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Girardin Bourgogne Blanc Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2013 Product #30045 (In Stock)
Girardin Bourgogne Blanc Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2013 Girardin Bourgogne Blanc Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2013

An amazing amount of work goes into creating this utterly classic Bourgogne blanc.  Fruit is sourced mainly from Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault, entirely from vineyards that practice sustainable farming with deep plowing, no insecticides or pesticides, and modest yields.  The hand-harvested grapes are gently crushed and racked into 500 liter French-oak casks - about twice the usual size - to ferment naturally with wild yeasts.  During the 11 months the young wine spends in cask the winemaking team gently stirs the fine lees - spent yeast cells from fermentation - to add a layer of creamy richness and depth.

This resembles the excellent 2011 with a touch more concentration and length, and it once-again delivers a lovely marriage of Meursault richness with Chassagne minerality.  Warm peach, golden apple, and spicy pear fruit with subtle accents of tangy butter, chalk, and toasted hazelnut sing out on the medium-bodied palate.  It’s mouthfilling, but very detailed, precise, and fresh on the long citrus, butter, and toasted nut finish.  It’s certainly enjoyable as a classy cocktail white but try it with shellfish or something mushroomy and you’ll be very, very, happy.

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Dom Denis Carre Savigny Les Beaune VV 2013 Product #30081 (In Stock)
Dom Denis Carre Savigny Les Beaune VV 2013 Dom Denis Carre Savigny Les Beaune VV 2013

Denis Carre is an exciting, if still somewhat under the radar - Cote de Beaune winemaker that you are going to want to get to know.  This lovely Savigny-les-Beaune from old vines delivers both deep, earthy, richness and vivid, bright, freshness.  Aromas of black and red cherry, fresh earth, and warm spice get more generous and full with air.  The flavors start off earthy and meaty with sweet cherry, cranberry, and raspberry fruit emerging and firm tannins turning sweet and supple.  Decant and drink now with duck or red meat and let some soften and gain more sweetness over the next 5 years.

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Dom Cauvard Cotes De Beaune Blanc 2014 Product #30437 (In Stock)
Dom Cauvard Cotes De Beaune Blanc 2014 Dom Cauvard Cotes De Beaune Blanc 2014

A terrific value in single-vineyard Chardonnay from the hills of the Cote de Beaune.  Both aromas and flavors are satisfyingly rich and creamy, with generous dollops of ripe pear, juicy apple, and accents of fresh butter and chalk.  There's nice Burgundy complexity here, but it doesn't distract from the pure fun and deliciousness.  Drink now and over the next 2-3 years.

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Dom Prudhon Chassagne Montrachet Rouge Les Chambres 2011 Product #30463 (In Stock)
Dom Prudhon Chassagne Montrachet Rouge Les Chambres 2011 Dom Prudhon Chassagne Montrachet Rouge Les Chambres 2011

As Burghound sais, this is just classic Chassagne Rouge that is enjoyable right now (decant for an hour) and will be at peak in 2018 or so.  Decant the wine, roast a chicken, and be very happy.

"An expressive, even perfumed nose features notes of pepper, red currant, cassis and plenty of pungent earth character that can also be found on the supple, round and agreeably vibrant middle weight flavors. There is good intensity and lovely detail to the moderately firm and rustic finish that is both well-balanced and persistent. A classic Chassagne rouge."Allen Meadows 89 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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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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Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2011 Chassagne Montrachet Village Product #30072 (In Stock)
Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2011 Chassagne Montrachet Village Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2011 Chassagne Montrachet Village

Lovely, open, and still getting better!

"A pungent nose of resin, spiced pear, dried flowers and green tea aromas precedes the solidly well-concentrated and appealing textured medium weight flavors. The cool and persistent finish coats the mouth with dry extract and exhibits a refreshing saline character. This is a very good villages with fine development potential because while currently there isn't great complexity, the underlying material is present to allow it to develop."Allen Meadows 89 points

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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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Girardin Meursault Narvaux 2013 Product #30058 (In Stock)
Girardin Meursault Narvaux 2013 Girardin Meursault Narvaux 2013

The 55 year-old vines grow in Meursault's important Les Narvaux vineyard, just above the excellent 1er Cru Genevieres and to the North of Les Perrieres.  Clay/limestone soils typical of Merusault have just a touch more chalk here, giving good ripeness and plenty of minerality.  Aging for 16 months in 15% new French oak allows the wine to open wonderfully.  I love the interplay of rich lemon cream and pear fruit and the complex accents of mint, spice, and chalk.  Not sure why Burghound thinks you need to wait – impressive right now!

