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Girardin Bourgogne Rouge Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2012 Product #29277 (In Stock)

The care, effort and expense that Domaine Vincent Girardin invested in this beautiful Bourgogne Rouge certainly could command a much higher price. 40+ year-old vines, biodynamic farming, extensive handwork in the vineyard, and triple sorting to ensure only the best fruit makes it into the fermenter are all standard here. After a 3 week fermentation and maceration, the wine aged for 10 months in 500 liter French oak barrels.  Larger barrels and just 10% new wood allowed the wine to soften and gain layers of depth and complexity without compromising the pure, lovely, fruit that makes the best 2011 red Burgundies so irresistible.

Even at this young age, you'll already find a sweet and savory perfume of red berries, fresh earth, and dried tobacco wafting from your glass. The palate is richly textured, vibrant, and very pure with generous flavors of dark cherry, black raspberry, walnut, coffee, and a touch of earth. The complex flavors continue on the long finish where supple tannins provide support and the black fruit, coffee, and tobacco notes linger.  Absolutely delicious right now, but sure to keep improving over the next five years or so.

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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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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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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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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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Maillard Aloxe-Corton 2009 Product #25963 (In Stock)
Maillard Aloxe-Corton 2009 Maillard Aloxe-Corton 2009

This may be the very best value in  Pascal’s cellar in 2009, and I certainly fell in love with it during last January's visit to Chez Maillard.  Once again, the plush, velvety, texture with terrific ripeness you expect from a top 2009 red Burgundy.  The fruit is perfectly balanced by fine-grained tannin and bright acids and the raspberry, cherry, and plum flavors gain depth from notes of earth, mushroom and spice.  A mineral element starts in the middle and powers on through the long, complex, finish.  This is drinking well now and will be going strong in 10 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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Bzikot Puligny Montrachet Cuvee De La Maison 2010 Product #24384 (In Stock)
Bzikot Puligny Montrachet Cuvee De La Maison 2010 Bzikot Puligny Montrachet Cuvee De La Maison 2010

Fruit for this wine came from 40 year-old vines farmed by Sylvain Bzikot in a lieu dit vineyard that abuts Henri Boillot’s famous Clos de la Mouchere and used by Dujac through 2009.  Sylvain made 9 barrels of Les Petites Nosroyes in the outstanding 2010 vintage, and Doug selected the two best to be blended into this wine, the first ever 100% new oak cuvee Sylvain has made.

Not that “oak” is what you’ll smell or taste now, as the powerful, ripe, fruit has almost fully absorbed it’s wood and now allows the character of an excellent vintage and site to shine through.  Over the past two years, the aromas have taken on fantastic purity, serving up scents of grilled pineapple, lemon, Granny Smith apple, hazelnut, mineral and a generous dose of fresh mint. Purity and transparency remain the key themes for the generous flavors of citrus, orchard fruits, fresh hazelnut, chervil and still more crushed mint.  The texture is simply superb, with fine concentration and a smooth, glyceral, mouthfeel before loads of dusty mineral adds dimension to the long, complex, and fresh finish.  Drinking beautifully right now but with 10+ years of development in its future.  Very much 1er Cru in quality, making the village-level price true value for every Chardonnay fan.

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Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er Les Vergers 2007 Product #25220 (In Stock)
Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er Les Vergers 2007 Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er Les Vergers 2007

Labeled for us under the Marie Bernard name to comply with Virginia's restrictive distribution rules, this is the exact same wine sold under the Marc Morey label in France and the rest of the USA.

