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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.

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Girardin Bourgogne Rouge Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2011 Product #28513 (In Stock)
Girardin Bourgogne Rouge Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2011 Girardin Bourgogne Rouge Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2011

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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Dom Dureuil-Janthial Bourgogne Blanc 2012 Product #28738 (In Stock)
Dom Dureuil-Janthial Bourgogne Blanc 2012 Dom Dureuil-Janthial Bourgogne Blanc 2012

Vincent Dureuil made his first wine as a teenager in 1994, and his experience in crafting fine Burgundy from vineyards in and around Rully (15 minutes south of Chassagne Montrachet) shines through in this luscious 2012 white Burgundy. A ripe, generous, Chardonnay with 20% new oak (a luxury at this price point!), the wine opens with classic scents of fresh apricot, tangy fresh cream, hazelnut and just a touch of smoke. Richly textured and bursting with lemon curd, orchard fruits, hazelnut, and tangy butter flavors, it finishes bright and clean with a touch of ginger and toast lingering nicely.  The kind of honest, delicious, white Burgundy that's getting very, very, hard to find for less than $30!

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

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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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 Blagny 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2002 Product #28214 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Blagny 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2002 Dom Larue Blagny 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2002

Yes, I know it’s “just” Blagny.  But, if you taste this blind you’ll be more likely to name it a top premier cru from the best sites in Beaune after at least wondering if it could be a top Morey St. Denis!  Dark red fruit, fresh turned earth, a touch of coffee, and plenty of earthy spice aromas well up from the glass.  In the mouth, it’s luxuriously textured, a mouthful of crushed, red fruited, velvet with accents of spice, dark flowers, and more.  A line of iron minerality runs through the core with still firm, if nicely soften, tannins giving support and fruit and earth and floral perfume flavors pumping out on the very pretty finish.  Great showing here to drink now and for another 5+ years.

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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 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 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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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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Lamy Pillot Chassagne Montrachet 1er Morgeot 2011 Product #27092 (In Stock)
Lamy Pillot Chassagne Montrachet 1er Morgeot 2011 Lamy Pillot Chassagne Montrachet 1er Morgeot 2011

Morgeot is Chassagne’s largest 1er Cru vineyard and, truth be told, much of it is better for Pinot Noir than Chardonnay.  But, winemaker Sébastian Lamy crafted a beautiful white Moregeot in 2011.  Generous aromas of ripe, spicy, pear and hazelnut with just a touch of earthy reduction open the show.  Then flavors of pear, grilled nut, and a hint of cherry dance on the palate with fantastic mid-palate energy.  The finish is long and pure with orchard fruits, butter, and chalk lingering on and on.  A great Morgeot and delicious bottle of wine.

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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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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 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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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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