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2015 Burgundy Review - Line the Cellars for Holidays to Come - 11/23/2017 - Red Burgundy

2015 has already proven to be a Burgundy vintage of unparalleled consistency and quality. The top domaines, including the likes of Domaine Faiveley, Frédéric Esmonin, Domaine de la Pousse, yielded wines of stunning depth and range, while also achieving wonderful precision and focus. For Burgundy lovers, it is nothing short of a dream come true. Savvy collectors have already gone long on the 2015s, securing wines that are destined to reward to decades to come. Featured here is a selection of in-stock bottling from Burgundy’s elite estates. All have earned big scores and huge praise from the critics and are cornerstone wines for any great collection. In sum, they are wines that brilliantly illustrate the heights this famed region can achieve in a sterling vintage. Burgundy being Burgundy, quantities are very limited, so quick action is required in securing your bottles.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2015 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 95 15 $299.99 View
2015 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Pommard 1er Cru "Les Jarollieres" 93 19 $69.99 View
2015 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Clos de la Bousse" 94 12 $79.99 View
2015 Domaine Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Cazetiers" 1er Cru 95 28 $119.99 View
2015 Domaine Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 96 12 $269.99 View
2015 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey "Clos Rond" >48 $29.99
Wine Club Price: $26.99.
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2015 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru "Clos des Myglands" (Monopole) 93 >48 $36.99 View
2015 Domaine Frederic Esmonin Gevrey Chambertin "Clos Prieur" 91 >100 $39.99 View
2015 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Estournelles St-Jacques" 91 10 $69.99 View
2015 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru 94 20 $149.99 View
2015 Domaine Gros Frère & Soeur Echézeaux Grand Cru 92 27 $169.99 View
2015 Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Rouge >36 $34.99 View
2015 Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur Vosne-Romanée 91 19 $79.99 View
2015 Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Champ Canet" 94 16 $139.99 View
2015 Étienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Folatieres" 93 13 $139.99 View
2015 Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Perrières" 93 12 $119.99 View
2015 Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Referts" 93 13 $119.99 View
2015 Sérafin Père et Fils Bourgogne Rouge >36 $39.99 View
2015 Sérafin Père et Fils Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Baudes" 93 12 $129.99 View
2015 Sérafin Père et Fils Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 92 25 $79.99 View
2015 Sérafin Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 91 26 $54.99 View
2015 Sérafin Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Le Fonteny" 92 18 $124.99 View
2015 Sérafin Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Corbeaux" 94 22 $99.99 View


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2015 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Clos de la Roche Grand Cru ($299.99)

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Reduction. Here there is a similar mouth feel to the Bonnes Mares with a bit more muscle in evidence on the overtly powerful yet velvety and imposingly-scaled flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the slightly firmer and just as impressively persistent finale. This youthfully austere and ultra-serious effort is one of those 'buy and forget you own it' wines as it's going to be very long-lived. *Don't miss!*" (04/2017)

93-95 points Vinous: "Bright ruby. Sexy perfume of black raspberry, minerals, brown spices, licorice pastille and underbrush. Plush, sweet and smooth, offering superb concentration, energy and balance. Utterly seamless wine with terrific inner-mouth floral lift. The wine's strong fruit blows past the firm, late-arriving tannins on the juicy, gripping, very long finish. (ST)" (01/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru was showing just a tiny reduction on the nose, but there is clearly plenty of black fruit tucked underneath, later touches of kirsch, violet and rose petals. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and well-judged acidity. It tightens up towards the structured, more Clos Saint-Denis-inspired finish, yet the length and persistence in the mouth is impressive. I would just like more nervosité to come through and perhaps even a touch more charm. Otherwise this is a commendable Clos de la Roche that should offer a couple decades of drinking pleasure. (NM)" (12/2016)

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2015 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Pommard 1er Cru "Les Jarollieres" ($69.99)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is also sufficiently reduced that it's not possible to offer an assessment of the nose. The richer and more imposingly scaled flavors possess excellent mid-palate density along with plenty of extract that imparts a caressing mouth feel to the opulent finish that is firm but not rustic while delivering sneaky good length on the well-balanced finale. This should be quite good in time." (04/2017)

