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Top Collectibles from Burgundies Most Coveted Domaines and Vintages - 01/10/2018 - Red Burgundy

Antonio Galloni recently had this to say about the world’s most collectible wines: “There is something magical about the best wines from the world’s top regions. These wines have the ability to speak to history, culture and their place of origin with great eloquence, which is why they are considered benchmarks.” This statement couldn’t ring more true, particularly when applied to the wines of Burgundy. Long considered the wine of royalty, Burgundy sets the standard for top-tier Chardonnay and Pinot Noir across the globe. Produced in minuscule quantities from the world’s most coveted sites, Burgundy commands the attention of collectors the world-over and will continue to do so the millennia to come. Assembled here are some of the top Burgundies available in the market today. Ramonet, Coche-Dury, Henri Boillotare only a few of the illustrious producers represented. The scarcity of these wines cannot be overstated. Global demand is at an all time high, making this a unique opportunity to secure some of the most desired bottlings in the world of wine. The majority of these hail from the highly lauded 2015 and 2016 vintage and are ideal candidates to cellar and enjoy over the coming 10, 15, or 30-plus years. Our allocations are highly limited, so we strongly recommend quick action to secure your bottles today.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2016 Domaine Henri Boillot Grand Cru Batard-Montrachet (Pre-Arrival) 96 4 $549.99 View
2016 Domaine Henri Boillot Meursault 1er Cru "Les Genevrières" (Pre-Arrival) 94 >36 $119.99 View
2016 Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Pucelles" (Pre-Arrival) 95 17 $119.99 View
2014 Domaine Jean Claude Ramonet 1er Cru Chassagne Montrachet "Chaumees" (Pre-Arrival) 92 12 $149.99 View
2015 Domaine Jean Claude Ramonet 1er Cru Chassagne Montrachet "Chaumees" (Pre-Arrival) 95 20 $159.99 View
2015 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Boudriotte' (Pre-Arrival) 94 >36 $149.99 View
2016 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 96 14 $179.99 View
2016 Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Clos de la Mouchère" (Pre-Arrival) 95 >36 $109.99 View
2014 Maison Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 95 12 $139.99 View
2015 Maison Olivier Leflaive 1er Cru Puligny Montrachet "Les Folatiers" 5 $119.99 View
2015 Domaine Jean Claude Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet "Abbaye de Morgeot" Blanc (Pre-Arrival) 92 12 $169.99 View
2014 Domaine Jean-Francois Coche-Dury Meursault (Pre-Arrival) 91 7 $649.99 View
2015 Louis Jadot (Heritiers) Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 96 12 $179.99 View
2015 Bonneau du Martray Grand Cru Corton Rouge (Pre-Arrival) 94 15 $189.99 View
2005 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Le Corton Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 94 10 $219.99 View
2015 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 95 7 $299.99 View
2015 Domaine des Chezeaux (Ponsot) Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru 95 18 $229.00 View
2015 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 96 >36 $329.99 View
2012 Domaine Faiveley Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 96 6 $299.99 View
2009 Domaine Faiveley Grand Cru Latricières-Chambertin (Pre-Arrival) 95 12 $179.99 View
2015 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru 94 14 Price: Hidden View
2015 Domaine Hubert Lignier Grand Cru Clos de la Roche (Pre-Arrival) 98 11 $599.99 View
2015 Domaine Jean Grivot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 97 18 $289.99 View
2015 Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux Grand Cru 96 12 $399.99 View
2015 Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru "Aux Boudots" 94 20 $199.99 View
2015 Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 1er Cru "Caillerets" (Pre-Arrival) 95 24 $119.99 View
2015 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Grand Cru Charmes Chambertin 97 18 $199.99 View
2015 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Grand Cru Mazoyeres-Chambertin 96 21 $199.99 View
2010 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Mazoyeres Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 96 17 $199.99 View


2016 Domaine Henri Boillot Grand Cru Batard-Montrachet (Pre-Arrival) - 4 available ($549.99)

93-96 points Vinous: "Palish yellow. Bright, subtle aromas of pear drop, white peach and lemon. Juicy and lively in the mouth, with fresh acidity giving cut to the wine's very intense citrus fruit flavors. Really titillates the taste buds on the very long, penetrating finish. Boillot told me he harvests Bâtard for healthy acidity (4.4 grams per liter in this case, with a pH of 3.13). "I don't pick it late at 14.5%," he explained. "For me, Chardonnay at 12.5% is ripe. A white wine needs energy."(ST)" (09/2017)

K&L Notes: 92-94pts Jasper Morris (MW): "The holding consists of 5 rows on the Puligny side and 6 in Chassagne, all in one block. One of the paler colours. All new wood keeps the nose clean and white. Pure long fairly intense, but not quite magisterial. This needs more time to develop its character." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine Henri Boillot Meursault 1er Cru "Les Genevrières" (Pre-Arrival) ($119.99)

