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Under-The-Radar Gems - Burgundy Finds From A Trio of Legendary Domaines - 04/16/2017 - Red Burgundy

At K&L, we’re passionate about Burgundy and for every one opportunity that we’re able to share with our clients, there are another dozen under-the-radar gems that we acquire from the world’s greatest producers and lieu-dits. With that in mind, this is the first of many e-mails that you’ll see that delve into the depths of Burgundy – beyond scores, flash and hype there are a ton of wines that demand the attention of the casual and passionate collector alike. Also, because of the limited production and ever increasing demand for the best of the region, many of these sell more quickly than we can present them. Today we are taking a look at one of the great producers of a superb vintage in 2015s from Faiveley, a house favorite in the Latour’s Burgundy property, and our limited allocation from Domaine Joseph Roty.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2014 Domaine d'Eugénie Vosne-Romanée $59.99 View
2014 Domaine d'Eugénie Vosne-Romanée "Clos d'Eugenie" 91 $74.99 View
2014 Domaine d'Eugénie Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Aux Brûlées" 92 Price: Hidden View
2014 Domaine d'Eugénie Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 95 $259.99 View
2014 Domaine d'Eugénie Echézeaux Grand Cru 93 Price: Hidden View
2014 Domaine d'Eugénie Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru 95 $299.99 View
2015 Domaine Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos des Issarts(Monopole)" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival) 94 $99.99 View
2015 Domaine Faiveley Nuits-St-Georges "Aux Chaignots" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival) 93 $99.99 View
2015 Domaine Faiveley Pommard "Les Rugiens" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival) 93 $99.99 View
2015 Domaine Joseph Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Cazetiers" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival) 95 $119.99 View
2015 Domaine Faiveley Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Saint Georges" (Pre-Arrival) 95 $139.99 View
2015 Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny "La Combe d'Orveau" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival) 94 $169.99 View
2015 Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny "Les Fuees" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival) 95 $179.99 View
2015 Domaine Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru (Monopole) (Pre-Arrival) 97 $199.99 View
2015 Domaine Faiveley Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) $209.99 View
2015 Domaine Faiveley Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 95 $209.99 View
2015 Domaine Faiveley Echezeaux "En Orveaux" Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 95 $209.99 View
2015 Domaine Faiveley Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 96 $239.99 View
2015 Domaine Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 96 $269.99 View
2014 Domaine J. Roty Bourgogne Rouge $24.99 View
2014 Domaine J. Roty Marsannay 90 $39.99 View
2014 Domaine J. Roty Marsannay "Les Ouzeloy" 91 $42.99 View
2014 Domaine J. Roty Marsannay "Boivin" 92 $44.99 View
2014 Domaine Joseph Roty Marsannay "Clos de Jeu" 92 $49.99 View
2014 Domaine J. Roty Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 96 Price: Hidden View
2014 Domaine J. Roty Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Très Vielles Vignes 95 $329.99 View
2014 Domaine J. Roty Griottes-Chambertin Grand Cru 96 $369.99 View


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2014 Domaine d'Eugénie Vosne-Romanée ($59.99)

Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is enough reduction to mask the fruit but not the subtle spice and sandalwood hints; even so I would recommend decanting this if you're going to try a bottle upon release. There is good richness to the fleshy and round middle weight flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the balanced finale where a touch of wood appears. This succulent yet sleek effort is quite forward and could easily be enjoyed young. A blend of 1/3 Les Vigneux and 2/3 declassified fruit from the lower portion of the Aux Brûlées." (01/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "14 casks. 20% new. All destemmed. Vigneaux and the bottom bit of Brûlées because they dont reckon its up to premier cru standard a little bit rustic, and all the young vines up to eight years. Sumptuous nose. Really quite rich and sweet. Then it falls away a little on the palate but it will delight drinkers in the relatively short term. Fine tannins on the very end. Oodles of charm." (11/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Vosne-Romanée Village, which had been racked three weeks prior to my visit and matured in three new barrels out of fourteen, is a blend of 'Les Vigneux' and the bottom half of Les Brûlées augmented by the domaine's younger vines. It has a surprisingly precocious nose with black cherry and a touch of cassis fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannin, moderate acidity, quite fleshy for a 2014 with a red cherry and soy-tinged finish. (NM)" (12/2015)

Vinous: "Pretty, light red Slightly reduced aromas of cranberry and boysenberry Juicy and firm-edged, showing a slight musky reduction but good tension to its rather light red berry flavors More salty than fruity today, finishing with a light touch and hints of leather and game. (ST)" (03/2017)

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2014 Domaine d'Eugénie Vosne-Romanée "Clos d'Eugenie" ($74.99)

