Burgundy, France, WINE

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Arguably the world's most revered wine region, the name Burgundy is evocative of so many superlatives that's its futile to list them all. The red Pinot Noir wines and white Chardonnay wines from France's landlocked, continental east stand squarely in the pantheon of the world's finest. The region's fame is centered on its various geographical and climatic expressions of very specific vineyard sites through the medium of two grapes. Indeed, the term terroir seems to be have coined specifically to describe this phenomenon. The broad Bourgogne AOC designation encompasses so many sub-zones, villages, and single-vineyards that entire tomes have been written throughout the centuries attempting to explain it in all its intricacies.

The region's finest wines come from the long, east facing slope of the Côte d'Or, which is further divided into two main sections. The northern section of Côte de Nuits contains the most cherished Pinot Noir vineyards in the world. Up and down the slope, differnt patches of marlstone and clay overlay the limestone crest of the Côte, and numerous pockets and gentle folds create an array of slope aspects. Travelling south down the Côte, the villages of Marsanny and Fixin are a good introduction to the landscape of the Côte de Nuits, and although the wines are not nearly as refined or revered as those further south, they offer a rustic, savage edge that is distinct to their particularly iron-rich soils. The village of Gevrey is the beginning of a truly stunning run of excellence, with wines known for power, depth, and the longest lives of any Pinot Noir in the world. The highlight is the Grand Cru complex of Chambertin. While all plots bearing the name are considered excellent, Chambertin itself is the apex of power in Burgundy. Morey-St-Denis is an afterthought sandwiched between its more illustrious neighbors, but this tiny commune boasts five of the twenty-two red Grand Crus on the Côte, and the overall village style is similar to that of Gevrey, but without quite such intense stucture. Chambolle-Musigny is one of the crown jewels of Burgundy, thanks in large part to the Musigny Grand Cru, one of the three or four greatest vineyard sites in the world, period. The wines from this village are the epitome of elegance and grace, quite the opposite of its neighbors to the north. Moving south through the village of Flagey and the lesser Grands Crus of Echezeaux and Clos de Vougeot, greatness again rears its head. The Grand Cru and Premier Cru plots in Vosne-Romanée are among the finest, most expensive lands under vine in the entire world, and rightly so. The wines of Vosne-Romanée combine elements of spicy concentration and sappy texture with the most suave finesse imaginable. The profile is truly indescribable. The commune of Nuits-St-Georges can claim no Grands Crus, but the best sites in this village can certainly rival the lesser Grands Crus for complexity and ageworthiness, as the wines display a certain fortitude reminiscient of Gevrey-Chambertin.

After a brief break in prime vineyard land, the Côte de Beaune resumes the line of great sites at Corton, a prominent, solitary, conical hill, which has vines on all sides. The eastern slope is covered by secondary red Grand Cru plots, but its true claim to fame are the white Grands Crus on the south slope, centered around Le Charlemagne. On the backside of the hill, across from its western slope, the small village of Pernand-Vergelesses is quietly producing racy, if a bit rustic, red wines from cool, east-facing vineyards. One of a handful of side valleys running west off the main slope of the Côte, Savigny-les-Beaune is another lesser-known village that is nonetheless making some of Burgundy's best value wines for their prices. The village of Beaune in the centerpiece of all of Burgundy, its commercial and cultural heart. The vineyards above the village are predominantly Pinot Noir, but there are also some very admirable Chardonnay plantings among the red vines. The wines are typically gentle, medium-full examples with plenty of charm and mid-term life spans, but without the depth or complexity of the Côte de Nuits. Pommard's iron-rich red soils impart a stern tannic streak to the wines, which is not generally countered by any level elegance. Rather, these wines are brooding, darkly structured, and stout, but just across the AOC line, the soils abruptly change to limestone, and the red wines from Volnay, though lighter and racier, are exemplary of the perfumed elegance that this terroir brings to its wines. Up another side valley outside of the town of Meursault, the villages of Monthelie, Auxey-Duresses, and St-Romain are produce compelling red wines and very enjoyable whites. The Meursault AOC itself is on the same limestone bed as Volnay and, although there are no Grands Crus here, the best premier cru sites yield white wines of softer, richer texture and long, perfumed flavour profiles. The next two village AOCs lay claim to the greatest white wine vineyard in the world. Puligny-Montrachet, just south of Meursault, is apogee of refinement, elegance, and finesse in white Burgundy. Beginning with the ultimate white Grand Cru, Le Montrachet, the top vineyards here produce wines with bright structure, medium weight, and ethereal mineral and floral character. Chassagne-Montrachet to the south contains about a third of the area of the Montrachet Grand Cru complex, but this village is at least as well known for its rustic red wines. The white wines do not display the richness of Meursault or the finesse of Puligny, but they still show tremendously appealing floral and nutty components backed by firm, acidic structure. The red wine village of Santenay marks the southern terminus of the Côte d'Or, where the wines are generally well-made, but lack the profundity of those from the best villages to the north.

