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Burgundy 2016 En Primeur

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How to buy Burgundy En Primeur

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2016 Vintage Report

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Benjamin Leroux

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Domaine Simon Bize

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Domaine Blain-Gagnard

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Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot

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Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils

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Domaine des Clos

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Domaine Darviot-Perrin

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Domaine Faiveley

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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard

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Domaine Fourrier

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Domaine Grivot

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Domaine AF Gros and François Parent

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Domaine Antonin Guyon

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Domaine Humbert Frères

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Domaine Michel Lafarge

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Domaine Leflaive

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Domaines Leflaive

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Domaine Jean-Marc Millot

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Domaine de Montille

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Domaine Marc Morey

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Maison Roche de Bellene

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Domaine Roumier

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Domaine Etienne Sauzet

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Domaine Anne et Hervé Sigaut

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Domaine Taupenot-Merme

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Domaine Aurélien Verdet

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Domaine Sébastien Dampt

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Domaine William Fèvre

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Terms and Conditions

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How to buy Burgundy En Primeur

Starting a Collection of Burgundy En Primeur

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If you are thinking about purchasing Burgundy en primeur for the first time, the sheer number of different wines and the segmented nature of vineyard holdings in the region can seem daunting.

There are few greater pleasures in life than being able to dip into a well-stocked and looked after wine collection. Contrary to popular belief, building a cellar of fine wines doesn’t have to cost the earth; it is a luxury open to all of us. With a little care and attention, a wine cellar can be created to suit all budgets and tastes. Armit Wines offers a dedicated and personal service whether you are a seasoned connoisseur or stepping into wine for the first time, for no extra cost.

Our knowledgeable team is extremely passionate about the wines of Burgundy and will take great pleasure guiding you through the process and explaining the differences in style from communes to producers and classifications – be them village, premier cru or grand cru quality.

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Burgundy 2016 Vintage Report

Burgundy has had a series of difficult vintages which has removed the equivalent of the production of an entire vintage over the last five years. Devastating frosts destroyed large swathes of the 2016 crop but the damage was uneven. Some vineyards had normal harvests while other parcels, including several grands crus, were almost wiped out. Conditions were definitely challenging in 2016 but the mood amongst growers was upbeat when we visited this autumn and we were intrigued to find out more. The growing season The year started with a warm winter and a mild spring and growers worried about the early onset of budding and the risk of frost. Devastating frosts struck on the morning of 27th April with temperatures dropping to -2.5 oC, colder still in Marsannay. Unlike previous frosts on lower ground, the most serious damage occurred on the middle part of the slope in some of the best vineyards. The frost magnified the rays of the rising sun which ruptured the frozen buds. The damage was mitigated by initiatives such as burning straw bales and random cloud in other areas but a number of grands crus were badly affected including Musigny, Echézeaux and Montrachet. The damaged vines took several weeks to recover while the unaffected vines continued as normal. As a result growers had to manage vines at different stages of development. Humid conditions in May and June made it difficult to work the soils and increased the risk of mildew especially on vines which had been weakened by frost. The outbreak of mildew which followed struck erratically and much depended on the timing of treatments. Sabine Mollard of Domaine Marc Morey described having “to go constantly back and forth to the vineyards” either to trim or treat the vines. Unwilling to accept any further risks, and having already lost a significant part of their production, a few growers were forced to abandon their organic principles.

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The sun broke through at the end of June, putting an end to the mildew pressure, and the rise in temperatures encouraged flowering which started on 20th June, later than normal. Bouchard Père et Fils reported a fairly quick and homogenous flowering but others, such Domaine Fourrier, indicated a high incidence of millerandage. Blain-Gagnard noted a later flowering on frost damaged vines. The weather remained dry and hot throughout July and August which caused localised sunburn and signs of stress on younger vines. Ripening was also slowed but by the beginning of September things looked promising. All that was needed was a little rain to plump up the grapes which is precisely what happened on 17th and 18th of the month. The weather was ideal in the week before the harvest which allowed the grapes to accumulate sugar and flavour compounds quickly while cool overnight temperatures maintained freshness in the grapes. The harvest Most growers started picking from 21st September in bright weather, at least three weeks later than 2015. The harvest continued until the beginning of October when the weather changed but most were finished by then. As ever it was important to select the optimum moment to pick and some sorting was needed to eliminate the second generation bunches but the grapes which entered the winery were generally healthy with small berries and thick skins. They had good levels of ripeness and balancing acidity with moderate potential alcohol which was very promising.

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Yields

Assessment of the Wines

The climatic conditions of the 2016 vintage severely affected yields in Burgundy. Overall, according to the BIVB, the body which represents growers, production was 20% below average but the results were patchy. In vineyards damaged by frost on the Côte d’Or over 60% of the crop was lost putting some family domaines under severe financial pressure. Céline Fontaine of Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard remarked that her parents had never seen such a small crop.

Overall, the quality of the wines was much better than expected with many growers remarking how relieved they were to produce such good quality wines given the difficult year.

In the Côte de Nuits, Marsannay was destroyed and Chambolle-Musigny was badly affected. Roumier’s parcel of Les Amoureuses was reduced by 50%. Neighbouring Clos de Vougeot, Echézeaux and Grands-Echézeaux were also damaged. Gevrey-Chambertin suffered frost and hail in places and several grands crus were damaged though vineyards towards Brochon were spared. By contrast, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-Saint-Georges did relatively well and Morey-Saint-Denis escaped with a generous crop. In the Côte de Beaune, Savigny suffered severe losses but the situation in Pommard and Volnay was more mixed. Further to the south, Meursault was badly affected but Chassagne-Montrachet was harder hit. Puligny-Montrachet escaped severe damage but its grands crus were devastated. Domaines Leflaive, de la Romanée-Conti, Comtes Lafon, Lamy-Pillot, Guy Amiot and Fleurot-Larose agreed to combine their tiny crop to produce just two barrels of Montrachet in 2016. To the south, Santenay was largely unscathed. In Chablis, the worst frosts since 1981 and hailstorms in May were followed by mildew which caused havoc in the vineyards. Some parcels were completely destroyed and Domaine Sébastien Dampt lost 50% of their production. In the Mâconnais, hail storms on 13th April caused widespread damage.

The reds in particular showed well. Erwan Faiveley described them as “classic” in style, similar to the 2014s, but with greater definition. Romain Taupenot remarked that the 2016s had the ripeness of the 2015s combined with the energy of the 2014s. Christophe Roumier noted that there were two styles of red wine, those from frost damaged vineyards with low yields, which are concentrated with pronounced mineral characters, and those from undamaged vines which are rounder and more seductive. In general, the 2016s seem less concentrated than the 2015s but they are more delicate and nuanced. They will probably mature earlier than the 2015s but are more precise and pure which many Burgundy lovers will prefer. Generalisations about the whites are harder as quality is less consistent. Conditions were more challenging for whites it seems, “a vintage for growers” according to Gérard Boudot of Domaine Etienne Sauzet. Some wines display exotic characters and others lack focus but a number of growers, including Sauzet, produced outstanding whites which have a vibrant mineral character reminiscent of the energetic 2014s. These are wines which will benefit from long ageing. Conclusion Despite the difficult conditions, 2016 has produced some exceptional wines and many will prefer them to the 2015s. The 2015s will take longer to reach their peak but the 2016s will be beautiful for drinking in the meantime. The problem is going to be tracking down enough bottles to satisfy demand and after a series of short harvests there will be even more pressure on supply. Some merchants have already predicted a rise in prices but the hope will be that increases will be reasonable. 2017 is a much more generous crop after-all. James Snoxell Head of Buying

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Benjamin Leroux Benjamin Leroux’s success story is one of a man who has relied on pure talent and fanfare to achieve the continued financial support that allows him to slowly build and acquire vineyards. Through contract or ownership across the Côte d’Or, he is a leading light in the wave of micro-negociant producers. He now owns 4 hectares and is hoping to focus on Meursault in future, with a plan of buying more land soon. He shies away from distinguishing the difference between Domaine and Maison as he feels this detracts from the inherent quality in each of his cuvées. “If I put my name on it, that is good enough”, he says. Benjamin is incredibly selective with whom he works, refusing opportunities to work with some of the most famous vineyards in Burgundy if the relationship and level of control is not as he wishes. Benjamin is a master of creating wines of purity and texture with the lightest touch of oak. His low intervention philosophy allows the fruit expression and terroir to shine through brightly.

Echézeaux Grand Cru 3 bottles £450.00 Beautifully perfumed red and black fruit with complex, integrated spice. Concentrated and powerful yet effortlessly elegant, the fine tannins and firm mineral core provide the perfect backdrop to the restrained dark fruit and clove spice. This is going to develop into something quite special in time. Drink from 2022. Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

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3 magnums £990.00 Smoky dark fruit with lifted red cherries and redcurrants. Juicy, fresh and supple on the entry but soon revealing an altogether more complex palate of black cherry, minerality and spicy oak held within a fine, silken tannic grip. Superb length. Drink from 2024.

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Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embazées

6 bottles £260.00 Exceptional purity and precision of the crisp green apple and riper cox apple fruit combines with a nervy acidity to provide juiciness and energy to this wine. It has a lovely mineral core and subtle hazelnut depths that adds intrigue to the palate and persistence to the long, integrated and graceful finish. Drink from 2019. Red

Gevrey-Chambertin 6 bottles £192.00 Lovely wild, dark briar fruit with an elusive, lifted floral perfume shows exceptional purity. Juicy black cherries on the palate develops an attractive spiced complexity with fine, integrated tannins and a firm, cool minerality. This is very pretty. Drink from 2020. Pommard 6 bottles £192.00 Dark, crunchy, ripe cherries and blueberries abound here with a hint of earthy depths that are supported by ripe, velvety tannins and a juicy freshness. The wine is finely honed and supple with a lovely length underpinned by a firm core of savoury mineral strength and a persistent length. Drink from 2021. Vosne-Romanée 6 bottles £288.00 Sweet, ripe, perfumed red cherry and rose on the nose draws you in to a fine, taut, supple palate with lovely chalky minerality and fresh, bright fruit. This is very graceful. Drink from 2020. Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets

6 bottles £399.00 Dark smoky cherry and spicy oak makes for an intense nose. The palate is taut and chiselled with firmly structured tannins which are balanced by the supple black fruit, subtle meaty depths and chalky core. The finish is fresh, attractive and lingering and there is plenty more still to come. Drink from 2021.

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Domaine Simon Bize – Chisa Bize Chisa Bize is really hitting her stride with her stewardship of this Domaine. She has remained true to the style and quality pioneered by her late husband Patrick, and continues to make excellent, characterful wines. Her passion is in the vineyard where she continues to strive towards producing exceptional quality grapes. A painfully small vintage in Savigny-lès-Beaune with a fearsome 80% loss in volume wiped out the majority of the premier crus. However, there was still a smile on her face, both for the undeniable quality of the wines they were able to make in 2016, but also of a fine and full crop achieved in 2017.

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Savigny-lès-Beaune Blanc

6 bottles £120.00 Ripe, juicy apples and pears with a subtle perfume of white blossom dominates the nose. The palate is succulent and juicy with a bright, fresh acidity. This is highly drinkable from release.

Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Vergelesses Blanc

6 bottles £235.00 From a tiny 0.3 hectare plot planted in 1936, the wine shows incredibly intensity with lifted aromatics of spring blossom and white pears underpinned by a firm, chalky minerality reflecting the sandy marl and limestone soils of this steep slope. The finish is long and concentrated with a lovely mouth-watering acidity. Drink from 2019. Red

Savigny-lès-Beaune Rouge

6 bottles £120.00 Savoury, wild black fruit and a lifted herbal perfume. Crunchy blackcurrants and a lovely sappy lift with a delicate perfume of wild herbs. Fresh and finely structured with lovely fruit weight and length. Very tasty indeed. Drink from 2019.

