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This is a charming Chardonnay from a small grower in the Macon. Lionel Rhedon-Marin is a recent graduate of the College of Viticulture in the nearby village of Davaye, where Guffens trained. All of their young-vine fruit is sold in bulk to one of the better negociants, who is pleased to have it, since Lionel is such a careful grower. But their old-vine fruit, all over 45 years of age, is kept for the Domaine wine, which is charming and elegant. This is not the super-ripe style that is suddenly popular, but is, instead, a balanced, well-made and wonderfu... Read More »
Pierre Meurgey, formerly the Managing Director at Maison Champy, with whom we have been working for 20 years, is now working on his own. His mother's family hails from the Mâcon, so he has particularly good connectoins with some terrific growers in this part of Burgundy. The name comes from his name, and that of his mother's family, in the time-honored Burgundian tradtion. This Chardonnay is fermented and aged only in tank to emphasize the freshness and minerality of this wine, sourced from the village of Uchizy in the northern part of Mâcon. (Keith... Read More »
From estate vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay, this is rich and charming, with an open and easy elegance about it. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/2014)
Domaine Bachelet-Ramonet describes the wines made from this site as having great richness and power.
Leased from the proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanee Conti. Recorded in Burgundy in the 1700s, Aligoté was once widely planted, but almost died out in the early 20th century after the 19th century phylloxera epidemic wiped out most of the vineyards. It is undergoing a renaissance in the 21st century, however; Aubert DeVillaine, proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti believes so fervently in this grape that he fought for—and won—an all-Aligoté appellation in Bouzeron. Aligoté is a high-acid grape, so ripeness is important for balance. My friends... Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A pungent nose features notes of straw, melon and yellow orchard fruit aromas. There is both good detail and energy to the solidly voluminous flavors that possess an attractive mouth feel and solid length though only average depth." (6/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Bourgogne Chardonnay illuminates the potential deficiencies of the Aligote, for it is much fresher and vibrant on the nose. It comes only from vineyards in Puligny, a mixture of the family’s own vineyards and some negoce. The palate is clean and fresh with apple peel and pear, although the finish is missing a ...Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Outstanding Top Value! A pungent nose of resin, straw and citrus leads to punchy and attractively textured medium weight flavors that possess good volume before concluding in a lingering finish that is markedly more complex than the typical example of the genre. This is really very good and it would make a fine choice as an all-around house white. Recommended." (6/2014) K&L Notes: Producer note, Burghound.com: "Bernard Morey's sons have each taken their respective shares of his domaine. Vincent married the daughter of a vigneron from Santenay, which explains the larg... Read More »
OK, you ask--what is Clyde doing writing up Burgundy wines? The Bordeaux specialist has veered off track. Well, I tasted this wine on my February trip to the South of France--Montpellier, to be exact. My good friends Alain and Patricia Corcia were in town for the Vinisud Trade show and we got together to taste some of Alain's wines. This white Burgundy was one of the first wines tasted and I bought it on the spot. Creamy, appley aromas meshed with a touch of toasty oak. Very clean and refreshing on the palate with a lingering finish. Years ago when ... Read More »
Crisp and clean, finished with a Stelvin Luxe twist top. This is from vineyards near Puligny, and from others in the Vire-Clesse appellation. It has pretty fruit and clean finish.
Only a special purchase direct from the winery in France made this price possible. Delicious and creamy, classic white Burgundy.from four parcels in Chassagne below the village.The 2012 has a bit more weight and structure than the 2011 did, with good structure and a bright finish. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/2014)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Wine Enthusiast: "Grown on chalk soil, this has a steely core that cuts through the more rounded, ripe tropical fruits. It’s full and rich, balancing acidity and the full fruits. The aftertaste combines toast and freshness." (12/2014) Wine Spectator: "Very fleshy, yet offset by lively acidity, this white evokes melon and peach flavors, offering a hint of white pepper. Tails off on the finish. Drink now through 2017. (Web-2014)"
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is enough wood influence to notice framing the otherwise pretty and fresh aromas of pear and dried floral notes. The middle weight flavors possess good mid-palate fat and solid volume in the context of the genre, all wrapped in a delicious and vibrant finish where a touch of wood resurfaces." (6/2014) Wine Spectator: "Though rich, this shows intensity to the peach, grapefruit, vanilla and baking spice flavors, with good structure and a lingering finish. Drink now through 2016. (Web-2014)" K&L Notes: The fruit here is sourced from Puligny Montrachet, Meursault and Rully. It is ag... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
From a site on the slopes just above the village of Savigny, en route to Bouilland. It is always a vineyard with terrific minerality, since it has the cooler air descending from the Rhoin valley, as well as shallower topsoils. Charming and elegant, with bright minerality, attractive citrus and lemon notes, lots of complexity and a long and elegant finish, this is simply terrific and an amazing value in white Burgundy!. Like many wines from this area, there may be some Pinot Blanc planted here, although you are always assured it is 100% Chardonnay. You... Read More »
Domaine Marc Jomain is a family enterprise. Brothers Philippe and Christophe Jomain and their sister Catherine, started the winery back in 1992 with vineyards left to them by their father Marc. They have holdings in four of Puligny-Montrachet's Premier Crus, as well a more than an acre in the Grand Cru of Bâtard-Montrachet. The wines benefit from extended lees contact and battonage, with limited new barrels. A great value, hand-picked from estate vineyards in Puligny Montrachet.