91-93 points Vinous: "(one-third of these vines are just 7 years old, one-third 30 and one-third "very old," according to Patrick Landanger): Full ruby. Pungent mineral and violet notes lift the aromas of black cherry and black raspberry; showing a distinct Volnay aspect but then these vines are next to Pommard's border with Volnay. Sweet, slightly medicinal kirsch and chocolate flavors boast lovely ripeness for Pommard but also excellent energy and lift. Big, broad, ripe tannins saturate the mouth and build. A wonderfully fine-grained, horizontal Pommard that leaves the palate refreshed.(ST)" (01/2017)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Les Jarollières offers succulent black cherry, cassis and iodine scents on the nose that needs to muster more Pommard-like characteristics. It needs to reflect more sense of place. The palate is dense and grippy on the entry with firm tannin, a powerful Pommard with a sprinkle of white pepper towards the finish. I appreciate the balance here, although it does lack the finesse of some of its peers." (12/2016)

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2015 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Clos de la Bousse" - 12 available ($79.99)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Moderate amounts of wood and menthol elements frame the prominently ripe aromas of black pinot fruit liqueur aromas that are trimmed in an abundance of pretty spice nuances. The opulently, even lavishly rich medium weight flavors saturate the palate with sappy dry extract which also serves to buffer the more evidently mineral-inflected finish that is both firm and youthfully austere. Patience definitely required here." (04/2017)

90-93 points Vinous: "Full ruby-red. Musky black cherry and chocolate on the nose. Sweeter and more pliant than the oak-aged Caillerets, showing enticing juicy acidity but less floral lift and concentration than that wine. Finishes with a sexy note of chocolatey oak, some subtly complex soil tones and very suave tannins.(ST)" (01/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Bousse d'Or, from the 2.3-hectare monopole, has a sensual bouquet with ripe black cherries intermixed with iodine and crushed violet scents. I appreciate the focus and control here. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, layers of blackberry and boysenberry fruit with a dense, assertive finish that will require 4-6 years to soften. There is substance and "thrust" here - what I would like to see is more nuance develop on the finish." (12/2016)

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2015 Domaine Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Cazetiers" 1er Cru ($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 Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru - 12 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)

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2015 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey "Clos Rond" ($29.99) Wine Club Price: $26.99.

There may not be enough superlatives to describe the 2015 Red Burgundy vintage. From what we have tasted so far and what’s been written by the critics, we know this is a vintage to stock up on and enjoy. Prominent winemakers in Burgundy have likened it to a blend of the 2003 and 2005 vintages. That means it has all the fruit, but it also has terrific balance and structure. The wines of Mercurey tend to be a bit tannic and hard, so when we have a warmer vintage like this with riper fruit, they show wonderfully when young, with structure and bright dark berry fruit. The 2015 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey “Clos Rond” Monopole is hand harvested. Each year the proportion of de-stemmed and whole cluster changes depending on the vintage characteristics. The wine is aged for 12 months in French oak of which 10% is new. The barrels were chosen for their fine grain and medium toast. The wine is a deep ruby red in color with aromas of red fruits and spice. On the palate the wine is firm, with notes of fresh berries, graphite and spice. The tannins are silky smooth and the finish is long and harmonious. This wine will pair well with beef short ribs or a charcuterie plate.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 07, 2017

I really enjoyed this bottling in the 2014 vintage and while I had good expectations about the wine, I was really pleasantly surprised when I tasted the new vintage. Beautiful fruit of red cherry and raspberry are indicative of the ripeness of the 2015 vintage. Although the fruit is showing nicely there is still plenty of acid and some lovely spice notes to balance everything out. Toward the finish there is a very fun somewhat hard minerality that helps to anchor the wine. All in all the balance was spectacular and everything in this wine worked together.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 18, 2017

The wines at Faiveley have been improving dramatically over the past decade, though perhaps it takes a vintage as successful as 2015 to clearly illustrate how far these wines have come. Aromas and flavors of freshly pressed raspberries are friendly but not simple or one dimensional, just really tasty and satisfying. A fine Pinot Noir to drink now or cellar for several years.

