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Dom Frederic Esmonin Bourgogne Les Genevrieres 2012 Product #28260 (In Stock)
Dom Frederic Esmonin Bourgogne Les Genevrieres 2012 Dom Frederic Esmonin Bourgogne Les Genevrieres 2012

In the short 2012 harvest - after and equally light 2011 - most of the "value" has been chased out of red Burgundy.  So we were pretty shocked, and really delighted, to discover this lovely Bourgogne Rouge from Gevrey Chambertin's well-respected Dom Frederic Esmonin. Pretty aromas of red berries, cherry, wildflower, and earth lead to pure flavors of red fruit, spice, and floral accents.  Light in texture but very flavorful, the fine tannins and bright sour cherry acidity provide just enough structure for food or a year or two in cellar.  A fantastic value in authentic, delicious, 2012 Burgundy.

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Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2011 Product #28112 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2011 Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2011

Jean-Michel Guillon grows this wine in and around the famous red wine village of Gevrey Chambertin on soils with more limestone than Pinot Noir normally loves. Give it a swirl and you'll find luxurious aromas of golden fruit, toasted hazelnut, lemon tart, fresh butter and just a hint of crushed mint.  Take a sip and you'll immediately notice the rich and creamy texture and lush mouthfeel with complex flavors of lemon curd, golden peach, ripe pear, butter, warm nut and salty caramel.  The salty/briny minerality pumps through under the fruit as bright, lemony, acids keep things fresh and focused.  The lingering flavors of wet stones, lemon custard, warm hazelnut, nutmeg and tangy butter sail on and on and on.  

The aromas and flavors remind me of Corton Charlamagne, while the mineral drive and focus suggest a top 1er Cru Chablis from a warm vintage - although the price here is 50-150% less than either of those. A rich, deeply, flavored white Burgundy for big foods or even to enjoy on its own now and for 5 or so years.

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Guillon Cremant De Bourgogne Blanc De Noirs Product #20934 (In Stock)
Guillon Cremant De Bourgogne Blanc De Noirs Guillon Cremant De Bourgogne Blanc De Noirs

We’re sad to report that this is the final release of what has been one of our favorite and most popular sparkling wines for years and years now.  The story of this wine begins when Jean Michel had to replant a portion of his Pinot Noir vines in the village of Chambole-Musigny.  The young vines produced pretty fruit, but needed a decade or more to develop the power and depth Jean Michel wanted for his red wines. So, he began harvesting the Pinot Noir here a little early, making it into a still white wine, and having a friend help him turn it into a classically made sparkling Bourgogne.

Now the vines used for this fun fizz are graduating into Guillon’s red wine program, so this is the last batch of Cremant he will make.  Snap it up while you can!  The wine starts off  with fine bubbles and generous aromas of fresh berries and toast.  In the mouth, it’s creamy-textured but vivacious, with complex flavors of brioche, biscuit, and earthy spice complenenting the bright red fruit flavors.  Long and lingering on the finish, it’s easy enough to just enjoy on a Tuesday night but a worthy star at a fine dinner party.

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Dom Michel Noellat Bourgogne Rouge 2011 Product #28115 (In Stock)
Dom Michel Noellat Bourgogne Rouge 2011 Dom Michel Noellat Bourgogne Rouge 2011

From vineyards around Nuits and Vosne-Romaneee, this is an elegant, feminine, Burgundy that's all about charm and grace.  Aromas of griotte cherry, earthy stone, and crumbled herb swirl around the glass.  In the mouth, lithe and pretty with a nice core of ripe cherry/berry fruit with accents of fresh mushroom and mint.  Finishes tangy and pure with soft, fine-grained, tannins and nice length.

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Guillon Bourgogne Rouge 2011 Product #27109 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Rouge 2011 Guillon Bourgogne Rouge 2011

Les Graviers is one of the best Pinot Noir vineyards lying just outside the bounds of village Chambolle Musigny.  Both Frederic Magnien and Domaine Ponsot base their Bourgogne rouge on Graviers, with Ponsot’s usually selling for $40-$50 (if you can find it).  Jean Michel used the young vines from this vineyard for cremant, but now that they're mature, all the fruit from Les Graviers goes into make one brilliant Bourgogne Rouge – a wine that’s very much a “baby Chambolle Musigny!”