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A top note of menthol is present on the more elegant and slightly spicier nose of violets, tea and black pinot fruit. There is a more refined mouth feel to the rich and relatively generously proportioned medium-bodied flavors that possess a seductively textured mouth feel before culminating in a detailed and slightly more complex finale. Lovely and this too could be enjoyed young though aged to good effect as well." (01/2016)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Matured in around one-third new oak, the 2014 Vosne Romanée le Clos d'Eugenie was stubbornly closed when I tasted it from barrel, though there is a light marine influence that appears with aeration. The palate is well balanced with fine tannin, good density here, and a touch of oak to be subsumed on the finish. It is nicely focused, although it just feels a little static at the moment. (NM)" (12/2015)

90 points Vinous: "(from a crop level of 31 hectoliters per hectare and vinified with one-third whole clusters): Bright medium red Darker and riper on the nose than the basic village bottling, showing good lift to its aromas of black cherry, dark berries, licorice and violet This juicy, dry, rather elegantly styled wine offers an attractive balance of berry intensity and saline minerality Finishes with suave tannins and very good subtle length No shortage of volume in this excellent village bottling. (ST)" (03/2017)

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2014 Domaine d'Eugénie Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Aux Brûlées" Price: Hidden

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Here the nose is sufficiently reduced to dominate the underlying fruit. Otherwise there is lovely energy and delineation to the caressing, sleek, indeed even lacy flavors that possess very fine depth on the impeccably well-balanced finale. This is very Vosne in character and once again it should be enjoyable young if desired." (01/2016)

92 points Vinous: "(made entirely from the rocky, south-facing highest part of this vineyard, where the soil resembles the calcaire of Premeaux, according to winemaker Michel Mallard; the fruit from the lower part of the vineyard goes into the estate's basic village wine): Bright, dark red Spicy, floral nose is a bit reduced today Densely packed and rather suave, with its fine-grained strawberry and raspberry fruit flavors enlivened by an element of crushed rock Finishes spicy, energetic and long Winemaker Mallard describes this silky wine as 'more easily digestible' than the 2015 version (ST)" (03/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Aux Brûlées had a slight reduction on the nose when I tasted it from barrel. The palate is smooth on the entry with bright red fruit, good density in the mouth and well judged acidity. It is very linear at the moment, stoic and tight-lipped towards the finish, but with adequate if not a surfeit of freshness and tension. (NM)" (12/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "33% whole bunch. Just the upper reaches under Leroys Beaux Monts. 50% of six casks. To be bottled in spring 2016. Very dark blackish crimson. Great freshness on the nose on top of all the rich fruit the two elements are still rather separate. Fine tannins and some green. Still very young. Mallard is very proud of the little mineral note in this wine. It is certainly very much alive on the finish. Very racy, very Vosne. (17+/20 points)" (11/2015)

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2014 Domaine d'Eugénie Clos Vougeot Grand Cru ($259.99)

95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from a 1.37 ha parcel of 60+ year old vines situated close to the Château; vinified with 33% whole clusters) This is also quite aromatically restrained with its compact and dense mélange of freshly turned earth, humus, spice and plum-scented nose. There is excellent ripeness displayed by the bold, concentrated and robust broad-shouldered flavors that really vibrate on the complex and equally long finish. I very much like the delivery as this is the epitome of power without weight but it's more refined than most examples of Clos de Vougeot though note well that refined does not mean less ageworthy as this too will need plenty of cellaring to arrive at its peak." (01/2017)

94 points Vinous: "Good dark red Cool, youthfully inexpressive nose dominated by black cherry and smoky minerality; the strictest of these 2014s today (Mallard described it as Cistercian) Densely packed and very rich but classically dry, with savory minerality currently holding the upper hand over the wine's fruit This extremely backward wine is also showing its new oak element (85%) in the early going, with the firmly tannic finish displaying a note of caramel along with a strong impression of saline dry extract. 94+ points. (ST)" (03/2017)

K&L Notes: The first vintage under the Domaine d’Eugenie label was 2006, shortly after the owner of Château Latour purchased the property. Much work has gone on at the property since. Alex and I tasted this wine on our trip. Notes: Aromatic upfront with a solid core of mid-palate fruit, hints of spice, cola and a touch of mint--this wine has lots of concentration and depth of fruit. (Trey Beffa, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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2014 Domaine d'Eugénie Echézeaux Grand Cru - 12 available Price: Hidden

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Deep ruby color. An ultra-spicy and attractively fresh nose is composed by openly floral, Asian tea, plum and black currant scents. There is a lovely sense of energy to the fleshy and concentrated medium weight flavors that coat the palate with dry extract while delivering lovely depth and length. The Brûlées is excellent but this very firm and serious effort possesses better overall complexity and the mouth feel is sensational." (01/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Echézeaux Grand Cru, like the Brûlée, was quite closed on the nose when I tasted it. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, slightly chewy tannin at the moment. This feels quite masculine, with a strong tannic backbone, nicely focused but in need of some serious bottle age. It needs to lighten up a little, stretch its wings and breathe. (NM)" (12/2015)

