity and light tannins. Fine length. Drink now through 2018. (Web Only—2015)" K&L Notes: 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 reputations as being classically-flavored and dependable in just about any vintage, year after year. A screaming value! I am always on the lookout for everyday drinking red burgundy for under $20 and the 2013 Dom... Read More »
From the winery: "Red fruit aromas (blackcurrant, raspberry, cherry) with spicy scents of underbrush. Its long finish and round tannins will continue to amplify with age."
87-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A fresh and cool yet ripe nose offers up aromas of both red and dark pinot fruit that display whiffs of lavender and violet. There is good punch and a plenty of minerality to the middle weight flavors that possess a mildly rustic but unusually spicy backend. In sum this is pretty if not deep." (1/2014) K&L Notes: 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 reputations as being classically-flavored and dependable in just about any vintag... 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 »
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 »
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 »
Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Bourgogne is a very pretty wine at its level. Delicate and floral on the palate, the 2012 is an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Sweet red berries, flowers and mint grace the soft, inviting finish. (AG)" (4/2015) 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 hig ...Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An attractively fresh nose of distinctly earthy red and dark currant aromas leads to precise, intense and utterly delicious middle weight flavors that possess better than average depth, length and balance for a wine at this level. Worth considering plus it should reward a few years of cellaring too if desired." (4/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "This fresh wine is all about fruit. Soft tannins and attractive strawberry flavors are lightly cut with acidity. Coming from vines between 50 and 60 years of age, it has some extra concentration. Drink this fragrant wine now." (7/2015) K&L Notes: Nicola... Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An earthy, somber and quite serious nose of dark berry fruit, earth and plum leads to mildly rustic middle weight flavors that possess good richness and volume before terminating in a delicious, complex and relatively forward but not soft finish. A quality villages." (4/2012)
89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is slightly riper than the villages with a more elegant if similar aromatic profile. There is fine complexity to the supple, round and lightly mineral-inflected flavors that possess a clean and mildly austere finish. I live the balance and this should be lovely after a mid-term cellar snooze." (1/2013) K&L Notes: 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 reputations as being classically-flavored and dependable in just about any v... Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is a lovely sense of purity to the elegant and solidly complex aromas of red berry fruit and earth nuances. In the same vein there is good purity to the precise and well-detailed middle weight flavors that offers good energy and balance on the moderately structured finish. This should be approachable young but age too if desired." (1/2014)
94-97 points Antonio Galloni: "Rousseau's 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St. Jacques possesses gorgeous aromatic lift and energy. Polished and refined throughout, the 2013 is super-expressive. Winemaker Frédéric Robert adds that the grapes were especially small in 2013, with virtually no juice. Once again, Rousseau's Clos St. Jacques looks to be one of the wines of the vintage.-Antonio Galloni writing for Vinous.com" (4/2015) 93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Don't miss! Outstanding* This is also notably ripe with its expressive and attractively cool nose of black cherry and raspberry, earth, floral and discreet spice ele ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
90 points Antonio Galloni: "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 »
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." (1/2015) Wine Spectator: "The light cherry and berry fruit is tinged with sweet sawdust and vegetal notes. Finishes slightly dry. (Web-2015)"
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Here the mild wood toast frames the otherwise ripe and fresh aromas of black cherry, earth and oak spice notes. There is a seductive mouth feel to the vibrant and nicely detailed middle weight flavors that exude a fine minerality on the ever-so-mildly austere and persistent finish. This is really quite good and would make a fine choice for an all-around house red that could be enjoyed young but should repay a few years of cellar time too." (1/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Marsannay Village comes from several parcels from within the appellation raised in 40% new wood. Tha ...Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "Monopole. Rich, dark fruit, some oak spice evident here. Lovely sinewy freshness, absolutely no spare flesh but deliciously lean and firm. No attempt to woo the taster yet but I love the no-nonsense but harmonious strictness. Tight but fine tannins. Almost austere but attractively so. (JH)" (12/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pommard Clos des Ursulines comes from Bichot’s Domaine du Pavillon team (see August issue for reviews on older vintages). After late malo-lactic fermentation it is being matured 40% in new oak. The nose is light and airy, nicely defined, but it needs ...Read More »
A message from the Wine Maker: "My objective was-and still is- to make the best possible wines by applying rigorously biodynamic principles and never compromise on quality. Since, I have started to make wines in 2002; each vintage taught me different lessons: However the common lesson is at all times to respect nature and soils and never think that we are more intelligent in front of the nature. Nature will always have the last word. Now over to you, reader and consumer of my wines to taste and judge my efforts... and I hope you feel the real passion of... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
