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Liger Belair La Romanee Grand Cru 2007

As it usually is, the nose is positively kaleidoscopic with a wonderful breadth of red and black fruit aromas, violets and Asian spice nuances that continues onto the rich, full and very stylish medium full flavors blessed with impressive amounts of supporting mid-palate sap that relegate the firm tannic spine to the background for the moment before exploding into a youthfully austere and mouth coating finish that seems to go on and on. This is not an especially big La Romanée but like several of its brethren, it's tightly focused, balanced and carries enormous flavor authority. Tasted: Jan 01, 2009 Score: 93-96 Drink: 2019+ Comments: Don't miss! Issue 33 Allen Meadows; Burghound

Louis-Michel Liger-Belair told me that 2007 is a vintage of "extreme precociousness. Unfortunately, after May 15th we had one good day followed by a bad one and as a result, rot pressure was substantial. It was interesting to see that the vineyards that I took over in 2006 had more problems handling the rot than those that are mine and thus used to my viticultural approach. Exactly why I am not sure but I believe that mine are used to fending more for themselves. With the cool weather you absolutely had to have relatively low yields to obtain good phenolic ripeness. We began picking on September 1st and picked quickly, finishing on the 5th. We had excellent sugars at between 12.5 and 13.5% though yields were fully 30% less than a normal crop. I vinified the '07s about like I normally do. As to the wines, it's a good vintage to have after the more substantial vintages of 2005 and 2006 as the wines are generous, approachable and should drink well early." As the scores and comments suggest, the in-bottle '06s have turned out very well and while most of the wines in the range were not there in 2005, those that are were not far off the performance achieved in that great vintage, a high compliment to the quality of the Liger-Belair '06s.

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Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Ursules 1er 2010

Though the wood is hardly subtle it's more completely integrated than in these other Beaune 1ers. The wonderfully airy and layered nose offers up aromas of earth, wild cherry, raspberry and a hint of stone. There is excellent volume to the solidly well-concentrated medium weight flavors that are at once suave but detailed, all wrapped in a tension-filled, dusty, austere and mouth coating finish of impeccable balance. A classic Clos des Ursules that should reward well 12 to 15 years of cellaring. Tasted: Apr 01, 2012; Score: 91-93 Points; Drink: 2022+ Comments: Sweet spot Outstanding Issue 46more
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Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin Cazetiers 1er 2010

A wonderfully broad nose offers up a beautiful array of spice, earth, menthol, toast and stone influences to the ripe yet cool aromas of red and dark berries. There is a distinct sauvage note to the rich, powerful and sleekly muscular middle weight plus flavors that ooze a very fine minerality as well as genuinely excellent complexity, all wrapped in a focused, intense and austere finish. In a word, terrific. Tasted: Apr 01, 2012; Score: 91-94 Points; Drink: 2025+ Comments: Sweet spot Outstanding Issue 46

The 2010 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers is all about detail and finesse. This finely sculpted, nuanced wine impresses for its precision and sheer elegance. Everything is simply in the right place. The sweetest, silkiest of tannins frame the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030. Score: 92-94 Points; Antonio Galloni; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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Louis Jadot Pommard Rugiens 1er 2010

A pure, ripe, cool and elegant mix of red berries, stone, violet and plum aromas leads to vibrant, rich, powerful and concentrated broad-shouldered flavors that exude a fine minerality that continues onto the gorgeously long finish that is clean, dusty and moderately austere. This is a most impressive if quite firmly structured effort and I again underscore that this makes sense only for the patient. Tasted: Apr 15, 2013; Score: 91-94 Points; Drink: 2022+ Comments: Outstanding Issue 46more
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Louis Jadot Savigny Les Beaune La Dominode 1er 2010

While there is visible wood treatment it is much more discreet and already well-integrated into the complex and enticing plum, cassis and pungently earthy nose. This is also quite seductively textured as there is abundant tannin-buffering sap that imparts a suave mouth feel to the cool, pure and well-balanced finish that tightens up considerably to suggest that this will need at least a decade of cellar time to realize its full potential. Tasted: Apr 01, 2012; Score: 89-92 Points; Drink: 2020+ Issue 46more
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Louis Latour Puligny Montrachet Hameau 1er Cru 2006

A complex bouquet combining apricot, dried fruit and almonds. A suave wine with beautiful length on the palate. Refined, with an aristocratic bouquet and rich, luscious aromas, accompanied by a hint of acidity.