The ancient white grape of Burgundy, spicy and crisp. it makes a refreshing aperitiv.
Philippe and Etienne Delarche run a family estate of 9 hectares in the villages of Pernand-Vergelesses and Aloxe-Corton. The harvest is hand-picked and the wines made in the traditional manner. The grapes are pressed and the must left to settle. Fermentation takes place in small vats at a temperature not exceeding 20°C for the Pernands while the Corton Charlemagnes go straight into barrels. All the wines spend a minimum of 12 months in barrels. They have subtle aromas and are well-balanced with spicy, mineral flavours. Young Etienne Delarche has been mak... Read More »
Many people think of white Burgundy as being purely Chardonnay-based. While Chardonnay may be the most famous white varietal in Burgundy, there is another: Aligoté. Recorded in Burgundy in the 1700s, Aligoté was once widely planted, but almost died out in the early 20th century after the 19th century phylloxera epidemic wiped out most of the vineyards. It is undergoing a renaissance in the 21st century, however. Aligoté is a high-acid grape, so ripeness is important for balance. My friends in Burgundy always serve a glass of Aligoté to start the evening ... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 St. Aubin 1er Cru Charmois is 100% negoce fruit and is raised in 15% new oak. It has a very light bouquet that needs more fruit expression. The palate has a light, apple entry with slightly shrill acidity at the moment. It is very citric in the mouth with bitter lemon on the terse finish" (12/2013) K&L Notes: Saint Aubin les Charmois is a bit of a less-known gem. It is located on the wrong side of an invisible dotted line directly next to Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru les Chaumees. It represents Chassagne richness, but at a more reasonable tariff than any Ch... Read More »
From the vineyard next to Puligny-Montrachet Champs Gains Premier Cru; the 2011 scored 90 points in Wine Enthusiast.
90 points Wine Spectator: "A smoky, burnt match aroma gives way to peach, lemon pie and baking spice flavors in this lush white. Balanced and forthcoming, leaving a hazelnut aftertaste. Drink now through 2018. 400 cases imported." (12/2014)
Young Etienne Delarche has been making ever more elegant wines since he took over the reins of this family estate in the villages of Pernand-Vergelesses and Aloxe-Corton. The harvest is hand-picked and the wines made in the traditional manner. The grapes are pressed and the must left to settle. Fermentation takes place in small vats at a temperature not exceeding 20°C for the Pernands while the Corton Charlemagnes go straight into barrels. All the wines spend a minimum of 12 months in barrels. They have subtle aromas and are well-balanced with spicy, min... Read More »
This a new acquisition of one of the family's historic vineyards in Santenay from his brother Vincent who left the wine business to farm cereal grains west of Paris. It shows a very pretty thread of minerality running through it, which comes from the relatively shallow topsoil of this site, located above the more well-known Santenay Gravières. This has that combination of energy, focus and a relatively open texture on the palate that makes it very easy to like. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/2014)
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru les Vergers has a very generous, almost tropical-tinged bouquet: guava, dried mango, hints of grilled almond and brioche soaring from the glass. The palate is rounded in the mouth with notes of orange sorbet and peach. Fortunately, any blowsiness is avoided with a keen thread of acidity that keeps this lovely Les Vergers focused and tensile. This is worth seeking out." (12/2014) 89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Tangy peach and pear aromas are complemented by a stony quality. Sweet and charming but juicy too, in the style of the Chenevottes, with brigh ...Read More »
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Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A restrained if very fresh nose offers up notes of mostly floral and citrus-based aromas. There is good verve and lovely detail to the lightly mineral-inflected flavors that exhibit a clean and dry if ever-so-slightly bitter finish of average depth and length. To drink young." (6/2014) Wine Spectator: "The floral, apple and wax flavors take on some citrus notes as this bracing white closes in on the finish. A bit lean and tart, with moderate length. Best from 2015 through 2022." (6/2014) K&L Notes: A round and pretty fruit profile, with some a tropical nose with hints of pineapple, att... Read More »
Vermots-Dessus is a vineyard high on the hillside, with shallow topsoil and lots of limestone, producing whites of floral and interesting character. This shows some minerality on the palate and a very nice drive. It is solid, delicious Chardonnay from the Cote d'Or, fermented and aged in small French oak barrels, at an extremely reasonable tariff.
