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Dom Michel Sarrazin Bourgogne Rouge VV 2012 Product #28253 (In Stock)
Dom Michel Sarrazin Bourgogne Rouge VV 2012 Dom Michel Sarrazin Bourgogne Rouge VV 2012

This is lovely, high-quality, red Burgundy from 35+ year-old vines near Givry, harvested ripe and aged in 25% new French oak. In the ripe 2012 harvest, the aromas are deep and rich with griotte cherry, smoke, and red flower notes swirling in the glass.  On the palate there's nice density and weight for Bourgogne with sweet and tangy cherry fruit accented by a touch of raspberry, smokey oak, and fresh turned earth.  The flavors linger nicely over fine-grained tannins that give the support needed to enjoy this with food today or cellar for a while.  Well-made, classically-styled, Burgundy Pinot Noir at about one-third less cost than you'd expect

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Girardin Bourgogne Blanc Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2011 Product #28168 (In Stock)
Girardin Bourgogne Blanc Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2011 Girardin Bourgogne Blanc Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2011

While Vincent Girardin’s wines have always been good, the farming and winemaking here has taken a huge jump up in quality over the past few years.  And, the conversion to biodynamic farming, gentle extraction, careful use of oak, and limited lees stirring all come together in a flat-out glorious 2011 Bourgogne Chardonnay.  It’s a blend of declassified Meursault and Chassagne-Montrachet fruit from the lower slopes of each village aged in 500l barrels with just a bare touch of new wood.  The aromas, flavors and texture are, as you’d expect, a lovely marriage of Meursault richness with Chassagne minerality and focus. 

In the very short 2011 vintage, it serves up warm peach, golden apple, and spicy pear fruit with subtle accents of tangy butter, chalk, and toasted hazelnut.  Mouthfilling, but very detailed, precise, and fresh, it finishes with mouthwatering fresh fruit, salty caramel, buttered nut, and crushed mint flavors that sail on and on.  The texture, complexity, and length all belong to a $40 village wine, making the $21.98 bottle and $18.98 case prices all the more remarkable. As fine a value in luscious, high-quality, Bourgogne Blanc as we’ve offered in years.

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Bzikot Bourgogne Blanc 2011 Product #27816 (In Stock)
Bzikot Bourgogne Blanc 2011 Bzikot Bourgogne Blanc 2011

Here’s the kind of wine that leaves your jaw hanging – a Chardonnay with the minerality and focus of Puligny Montrachet plus the buttery, nutty, richness of a fine Meursault, all at a Bourgogne price!  From carefully tended vineyards along the Puligny bench and stretching towards Meursault, Sylvain ferments and ages much of this in tank (for freshness and fruit) and the rest in French oak barrels, about 20% new.

The wine opens with generous aromas of fresh cut green apple, rainwater, cold butter, chalk, mint and citrus peel.  With more air, the fruit aromas get more ripe and golden as the toasted nut and French butter notes get more pronounced.  In the mouth, positively rich and luscious for a wine made by Bzikot, with deep flavors of hazelnut, golden apple, yellow peach, passion fruit and tangy butter that fill your mouth and coat your palate.  Bright acidity and a firm mineral streak keep things fresh as citrus and butter flavors linger on and on.  Stupid good, as we like to say.

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Grivault Meursault 2008 375 Ml Product #24786 (In Stock)
Grivault Meursault 2008 375 Ml Grivault Meursault 2008 375 Ml

If you love Grivault’s Bourgogne Blanc and have never tried his “real” Meursault -- well, it’s time.  The flavors and aromas in the Meursault are very similar to the Bourgogne but ratcheted up a notch.  Hazelnuts, almond, butter, white flower and peach aromas and flavors plus a beguiling fresh mint note.  Easy to drink now but with a good 5-10 years of development ahead of it.

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Dom Larue Saint-aubin 1er Cru Sur Le Sentier Du Clou 2009 Product #27946 (In Stock)

Pinot Noir in the Cote de Beaune performed especially well in 2009 – every bit as well as in the Cote de Nuits. And, Didier and Denis Larue certainly hit the jackpot in 2009 with fruit from this fine vineyard in the heart of St. Aubin.  The vines were planted between 1966 and 1995, and the wine was fermented in steel before aging 12 months in small barrel (50% new).

Aromas of crisp, ripe, cherry and raspberry fruit over notes of violets, baking spice, coffee and damp earth. Flavors of juicy red berries and Bing cherry sing out on top with more coffee and a dash of vanilla underneath.  The crisp, ripe, tannins come up on the pretty finish as violet, cherry blossom, and damp earth notes linger. Fantastic value for 1er Cru red Burgundy.

