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 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.
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.
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.
Half bottle - 2015 Chablis, Defaix
2017 Meursault, Domaine Bouchard Peres et Fils, Burgundy, France
From the largest landowners in Meursault, this wine has aromatic fruit and floral aromas; with characteristic richness whilst retaining freshness on the palate.
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.