90 points Wine Spectator: "Spice and pastry aromas abound in this version, while apple, lemon and mineral flavors unravel on the long finish. A lean, persistent style. Drink now through 2023." (9/2014)
Inventory: Redwood City
90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru les Baudines has a more resinous, waxy bouquet compared to the Champ Gain, with touches of apple peel and fresh pear coming through later. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, vibrant citric fruit and a dash of lemongrass lending spice to the finish that just misses a little persistence at the moment. (NM)" (12/2014) 87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light medium yellow. Inviting ripe aromas of yellow peach and spices. Round and fruit-driven, with peach and honey flavors showing modest complexity but good concentration. Finishes with a slig ...Read More »
90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Here the nose offers up a genuinely lovely array of both white and yellow orchard fruit aromas as well as spice, citrus blossom and discreet tea notes. There is excellent richness and vibrancy to the suave, round and seductively textured flavors that possess superior depth, balance and length. This relatively robust and potentially outstanding effort will require 6 to 8 years of cellar time to arrive at its apogee." (6/2014)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow. Ripe mirabelle aroma is a bit less pristine than that of the Perrieres (Carillon notes that this wine seems more accessi ...Read More »
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Wine Spectator: "A sleek, racy style, boasting flavors of lime, white flowers, apple and citrus peel. A mineral accent peeks through on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2017." (9/2014) K&L Notes: This Chardonnay, 100% hand-harvested, comes from a single vineyard well-situated on gravel-rich soil in Meursault. Traditional aging in oak barrels for one year helps to produce this fresh though fleshy, robust white. This is a domaine to watch. As Charles Ballot, in his 20s, has taken over from his father, Philippe, the wines have gotten better and better. They are pruning very stric... Read More »
A blend of over twenty vineyards, each vinified separately, then bvlended to achieve the most complete Pouilly Fuisse. Thi sis done 70% in oak barrels, of which 25% are new oak. The remaining 30% is done in tank to preserve freshness and minerality. This is from a mix of older and younger vines, but the average vine age is over 30 years!
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is slightly better aromatic complexity to the white orchard fruit and citrus zest nose. There is good richness but also good verve to the attractively fresh and agreeably textured flavors that are supported by racy acidity and lovely intensity on the balanced, delicious and lingering finish." (6/2013) K&L Notes: Charmois is located just on the wrong side of an invisible dotted line, so instead of being Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Chaumées, it is Charmois, at about 60% of the price. Lovely and elegant, rich and mineral-driven, this is terrific. (Keith Wollenbe... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeots, whose vines are on the limit with Santenay and now sees a little more new oak compared to previous vintages, has a complex bouquet, more introspective than others with honeysuckle and jasmine scents, wet limestone underneath. The palate is smooth and very elegant in the mouth, the acidity perfectly judged and adorned with hints of white peach and brioche toward the finish. Lovely." (12/2014) 89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(Fontaine's holding is on the hillside toward Santenay, on soil rich in calcaire): Bright, pale yellow. Pear and yellow ...Read More »
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Wine Spectator: "The oak lends this notes of tar, smoke and clove, while peach and apple fruit lingers underneath. Bright and lingering, with a fresh finish. Drink now through 2017. (Web Only-2014)" K&L Notes: This lovely gem is a Puligny Montrachet in all but name. It comes from one single vineyard in Puligny, just across the Grande Rue from the winery. A single vineyard wine, estate bottled, from Puligny , and under $20 This charmer has interesting white flower notes on the nose and a nice mineral note on the palate, accompanied by a hint of oak and nice drive. Bravo, Alexandra... Read More »
87-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is a subtle touch of pain grillé setting off relatively pungent reduction at present. While there is fine concentration and plenty of dry extract to the medium-bodied flavors the finish exhibits notably bitterness. This wine was filled with gas so it's possible that it is responsible for the bitterness and overall this was hard to read between the reduction and the difficult backend." (6/2014)90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow-straw. High-pitched aromas of lemon, lavender and nutmeg. A step up in intensity and density from the very good village wine, offering higher-pit ...Read More »