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2015 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru "Clos des Myglands" (Monopole) ($36.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of plums, orange peel and stones. Full-bodied, round and soft with a juicy finish. A deep and rich pinot. Fantastic wine. Made from six hectares. Best ever?" (04/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and pure, featuring cherry, blackberry, raspberry, mineral and light toast notes. Balanced and intense, playing out on the long, mouthwatering finish. Best from 2019 through 2032. *Top 100 of 2017* (BS)" (12/2017)

88-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A ripe and attractively fresh nose features notes of violet, plum, earth and dark currant. There is both good detail and energy to the sleekly textured middle weight flavors that deliver solid length on the balanced finish that displays only a touch of rusticity. *Top Value*" (01/2017)

88-90 points Vinous: "Bright, dark red. Spicy, high-pitched aromas and flavors of raspberry, pomegranate and orange zest. Juicy and intense, showing moderate fleshiness and a light touch. The clay and limestone soil here includes an iron component.(ST)" (01/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This ripe and fruity wine comes from Faiveley's wholly-owned vineyard in Mercurey. A touch of tannin gives structure to the cherry fruits and ripe acidity. (RV)" (09/2014)

Brian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2017

The weather in southern Burgundy was exceptional in 2015, and the village of Mercurey in the Cote Chalonnaise produced rich, expressive fruit evocative of the most famous villages north in the Cote du Nuits. Faiveley is always a high quality producer and their Clos de Myglands is typically a good window into their more lofty offerings, but the 2015 is a stunner that will be open many times at my table this year (hopefully)! In recent years its been rare to taste the essence of true Burgundy at such an affordable entry point. Rich and earthy the nose greats you from the glass showing dark cherry, hints of cranberry and raspberry, forest floor and spice box. The confirming first sip is quite balanced and offers a mouth filling rush of muddled cherries, aged leather and tea. Drink it while it lasts...

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2017

A stunning value in Burgundy. This has the purity, polish and haunting aromatics of a much more expensive bottling. I have long admired Faiveley's Mercurey based wines (the Clos Rond is a perfect "crossover" wine for people getting into burgundy from domestic Pinot Noir) but this 2015 release of the Premier Cru, monopole, Clos Des Myglands is on a whole new level. Exotic, floral, fruits of the forest aromatics, soft, plush texture on the front palate but fine grippy tannin on the finish. Vibrant acidity but not in the least bit lean or austere. Beautifully proportioned, expressive burgundy for an absolute song.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 07, 2017

Wow....wow, wow, wow!! Each time I nose my glass of 2015 Faiveley Clos des Myglands these are the words that pulsate through my brain. Simply put: this wine is everything I love about Burgundy and it reminds me of the excitement I once felt upon first trying the more serious premier cru level wine more than ten years ago. Part of the quality level here is the vineyard itself, a monopole for Faiveley, but the other part is the vintage. I was lucky enough to travel with the K&L team to Burgundy to taste through the 2015s and it is without a doubt the best vintage of reds I've ever sampled. In the case of the Clos des Myglands, the extra ripeness rounds off the acidity just a bit and turns what might normally be crunchy cranberries into tart cherries and bright strawberries. Beyond that, deep in the glass, are cloves, forest notes, brush, and earth, all sweetly scented and voluminous on the nose. This is a beautiful, top-notch 2015 red Burgundy that drinks well RIGHT NOW. I'm sure it will continue to improve, but if you're looking for a showstopper for tonight's dinner I'd be hard pressed to find anything in the category this good for under $60.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 07, 2017

This might just be the best red Burgundy we have in-stock for under $40. The Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru "Clos des Myglands" has a beautiful nose of hibiscus, red berry and spice notes with a firm palate of red fruits, cinnamon, iodine and a cool rush of red fruit and wintergreen on the finish. A classically-styled red Burgundy that's priced for drinking tonight.

Staff ImageDulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 07, 2017

This is a premier cru super value! Expressive and juicy is Clos Myglands located in the Mercurey appellation of Cote Challonaise. With lovely concentration and ripe black cherry notes, this offers great texture and drinkability that will be the perfect addition to your holiday meal this year!