Savigny-lès-Beaune Aux Grands Liards 6 bottles £150.00 A really savoury, earthy, umami nose leads to crunchy black briar fruits and a taut, refined structure underpinned by a firm mineral driven core. Crisp and coiled, yet still introvert, this promises bountiful pleasure if given time. Drink from 2021. Aloxe-Corton Le Suchot

6 bottles £185.00 Rich, dark, brooding fruit with subtle meaty depths and a bright, sappy lift. The palate is spicy with plusher, inky fruits of the forest and an earthy richness. A racy acidity and poised, muscular tannins lead to a lovely length. Drink from 2022.

Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Fournaux 6 bottles £215.00 Mixed wild berries with a lovely lifted sappy note and a hint of graphite on the nose. The palate is plush with succulent blackcurrant and black cherries and a fine, taut tannin structure. This is all rounded off by a delightfully spicy, fresh finish. Drink from 2020. Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses

6 bottles £235.00 Ripe and concentrated red and black fruit shows poise and restraint. The palate is open and perfumed with bright red fruit, roses and violets with savoury undercurrents of tea leaf and brown spices. The fruit is encased by velvety tannins and lifted by a lovely freshness and a long, concentrated finish. Drink from 2021.

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6 bottles £785.00 Wonderfully complex aromatics of black cherry interwoven with subtle, savoury notes of coffee bean, earth and game. The flavours are cradled in fine, supple tannins and underscored by a firm line of minerality penetrating into a long, fresh, black-fruited finish. Drink from 2022. .

Domaine Blain-Gagnard – Jean-Marc Blain Charming, humble and justifiably proud of the beautiful results of an undoubtedly difficult vintage, Jean-Marc again highlighted how small production was in 2016. Not only did the frost affect volume, but they took the decision to only harvest grapes from the first flowering rather than the second flowering 15 days later. In many cases, grapes struggled to achieve optimal ripeness which further reduced yields. His fastidious selection in the vineyards has certainly achieved the perfect balance between ripeness of fruit, mineral tension and acidity.

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Puligny-Montrachet 12 bottles £290.00 A restrained nose with subtle floral notes lead to an intense, textural minerality with delicious savoury wet stone depths and a delightful smoky lift. The delicate green apple and kiwi fruit shows density and length, though it is yet to unleash its full aromatic power. The finish is long, mineral driven and saline. This is a wine with a lot to give. Drink from 2019. Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Caillerets 12 bottles £450.00 A rich, riper nose of baked apples and stone fruit is underpinned by a lovely chalky minerality. The palate shows discrete yet concentrated fruit which has a compelling density and a mouth-watering saline finish. Precision and persistence are the hallmarks of this wine. Drink from 2020. Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

3 bottles £360.00 This wine is charmingly perfumed on the nose with lime peel and orange blossom. The palate shows more weight and richness with exotic fruits, juicy peach and apricot lifted by a zingy acidity and a firm seam of mineral tension. Drink from 2020.

Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

3 bottles £385.00 An intense mineral nose abounds from the glass offering rich, ripe apricots and sweet hay that leads to a broodingly powerful yet incredibly elegant palate. It effortlessly combines firm wet stone minerality and a bright, nervy acidity with silky, smoky ripe apricots and juicy peach and a gentle floral lift. This is an incredibly classy wine with an intensely long and compelling finish. Sadly only 1½ barrels of this lovely wine were made, rather than the usual 9. Drink from 2022.

Le Montrachet Grand Cru

1 bottle £365.00 This is a complex and utterly beautiful wine showing an ethereal nose of citrus, spring blossom and lemongrass which develops into richer flavours of spiced apple, preserved lemon, ginger and brioche. Silken yet vibrant, intense and concentrated yet graceful, this is a wine with so much more to give. Sublime. Drink from 2023.

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Jean-Marc Boillot Jean-Marc attributes the exceptional quality of his wines to the calibre of vineyards that he is blessed to work with - especially his ‘Old Lady’ Champ Canet which was planted by his grandfather Etienne Sauzet. Fine wine runs deep in his and his family’s blood, and it continues to be a family affair, with Jean-Marc running the domaine alongside his daughter Lydie. According to the ever charming Lydie, 2016 is a very good expression of their house style. These are wines from some of the finest vineyard locations and are excellent reflections of their terroir.

Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils – Frédéric Weber Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils is the largest vineyard owner in the Côte d’Or and one of the oldest and most impressive producers in the region with 130 hectares, including 12 hectares of grands crus and 74 hectares of premiers crus. Our tasting in Bouchard’s historic cellar in Beaune was conducted by Philip Prost who gave us a fascinating overview of the vintage. He reported how the frost had resulted in an extremely uneven vegetative growth and how, combined with drought, this had affected the ripeness making it hard to choose the harvest date for each vine. Picking took place under clear skies from September 21st ending on October 6th in the Côte de Nuits. Overall, Bouchard suffered a 25% reduction in production in 2016 though some areas, such as Meursault, suffered much greater damage. The reds are attractive and pure but the whites seem to have benefited most from the concentrating effects of low yields and a late harvest. The resulting wines have intense flavours and a firm mineral structure which give them plenty of ageing potential.

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Mâcon-Chardonnay Le Berceau 12 bottles £225.00 A genuine step up from the village wine, the Le Berceau shows greater definition all around. This displayed a combination of flowers and orchard fruit on the nose and palate. It is a rich mouthful that is balanced with refreshing acidity. Drink from release to 2020.

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Puligny-Montrachet

6 bottles £219.00 In 2016 the damage to Jean-Marc’s vineyard in Bâtard-Montrachet was so extensive that the remaining fruit was used in this village wine lending both a breadth and depth that are greater than usual. Pear and apple are in abundance and show an impressive concentration for a village wine. Excellent length and balance are evident. Drink from release to 2022.

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne

6 bottles £336.00 The bouquet shows a different profile to the village wine, combining saline, citrus and mineral characteristics. Flavours of apple predominate, but there is a lovely melange of flavours here. The wine shows good concentration, texture and persistence. Drink from 2020.

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts 6 bottles £345.00 This has a much more high-toned, citrus forward nose than the Garenne. The flavours blend into a somewhat luscious and spiced mouthful that is quite lively. It all melds into a well-balanced mouthful showing good length. Really moreish. Drink from 2020. Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champ Canet

6 bottles £345.00 This vineyard was planted by Jean-Marc’s grandfather, Etienne Sauzet, and produces a richer style of Puligny. The 2016 has a lovely multi-layered nose that shows great potential. In the mouth we also have a broad, multi-dimensional wine melding fruit and acidity in equal measure. There is a slightly chalky minerality on the finish helping the fruit linger on the palate. An excellent Champ Canet.

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Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières

6 bottles £320.00 6 magnums £670.00 Subtle and elegant with attractive citrus aromas, this is an impressively persistent and integrated wine with concentrated flavours and a refreshing mineral character. Creamy brioche notes on the finish and a hint of flower blossom add further complexity. Allow some time in bottle before drinking. Drink from 2020.

Meursault 1er Cru Perrières

6 bottles £360.00 6 magnums £750.00 More closed on the nose than the Genevrières, this wine has elegant green apple and bright stone fruit characters on the palate balanced by a zingy lemon freshness which leads to an energetic mineral finish. Its taut acidity and incredible length gives this wine a real sense of drive and purpose which suggests good ageing potential. Drink from 2020.

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

6 bottles £695.00 1 magnum £235.00 Concentrated and elegant with a firm mineral backbone, this persistent wine has a nose of pithy citrus fruits with hints of white peach, grapefruit and flower blossom. The palate is concentrated and tightly coiled with chalky mineral characters and just a hint of spice. A wine for the long term, it will develop richness and complexity over the next ten years or so. Drink from 2022.

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 6 bottles £1,365.00 This impressive wine has an intense bouquet of green citrus aromas with a hint of freshly cut ginger and almonds. On the palate, chalky white stone characters are balanced by a tangy lemon freshness which leads to a long finish. A wine with power and depth, it has the potential for long ageing. Drink from 2023. Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte Grand Cru

6 bottles £2,260.00 1 magnum £760.00 Made from a small plot within Chevalier-Montrachet, this special cuvée has an enveloping bouquet of summer fruits and wild flowers with hints of toasted almonds and brioche. The palate is ample and rich balanced by an intense citrus freshness and an energetic mineral quality which adds a further layer of depth and complexity. Drink from 2023.

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Domaine des Clos – Grégoire Bichot Grégoire Bichot in Nuits-Saint-Georges is a passionate vigneron whose wines reflect the warmth of his personality; they are full of energy and character. Grégoire is a natural optimist but seems to have suffered more than most in the last few vintages. The 2015s were reduced by 50% and his 2016s suffered severe frost damage, his Beaune 1er Cru Les Avaux being completely destroyed. Fortunately for Grégoire and other small growers, the 2017 crop was much more generous, allowing him to hang on for another year. In the meantime, he seems to have hit his stride with the 2016s with their beautiful purity of fruit and lovely length. These wines seem more refined than the 2015s which reflects the character of the vintage and his increasing experience in the vineyards.

6 bottles £2,700.00 1 magnum £905.00 Beautifully elegant and complex, the bouquet opens with delicate scents of white flowers, freshly cut almonds and pithy citrus fruits. The palate is tightly coiled and refreshing with intense lemon and mineral fruit flavours leading to an incredibly long finish with a seasoning of delicate spices. A wine for the long term, it should be cellared for at least five years before opening. Drink from 2025. Red

Beaune 1er Cru Grèves Vignes de l’Enfant Jésus

6 bottles £415.00 6 magnums £860.00 An expressive and richly textured wine with deep plum and cassis aromas, the 2016 seems smoother and darker than the 2015. On the palate, succulent ripe fruits and a hint of spice on the finish mingle with wild herbs and lavender. This wine will be delicious in a few years. Drink from 2018.

Le Corton Grand Cru

6 bottles £480.00 1 magnum £165.00 An expansive bouquet of cassis and wild plums with notes of savoury spice and wild herbs lead to a palate with supple flavours and seamless tannins. There is a hint of smoky spice on the finish which gives an added layer of complexity. Drink from 2019.

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

6 bottles £780.00 The Clos de Vougeot has a brooding bouquet of sweet cherries and plums with a seasoning of nutmeg and cedar spice. The palate is a perfect blend of finesse and raciness with smooth textures and beautiful length. This wine will be approachable in a few years but should also age well. Drink from 2019.

Echézeaux Grand Cru

6 bottles £940.00 Attractive and deeply flavoured with firm tannins and dark fruits on the palate, this wine is riper and deeper than the previous vintage. Subtle notes of leather and cloves on the finish add some extra depth and complexity. This wine should be approachable relatively early but will age well. Drink from 2019.

Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

6 bottles £1,350.00 1 magnums £455.00 This is a dense and powerful wine which opens with an expansive bouquet of dark forest fruits and exotic spices with hints of leather and black pepper. On the palate, succulent berry fruits are supported by refreshing cassis flavours and polished tannins. Perfectly balanced with fine length, this is a wine for the long term. Drink from 2019.

Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 3 bottles £735.00 Perfumed and elegant with lovely length, the bouquet reveals delicate aromas of wild flowers and cassis. Darker blackcurrant and deep plum fruits come through on the palate enveloped by fine tannins. Elegantly structured and intensely flavoured with a fine mineral definition, this is a wine with magnificent cellaring potential. Drink from 2020.

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Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons

6 bottles £130.00 Grégoire Bichot also makes a small quantity of Chablis from a property he inherited from his grandfather. The 2016 has an expressive floral bouquet with notes of greengages and a hint of brioche. On the palate, bright green plum and mouth-watering white peach flavours are balanced by a zesty citrus freshness and a lovely chalky mineral quality. This wine will be delicious from release. Drink from 2018 Red

Beaune 1er Cru Les Champs Pimont

6 bottles £190.00 Most of the crop was lost which is a pity as this is a beautiful wine with a delicate bouquet of pure red fruits and an elegant seasoning of spice. The palate is sweet fruited with flavours of wild strawberries and raspberries balanced by silky tannins and an energetic freshness. This wine will be delicious in a few years but should age well. Drink from 2018.

