2019 Bourgogne Gamay, Hospices de Beaujeu, Burgundy, France
We chose this wine in preference to a number of wines from Beaujolais during recent tastings. It really does capture the characteristics of the gamay grape well. Vibrant raspberry and cherry aromas lead to a palate that is lightweight yet full flavoured. A very easy drink that could be served slightly chilled on warm days.
2018 Mâcon Lugny St Pierre, Bouchard Pere et Fils, Burgundy, France
Mâcon-Lugny is a village appellation growing in the wider area of Mâcon-Villages appellation, and located in the middle of an area formed by Mâcon, Cluny and Tournus. The vineyard combines different exposures that result in different levels of earliness for the grapes. The terroir is for a great part made of limestonefrom the Jurassic era that is perfect for the Chardonnay, but there are also flint clay soils and marls. They all contribute to give the wines their freshness and fruity aromas, as well as their rounded caracter. Grapes were slowly pressed and after settling the must at low temperature, the fermentation takes place in temperature controlled vats so to preserve the freshness and natural fruitiness of the Chardonnay. Then the wine is aged partly in vats and partly in oak barrels in order to emphasize its structure and give it more richness. The proportion of vat and oak is our winemaker's secret; he works in accordance with the vintage to make the grapes and its terroir outstand in the wine.
This is a great little white Burgundy. There is a touch of oak in the background, but the emphasis is very much on freshness and minerality. This elegant white Burgundy is very good for the money
2018 Meursault 'Les Clous', Bouchard Pere et Fils
This is an excellent Village Cru from Meursault made by the excellent Bouchard Pere et Fils house. It's a little fresher and more mineral in character than some of the richer styles of Meursault, yet it has a lovely hint of walnut on the nose and lovely balance to the palate.
2019 Macon Villages, Chateau de la Tour de l'Ange, Burgundy, France
A delightful white with a focus on fresh fruit and minerality. There is a hint of floral honeysuckle and orange blossom on the nose alongside ripe melon and greengage. The palate is fruit driven moving towards fresh citrus notes on the finish.
2018 Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits Rouge, Moillard Grivot
This was a real standout wine in recent tastings, and exceptional value for money given the price you pay a lot of wines from Burgundy. Although quite light in colour it really packs a punch in terms of flavour. There is such an abundance of pure sweet fruit on the nose and palate, and fine tannins that give the wine more texture and body than you might expect from the colour. There is a subtle hint of peppery spice in the background, and this just adds to a great all-round package.
2018 Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc, Domaine Billard, Burgundy, France
This delicious, barrel fermented white Burgundy is yet another exceptionally well priced wine from Jerome Billard. The barrel fermenting gives it the opulence and richness to mark it out as a true white Burgundy, unlike too many simple Bourgogne blancs. It might not quite be a Meursault, but serve it blind to your guests and they may well believe that this weighty, mouth-filling Burgundy is from a far grander village.
2017 Saint Aubin 1er Cru Blanc, Vignes Moingeon, Billard, Burgundy, France
This wonderful St Aubin is a rich and seductive combination of exotic tropical fruit and buttery rich texture. It's very classic white Burgundy, made following traditional methods and is exactly how great Burgundy should be. This is a wine that will elevate succulent fish and white meat dishes to epic levels.
2014 Meursault 1er Cru Le Poruzots, Chartron et Trebuchet
Chartron et Trébuchet's Meursault 1er Cru Poruzots is aged 18 months in oak (50% new). It is light in colour but explosive in character. Bringing intense aromas and flavors of fresh citrus, wood, chalky minerals and some buttery notes. The fruit is so pure and focused, showing wonderful intensity with an elegant, yet delicious finish. This is very well-crafted with both new and old-world qualities and indicates excellent potential for cellaring.
2018 Chassagne Montrachet. F & L Pillot, Burgundy, France
This Chassagne promises great finesse on the nose and doesn't disappoint! The palate is warming, yet pure, concentrated and balanced with white fruit and peach carried by discreet oak notes. It is an elegant wine with remarkable minerality and amazing length on the finish.
Laurent Pillot, who took over the running of Domaine Pillot in his mid-twenties, transformed his family estate from grape growers to a leading estate and one of the superstars of Chassagne-Montrachet.
The hand harvested grapes arrive at the winery where they are very gently pressed and the free run juice put into oak for fermentation. Around a quarter of this oak is new and post fermentation the wine is aged for a further 11 months in barrel before release.
2017 Chablis, Domaine de la Meuliere
Brothers Nicolas and Vincent Laroche are the fifth generation to run this 21 hectare estate. All of the vines are grown on the original Chablis subsoil of Kimmeridgian limestone and the fruit is harvested by hand and vinified in stainless steel without any use of oak, creating good, weighty Chablis that has buttery notes backed by steely minerality.