The 2011 is wide open right now, bursting with generous aromas of dark cherries, currant, violets, earth and a hint of spice.  In the mouth, round and rich and impeccably balanced with oodles of dark red fruit, roasted coffee, roasted mushroom, and spice.  Given the integration (and price!), it’s hard to believe that 50% of this wine matured in new oak.  The long, lush, and fruit-filled finish completely cloak the fine tannin that will allow this to grow in cellar (if you can hold off drinking it now!).

"A fresh, ripe and expressive nose of violets, earth and various red berry fruit scents introduces rich, delicious and impressively sized flavors that possess good balance on the relatively fine and persistent finish. A quality effort for the appellation."Allen Meadows 85-88 points

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Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2012 Product #28309 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2012 Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2012

Les Graviers is one of the best Pinot Noir vineyards lying just outside the bounds of village Chambolle Musigny.  Both Frederic Magnien and Domaine Ponsot base their Bourgogne rouge on Graviers, with Ponsot’s usually selling for $40-$50 (if you can find it).  Jean Michel used the young vines from this vineyard for cremant, but now that they're mature, all the fruit from Les Graviers goes into make one brilliant Bourgogne Rouge – a wine that’s very much a “baby Chambolle Musigny!”

In Jean Michel's outstanding 2012, the lovely aromas of crushed griotte (cherry), red raspberry and wild strawberry get richer and more complex as the wine unfurls with air, a touch of fresh leather emerges, and the nutty, toasty, oak fades into the background.  The palate is much more rich, plush, and luscious than the 12.5% alcohol suggest, with lovely ripeness to the juicy red currant, raspberry and tangy cherry fruit.  Chambolle-Muisgny terroir and 50% new oak work together to provide accents of iron ore, coffee, and fresh earth.  This has excellent length on the palate and finish for Bourgogne.  Give it an hour in decanter now or two-10 years in cellar for maximum pleasure.  A fantastic Bourgogne of true Village character.

"There is enough wood to notice surrounding the pretty and fresh red berry fruit aromas. I like the concentration of the vibrant and well-detailed middle weight flavors that possess good depth and fine length on the balanced finish. A good example of the genre." Allen Meadows 86-88 points

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Dom Forey Bourgogne Rouge 2011 Product #28139 (In Stock)
Dom Forey Bourgogne Rouge 2011 Dom Forey Bourgogne Rouge 2011

Regis Forey grows this wine in several plots across Nuits and Vosnee Romanee, all planted between 1954 and 1974.  Aged in large, neutral,  demi-muid, it expresses the ripe fruit of 2011 with an earthy, mushroomy, edge.  The texture is more Vosne than Nuits (very velvety), but there's a bit of Nuits snap and structure, too.  Well made, nicely ripe, and pretty gutsy Bourgogne.

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Guillon Cote De Nuits Villages Queue De Herung 2011 Product #27663 (In Stock)
Guillon Cote De Nuits Villages Queue De Herung 2011 Guillon Cote De Nuits Villages Queue De Herung 2011

A new wine for Jean Michel and Alexis from vineyards to the south of Nuits Saint Georges.  The limestone soils here give Pinot Noir terrific purity and focus.  This debut is a pretty red Burgundy to drink now and for 5 or so years, with oodles of raspberry, coffee, and red currant aromas and flavors and a silky, sophisticated, texture.  In the months since Burghound wrote his review, the wine has, in fact, gained depth and complexity, but it’s still mostly about the ripe, joyful, fruit.

“A restrained, pure and very pretty nose of dark berries, earth and a hint of humus leads to middle weight flavors that possess both good verve and precision on the solidly persistent finish. There is presently only limited depth but that may change as there is good underlying material.”Allen Meadows 86-89 points

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Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Les Grands Chaillots 2011 Product #28184 (In Stock)
Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Les Grands Chaillots 2011 Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Les Grands Chaillots 2011

Try this powerful, impressive, Bourgogne rouge from vineyards immediately in front of the soon-to-be Grand Cru of St. Georges in Nuits.  Organically farmed and made with the same care and attention Thibault lavishes on his 1er and Grand Crus, it needs air or a few years to really show.  Then it's dark and rich with dusky fruit, velvety tannins, and focused minerality and acids.  Rare to find this kind of richness, energy, and length all together in Bourgogne.  But, Thibault is emerging as one of the two or three truly great winemakers in Nuits St. George (as well as Moulin-a-Vent!) and that talent shines through here.