Beaune 1er Cru Les Grèves

6 bottles £260.00 This wine shows lovely purity of fruit on the nose with bright plum and red berry aromas and a hint of violets and briary spice. Darker cassis characters come through on the palate supported by textured tannins and refreshing acidity. Almost a normal crop was produced thankfully. Drink from 2019.

Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Crots

6 bottles £325.00 Deeper and darker than the Grèves, succulent forest fruits abound on the nose mingled with elegant notes of incense and exotic spice. On the palate, crunchy redcurrant flavours and refreshing acidity are in perfect balance and lead to a firm finish which suggests plenty of ageing potential. Drink from 2020.

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Domaine Darviot-Perrin – Didier and Julie Darviot This charming estate is known for its high average vine age and strict pruning in the vineyards, two factors that help restrict yields, achieve great concentration and add tension alongside an electric freshness. The estate has a particularly cold cellar, which leads to a slow rate of malolactic fermentation; gently rounding things off with finesse without adding too much butter or weight and all the while maintaining a fresh core that adds line and length. Without the celebrity that Roulot, Coche and Lafon have, the Darviot family quietly build on their reputation year on year by making attractive Meursault with appealing energy. Lovers of Meursault should look no further than this estate for age-worthy and charming wines. Even in trickier white vintages you always know the team at Darviot-Perrin will produce beautifully precise, intense and fresh wines. Didier and Julie's daughter Alix is in charge of the wine making and her energy, enthusiasm and positivity is clearly reflected in their wines which radiate joie de vivre. 2016 has shown the potential for some variation in quality in white far more than red, but in Darviot-Perrin you can remain confident in the consistently excellent wines. One of the earliest producers to start harvesting their whites, there is purity, intensity and terroir transparency apparent from Bourgogne level through to premier cru.

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Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge Les Bondues 6 bottles £215.00 A cuckoo’s nest of Pinot Noir amid the Chardonnay vines in Chenovot, this displays an attractively herbaceous nose with crunchy red berries and well integrated oak spice. The palate has a firm mineral core, fresh acidity and a long, concentrated finish leading into wild strawberries, red cherries, a lifted floral note and a subtle savoury cherry pip finish. Drink from 2020.

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Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

6 bottles £410.00 Smoky flint, green apple and subtle oak spice on the nose lead to a rich, ripe palate of yellow apples and pastry with a fine, chalky backbone. There is a vibrant acidity running throughout the wine that culminates in a mouth-watering saline note on the marvellously concentrated long finish. Drink from 2020.

Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières 6 bottles £450.00 A complex and concentrated nose shows a rich base of cox apple fruit, sweet spice and a smoky, flinty note. The core of the wine is tightly coiled and swathed in ripe yet incredibly pure fruit, while a chalky minerality and a thrilling acidity add intrigue, length and complexity to the wine. The finish is long with deep smoky apples and red apple skin lingering. It is absolutely fabulous. Drink from 2020. Meursault 1er Cru Perrières

6 bottles £560.00 Hailing from vines planted in 1937, the concentration of this wine is no surprise. The nose is a complex medley of flint, white nuts and salty minerality. The palate is alive with pure citrus, crunchy granny smith apples and a hint of ripe peach. The wine is hugely intense, pure and juicy with a moreish saline finish that does not want to end. Sensational. Drink from 2021

Chassagne-Montrachet Les Blanchots Dessus

6 bottles £560.00 A broad, powerful nose of smoky hazelnut. Power and concentration exude from this wine while the nervy acidity and chalky minerality give poise and energy to the palate. Savoury hay, nut and citrus combine with orange peel, green apple and yellow plum; it is a complex mosaic wrapped around a steely core. What a profound wine. Drink from 2021.

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Domaine Faiveley – Erwan Faiveley Located in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Domaine Faiveley has been making wine since 1825. They own more than 120 hectares of vines on exceptional terroirs including 10 grands crus and 20 premiers crus. Now managed by Erwan Faiveley, the wines are made with enormous passion and great attention to detail with a focus on the vineyards. Picking is carried out by hand and the harvest is carefully sorted as it arrives at the winery to select the finest fruit. The 2016s were an absolute pleasure to taste from barrel. Erwan described his surprise about how well the wines had evolved in barrel following such a traumatic year, with both frost and mildew, describing the wines as very elegant and classic in style. Frost damage was patchy, with severe reductions in Batârd-Montrachet and Bienvenues-Batârd, for example, but a normal crop in Corton Charlemagne.

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Meursault

12 bottles £340.00 An expressive Meursault with appealing stone fruit aromas, there is an energetic mineral freshness on the palate which balances the warm citrus fruit character. A delicious wine, with a hint of spice on the finish, it will be perfect for drinking from release. Drink from 2018.

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru la Garenne 6 bottles £300.00 Harmonious and refreshing, bright citrus characters on the nose mingle with aromas of flower blossom and white peaches. Yellow citrus flavours are balanced by a chalky mineral quality which leads to a long finish. This wine will be very enjoyable in its youth but has enough energy for several years of ageing. Drink from 2018. Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes

6 bottles £380.00 Attractive summer meadow flowers and yellow fruits on the nose are followed by bright citrus qualities with a hint of oyster shell. On the palate, delicate chalky mineral notes, typical of this terroir, balance soft green apple fruit flavours and there is a hint of butter and toast on the finish. Refined and energetic, this wine will be delicious in a few years but will age for longer. Drink from 2019.

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

6 bottles £930.00 A wine with great intensity and impressive length, it has an expressive bouquet showing green apples and spring flowers. The palate is youthful and energetic with concentrated flavours and a firm mineral structure which suggests great ageing potential. Exposed to cold winds on the Aloxe-Corton side of the hill, this wine has impressive energy and depth. Drink from 2021.

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Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes

6 bottles £275.00 A wine which always has plenty of character, the 2016 has sweet berry and briary plum aromas. On the palate, succulent forest fruit characters and earthy spice notes are balanced by elegant tannins which provide structure and lead to a long finish. This wine could do with a few years in bottle before drinking. Drink from 2018.

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Issarts

6 bottles £295.00 3 magnums £300.00 An Armit Wines exclusive and a Faiveley monopole high on the slopes of Gevrey, this elegant and appealing wine has a bouquet of sweet plums and blackcurrants with notes of exotic smoke. On the palate, supple cherry flavours and seamless tannins are balanced by a refreshing raspberry and cassis character which leads to an impressive finish. A wine which could be approachable in a few years, it has the energy and structure for long ageing. Drink from 2021.

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Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes

6 bottles £440.00 Appealing and complex, this wine has an attractive bouquet of strawberries and wild flowers. On the palate, bright red forest fruits and silky textures are supported by a refreshing mineral character which leads to a long finish. A seasoning of spice adds an extra layer. Drink from 2020.

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

6 bottles £695.00 3 magnums £700.00 Impressively intense with smooth textures, this wine was very appealing to taste from barrel. On the nose, cassis fruits mingle with sweet leather and notes of freshly ground black pepper. On the palate, smooth cherry and plum flavours are balanced by a vibrant freshness. All the elements of this wine are in harmony leading to a very satisfying finish. Drink from 2021.

Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 6 bottles £725.00 Beautifully aromatic with an ethereal bouquet of violets and wild strawberries, the palate is silky textured and elegant with succulent cassis and red plum fruit characters balanced by a lovely freshness. One of the most attractive wines to taste young, it will age well due to its intensity and depth. Drink from 2020. Corton Clos de Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru

6 bottles £800.00 3 magnums £805.00 We tasted this at the end of the line-up but it stood up well. An impressively complex wine, it has an expressive bouquet of dark plum and cassis fruit mingled with roses and violets. On the palate, velvety tannins and succulent red berry flavours glide effortlessly along but beneath the seductive charm lies real depth and power. This wine will have plenty of ageing potential. Drink from 2021.

Bienvenues-Batârd-Montrachet Grand Cru

6 bottles £1,300.00 More delicate than the Corton Charlemagne, this wine has an expansive bouquet of bright citrus fruits mingled with white flowers, honeysuckle and freshly cut almonds. A hint of butter and spice adds another layer. On the palate, a lovely sweet citrus character is balanced by an energetic freshness with a delicate seasoning of nutmeg and spices on the finish. Beautifully balanced and attractive, this wine has a deep mineral core which will give it plenty of ageing potential. Drink from 2022.

Batârd-Montrachet Grand Cru 6 bottles £1,450.00 Perfectly integrated and elegant with layers of depth, the Batârd has an incredibly complex bouquet with zippy lemon fruit characters alongside delicate notes of acacia blossom and summer flowers. On the palate, silky smooth stone fruit characters with hints of brioche and exotic spices lead to an exceptionally long and refreshing finish. Drink from 2023.

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Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru

Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard – Céline Fontaine It has been an undeniably tough 5 years in terms of volume for producers the length and breadth of Burgundy, but 2016 really took the biscuit. Céline reported that it was the smallest crop in the memory of her parents which puts into context just how dramatic the effects of the April frosts were. Despite a very challenging growing season, the quality of the white wines at Fontaine-Gagnard is exceptional, it is just a shame there is not more of them. Céline runs the domaine with the involvement of her parents, Richard and Laurence, and has firmly established herself as one of a talented vanguard of producers making exceptionally complex, pure and energizing wines, particularly in this run of challenging vintages.

6 bottles £900.00 3 magnums £905.00 A very polished and intense Mazis which opens to reveal a brooding bouquet of dark red fruits with delicate hints of smoke and spices mingled with violets and flowers. The palate has a sensual quality with its smooth, broad textures and silky sweet plum and dark cassis flavours balanced by an energetic mineral freshness which gives it such length and poise. This wine is every bit as powerful as the 2015 but is more charming and elegant. Drink from 2023.

Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

6 bottles £1,320.00 3 magnums £1,325.00 An extremely elegant and beautifully intense wine, the bouquet reveals a panoply of sweet red fruits and dark cherries with perfumed notes of redcurrants and violets. The magnificent concentration of succulent flavours is supported by an energetic freshness which drives through to an incredibly long finish. This is an impressive wine and it would be shame to drink it too early so cellar for at least six years. Drink 2024.

Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Les Ouvrées Rodin 3 bottles £1,850.00 Named in honour of the legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin, who was a friend of the Faiveley family, this exceptional cuvée is made from a small plot right in the heart of the Clos de Bèze. Describing wines of such complexity is difficult; its ethereal bouquet, silky flavours, magnificent complexity and beautiful harmony transport you to another place. Drink from 2025.

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Bourgogne Blanc

12 bottles £185.00 The wine has a beautifully pure nose of apple, chalk and spring blossom. The palate is concentrated and lively with a vibrant lemony acidity which lifts the ripe apple palate. A subtle mineral core adds texture and complexity. Drink from release.

Chassagne-Montrachet

12 bottles £320.00 Restrained on the nose, the palate shows incredible concentration of fruit wired through with mineral tension. The sweet oak spice is subtle and beautifully integrated to the intense fruit adding intrigue and complexity. Long and classy. Drink from 2019.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Maltroie 12 bottles £420.00 Delicious ripe, smoky yellow apples on the nose show depth and complexity. The palate is rich and creamy and underscored by a textural, chalky minerality. The wine is elevated by a vibrantly pure, citrus acidity. The finish is long, concentrated and precise. Drink from 2020. Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers

12 bottles £430.00 A subtle, illusive nose showing crunchy green apples and gentle spice. A linear, nervy, citrus and cream lined palate with a lifted perfume of spring blossom leads to a delicate yet concentrated finish. Feminine yet steely. Drink from 2020.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos des Murées 12 bottles £440.00 An incredibly intense, mesmeric nose of smoky apples and wet stone minerality. There is huge depth and concentration to the palate revealing creamy layered apple, peach, wet stones and a delightful chalky texture. The rich swirling depths of fruit are enhanced by the pure, laser like acidity and the finish is effortlessly long. Drink from 2021. Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot 6 bottles £230.00 Broad yet crisp with moreish depths of baked apples and spice. Rich, opulent fruit makes the wine approachable in its youth, while the spicy minerality, integrated oak and lovely freshness adds energy and dynamism to the palate. Great persistence on the finish. Fresh, complex and moreish. Drink from 2020. Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets 6 bottles £290.00 Crystalline green apple, lemon and acacia leads into a lovely bed of rich, pure fruit enlivened by a nervy minerality and dancing freshness. The finish is long and poised, effortlessly achieving a beautiful balance between fruit intensity and freshness. Drink from 2020

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Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Romanée

Domaine Fourrier – Jean-Marie Fourrier The wines of Jean-Marie Fourrier have always been keenly fought over, but the release of the 2016 vintage will see an even more fearsome battle for the tiny volumes produced. Focus in the media thus far has been on the devastating frosts that hit on the 26th and 27th April which severely reduced yields. Indeed, yields in Jean-Marie’s vineyards were down by 50% across Chambolle-Musigny Village and the premiers crus, while Gevrey-Chambertin Village and premiers crus were down 30%. This year it is worth sharpening your elbows and endeavouring to secure an allocation, however small, for the red wines of 2016 are sublime showing beautiful terroir transparency. The end of the season (July to September) was hot and dry which concentrated the already small berries. This resulted in thick skins and a high pulp to juice ratio which succeeded in adding depth and structure to the beautiful profile that 2016 showed. Pure lifted fruit, vibrant acidity and a firm and thrilling mineral core are the signature to these wines

6 bottles £330.00 Lovely deep concentrated fruit with baked apple and white pear underpinned by mineral freshness. Creamy and silken on the palate with preserved lemons and delicate integrated spice and a bright, linear acidity which drives into the long silky finish. Drink from 2020.

Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

6 bottles £795.00 Smoky, spicy oak with rich depths of ripe yellow apple and nut. There is a spicy grip on the rich palate opening to reveal red apple skin and raspberry. The savoury mineral core and fresh, precise acidity add poise to this impressive and powerful wine. Drink from 2023.

Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru 6 bottles £825.00 A powerhouse of a wine with rich yellow apple, preserved lemon and ripe stone fruits pulsing with intensely spicy mineral energy. The palate is broad and powerful with baked apples, peach, cinnamon and nutmeg atop a coiled, steely core of minerality and pure, driven acidity. The wine absolutely sings and will only continue to improve. Drink from 2024. Le Montrachet Grand Cru 1 bottle £395.00 Delicate yet intense, the wine is a beautiful complex lattice work of apple and kiwi, white blossom and fresh wild herb aromatics with sweeping undercurrents of savoury almonds and minerality. An exercise in effortless grace and complexity. Stunning. Drink from 2024.

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Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne 6 bottles POA Drawn from 12 different plots to the north, south and east of the village. The nose is rich yet bright with juicy red cherries and a heady wild heather perfume; the combination is both rich and seductive. The palate is very moreish with vibrant fruit, integrated spice, poised acidity, a rich but supple structure and a long, concentrated saline finish. Drink from 2019. Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Cherbaudes 6 bottles POA Bright cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruits are underpinned by sweet spice. The palate is incredibly silken, elegant and fresh with pure red fruit swathed around the mineral spiced core which in turn leads to a deliciously long, elegant yet powerful finish of concentrated red fruit and gentle spice. Drink from 2019. Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Gruenchers 6 bottles POA Restrained, taut, concentrated yet alluring, the nose reals you in with its compelling mineral depths, dark fruit and subtle perfume of potpourri. The palate radiates energy and precision in the fine, firm tannic lines, the fresh acidity and the focused fruit. This is a wine that will really come into its own in time. Drink from 2022. Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combes Aux Moines

6 bottles POA This vineyard is in a natural amphitheatre which traps the sun resulting in more intense, ripe wines. The nose shows powerfully concentrated red and black fruit with a sappy, saline core. The palate is a complex array of savoury sous bois, stony minerality, rich dark cherry with integrated oak spice and subtle strains of wild flowers. Long, complex and incredibly layered. Drink from 2022.

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champeaux 6 bottles POA This wine is seductively plush on the nose with plum and crunchy red berries. The palate shows incredible depths of dark, layered fruit with integrated sweet spice wrapped in powerful, sculpted tannins. The wine radiates poise and finesse on the complex, persistent finish. Drink from 2021. Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Goulots 6 bottles POA An expressive, lifted perfume of dark red fruit and violets leap out of the glass and draws you in to the darker, more brooding palate. Layers of spice and purple plum lie within the fine, ripe tannins while the invigorating acidity lifts the wine culminating in a pure fruited, elegant finish. Drink from 2021.

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Vougeot 1er Cru Les Petits Vougeots 6 bottles POA A rich nose of both red and dark fruit swathes the deliciously subtle notes of sous bois providing both sumptuousness and complexity. The palate has a chalky mineral vein running through its core and driving into the long finish. The fruit is bright and crunchy, balanced by the velvety ripe tannins and juicy acidity which tapers into a mouthwatering, saline finish. Drink from 2019.

Domaine Grivot – Etienne Grivot Visiting Etienne Grivot is always a highlight of the en primeur tasting calendar. He controls an extremely enviable vineyard portfolio and possesses an equally enviable reputation for the consistently exceptional quality of his wines. Vosne-Romanée was not hit as hard as some areas in 2016, but the domaine’s yields were down over 30% in Nuits-Saint-Georges and over 50% in Echézeaux. They had to “fight a war with mildew” according to Mathilde Grivot, but judging from the samples we tasted the Grivot's won the battle. This is another estate where the younger generation is taking on greater responsibility and has produced some classic Pinot Noir showing freshness and energy.

Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St-Jacques

6 bottles POA This is the product of just 18 rows of vines that are more than 100 years in age – it is no wonder that the wine is such a show-stopper. Smoky black fruit, lifted fresh red berries and heady wild heather captures your attention and leads you deftly into incredible layered depths of crunchy, juicy fruit, rich, dark spice, and violets. A powerful mineral structure sculpts the wine into impressive proportions while maintaining its grace and beauty. Drink from 2023.

Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru

6 bottles POA A chalky, smoky nose leads to a sweet, spicy red fruited entry with delicious savoury, earthy undercurrents eddying beneath the rich red and purple fruit. Nervy, taut and energetic, the palate shows impressive fruit density with silken yet well-defined tannins leading to a long, savoury and powerfully mineral finish. Drink from 2023.

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Vosne-Romanée

6 bottles £282.00 This is a blend from 7 different plots and shows great charm and class. It has a lovely concentrated nose showing all of the hallmarks of why Pinot Noir is so revered. It shows many layers of dark forest fruit before they move into the background. A really concentrated wine for village level. Drink from 2022.

Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Roncière 6 bottles £576.00 A floral, but substantial nose that is quite delicate for Nuits-Saint-Georges. Serious and solid, but not at all rustic, this just needs a bit of time to soften and promises to be very good. Drink from 2022. Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Boudots 6 bottles £696.00 From the border of Vosne-Romanée, and a product of mostly 80-85 year old vines, this offers the most lifted nose of the 3 Nuits-Saint-Georges we tasted. It is very floral with violets and blueberries in abundance. The concentrated dark cherry and blackcurrants show great depth and hint at a great future. Another excellent example of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Drink from 2023. Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

6 bottles £960.00 Showing a very dark purple in the glass, this Clos de Vougeot displays hints of raspberry and dark fruit on the nose. It is quite concentrated, but very correct and elegant. On the palate the wine displays excellent depth and richness and the finish builds into a broad mixture of spice and concentrated fruit. Very classy indeed. Drink from 2025.

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Domaine AF Gros – Mathias Parent Domaine AF Gros is owned by Anne-Françoise who inherited vineyards in Savigny, Vosne-Romanée, Chambolle-Musigny, Echézeaux and Richebourg from her parents Jean and Jeanine Gros. Anne-Françoise’s husband, François Parent, who also hails from a Burgundian family, is responsible for the winemaking and has a separate label in addition to Domaine AF Gros. Together, their 2016s take another step forwards in the vineyard as well as in the cellar.

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Hautes-Côtes de Nuits

12 bottles £180.00 This is a very low sulphur wine that displays a really vivid floral nose. In the mouth, the wine is “un peu sauvage” or wild. Very pure, with hints of orange and spice adding to dark berry fruit on the palate, the wine shows great definition. Drink from 2019.

Beaune 1er Cru Les Boucherottes

6 bottles £185.00 Elegant, supple and juicy with red and black cherries and blackcurrants, a lifted perfume of violets and a delicate smattering of oak spice. Eminently drinkable. Drink from 2019.

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White

Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru Blanc 6 bottles £695.00 The nose is quite forward with white flowers and pear scents predominating. Good volume and complexity in the mouth, broad shouldered and solid with excellent length. Drink from 2024. Red

Morey-Saint-Denis 6 bottles £210.00 Lovely nose, a mixture of red and dark forest fruit. The palate shows excellent concentration and a touch of sweetness, very good concentration, mouth-filling and long. Drink from 2020.

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Gevrey-Chambertin 6 bottles £215.00 Interesting bouquet of red fruit with a background of “sous bois”. Very Gevrey in the mouth with juicy dark fruit. Good length, a very good village wine.

Vosne-Romanée Aux Réas 12 bottles £440.00 This wine was one of the stars of our 2015 en primeur tasting. The 2016 is a bit darker and restrained at the moment, so will require some patience. We are sure it will be rewarded though. On the palate the wine combines dark forest fruits and shows excellent minerality and balance with very fine tannins on the finish. Drink from 2020. Chambolle-Musigny 12 bottles £520.00 This is an excellent example of the house style, with a bright perfumed nose showing very pure essence of red berries and red blossoms. In the mouth this is dark and luscious, richer than many 2016s. This is a beautiful, well-balanced Chambolle-Musigny that will age gracefully. Drink from 2020. Echézeaux Grand Cru 6 bottles £1,050.00 Hailing from 90 year old vines from the top of the Echézeaux vineyard, this wine is a masterclass in finesse and concentration. It boasts fine, silken yet taut tannins, a lifted perfume of red berries, dried cherry and cedar spice and a beautifully concentrated palate. The finish is long and profound. Drink from 2025. Richebourg Grand Cru

6 bottles £2,500.00 Crackling with energy, the wine is rich, dark and exotic with spice, lavender and crunchy red berries enveloped in cedar smoke. Powerful, purposeful and driven this wine has a lot more to give to the patient. Drink from 2025.

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Domaine Antonin Guyon Domaine Antonin Guyon, based in Savigny-lès-Beaune, is one of the largest family owned wineries in the Côte d’Or. Started by Antonin Guyon in the 1960s, the domaine is now run by Antonin’s son Dominique, with the help of his daughter Hombeline who recently joined the estate to take part in its day-to-day management. This 45 hectare property produces classic wines of great quality from 25 different appellations mostly in premier and grand cru vineyards. The grapes are hand harvested and carried to the winery in small boxes where they undergo a further rigorous sorting. Cellar master Vincent Nicot follows a traditional approach with fermentation in open wooden vats which gives the wines an elegant character with plenty of ageing potential. According to Vincent, the 2016 whites are marked by their “freshness and purity” and the reds by their “intensity and lovely purity” and will be enjoyable in their youth whilst having the capacity to age well.

Domaine Humbert Frères Based in Gevrey on the road up to the Combe de Lavaux, the domaine is run by the fourth generation, brothers Frédéric and Emmanuel Humbert. They have enviable vineyard holdings throughout Gevrey, with Charmes-Chambertin at the pinnacle of their estate. Manou Humbert explained that phenolic ripeness comes easily due to their very old vines, so the focus for him at harvest time is always on keeping a pure, poised acidity in the wines rather than picking on potential alcohol. In the cellar all his timings are dictated by the moon, though he is not biodynamic. True to his word his wines are tautly structured, elegant and complex.

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Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles

6 bottles £430.00 An elegant wine with lovely length, the bouquet displays aromas of stone fruits and flower blossom. On the palate, supple citrus flavours and a chalky mineral character lead to a long and refreshing finish. This wine will be delicious from release. Drink from 2018. Red

Gevrey-Chambertin Carougeot

6 bottles £190.00 Carougeot is located just below the village of Gevrey-Chambertin and produces attractive wines with succulent flavours. Antonin Guyon’s cuvée has an expansive bouquet of wild forest fruits and dark plums. On the palate, smooth tannins and supple cassis and dark cherry flavours are balanced by a refreshing redcurrant note. This wine will be delicious in a few years. Drink from 2019.