92 points Vinous: "Dark, bright red. Captivating aromas of cherry, red berries and dried flowers are accented by topnotes of white pepper and high-pitched spices Juicy, spicy, penetrating and dry, with a floral light touch and terrific energy giving its tactile fruit a distinctly sappy character Finishes with suave, fine-grained tannins and excellent glistening, rising length Incidentally, these vines were 80% frosted in 2016, according to Mallard. 92+ (ST)" (03/2017)

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2014 Domaine d'Eugénie Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru - 2 available ($299.99)

95 points Vinous: " Bright medium red Lovely violet lift to the subdued aromas of black cherry and minerals Sweeter and richer than the Echézeaux, but still restrained in the middle palate, offering notes of spicy red berries, flowers and minerals The above wine is more accessible today, but this wine impresses with its explosive, mounting peacock's tail of a finish, which stains the finish and lingers without any loss of energy This wine is built for a graceful evolution in the bottle but it's also amazingly showy today. (ST)" (03/2017)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A discreet but not invisible touch of wood frames exuberantly spicy and again markedly floral aromas of black cherry, violet, plum and anise. As is typically the case there is more size, weight and power to the medium weight plus flavors that also brim with dry extract that both coats the palate and largely buffers the firm tannic spine on the sleek and focused finale where a hint of bitter cherry appears. Patience will be required." (01/2016)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru is matured in four new barrels out of five. The nose is a little more open than the Echézeaux, fine delineation here, black cherries and raspberry, a touch of the sea. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a keen line of acidity, gently gripping the mouth with a persistent, refined finish. I might have preferred a little less new oak in the final blend but the quality is here, if not that ineffable sophistication and grandeur. (NM)" (12/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Just five barrels of which four are new. 33% whole bunch. Very deep blackish crimson. Rich brambly fruit with a nervy overlay. More race and integration than the Échezeaux. Really very fine. Complete. Finesse. Just falls away very, very slightly on the end but its pretty impressive! (17.5/20 points)" (11/2015)

2015 Domaine Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos des Issarts(Monopole)" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 0 available ($99.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "An underlying stony mineral element meets cherry, raspberry, blueberry and leafy tobacco accents in this taut red, which gains elegance and silkiness with air, while the aftertaste is long and fine. Best from 2020 through 2036." (09/2017)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An impressively layered and overtly floral nose is comprised by notes of dark pinot fruit, forest floor and earth. There is a lovely sense of energy to the rich, round and naturally sweet medium weight flavors that possess excellent intensity while retaining very good precision despite the solid richness and volume. Like several wines in the range, this elegant Gevrey 1er should drink well young." (01/2017)

91-93 points Vinous: "(25% vendange entier; 45% new oak): Bright, dark red-ruby. Captivating aromas of dark raspberry, smoky soil tones and salty minerality, plus a suggestion of graphite. Wonderfully deep, plush wine with complex flavors of raspberry and saline minerality accented by peppery herbs. This energetic, finely balanced wine finishes with lively tannins and palate-staining fruit. Technical directly Jerome Flous finds it more salty and tannic than usual but the finish offers compelling perfume. The upper portion of this vineyard, situated on pure stone, was replanted in 2005, while the lower part features 50-to-60-year-old vines on deeper soil. The two components are like two different wines, notes Flous." (01/2017)

2015 Domaine Faiveley Nuits-St-Georges "Aux Chaignots" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 0 available ($99.99)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A markedly floral nose offers up notes of herbal tea, earth, spice and both red and dark cherry nuances. There is both excellent volume and mid-palate concentration to the refined and lightly mineral-inflected flavors that possess focused power on the elegant and lingering finale. This is picture perfect Chaignots that should be approachable after only a few years of cellaring if that's your preference." (01/2017)

91-93 points Vinous: "(25% vendange entier; 40% new oak; from limestone-rich soil): Bright red with ruby tones. Sexy scents of raspberry, redcurrant, rose petal and exotic spices (Flous says the wine's floral character is due to its whole-cluster component). Fresh and energetic, with suave, lightly saline red berry and spice flavors lifted by the wine's floral element. This suave wine finishes with slowly building, toothdusting tannins and lovely grip." (01/2017)

2015 Domaine Faiveley Pommard "Les Rugiens" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival) ($99.99)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Here the slightly toasty nose is sufficiently reduced that the nose is impossible to assess. Otherwise though there is a lovely sense of verve to the more obviously mineral-driven and more muscular flavors that firm up quickly on the dusty, sappy and youthfully austere finale. This is textbook Rugiens that is built-to-age." (01/2017)

90-93 points Vinous: "(technical director Flous cut the percentage of new oak here from 50% to 20% due to his fear of making an overly tannic wine): Bright ruby-red. Captivating floral lift to the aromas of raspberry and brown spices. A step up in mid-palate texture and suppleness from the Volnays, but today the serious, early-arriving tannins dust the front teeth and cut off the wine's fruit on the back. This dry, savory Rugiens will need cellaring." (01/2017)