2019 Chablis 1er Cru 'Beauroy', Domaine Michaut Freres, France
A vivid yellow with a hint of green. An expressive nose of white flowers, acacia and a round palate, expressive, slightly unctuous with a fine mineral return. Powerful and rich.
The winery is located in Biene close to Chablis, built on the classic soil of the region, kimmeridgien, underpining the 60 hectares of vineyards. These wines show great typicity, steely acidity, plenty of fruit with that unmistakeable note of flinty "terroir".
2018 Domaine Chablis, William Fevre
Combining lovely fruitiness with an attractive freshness and characteristic minerality, Chablis is a wine region with global renown. Domaine William Fèvre’s vineyards sit on Kimmeridgian subsoil and enjoy ideal exposures for the production of a very fine wine.
Very fresh bouquet with notes of citrus and white fleshed-fruit. Fresh and supple, the wine is marked by mineral notes that are typical of the appellation.
With food - Fish dishes, grilled or in a light sauce; various seafood, oysters and sushi.
2018 Marsannay, Moillard Grivot, Burgundy, France
Such is the aromatic intensity of the nose on this wine you could be forgiven for thinking it was from the New World. It's got an incredible aroma, combining fruit, spice and a floral element. On the palate it is rather more Burgundian. It is elegant and vibrant on the palate and even in its youth it is showing a lovely balance between youthful fruit and hints of spice.
2016 Chablis 1er Cru 'Mont de Milieu', Domaine Grossot, Burgundy, France
This 1er cru is a perfect example of one of the most renowned 1er Cru of Chablis. Skillfully crafted by Jean Pierre Grossot it shows incredible fruit purity and a real stony, mineral character that reflects the superb vineyards soils of Mont de Milieu. This is 1er cru Chablis as it should taste, sublime, with a fresh nose of apple and citrus. Full bodied and powerful mouth with a lengthy finish.
Following in the footsteps of her parents, Eve Grossot has now taken charge at this family domaine. Eve has chosen to continue the estate's focus on expressing the wonderful terroir of their land whilst translating this into more elegant, fine examples of Chablis. Following organic practices, her sights are set on all vineyards being fully certified organic by 2019. The wines have mouth-watering minerality and a wonderfully pure, appley fruit that electrifies the palate, whilst retaining a considerable richness for Chablis.
The parcels of Chablis premier Cru Mont de Milieu are on a hillside between Fleys and Chablis. It is sloping and exposed at South on a Kimmeridgian soil composed of clay and limestone. The total area is 0.65 hectars. The vines were planted in the 80’s. For the past 20 years the vineyard has been managed in line with the practises of "Reasoned Agriculture" which means soil tillage, using organic fertilizer, and using treatments only where they are strictly necessary. For two years, several of the plots have been grown Organically and the entire production will be certified as Organic within 3 years. This care for nature is reflected elsewhere too, the old branches of vine are collected and burned in a wood burner to heat buildings on the estate.
After a mild settling of the juice, the juice is put in stainless steel tanks for the beginning of the alcoholic fermentation. Then 1/2 of the juice is racked in barrel to finish its fermentation and begin the malolactic fermentation. The rest of the wine stay in stainless steel tanks. After 7 months the wine is racked and the two cuveé blended then further aged in tanks. Most years gentle fining with “bentonite” clay to eliminate proteins. Then the wine is filtered with the tangential process. The wine is bottling 18 months after harvesting.
2018 Pouilly Fuisse, Chartron et Trebuchet, Burgundy, France
This wine from Pouilly Fuisse in Burgundy is a dry wine with soft toasted notes and aromas of ripe tropical fruit, a very elegant and versatile wine.
2012 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru 'Aux Boubots', Moillard Grivot, Burgundy, France
There's no doubting that the Cotes de Nuits had the best of the growing conditions in 2012. The whole of the Cote d'Or may have enjoyed some wonderful autumn sunshine, but it was the Cotes de Nuits that avoided the worst of the dreadful early season weather. The result is wines of exceptional concentration, and in the top sites, such as this 1er Cru, producers made wines that have aged extremely well.
This wine is richly textured and at 8 years of age still displays an alluring aroma of dark cherry, raspberry and toasted oak. It continues on the palate, where the mature fruit has developed a great harmony with the earthier tones that have developed. Great drinking now.
Half bottle - 2015 Chablis, Defaix
2019 Petit Chablis, Domaine Fillon, Burgundy, France
A light, fresh and delicate Chablis with a delightful mineral undercurrent. It's a great example of its style with gentle fruit and refreshing acidity.
2019 Puligny Montrachet, Bouchard Pere et fils, Burgundy, France
Founded in 1731 Bouchard Père & Fils is one of the oldest Burgundy wine estates with a history that spans nearly three centuries and nine generations.