“Outstanding. Moderate golden color. A perfumed nose of straw, citrus and white peach leads to intense, delicious and beautifully well-detailed middle weight flavors culminate in a long, mouth coating and impressively long finish. I quite like this as there is just a touch of backend austerity that confers a "clean" and refreshing character to the finish without falling over into severity. In sum, lovely juice with 3 to 5 years of upside potential, perhaps a bit more.” Allen Meadows 91 points

“The Marc Morey 2007 Chassagne Montrachet Les Vergers smells of honeysuckle, lily, lime, and honeydew melon; comes to the palate lush in texture yet lusciously juicy; and finishes with chalk and stone undertones that offer a perfect foil to the dripping ripeness of melon and liquid flowers. Hints of lime zest and red currant in the finish offer further counterpoint and serve for a bit of invigoration. This is irresistible already, although I imagine one could hold if for a half dozen years.” Wine Advocate 91 points

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Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er En Virondot 2007 Product #25222 (In Stock)
Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er En Virondot 2007 Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er En Virondot 2007

Labeled for us under the Marie Bernard name to comply with Virginia's restrictive distribution rules, this is the exact same wine sold under the Marc Morey label in France and the rest of the USA.

“Outstanding. A pretty and attractively scented nose features notes of citrus, baking spice, lychee nut and rose water that precedes the nicely rich, round and relatively powerful medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent focus and drive on the impressively long and mineral-driven finish. After two hours in a decanter, this was a radically different, and better, wine than when it was initially opened.” Allen Meadows 91 points

“From a steep, rocky section of vines above the Caillerets, the Marc Morey 2007 Chassagne Montrachet En Virondot offers an aromatic and gustatory combination of brine and meat stock mingled with fresh lemon – along with an eventually sense of overt chalkiness – remind me of Chablis. Crystalline mineral aspects seem to shimmer through the citrus, leading to a refreshing and invigorating finish. Some tasters might find this lacking in sweetness of fruit, although there is a Chenin-like note of quince. This is one of Mollard's most interesting wines of the vintage, and should prove fascinating to follow over at least the next 5-6 years.” Wine Advocate 91 points

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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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Maillard Aloxe-Corton Grandes Lollieres 1er Cru 2009 Product #26600 (In Stock)
Maillard Aloxe-Corton Grandes Lollieres 1er Cru 2009 Maillard Aloxe-Corton Grandes Lollieres 1er Cru 2009

Always one of my favorite wines from this address, the 2009 Lollieres is one of the best ever from Pascal. This wine is always concentrated, powerful, and trends towards black fruit with notes of coffee grounds, sweet spice, smoke, and roasted meat.  In the terrific 2009 vintage, it's even more glorious than usual with an extra depth to the black raspberry and Bing cherry fruit and a rich, velvety, texture.  Even with all the ripeness, the bright acidity and fine minerality show through nicely on the long, ripe, finish.  Very fine stuff.

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Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er les Chenevottes 2008 Product #25217 (In Stock)
Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er les Chenevottes 2008 Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er les Chenevottes 2008

Labeled for us under the Marie Bernard name to comply with Virginia's restrictive distribution rules, this is the exact same wine sold under the Marc Morey label in France and the rest of the USA.

“Outstanding. A touch of reduction knocks down the expressiveness of the nose somewhat but not enough to conceal the otherwise cool, ripe and pretty orchard fruit and citrus aromas. The delicious, rich, round and nicely plump flavors possess good mid-palate concentration and are set off against a racy, intense, detailed and lightly mineral-suffused finish that also displays a touch of austerity. Excellent.”Allen Meadows 91 points

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Dom Lafouge Meursault Village 2011 Product #28996 (In Stock)
Dom Lafouge Meursault Village 2011 Dom Lafouge Meursault Village 2011

Here's a very classy Meursault from an under-the-radar grower (at an under what it should be price!). Jean & Gilles Lafouge have cellars in the red wine commune of Auxey-Duresses, but their connection to Meursault runs deep (Gilles is married to Meursault legand Michel Bouzereau's daughter).  This is an outstanding village Meursault with fantastic purity and focus to the green apple and stone fruit aromas and flavors and notes of fresh butter and toasted hazelnut that get stronger with air.  A hint of honey weaves in and out of the fruit and mineral flavors on the long, fresh, finish.  This will age gracefully but it's beautiful right now.