2015 Domaine Joseph Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Cazetiers" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival) - -21 available ($119.99)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Deeply pitched aromas of newly turned earth and animale notes characterize the brooding but notably ripe spiced plum and red berry fruit nose. The rich, full-bodied and tautly muscled flavors exhibit buckets of sappy dry extract that all but disguises the firm tannic spine on the immensely long and explosive finish. Cazetiers doesn't get a whole lot better than this." (01/2017)

92-95 points Vinous: "Bright red-ruby. Ripe, wonderfully complex scents of redcurrant, plum, dark cherry, animal fur, minerals and sexy oak, plus suggestions of darker berries. Round, silky and sweet, with its full ripeness leavened by saline, soil-driven minerality. A crunchy raspberry element is nicely shaped on the finish by suave tannins. The longest of these 2015s to this point in my tasting, this wine boasts grand cru volume. Its impression of rising length reminded me a bit of the superb Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuées." (01/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Blackberry and cherry, violet, mint and spice aromas and flavors signal this polished, velvety red, with dense, assertive tannins and a finish that evokes a stony, chalky impression. Best from 2021 through 2040." (09/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "This is very stretched and compressed in texture with polished tannins that pull the pretty fruit character through the wine with blueberry, cedar and light tobacco undertones. Long and pretty. Drink in 2020." (04/2017)

2015 Domaine Faiveley Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Saint Georges" (Pre-Arrival) - -4 available ($139.99)

92-95 points Vinous: "(25% vendange entier; 50% new oak): Bright ruby-red. A step up in complexity and depth on the nose from the foregoing Nuits-Saint-Georges samples, offering sexy soil tones to the aromas of raspberry, minerals, smoke and dried flowers. Rich, pliant, soil-inflected wine with terrific breadth, depth and herbal lift. This fleshy yet brisk wine finishes with noble tannins and superb lingering fruit. Technical director Jerome Flous wants to bottle this beauty in January." (01/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and grainy, with a moderate burr to the tannins, which support violet, cherry, black currant, smoke and iron notes, this is dense and very fresh. (BS)" (09/2017)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is more aromatically elegant with its spicy aromas of plum, rose petal, herbal tea, red cherry and earth. The tautly muscular, dense and mineral-driven flavors possess excellent size, weight and power while delivering strikingly good length on the beautifully balanced if very firm finish. Again, patience, and plenty of it, will be necessary." (01/2017)

2015 Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny "La Combe d'Orveau" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 0 available ($169.99)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This too is sufficiently reduced to push the underlying fruit to the background. By contrast there is an equally refined mouth feel to the highly seductive and tension-filled medium weight flavors that ooze a fine bead of minerality on the velvety finish that just goes on and on. This is first-rate and highly recommended plus it should drink well after only 5-ish years or so of bottle age but amply reward 10+." (01/2017)

91-94 points Vinous: "(50% new oak; 25% vendange entier; from very thin stony soil): Healthy dark red. Very ripe but reduced aromas of raspberry, black cherry and smoky, flinty minerality, plus a light meaty nuance; almost liqueur-like in the context of this collection. Plush, silky and dense but youthfully reduced, showing considerably more flesh to support its serious tannins than the Charmes. With time in the glass, notes of cherry and flowers emerged, along with subtle soil tones. Finishes with serious but fine-grained horizontal tannins and lovely lingering sweetness." (01/2017)

2015 Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny "Les Fuees" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 0 available ($179.99)

92-95 points Vinous: "(from very old vines on deeper, more clay-rich soil than the Combe d'Orveau; Faiveley began replanting these old vines in 2011): Bright red-ruby. Knockout soil-inflected perfume of raspberry, underbrush and smoky minerality. Plush, seamless and deep, perfectly combining a rich, fleshy, dense mouthfeel with pungent raspberry fruit and superb mineral energy. This classic 2015 finishes with big but thoroughly ripe, dusty tannins and outstanding subtle length. Production here was under 30 hectoliters per hectare, according to Erwan Faiveley, who noted that this vintage included roughly one-third new vines by volume, which contributed juiciness to the blend." (01/2017)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A discreet application of wood sets off the wonderfully spicy, floral, plum and black cherry aromas that are quite ripe yet manage to retain a beguiling freshness. There is fine volume to the equally mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that despite being exceptionally rich display fine delineation on the impressively persistent finale where the only nit is a touch of backend warmth. This too should be approachable after only a few years." (01/2017)