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2015 Domaine Frederic Esmonin Gevrey Chambertin "Clos Prieur" ($39.99)

88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Deep ruby color. This is aromatically more elegant is a bit less complex than the straight Gevrey cuvée with its layered nose of red cherry, pomegranate and discreet spice scents. There is a lovely intensity to the racy and lightly mineral-inflected middle weight flavors that terminate in a saline and dusty finale." (01/2017)

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2015 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Estournelles St-Jacques" - 10 available ($69.99)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Here too there are background whiffs of oak toast on the very fresh aromas of red and black cherry, floral, spice and all-but-invisible earth nuances. There is excellent energy to the well-detailed and highly refined middle weight flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality while delivering very fine persistence on the once again slightly warm finale." (01/2017)

91 points Vinous: "Bright medium ruby. An essence of crushed blackberry on the extremely primary, slightly reduced nose, with a violet element providing lift. Reticent and tightly wound but penetrating; less sweet and even stonier than the Lavaux Saint-Jacques. This uncompromisingly dry, mineral-driven wine finishes with lovely lingering perfume but will need patience. (ST)" (01/2017)

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2015 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru ($149.99)

94 points Vinous: "Bright medium ruby. Brooding, liqueur-like aromas of black fruits, violet and bitter chocolate are quite powerful but youthfully reticent. Densely packed, fine-grained and highly concentrated, with its thick black fruit flavors framed and enlivened by surprisingly fresh acidity for such a ripe wine. Really superb texture and depth for a wine from this producer. Finishes with powerful but well-buffered tongue-coating tannins and outstanding, slowly rising length. There's no easy sweetness here, but this compellingly rich, utterly primary wines really saturates the palate. Great potential here. (ST)" (02/2017)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Subtle notes of wood and menthol add breadth to the densely fruited nose of plum, dark berries, spice and abundant earth and sauvage scents. There is outstanding richness and concentration to the notably powerful and serious middle weight plus flavors that deliver excellent persistence on the rustic and mineral-inflected finale where the wood nuances displayed by the nose resurface." (01/2017)

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2017

What a phenomenal value! With this strong of a vintage, Esmonin's Mazy-Chambertin is likely one of the best Grand Crus we have in stock. The expressive and aromatic signature style of Esmonin combines with classic Mazy weight and gravity to form a full-bodied, soft, and open Burgundy with great complexity and length. I would highly recommend this wine for any Burgundy lovers looking for Grand Cru values.

2015 Domaine Gros Frère & Soeur Echézeaux Grand Cru ($169.99)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Moderate wood is present on the ultra-spicy black cherry, cassis and discreet earth and floral nuances. The super-rich and pliant medium weight flavors possess plenty of sappy dry extract that buffers the supporting tannins on the mocha-inflected and slightly warm finish. This will most please those who enjoy extravagantly rich burgundies though I can't say that it's for me." (01/2017)

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2017

If you're serious about aging something from the incredible 2015 vintage in Burgundy, you can hardly go wrong with this wine. I tasted through a number of Grand Cru offerings from this vintage, and was highly impressed with Domaine Gros Frere Soeur's Echezeaux. The wine is fuller bodied, as you would expect from the vintage, with black fruit notes as well as the classic red fruit. The nose is already highly complex and perfumed, with spice, fruit, floral, and earth elements. On the palate, the wine is tightly structured with full fruit and a lengthy finish. All of the elements for aging are here in spades.

2015 Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Rouge ($34.99)

Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Relatively high-toned aromas of raspberry and pomegranate introduce less concentrated but finer flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the slightly more refreshing finish." (01/2017)

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 27, 2017

Bernard Gros of Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur, son of Jean Gros, carries the torch and tradition of crafting high quality Burgundies into the new millenium. The Borgogne Hautes Cotes De Nuits is a lighter, more transparent expression of the region with an elegant acidity, but reflects the ripeness of the vintage with notes of violet, raspberry, and spiced bing cherry. This is an excellent dinner companion, and will stand up to richer dishes in the colder months to come, but will also make a great apéritif!

