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Dom Larue Cremant De Bourgogne Nv Product #29485 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Cremant De Bourgogne Nv Dom Larue Cremant De Bourgogne Nv

Didier Larue uses fruit from younger vines in Burgundy's St. Aubin to create this very elegant and tasty Champagne-style value.  It's all Chardonnay from the excellent 2012 harvest fermented in bottle and aged for 12 months on the lees.  Fine bubbles bring out generous aromas of white fruit, toast, and marzipan on the nose.  The texture is fine and precise with peach, apple and salty caramel flavors the pulse through the mid-palate and linger on the long, dry, finish. Sure, this could easily pass for $40 Champagne, but don't keep it back for "special occasions."  This is fine, classy, fizz to drink with delight anytime at all.

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Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 2012 Product #29396 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 2012 Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 2012

Standing at the foot of Le Montrachet, you can just see the St. Aubin 1er Cru vineyard En Remilly peaking up over the hill.  The Larue’s planted their one acre plot at 300 meters elevation in 1989, and these 21 year-old, tightly packed, vines always give fruit of fine concentration.  As always, the 2012 was vinified in small French oak barrels (20% new) and allowed to rest on the fine lees for 10 months.

You can tell this is a true premier cru from first sniff.  Gorgeous aromas of ripe pear, apple, peach, fresh butter, warm hazelnut and crushed mint burst from the glass.  The texture is rich without heaviness and the flavors coat your palate with spiced pear, Granny Smith apple, chalky mineral, nectarine, and more tangy butter and hazelnut flavors.  For all the richness on the palate, the finish is brisk, precise, and perfectly clean with silky minerality and lime zest providing fine lift to the long-lingering flavors of warm nuts, butter, mint, pear and green apple.  The “real deal” in high-end white Burgundy to enjoy now and over the next 8 years or so at a steal of a price.

Regular Price (1) Price : $44.99/ea
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Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Murgers des Dents de Chien 2009 Product #24551 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Murgers des Dents de Chien 2009 Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Murgers des Dents de Chien 2009

The “teeth of the dog” vineyard lies in the southern part of St. Aubin, on the border with Puligny-Montrachet and not far from Montrachet.  The five separate vineyard parcels (about 4 acres total) were planted at different times, with the oldest vines dating from 1947 and 1964.  Vinified in oak (20% new) with 10 months on the lees.

I under-estimated this wine a few years ago – it’s very impressive now and will only get better.  Aromas of rich orchard fruit, iodine, and fresh chervil lead to rich golden fruit, butter, caramel, and salty mineral flavors.  Generous but still very precise, this finishes long and lovely with lingering pineapple, hazelnut, and spice flavors lingering on and on.  A definite “buy” for now and the next 10+ years.

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Dom Larue Puligny-Montrachet Trezin 2010 Product #29398 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Puligny-Montrachet Trezin 2010 Dom Larue Puligny-Montrachet Trezin 2010

Walk out of the village of Puligny Montrachet and up the hill through the 1er Cru vineyard of, first, Clavoillon, then Folatieres, and on through Champ Gain.  Here, at the top of the Puligny hill, you’ll be standing in the fine village vineyard called Le Trezin, just above the 1er Cru La Garenne and to the south of 1er Cru Sous Le Puits.  In an “average” year Le Trezin delivers fine village Puligny – crisp, dry, with reasonable extract and plenty of minerality.  But, in a great vintage (and few were as “great” as 2010!), it flirts with 1er Cru character at a fraction of the cost.

We loved 2010 Le Trezin from the first taste in barrel, but an extra few years resting in Didier’s cellar has really allowed it to unfold and shine.  The aromas here are spicy, with layers of ginger and baking spice riding on top of crisp yellow pear and apple fruit and just a hint of mint.  With a little air, the wet stone minerality comes forward on the nose and flows through on the palate where it’s joined by notes of Meyer lemon and spiced apple and pear.  The best  2010 white Burgundys are all about transparency and precision, and you’ll find that here in spades with a focused, driving, finish leaving green apple, lime zest, and river stone flavors lingering on and on.  Still young, this is delicious now and will just get more compelling over the next few years.

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Dom Larue Blagny 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2010 Product #28012 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Blagny 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2010 Dom Larue Blagny 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2010

Blagny is the AOC for red wines produced from the 1er cru vineyards of Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault, and this comes from the Puligny vineyard Sous Le Puits, “under the well” at the top of the hill. This is seriously good and really fun to drink. Bold aromas of crushed black fruits with hints of spice and crushed mint.  Silky and dark with oodles of crushed raspberry, black tea, white mushroom, and spicy, woodsy, flavors.  Firmly mineral and long and lingering  with fantastic tannin – sweet, silky, smooth.  A bright, mouthwatering, approachable 2010 with fine cellar potential.

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Dom Larue Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2011 Product #27725 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2011 Dom Larue Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2011

Didier makes several Puligny Montrachet, but this is always one of my very favorites.  This fine 1er Cru vineyard sits at the very top of the hill just under an old well and looking down into Meursault.  The old vines (planted between 1951 and 1982) on deep clay/limestone soils always give a wine that marries Puligny’s precision with Meursault’s rich, buttery, depth.  Once again, just 20% new oak.

Maybe it’s just the name – “Sous Le Puits” means “under the well,” a reference to an abandoned water source at the top of the hill – but I always think “rainwater” when I smell and taste this wine.  It’s very intense right now and wants a little air to show all it has to give.  Aromas of sweet lemon, almond paste, chalk and fresh rainwater lead to a creamy but very focused and intense mouthful of sour apple, white peach, nutmeg and fresh almond with a brothy-like salinity.  For now the action is really on the back-palate and finish where crunchy pear, tangerine and thyme flavors explode and power on through the chalky, zesty, finish.  I like this now with ocean fish or even shellfish but it will get creamier, nuttier and richer over the next 5-8 years.

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Dom Larue Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne 2010 Product #29397 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne 2010 Dom Larue Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne 2010

Seventy years ago, La Garennne and its neighboring 1er Cru vineyards were covered in scrub and littered with boulders – virtually unplantable.  As Burgundy’s economic fortunes recovered in the 1950s and 1960s, residents banded together to clear the land and allow them to be planted to vine.  Their reward:  wines of such purity and grace that most of the “new” vineyard land quickly earned 1er Cru status!

And, in the brilliant 2010 vintage, this is very 1er Cru indeed.  It’s a powerful wine with rich, deep, aromas that explode from the glass before you even give it a swirl.  Fresh butter, toasted hazelnut, spicy pear, sweet apricot and the chalky stones that make Puligny the greatest Chardonnay vineyard in the world all weave in an out of the complex aromas.  On the palate, you get 1er cru weight and depth right away with layers and layers if rich flavors:  orchard fruit, sweet pineapple, cultured butter, warm nuts, white flowers, wet stones and more.  As with all the best 2010 Puligny Montrachet, this delivers loads of richness without an ounce of excess weight and keeps on pumping out the buttery fruit and nut flavors across a broad, rich, and very persistent finish.  At nearly 5 years of age, it’s drinking beautifully although the density, power and touch of crushed mint left in the glass suggest that 3-8 years more in cellar will do this beauty nothing but good.

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