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Dom Larue Saint-aubin Vieilles Vignes 2005 Product #28212 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Saint-aubin Vieilles Vignes 2005 Dom Larue Saint-aubin Vieilles Vignes 2005

Didier’s old-vine village cuvee surprised even a fan like me – it’s very classy and wildly complex, changing constantly as your sit with the glass.  Generous aromas feature brown butter, burre blanc, crushed mint, and a savory note that reminds one of lobster stock.  The flavors follow the nose and while there’s plenty of ripe orchard and stone fruit here, the overall impact is more savory than sweet.  The fruit picks up a red tinge – cherry? – with air to go with dashes of fresh almond, marzipan, dried honey, and a saline note that reminds you of the sea.  Lovely, mouthwatering, and brilliant with lobster or shellfish of any kind!

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Maillard Savigny-les Beaune Rouge 2009 Product #27948 (In Stock)
Maillard Savigny-les Beaune Rouge 2009 Maillard Savigny-les Beaune Rouge 2009

An absolutely classic example of this terroir with the extra richness of 2009. Lovely and generous aromas of griottes (cherries) plus a touch of coffee and oak spice.  Fresh and bright on the palate but with plenty of richness to the ripe cherry, wood smoke, coffee, fresh earth and red plum flavors.  Pure velvet on the finish, this is delicious now but will go another 10 years with no problem.

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Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 2011 Product #27727 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 2011 Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 2011

As Burghound said, “My nomination for the best value commune in 2011 would unquestionably be St. Aubin… St. Aubin is a bargain.”  And that’s certainly true here. 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 2011 was vinified in small French oak barrels (20% new) and allowed to rest on the fine lees for 10 months.

The wine opens with fresh, floral, aromas of Granny Smith apple, Meyer lemon, and a touch of smoked stone.  In the mouth the flavors expand to show more apple, peach, lime zest, hazelnut, and butter with a salty, saline, note that suggests preserved lemon.  With air, the fruit gets riper and more yellow and salty caramel notes emerge.  Bright and zesty now with mouthwatering acids and a lingering sense of mint, this will get better for a while and be delicious through 2017 or so.

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Dom Borgeot Santenay Blanc 1er Cru Les Gravieres 2006 Product #20272 (In Stock)

This was very popular when first released in 2008 and has just gotten better with time.  A savory take on Chardonnay from a fine 1er Cru site, it shows notes of fennel, scallion green, mint and chalk to go with the still fresh yellow apple and peach fruit.  Bright acids complement the rich, round, mouthfeel and there's nice length on the palate and herb and fruit-inflected finish.

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Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Les Combes 2006 Product #21438 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Les Combes 2006 Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Les Combes 2006

My choice of this set for drinking right this very minute, although another 5 years in the cellar won’t do any harm.  Everything I love in the rich, luxurious, 2006s with oodles of smoky pear, soft apple, spice and mint aromas and flavors and just the right touch of chalk on the end.  A bit of caramel and fresh butter come out with air in this mouth-coating, but very fresh, white Burgundy.

 

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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 Saint-aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 2005 Product #28145 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Saint-aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 2005 Dom Larue Saint-aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 2005

Always a favorite cuvee here, the 2005 is simply outstanding.  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 tightly packed, vines always give fruit of fine concentration.

In 2005, the challenge for white wine makers was to get enough acidity and minerality to go with their perfectly ripe fruit, a challenge that was nicely met here.  Aromas and flavors of dried honey, caramel, passion fruit, mint, ripe pear and more weave in and out of this rich but very fresh wine.  Iodine, stony mineral, and mouthwatering acidity leave you looking for something fresh to eat as the caramelized pear and passion fruit flavors keep pumping out on a finish that just won’t quit.

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Dom Larue St Aubin 1er Les Combes 2002 Product #16628 (In Stock)
Dom Larue St Aubin 1er Les Combes 2002 Dom Larue St Aubin 1er Les Combes 2002

Olvier tells me that Didier wasn’t crazy about his 2002 Les Combes at first, fearing that he’d harvested too late and lost some freshness.  But a decade+ in cellar has done this nothing but good, delivering a rich, savory, white that seems more like 1er Cru Chassagne than Saint Aubin.  Aromas of toasted nut, mint, verbena, caramel and consumme show at first, but turn to more fresh cut apple and tangy pineapple with air.  The texture is very rich and creamy, but the fruit flavors remain nicely fresh over the mature notes of grilled nut, caramel, and beef stock.  Dried caramel and chervil flavors play nicely on the long finish where just the right touch of acidity keeps things pure and clean.

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Lamy Pillot Chassagne Montrachet Clos St Jean 2009 Product #27093 (In Stock)
Lamy Pillot Chassagne Montrachet Clos St Jean 2009 Lamy Pillot Chassagne Montrachet Clos St Jean 2009

Here’s the rare Chassagne rouge that reminds you why this village was much better known for its elegant, complex, red wines until 40 or so years ago.  Classic red Burgundy notes of dark cherry, red plum, fresh earth, and dark flowers on the nose.  Then high-toned, very pure, red and black fruits in the mouth with accents of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted mushroom, and more on the elegant, very long, palate.  Finishes dark – black cherry, mocha, spice – and intense with lingering floral, spice, and mineral notes and super-fine tannins and acids.  Young now and wanting a little air, this is very pure, focused, and sophisticated and will be just brilliant with roast chicken, duck, or even pork.  Compelling.