92-94 points Vinous: "Medium yellow. Discreet aromas of mandarin orange and musky smoky oak. Suave, silky wine with a lovely balance of thick yet precise yellow fruits, soft citrus flavors and saline minerality. Finishes very long, spicy and pure, with a slight youthful aggressiveness. This tactile, extract-rich premier cru should age well.(ST)" (09/2017)

K&L Notes: 94pts Jasper Morris (MW) :"Pretty, pale primrose, with a lovely dancing complex mineral nose, this complexity continues on the palate, lovely tension, medium plus body but so persistent. Exceptional for the vintage." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Pucelles" (Pre-Arrival) ($119.99)

92-95 points Vinous: "(this fruit was picked at 13.2% natural alcohol and finished at 13.5%; 4.5 g/l acidity with a pH of 3.17; always the highest in alcohol and acidity, owing in part to millerandage): Medium bright yellow. Fully ripe scents of stone and soft citrus fruits, hazelnut and spices, with a sexy musky note of nutty reduction. Suave on entry, then quite powerful, concentrated, salty and dry in the middle. Finishes penetrating and long, with some alcoholic warmth. This wine was demonstrably better on second taste and will benefit from several years of cellaring." (09/2017)

K&L Notes: 94pts Jasper Morris (MW): "Pale primrose, lovely stylish classy nose, only a half crop of 6 barrels from one hectare. There is exceptionally dense fruit here, showing the intensity which is often missing in 2016. Very intense, with some mirabelle plums, broad bottomed perhaps but continues very well." (01/2018)

2014 Domaine Jean Claude Ramonet 1er Cru Chassagne Montrachet "Chaumees" (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($149.99)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A slightly more elegant array is composed by aromas of both white and yellow orchard fruit that are laced with citrus, crushed mint and soft floral nuances. There is excellent volume to the delicious and notably finer medium weight flavors that are shaped by moderately firm and prominent acidity on the very dry finale. This is presently quite tightly wound and is going to require at least a few years of cellar time to unwind. Good stuff provided you're willing to allow it some bottle age first." (06/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "The creamy texture is a nice foil for the flavors of butterscotch, baking spices and lemon curd. Well-integrated, with a lingering, toasty aftertaste. Drink now through 2022." (05/2017)

2015 Domaine Jean Claude Ramonet 1er Cru Chassagne Montrachet "Chaumees" (Pre-Arrival) ($159.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A racy version, this features apple, lemon cake, vanilla and mineral aromas and flavors. Tightly knit and supple, with a very long, spice- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2030" (11/2017)

2015 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Boudriotte' (Pre-Arrival) ($149.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Taut and well-oaked, this delivers lemon cake, apple and baking spice flavors. Balanced on the lean side, gaining richness with air. The elements dovetail with a tactile feel on the long finish. (BS)" (11/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Boudriotte is already quite expressive, revealing a pretty bouquet of spring flowers, white peach and pastry cream--the prelude to an elegant mid-weight wine with an expansive, elegant, textural profile. It wouldn't be a crime to drink this in its youth. The Boudriotte is generally the most open knit and approachable of Ramonets Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Crus, typically being bottled in December, while the more serious 1er and Grand Crus spend additional time in barrel. (WK)" (01/2018)

91 points Vinous: "Very pale, bright yellow. High-pitched scents of citrus peel, white flowers and dusty brown spices. Juicy, savory wine with a subtle crystallized lemon sweetness and pliancy to its herb and mint flavors. Sound acidity here but not at all hard, or even particularly tight or backward. I suspect this will drink well early for its sweetness and pliancy but also last. Lovely saline complexity on the firm, long finish. (ST)" (09/2017)

2016 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) ($179.99)

93-96 points Vinous: "(75% new oak; 4.4 grams per liter acidity; from vines in Aloxe, which Boillot picked last in 2016 before starting on Pinot Noir): Bright light-medium yellow. Subtly complex, musky aromas of peach, caraway seed, nutmeg, mace and hazelnutty lees. At once densely packed and penetrating, with a stony citric pungency giving precision to the seamless middle palate and cutting through the wine's texture. Wonderfully pure and energetic for this cuvée, finishing tactile and unflagging, with terrific citrus lift. This has the palate-staining length and structure for a slow and graceful evolution in bottle; it's also the only 2016 here that struck me as tannic, but then classic Corton-Charlemagne typically shows structure more like a red wine.(ST)" (09/2017)

K&L Notes: 93pts Jasper Morris (MW): "Purchased grapes from Pougets in Aloxe-Corton. Palish colour, green tint. Flinty notes are immediately evident but also generous plum fruit, not too yellow, more greengage. Taut and backward but with very good potential." (01/2018)

2016 Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Clos de la Mouchère" (Pre-Arrival) ($109.99)