A discreet lashing of wood frames slightly riper aromas of peach, pear and apricot but a touch of mango that complements the very rich, lush and opulent medium plus-bodied flavors blessed with ample amounts of dry extract and excellent length. This is not classic in style but there is impressive depth and overall harmony of expression here. 91/2010+ Allen Meadows; Burghound Issue 31

Louis-Fabrice Latour and winemaker Jean-Pierre Thomas (Jean-Pierre Jobard has now retired) told me that 2006 had a "great June and July, a difficult August and near perfect September. July was quite dry and with the humidity in August, the grapes swelled with some rot pressure, which made the cleanliness of the grapes an issue in some parcels, particularly in the Côte de Beaune. As such, you really had to sort carefully. Initially, the reds seemed hard and unapproachable before the malos finished but after that, they became relatively agreeable quickly and are much less taciturn than we feared. We tried to preserve the freshness and the fruit as that is the essential quality of the vintage and as such, we're bottling about two months earlier than we usually do. As to our négociant activities, we certainly bought in less red than we did in 2005 and it's become hard to find high quality sources for reds." To this end, Latour told me that 2006 was the most expensive vintage ever for the grands crus, red or white. Allen Meadows; Burghound Issue 31

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Maitre Renard Chardonnay (Burgundy) 2008

It’s an AC Bourgogne from Macon and Haute Cote de Nuits (wear the fox hat) and a jolly good one at that. The importer glibly commented earlier today that I, and indeed we, seem to score all imports a couple of points lower than the local offerings: I’m sure that’s something with which most importers would have no trouble agreeing…ho ho ho. Importer: Fourth Wave Wine Partners. It’s a fruitier expression of basic Burgundy and offers a fetching whiff of peaches (almost candied in their presentation), lemon and tasteful cinnamon spice oak. It has excellent flavour, although relatively subdued, a slight flinty mineral character and a light spicy lemon squash tang on exit. Most importantly though, it drinks beautifully, and is of such an affable, quaffable, not least affordable, nature that you can’t help but fancy a bit of it. Gary Walsh; Rated : 91 Points; Tasted : Dec09 Alcohol : 13% Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2009 - 2011

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Meo-Camuzet Chambolle Musigny 2006

Like the Morey, this is reserved, cool and inexpressive at present with ripe red pinot fruit suffused with more earth than is typical and this earthy character continues onto the round, intense and very firm flavors supported by equally firm tannins that are not aggressive but this will require a few years to soften and round out. Note that my suggested drinking window is perhaps a bit on the early side to protect against the possibility that the finish may dry out. Tasted: Jan 01, 2008 Score: 86-88 Drink: 2011+  Issue 29 llen Meadows; Burghound

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Meo-Camuzet Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2006

A deeply pitched and very ripe nose of earthy violet and cassis aromas trimmed in subtle wood spice notes introduces fresh, supple, round rich, full and moderately powerful flavors that possess excellent mid-palate sap that helps to buffer the firm tannic spine on the youthfully austere finish. This is actually quite understated and while the wood is not yet completely integrated, the underlying raw material is such that this should not be an issue. Tasted: Jan 01, 2008 Score: 90-93 Drink: 2013+ Issue 29 Allen Meadows; Burghound

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Meo-Camuzet Echezeaux Grand Cru 2006

This is also exceptionally ripe with a seductive nose of spicy black cherry trimmed in pure and subtle violet notes that complement the rich, textured and mouth coating flavors that drench and stain the palate in dry extract on the fresh and balanced finish. Good juice here and it's a qualitative choice between this and the Clos de Vougeot though note that the underlying characters are very different. This should improve over the next decade. Tasted: Jan 01, 2008 Score: 90-93 Drink: 2013+ Issue 29 Allen Meadows; Burghound

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Meo-Camuzet Hautes Côtes de Nuits Clos St. Philibert 2004

This estate bottling by Meo Camuzet hails from the Clos Saint Philibert Monopole, sitting above Vosne Romanee in the Cote du Nuits. It presents with brilliant, golden-hued color, fragrant aromas of stone fruit and elegant vanilla spice, complemented by a harmonious balance of supple white fruits and minerality reminiscent of crushed stone.