2015 Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur Vosne-Romanée ($79.99)

88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Discreet but not invisible wood frames notably ripe aromas of plum, violet and spice. The sleek, rich and delicious medium-bodied flavors possess both good volume and mid-palate concentration, all wrapped in a seductive and reasonably vibrant finale. This should be approachable young if desired." (01/2017)

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2015 Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Champ Canet" ($139.99)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Once again firm reduction makes the nose a tough read. The rich, fresh and energetic medium-bodied flavors possess a beautifully elegant mouth feel that continues on to the refined, focused and impeccably well-balanced though notably firmer finish." (06/2017)

92 points John Gilman: "The 2015 Champ Gains is just a touch less racy in personality than the Clos de la Garenne, but this makes sense, as it is not quite as cool of a climat. The bouquet is loaded with zesty citrus elements in its vibrant blend of apple, white peach, chalky, white lilies, vanillin oak and every imaginable note of citrus zest that one can imagine. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and almost velvety in texture, with a rock solid core, fine focus and balance and a long, juicy finish. This will drink immediately upon release (unless it closes down after its mise) and will probably not age quite as long as the Clos de la Garenne, but it will deliver plenty of pleasure along the way. 2016-2035+." (01/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Canet showed a little more vintage character than the Folatières, hints of passion fruit and caramelized pear tucked in behind the citrus veneer. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with a keen line of acidity, though the finish remains quite strict and maybe does not quite possess the mineral expression of the Folatières at the moment. Maybe that will change once in bottle? Still, there is potential here and the spiciness on the aftertaste is satisfying. (NM)" (12/2016)

92 points Vinous: "(this fruit was picked fully ripe at the beginning of the harvest): Very pale bright yellow. Subtly complex aromas of yellow peach, apricot and spices. Boasts superb volume and a hint of sweetness to its yellow fruit and spice flavors, with harmonious acidity giving the wine a firm shape. Very easy to appreciate today owing to its silky sweetness but has the balance, volume and concentration for mid-term aging. Finishes tactile and very long, like chewing on ripe berries. (ST)" (09/2017)

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2015 Étienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Folatieres" ($139.99)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Wood and reduction render the aromas tough to assess. Otherwise there is excellent richness to the dense, sappy and almost oily flavors that despite the high ripeness, weight and volume manages to retain a relatively refined mouth feel, all wrapped in a lingering and minerally finish. Good stuff that is a bit more accessible and as such should drink well early on." (06/2017)

93 points John Gilman: "As I have mentioned in the past, the domaines parcel of Folatières lies in the little plot known as En la Richarde, which lies upslope from Caillerets and is by a wide margin the most mineral-driven section of Folatières and to my palate, produces the most exciting wine from this premier cru. The 2015 Folatières from Domaine Sauzet is superb, jumping from the glass in a complex mélange of apple, lemon zest, tangerine, chalky minerality, orange blossoms and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and a bit more reserved in profile than most of these premier crus, with a fine core of ripe fruit, bright acids and lovely focus and grip on the long and complex finish. This will want a few years to fully blossom, but will prove to beoutstanding. 2019-2040+." (01/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières, which comes from the lieu-dit "en Richard" (though never stated on the label), offers appealing aromas of green apple, slate and a touch of blackberry leaf, gaining intensity with each swirl of the glass. The palate is crisp and fresh on the entry with a fine line of acidity. It has a sense of harmony and composure perhaps missing in the La Perriere, with impressive mineralité and tension on the finish. This comes recommended. (NM)" (12/2016)

92 points Vinous: "Very pale yellow. Reticent but pure aromas of peach, white flowers and hazelnut. Silky, juicy and nicely concentrated; a lovely elegant, energetic 2015 with smooth flavors of white peach and white flowers. This smooth, deep, very long wine is balanced to give early pleasure but should age well. (ST)" (09/2017)

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2015 Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Perrières" - 12 available ($119.99)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is quite firmly reduced and unreadable today. The sleeker and more mineral-driven if less opulent middle weight flavors possess excellent detail on the saline, balanced and beautifully persistent finish." (06/2017)

93 points John Gilman: "The 2015 Perrières from Domaine Sauzet is ripe and very, very pure, with a bit more raciness and overt mineral drive than the lovely Referts. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a mix of apple, pear, chalky minerality, orange zest, vanillin oak and a floral topnote redolent of lemon blossoms. On the palate the wine is ripe, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with excellent acidity and focus, good backend minerality and lovely length and grip on the suave and well-balanced finish. Fine juice. 2018-2040." (01/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrières felt closed and timid on the nose after the more expressive Les Referts, despite coaxing. The palate is taut and linear with touches of Granny Smith apples, walnut and a pinch of spice towards the finish, although I discerned more precision emanating from the Les Referts this year. Drink over the next decade. (NM)" (12/2016)