89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot, which Sophie Morey told me she usually picks a little earlier than the other crus, has a delightful, marine-influenced bouquet with hints of oyster shells and sea brine lending it character. The palate is well balanced with fine acidity, suggestions of white peach and lemongrass in the background, that builds to an intense but controlled finish. This feels nicely assured at this early stage. (NM)" (12/2014) 87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow-gold color. Slightly reduced nose shows a pineapple ripeness with air. Round and easygoing o ...Read More »
Only a special purchase direct from the winery in France made this price possible. Delicious and creamy, classic white Burgundy.from four parcels in Chassagne below the village. Careful viticulture results in aromas of white flowers, a gentle minerality and a creamy richness in mid-palate. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 06/2014)
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90 points Wine Spectator: "A linear, racy style, displaying melon, lemon and pastry notes. This bracing wine leans toward the acidity as the long, spice-filled finish plays out. Best from 2016 through 2024." (9/2014)
91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Here the reduction is a bit more discreet on the lightly wooded nose so I would again advise decanting this first. The dense, powerful and serious medium weight flavors possess so much extract that there is an almost chewy quality to the toasty, long and citrus-inflected finish where the oak character resurfaces. This should be good in time as it has a good track record of successfully integrating its wood though at present it's borderline intrusive" (10/2014) Jancis Robinson: "Riper citrus than the Brûlées, even a touch of orange zest. Dry, refined on the palate, the fruit ...Read More »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru has a much more austere bouquet than the Criots: stubborn and standoffish at the moment. The palate is well balanced with light peach, tangerine and lemon curd notes, the new oak (one-third) nicely integrated and rounding out the tensile finish that displays superb salinity. The more this stays in the glass, the better it becomes. Superb." (12/2014) 92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, light yellow. Very reticent, nuanced nose combines pineapple, peach, menthol and stony iodiney minerality. Densely packed, chewy and mineral-driven; distinctly more ...Read More »
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Located mid-slope on the hillside, with shallow soils and lots of limestone, this faces east, and is very reminiscent of Corton Charlemagne in character, located as it is just a stone's throw from that fabled vineyard. It has a bit of wood, but more than enough weight and charming stone fruit notes that the wood is never dominant. This manages to walk that line between richness and elegance, seemingly without effort. On entry it shows that saline quality of a Corton, grown in limestone, then it hits your palate and your mouth waters, then the ride finish... Read More »
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(Matrot makes this wine from purchased grapes): Bright medium yellow. Reduced on the nose. Supple and attractively sweet, offering considerable early appeal to the almost candied pineapple fruit. Finishes with nice length." (9/2013)
A delightful blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Blanc, from the village of Corgoloin.
91 points Allen Meadows: "Airy, cool, pure and exceptionally refined aromas of citrus, acacia blossom and pear that complements the very fresh and vibrant medium-bodied flavors that possess a distinct stony quality that carries over to the beautifully long but slightly less complex finish. Still, this is a wine of understatement and harmony." (Tasted: Jun 01, 2009) 91 points Parker's Wine Advocate: "Boudot’s 2007 Puligny-Montrachet Les Perrieres is scented with honeysuckle and iris, leading into a palate with prominent peach kernel bitterness playing ag... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow. Musky peach, flowers and minerals on the nose. Glyceral-rich, spicy and generous, with an exotic pineapple note dominating. Boasts an almost oily concentration due to a high percentage of millerande grapes but comes across as almost too easy today. This boasts impressive potential--if it can maintain its verve." (9/2013) 89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Here too there is enough reduction present to flatten the fruit for the time being. By contrast there is good freshness and verve to the attractively detailed middle weight flavors that display plenty of the hallmark mineral ...Read More »
89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An elegantly layered and cool nose features aromas of lemon peel, white flowers and spiced pear. There is a really lovely texture to the solidly constructed and concentrated middle weight flavors that display ample minerality on the citrus-inflected and dry but not especially austere finish. The inherent class of Puligny is on display here" (6/2014)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(from 80-year-old vines; Jadot purchases juice): Bright yellow. Mirabelle and lemon aromas are accented by a minty nuance. Boasts very good juicy lift to its lemon and peach flavors but less richness and extrac ...Read More »