93-95 points Vinous: "(13.3% alcohol with 4.5 grams per liter acidity; cropped at 38 hectoliters per hectare, from vines up to 80 years of age): Bright light-medium yellow. Utterly pure scents of stone fruits, apricot, nuts and honeysuckle. Rich, deep, silky and moderately saline but also powerful and backward, displaying terrific precision and purity in the mouth. A superb, classic Clos de la Mouchère: utterly plush and seamless without being heavy or over the top. Boillot noted that he will slowly replant these very old vines in a series of tranches over the next 15 to 25 years. (ST)" (09/2017)

K&L Notes: 95pts Jasper Morris (MW): "Untouched by the frost, after protection with braziers. Pale lemon colour, soft and generous nose. A very complete fine wine, lovely minerals behind, lively, enough concentration, a trace of fine reduction on the palate. Exceptionally good." (01/2018)

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2014 Maison Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru - 12 available ($139.99)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Moderate reduction presently renders the nose difficult to evaluate but there is lovely intensity to the strongly mineral-inflected and muscular big-bodied flavors that display fine cut and plenty of punch on the pure and relatively refined finish that delivers flat out superb length. This is potentially excellent though note well that it's going to require plenty of bottle age to realize its full potential. *Don't Miss!*" (06/2016)

95 points Decanter: "Very close, so little aroma. But the palate has bracing apple and pineapple fruit, a lot of oak and considerable tension. Very rich but spicy and vivid too, with good if not exceptional acidity. Youthful and pungent with a very long, oaky finish." (02/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A broad, charming white, featuring lemon, baked apple, vanilla, clove and nutmeg flavors, with fine concentration and length. Shows a bright structure and chalky intensity on the slightly tannic finish. Best from 2019 through 2032. (BS)" (12/2016)

94 points James Suckling: "A dense and solid Corton-Charlemagne with hot-stone and dried-apple character. Some pears, too. Full-bodied, dense and polished. Shows layers and strength." (01/2017)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Intense and concentrated, this offers ripe yellow fruits, rich apples and a tight mineral texture. It has power, reinforced by subtle wood aging. A flagship for this producer, the wine will age well. Drink from 2020. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (10/2016)

2015 Maison Olivier Leflaive 1er Cru Puligny Montrachet "Les Folatiers" - 5 available ($119.99)

2015 Domaine Jean Claude Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet "Abbaye de Morgeot" Blanc (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($169.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A tautness in this white reins in the peach, apple butter and spice flavors. Verges on a mineral accent as the finish plays out. Leaves a juicy impression on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2024.B.S." (11/2017)

2014 Domaine Jean-Francois Coche-Dury Meursault (Pre-Arrival) - 7 available ($649.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Meursault Villages has a well defined bouquet with grapefruit, apple blossom and subtle chalky scents that needed a little encouragement from the glass. The palate is fresh with crisp acidity. It feels lively at first and then seems to mellow in the glass, offering a light twist of sour lemon on the pretty finish. It is a delightful village cru that should bestow several years of pleasure, possibly more. (NM)" (11/2016)

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2015 Louis Jadot (Heritiers) Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru - 12 available ($179.99)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is going to be a rich wine. Although it seems tight and closed at this stage, it is possible to imagine the ripe white fruits with citrus tinges that will emerge. Spice and good acidity are part of the mix of this opulent, succulent wine. Drink from 2023. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (12/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This white combines power and intensity, elegance and seamlessness, supporting lemon cake, apple, nut oil and mineral flavors. Though enticing now, this should really sing in 2-3 years and offer pleasure for the next decade or more. (BS)" (02/2018)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Corton-Charlemagne did particularly well in 2015 and the Jadot example is just one more confirmation of that success with its ripe but fresh and airy nose of green apple, citrus peel, floral and wet stone-scented nose. While the big-bodied flavors are not quite as imposingly-scaled as those of the Montrachet, this is by no means undersized and particularly so from a power and drive standpoint as the clean and attractively dry finish is almost painfully intense. Like the Monty, this is going to need at least a few years of bottle age and reward 10 to 15. In a word, excellent. Drink: 2027+" (06/2017)

95 points James Suckling: "Impressive weight and richness here. Plenty of grapefruit, hazelnuts, grilled lemons and grilled white peaches on the nose, all leading to a neatly coiled and concentrated palate. It has a bracingly powerful core of acidity that really punches the finish deep. Give it a year or two of bottle age." (02/2018)

