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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 Deliance Givry 1er Cru Les Combes 2015 Product #32010 (In Stock)

From an estate established in 1935 that made first red and white still wines, then sparkling Cremant, and now - with the new generation - is moving back to still wine production.  And very good still wine it is, especially in the brilliant 2015 vintage.

For less than a decent Bourgogne Rouge, here you're able to enjoy true 1er Cru quality from a stony vineyard in Givry, one of the five villages of the Côte Chalonnaise. In this ripe vintage, the wine serves up complex aromas of Bing cherry, ripe raspberry, wet earth, licorice and wood fire.  The texture is round and pure with generous dark cherry/berry fruit and a pretty accent of baking spice.  Rich, but still nicely precise, it's drinking well now and will shine through 2022 and beyond.  Stellar value.

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Dom Michelot Bourgogne Blanc 2015 Product #32584 (In Stock)
Dom Michelot Bourgogne Blanc 2015 Dom Michelot Bourgogne Blanc 2015

Jean-François Mestre and his son, Nicolas, make their Bourgogne Blanc with all the care of a fine Meursault - which it nearly is! The grapes grow in a half-dozen small plots within the commune of Meursault tucked between the village and the RN 74 road running north to Beaune and south to Puligny-Montrachet. Just as in their 1er Cru Meursault vineyards, farming is organic (in conversion to biodynamic), with a mixture of grassy cover crops (to force the vines to compete for moisture and nutrients) and plowed rows (putting that cover crop back into the soil). Harvest is by hand, sorting careful, and pressing light into French oak (all used).
 
The wine is a marvel, somehow combining the richness of vintage 2015 with sizzling, snappy, almost Chablis-like zest and energy. A bit tight on the nose, with subtle aromas of lemon, apricot, and green pineapple fruit with accents of oyster shell and mint. On the palate, you'll feel the vintage's characteristic richness but taste taut zesty, Meursault flavors of lemon curd, hazelnut, sea shell, spice and mint. Finishes pure, firm, and long with lemon, mint and toasted nut flavors lingering nicely. A magnificent seafood wine now and poised to improve and gain richness over the next few years.

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Girardin Bourgogne Blanc Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2015 Product #32613 (In Stock)
Girardin Bourgogne Blanc Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2015 Girardin Bourgogne Blanc Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2015

An estate once known for oaky, fat, wines has poured on the elegance, focus and finesse over the past decade - without sacrificing generosity and deliciousness.  One taste of the 2015 Bourgogne Blanc will certainly give you a fine idea of what to expect from the "big boy" wines. Better:  it will give you a great, all-purpose, Burgundy Chardonnay you'll love drinking solo and with a broad range of foods now - 2021.

Much of this wine comes from declassified lots of Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault, all hand harvested, meticulously sorted, and gently fermented and aged in 500 liter barrels with no new oak.  Generous orchard fruits - peach, pear, and green apple - are framed by notes of toasted hazelnut, fresh butter, and just a hint of mint.  There's a creaminess to the texture, with fine definition and delineation, and a long, fruit-filled, finish.  Delicious and a great value in today's crazy expensive Burgundy market!

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Dom Prudhon Chassagne Montrachet Rouge Les Chambres 2012 Product #32054 (In Stock)
Dom Prudhon Chassagne Montrachet Rouge Les Chambres 2012 Dom Prudhon Chassagne Montrachet Rouge Les Chambres 2012

A short and difficult 2012 vintage didn't stop this small, very dedicated, estate from making a lovely Chassagne Rouge.  The aromas are generous and open, giving scents of red currant, cassis, cracked pepper and wet earth.  The palate follows the nose with the addition of some pretty oak spice, a touch of raspberry, and smoke.  It finishes firm with good grip, so it will shine with roast chicken or savory veggie salads after an hour in decanter.