"There is lovely energy and detail to the very supple and saline-infused flavors that possess a touch of rusticity on the agreeably dry and clean finish."Allen Meadows 85-87 points

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Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2008 Product #23793 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2008 Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2008

Burghound “Outstanding Top Value”

A great vintage for this excellent Village level red made from Jean-Michel’s oldest vines – all 50 years old or older.  As always, this delivers plenty of power and structure, but there is an extra level of ripeness and grace here as well.  This will drink nicely with decanting now and really hit its stride in another 5 years.

“From 50+ year-old vines raised in 100% new wood. This is extremely primary, in fact so much so that residual fermentation aromas are still evident though the red berry fruit appears clean and pure and is followed by impressively rich and full-bodied flavors blessed with ample dry extract that confers a beguiling texture to the mouth feel and renders the firm tannins almost invisible on the impeccably balanced finish. Recommended as villages level wines typically do not have this kind of completeness. Outstanding Top Value.”Allen Meadows 89-91 points

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Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Pere Galland 2010 Product #26485 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Pere Galland 2010 Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Pere Galland 2010

Jean Michel makes several different Gevrey village cuvves, but this one – named for the man who helped Jean Michel learn to make wine – really grabbed us in 2010.  Screams “Gevrey” with its earthy red fruit and note of dusty iron ore but still soft and open enough to give early pleasure.  Excellent value.

"In contrast to the relatively expressive noses of the prior three wines, this is much more serious with brooding aromas of earth, wild red berries and a whiff of humus. There is excellent energy to the detailed and lightly mineral-suffused flavors that possess good ripeness to the structural elements where the finish again displays a wonderful sense of tension and energy."Allen Meadows 88-91 points

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Guillon Nuits St George Les Chaillots 2010 Product #26487 (In Stock)
Guillon Nuits St George Les Chaillots 2010 Guillon Nuits St George Les Chaillots 2010

From Jean Michel’s only vineyard in Nuits, this fine Village red seems better than many 1er Cru wines I taste from this AOC.  My notes from January:  “I like this a lot. High toned and juicy with refreshing acid and juicy fruit. Bright and energetic. Love the cherry fruit.”

"A discreet application of wood sets off pungently earthy and quite ripe aromas of primarily red pinot and blue berry that give way to rich, suave and delicious medium weight flavors that are shaped by phenolically ripe and firm tannins before culminating in a sappy, balanced and vibrant finish. This is very Nuits in character and not especially elegant but the overall impression is of a villages that delivers excellent quality in an ageworthy package."Allen Meadows 89-91 points

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Dom Forey Morey St. Denis 2010 Product #26901 (In Stock)
Dom Forey Morey St. Denis 2010 Dom Forey Morey St. Denis 2010

While this will certainly improve for 5+ years, it's a lovely bottle of Pinot Noir to enjoy right now.  The aromas show off dark fruit, coffee, and spice with just a touch of earth.  Pure and vibrant in the mouth, there's a nice richness to the red and black cherry fruit and plenty of smoky spice and floral accents.  Fine tannins and good body make this a great wine for roast chicken or seared duck. Lovely and long.

"A delicate hint of wood does not diminish the attractiveness of the ripe and solidly complex earthy red berry fruit aromas that have a top note of rose petal. The delicious and very pinot flavors possess good precision and freshness on the vibrant and pure finish. This is an elegant villages and I like the sophistication of the tannins here though there is only average complexity."Allen Meadows 87 points

"Bright medium red. Plum, rust and brown spices on the nose. Round, supple and vinous, with ripe redcurrant fruit showing good sweetness and plenty of early appeal. Finishes with a hint of oaky bitterness but the tannins are nicely enrobed by fruit."International Wine Cellar 88 points

"The 2010 Morey St. Denis has plenty of energy and vibrancy. Brilliant, nicely delineated tannins frame dark fruit, freshly cut flowers and subtle hints of spices. This is a very pretty villages. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016."Wine Advocate 88 points

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Guillon Gevrey Chambertin Cuvee Alexis 2011 Product #27667 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin Cuvee Alexis 2011 Guillon Gevrey Chambertin Cuvee Alexis 2011

A special cuvee made by and for Jean-Michel's son (and assistant winemaker now) Alexis.  All of the village wines used here are at least 60 years old, and their maturity allowed them to thrive in the difficult 2011 vintage.  Coffee, woodsy mushroom, and cocoa powder notes provide nice accents to the powerful, but pure, dark black fruit.  The middle is dark, deep, and powerful and the masses of ripe tannins do not interfere with a long, layered, finish.  Nice clarity for all of the power here.