2015 Domaine Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru (Monopole) (Pre-Arrival) - -5 available ($199.99)

95-97 points Vinous: "(entirely destemmed, as these thick-skinned grapes were extremely high in tannins and total polyphenols): Saturated dark red-ruby. Distinctly dark aromas of black cherry, licorice and violet convey an impression of medicinal reserve. Powerful black cherry, crunchy raspberry and licorice flavors boast remarkable intensity and energy but come across as less austere at this stage than normal. A huge wine with the structure for a 25-year evolution in bottle but there's something almost feminine about its fine-grained texture. The major tannins are totally supported by fruit on the classic, penetrating, extremely long aftertaste. A great wine in the making. (Erwan Faiveley noted that this was the most impressive must he's ever tasted.) The IPT (indice polyphenols totaux) here is a whopping 90, compared to a normal 50, according to Jerome Flous, who added that the record for this cuvée was 103 in 2005. (ST)" (01/2017)

94-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This too is extremely ripe yet manages to avoid any sense of surmaturité on the once again liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, cassis, anise and lilac scents. This is a massive wine, with simply huge mid-palate concentration, power and muscle that terminates just like the Rodin in a borderline painfully intense finale that both coats the palate and lasts for minutes. I take considerable pains to point out however that this ultra-structured and overtly austere effort is not only built for the long haul but for the very long haul. I have suggested an initial drinking window of 25 years from now but it may very well be 30 to 40. In sum, this is very old school Corton." (01/2017)

95-96 points James Suckling: "Fantastic aromas of crushed berries and blueberries plus hints of rose petals and mushrooms. Floral, too. Full-bodied and so and velvety with tannins that show polish and finesse. Superb potential here." (04/2017)

2015 Domaine Faiveley Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 0 available ($209.99)

2015 Domaine Faiveley Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - -4 available ($209.99)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Earthy red berry fruit aromas trimmed in a discreet touch of wood spice are laced with earth, forest floor and violet hints. The full-bodied and tautly muscled broad-shouldered flavors possess excellent power and detail on the stunningly long, mildly rustic and youthfully austere finish. This is quite serious and clearly very structured yet it stops short of being overtly old school in style; that said, this will not be an early drinker." (01/2017)

95 points James Suckling: "The aromas are of very subtle gun metal, dark berries and flowers. Full-bodied, dense and silky with a minerally undertone and hints of salt. Long and beautiful. Crunch acidity. Drink in 2021. Clos de Vougeot from Faiveley excells in hot and dry years like this." (04/2017)

92-94 points Vinous: "(Faiveley has one parcel in the middle of the Clos and two at the bottom): Bright red with ruby tones. Pungent aromas of black cherry, crushed strawberry, licorice and flowers complicated by a hint of menthol minerality. A dense fruit bomb on the palate, with its strawberry and cherry flavors given grip and lift on the back end by substantial dusty tannins, which are not yet as well integrated as those of the Echézeaux. Not at all a high-pH style of Clos Vougeot in spite of its lingering salty character. Erwan Faiveley described 2015 as a great vintage for Clos Vougeot, adding that 2014 was also very good. But many of their vines in this grand cru were burned by the late-April frost in 2016, he added." (01/2017)

2015 Domaine Faiveley Echezeaux "En Orveaux" Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - -8 available ($209.99)

95 points James Suckling: "So perfumed and floral on the nose with dark fruit underneath it all. Clay, too. Full-bodied and very dense yet so agile and bright at the same time. I really like the contrast to this wine. Drink in 2022 but fascinating to drink now." (04/2017)

92-95 points Vinous: "(all destemmed; 55% new oak; Faiveley will add "en Orveaux" to the front label of this wine with the 2015 release; these vines next to La Combe d'Orveau and Petit Musigny face south but are situated on very poor soil in a cold combe): Dark red. Highly complex, cooler aromas of strawberry rhubarb pie, minerals and spicy underbrush. Supple in texture but also boasts electric energy and terrific delineation. Dense and savory but not a fleshy style. Finishes with suave tannins and superb subtle persistence. This sexy if somewhat idiosyncratic wine will be most appreciated by those who crave energy and salinity in their Burgundies. (ST)" (01/2017)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Background wisps of wood easily allow the spiced and quite floral-scented plum, red currant and dark cherry aromas to shine. There is good minerality to the seductively textured, velvety and even opulent medium weight flavors that display good power and punch on the relatively refined, balanced and beautifully persistent finish. The supporting tannins are dense but fine and this should drink well after 7 to 8 years of bottle age yet successfully age for far longer if that's your preference." (01/2017)

2015 Domaine Faiveley Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - -16 available ($239.99)

93-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A ripe yet airy and cool nose offers up aromas of essence of red and dark raspberry with plenty of floral influence along with subtle spice, earth and herbal tea nuances. There is terrific concentration to the rich and remarkably concentrated medium weight plus flavors that brim with both minerality and sappy dry extract, all wrapped in a saline, balanced and highly persistent finish that just doesn't stop. I often have a very small preference for the Mazis chez Faiveley but in 2015 the Latricières may very well better it." (01/2017)

