2014 Jacques Bavard Auxey-Duresses "Les Clous" Blanc

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Jacques Bavard is a tiny negociant located in Puligny-Montrachet. He comes from a long line of wine-growers, and is dedicated to working with organic and biodynamic growers.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2017 | Send Email
I opened this New Year's Eve to kick off 2017 and was truly impressed! I've always had a love for this producer but the tone and vibrancy of the 2014 vintage really showed through and made this a fitting pairing with the truffled egg custard I served it with. Nectarine, lemon curd, wet stone, layers of flavor kept coming. Of course, you don't need to truffles to enjoy, but it doesn't hurt.

Staff Image By: Keith Palace | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2016 | Send Email
This elegant chardonnay comes from the limestone rich hills of the Saint-Romain Valley in the Cote de Beaune region of Burgundy. It is pale yellow in color with a fruity and fragrant nose of apple, melon and honeysuckle. There is balanced acidity and nice minerality with a round and smooth mouth feel. Lightly toasted oak notes give way to a long lemony finish. A tremendous wine for the price.

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2016 | Send Email
"Les Clous" is incredibly balanced, deep, rich in citrus, pear and creamy flavors and minerality. Best wine for cracked crab! This wine definitely overdelivers for its price.

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2016 | Send Email
Jacques Bavard is making some of the best values Burgundy has to offer. Take this, an impossibly well-balanced Auxey Duresses produced from organic Chardonnay that shows the profound depth and elegance that only white Burgundy can at a fraction of the price point of comparable wines. A refreshing blast of orchard fruit, flinty minerality, and cleansing acidity hits first, followed by subtly toasted brioche and velvety texture on the mid-palate. Finishes long with notes of buttercream and ripe melon; an exceedingly elegant addition to your Thanksgiving table.

Staff Image By: Kelsey McNellis | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2016 | Send Email
I love the Bourgogne Blanc by the same producer so I had high hopes for this wine and I was not disappointed! Very elegant and well-rounded with light butter and creaminess. Flavors of melon and pear on the palate give this a refreshing aspect too. Delicious wine for under $30 from a great producer.... a must buy!

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/12/2016 | Send Email
“Les Clous” delivers more than you could possibly ask for the price! A single vineyard bottling from the excellent village of Auxey-Duresses (pop. 333), it’s elegance in a bottle. Delicate flavors of fresh melon and pear, just a touch of toasted oak and subtle minerality. Without doubt, a wine at the top of its category.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2016 | Send Email
From the heart of the appellation of Auxey-Duresses, which lies between Meursault and Saint-Romain, this single vineyard villages-level white Burgundy is among the more richly-textured of Jacques Bavard’s wines. There is more weight here and less apparent minerality yet plenty of liveliness and energy. Bright citrus peel notes combine with lightly toasted oak and delicate floral aromas to create a very satisfying whole. Drinkable now or over the next few years.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2016 | Send Email
I consider Jacques Bavard's wines not only amongst the best Burgundies in our store, but amongst the very best Burgundies in, well, in Burgundy! Roumier, Fourrier, Dujac, De Montille...all great names, but when it comes to that rarest of rare treasures, the $30 and under bottle of Burgundy that keeps you coming back for more, no one can touch Jacques Bavard. The 2014 Auxey Duresses Les Clous is incredible Chardonnay: brightly fruited, energetic and mineral laden, but with such a lovely texture to match. This shows the greatness of 2014 for white Burgundies, as well as the deft touch Mr. Bavard always shows with Chardonnay. A must have wine.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2016 | Send Email
It has been a pleasure to taste the Jacques Bavard wines over the last years. They are always high quality but each vintage is different. A recent staff tasting showed that the 2014 vintage is excellent. The Auxey Duresses Les Clous has nice fruit aromas with a subtle creamy mouth feel. It has a nice crisp finish. This will go well with fish or chicken.

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2016 | Send Email
The “Les Clous” shows a rich and round mouth feel with hints of melon, pear and a touch of cream. It is his rounder softer entry that is probably the most “user” friendly. Still, as with the majority of 2014’s the finish is crisp and vibrant!

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Alcohol Content (%): 12.5