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Fixin Vieilles Vignes 12 bottles £300.00 A beguiling nose of hedgerow fruit, sous bois and violets supported by a delightful hint of oak spice. Delicious acidity and fine, ripe sculpted tannins are swathed in dark fruit and a hint of chocolate. The finish is long with a lovely chalky minerality. Drink from 2019. Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 6 bottles £245.00 Lifted purple fruit, spiced black fruit and violets sing on the nose. The palate is firm yet fine, with beautifully chiselled tannins and again this beautiful acid line lifting the whole wine. Black fruit, subtle earth, a lifted floral note and a hint of black tea show on the long finish. Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Poissenot

6 bottles £430.00 Just under 1 hectare of this prized vineyard, it has virtually no soil but is comprised of crumbly limestone. The wine is coiled and saline, with a chalky, smoky complexity over the dark crunchy mineral depths, black tea and pure, driven acidity. Very long, complex and beautifully structured. Very moreish! Drink from 2023.

Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras

6 bottles £215.00 Beautifully balanced with delicate flavours, this is an immediately appealing wine with scents of violets and red cherries. On the palate, silky tannins and a refined mineral character mingle with crunchy redcurrant fruits and lively freshness on the finish. Drink from 2019.

Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 6 bottles £315.00 Aromatic and complex, a bouquet of wild strawberries and raspberries leads to a finely balanced palate with bright red berry fruits and an elegant mineral structure which suggests plenty of ageing potential. A seasoning of delicate spices on the finish adds an extra layer of depth and complexity. Drink from 2020. Corton Clos du Roy Grand Cru 6 bottles £335.00 Antonin Guyon’s Corton Clos du Roy has a complex bouquet with sweet redcurrant and elegant plum notes. On the palate, succulent ripe red fruits mingle with hints of crushed flowers and forest fruits. Elegant, pure and complex with a beautiful structure, this is wine for long ageing. Drink from 2021.

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Domaine Michel Lafarge – Frédéric Lafarge Between them, Michel and his son Frédéric have an encyclopaedic knowledge of historic vintages in Burgundy and their insight and experience is always fascinating. Frédéric reported that Michel has never tasted such an exuberant, joyful vintage as the 2016. But he was swift to elaborate that it is not just a case of instant gratification with this vintage, for it has the nerve, minerality and complexity that makes it one of those rare vintages that shows both beauty and intellect.

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Bourgogne Aligoté Raisins Dorés

12 bottles £120.00 Greengage, white blossom and savoury hay provides an intriguing nose. The palate shows concentrated yellow plums, and an intense chalky flavour which highlights the rich yet bright preserved lemon fruit and lovely fresh acidity. Drink from release.

Meursault

12 bottles £350.00 A captivating nose of intense smoked nuts and sweet baked apples show stunning intensity. Beautifully integrated yet nervy freshness perfectly balances the opulence of the fruit giving precision to this wonderfully concentrated wine. Drink from 2020.

Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Aigrots Blanc

6 bottles £265.00 A restrained nose with a lovely subtle fragrance of apple and frangipani. The palate is lively showing an effervescent minerality cloaked in white blossom, jasmine, citrus, apple and a delightful touch of spice. Long, concentrated yet feminine with a core of steely strength. Drink from 2020. Red

Bourgogne Passetoutgrain L’Exception 12 bottles £145.00 A powerful nose of rich, ripe red cherry and plum with seductive depths of dark fruit, spice and liquorice. The palate is deliciously crunchy with cassis, lifted violets and a cool underbelly of granite. The tannins are fine and taut supporting an attractive, liquorice spiced finish. Drink from release. Bourgogne Pinot Noir 12 bottles £170.00 Fine lifted red fruit with a juicy, sappy nose that gives it instant appeal. The palate shows supple tannins with bright, spiced strawberries and a moreish stemmy lift. Delicate yet long, it is a very gratifying wine. Drink from release. Volnay

12 bottles £360.00 Pure, lifted, intense red fruit nose with a gorgeous breath of wild flowers and heather creating a halo above the concentrated fruit. Crystalline, crunchy redcurrants, cherries and strawberries are encased in a fine silken grip. Elegant, beautiful, concentrated and so incredibly long. Drink from 2021.

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12 bottles £535.00 Rich, spicy strawberries lead into a pure bright palate of fresh strawberries and black pepper, all underscored by a lovely textural, chalky minerality. The tannins are silken and supple and the acidity is crackling within the rich red fruit. This wine just dances across the palate. Drink from 2020.

Beaune 1er Cru Grèves

12 bottles £595.00 Smoky red and black cherries rise from the glass in an aromatic cloud that leads you in to a finely tuned, pure expression of red cherries, rose and mineral spice. The tannins are fine and powdery, the acidity pure and bright and the finish is incredibly long and elegant. Drink from 2021.

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Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans

6 bottles £460.00 A deliciously savoury nose of sous bois and briar fruit. The palate is bold yet restrained with deep red fruit and blood orange held firmly in a velvety grip of ripe tannins. The finish is very long and mineral driven ending with a mouth-watering salinity. Drink from 2023.

Pommard 1er Cru Les Pézerolles 6 bottles £480.00 A restrained nose of perfumed black and red cherries explode onto the palate developing into a rich array of blueberries and strawberries. There is a wonderfully coiled, tense core of minerality to this wine enhanced by the fresh, nervy acidity. The tannins are fine, silken and well integrated providing effortless structure. The finish develops a darker profile with liquorice spice and blackcurrants. A truly beautiful wine. Drink from 2023. Volnay 1er Cru Pitures 1 magnum £160.00 The stony soils add a taut structure to the wine, and true to form the palate is tightly coiled with a spicy mineral core. The attractive red fruit is restrained but promises to blossom forth over time. Drink from 2024. Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets

6 bottles £505.00 A graceful, lifted red cherry perfume gathers momentum on the palate with a rich, voluptuous fruit profile of concentrated crushed strawberries and pure red cherries. The chalky minerality adds length and complexity to this incredibly attractive wine, focused yet generous. Drink from 2023.

Volnay 1er Cru Clos du Château des Ducs 6 bottles £550.00 Deep, restrained and concentrated smoky depths give little away. The palate is mineral driven and as taut as a bowstring with elusive and ethereal glimpses of rose and red fruit. The tannins are fine and silky harbouring a profound, steely core. Effortlessly beautiful and with so much more to give. Drink from 2025. Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes 6 bottles £550.00 Lifted pure red and dark berries are underscored by a cool stony minerality which enhances the purity and elegance of the cherry and strawberry fruit. Beautifully integrated spice and an effervescent minerality tease the palate while the finely boned tannins are supple and appealing. Precise and intense with wonderful layered depths of complex fruit and savoury minerality, this wine boasts both power and elegance. Drink from 2025.

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Domaine Leflaive – Brice de La Morandière Brice de La Morandière continues to build on the reputation of these great wines following in the footsteps of Anne-Claude Leflaive. Tasting at the Domaine is always a delight and this year we were accompanied by Chef de Cave, Louis Brière. Unfortunately frosts devastated the Leflaive vineyards so there is no Le Montrachet and the other crus are substantially reduced by as much as 80%. Mildew was also difficult to manage but biodynamics strengthened the vines, according to Louis, which helped them achieve their full potential. Beautiful weather, which ensued from late June until the harvest on the 21st of September, resulted in wonderfully ripe and healthy grapes. The 2016s are elegant and attractive and will be approachable in their youth but should also age very well. They display a refined mineral energy which is the hallmark of the Domaine and gives these wines such energy and precision.

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Bourgogne Blanc

6 bottles £210.00 There is a lovely bright intensity and freshness about this wine. The bouquet is full of succulent lemon and white peach characters. On the palate, attractive sweet apple and ripe citrus flavours are balanced by a zesty mineral freshness which leads to a long finish. A wine which offers immediate pleasure, it is the perfect introduction to the wines of the Domaine. Drink from 2017.

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Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon

3 bottles £257.50 3 magnums £545.00 An energetic wine with lovely length, the expressive bouquet displays attractive white peach and stone fruit characters with some delicate apricot and fig notes. The palate is more restrained and reveals its terroir. Silky smooth white citrus and pithy orange fruit characters are balanced by lively mineral qualities. A wine with the potential to age, it should also be approachable in a few years. Drink from 2018.

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Folatières 3 bottles £455.00 Immediately attractive, the Folatières has an expressive bouquet bursting with citrus and stone fruits which is typical for this wine. Intense citrus flavours abound on the palate but there is change of gear midway with a burst of energy leading to a very mineral, almost salty finish. Drink from 2019. Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes 3 bottles £480.00 The smallest of the Domaine’s premiers crus with some of the oldest vines, this wine has an extra layer of complexity though the bouquet is somewhat restrained at first with subtle notes of white stone fruits and spices. The power and depth come through on the palate where succulent citrus flavours are balanced by a vigorous mineral freshness. Drink from 2020.

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3 bottles £512.50 3 magnums £1,055.00 Bright and energetic with a refined palate, there is a sculptured quality about this wine. A subtle bouquet leads to an intense citrus flavour framed by a firm mineral structure. Hints of stone fruit and flower blossom come through but this wine is holding itself in reserve at this stage which suggests great ageing potential. Drink from 2020.

Bienvenues-Batârd-Montrachet Grand Cru

3 bottles £955.00 More subtle and elegant with an energetic mineral quality, the Bienvenues is a more profound wine from the second smallest plot in the Domaine with the oldest vines. Subtle notes of flower blossom and stone fruit on the nose hint at the greatness to follow. On the palate, silky textures are balanced by a wonderful freshness and a chalky mineral character which leads to a vibrant finish. This is a wine which deserves to be cellared for at least five years but will age for considerably longer. Drink from 2022.

Batârd-Montrachet Grand Cru 3 bottles £1,055.00 An extremely complex wine with great depths, the bouquet opens to reveal subtle notes of stone fruit with delicate hints of butter and toast. On the palate, succulent smooth citrus characters are perfectly balanced by a vibrant mineral freshness which provides wonderful tension and great length. Still holding itself in reserve, this is a wine with great ageing potential. Drink from 2022 . Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru

3 bottles £1,265.00 This beautiful plot just above Montrachet produces majestic wines of great complexity. Beautifully balanced and elegant, the 2016 reveals subtle aromas of white peaches and golden citrus fruits mingled with scents of freshly cut almonds and delicate spices. Intense citrus fruit on the palate are underscored by a racy mineral freshness which leads to an incredibly long finish. Drink from 2022.

Domaines Leflaive We are also delighted to offer the Domaines Leflaive wines from vineyards outside Puligny-Montrachet. The grapes are grown following strict biodynamic principles and are vinified in Puligny-Montrachet in the same way as the Domaine wines. Quantities were severely reduced in 2016 and as a result it was not possible to produce Saint Véran, Mâcon-Solutré or Rully. The remaining two wines are beautifully balanced and could be enjoyed over the next few years but have a refreshing mineral quality which will allow them to develop further complexity.

Domaines Leflaive

6 bottles £365.00 This wine has an expressive bouquet with bright lemon and grapefruit characters with a hint of spice and brioche. Sweet citrus flavours are underscored by mouthwatering acidity and a chalky mineral quality which adds depth and complexity. Intense and energetic, this wine will be delicious for drinking over the next few years. Drink from 2018.

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Pouilly-Fuissé

6 bottles £160.00 6 magnums £375.00 On the nose this wine has bright green apple and citrus fruits with a hint of freshly cut ginger and white flower blossom. The palate reveals sweet peach and silky stone fruits underlined by zippy acidity which balances the succulent flavours. Drink from 2018.

Auxey-Duresses

6 bottles £160.00 6 magnums £375.00 An expressive bouquet of white peaches and stone fruits leads to an elegant palate with sweet ripe fruits and a vibrant mineral freshness. Beautifully balanced, this wine will age well but will be delicious from release. Drink from 2018.