94 points Vinous: "(picked around September 9, according to Barnier): Aromas of peach, nutmeg, smoke and flint, plus a light fusel quality. Very silky, intensely flavored wine with terrific mineral pungency and a serious spine of acidity to its penetrating flavors of lemon, apple and baking spices. Wonderfully tactile but without any impression of weight. Perhaps best today on the rising, scented finish, which offers a lovely balance of fruit, spice and mineral elements. This wine will need at least several years of cellaring before it approaches its apogee of enjoyment. (ST)" (09/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru has an attractive nose of orange rind, lemon zest and subtle star anise aromas that become accentuated in the glass. The palate is crisp on the entry with lemon zest and orange rind, quite reserved and austere towards the finish that shows presence but needs more energy and tension. It has potential, but let's see how it turns out in bottle and see if it gains more race. The wines under the "Héritiers des Louis Jadot" represent crus whereby the vines have historically belonged to the Jadot family. See also Maison Louis Jadot, Domaine Gagey etc." (12/2016)

2015 Bonneau du Martray Grand Cru Corton Rouge (Pre-Arrival) ($189.99)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Exuberantly spicy and earth-suffused black cherry liqueur-like aromas introduce rich, concentrated and suave big-bodied flavors that possess a lovely sense of vibrancy before culminating in an attractively textured finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. This built-to-age Corton manages to be both concentrated and serious yet not at all rustic." (01/2017)

93 points Decanter: "Notes of red cherry, cassis, woodsmoke and cedary new wood are the prelude to a nicely focussed palate with a firm chassis of fine, chalky tannins. This is always quite a linear, strict Corton (from the Pendand side), but the 2015 vintage has brought a bit more generosity to the attack than is customary here.Drinking Window 2025 - 2050.(WK)" (02/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Corton Grand Cru was assembled just before racking and had recently been transferred into tank and is due for bottling next April. Clear in color, it has ample redcurrant jus and crushed strawberry scents, almost pastille-like on the nose. The oak is nicely integrated here. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannin, red fruit at first veering towards darker, more confit-like fruit towards the structured finish with a speck of black pepper. It will fill out once in bottle and should turn into a fine Corton.(NM)" (12/2016)

2005 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Le Corton Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 10 available ($219.99)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is coming along very nicely and while by no means ready at only 8 years of age, it's sufficiently open and supple that it could be drunk now with pleasure. There is fine complexity to the notably ripe yet still very fresh nose that is displaying only a hint of maturity to the black fruit, earth and sauvage infused aromas. There is very clearly a high degree of phenolic maurity to the firm but not hard structural elements shaping the broad-shouldered and very rich flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration and stunning good length on the mouth coating finish. This is a big and still very firm wine but as i note there is so much extract that it's not nearly as robust and austere as many '05s are today." (02/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium bright red. Ineffable aroma of musky strawberry, iron, smoke and dried rose. Silky, full and deep, with a seamless texture and captivating soil tones. As creamy and lush as this is, the dominant impression is one of delicacy and focus. Highly complex, extract-rich flavors of strawberry, minerals, mocha, earth and underbrush. A compelling wine of terroir whose captivating sweetness, fine tannins and superb persistence makes it almost deceptively drinkable today. But this big boy will be around for at least a couple of decades." (05/2008)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Dark, dense and brooding, with a wild, feral side, but also intense flavors of blackberry, cassis, bacon and sandalwood. There's also a mineral streak and a corps of well-knit tannins. This will require time, but the payback will be worth it. Best from 2015 through 2035." (05/2008)

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2015 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Clos de la Roche Grand Cru - 7 available ($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 des Chezeaux (Ponsot) Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru ($229.00)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A wonderfully spicy, elegant and fresh nose blends notes of red and dark cherry with those of cassis, plum, violet and discreet earth nuances. The intense and tautly muscular middle weight plus flavors are even more refined if perhaps not quite as mineral-driven while delivering superb length on the balanced but markedly austere finish where a touch of cherry pit emerges. This is also very clearly built-to-age and I wouldn't dream of touching a bottle for at least 10 years and it should easily reward 20." (01/2017)

K&L Notes: This is a Chambertin of elegance, indeed of understatement with impeccable balance. This wine is the same wine as that sold under the Ponsot label, except for the paper sticker on the bottle. Oh, and the price - a fraction of that under Ponsot's own label. Such are the joys of share-cropping.

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

The Domaine de Chezeaux wines are one of the best values in Burgundy. Considering that they also produce the Ponsot wines, you can hardly go wrong with any of their selections. I was most impressed with their 2015 Griotte Chambertin. The wine, of course, is built to age with a ponderous structure, but the fruit and spice elements are also in perfect balance. Even at this young stage, the wine is elegant, with refined wild cherry, clove, and a savory element that I can only attribute to the soil of the vineyard. All in all, a wine well worth investing in.