Bouchard Père & Fils is one of the oldest wine estates in Burgundy and one of the largest vineyard owners in the Cote D’or. The first vineyards were purchased in Volnay “Les Caillerets” in 1775, and so began a long history of gathering fine ‘terroirs’. Firstly in the Côte de Beaune, which is still home to the majority of Bouchard Père & Fils holdings, and then in the Côte de Nuits.
Bouchard Père & Fils is an example of unique Burgundy heritage, offering great diversity and a raft of prestigious appellations: Montrachet, Corton-Charlemagne, Beaune Grèves Vignes de l’Enfant Jésus, Bonnes-Mares and Meursault Perrière - names that resonate with history, inspiring respect and encouraging the pursuit of excellence, with 4 monopolies and exclusivities among them. These remarkable parcels are meticulously tended by the teams who are responsible for the maintenance of the estate’s vines.
2016 Savigny Les Beaune 'La Dominode', Jean Marc Pavelot
2015 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Les Lavieres, Jean-Jacques Girard, Burgundy, France
An delicious wine from the excellent 2015 vintage for Red Burgundy.
Jean-Jacques Girard is known for his aromatic and pure reds and this is a perfect example. The fruit is sweet and pure, with raspberry and blueberry dominating. On the palate the 15 months ageing in oak contribute hints of juniper and clove, and there is a backbone of tannins that suggest this wine will continue to develop for 4-5 years.
2018 Pommard, Moilard Grivot, Burgundy, France
Deep red in colour with ruby highlights. The red fruits blend elegantly with toast and spice notes. On the palate the wine is ample and generous, with great tannins on the finish. Ageing will bring complexity.
Another stunning red Burgundy from the excellent 2018 vintage.
2018 Nuits St Georges, Moillard Grivot, Burgundy, France
Nuits St Georges is Moillard-Grivot's home, so it's of little surprise that this is where we feel their best wines are produced. Combine their expertise of the terroir with what many to believe to be the greatest vintage in living memory and you have a winning combination. You don't need to go above village level to find wines of depth, comcentration, complexity and great balance, and that is exactly what we have here. This is a wine that will benefit from decanting now, or could be kept for 5-6 years to let it develop in the bottle.
2012 Pommard 1er Cru 'Les Rugiens', Moillard Grivot, Burgundy, France
Production may be down in 2012 due to some adverse early season weather, but the grapes that survived basked in some exceptional autumn sun and ripened beautifully. The 1er Cru vineyards were given particular attention and the grapes were nurtured through to glorious maturity. The result here is a wine with great concentration and power. It combines earthy, smokey, spice with vibrant cassis, and at 8 years old it is at the perfect drinking age.
This is a wine to be savoured, and it's offered at an exceptional price for a 1er Cru.
2014 Gevrey Chambertin 'Symphonie', Domaine Burguet, Burgundy, France
Aromas of pure raspberries and damsons with spice. The palate is concentrated with ripe, sweet fruit flavours, chocolate and spice, The tannins are smooth and silky giving texture and structure to this skilfully crafted wine.
Winemaking at Domaine Burguet is traditional. After a very soft (100%) destemming, the grapes go through a second sorting table, the goal being of course to let in only the best grapes. The wine is vinified with the natural yeasts which are present on the skin, no enzymes or any other additive added. No fining, no filtration. Very long elevage, 18 months in casks. Minimal SO2 dosage. They want the wine to express both the fruit and the millesime and they let the wine vinify without forcing it into a mold. No temperature control is used.
2015 Morey St Denis, Moillard Grivot
2016 Santenay 1er Cru Gravieres, Lucien Muzard et fils, Burgundy, France
In 2005 Muzard went organic in their vineyards and gained certification for biodynamic farming with the 2008 vintage. Their decision to work biodynamically was taken to sustain and improve the health of their land. It has also had a noticeable effect on the wines as the quality and complexity has evolved beautifully over the years.
Intensely crimson, this is a very aromatic wine, with delicious notes of blackcurrant, blackberries, and almonds. The mouth is ample and powerful with moderately formed tannins. Beautiful length in this wine, which will improve for several more years.
The average age of the vines is 55 years. Pinot Noir grape variety grown on clay and chalky soil with Cordon de Royat pruning. Harvesting is all carried out by hand in small cases of 10 kgs, Reducing vine yields and adoption of some modern winemaking techniques has resulted in spotlessly pure, great value Burgundy. They started using conveyor belts rather than pumps to keep crushing to an absolute minimum as well as acquiring a new temperature controlled fermentation facility with new wooden vats and a brand new precision controlled press. In 2005 they also converted to managing the vineyard organically and gained certification for biodynamic farming in 2008.