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Domaine Jean-Marc Millot Catching up with Jean-Marc Millot is always one of the highlights of a visit to Burgundy. Not only are his wines exceptional, but his wicked sense of humour and energy make the tasting memorable on many levels. Working according to organic principles in the vineyard, the majority of which are located in Vosne-Romanée, Vougeot and Echézeaux, the 2016’s were both profound and engaging. The purity of fruit and undeniable quality of the wines, he says, is thanks to his talented daughter Alix and the subtle changes she has made since taking over the reins of the winemaking in 2014. These include destemming the wines at reception and increasing the length of cold maceration. Alix has also experimented with sulphur substitutes such as chitosan and fermentation in amphorae for the Aligote. This producer is going from strength to strength, and is most definitely one to keep an eye on if you don’t already.

Domaine de Montille – Etienne de Montille and Winemaker Brian Sieve Domaine de Montille is one of Burgundy’s greatest estates. The wines are made for ageing but in recent years, since Hubert’s son Etienne has taken over, the domaine has moved towards expressing greater aromatic potential in the wines. The recent purchase of several new parcels of vineyards has increased the number of wines produced at this domaine and it always provides a serious and detailed overview of the vintage. According to Brian Sieve, the winemaker, 2016 “was a classic Burgundy vintage” which produced fruit of phenolic ripeness and natural potential alcohol levels of 12.5-13%. As a result, Domaine de Montille has been able to produce a range of wines with excellent balance. They are bright and crisp, displaying fresh, crunchy tannins and steely acidity. They are, as Brian stated during our visit, “wines that could only be made in Burgundy”.

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Côte de Nuits Aux Faulques

Bourgogne Blanc 12 bottles £185.00 A bright citrusy nose combines with apple and fresh lemon on the palate, well balanced and attractive. Drink from release.

12 bottles £280.00 Dark spicy fruit with a hint of raspberry on the nose. A crunchy palate of blackcurrants is underpinned by a delightful cherry pip minerality encased in an elegant, fine boned structure. Pure, lifted, fresh and concentrated, the wine boasts both refinement and complexity. Drink from 2019.

Vosne-Romanée

6 bottles £295.00 A haunting perfume of pure, lifted red fruits and rose petals emerge from the glass. The silken palate shows strawberries and red cherries with floral top notes woven around an intense mineral core. Seamlessly integrated spice, violets, red and black cherries develop on the palate and linger on the beautifully sleek yet steely finish. Drink from 2019.

Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Suchots 6 bottles £545.00 A complex nose is on offer here, showing dried and fresh flowers, heather and oak spice with a concentrated red cherry weight. Beautifully precise, pure fruit and silken, seamless tannins are swathed around a vibrant core of acidity and subtle, textural minerality. This is an exceptional wine, profound yet effortless and utterly beguiling. Drink from 2020. Echézeaux Grand Cru

6 bottles £785.00 Rich, crystalline red fruit sings from the glass, and is underpinned by compelling savoury depths of sous bois and a hint of spice. The palate boasts both power and beauty with perfectly chiselled, silken tannins encapsulating beautiful pure fruit. A teasing hint of fresh pepper, a complex mineral core and a nervy acidity leads to an exceptionally long and beautifully perfumed finish. The wine is a perfect reflection of terroir. Drink from 2022.

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

6 bottles £895.00 Dense spiced black cherries with subtle smoky violets form the perfect entrée into a palate showing dense blackcurrants and black cherries, a taut mineral core and a firm grippy structure. The fresh, crunchy dark fruit and suave, masculine body has stupendous length. This will reward patience. Drink from 2023.

Grands-Echézeaux Grand Cru

3 bottles £1600 Vibrant and crunchy red fruits on the nose with a lifted aroma of violets. A wonderful filigree tannin structure supports incredibly concentrated yet beautifully pure fruit with juicy raspberries, redcurrants and cassis fruit underpinned by a firm core of graphite minerality giving length, complexity and persistence. Drink from 2024.

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Beaune 1er Cru Les Aigrots Blanc

6 bottles £180.00 This is down 50% by volume from 2015. It is bright and fresh on the nose with lots of fruit. Relatively soft in the mouth with apple and pear backed by a line of refreshing acidity, good length. Drink from 2019.

Meursault Sur le Coteau

6 bottles £225.00 3 magnums £245.00 The first vintage of this wine has just under 20% new oak. This is a good example of Meursault with a round bouquet containing both citrus and oyster shell. In the mouth a good balance of fruit and minerality. Very closed, but good volume on the palate. Give this 2 years to open and it will be a delight. Drink from 2020.

Meursault 1er Cru Les Porusots

6 bottles £290.00 3 magnums £310.00 Slightly reductive nose which opens into apple and quince. Well balanced flavours of green and yellow fruit, good acidity and length. Needs a year to integrate, drink from 2019

Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières

6 bottles £430.00 3 magnums £450.00 A joy to inhale this wine! Quite deep white fruit on the nose, citrus layered over concentrated white fruit on the palate. This shows excellent balance of fruit and a saline backbone with some chalky texture, very long and good structure for ageing. Drink from 2022

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Le Cailleret

6 bottles £485.00 3 magnums £505.00 1 jeroboam £365.00 More floral than the Meursaults, acacia blossom and freshness mingle in the glass. On the palate it shows wonderful concentration of white and yellow fruit, really quite delicious, excellent persistence. Drink from 2020

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

6 bottles £485.00 3 magnums £505.00 1 jeroboam £365.00 Their vineyard doesn’t get as much afternoon sun as some others which helps their Corton-Charlemagne retain more freshness. The nose conveys concentrated white fruit hidden by that fresh acidity. Really lovely in the mouth, with lots of "matière" combined with perfectly ripened fruit, great balance and length. Drink from 2022 37


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Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

Bourgogne Rouge 12 bottles £190.00 A classic nose of cranberry and pomegranate, juicy and supple in the mouth, good balance and length. Drink from release Beaune 1er Cru Les Perrières

6 bottles £190.00 A very attractive wine with red forest fruits and a subtle earthy richness. Fine and supple with a lovely mineral texture and a pure, bright lifted finish. Drink from 2019

Beaune 1er Cru Les Grèves

6 bottles £255.00 3 magnums £275.00 From 50 year old vines. Red fruit blossom on the nose with some cherry notes. Fairly rich, red fruit in the mouth; cherry and berry. Quite fine, powdery tannins that provide a good structure for the fruit. Drink from 2022

Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Thorey

6 bottles £305.00 3 magnums £325.00 2/3 whole cluster and 40% new oak gives it a brightness and perfumed vivacity of red fruit on the nose. On the palate crunchy cranberries come to the fore, the flavours are full and generous, filling the mouth. These are amplified by the substantial tannic structure and balancing acidity. Needs a bit of time to soften, drink from 2023

Pommard 1er Cru Les Pézerolles

6 bottles £395.00 3 magnums £415.00 This vineyard has less iron than most of Pommard and is 50% down in volume from 2015. The nose shows red fruit with spicy notes. The flavours are of bright red fruit and are very focused on the palate. Balanced with fine tannins and good acidity, this is more delicate than typical Pommard and should drink from 2020.

Volnay 1er Cru Les Taillepieds

6 bottles £405.00 3 magnums £425.00 100% whole cluster from 70 year old vines. Oak and fruit playing hide and seek on the nose, it reveals an intriguing bouquet of fruit and floral scents. This wine fills the mouth with gentle ripe fruit, delicate and elegant, but with great presence. Very fine tannins and good length. Drink from 2023.

Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru

6 bottles £515.00 3 magnums £535.00 1 jeroboam £385.00 A lot of fresh red fruit on the nose, noteworthy complexity. This wine fills the mouth with layers of fruit and freshening acidity and I was tempted not to spit. Very pure fruit, very good length with just a hint of rusticity. Drink from 2023.

Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens-Bas

6 bottles £530.00 3 magnums £550.00 1 jeroboam £395.00 A more complex nose than the Pézerolles, with more fruit than spice. A mixture of black fruit on the palate with good density and length. The tannins will need a bit of time to fully integrate. Drink from 2022.

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6 bottles £630.00 3 magnums £650.00 1 jeroboam £465.00 Unusually the first good crop in this vineyard since 2010, from 55-60 year old vines. Closed nose hints at a complex mix of red fruits, this will need time. More readable on the palate; rich and complex fruit and spice, with a lovely density. This is very good and very long, drink from 2027.

Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts

6 bottles £1,100.00 3 magnums £1,120.00 1 jeroboam £775.00 Made with 2/3 whole cluster and 55% new oak, fruit from 45-50 year old vines. Excellent red fruit bouquet, very complete. This has a real richness to it on the palate, with excellent balance of fruit and freshness. Robust tannins will need a bit of time to integrate, drink from 2025.

Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts-Christiane

6 bottles £1,850.00 magnums £1,870.00 1 jeroboam £1,275.00 From a site bordered on 2 sides by the venerable La Tache. As one might expect the bouquet is complex and multi-dimensional; red and dark fruit mixes with spice and a bit of caramel. On the palate all of these integrate into a harmonious whole that goes on and on. Drink from 2025.

Domaine Marc Morey – Sabine Mollard Domaine Marc Morey is one of the most respected producers in Chassagne-Montrachet. Through a century of steady growth, these elegant wines are reaching their full potential under Sabine Mollard, the 4th generation of the family to work at the domaine. Sabine continues to make wines with great tension and finesse that are immediately appealing in their youth, as well as having a great capacity to age. She has been working closely with other growers to improve vineyard management, including finding an optimum fruit to leaf ratio, and has focussed on achieving a balance between alcohol and freshness. Domaine Marc Morey was badly hit by the April frost and Sabine described how that was just the start of a challenging growing season that required lots of work in the vineyards to mitigate the mildew pressure of May and June before the fine weather set in.

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Volnay 1er Cru Les Brouillards 6 bottles £305.00 Hailing from just north of Mitans, the wine has 1/3 whole cluster from 30-35 year old vines. The fruit is on the darker end of the spectrum showing blackberry and cassis. In the mouth, it is a muscular Volnay with plenty of substance. Very fine tannins, this will just need a bit of time, drink from 2023.

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Bourgogne Blanc 12 bottles £155.00 Pure and lifted on the nose with creamy green apples and white spring blossom. The palate shows good concentration and a lovely freshness. This is really pretty and elegant. Drink from release. Chassagne-Montrachet

12 bottles £340.00 A powerful, smoky mineral nose draws you in to a palate of ripe apples and sweet baking spice, all lifted by a juicy vein of acidity. The creamy texture is balanced by a fine mineral grip and attractive steely length. Drink from 2019.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru En Virondot 12 bottles £485.00 Spiced apples, and a smoky, chalky minerality leads to an attractive, flighty palate with creamy, green apple, spring blossom and jasmine which is enhanced by a fresh, crisp acidity. There is an ethereal character to the wine which does nothing to detract from the attractive length. Drink from 2019. 38

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Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

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1 magnum £320.00 Intense, spicy, savoury nuts, sweet hay and ripe apples dance on the nose. The palate is concentrated and powerful yet elegant with a lovely core of freshness which lifts the rich, ripe baked apples and peach. The finish has both depth and freshness. Drink from 2020.

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Maison Roche de Bellene – Nicolas Potel Nicolas Potel took his first steps as a winemaker at Domaine Pousse d’Or where he worked in the cellar with his father. Following his father’s death he founded Domaine de Bellene which has vineyards in Santenay, Saint-Romain, Volnay, Nuits-Saint-Georges and Vosne-Romanée. A few years later he established a négociant business called Maison Roche de Bellene buying grapes from trusted growers in some of the most prestigious crus in the Côte d’Or. Price per case in bond

Vosne-Romanée 1er cru Malconsorts 3 bottles £400.00 Powerful grippy tannins and fresh acidity are swathed in concentrated dark cherries and briar fruit. Intense depths of liquorice, toast and oak spice form a rich backdrop to the dark brooding fruit. It will take time to resolve but will be worth the wait. Drink from 2024. Grands-Echézeaux Grand Cru

3 bottles £585.00 A bright, lifted, sappy nose with red cherries, blackcurrant and sour cherry fruit. Silken but firm tannins are underscored by a complex minerality and an attractive floral lift. The finish is persistent and textured. Drink from 2025.