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Meo-Camuzet Hautes Côtes de Nuits Clos St. Philibert 2006

A very fresh and bright nose of predominantly ripe yellow orchard fruit aromas leads to delicious, crisp and lightly mineral suffused light to barely medium weight flavors that offer good verve and finishing tang. Attractive for what this is. Tasted: Jul 01, 2008 Score: 84-86 Drink: now+ Issue 31 Allen Meadows; Burghound

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Meo-Camuzet Hautes Côtes de Nuits Clos St. Philibert 2007

A pungent and slightly grassy nose of straw and citrus merges into fresh and bright flavors that possess good richness and a light minerality on the textured and tangy finish. This has good character and plenty of personality. Worth a look. Tasted: Jul 01, 2009 Score: 86 Drink: now+ Comments: Outstanding Top value Issue 35; Allen Meadows; Burghound

Jean-Nicholas Méo succinctly called 2007 "challenging. The season started early and then essentially progressively slowed down as the summer weather was pretty poor. There was a lot of rain in the first half of August with some rot pressure. Thankfully, there was a strong north wind that arrived just about the time that the good weather did and between the two, maturities advanced very rapidly. We began picking on the 3rd of September, which was slightly more than 100 days after the flowering. Ripeness levels however were not uniform and thus we started to pick, then stopped for a few days, then started anew and then stopped one more time before we finally got the entire crop into the cuvérie. I noticed that we seemed to get the best fruit from our late harvesting vineyards rather than the precocious ones, probably due to the fact that the weather improved further in early September. Sugars averaged around 12.5% with good if not truly exceptional phenolic ripeness levels. I did pretty much a normal vinification except perhaps a bit more punching down. There was a lot of malic acid and the pHs really moved as they went from around 3.2 before malo to almost 3.6 afterwards, which is a pretty dramatic move. Overall, 2007 is a very nice vintage without being great though I believe it will be substantially better than the early press reports suggest.

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Meo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanee 2006

Very pretty, indeed nicely elegant mélange of red and black fruit aromas that evidence subtle floral notes, especially violet that lead to spice-infused, delicious yet completely serious flavors that culminate in a textured, sweet and admirably persistent finish. A high quality villages. Tasted: Jan 01, 2008 Score: 87-89 Drink: 2012+ Issue 29 Allen Meadows; Burghound

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Meo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanee Les Chaumes 1er 2006

As would be reasonably expected, this is much more elegant with a pretty mix of red and black pinot fruit laced with clove, anise, hoisin and warm earth that is also picked up by the round and very fresh flavors that possess plenty of punch and vibrancy. This is very Vosne in character and is a wine that possesses a lovely sense of proportion and harmony. Tasted: Jan 01, 2008 Score: 89-91 Drink: 2012+ Issue 29 Allen Meadows; Burghound

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Mongeard-Mugneret Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2009

From a .63 ha parcel; 85% new oak). Much more temperate wood influence allows the fresh and intensely earthy red currant and humus suffused aromas to shine and does not alter the texture of the sappy, focused and overtly powerful flavors that possess fine complexity and excellent length. This is a classic Clos de Vougeot. (90-92)/2021+ Allen Meadows; Burghoundmore
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Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux Grand Cru 2011

From the climats of Echézeaux du Dessus and Les Treux and 75% new oak). An overtly and attractively spiced nose of rose petal, red currant, plum and sandalwood aromas leads to big-bodied flavors that possess excellent richness and plenty of mouth coating dry extract. Interestingly though, despite all of the mid-palate material the finale is quite linear with a firm, cool and impressively long finish. (91-93)/2021+ Allen Meadows; Burghoundmore
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Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux Vieille Vigne Grand Cru 2009

From vines in Les Rouges du Bas planted in 1929 – Mongeard indicated that in 2009 he used 25% whole clusters). Somewhat surprisingly given the high percentage of new wood, this is reduced. As is usually the case however, the big-bodied and extremely concentrated flavors are brimming with extract which confers a seductive mouth feel to the austere and long but ever-so-mildly warm finish. The wood isn’t shy on the finish but if there is any wine in the range that can successfully integrate its oak treatment, this is it. (90-93)/2021+ Allen Meadows; Burghoundmore
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Montille Nuits St. Georges Les Grand Vignes 1er 2005

Located in Volnay, just south of Beaune, this winery boasts some of the most prized red wine producing vineyards of the Côte de Beaune.  From their holdings in Volnay and Pommard, Hubert and Etienne de Montille (father & son) craft some of the most sought after Pinot Noirs in all of Burgundy.  In fact, their wines can be found on the lists of virtually every three star restraurant in France.  In 1993 they acquired a little more than a hectare of the prestigious Puligny-Montrachet Le Cailleret vineyard.  This prized vineyard is located adjacent to the famed Montrachet.  In just a few short years, this wine has become one of the most sought after whites from the region.  In 2003 there were more additions to the Volnays and Pommards.  They were able to purchase over two hectares in the prime Beaune Premier Cru vineyards.  2004 will see yet another addition.  This will be the domaine’s first Grand Cru vineyards.  One hectare located in the famed Corton-Charlemagne vineyard was added this year.  It is planted half in red and half in white.