“Candied lemon, clove and wild herbs on the nose. On the lean side, with penetrating acidity giving a distinctly dry character to the flavors of spiced apple, citrus peel, minerals and mint. No hail damage here, according to enologist Germain.”  Vinous (Tanzer) 87-90 points

“An expressive nose featuring airy and notably cool notes of citrus, pear and floral scents introduces nicely intense middle weight flavors that exude a lovely minerality on the punchy finale that exhibits plenty of citrus character. This is a fine Meursault villages that will need a few years to unwind and harmonize but it should be at least very good.”Allen Meadows 88-91 points

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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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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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Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Puligny 1er Les Referts 2007 Product #25225 (In Stock)
Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Puligny 1er Les Referts 2007 Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Puligny 1er Les Referts 2007

“From contract fruit, the Marc Morey 2007 Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts is dominated by nut oils, lime, white peach, and honey, playing against chalk, salt and iodine, in a display that hints at Chablis or at Riesling. This is silken-textured, irresistibly luscious, and forward, yet not without mineral fascination, and lingeringly savory. I would expect it to perform well for 5-6 years, but can see no other good reason to wait.” Wine Advocate 92 points

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Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2010 Chassagne 1er En Virondot Product #29377 (In Stock)
Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2010 Chassagne 1er En Virondot Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2010 Chassagne 1er En Virondot

Virondot sits at the very top of the Chassagne-Montrachet hill, just above the famous Caillerets.  The vineyard is separated from the rest of the 1er Cru sites below it by a small path and is surrounded by scrub rather than vines – only the rocky, very well-drained, soil allows grapes to thrive this high up the hill. As Bernard likes to joke, Virondot is a “label monopole.”  Because the only other grower (who owns about 10% of the vines) doesn’t bottle a wine with this vineyard name, Marc Morey is the only producer that sells a Chassagne-Montrachet En Virondot.  In 2010, it’s the perfect blend of ripe, pure, Chardonnay fruit with Burgundy’s distinctive minerality and length.

“Sweet Spot Outstanding. Very mild reduction reduces slightly the expressiveness of the white flower, lemon rind and wet stone suffused nose. There is wonderful transparency to the cool, rich and palate coating flavors that conclude in a mineral-inflected, dry, clean and gorgeously intense finish that combines both outstanding length with superb complexity. This is the finest example that I have ever seen and is well worth your consideration.”Allen Meadows 93 points

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Maillard Corton Blanc Grand Cru 2010 Product #27204 (In Stock)
Maillard Corton Blanc Grand Cru 2010 Maillard Corton Blanc Grand Cru 2010

A top-notch, Grand Cru white Burgundy here from first sniff to last sip.  There's a touch of reduction on the nose - as there should be in a wine built to age - but also oodles of salty caramel, grilled pear, roasted hazelnut, tangy butter and crisp apple scents.  True Grand Cru size and texture here, as the wine fills your mouth and coats your palate with a lush, almost oily, texture.  On opening, the flavors are still fairly compact in this young, young, beauty but intense ripe peach and apple fruit, butter, and warm nut elements show immediately over layers of chalky mineral and fresh mint.  Give it some air, the the palate explodes with notes of nectarine, grilled pineapple, lemon curd, and even more mint joining the show.

The big, rich, texture, is perfectly balanced by bracing acidity and loads of chalky mineral on the firm, fresh, finish where a note of tangy peach and more hazelnut goes on and on.  It's amazing for a wine of this ripeness, power, and size to have so much saline, mineral, freshness - but, then, that's why it's a Grand Cru!  Let it sit for 3-4 years and enjoy for 20.

