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Burgundy Grand Cru

Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru AC

Domaine Marc Colin

Description: Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru is arguably one of Burgundy’s best kept secrets. Though expensive, it sells for half the price of Le Montrachet but is only marginally less good. It ages for at least as long, produces depths of flavour similar to its more illustrious neighbour, yet doesn’t have quite the same reputation. In Grand Cru terms, from the top growers, it is a bargain.
Domaine Marc Colin is one of the most reputable estates in the whole of Burgundy. All of his wines are noteworthy. Any good wine text will bear this out (Clive Coates, Anthony Hanson, Jancis Robinson, Robert Parker, Remington Norman, have all written about this estate in quite glowing terms).
Traditionally, Colin’s Batard is closed, powerful & masculine. With a reputation for longevity it can take some time to show it’s hand. In very ripe vintages (2000, 2006, 2009, 2015) it can be fat, opulent, exotic even. In less opulent, cooler years, it demonstrates a flowery, fleshy, honeyed, spicy richness. These qualities may take time to develop but with Colin’s example you will find all of these traits.
Current available vintage(s): None
Price: N/A

Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru AC

Domaine Comte Georges de Vogué

Description: de Vogué’s ownership (2.7 hectares) accounts for one fifth of the total Bonnes-Mares vineyard. The domaine’s part is located entirely in the southern, Chambolle side. The sub-soil here is Bajocian, with shallow, gravelly soil and produces a low acid wine of deep crimson colour.
The wine itself is deep in colour, with a bouquet of wild berries; predominantly blueberry. Depending on the vintage, there are also expressions of black cherry, cranberry and violets.
The wine is very different to the Chambolle wines of the domaine. It is usually somewhat wild and exotic, yet soft, with juicy fruits and distinct floral nuances. The plum, earth and sap notes are expressive of Morey-St-Denis, where strictly speaking this wine resides. However, it is a very elegant example of this vineyard; different in that respect to most other owners of the vineyard. de Vogué’s Bonnes-Mares has great aging potential.
Tip: Decant for one hour prior to drinking.
Current available vintage(s): None
Price: N/A

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AC

Domaine Christian Sérafin

Description: From two parcels, one in Charmes and one in Mazoyeres. Average age of the two parcels (both similar dates of planting) is 75 years. 100% new oak
Wine Spectator (2015 vintage): “The 2015 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a very intense and powerful bouquet with dark cherries, blackcurrant, iodine and pressed violet aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, yes, a little oaky at the moment, but there is clearly sufficient fruit to back that up and it fans out gloriously towards the blood orange infused finish. This is wonderful”. Neal Martin MW
Tasting note (2015 vintage): Firm reduction renders the nose unreadable today. On the plus side there is good freshness and underlying tension to the big-bodied, powerful and impressively constituted flavours that brim with dry extract while offering outstanding complexity on the balanced, firm and brilliantly persistent finish. Lots of patience required. Allen Meadows – Burghound - ‘Sweetspot’
Wine Spectator (2014 vintage): “Dense, black purple with very juicy fruit, this is extremely classy and long, with dark black cherries. High-pitched, spicy aromas of red berries, rose petal and blood orange. Juicy, sappy and intense, communicating a restrained sweetness to the brisk flavours of red fruits and crushed rock. Youthfully imploded but not dry. With its terrific pungent lift, fine-grained tannins and superb length, this grand cru really leaves the taste buds vibrating” Neal Martin MW
Wine Spectator (2013 vintage): “Bright red-ruby. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry and violet. Supple, savoury and fine-grained, with dark berry fruit flavours complicated by a hint of game and enticing salty minerality. This wonderfully plush grand cru finishes with suave tannins and lovely fruit persistence. In its usual refined style and built for a graceful evolution in bottle”. Stephen Tanzer MW
Current available vintage(s) 2013, 2014, 2015
Price 2013 - €175.00 per btl Availability – 2 Btls (loose)
2014 - €185.00 per btl Availability – 3 Btls (case)
2015 - €195.00 per btl Availability – 6 Btls (case)

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru AC

Domaine Vincent Dancer

Description: Tiny holding (0.21 hectares) producing approx 300 bottles per annum (120 in the 2016 vintage). Located in the southern extreme of the Chevalier parcel and the vines are trained on an east-west axis. Yield is typically 20 hl / ha
Dancer’s Chevalier usually displays a pale yellow colour. When the aromatics are released, your olfactory registers crushed stone lifted by a beautiful lavender nuance. The stoniness on the nose is confirmed on the palate, giving the impression of a mineral-infused stony waterfall. This is quickly joined by immediate lemon/citrus flavours. Juicy and creamy, the purity is staggering. Pristine, elegant and uncompromisingly focused.
New oak varies, depending on vintage, but is usually somewhere between 50% and 66%. Dancer recommends drinking from 6 years, with the capacity for 10. My recommendation is to drink on the younger side as this wine has thrilling intensity, which is best accentuated when consumed after 5-7 years. Current available vintage(s): None
Price: N/A