93-96 points Vinous: "(13.8% natural alcohol; entirely destemmed; 45% new oak): Healthy dark red-ruby. Captivating exotic spices currently dominate the nose. Plush, saline, soil-driven wine, offering a rare balance of sheer layered ripeness and pronounced minerality. This big boy is more savory than sweet, and its substantial ripe tannins are totally buffered by mid-palate stuffing. Erwan Faiveley described this wine as his favorite of the vintage, while technical directlor Jerome Flous called it his "desert island wine." This cool site has clearly benefited from the extra density brought by the conditions of 2015." (01/2017)

93-94 points James Suckling: "Blueberry and stone aromas with hints of dried flowers follow through to a full body, an agile and bright center palate and a salty finish. Mineral undertones. Very pretty and long. Drink in 2021." (04/2017)

2015 Domaine Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - -10 available ($269.99)

93-96 points Vinous: "(entirely destemmed): Bright dark red. Restrained but very pure aromas of raspberry, smoky minerals and game. Viscous, round and generous in the mouth but with terrific fruit intensity and balancing energy; this rather full-bodied wine is ultimately more primary than the Latricières. A wonderfully concentrated wine with outstanding spicy depth and palate-staining perfume. The blend now includes vines in Mazis-Chambertin du Bas, which came to Faiveley with their purchase of Domaine Dupont-Tisserandot in late 2013. While this parcel is not the best location in this grand cru (and the vineyard is missing a lot of vines), the plant material here is excellent, and this fruit improved the wine, according to Erwan Faiveley. The crop level in Mazis was just 20 hectoliters per hectare in 2015." (01/2017)

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A more deeply pitched nose is composed by notes of dark berry fruit, spice, earth and a hint of animale. There is obvious minerality to the rich, full and naturally sweet broad-scaled yet relatively elegant flavors that are solidly structured, muscular and wonderfully intense while delivering superb complexity on the hugely long and moderately rustic finish. This gorgeous effort is indisputably built for long-term aging." (01/2017)

93 points Decanter: "Sweet, ripe raspberry nose with a hint of bonbons. Rich, full-bodied, dense, and powerful on the palate with good breadth of fruit that fills the mouth. Has heft but not at the expense of elegance, and the tannins are well integrated. Long chewy finish. Drinking Window 2020 - 2035. (SB)" (02/2017)

2014 Domaine J. Roty Bourgogne Rouge ($24.99)

2014 Domaine J. Roty Marsannay - 12 available ($39.99)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of several lieux-dits intended as a representation of the appellation, the 2014 Marsannay Villages has a generous nose with a touch of leather infusing the red berry fruit. The palate is well balanced with the new oak (30% to 40%) needing more time to be fully subsumed. But there is more than enough fruit to soak that up with time and as such, I would afford it a couple of years once in bottle. Returning to Domaine Joseph Roty two weeks after the untimely passing of Philippe Roty at 46 after a three year battle against cancer, as you would expect, one is filled with emotion far beyond that of appraising a new vintage. However, regretfully I have been in this same situation two or three times before and found that after obligatory condolences, there is always a desire to get back to some kind of normality and restore that sense of life going on. The blood stops running but the sap will always keep rising. And in a sense, Philippe is a strong spirit, a guiding influence at the domaine. Chatting with Pierre-Jean Roty, he told me how his brother had never relinquished until the very end, constantly asking him about the 2015 vintage. Photos and videos of the vines were bought in to his hospital and up until his last visits, he was still inspecting the vines and doing his best to continue as if he didn't have a matter of days left on this Earth. Perhaps one small consolation is that he died knowing that the domaine had been blessed with the 2015 vintage. " (12/2015)

Vinous: "Medium red. Aromas of cherry, licorice and flowers. Flavors of redcurrant, iron and spices are supported by a firm spine of acidity and tannins. Still, this saline, earthy wine should evolve fairly quickly." (03/2017)

2014 Domaine J. Roty Marsannay "Les Ouzeloy" ($42.99)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Marsannay les Ouzeloy was showing just a touch of reduction on the nose, though the palate was showing well with sappy red berry fruit mixed with a touch of citrus fruit. This feels as if it will turn out to be a fresh, vibrant Marsannay, not immense in depth but well balanced with good density on the finish. Returning to Domaine Joseph Roty two weeks after the untimely passing of Philippe Roty at 46 after a three year battle against cancer, as you would expect, one is filled with emotion far beyond that of appraising a new vintage. However, regretfully I have been in this same situation two or three times before and found that after obligatory condolences, there is always a desire to get back to some kind of normality and restore that sense of life going on. The blood stops running but the sap will always keep rising. And in a sense, Philippe is a strong spirit, a guiding influence at the domaine. Chatting with Pierre-Jean Roty, he told me how his brother had never relinquished until the very end, constantly asking him about the 2015 vintage. Photos and videos of the vines were bought in to his hospital and up until his last visits, he was still inspecting the vines and doing his best to continue as if he didn't have a matter of days left on this Earth. Perhaps one small consolation is that he died knowing that the domaine had been blessed with the 2015 vintage. " (12/2015)