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Maillard Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2008 Product #26601 (In Stock)
Maillard Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2008 Maillard Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2008

With all the fuss over the super-ripe 2009s, it's easy to miss out on the classic structure, balance, and charm of bottles like this fine Grand Cru 2008.  This year's model shows off plenty of the animal, earthy, aspect of Corton Renardes but still has a nice core of pretty Pinot fruit.  It's unusually elegant for Corton Renardes, but still packs a punch of powerful flavors and has the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and acid to develop well in cellar for a decade or more.  Or, drink it now with earthy foods and mushrooms!

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Girardin Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013 Product #30061 (In Stock)
Girardin Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013 Girardin Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013

A grand wine from south and southeast-facing plots the heart of this famous Chardonnay Grand Cru.  Fermentation and 18 months aging takes place in the finest quality French oak barrique, with 30% new oak used to give the wine extra definition, texture, and complexity.  Worth decanting if you’d like to try it soon and pairing with something rich like lobster or chicken in chanterelle sauce.  Better still, leave it alone until 2020 and enjoy for many, many, years after that!

“This wine includes the fruit that normally goes into the Quintessence bottling as the crop was cut by 60% to 80% by hail.  A bit less pristine on the nose than the Chevalier-Montrachet, offering scents of lemon drop and peach syrup. Plush, sweet, thick and very concentrated, with a powerful rocky character currently dominating the middle palate. The stony quality carries through to the thick finish, which is slightly bitter but not austere or vegetal.”  Vinous (Tanzer) 92 points

“Reduction flattens the underlying fruit but there is fine freshness, intensity and detail to the muscular and concentrated big-bodied flavors that possess excellent depth on the stony, lingering and austere finish that is dry but not hard to aggressive. This will definitely require a few years of bottle age to become more civilized as it's quite firm today.”Allen Meadows 91-93 points

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Dom Fontaine-Gagnard Criots-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2012 Product #28647 (In Stock)
Dom Fontaine-Gagnard Criots-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2012 Dom Fontaine-Gagnard Criots-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2012

Limited.  At just 3.9 hectares and fewer than 1,000 cases production annually, Criots is the smallest of the Chardonnay Grand Crus.  It’s bowl shape and position lower on the slope mean the wines are always richer and can be more tropical and luscious than minerally Batard-Montrachet.  We’ve loved prior vintages of this wine, but I confess that I haven’t tasted the 2012 yet – I’ll wait until 2018 or so before I try one of my few bottles!

"The 2012 Criots-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru comes from the family’s one-third hectare holding planted between the 1930s and 1990s. It was picked the same day as the premier crus and Celine told me that it always has a slightly higher degree of alcohol. It has an entrancing bouquet with perfumed apricot, peach and dried citrus peel notes infused with minerals – feminine and seductive. The palate is medium-bodied with a rounded, powerful, spicy opening. It is very well balanced, very concentrated on the finish. This is compelling like so many from this under-rated grand cru vineyard, though there are just four barrels instead of the usual eight in this year."Wine Advocate 95 points

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Girardin Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru 2013 Product #30060 (In Stock)
Girardin Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru 2013 Girardin Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru 2013

"Captivating treble notes of lemon drop, fleur de sel, lavender and ginger, plus a touch of peach syrup. Very fine-grained and brisk, showing outstanding energy and lift that comes more from the wine's pungent stony minerality than from its average acidity."  Vinous (Tanzer) 93(?+) Points

"There is enough wood to remark upon to the spicy nose of citrus peel, acacia blossom and plenty of wet stone nuances. The rich, powerful, vibrant, fresh and beautifully detailed middle weight plus flavors brim with an intense minerality on the firm and hugely long and saline-inflected finish that is almost painfully intense. This is clearly built to age and will need at least 5 years to harmonize and will reward at least 10."Allen Meadows 92-94 points

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Lamy Pillot Le Montrachet Grand Cru 2008 Product #27095 (In Stock)
Lamy Pillot Le Montrachet Grand Cru 2008 Lamy Pillot Le Montrachet Grand Cru 2008

Lamy-Pillot farms about 0.1 acre in the upper Chassagne corner of the world's greatest Chardonnay vineyard.  This luxurious, complex, and slightly mind-boggling 2008 does this site justice.  Layered aromas and flavors of pear, apple, cream, butter, and toasted hazelnut in a creamy but bright wine that finishes long, pure, and chalky.  Young (another 10 years won't hurt) but delicious.

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