The vinification at this estate is traditional with a large emphasis placed on punching down the cap during the peak of the fermentation.  The stems are left in in percentages of 0-25% depending on the vintage, and the maceration is quite long (12-16 days).  The percentage of new oak used never excedes 25%. 

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Montille Volnay En Champans 1er 2010

Volnay is the stronghold of the family Domaine. This appellation of a modest surface area (207 hectares - 100% pinot noir), tucked into the mid-slope with a terroir dominated by a mix of clay, marl and limestone just south of Pommard, captured long ago the hearts of the Ducs de Bourgogne who owned a portion of the vineyard. The elegance of the wines of Volany has no equal. Moreover, it is one of the appellations that, proportionally to its size, counts the most classifications with 29 Premier Crus - more than half its surface area.

En Champans is one of the largest vineyard sites in Volnay. This steep terroir boasts generous quantities of limestone at the top of the parcel (along the departmental road D973) with a light brown soil. In the bottom, the soil contains more clay with the color somewhere between brown and red. The Domaine de Montille vines climb up the hillside and benefit from optimal sunshine. The Premier Cru En Champans unites all the necessary ingredients to make an outstanding Volnay, ample and silky. 380 cases produced.

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Mugnier JF Nuits St. Georges Clos de la Marechale 1er 2004

This is more elegant still and slightly finer with detailed, expressive and pure aromas of earth, black fruit and plum that dissolve into beautifully complex, refined and balanced flavors that also display ample finishing minerality and better overall phenolic ripeness. A really lovely effort that should age effortlessly. Tasted: Jan 01, 2006 Score: 89-91 Drink: 2012+ Comments: Sweet spot Outstanding! Issue 21 Allen Meadows; Burghound

Frédéric Mugnier, who now has his new cuvérie up and running, told me that he was "extremely happy with the efficiency of it and his new team. We're doing much improved vineyard work because before taking back the Clos de la Maréchale, I had 1 vineyard worker for 4 ha and now I have 9 for 14 ha, 6 of which are permanent. Thus, when something has to be done immediately, I have people available to address the problem whereas before, there were sometimes scheduling issue delays. For example, because 2004 was such a challenge, particularly treating regularly and controlling yields, I'm not sure exactly how I would have managed without the team that I have in place now. We have stopped using herbicides in the Clos, which is consistent with how we treat our other vineyards but it also requires more work, which is again another reason why I am happy to have a quality, and permanent, team in place. We also changed the system of pruning in the Clos, another project which was exceptionally labor intensive. As to 2004, we began picking on September 23rd and there weren't really any serious sorting problems save for some from the hail, particularly in Bonnes Mares. We also didn't really have much trouble with oidium except again in Bonnes Mares. Overall, it's amazing giving the growing season but 2004 produced the highest sugars that I have ever seen, and that includes 1990, 1997, 2000 and 2003. Indeed, we obtained over 14% in one section of the Clos. In terms of vinification, I changed almost nothing and as an aside, I find myself changing it less and less no matter the vintage. The vintage is the vintage and as we have discussed before, it has an important role in determining the character of the wines. I don't want to diminish that character just so that I am happier. For example, even though 2003 is a style of vintage that I don't like very much, I would rather have it express itself and retain its individuality than try and standardize everything to a vision of what I like. Overall, 2004 is a lovely vintage that I like very much. It's floral and very fresh with round and complete flavors that will permit the wines to be drunk young but they will last for at least 20 years, perhaps longer because there are solid tannins beneath the fruit. In fact, I find the '04s to be more tannic than '02s." Fans of the domaine have been waiting breathlessly for word on the quality of the "new" Clos de la Maréchale and my initial impression is that the sophistication and elegance that Mugnier brings to all of his wines has worked brilliantly here. I am extremely impressed by the quality he has obtained for a first vintage, especially when you consider that Mugnier does not know the terroir well yet and it will be sometime before he fully understands its nuances and particularities, what sections give the best fruit and the kinds of wine that result from each sector. But I have every confidence that he will learn the inherent subtleties and be making even finer wine from the Clos going forward Note that there is also a Nuits villages made from young vines Clos de la Maréchale.