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2015 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru ($329.99)

96 points John Gilman: "The 2015 Clos des Lambrays includes ninety-five percent whole clusters this year and isa stunning wine in the making. The bouquet is deep, pure and very expressive out of the blocks, soaring from the glass in a blaze of black plums, sweet cassis, espresso, woodsmoke, gamebird, raw cocoa, a great base of dark soil tones and a nice framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with laser-like focus, great balance and grip and a very long, fine-grained and vibrant finish. This will take at least a decade to blossom, but it will be a great wine in the fullness of time. 2025-2075+." (01/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Aromatic, offering hints of lavender, menthol and orange peel, but on the palate this becomes an immutable block, with a kernel of cherry, black currant, licorice and mineral flavors locked within. The tannins have the upper hand now, but this should develop well. (BS)" (02/2018)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Clos de Lambrays Grand Cru contains 95% whole cluster fruit, part of the crop with thicker skins deprived of their stems according to winemaker Thierry Brouin. It is being aged in 50% new oak. It has dusky black fruit on the nose, earthier than I was expecting given the growing season, the stem addition lending a subtle undergrowth and moss-like scent. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin and offers succinctly judged acidity. It is certainly harmonious in the mouth with a generous dash of black pepper on the finish, a pleasant prickle in the mouth after the wine has departed. Whilst not the purring engine that is Clos de Tart since it is more rough-hewn perhaps, this Clos des Lambrays has a charm of its own. (NM)" (12/2016)

93-95 points Vinous: "(made with 95% whole clusters; Brouin destemmed 5% of the fruit owing to the thick skins of '15): Healthy dark red. Subdued but complex, sexy scents of raspberry, mocha, brown spices and earth: a real essence of this distinctive grand cru. Sappy and wild, conveying terrific intensity and precision to its red berry and spice flavors. Tactile, savory, dense and very long, finishing with lovely energy and peppery lift and a lingering element of salty minerality. Beautifully integrated ripe tannins suggest that this will be an outstanding and long-lived vintage for Clos des Lambrays. The pH here is 3.6, which Brouin described as normal. Brouin added that potential alcohol levels following the sorting were around 12.5% in 2015, and that the finished wines will be between 13% and 13.2%. (ST)" (01/2107)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(produced from two large parcels of differing vine age - one that is approximately two-thirds of the blend and is now 50+ years of age and a second, smaller group of vines that is approximately 25+ years of age; made with 100% whole cluster). Here too the nose is quite ripe yet very fresh with its layered array of spicy and markedly floral-inflected black cherry and plum scents that are trimmed in both discreet wood and menthol nuances. There is impressive size, weight and power to the more mineral-driven and refined medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by a distinctly firm tannic spine on the wonderfully persistent and mildly austere finale. This is first-rate and one serious wine in 2015 and thus be prepared to allow it at least 10 to 12 years first. 2027+" (01/2018)

K&L Notes: Tracing their history back to 1365, Domaine des Lambrays holds nearly all of the famous Clos des Lambrays vineyard. Ownership of the domaine has changed hands many times since the French Revolution. Although the vineyard was given premier cru classification in 1936, the wines have long been hailed as legendary by critics, and the vineyard was promoted to grand cru in 1981. Winery notes: "The Clos des Lambrays is full-bodied, rough and supple, 'a hand of iron in a glove of velvet.' With flavors of black fruits (blackberries and blueberries), it is powerful and elegant with round and noble tannins."

2012 Domaine Faiveley Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 6 available ($299.99)

93-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Don't Miss* A spicy, fresh and highly restrained nose offers up aromas of both red and dark berry fruit, earth, sandalwood and a touch of the sauvage. There is the same fine complexity to the detailed, punchy, powerful and gorgeously textured flavors that possess imposing size and weight yet the finish is a model of grace, balance and refinement. This is not particularly austere but it is going to require extended cellaring before it is ready so I would advise buying this only if you have the patience to cellar it for at least 12 years and more would be better." (01/2014)

95 points Vinous: "Bright medium red. Multidimensional nose offers scents of raspberry, cherry, exotic spices, rose petal and dried flowers. Compellingly chewy and sappy on the palate yet somehow silky too, showing outstanding energy and lift to its lightly saline flavors of dark fruits, blood orange, minerals and licorice. Finishes with a serious tannic spine and terrific lift and length. A complete young grand cru Burgundy with extract to burn. (ST) 95+" (03/2015)

2009 Domaine Faiveley Grand Cru Latricières-Chambertin (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($179.99)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A reserved yet ultra elegant, airy and quite cool nose, particularly in the context of this notably ripe vintage, speaks of perfumed and very fresh red currant, stone and a hint of spiced floral notes. The mouth coating, rich and overtly muscular flavors possess outstanding detail and even more minerality than is suggested by the nose, all wrapped in a very serious and hugely long finish that is a bit less austere than usual. A stunner." (01/2011)

92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Crushed black cherry, licorice and minerals on the pure, vibrant nose. Juicy, tight and vibrant, with penetrating flavors of black cherry, violet and cocoa powder. Dense but weightless wine, with terrific inner-mouth lift. Finishes broad, long, dry and perfumed, with a light touch and noteworthy finesse of tannins." (02/2011)

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2015 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru Price: Hidden