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Gains 6 bottles £280.00 A deliciously savoury nose of almonds and hay leads to a palate of sweet cinnamon spice, smoky minerals and concentrated, restrained baked apples. The finish is very long, energetic and complex. Drink from 2020.

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses

6 bottles £280.00 Pure and bright on the nose with spring blossom and delicate citrus, the palate shows more weight with lemon peel, preserved lemon and complex notes of almond. Lovely balance between fruit weight, freshness and a fine vein of acidity. Drink from 2019.

Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières 6 bottles £305.00 A rich, lush nose of peaches and smoked almonds draws you in to a concentrated palate showing preserved lemons and juicy yellow peaches. Flinty, chalky minerality and a vibrantly pure citrus acidity add complexity and vivacity to the wine. Poised, powerful and very long, it is a very impressive wine. Drink from 2021.

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Corton Grand Cru 6 bottles £290.00 An expressive and harmonious wine with succulent flavours, the bouquet opens with notes of bright plum and ripe cassis fruits with a hint of spice. On the palate, smooth cherry and cassis characters and a note of cedar spice are lifted by an attractive freshness which leads to a persistent finish. This wine will be approachable soon after release but should age well. Drink from 2019.

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Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières

3 bottles £590.00 Rich, dark spicy oak and dark chocolate lead into sweet, black cherry fruit. The tannins are fine and grippy and there is a firm vein of minerality running throughout the wine. The finish is long, powerful, precise and rich. Drink from 2025. 3 bottles £600.00 Sweetly spiced vanilla oak with subtle, perfumed red fruit on the nose leads to a finely chiselled palate with bright acidity. Once the oak has had time to resolve it will be an impressively complex, rich wine. Drink from 2023.

Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

3 bottles £650.00 Brighter and more persistent than the Corton, the bouquet displays crunchy forest fruit aromas with a hint of cedar spice. Bright strawberry and raspberry characters on the palate are balanced by a fine mineral quality leading to a long finish. An energetic wine with plenty of depth, it should age well. Drink from 2021.

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Chambertin Grand Cru 3 bottles £695.00 Elegant and refined, the Chambertin has a bright bouquet with sweet cherry and cassis characters. On the palate, subtle strawberry and redcurrant flavours are supported by supple tannins and an elegant freshness. A seasoning of spice on the finish adds an extra layer of complexity. This wine will be approachable in its youth but should age very well. Drink from 2021.

Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

Romanée-Saint-Vivant 3 bottles £1,500.00 A deep compelling nose of smoky, exotic oak spice backed up by sweet black cherries, toast, liquorice spice and an enticing hint of rose petal. The tannins are fine and grippy and persist well into the long finish. This is going to develop into an incredibly interesting wine. Drink from 2026.

6 bottles £590.00 Deep nutty depths with lemon curd, smoky minerality and lifted jasmine. On the palate there is both concentration and elegance with rich fruit, almonds and a lovely mouthwatering saline character that leads into a long, smoky, mineral finish that is still coiled and tight. Drink from 2022.

3 bottles £590.00 A hugely rich nose showing golden sultanas, hazelnut and exotic baked banana. The palate is full and creamy with crème anglaise shot through with bright citrus and a hint of jasmin. This bold wine is underpinned by a fine chalky minerality and the finish is incredibly long. Drink from 2020.

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Domaine Roumier – Christophe Roumier Christophe Roumier’s wines are known for their seductive fruit and extreme precision. Whole bunch and destemming varies depending on the vintage. He has a profound understanding of his terroir and by closely observing the conditions of the vintage he is able to craft nuanced and complex wines. He is careful not to impede site specificity and insists that it is the skins - rather than the stems - that transmit the character of each vineyard. Christophe will use between 25%-75% stems depending on the cuvée and will only use a maximum of 25-35% new oak. The 2016 vintage was going to play into the hands of the master and so it did. It is a profound, elegant, invigorating, intense and intellectual, a truly majestic vintage Domaine Roumier.

Domaine Etienne Sauzet – Gérard Boudot A visit to Domaine Etienne Sauzet is a much anticipated masterclass in the terroir of Puligny-Montrachet, from one of its most respected and outstanding producers. Gérard Boudot continues to make some of the most exciting, enigmatic and spine-tingling white wines in Burgundy. It was however, a sobering moment when Gérard stated that in living memory, no one can remember a vintage when the grands crus were almost wiped out. Hard to secure at the best of times, in 2016 they are gold dust. Mother Nature can be a cruel mistress. A master in white Burgundy, no matter what the vintage conditions, Sauzet always crafts the most breathtakingly intense, fresh, crystalline and complex white wines. They have excelled again in 2016.

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Chambolle-Musigny 6 bottles POA An unbelievably small yield of just 9hl/ha has produced an intensely concentrated, pure nose of red cherry. The palate shimmers with vibrant, crystalline fruit entwined with fine silken tannins. This beautiful fruit depth is underscored by taut minerality and an electric freshness and is oh so long. The wine is in perfect harmony. Drink from 2020.

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Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Clos de La Bussière 6 bottles POA An utterly beguiling nose of dried flowers, red cherries and savoury cherry pips. The palate is chewy and moreish with layers of juicy red fruit and wild dried herbs with a delightful coiled core of chalky minerality. The finish is long, fresh and very pretty. Drink from 2020.

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne

3 bottles POA A savoury, flinty, chalky nose forms the backdrop to beautiful concentrated, lifted notes of red berry, black cherry and rose petal. The palate is nervy, mineral driven, lively and pure giving energy and precision to the fruit. The finish is gorgeous, long, concentrated and mouth-wateringly saline. Drink from 2021.

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 3 bottles POA Spiced oak and black cherry form the basis for the rich, aromatic nose. Beautifully elegant, ripe fruit is supported by stony minerals, lively acidity and fine seamless tannins. The wine is suave and sensual with the perfect combination of opulence and structure. Drink from 2023. Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru 3 bottles POA Intense smoky minerals and dried herbs combine with beautifully perfumed red and black fruit. On the palate crunchy red cherries and redcurrants combine with taut, fresh, vibrant, mouth-watering acidity, stony minerality and a mouth teasing white pepper spice on the infinitely long finish. Drink from 2024. Bonnes Mares Grand Cru

3 bottles POA A wistful nose of seashells, pure lifted cherries and violets leads to a rich, powerful palate with lovely chewy tannins, delicious depths of red cherry fruit and a firm core of savoury minerality. Finely chiselled with a natural elegance, the wine is deep yet perfumed and very long. Drink from 2023.

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses 3 bottles POA Incredible endless depths of rich red cherry and plum fruit with a tantalising perfume of fresh rose petals. Beautifully graceful yet incredibly complex layers of silken red fruit, entwined with rose are supported by an intense stony minerality and fine, powdery tannins lifted by a bright, poised acidity. So pure, open and utterly beguiling, yet it exhibits such precision and concentrated length. An astounding wine. Drink from 2021.

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6 bottles £350.00 Restrained yet alluring with a steely stony core veiled in white blossom and bright citrus. The creamy texture adds breadth to the mineral tension that drives through the centre of the wine with power and precision. This is beautifully fresh and concentrated, with teasing white pepper spice on the incredibly long finish. Drink from 2019.

6 bottles £530.00 A mirage of smoky chalk, lemon and oyster shell floats above a nervy palate with vibrant acidity and an effervescent minerality. The palate shimmers with lemongrass and ginger spice over pure white chalk and boasts an incredible length. Captivating. Drink from 2020.

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts 6 bottles £620.00 There is both breadth and density on the nose with rich, smoky clay, lime peel and lime leaf. The palate shows white pear, pear skin and white blossom lifted by a zinging lemon freshness. Intense, pure and complex with a long saline finish, it is a beautiful wine. Drink from 2020. Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières

6 bottles £675.00 Rich cox apples and smoky, chalk aromas are a prelude to the opulently fruited cox apple, lime peel and red apple skin on the palate. The body is broad, showing concentrated power and a very chalky, saline minerality. The acidity buzzes like an electric wire through the wine. Drink from 2021.

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Canet 6 bottles £675.00 Delicate and perfumed with a nose of lifted jasmine and frangipani over a stony minerality. On the palate there is fresh, creamy white peach with white pepper and wet stones along with subtly entwined clove spice. The finish has power and depth and is at once vibrantly fresh and mineral driven. Drink from 2020. Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes

6 bottles £865.00 Smoky marzipan, citrus and preserved lemons appear on the nose and lead on to a concentrated palate of mirabelle plums and a hint of fresh vanilla pod. The incredibly long, concentrated mineral finish has intense fruit, vibrant acidity and white pepper. Drink from 2020.

Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru 3 bottles £1,145.00 Yellow plum, smoky ripe cox apples, quince, cinnamon and spicy white pepper… and that is just the nose. The palate is hugely concentrated. Rich apple, pear skin, lemon thyme and smoked almonds combine with a fine chalky undertone and piercing acidity. This is an absolute powerhouse of a wine. Drink from 2023. Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 3 bottles £1,615.00 Lemon sherbet, chalk and honeysuckle give this wine an ethereal beauty. The palate is graceful and pure with fresh ginger, lemon, yellow plum, almonds and blossom. The delicate aromatics belie the taut saline power and incredibly long mineral driven finish. Drink from 2022. 43


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Le Montrachet Grand Cru 3 bottles £POA An achingly small production of this fabulous wine. The intensely concentrated fruit with tightly woven layers of flavour is wrapped around a pulsating core of minerality. A laser beam of acidity shines through the wine, highlighting the purity and balancing the rich, ripe depths. As yet still closed but will reward the patient. Drink from 2022

Domaine Taupenot-Merme – Romain Taupenot A visit with Romain Taupenot is always an enlightening experience. He can be relied upon to provide a good, honest overview of the vintage and he is a deep thinker who never ignores the finer details. Romain is a master of restraint and that is reflected in his personality. His focus on the finer details and adherence to tradition carries through in his crystalline wines which embody precision, transparency and subtlety. Like many of the great winemakers of this generation, Romain takes a direct influence from the great Henri Jayer, aiming to create classic, red-fruited wines that speak of their place. Romain equated the style of 2016 to an impressive combination of the ripeness of 2015 balanced by the nerve of 2014; a winning combination. As all reports have shown, the growing conditions challenged producers on 3 levels; frost, humidity and drought. Romain’s fastidious attention to detail in the vineyard was paramount to maintaining quality, particularly in the early summer when humidity was high. The final 3 months of sun which brought much needed relief to the growers came with its own challenges as drought stress became a consideration towards the end of September. Though it was certainly a baptism of fire, the quality at this excellent producer was as expected, absolutely stellar.

Domaine Anne et Hervé Sigaut – Anne Sigaut A familiar tale of woe was told at Domaine Sigaut where crop reductions averaged 50% across the various appellations. Once again it was a case of frost decimating vineyards in April, of high rot pressure in May and June, followed by a warm dry Indian summer from July to September that rescued the vintage. The wines have beautiful concentration, terroir transparency and freshness. This truly is a Pinot Noir lover’s vintage as it reveals itself in all its perfumed, nervy, mineral glory. Anne and Hervé work according to the lunar calendar, both in the vineyard and in the cellar, and they work organically from flowering onwards. They will only resort to sprays if they are in danger of losing the harvest. They are genuine and down to earth people, and their wines are a beautiful reflection of their love for Chambolle.

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Red

Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Millandes

Gevrey-Chambertin 6 bottles £200.00 Bright, smoky red and black fruit provides a subtle floral lift. The palate is very fine, with a lovely velvety grip and fresh mouth-watering acidity. Dark wild fruits and a hint of liquorice spice on the palate show lovely density and richness before the long, supple finish. Drink from 2020.

12 bottles £455.00 This wine offers a compelling dichotomy between sweet ripe plum compote and a salty, spicy tang. On the palate the plum and black cherry fruit, dark chocolate, sweet smoky spice and juicy freshness are encased in a shell of ripe, elegant tannins. The finish continues to grow in complexity as the minerality emerges from the rich fruit depths and powers through. Drink from 2020.