Allen Meadows writes: "Pascal Marchand, formerly of Domaine Comte Armand and Domaine de la Vougeraie (see herein), has founded his own domaine and négociant operation with financial partner Maury Tawse. Marchand commented that he "loves the 2012 vintage as it's concentrated and balanced but the problem of course is that there is just so little of it. I used varying amounts of whole clusters but in almost all cases where I did use them I used more than in prior vintages. The wines should be excellent in time as they have everything that they need to evolv... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
According to importer Vineyard Brands: "100% from 60 year-old vines. Deep color. Red fruits on the nose, more ripe than the previous wines. Earthy, soil components and toasty peanuts on the nose. Thick, dark chocolate on the palate, has quite a kick. Very raisined smoke notes. Rustic, no tannins, but lots of acid. A lush mid-palate. Coffee and tobacco on the finish." (http://www.vineyardbrands.com/)
89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A deft touch of wood sets off spicy aromas of dark berry fruit, plum and floral scents. There is a wonderfully seductive, even silky mouth feel to the mineral-inflected and sleek medium weight flavors that brim with dry extract on the detailed and beautifully long finish. This too is a Vosne villages of refinement and grace." (1/2015) 89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, dark red. Ripe aromas of red raspberry and minerals are complicated by sexy saline and coffee nuances. Juicy and precise but pliant on the palate, conveying a lightly salty character to the dark berry and violet flavo ...Read More »
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89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A softly spicy nose displays notes of plum, violets and plenty of earth. The rich, round and delicious middle weight flavors are finer than those of the Fixin villages though here too there is a note of rusticity on the balanced, persistent and focused finale. This is worth checking out as well, particularly for value." (1/2015) K&L Notes: 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 reputations as being classically-flavored and dependab... 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 »
88-90 points Antonio Galloni: "Dark red cherry, plum, smoke and sweet spices all flesh out in the 2012 Vosne-Romanée. Supple and juicy throughout the Vosne is a great introduction to the Grivot house style. Subtle hints of earthiness linger on the close." (1/2014)90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Ripe aromas of musky redcurrant, red raspberry and dried flowers. Sweet, fully ripe and highly concentrated, offering terrific drinkability now but also the sappy mineral energy to evolve gracefully in the bottle. Quite palate-staining for village wine, finishing with pungent lingering saline minerality." (3/2015)
Located in the heart of the vineyards of Burgundy, on the border of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, this estate was established in 1899 by Amable Désertaux. The area was then about three hectares. It was not until the arrival of Bernard and Janine Désertaux that it grew to 12 ha. The installation of their children, Christine and Vincent in 1995 and 2000, has resulted in some very fine wines, and as they still fly under the radar, these are very affordable, too! Lots of wine for an extremely modest sum.
Inventory: Redwood City
88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Marsannay les Ouzeloy has a slightly deeper bouquet than the village cru, hints of blackberry infusing the red berry fruit profile, just a touch of iodine developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple entry. This is nicely balanced, full in the mouth and exerting a gentle grip, the finish suggesting it will need a couple of years to absorb the oak. But it is nicely focused, very harmonious, and with further aeration there is a cheeky touch of spice emerging on the finish." (12/2013)89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium red. Reticent aromas of dried re ...Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A restrained and cool but clearly ripe nose features notes of violets, plum and earth where the latter element is more prominent still. There is good punch to the notably rich flavors that retain moderately good detail on the rustic but delicious finale where the wood is more completely integrated." (4/2014) K&L Notes: This comes from the section of this vineyard called Petit Clos Rousseau, likely due to the fact that the lay of the land is such that the rows are shorter in this section of the vineyard. The name may come from the local dialectical word for Chardonnay... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Black cherry and black currant flavors mark this vibrant red. It's driven more by the lively acidity, with a hint of tannins underneath. Fine length. Drink now through 2019. (Web-2015)"
90 points Antonio Galloni: "Good medium red. Expressive aromas of redcurrant, raspberry and coffee, plus a suggestion of dried fruits. At once sweet and salty on the palate, offering a pliant texture to its slightly reduced flavors of strawberry and raspberry. A cut above the Champs Chenys in concentration and shape. Finishes with supple, harmonious tannins and noteworthy persistence. (ST)" (3/2015) Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This possesses a very interesting nose because it's rare to see orange peel nuances in Gevrey that combine with notes of pomegranate, earth, spice, dark currant and a hint of the sauvage ...Read More »
90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Here too there is just enough wood present to warrant noting though it does not impinge on the otherwise wonderfully elegant, pure and airy blue pinot fruit, violet, plum and soft earth scents. There is a lovely vibrancy and ample minerality to the intense yet seductively detailed flavors that are underpinned by moderately firm tannins on the balanced and strikingly persistent finale. This is lovely and textbook ESJ as it's a wine of finesse and refinement." (1/2015)