91 points Vinous: "Bright, pale yellow with green highlights. Classic nervy Puligny scents of white peach, minerals, crushed stone and hazelnut. Less thick and concentrated than the Referts but with lovely freshness and lift to its white peach and mineral flavors. This conveys an impression of higher acidity but that's probably due to the wine's lighter weight and underlying minerality. Vibrant and well made, from a crop level of about 40 hectoliters per hectare. (ST)" (09/2017)

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2015 Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Referts" ($119.99)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Moderate reduction pushes the underlying fruit to the background at present. By contrast there is good verve to the opulent, even lavishly rich, flavors that coat the palate with sappy dry extract on the notably more complex and vibrant finale. This beauty is quite refreshing thanks to a hint of backend salinity." (06/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts comes from relatively clayey soils that are cooler and keep the acidity in the wine. It has a delicate bouquet at first, but soon shifts into a higher gear with scents of citrus fruit, dried yellow flowers and fumé aromas. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry with orange rind and hints of apricot, the acidity nicely judged with impressive harmony and tension on the finish. There is a natural swagger to this Les Referts that I hope will be intact once bottled. Excellent.(NM)" (12/2016)

92 points Vinous: "(these old vines adjacent to Meursault Charmes produced just 30 hectoliters per hectare in 2015): Palish yellow. Sexy touch of clove reduction to the aromas of musky peach and citrus peel. Silky and concentrated, with its enticing touch of sweetness nicely countered by balancing acidity (4 grams per liter, according to Gérard Boudot). Finishes tactile and energetic, with lingering flavors of yellow fruits and saline minerality. This should age nicely. (ST)" (09/2017)

92 points John Gilman: "The 2015 Domaine Sauzet Referts also has a touch of warm vintage character to it, but this is coupled to admirable purity and structural integrity. The bouquet is generous and gregarious, offering up scents of peach, apple, a touch of pineapple, chalky soil tones, orange peel and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, ripe and bouncy, with a solid core, fine acidity and a long, nascently complex and zesty finish. This is more powerfully styled than the 2014 version, but impeccably balanced. 2017-2035." (01/2017)

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2015 Sérafin Père et Fils Bourgogne Rouge ($39.99)

Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Reduction presently masks the fruit but there is both good volume and verve to the delicious middle weight flavors that are shaped by firm and mildly rustic tannins on the solidly complex and persistent finish. This is a high quality Bourgogne that is built-to-age at least for the short to medium-term and will need at least a few years. *Outstanding*" (01/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Bourgogne Pinot Noir, which was bottled in February 2017, has quite a precocious bouquet for a generic Burgundy with ample red berry fruit. The palate is well balanced with succulent blackcurrant and raspberry. It feels stocky and structured towards the finish, a bold generic red Burgundy that should age better than many of its peers. (NM)" (04/2017)

Vinous: "Healthy bright red. Expressive aromas of black cherry, licorice and violet. Juicy and vivacious, showing classic Gevrey aromas of purple fruits, licorice and game. Finishes with very good length. Should make a terrific Bourgogne Rouge. (ST)" (01/2017)

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2015 Sérafin Père et Fils Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Baudes" - 12 available ($129.99)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: " *Outstanding* A ripe yet very fresh nose consists of notes of cassis, plum, lilac, soft earth and an interesting hint of orange peel. The sleekly muscled, intense and solidly well-concentrated flavors are focused and relatively precise before culminating in a firmly structured and well-balanced finish that is quite youthfully austere today. Once again, at least moderate patience is advised as this isn't likely to make for especially good drinking young." (01/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Baudes has a clean and pure bouquet with black cherry and boysenberry aromas, plenty of wet limestone scents and pressed violets. It is only with aeration that it presents a Chambolle persona. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy black fruit, crisp acidity and a pointed, quite floral finish that leaves the mouth tingling. (NM)" (04/2017)

90-92 points Vinous: "Bright medium ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of black cherry and dark chocolate. In a distinctly sweet, pliant style but with very good framing acidity to the kirsch and blackberry flavors. Really saturates the palate with material. Finishes long and tactile, with a lingering note of chocolate and somewhat dusty tannins that are accentuated today by the wine's high level of CO2. (ST)" (01/2017)