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Dom Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 2012 Product #28697 (In Stock)
Dom Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 2012 Dom Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 2012

A delicious, easy to drink now, bottle that blends classic Chassagne chalky mineral with 2012’s lush, rich, fruit.  The moderate new oak here adds smoky, spicy, accents to the white peach, pear and yellow apple fruit.  It’s rich and forward and easy to drink now and easy to love for the long, lightly saline, finish. Probably better from 2016-2022, but no need to wait (especially if you have some lobster salad lying around).

"Smoky oak, creamy and fresh with a subtle chalkiness on the finish. Long, concentrated apple fruit. Built to age well."  JancisRobinson.com 17+/20 points

"From a parcel in the center of the village: Musky peach and a leesy nuance on the nose. Sweet, tactile and very ripe but not quite heavy, with the peach flavor dominating. From Mazures, under Caillerets: Pear and white flowers on the nose, plus a whiff of spearmint. More juicy and spicy than the first sample, and longer on the finish. Should make a very good village wine."International Wine Cellar 88-90 points

"This exceptionally good village wine reveals a clean and pure perfume followed by a beautifully structured palate that fills the mouth with layers of rich flavors. The wine is focused and fresh with bright acidity and a long, chalky finish. Good through 2020."i-Wine Review 92 points

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Bzikot Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrieres 2010 Product #26481 (In Stock)
Bzikot Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrieres 2010 Bzikot Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrieres 2010

One of Sylvain Bzikot's two 1er Cru vineyards lies in Les Perrieres, a fine site on the border with Meursault.  As always, loads of chalky mineral here on the nose and palate, joined with scents of limestone, lime, apple, and citrus.  Pure and focused on the attack, the butter, stone fruit, melon, toasted nut and citrus flavors broaden and gain richness across your tongue before snapping back with intensity on the dry, vibrant, finish. A complex, compelling, wine to taste now and cellar for 10-15 years if you choose.

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Bzikot Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres 2011 Product #27723 (In Stock)
Bzikot Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres 2011 Bzikot Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres 2011

Folatieres is Pulingy-Montrachet’s largest 1er Cru vineyard, and Sylvain’s slice of it seems to be pretty outstanding.  He considers this his top wine, and I know folks who have served it blind against Leflaive's Folatieres and seen most people prefer it.  The 2011 edition is simply breathtaking.

Rich, generous, aromas of ripe orchard fruits, tangerine, fresh butter, and toasted nuts get a pretty accent of chalky mineral and crushed mint.  In the mouth, this envelops your palate like a great Batard Montrachet, and if the weight isn’t quite at that level, the texture – silky, creamy, deep – is very close.  Rich, long, and bursting with layer after layer of fruit, nut, spice, mint and mineral flavors, this is almost too beautiful now to justify holding any for the 10+ years it deserves.  A stunner.

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Dom Dubuet-Monthelie Meursault 2012 Product #28778 (In Stock)
Dom Dubuet-Monthelie Meursault 2012 Dom Dubuet-Monthelie Meursault 2012

Lovely Meursault with plenty of classic chalk and butter and a clean, vigerous, finish.

"This is a concentrated wine that reveals ripe yellow apples and pears with a toast note on the nose. Full and rich on the attack, it's big in the mouth with layers of rich, ripe flavors and excellent acidity and structure. There's an appealing hint of hazelnut that persists on the finish along with chalky minerals."i-Wine Review 92 points

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Bzikot Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrieres 2009 Product #25157 (In Stock)
Bzikot Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrieres 2009 Bzikot Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrieres 2009

 

While Sylvan considers Folatieres his best wine, year-after-year, it's the 1er Cru Les Perrieres that takes the prize for me. Perhaps a smidge less concentrated than Folatieres, but even more mineral, precise, and defined to my taste. A wonderfully complex nose of chalk, limestone, lime, apple, and a bunch of other stuff I can't name. In the mouth, the wine is pure and deep with ripe stone fruit, melon, minerals, and emerging nut and fresh butter notes. Long and very persistent on the finish. A great wine, but not much at all available. 

 

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