92-95 points Antonio Galloni: "Distinctly chalky, ferrous notes announce the 2013 Clos de la Roche, a wine marked by its intense, saline-infused energy. A wine of notable complexity and pedigree, the 2013 offers striking nuance from start to finish. White pepper, chalk and citrus lend additional lift to the energetic, taut finish. There is a lot to look forward to here." (4/2015) 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, which will contain some new oak although I tasted from a used barrel, has a tightly knit bouquet that at the moment is less expressive than the Mazis-Chambertin. The palate ...Read More »
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95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2010* This is a wonderful wine, very ripe, the blackberry and sweet fruits all here, While the tannins are solid and concentrated, they are in the center of a lush, beautifully rich series of flavors that range from fruit to licorice to spice. The wine shows great aging potential." (12/2010)92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This remains incredibly youthful though not without a certain appeal as the ripe nose of spicy and seductive red, black and violet aromas offer fine complexity. There is excellent volume to the very rich, full-bodied and impressively conce ...Read More »
On the border between Rully and Mercurey in the Cote Chalonnaise, Domaine Faiveley sources their "Les Villeranges" from an east-facing vineyard planted in clay-limestone soils. The vines were planted between 1965 and 1982 and Faiveley only produces 200 cases of this cuvee annually. This has darker and denser fruit than the 2011, but retains the supple entry and lovely red and black fruit notes on the palate. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 02/2015)
This delightful Pinot Noir comes from one of my favorite vineyards in Pommard, "Maison Dieu," just below the RN74 as you pass through the beautiful row of trees on the way to Meursault. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravieres offers brambly black fruit on the nose with touches of incense and wild heather. The palate is clean and sappy on the entry. The acidity is nicely judged although the tannins feel a little coarse on the spicy finish. It feels just a little over-extracted but it should mellow nicely with 4-5 years bottle age. (NM)" (10/2013)
91-93 points Antonio Galloni: "Dark cherries, plums, hard candy, cloves and menthol all flesh out in the 2012 Pommard Les Jarollières. One of the more explosive wines in the range, the Jarollières is also quite supple and layered, which should make it accessible with just a few years in bottle. The layered, voluptuous style is hugely appealing. (AG)" (1/2014)91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* There is a subtle touch of wood framing the ultra-fresh nose of just turned earth, game and dark currant aromas that display a background hint of underbrush. There is an excellent sense of verve to the less obviously ...Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* Proust said that about 60% of this blend was from domaine fruit. An expressive nose speaks of pretty red berry fruit with subtle earth and sauvage hints that carry over to the rich and relatively full-bodied flavors that are shaped by moderately rustic tannins and a notably firm finish where a hint of wood surfaces. This is quite good but note that patience will be required, especially for a villages-level wine." (5/2011) Wine & Spirits: "Heady with new oak, this is an ambitiously styled Pommard with rich fruit ripeness. Scents of candied violets last in the ...Read More »
95-98 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Subtle if not invisible wood serves as a backdrop for the highly spiced, cool and pure mélange of red currant, dark berry, earth and once again exotic tea nuances. There is knock-out intensity to the gorgeously textured and mineral-inflected flavors that are imposingly scaled yet there is not even a hint of heaviness on the restrained, delineated and explosively long and mouth coating finale. This breathtakingly fine effort is a simply beautiful combination of power and grace." (1/2015) 94-97 points Antonio Galloni: "Another striking wine, the 2013 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze is beautifully ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding Top Value* There is enough reduction to knock down the expressiveness of the nose so I would suggest decanting it first. There is good volume and richness to the attractively precise and energetic flavors that exude a discreet earthiness on the ever-so-slightly austere finish. This is a very fine and ageworthy Bourgogne that is worth a look." (1/2014) K&L Notes: Named after Philip III, the best of the Dukes of Burgundy, also known as Philip the Good (Le Bon). And, Gilles says with a wink, this is good Burgundy. Fresh and bright, with focus, acidity and a... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "On the earthy side, with dense tannins and a broad-shouldered, rustic profile. The cherry and spice notes are buried, complemented by an echo of spice on the finish. (Web-2014)"
Les Charmes is the largest and arguably the most famous of Chambolle-Musigny's Premier Cru climats, located at the base of the Cote d'Or escarpment in Burgundy. It is planted entirely to Pinot Noir and makes a style of wine that is classically Chambolle-Musigny: floral and delicate with silky tannins.
93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lively scents of red fruits, blackberries, and stones are found in the complex aromatics of the stellar 2002 Nuits-St.-Georges Les St.-Georges. Its mouth-coating, satiny waves of candied red cherries, blackberries, flowers, and spices conquer the palate. This medium to full-bodied wine has exceptional elegance, loads of deep underlying fruit, and a prolonged, super-ripe finish. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020. Bravo! (PR)" (6/2004)94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red-ruby. Highly nuanced nose combines redcurrant, iron, leather and flowers, along with a menthol austerity. Then explos ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
Charmots is a Premier Cru vineyard just above Les Grands Epenots, on the same band of elevation as its near neighbor, Beaune Clos des Mouches. Like that vineyard, with some bottle age this site develops classic violet floral notes on the nose. Claudie Jobard runs this domaine along with her sister Mireille. Their wines are balanced and delicate, but never weak. With time they gain lots of complexity. The vineyard management is done in an extremely natural fashion, without the use of fertilizers or herbicides.