The Nuits St Georges Premier Cru, Clos de la Maréchale 2004 bottling is very fine, very pure in the Mugnier style with a pretty nose and beautiful balance, but it’s not cheap. Jancis Robinson

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Mugnier JF Nuits St. Georges Clos de la Marechale 1er 2009

An expressive and attractively fresh nose speaks of ripe and earthy red and blue pinot fruit that is very much in keeping with the tautly muscular and firm middle weight flavors that possess plenty of dry extract which buffers well the moderately dense tannins shaping the mouth coating and lingering finish. (90-92)/2017+ Allen Meadows; Burghoundmore
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Mugnier JF Nuits St. Georges Clos des Fourches 2004

Clos des Fourches was the original name of the Clos de la Maréchale; from young vines. A completely different nose with fresh dark berry fruit aromas with undertones of earth and herbs that complement the round, intense and pure flavors that display almost no rusticity and a finely grained minerality, culminating in a nicely powerful and persistent finish. As Nuits villages examples go, this is really quite an elegant wine. Jan 01, 2006 Score: 86-89 Drink: 2010+ Issue 21; Allen Meadows; Burghound

Frédéric Mugnier, who now has his new cuvérie up and running, told me that he was "extremely happy with the efficiency of it and his new team. We're doing much improved vineyard work because before taking back the Clos de la Maréchale, I had 1 vineyard worker for 4 ha and now I have 9 for 14 ha, 6 of which are permanent. Thus, when something has to be done immediately, I have people available to address the problem whereas before, there were sometimes scheduling issue delays. For example, because 2004 was such a challenge, particularly treating regularly and controlling yields, I'm not sure exactly how I would have managed without the team that I have in place now. We have stopped using herbicides in the Clos, which is consistent with how we treat our other vineyards but it also requires more work, which is again another reason why I am happy to have a quality, and permanent, team in place. We also changed the system of pruning in the Clos, another project which was exceptionally labor intensive. As to 2004, we began picking on September 23rd and there weren't really any serious sorting problems save for some from the hail, particularly in Bonnes Mares. We also didn't really have much trouble with oidium except again in Bonnes Mares. Overall, it's amazing giving the growing season but 2004 produced the highest sugars that I have ever seen, and that includes 1990, 1997, 2000 and 2003. Indeed, we obtained over 14% in one section of the Clos. In terms of vinification, I changed almost nothing and as an aside, I find myself changing it less and less no matter the vintage. The vintage is the vintage and as we have discussed before, it has an important role in determining the character of the wines. I don't want to diminish that character just so that I am happier. For example, even though 2003 is a style of vintage that I don't like very much, I would rather have it express itself and retain its individuality than try and standardize everything to a vision of what I like. Overall, 2004 is a lovely vintage that I like very much. It's floral and very fresh with round and complete flavors that will permit the wines to be drunk young but they will last for at least 20 years, perhaps longer because there are solid tannins beneath the fruit. In fact, I find the '04s to be more tannic than '02s." Fans of the domaine have been waiting breathlessly for word on the quality of the "new" Clos de la Maréchale and my initial impression is that the sophistication and elegance that Mugnier brings to all of his wines has worked brilliantly here. I am extremely impressed by the quality he has obtained for a first vintage, especially when you consider that Mugnier does not know the terroir well yet and it will be sometime before he fully understands its nuances and particularities, what sections give the best fruit and the kinds of wine that result from each sector. But I have every confidence that he will learn the inherent subtleties and be making even finer wine from the Clos going forward Note that there is also a Nuits villages made from young vines Clos de la Maréchale.

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Olivier Leflaive Chassagne Montrachet 2009

A slight hint of sulfur mildly lessens the appeal of the fresh white peach, resin and faintly earthy nose that gives way to voluminous, punchy and delicious middle weight flavors that possess good weight and depth on the moderately long finish. Score: 87-89 Points; Drink: 2013+ Allen Meadows; Burghound

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Olivier Leflaive Meursault 2009

A relatively restrained if not completely mute nose reluctantly offers up notes of peach, pear and acacia blossom that are trimmed in discreet wood toast. The rich, round and fleshy middle weight flavors again have good verve and culminate in a dry, clean and persistent finish but limited depth. Score: 88 Points; Drink: 2013+ Allen Meadows; Burghound

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