Clos-Vougeot ‘Grand Maupertui’ Grand Cru AC

Domaine Anne Gros

Description: Gros’s parcel of Clos Vougeot is below Grands Echezeaux in the area called Grands Maupertui by the Citeaux monks. This 0.93 ha single block parcel was bequeathed by Louis Gros to his son François (Anne’s grandfather). It was planted in 1905
Velvet purple colour, it is the archetype of beautiful Pinot Noir. Pronounced aromas of black fruit (ripe cherry, plum and black current) as well as spice (pepper, cloves, nutmeg). A candied element develops as it ages, in addition to complex secondary aromas associated with meaty nuances. Less I mislead you, Gros’s Clos-Vougeot is, when aged, the epitome of finesse; classic example of the ‘iron fist in the velvet glove’. Gros’s signature is elegance and her C-V combines this elegance with an underlying power and amplitude that is breathtakingly beautiful. (Conor Richardson)
(Wine Spectator): “The 2014 Clos Vougeot le Grand Maupertui has a distinctly more floral bouquet than many others than I tasted from barrel, with iris and crushed violet petals infusing the black cherry and blueberry fruit. I admire the precision and terroir expression here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe, red and black fruit, a hint of mulberry and white pepper developing in the glass. It has a grainy texture, firm structure and natural balance and poise on the sustained finish. Persistent in the mouth, this is an excellent Clos Vougeot from Anne Gros”. Stephen Tanzer MW
"One of the best Clos de Vougeot wines I've ever tasted." 92-94 - Robert Parker
Current available vintage(s): 2014 (3 bottles)
Price: €185.00 each

Corton Grand Cru AC & Corton ‘Pougets’ Grand Cru

Domaine Vincent Rapet

Description: The following notes are those of Domaine Rapet itself:
“Corton occupies the hill-slope exposed towards the south of the hill of Corton. It is the only red Grand Cru in Côte de Beaune.
Our Corton is produced on two "climats", Corton Combes (valleys), Corton Les Chaumes (stony plateau) and la Voie Rosse (ancient form of "rousse" meaning a ferruginous soil).
Tasting : With their intense and brilliant garnet-red robe and a dense and complex nose, the Corton wines are rich, powerful and more complete than their little brother Aloxe-Corton. It is a full-bodied, elegant and generous wine with an excellent ageing potential combining power and finesse. Young, it displays spicy notes, black currant and kirsch, and then evolves, as it ages, towards aromas of under-growth, truffles and leather. This wine is incomparably rich due to the great age of the vines; to be enjoyed between 4 and 15 ans.
It goes well with duck à l'orange, fine meat in sauce, hare stew, venison fillet, fine cheeses. Serving temperature : 15°C.
Corton Pougets displays a deep purple colour, dark red velvet towards dense magenta. Ample, it's bouquet is expressed in fruity tones of blueberry, red currant, kirsch; or flowery, of violets. It then evolves towards notes of under-growth, gentle spices, of liquorice. On the palate it is powerful and full-bodied, structured, demonstrative, the body is firm, frank, rich. It needs time to reach it's full potential (4 to 12 years).
Solid and opulent, the Corton Pougets is emblematic of Burgundy with a great complexity, impressive in the mouth being sensual and structured all at once. This is why it takes full-flavoured cheeses to tame it. But it is no doubt with meats of character that this wine goes best such as grilled or roast beef, all sorts of game, either roasted, braised or in sauces”
Current available vintage(s): 2012 & 2016
Price: €105.00 (2012), Corton & Corton ‘Pougets’
Price: €99.00 (2016), Corton only

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru AC

Domaine Vincent Rapet

Description: Rapet has four plots located in ‘En Charlemagne’ and ‘La Charlemagne’, totalling just 3 hectares.
Rapet’s website states “Our Corton Charlemagne vineyard is planted with vines of varying ages, ranging from more than 50 years to approximately 10 years old. Regular planting enables us to combine the power of the older vines with the finesse of younger plants.
Vinification : we bring in the grapes in small crates to keep them intact. The pressing is carried out with a pneumatic press which is less damaging to the grapes. The whole grapes are placed in the press and the pressing lasts for two hours. After 24 hours' settling at low temperatures, the grape juice is transferred into barrels to ferment, with the proportion of new barrels being 30%. Ageing on lees with stirring lasts until July and the wine is bottled after 12 months of ageing.
This south-west oriented Grand Cru is planted on sand and lime marl on a very steep slope. Our Corton-Charlemagne bears the mark of the soils flinty terroir, due to the geological composition of the soil. The vines are heady and full-bodied with a beautiful golden glimmer. This grand Sire only reaches his age of maturity after 5 to 10 years in the cellar, revealing an aromatic richness of honey and toasted almonds with an exquisite mineral touch. Served at 12°C, the Corton-Charlemagne beautifully accompanies foie gras, lobster, craw fish, fine fish, veal sweetbread cassolette, suprêmes de volaille with morels, and mild cheeses. The older wines can very well be served as an aperitif”.
Rapet produces a comparatively understated style of C-C, with a brilliant, clear golden colour. Offers a floral and highly aromatic note of acacia. The terroir introduces a distinct mineral note in the wine, followed by a lovely, soft, understated, oak wood vanilla note.
Initially there is a round, honeyed attack, followed by classical mineral notes and citrus infused chalky fruit. It offers flinty, mineral notes and citrus infused chalky fruit. It is a fresh and balanced wine, with fine acidity and striking freshness. It is never fat, over-extracted or over-ripe. Rapet’s C-C is the epitome of proportioned fruit, acidity and alcohol, with a very satisfying, sumptuous finish.
Current available vintage(s): 2013 & 2016
Price: €110.00 (2013) & €120.00 (2016)