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)" (01/2017)

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 Hubert Lignier Grand Cru Clos de la Roche (Pre-Arrival) - 11 available ($599.99)

98 points John Gilman: "The Domaine Lignier Clos de la Roche is one of the wines of the vintage in 2015. This is a majestic wine in the making, soaring from the glass in a refined constellation of plums, red and black cherries, raw cocoa, gamebird, a stunning base of soil tones, woodsmoke, pungent violets and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and sappy at the core, with a great sense of reserve, superb backend mineral drive, fine-grained tannins and a very, very long, very refined and energetic finish. Young Clos de la Roche is very rarely this elegant and refined in profile!" (01/2017)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru comes from 0.65-hectare in Montluisants and 0.25-hectare in Les Fremières; it matured entirely in new oak, including 25% whole bunch fruit. It has a very succinct and harmonious bouquet with layers of ripe red berries, cold limestone, a touch of violet and orange blossom. So pure and refined. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, very harmonious in the mouth, quite linear compared to recent vintages, but exuding precision and intensity on the finish that lingers long in the mouth. It leaves a saline residue that urges you back for another sip. This is an outstanding Clos de la Roche that will give 25+ years of pleasure. Chapeau Laurent et Hubert. (NM)" (12/2016)

93-96 points Vinous: "Healthy deep red. Compelling high-pitched perfume of pomegranate, cranberry, minerals, spices and orange zest. Suave and utterly fine-grained on the palate, with its red berry and spice flavors lifted by a rose petal quality that I normally associate with Clos Saint-Denis. Most impressive today on the outstanding slowly building finish, which saturates the palate with sweet red and purple berries and spices and seamless, noble tannins. Not a black-fruit style of Clos de la Roche and not a bit hard. This wonderfully juicy, precise wine leaves the palate vibrating. (ST)" (01/2017)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "As is almost always the case chez Lignier this is the best wine in the range though aromatically it is all but mute at present. On the plus side is the wonderful texture to the sleek, intense and muscular middle weight plus flavors that possess focused power and a fine bead of minerality that continues onto the mouth coating and beautifully persistent finish. This beauty is very backwards but everything is in place such that it should amply repay extended cellaring." (01/2017)

2015 Domaine Jean Grivot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru ($289.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru has a detailed, precise bouquet, very pure with ripe dark cherries, kirsch, orange sorbet and subtle graphite aromas. It is one of the classiest that you will come across from this ancient vineyard this year. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin that feel a little fuller and suppler than the premier cru Vosne-Romanées. Grippy in the mouth with an effervescent finish, this is a long-term Clos de Vougeot that will age effortlessly over 20-30 years. (NM)" (12/2016)

95 points Vinous: "Vibrant bright red with ruby highlights; the darkest of these 2015s to this point, by a wide margin. Very ripe aromas of black cherry, bitter chocolate and espresso complicated by suggestions of dried flowers and earth. Intensely flavored and remarkably velvety for this wine chez Grivot, with its dark cherry, mineral, coffee and mocha flavors conveying noteworthy sweetness and finesse and saturating the entire mouth. Finishes with noble, sweet tannins, subtle minerals and empyreumatic qualities and subtly building, inexorable length. Wonderfully seamless for a "rustic" terroir; is this the best Clos Vougeot that Etienne Grivot has ever made? (ST)" (01/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Earthy notes blow off, revealing pure cherry, black currant and spice flavors, married to a silky texture. Shows beautiful depth, plus a firm structure, but the overall impression is one of finesse. Fine length. (BS)" (02/2018)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(50+ year old vines located in the lower section of the Clos). Moderate wood sets off the ripe and fresh if restrained aromas of soft earth, mocha and spicy dark currant, humus and forest floor scented-nose. There is exceptionally good volume and richness to the palate coating and velvet-textured big-bodied flavors that display outstanding power, punch and intensity on the rustic and ever-so-slightly warm finish. This is built-to-age and is going to need plenty of it. 2030+" (01/2018)

2015 Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux Grand Cru - 12 available ($399.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a powerful bouquet that harnesses the warmth of the growing season without losing one iota of the delineation: dark cherries intermingle with mulberry, chestnut, a touch of leather and white pepper - very complex and involving. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannin on the entry. This is brimming over with energy and tension, a vein of orange rind interwoven through the red fruit with a dash of black pepper towards the structured finish. This is an outstanding Echézeaux from Etienne Grivot.(NM)" (12/2016)