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Girardin Santennay 1er Cru Clos De Tavanne 2015 Product #32616 (In Stock)
Girardin Santennay 1er Cru Clos De Tavanne 2015 Girardin Santennay 1er Cru Clos De Tavanne 2015

Not originally slated to come to Virginia, but one taste at the Domaine in March led us to demand an allocation!  It's small, but well worth grabbing a Chardonnay that delivers extraordinary value for money. Clos de Tavannes is an extension of the vineyard that made Vincent Girardin famous, Les Gravieres, but with more limestone and less clay.  Fermented and aged in 500 liter dimi-muids (15% new), this develops plenty of creamy richenss but no overt oak flavor.

A big step up from the Bourgogne Blanc in terms of concentration, richness and class, this delivers bold aromas and flavors of stone fruit, yellow apple, toasted hazelnut, fresh mint, and tangy cultured butter.  Still a bit youthfully tight on first opening, the wine flowers to reveal fine depth and richness and a long, chalky, finish.  Delicious and highly recommended.

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Dom Thierry Et Pascale Matrot Meursault Rouge 2014 Product #31808 (In Stock)
Dom Thierry Et Pascale Matrot Meursault Rouge 2014 Dom Thierry Et Pascale Matrot Meursault Rouge 2014

Less than 5% of Meursalut's vineyard area is planted to Pinot Noir, and almost all of that lies within the 1er Cru vineyards of Santenots and gets labeled Volnay.  This is from a small Pinot vineyard just outside on soils higher in clay than Chardonnay likes (but perfect for Pinot).  Fruit from 30+ year-old vines is partially crushed with about one-third the berries left intact in the fermenter.  The whole berries plus very gentle winemaking accentuates the fruit aromas and flavors here, although there's plenty of earthy spice to enjoy, too. Very fine with meaty fish as well as poultry.

"Spicy cherry fruit. Very spicy and a touch earthy on the palate. Halfway between creamy and chewy. Rounded and fresh at the same time. Lots of pleasure if not great finesse."  JancisRobinson.com 16/20 points

"A more restrained though not mute nose displays notes of cool red and dark berry aromas that exhibits hints of forest floor, earth and violet. There is good volume to the rich, seductive and caressing medium-bodied flavors that possess a sleek and vibrant mouth feel, all wrapped in a lingering if slightly less complex finale." Allen Meadows 88 points

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Dom Cauvard Pommard Les Noizons 2012 Product #32009 (In Stock)
Dom Cauvard Pommard Les Noizons 2012 Dom Cauvard Pommard Les Noizons 2012

The warm 2012 vintage allowed normally firm Pommard to develop a bit more richness and suppleness than usual - which is what you'll find here.  This is gorgeous, with dark cherry fruit and sweet spice flowing over dusty (but sweetly ripe) Pommard tannins.  You'll love how open and luscious this is today but it will just get better over the next 5-8 years.  A fine value in classy, classic, red Burgundy.

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Chanson Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Caradeux 2015 Product #32558 (In Stock)
Chanson Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Caradeux 2015 Chanson Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Caradeux 2015

Tucked into a valley to the north of Corton-Charlemagne, the pretty little village of Pernand-Vergelesses is easy to miss while driving up and down the Route de Grand Cru.  Most of the vineyards here are east-facing, and in cooler vintages can struggle to ripen fully.  But in a fine, warm, year like 2015, the 1er Crus of Pernand are able to balance ripeness and freshness perfectly – as they do here!

"Outstanding Top Value. There is enough wood present to remark upon suffusing the citrus and mineral reduction scents. Once again there is plenty of volume to the round, supple and attractively intense flavors that exhibit even better minerality on the sappy, powerful and mouth coating finish. This too is really very good and worth your consideration."Allen Meadows 91 points

"A focused, lemon-tinged white, whose linear profile and lively acidity corral the citrus, stone and spice notes on the lingering finish. Comes together nicely with air, so decant now or cellar for a year. 70 cases imported."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Chanson Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi 2015 Product #32559 (In Stock)
Chanson Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi 2015 Chanson Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi 2015

Clos du Roi is at the northern end of the Beaune AOC and, like so many fine Beaune reds, drinks like a cross between Volnay (silky, perfumed) and Pommard (firm, powerful).  From organically grown grapes, winemaker Jean-Pierre Confuron used 100% whole clusters during his cool, long, fermentation and aged the wine for 16 months in a mixture of used and new cask. Decant for at least 2 hours now to let the reduction blow off or hold a while and let time work its magic.