89 points Vinous: "Healthy red-ruby. Musky, medicinal nose is showing more menthol, minerals and dark chocolate than fruit today. Quite sappy but unforthcoming on the palate, with dark berry and violet flavors complicated by notes of iron and tobacco. Here, too, the firm tannins call for patience." (03/2017)

2014 Domaine J. Roty Marsannay "Boivin" - 12 available ($44.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Marsannay Boivin ("Boi" as in "drink" and "wood" in French) has an exuberant bouquet with vivacious kirsch and blackcurrant notes, a touch of cassis developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm, solid tannin but good weight to back it up. The oak needs three of four years to be fully integrated, but there is a pleasing roundness and supple texture here. Returning to Domaine Joseph Roty two weeks after the untimely passing of Philippe Roty at 46 after a three year battle against cancer, as you would expect, one is filled with emotion far beyond that of appraising a new vintage. However, regretfully I have been in this same situation two or three times before and found that after obligatory condolences, there is always a desire to get back to some kind of normality and restore that sense of life going on. The blood stops running but the sap will always keep rising. And in a sense, Philippe is a strong spirit, a guiding influence at the domaine. Chatting with Pierre-Jean Roty, he told me how his brother had never relinquished until the very end, constantly asking him about the 2015 vintage. Photos and videos of the vines were bought in to his hospital and up until his last visits, he was still inspecting the vines and doing his best to continue as if he didn't have a matter of days left on this Earth. Perhaps one small consolation is that he died knowing that the domaine had been blessed with the 2015 vintage." (12/2015)

90 points Vinous: "Good medium red. Complex, expressive nose shows a slightly medicinal aspect to the aromas of red and black cherry, licorice, menthol and herbs. A step up in sweetness and spiciness from the Ouzeloy, conveying a pliant texture to its cherry and red soil flavors. But the wine's juicy acidity gives it very good definition, not to mention early personality. Finishes with nicely fine-grained tannins and noteworthy length." (03/2017)

2014 Domaine Joseph Roty Marsannay "Clos de Jeu" - 12 available ($49.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Marsannay Clos de Jeu (apparently named after the family) has a very stony nose, less fruité than the Boivin, lifted red fruit developing with time. The palate is very well defined with crisp acidity, and very elegant in the mouth with a keen line of acidity; it is fresh and tensile all the way to the finish. This is a superb Marsannay from Roty. Returning to Domaine Joseph Roty two weeks after the untimely passing of Philippe Roty at 46 after a three year battle against cancer, as you would expect, one is filled with emotion far beyond that of appraising a new vintage. However, regretfully I have been in this same situation two or three times before and found that after obligatory condolences, there is always a desire to get back to some kind of normality and restore that sense of life going on. The blood stops running but the sap will always keep rising. And in a sense, Philippe is a strong spirit, a guiding influence at the domaine. Chatting with Pierre-Jean Roty, he told me how his brother had never relinquished until the very end, constantly asking him about the 2015 vintage. Photos and videos of the vines were bought in to his hospital and up until his last visits, he was still inspecting the vines and doing his best to continue as if he didn't have a matter of days left on this Earth. Perhaps one small consolation is that he died knowing that the domaine had been blessed with the 2015 vintage. " (12/2015)

90 points Vinous: "Good bright red. Reticent perfume of red cherry, raspberry and spices, plus a hint of caramel oak (Roty used 30% to 40% new oak for his Marsannays in 2014 and this wine is showing its wood element today). Even sweeter than the Boivin, displaying more volume to its flavors of berries, spices and cocoa powder. Then turns much more taut and firm on the back end, closing saline and classically dry, in need of patience. A very serious Marsannay." (03/2017)

2014 Domaine J. Roty Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru - 6 available Price: Hidden

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru, from vines planted by Charles Roty at the beginning of the 20th century, has a very refined bouquet, very elegant, much more understated than recent vintages from Roty; it has hints of menthol and violets infusing the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannin, very silky in the mouth with a keen thread of acidity maintaining tension and poise. This is very seductive, very sophisticated and a great wine from Roty. Returning to Domaine Joseph Roty two weeks after the untimely passing of Philippe Roty at 46 after a three year battle against cancer, as you would expect, one is filled with emotion far beyond that of appraising a new vintage. However, regretfully I have been in this same situation two or three times before and found that after obligatory condolences, there is always a desire to get back to some kind of normality and restore that sense of life going on. The blood stops running but the sap will always keep rising. And in a sense, Philippe is a strong spirit, a guiding influence at the domaine. Chatting with Pierre-Jean Roty, he told me how his brother had never relinquished until the very end, constantly asking him about the 2015 vintage. Photos and videos of the vines were bought in to his hospital and up until his last visits, he was still inspecting the vines and doing his best to continue as if he didn't have a matter of days left on this Earth. Perhaps one small consolation is that he died knowi" (12/2015)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A brooding and largely inexpressive nose that has largely eaten its wood speaks of pungently earthy and cool dark berry fruit aromas where additional breadth is present in the form of humus, underbrush and sauvage scents. There is excellent punch and plenty of power evident on the muscular big-bodied flavors that exhibit superb depth and length. This is a very serious Mazy that is clearly built-to-age and it would be pointless to buy it without the express intention of cellaring it for a minimum of 10 years." (01/2015)