"An expressive nose combines oak toast, ripe plum and plenty of pungent Gevrey earth. There is good punch and detail plus better acid balance to the lightly mineral-infused middle weight flavors that deliver good depth and length."Allen Meadows 88-90 points

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Dom Forey Morey Saint Denis 2011 Product #28140 (In Stock)
Dom Forey Morey Saint Denis 2011 Dom Forey Morey Saint Denis 2011

While it might be better in a couple of years, the ripe fruit and supple, succulent, mid-palate make this tempting today.  From plots in Clos Salon and Les Crais with no new oak.

"Good bright red. Slightly jammy aromas of plum and currant. In a supple, lush style, with attractive sweetness to its red berry flavors accented by pepper and herbs. Finishes with sweet but present tannins."International Wine Cellar 88 points

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Guillon Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru La Riotte 2008 Product #23794 (In Stock)
Guillon Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru La Riotte 2008 Guillon Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru La Riotte 2008

Burghound “Sweet Spot Outstanding” 

Always Jean-Michel’s most forward, silky, and even “sexy” wine, the 2008 bursts from the glass with gorgeous red fruit and spice aromas.  Then, wonderfully giving in the mouth with fine weight and balance.  The best of these for drinking near-term, but with plenty of cellar potential.

“A different and redder but even riper fruit profile leads to rich, round and overtly generous mineral-infused middle weight plus flavors that possess fine mid-palate concentration and excellent length. This is a lovely combination of power and finesse. Sweet Spot Outstanding.”Allen Meadows 89-92 points

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Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos Prieur 2009 Product #25875 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos Prieur 2009 Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos Prieur 2009

The very fine 1er Cru Clos Prieur vineyard sits on the hill just under the Grand Cru Mazis Chambertin.  The heavier soils here lead to a darker, deeper, more savory set of Pinot flavors than you'll find elsewhere in Gevrey, although there's still fine elegance and harmony.

"Here too there is a touch of wood spice that is noticeable but not really invasive. There is good density to the fruit on the sauvage and underbrush suffused nose that, like the La Perrière, is also very Gevrey in character which continues onto the quite finely detailed flavors that are more refined if a bit less complex."Allen Meadows 88-91 points

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Guillon Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru La Riotte 2010 Product #26482 (In Stock)
Guillon Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru La Riotte 2010 Guillon Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru La Riotte 2010

Always one of the most seductive and beautiful wines at Domaine Guillon, the 2010 La Riotte exemplifies what I love about 2010 – deeply ripe but also transparent and oh so elegant.  Lovely.

"A cool, pure and extremely pretty nose of both red and black cherry that is nuanced by soft iron-inflected earth aromas. There is fine concentration and real verve to the beautifully well-balanced flavors that possess impressive depth and length. A moderately structured Morey 1er of refinement. Sweet Spot Outstanding.”Allen Meadows 90-93 points

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Dom Forey Vosne Romanee 2010 Product #26903 (In Stock)
Dom Forey Vosne Romanee 2010 Dom Forey Vosne Romanee 2010

A stellar Vosne Romanee with velvet texture and fine length.

"Brilliant dark red. Reticent, slightly medicinal aromas of raspberry and pepper. Brisk and juicy in the mouth, with excellent cut to its flavors of red berries, pepper, spices and minerals. Finishes with a firm tannic spine and lingering notes of griotte cherry, pepper and spices. Long and backward for village wine, and very promising."International Wine Cellar 90 points

"The 2010 Vosne-Romanee is the most interesting and complete of the four village-level wines in Forey’s portfolio. It possesses lovely textural finesse and delineation in its attractive notes of plum, black cherries and spices. I tasted the Vosne from both a new and one-year-old barrel and came away with the impression that even the wine in the new barrel had more than enough density to stand up to the oak. The Vosne is made from an assortment of parcels on the northern side of the village. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2020."Wine Advocate 88+ points

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Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2007 Product #27926 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2007 Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2007

While 2007 was a challenging vintage for reds, Jean Michel Guillon rose to that challenge and turned out a bevy of beautiful wines.  His 2007 1er Cru Champonnets was impressive young but now - after 5 years in a cool cellar - is unfolding into something quite beautiful.  Lovely aromas of red flowers, spice, tangy cherry, and smoke open the show.  Then it's silky and pure in the mouth with long and very fine flavors of red berries, flowers, iron, and hints of coffee, spice, and earth.  The tannins provide gentle support and the finish goes on and on.  Delicate, but very Gevrey and ready to drink.

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