95 points Vinous: "Medium red; less dark and saturated than the Clos Vougeot. Deeply pitched but highly nuanced aromas and flavors of black cherry, red licorice, dried rose petal, tobacco, spices and musky minerality. Plush, sweet, silky wine with uncommon depth; hugely rich but not heavy, this voluptuous wine expands to fill the mouth. The explosively long finish features utterly noble tannins. Did I mention that this sophisticated, fresh wine boasts a texture of liquid velvet? (ST)" (01/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Initially shows some earth and animal aromas that give way to high-toned leafy, green, currant and cherry notes with air. Elegant, refined and vibrant, this persists through the long finish, revealing fruit, spice and mineral elements. (BS)" (02/2018)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from Les Cruots which is also known as Vignes Blanches). A spicier but even more restrained nose combines notes of red, blue and dark pinot fruit with those of rose petal, violet and sandalwood. This is quite ripe but there is a lovely sense of freshness and vivacity to the concentrated, muscular and superbly rich medium weight plus flavors that possess a highly seductive mouthfeel while delivering outstanding length on the powerful finish. This is firm but really quite refined and while it should age effortlessly it should also be approachable after only 7 to 8 years or so. 2032+" (01/2018)

2015 Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru "Aux Boudots" ($199.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots has an opulent, effervescent bouquet with copious red cherries, wild strawberry, marmalade and hints of allspice that all make for a very complex and quite riveting experience. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet candied entry, like the aromatics, forward and opulent in style with a rich, dense, spicy finish that feels as much Vosne-Romanée as Nuits Saint-Georges. It will need several years in bottle, but it should be a hell of a lot of fun once ready. (NM)" (12/2016)

93 points Vinous: "Full, bright red. Aromas of dark cherry, licorice and leather are lifted by a floral note. Compellingly silky, supple and rich, but with its captivating sweetness nicely leavened by slightly medicinal menthol and mineral notes. The whiplash of a finish features seamless, noble tannins and outstanding breadth, the flavors building slowly and inexorably. An essence of Nuits-Saint-George with Vosne-side perfume. (ST)" (01/2018)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A distinctly earthy nose of red currant and spice elements is set off by a subtle oak influence. There is superb richness to the voluptuous medium weight plus flavors that possess a highly seductive texture thanks to the abundant dry extract that imparts a sappy mouthfeel and serves to mostly buffer the very firm tannic spine on the strikingly persistent finish. If this can add depth over the next 12 to 15 years, it might even exceed my already high rating! Note that Boudots is a chameleon-like terroir that can be either Nuits or Vosne in basic character; in 2015, its more Vosne than Nuits." (01/2018)

2015 Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 1er Cru "Caillerets" (Pre-Arrival) ($119.99)

95 points Decanter: "The Caillerets is one of the highlights in Rossignol's formidable range this year, its rigorous, soil-driven personality in total contrast to the decadent Clos des Angles. Notes of ripe red cherry, redcurrant, chalky minerality and cocoa powder lead into a powerful, pure palate, with a firm core of vibrant fruit and minerality framed by bright acids and refined tannins. Terrific stuff. Drinking Window 2018 - 2065.(WK)" (12/2016)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Firm reduction currently flattens the underlying fruit. On the plus side there is more elegance still to the mouth feel of the refined, mineral-driven and solidly concentrated medium-bodied flavors that possess notably better complexity on the balanced though much firmer finish. This is most impressive but patience required." (04/2017)

90-92 points Vinous: "100% destemmed; recently racked): Bright full red. Attractive mineral lift to the aromas of black raspberry and black cherry. Quite tight and sharply delineated, with its very ripe black fruit flavors leavened by menthol and stone and complicated by hints of earth, leather and chocolate. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins. (I will withhold judgment on the Volnay Clos des Angles, which Rossignol described as his roundest Volnay in 2015. It had also been racked a week before my visit but was in an oxidative phase when I tasted it.)(ST)" (01/2017)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets is a blend of 40- and 80-year-old vineyards and was completely de-stemmed this year; it has an opulent and extravagant bouquet with marmalade and orange sorbet notes suffusing the kirsch, cassis and black cherry scents. I would prefer to see a little more restraint here. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe red fruit, touches of dark chocolate and savory notes developing towards the second half that will need a couple of years to fully absorb the 30% new oak. I would just like to feel the terroir more here.(NM)" (12/2016)

2015 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Grand Cru Charmes Chambertin ($199.99)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Though the backbone of this red is solid, this shows a sense of elegance too, along with concentrated flavors of cherry, blueberry and spice. A sheen of oak should absorb nicely into the overall balance. The finish seems to go on endlessly. (BS)" (01/2018)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru has an expressive bouquet with redcurrant, raspberry coulis, a touch of honey and a hint of Seville orange marmalade. It opens nicely in the glass, though does not slip into fifth gear at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, cohesive in the mouth and quite saline and spicy. There is generosity here, a trait of Charmes-Chambertin, with the mineral core surfacing right at the finish as it fans out. This is an impressive follow-up to the superb 2014 and it should give 20+ years of pleasure. (NM)" (12/2016)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An elegant, fresh and admirably pure nose is notably more expressive with its array of red currant, warm earth and anise-tinged aromas. There is even better richness to the round, supple and punchy medium-bodied flavors that terminate with notes of bitter cherry and a hint of warmth. This is lovely and very Charmes." (03/2017)