"A very pungent nose is composed of reduction, menthol and wood toast. Otherwise there is good freshness to the velvet-textured and mouth coating middle weight flavors that possess a juicy and fleshy mouth feel while delivering fine length on the chewy and serious finale. This isn't an elegant wine and it's unusually structured for Clos du Roi but it should make for a fine effort if it's allowed at least 6 to 8 years of cellaring."Allen Meadows 90-92 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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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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Dom Michelot Meursault Narvaux 2014 Product #31572 (In Stock)
Dom Michelot Meursault Narvaux 2014 Dom Michelot Meursault Narvaux 2014

Meursault's Lieu-Dit vineyards are kind of a halfway step from "village" to 1er Cru status, and Narvaux is one of the best.  Perched  on rocky soils high on the hill above 1er Cru Les Genevrieres, Narvaux gives classic Meursualt richness without heaviness and good energy with no hard edges.  Michelot's is about as fine as Narvaux gets.

“Pale yellow. Peach, orange, spicy oak and grilled almond on the nose. A distinct step up in energy and lift from the Clos Saint-Félix, showing much more mineral spine to its lightly saline flavors of citrus fruits, hazelnut and spices. Very Meursault but in a firm style, with the backbone to evolve gracefully. Finishes with sneaky orange zest persistence.”  Vinous (Tanzer) 90 points

“High-pitched, offering toasted sweet spice, lime blossom, citronella, mineral and nut oil aromas and flavors. Well-defined, intense and taut, with a stingy finish for now, but the potential is there."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Girardin Pommard Vieilles Vignes 2014 Product #32620 (In Stock)
Girardin Pommard Vieilles Vignes 2014 Girardin Pommard Vieilles Vignes 2014

Classically firm and deep.

"A penetrating nose is presently composed of reduction and wood though I doubt either will last once the wine is bottled. Otherwise here too there is excellent volume to the punchy, rich and complex medium-bodied flavors that lead to a beautifully persistent finish that is shaped by unusually fine if firm and dense tannins. Worth checking out."Allen Meadows 89-91 points

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Albert Bichot Santenay Blanc 2015 Product #32650 (In Stock)

Santenay Blanc has the reputation of being a bit "rustic" - as in lacking finesse and grace you'll find from "better" appellations in the Cote de Beaune.  But great vintages and careful winemaking have captured all the charm a fine Santenay should show and added a lovely purity, definition and finesse to this lovely bottling. 
That said, this is more of a drinker's white Burgundy than a collectors bottle.  Buttery hazelnut, lemon and stone fruit aromas pull you into a fleshy, round, palate of green and yellow apple, apricot and sweet spice.  The finish is detailed and long, with ripe orchard fruits and buttered nut notes lingering over a lightly chalky minerality.  No need to wait to enjoy this delicious white tonight although it will improve for 5-6 years.

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Albert Bichot Santenay 1er Cru Clos Rousseau 2015 Product #32651 (In Stock)
Albert Bichot Santenay 1er Cru Clos Rousseau 2015 Albert Bichot Santenay 1er Cru Clos Rousseau 2015

The soils of Santenay's 1er Cru Clos Rousseau have more in common with Cote de Nuits vineyards like Gevrey Chambertin, and you'll find a little Gevrey-like note to this rich, powerful, red. Dark red cherry and black raspberry fruit dominates the aromas with subtle accents of iron, fresh earth, and sweet spice. On the palate it's a rich, spicy, Pinot Noir with dark raspberry and Bing cherry fruit lifted by a twist of orange peel and plenty of earthy iron minerality. The tannins have good grip and depth before melting away to pure silk. This is delicious enough to drink with Thanksgiving dinner (just leave open for 30 minutes) and will be at peak in 3-5 years. A fine value.