93 points Vinous: "Good dark red. Deep but restrained aromas of red fruits, smoke and game, with a note of cassis emerging with air. Not hugely fleshy for grand cru but terrific saline minerality and penetrating acidity gives shape and cut to the sappy strawberry and raspberry fruit flavors. Quite saline but youthfully discreet today, finishing with lingering notes of red cherry and wild strawberry and very suave tannins. Roty's 2014 grand crus were aged in 100% new oak." (03/2017)

2014 Domaine J. Roty Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Très Vielles Vignes - 12 available ($329.99)

95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from a .16 ha parcel in Charmes proper of vines planted in 1885 that have never been pulled up though Roty points out that all those that have died over the years have been replanted) Once again the nose has mostly absorbed its wood treatment on the ultra-spicy, ripe and attractively fresh nose of black cherry, earth, underbrush and soft floral aromas. There is flat out incredible density to the extract rich and imposingly-scaled flavors that completely coat the palate with sap before culminating in a velvety yet superbly intense finish that seems to just go on and on. Once again though note well that plenty of patience is going to be required before this incredible beauty of a Charmes is ready to roll. This is seriously impressive. Drink: 2031+" (01/2017)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Très Vieilles Vignes has a very intense and powerful nose, almost raucous with ebullient kirsch, blueberry and blackberry notes that come storming from the glass. The palate is full-bodied and quite dense in the mouth. For me, the oak is not quite as embroidered into the fabric of the wine as the Griotte or the Mazis. This has more thrust at the moment with an intense spicy finish, with a dash of black pepper on the aftertaste. Hopefully it will just calm down a little by the time of bottling. (NM)" (12/2015)

94 points Vinous: "Full red-ruby. Aromas of black cherry, licorice and violet are complicated by a distinct element of torrefaction. Densely packed and hugely concentrated, conveying outstanding energy and saline minerality to its remarkably sappy black cherry, dark berry, earth and floral flavors. A caramel note is probably due to the oaks (Roty uses Billon and Rousseau barrels here). Finishes extremely long, with saline and licorice notes. There's nothing hard about these tannins but this wine will nonetheless require a long time in the cellar to approach its peak. (ST)" (03/2017)

2014 Domaine J. Roty Griottes-Chambertin Grand Cru - 3 available ($369.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru has a very refined nose not a million miles away from the Mazis-Chambertin, perhaps with even more delineation and mineralité. The palate is very refined with ripe tannin, lively and energetic; it is blessed with super-fine tannin and immense purity of fruit, as well as sensual and captivating on the finish. This is just a divine Griotte - divine. I expect it to ultimately rest at the top of my banded score. Returning to Domaine Joseph Roty two weeks after the untimely passing of Philippe Roty at 46 after a three year battle against cancer, as you would expect, one is filled with emotion far beyond that of appraising a new vintage. However, regretfully I have been in this same situation two or three times before and found that after obligatory condolences, there is always a desire to get back to some kind of normality and restore that sense of life going on. The blood stops running but the sap will always keep rising. And in a sense, Philippe is a strong spirit, a guiding influence at the domaine. Chatting with Pierre-Jean Roty, he told me how his brother had never relinquished until the very end, constantly asking him about the 2015 vintage. Photos and videos of the vines were bought in to his hospital and up until his last visits, he was still inspecting the vines and doing his best to continue as if he didn't have a matter of days left on this Earth. Perhaps one small consolation is that he died knowing that the domaine had been b" (12/2016)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This too has largely integrated its oaky veneer as the super-fresh nose exhibits gorgeously pure aromas of essence of red currant, spice and regal floral scents. The rich, intense and unusually powerful flavors possess terrific mid-palate density along with excellent minerality, all wrapped in a hugely long finish where it slowly and gracefully fans out. This isn't quite as complex but like the Mazy it would be pointless to buy this without the intent to allow it to shed at least some of its firm tannic spine but it should very much be worth the wait." (01/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Good ruby-red. Distinctly blacker on the nose than the Mazy, offering scents of black cherry, violet, licorice, spices, smoke and crushed stone. Savory, vinous and youthfully closed; tightly wound today and not particularly sweet, with the very firm tannins a bit tough in the early going. Finishes subtle and long but this will need considerable patience." (03/2017)