94 points John Gilman: "The 2015 Taupenot Charmes-Chambertin is absolutely superb, offering up outstanding potential on both the nose and palate. The first class bouquet jumps from the glass in a sappy mélange of black cherries, black raspberries, French roast, a bit of venison, black minerality, hints of mustard seed, cedar and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with a sappy core, fine soil signature, ripe, seamless tannins and a long, vibrant finish. Great Charmes! 2025-2075." (01/2017)

91 points Vinous: "Full, dark red but without the ruby tones of the Corton. Deeper-pitched but energetic on the nose, offering aromas of dark plum, raspberry, smoke and underbrush. Then surprisingly opulent and sweet on the palate, with very ripe red fruit and spice flavors complicated by an earthy element. This slightly medicinal wine doesn't show quite the harmonious acidity or refinement I found a year ago, and its dusty, drought-year tannins will require patience. (ST) 91+" (01/2018)

2015 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Grand Cru Mazoyeres-Chambertin ($199.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Mazoyeres Chambertin Grand Cru has a very intense bouquet with lifted redcurrant, raspberry, spice box and quite a noticeable marine influence coming through with time. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannin. This is very focused, almost athletic in terms of tension and somehow "nimble" in the mouth, no heaviness here (a great attribute in such a warm growing season). This is one of the best Mazoyeres Chambertin that I have tasted. (NM)" (12/2016)

95 points Vinous: "Good bright, dark red. Explosive nose combines raspberry, plum, mocha, tobacco, earth and smoky underbrush. Wonderfully silky and sweet but with surprising verve and tension to its red berry, spice and salty mineral flavors. This compellingly rich, deep wine finishes with fully ripe, smooth tannins, outstanding length and terrific spicy lift. I underestimated this wine in late 2016; it now displays exceptional class for Mazoyères--and all the elements to make a great bottle. (ST)" (01/2018)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Once again there is ample sauvage character to the underbrush, humus and earth nuanced dark currant and floral-scented nose. The mouthfeel of the big-bodied flavors is quite interesting in that its at once succulent yet powerful with plenty of punch to the imposingly-scaled, firm and impressively persistent finish. This too is excellent but like the Corton, its going to require at least 8 to 10 years of patience first and last for decades thereafter. In a word, terrific." (01/2018)

94 points John Gilman: "The 2015 Mazoyères-Chambertin from Domaine Taupenot-Merme is every bit as promising as the Charmes-Chambertin, delivering a superb bouquet of sweet dark berries, dark chocolate, lovely floral tones, roasted venison, vanillin oak and a distinctive topnote of currant leaf. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, sappy at the core and supremely elegant in profile, with lovely focus and grip, fine-grained tannins and lovely backend energy on the long finish. Fine, fine juice. 2025-2075." (01/2017)

2010 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Mazoyeres Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) ($199.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Mazoyères-Chambertin boasts a haunting, impossibly elegant bouquet. Hints of dark cherry, espresso, licorice and spice develop in the glass, adding considerable depth but no weight whatsoever. The Mazoyères remains light on its feet and impeccably refined. Sweet, candied notes resonate on the finish. Ultimately the Mazoyères is all about textural finesse, and there is no shortage of that here. (AG)" (02/2012)

94 points John Gilman: "The 2010 Mazoyères-Chambertin from Domaine Taupenot-Merme is also outstanding, offering up a very deep and refined bouquet (particularly for young Mazoyères) of sweet dark berries, grilled meat, a touch of eucalyptus, espresso, currant leaf, woodsmoke and a gentle base of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and quite reserved, with a rock solid core of fruit, excellent focus and balance, ripe tannins and outstanding length and grip on the poised and still quite primary finish. One can easily appreciate how different the personalities are of this and the Charmes, and it is quite sensible to not blend the two wines. A dynamite, young Mazoyères-Chambertin. (Drink between 2022-2075)" (06/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "0.86 ha. Dark crimson. Very majestic nose. Not simple sweetness but just lovely density and concentration but also great balance. Dances and shows no excess of anything. Very sweet but also very firm. But not tough or drying in any way despite the obvious register of tannins here. Bravissimo! 19/20" (07/2011)

K&L Notes: Romain Taupenot took his family's estate from relative obscurity to one of the great values in 1er and Grand Cru collectible Burgundy. The acclaim is nearly unheard-of - starting with the 2009 vintage, the domaine seems to merit top-of-the-vintage marks (even in line with the region's elite) from Galloni, Robinson, Meadows, Martin, and more. Very few properties in modern Burgundy can sustain this kind of success and keep prices reasonable. Having tasted the wines, it's nearly impossible to disagree with the hype. The wines are simply stunning.