Echezeaux ‘Loachausses’ Grand Cru AC

Domaine Anne Gros

Description: The ‘Loachausses’ vineyard was added to Anne’s stable in 2007. It is 0.76 of an hectare in size. The vines are relatively young at 22 years. Gros says it is her favourite plot, due its beautiful deep brown soil, small stony texture and even has some fossils; which Anne is always delighted to discover. Winemaking is straightforward with fermentation taking place in lined concrete for 12-15 days prior to 14-16 month’s maturation in up to 70% new oak
Gros describes her Echezeaux thus: “a very expressive bouquet with vibrant red and black fruit, overtly classic in style, conveying the terroir in convincing fashion. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red berry fruit, cedar, touches of white pepper with fine structure and tension all the way through to the finish. It is an early maturing wine and needs only 3-4 years in bottle to be ready. You can cellar it much longer though”
Echézeaux is one of the largest grands crus of the whole Côte d’Or. It’s divided into a number of plots or climats the vineyard, located around the smaller Grands-Echézeaux. In general the plots lower down the slope (near the road) have more clay and yield, and this normally gives richer wines. The plots higher up the hillside have more sandy soils, and this normally will yield more elegant wines. Gros’s holding is mid-slope.
Tasting notes (2016 vintage): “Good medium red colour, but not as dark as the Vosne villages. Captivating scents of redcurrant, rose petal and tobacco. Ripe and rather powerful for this cuvée, like a coulis of red fruits intensified by penetrating acidity. The tannins are chewy and tactile but not dry, with the finish displaying terrific fruit retention” . . Stephen Tanzer MW
Current available vintage(s): None
Price: N/A

Musigny Blanc Grand Cru AC

Domaine Comte Georges de Vogué


Description: While always a grand cru, between the years 1993 and 2014 de Vogué annually de-classified this wine as Bourgogne Blanc. This, after a period of uprooting old vines, replanting and allowing the vines to mature. The first Musigny Blanc of the 21st century was 2015 and de Vogué is the only producer of this wine. The parcel is small (0.43ha) but is the only white grand cru of the Cote de Nuits. Rich, ripe intense nose is full with a nutty, minerally edge. Musigny is typically very full and broad. The palate is concentrated, expansive, with a mineral, spicy underlay to the fruit. Savoury too but fresh, still with lovely acidity. Full flavoured with a lemony freshness to the nutty fruit – very precise and defined. Quite a rich style. Warm, nutty finish. Long, multi-layered, complex finish, which boasts a judicious use of oak (one year old barrels). Has significant aging potential.
Current available vintage(s): None
Price: N/A

Musigny ‘Vieilles Vignes’ Grand Cru AC

Domaine Comte Georges de Vogué

Description: de Vogué’s ownership (7.2 hectares) accounts for seven tenths of the whole appellation. The domaines holding comprises 0.43 hectare in Musigny Blanc and the totality of Les Petits Musigny (a monopole).
The vines average age are 48 years. Some are older; others younger.
To preserve the wines finesse, a maximum of 25% new oak is used in any one vintage; less in some. Fining is done traditionally, with egg white.
Musigny is a very structured wine, exhibiting concentration and complexity, with the capacity to age for 50 years in certain vintages. In lesser vintages, Musigny should be given at least 15 years rest. The imbiber cannot but be impressed by the depth and intensity. Pure, deep and scented. What fascinates is that though elegant, sophisticated and silky, the wine is imbued with gras and richness. It has a splendidly seductive middle palate, with a long, smooth and mineral finish.
For sheer finesse and elegance, Musigny is Burgundy’s greatest wine. While it may not have the power and exuberance of La Tache or Romanee Conti, neither wine compares to Musigny’s ability to seduce. A wine of great breadth, dimension and extraordinary length. The adjectives ‘beautiful’, ‘delicate’, ‘silky’ and ‘pure’ are all appropriate.
Current available vintage(s): None
Price: N/A

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