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Dom Jean Guiton Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru 2010 Product #28137 (In Stock)
Dom Jean Guiton Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru 2010 Dom Jean Guiton Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru 2010

Founder Jean and son/current winemaker Guillaume Guiton make wine in the sleepy little village of Bligny-les-Beaune, just over the hill to the east of Volnay and Pommard.  From 2 hectares in 1975, the estate now farms 12HA of vines planted in 1925 and 1971.  The vines for this 1er Cru red lie between the hill of Corton and Savigny-les-Beaune, a less-visited neighborhood that's a great source of fine value red Burgundy.

This 2010 red is a little Chambolle like with its pretty fruit, generous perfume, and light, silky, texture.  Lovely aromatics of griotte, spice, fresh earth and just-cut flowers lead to a fresh, transparent, palate with plenty of tangy fruit and a satisfying touch of spice and minerality.  Very tasty now and even better in 2-3 years.

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Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne Montrachet Village 2009 Product #26142 (In Stock)
Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne Montrachet Village 2009 Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne Montrachet Village 2009

An excellent village Chassagne, ripe but also minerally fresh.  Drinking well now.

"An equally fresh mix of resin, citrus and yellow orchard fruit aromas slides gracefully into pretty, sappy and energetic middle weight flavors that culminate in an exuberant and mouth coating finish."Allen Meadows 88 points

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Girardin Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravieres 2010 Product #28175 (In Stock)
Girardin Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravieres 2010 Girardin Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravieres 2010

Vincent Girardin was born in Santenay, so it's not surprising that this wine from the best 1er cru site in the village gets extra special attention.  "Gravieres" means "gravel," and while the name comes from the stones mixed with the poor soils, you'll certainly taste a gravel-like minerality here, too.  Pure red fruit, soy, balsamic, earth and still more fruit show on the nose and palate.  The smokey, stony, gravel notes pervade the long palate and generous finish, too.  Good tension between ripe fruit, minerality, and juicy acidity here in a wine that's ready to enjoy if better in 3-5 years.

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Lamy Pillot Chassagne Montrachet Pot Bois 2011 Product #27094 (In Stock)
Lamy Pillot Chassagne Montrachet Pot Bois 2011 Lamy Pillot Chassagne Montrachet Pot Bois 2011

From the very highest vineyard in Chassagne, this always balances fine ripeness (from low yields and later harvest dates) with zesty acidity and loads of lovely minerality.  In 2011, there’s more muscle, richness, and depth than expected with tangy orchard fruits (apricot, peach and yellow apple) complicated by notes of tarragon, mint, and green tea.  The aromas get more complex and creamy with air, the palate more round and compelling, while the finish dances with bright acidity and stony mineral notes.  Lovely wine and very fine value.

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Maillard Meursault Vielles Vignes 2010 Product #27203 (In Stock)
Maillard Meursault Vielles Vignes 2010 Maillard Meursault Vielles Vignes 2010

You can literally see the purity here in a wine that's clear as a bell with a brilliant straw yellow color.  Classic Meursault aromas of French butter, toasted nuts, green apples, and ripe stone fruits.  Then a stunning blend of richness and purity in the mouth, with layers and layers of butter, grilled nuts, smoke, sweet pear, golden apple, and just a touch of mint.  The mineral and chalk notes that start in the mid-palate expand on the long finish where salty caramel and sun warmed orchard fruit flavors linger on and on over refreshing green apple acidity and more crushed mint notes.

Of course, this will get better and better over the next decade plus, but I'm hard pressed to understand how you could resist drinking up the better part of a case now with steamed lobster, seared scallops, or any dish featuring mushrooms or toasted nuts.  A great bottle of Meursault from vines aged 30-40 years (and some 65+) - the best ever, I think, from Pascal Maillard - at a very strong value price.

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Bzikot Puligny Montrachet La Rouselle 2011 Product #27722 (In Stock)
Bzikot Puligny Montrachet La Rouselle 2011 Bzikot Puligny Montrachet La Rouselle 2011

If the Bourgogne flirts with Village level status, then Sylvain’s Village wine from the Puligny Montrachet vineyard called La Rouselle is only missing the little “1er” on the label to be premier cru!  For years, Sylvain blended wine from this parcel into his regular Puligny Montrachet, but years of nudging and encouragement from Olivier Daubresse persuaded him to bottle it separately from 2008.  Now, it’s always one of the best values in Puligny!

In 2011, very round, rich, and generous from the get go but with more structure and aging potential than you might realize at first.  Deep, luscious, aromas and flavors of stone fruits, peach skin, lime zest, and toasted nuts jump from the glass and coat your palate.  Salty caramel and minerals well up on the back and linger on the long finish with notions of mint, butter, and hazelnut.  The mint notes gets stronger with air, adding freshness and complexity now and promising very good things for this in the cellar!

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