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées

12 bottles £515.00 A complex array of black cherries, blood orange, blueberries and a savoury, mouthwatering saline character are beautifully complimented by a rich palate of velvety tannins, a tickle of oak spice and a vibrant freshness which all persist into a long, satisfying finish. Drink from 2020.

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Noirots

12 bottles £515.00 A delightful nose of red berries, wild strawberries and black cherries lead to a crunchy palate of blackcurrants, fresh fig and wild strawberries spiced up with black pepper. There is huge depth and power to the fruit which is beautifully encased in a fine, sinewy tannic structure. The bold fruit is underpinned by a complex savoury minerality and a pure seam of fresh acidity. This is long and eminently impressive. Drink from 2021.

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers

12 bottles £580.00 A mesmeric nose of wild dark fruit, heather and subtle whiffs of woodsmoke lead into a beautiful palate of ripe briar fruits, integrated spice and savoury graphite depths. The tannins are fine and silken, the underlying mineral power is invigorating and the nervy acidity leads seamlessly to the long, wild graphite finish. Drink from 2022.

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Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru La Riotte

6 bottles £395.00 A concentrated but restrained nose with subtle red cherry and ethereal smoky, floral notes, leads to a palate of ripe, concentrated smoky black and red cherries and juicy strawberry and raspberry fruit. The spicy palate is enhanced by lovely chewy tannins and a firm, powerful mineral length. Very impressive indeed. Drink from 2020.

Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers

6 bottles £395.00 Pure succulent black cherries and violets on the nose lead to a delicious palate with dense cherry, blackcurrant and subtle clove spice supported by fine, taut tannins and fresh juicy acidity. A cool vein of minerality adds poise, finesse and drive to the long finish. Drink from 2021.

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Belair 6 bottles £440.00 A plush nose of cherry, plum and blueberry leads to a palate boasting a finely tuned structure with well integrated spice and a cool graphite minerality adding depth and complexity to the long finish. Drink from 2022. Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d’Orveau 6 bottles £465.00 Bright, lifted raspberries, red cherries and wild flowers with savoury cherry pip and smoky depths provide an alluring introduction to the wine. The palate shows pure, bright and defined fruit with fine, powdery tannins and a lovely earthy richness beneath. Delicious, complex, perfumed and long, this is an impressive wine. Drink from 2022.

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Corton Rognet Grand Cru 6 bottles £575.00 Elegant and intense with a beguiling and complex perfume of cherries, raspberries and strawberries interwoven with garrigue herbs and wild heather. On the palate the tannins are firm and taut with a fresh acidity lifting the concentrated raspberry purée, spice and subtle floral notes. Density and concentration combine with length, elegance and purity to produce a really stand out wine. Drink from 2024.

Domaine Aurélien Verdet – Aurélien Verdet Aurélien Verdet is an enthusiastic and driven young winemaker whose father was one of the pioneers of organic viticulture in Burgundy. Aurélien has carried on the tradition and all his vineyards are certified organic. He believes the best wines are made in the vineyard and he works his vines with meticulous care and attention to detail. In the cellar his approach is to use minimal amounts of sulphur, very moderate pressing and the gentlest possible extraction. The overall aim is to express the purest fruit character. As if this year’s decimated crop wasn’t sad enough, Aurélien announced that it is the last vintage of Morey-Saint-Denis that he will be making. Having spent years working in that vineyard to get the quality of the grapes to the level he wanted, the vineyard his been sold from under him and with it, his contract has gone. In its place he has found another Nuits-SaintGeorges vineyard to start weaving his magic on. We look forward to seeing the results next year.

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 6 bottles £735.00 Restrained power with savoury cherry pips underpin the rich, ripe strawberry and black cherry fruit. On the palate the seductively intense berry fruit is cupped by fine supple tannins and this leads to an explosion of smoky minerality on the long, driven and complex finish. Drink from 2025. Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru

6 bottles £795.00 A savoury, smoky, earthy nose with wild red and black fruit. There is a mouth-watering freshness which plays with the precise, pure strawberry fruit. The bright fruit is swathed around a rich, earthy core, all of which is effortlessly supported by beautifully integrated, velvety tannins. The finish is very long, poised and concentrated with mineral complexity and exquisite length. This is a profound wine. Drink from 2026.

Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru

3 bottles £750.00

Due to the extremely limited production, particularly in 2016, we rarely taste Clos des Lambrays during the EP tasting. This is a very rare wine that is strictly allocated to collectors of the Domaine's full line-up year on year.

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Morey-Saint-Denis

12 bottles £340.00 Lifted sappy notes on the nose add complexity to the ripe red fruit and floral perfume. The core is taut and spicy with red and black fruit encased in velvety tannins. A fine vein of fresh acidity running through the wine enhances the black pepper aromatics. The finish is long, mineral driven and spicy. Drink from 2020.

Gevrey-Chambertin 6 bottles £180.00 The nose is poised with crunchy red and black fruit and dried wild herbs. The palate is peppery with bright, engaging purple fruit, supple, integrated tannins and a juicy acidity that leaves you wanting more. Drink from 2020. Vosne-Romanée

6 bottles £240.00 The nose is taut and restrained hinting at pure red cherries and savoury cherry pips. The palate is fresh and lively with a firm mineral core and fine chalky tannins. The fruit is yet to fully unfurl but the finish is long, savoury and slatey, promising that a wine of finesse and complexity will emerge. Drink from 2021.

Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Boudots

6 bottles £340.00 A relatively restrained nose shows concentrated black cherry and violets. The palate is silken yet firm with sweet oak spice, dark fruit and floral overtones underpinned by attractive sweet oak spice. This wine is powerful yet superbly elegant. Drink from 2020.

Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts 6 bottles £365.00 Beautiful, intense smoky red briar fruits, dried flowers and subtle oak spice on the nose lead to a palate which shows deliciously ripe red fruit swathed around a taut, smoky core. There is an ethereal beauty to the long perfumed finish of this wine. Delicious. Drink from 2020.

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Domaine Sébastien Dampt – Sébastien Dampt Sébastien Dampt is one of those producers who are able to produce brilliant wines year after year despite the challenges of vintages such as 2016. A cold spring was accompanied by severe frosts in 2016, the worst in twenty years, which reduced the yield from the beginning. This was followed by a period of rain, which caused mildew, and the flowering was late. August by contrast was extremely hot which burned some vines. The situation looked distinctly unpromising at this stage. Luckily the weather in September was sunny and conditions were almost perfect during the harvest. Yields were reduced by at least 50% but the grapes achieved excellent levels of ripeness. As a result, according to Sébastien, “the wines are very concentrated but they have great elegance and lovely freshness which will allow them to age well”.

Domaine William Fèvre – Didier Séguier William Fèvre has become the benchmark for classic Chablis. With 78 hectares of vineyards and holdings in five of the seven grand cru appellations, no other producer can claim such a wide array of the finest vineyards in Chablis. Didier Séguier, who manages the estate, described a torrid year with a damp start followed by severe frost in late April. Hail storms caused further damage in May followed by heavy rains which triggered one of the worst attacks of mildew ever seen. Fortunately, warm weather returned from July. Picking started on the 22nd of September and brought in ripe and clean grapes with excellent maturity though yields were down by at least one-third. The resulting wines are rich and approachable but maintain a fine mineral edge and an impressive freshness.

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Chablis 6 bottles £85.00 The village Chablis comes from several parcels all of which add intensity and character to the blend. The 2016 has an aromatic bouquet with a vibrant palate of green apples and mineral citrus fruits underscored by a persistent mineral freshness. Perfect from release.

Chablis 12 bottles £140.00 Appealing and zesty with delicate floral aromas, the Domaine Chablis is refreshing and elegant with crisp green apple and lime fruit flavours and a lovely mineral finish with hints of fresh almonds. Drink from release.

Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet

6 bottles £97.50 The Côte de Léchet vineyard has a mix of kimmeridgean clay and chalk soils which results in a wine of lovely concentration and a little more generosity on the nose. On the palate the wine greets you with a really fresh acidity and a saline mineral edge balanced by green apples and fresh citrus fruits. Drink from 2018.

Chablis 1er Cru Les Lys 6 bottles £97.50 Les Lys is a north facing vineyard resulting in wines with fragrant green apple and fresh citrus fruit flavours. The palate is rich and racy and full of vigour with notes of fresh lemons and a saline mineral finish. Drink from 2018. Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 6 bottles £97.50 An east to south facing vineyard with deep calcerous soils, this wine has a refined mineral character which is typical of this vineyard. The 2016 has an intense lime and grapefruit flavour leading to a long and persistent finish. It could do with a little bit more ageing. Drink from 2018. Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 6 bottles £101.50 A vineyard with a southerly exposure allows the grapes to ripen well. An elegant nose, with hints of white flowers, leads to a palate with chalky mineral textures and an intense citrus flavour with notes of grapefruit and lemon. Drink from 2018. Chablis 1er Cru Les Beugnons 6 bottles £110.00 Produced from a south facing parcel at the extreme south of Les Vaillons, this unique wine is vinified in a concrete egg to give an additional layer of complexity. The shape of the egg creates a circulating effect for the lees while the porosity of the surface allows for micro-oxidation like a barrique but without any woody characters. The beautifully textured and intensely refreshing wine will be delicious in a year or two. Drink from 2018.

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Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons

12 bottles £285.00 An attractive bouquet of white flowers, honeysuckle and lemons lead to a lively palate with bright stone fruit flavours underscored by a lively citrus freshness. Drink from release.

Chablis 1er Cru Montmains

12 bottles £285.00 A very stony soil translates beautifully into a taut, mineral tension in the wine. Oystershell, chalk and blossom combine with a bright citrus drive. Lovely concentration. Drink from 2019.

Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

12 bottles £400.00 One of the best premiers crus, this wine has a complex floral bouquet and intense mineral notes. Mouth-watering lemon and lime flavours lead to a long finish with a fine mineral character which will allow the wine to age well. Drink from 2019.

Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent

12 bottles £455.00 The Vaulorent vineyard neighbours the grands crus resulting in powerful and mineral wines. On the nose, green apple and floral scents lead to a persistent palate with mouth-watering grapefruit and oyster shell characters on the finish. Drink from 2019.

Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 12 bottles £520.00 The deep marl and clay soils with a warm southwest exposure give breadth, depth and density to the wine. Ripe apple and citrus fruit on the palate are enlivened by a firm mineral core and cool, bright acidity. Drink from 2020.

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Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 12 bottles £665.00 Les Preuses is probably taken from the word “Perreuse” meaning stone, the name given to the ancient Roman road which ran below the vineyard. Made for ageing, this wine has a floral bouquet with notes of white pear and a whiff of gunflint. The palate is intense and refreshing with a refined mineral finish and it will need a few more years to develop. Drink from 2020.

“En Primeur” is a French wine trade term for wine which is sold as a “future”, i.e. prior to being bottled and/ or for delivery at a future date. En Primeur wines are usually offered one or two years post the vintage.

Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 12 bottles £720.00 Valmur has deeper soils than the other grands crus and its shape is reminiscent of a small valley, hence the name. A restrained bouquet, with notes of green and white fruit, leads to a dense palate with lemon and lime flavours. The finish is long and powerful with a firm mineral edge. Drink from 2020. Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Côte Bouguerots

12 bottles £735.00 Bougros sits on a very steep slope at the foot of the hill facing due south. The shallow soil prevents excessive yields resulting in complex and robust wines. The 2016 has a complex bouquet with scents of oyster shell and white flowers. The palate is dense and powerful with a firm structure balanced by a zippy mineral freshness. Drink from 2020.

Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 6 bottles £415.00 Les Clos enjoys a southerly aspect with very white deep clay soils resting on a limestone bed which brings great complexity to the wine. Remarkably elegant, the bouquet reveals floral spice notes with a breezy mineral quality. The palate is broadly textured and generous with green apple and pithy citrus fruits balanced by a refreshing lemon character. A wine with impressive depth, it would benefit from five or more years in bottle before drinking. Drink from 2022.

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