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Dom Michelot Meursault Narvaux 2015 Product #32585 (In Stock)
Dom Michelot Meursault Narvaux 2015 Dom Michelot Meursault Narvaux 2015

Tasting with Nicolas Mestre at the Domaine in March, we were impressed with the straight village-level Meursault. Wine Spectator was, too, awarding it a fine 90 point rating. But one taste of the 2015 Les Narvaux (which Wine Spectator didn't try), and we immediately knew it was more than worth the few extra dollars!
 
Les Narvaux is the best of Meursault's "lieu-dit" vineyards, kind of a halfway step from "village" to 1er Cru. Perched on rocky soils high on the hill above 1er Cru Les Genevrieres, Narvaux gives classic Meursault richness without heaviness and good energy with no hard edges. Michelot's is about as fine as Narvaux gets. In 2015, it's opulent and rich but retains the kind of tight focus and minerality that makes white Burgundy so exciting. Subtle lemon, orchard, hazelnut and fresh butter scents invite you in. Then BIG flavors of stone fruit, citrus, toasted nut and tangy butter fill your mouth, staying tangy and lithe for all the depth and richness. Meursault's classic minerality wells up nicely on the butter, hazelnut and mint-laced finish that seems to never end. A delicious white Burgundy that perfectly balances the richness of the year with the energy, cut and minerality that make white Burgundy...well, Burgundy!

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Girardin Meursault Vielles Vignes 2015 Product #32617 (In Stock)
Girardin Meursault Vielles Vignes 2015 Girardin Meursault Vielles Vignes 2015

Quite possibly the wine of our 2015 Girardin offering, this is luxurious, generous, Meursault at its very, very, best.  The 60 year-old (average) vines grow in the steeply sloped lieu dits of Rougeots, Chevalieres and Tessons.  After double sorting, the bunches are gently pressed and the juice fermented and aged 14 months in fine French oak (15% new).

Even though this will improve for 10+ years, the aromas are already wide open:  toasted bread, tangy butter, ripe stone fruit, Golden Delicious apple, and crushed mint aromas sing out loud and clear.  On the palate it's rich and mouth-coating with no loss of energy or vibrancy.  The buttered apple and apricot flavors gain complexity from notes of mint, hazelnut and chalk.  Finishes long and pure and lingers very nicely - just smell the empty glass!

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Chartron Et Trebuchet Puligny-Montrachet 2013 Product #31481 (In Stock)
Chartron Et Trebuchet Puligny-Montrachet 2013 Chartron Et Trebuchet Puligny-Montrachet 2013

Chartron et Trebuchet is part of what has grown to be the 4th largest producer in Burgundy.  Unlike other large firms, which purchase most fruit or wine, Vincent Sauvestre actually owns his vines and farms them well.  Harvest is always done entirely by hand and, after a careful sorting, wines are fermented and aged entirely in barrel (all previously used casks here).  After receiving plenty of critical praise in the early 2000s, this domaine has largely flown under the radar.  Wine Enthusiast’s 92 point rating of the 2013 edition of this wine is likely to change that and drive a bit of a price increase, too.

Meanwhile, enjoy this lovely Puligny that has opened nicely since the review was written and is, in fact, delicious in 2017!

"This wine is closed and firm in character, but has considerable potential. It has the makings of a mineral and spice-flavored wine that is textured while showing ripe yellow fruits and a citrus backdrop. It needs to wait; drink from 2017."Wine Enthusiast 92 points

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Dom d'Ardhuy Puligny Montrachet Le Trezin 2015 Product #32691 (In Stock)

Real value here in a lieu dit wine that touches 1er Cru quality.  The 2014 edition earned a nice 88-91 point rating from Burghound, but this is better - richer, deeper, and wonderfully long on the palate.  Acacia blossom, yellow apple, lemon custard, and pretty dashes of oak spice and fresh butter come together in a richly textured palate that finishes creamy and long.  Will cellar nicely - but why wait?

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