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2015 Sérafin Père et Fils Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes ($79.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Matured in 100% new oak, the 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes has clean and pure blackberry and Bakewell tart aromas on the nose that gradually unfold. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, mineral-driven with fine tension and a keen line of acidity on the structured finish that just needs to manifest more persistence on the aftertaste. Otherwise, this is very fine. (NM)" (04/2017)

90-92 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Tighter and higher-pitched on the nose than the basic village offering, displaying aromas of boysenberry, licorice and violet. A compellingly sweet, bright village wine with the intensity of a premier cru. This impeccably balanced wine finishes with suave tannins and excellent length and lift. The crop level here was a moderate 35 hectoliters per hectare, according to winemaker Frédérique Bachotet. (ST)" (01/2017)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is both aromatically fresher and more expressive with its attractively layered mix of both red and dark berries that is liberally laced with notes of earth, humus and underbrush plus a hint of wood spice. The lush and velvety yet quite muscular medium weight flavors possess slightly better mid-palate concentration along with somewhat firmer supporting tannins on the lingering and well-balanced finale. This robust effort will need at least a few years of bottle age to unwind before it will drink well. *Outstanding*" (01/2017)

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2015 Sérafin Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin ($54.99)

88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A brooding and sullen nose speaks of various dark berries, pungent earth and plenty of sauvage character. There is good freshness and plenty of energy to the medium-bodied flavors that possess a surprisingly refined mouth feel yet there is a certain muscularity on the youthfully austere but not really rustic finale." (01/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin Villages, bottled in February 2017, was matured in 70% new oak. It has a delightful bouquet with ample red cherry and wild strawberry aromas, just a touch of tobacco in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent red berry fruit, hints of limestone and orange rind, all with very fine tension on the finish. This is a superb Gevrey-Chambertin from Serafin. (NM)" (04/2017)

88-90 points Vinous: "Bright medium red. Wild perfume of redcurrant, cherry and leather. Juicy and silky-sweet, showing attractive restraint to its dark berry, cherry and floral flavors. Very Gevrey! Finishes with firm, dusty, ripe tannins and very good length. (ST)" (01/2017)

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2015 Sérafin Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Le Fonteny" ($124.99)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Discreet wood doesn't interfere with the clear expression of the liqueur-like nose that features notes of plum, violet, earth and a hint of tea. The notably sleeker and finer-textured medium-bodied flavors also display more evident minerality on the powerful yet elegant finish that delivers sneaky good length. This is sufficiently structured to require at least 6 to 8 years of cellar time." (01/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Fonteny offers plenty of brambly red and black fruit on the nose, just a touch of violet in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin on the entry, demonstrating more substance than the 2014 Fonteny and with more cohesion on the slightly savory finish. Good potential here. (NM)" (04/2017)

90-92 points Vinous: "Bright, dark red. Wild blackberry, licorice and violet on the nose, plus a touch of game. Juicy, pliant and balanced from the outset, if not hugely concentrated. Conveys a strong impression of soil and more saline minerality than easy sweetness. The wine's rather serious tannins currently shorten the fruit but there's nothing hard about this premier cru. (ST)" (01/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Bright, transparent crimson. Sweet start and then bitter finish. Rather exciting with lots of drive. Hint of candied walnuts. 17/20 points. (JR)" (01/2017)

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2015 Sérafin Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Corbeaux" ($99.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Corbeaux has a dense, slightly sultry bouquet that gradually unfurls and reveals blackberry, briary and wild strawberry aromas laced with granite and a touch of smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, fleshy and generous with a fine bead of acidity, fanning out with a sense of confidence on the minerally finish. I like the swagger of this Gevrey and it should age with panache. (NM)" (04/2017)

90-92 points Vinous: "Bright medium red. Tighter and more subdued on the nose than the old-vines village offering, hinting at black cherry, violet and licorice. Juicy and spicy but pliant too, conveying a fine-grained texture to its flavors of dark berries, spices, leather and game. A bit more tannic than the old-vines Gevrey villages, without that wine's early balance and likely to require more patience upon its release. (ST)" (01/2017)

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Firm reduction presently dominates the nose. Otherwise there is excellent volume and concentration to the sappy and velvety middle weight flavors that display focused power on the energetic finish where the very firm tannins are seamlessly integrated. Textbook Corbeaux." (01/2017)