To the immediate south of the Côte d'Or lies the rolling, pastoral hills of the Côte Chalonnaise, similar to Beaune in soil type, but at a higher elevation and without the defined ridge line. A great volume of both red and white wines are produced here, with wide ranges of quality, but the best tend to come from the villages of Montagny, Rully, Givry, and Mercurey. Some 35km south is the white wine hotbed of Mâconnais. Limestone bedrock and slightly warmer climate favor Chardonnay over all else, and some of the Côte d'Or's best producers are now staking claims around the villages of St-Véran, Viré-Clessé, and most notably, Pouilly-Fuissé.

At either end of the main stretch of Burgundy lie two highly distinctive AOCs with very particular specialties. Approximately 100km northwest of Dijon is the village of Chablis, where ancient sea beds form the distinctive Kimmeridgian limestone soils that give the Chardonnay wines their highly specific character — clean, chalky minerality and dancing, electric acidity. The finest premier cru wines, and even some Grands Crus, are among the greatest price-to-quality wines in Burgundy, and the regional style has attracted a devoted, almost fanatical following from aficionados. The nearby red wine AOC of Irancy does much the same for Pinot Noir.

South of Mâcon, the Beaujolais AOC is technically part of Burgundy, but really only on paper. The heavy, granitic soils are best suited to the Gamay grape, yielding lightly fruity, highly mineral, elegant wines, in general. Vineyard plantings are widespread, but the best wines come from ten specific communes under the Beaujolais Cru designation. Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, and Côte de Brouilly produce the most profound wines with the best aging potential, while Fleurie and Regnie are the epitome of elegance and finesse here.

Burgundy is without question the most complex, byzantine, and often confusing region in France, but it's also without question the most rewarding. Every serious wine lover can point the moment in which they discovered the impossible greatness of these wines. When one descends down the Burgundy rabbit hole, the world wine is turned on its head.

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90-92 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Peuillets, which sees around 20% new oak, offers lively blackberry and raspberry scents on the notes, touches of iodine emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. This Savigny has… ...
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Pavelot Savigny-les-Beaune 1er cru Les Peuillets 2015  (#330706)

Pinot Noir from Savigny-lès-Beaune, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

[ 90-92 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Peuillets, which sees around 20% new oak, offers lively blackberry and raspberry scents on the notes, touches of iodine emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. This Savigny has impressive volume...it really seems to fill the mouth with juicy black fruit, offering a hint of spicebox and white pepper on the finish. This is a lovely 2015 and it should drink well for 4-6 years. 2018-2027. (Dec 2016) ] 90-92 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Peuillets, which sees around 20% new oak, offers lively blackberry and raspberry scents on the notes, touches of iodine emerging with aeration. The palate is medium…

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94 points Tim Atkin, MW: Mont de Milieu has the most southerly exposure of any of the Chablis Premiers Crus and that tends to be reflected in the glass. Honey, stone fruit sweetness and some vanilla oak make this a comparatively forward style, but with enough acidity for balance. 2016-22. (Jan 2016) ...
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La Chablisienne Chablis 1er cru Mont de Milieu 2014  (#332256)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

[ 94 points Tim Atkin, MW: Mont de Milieu has the most southerly exposure of any of the Chablis Premiers Crus and that tends to be reflected in the glass. Honey, stone fruit sweetness and some vanilla oak make this a comparatively forward style, but with enough acidity for balance. 2016-22. (Jan 2016) ] 94 points Tim Atkin, MW: Mont de Milieu has the most southerly exposure of any of the Chablis Premiers Crus and that tends to be reflected in the glass. Honey, stone fruit sweetness and some vanilla oak make this a comparatively forward style, but…

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Felettig s flagship workhorse bottling from a blend of some 20+ village level vineyards, all over 50 years of age. The best village Chambolle value on the market. Period. 90-92 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes, aged in 30% new oak with the same… ...
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Felettig Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2016  (#331718)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

[ Felettig s flagship workhorse bottling from a blend of some 20+ village level vineyards, all over 50 years of age. The best village Chambolle value on the market. Period. 90-92 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes, aged in 30% new oak with the same percentage of whole bunch, has an attractive, cohesive bouquet with clean, pure blackberry, bilberry and blueberry fruit, expressing the essence of Chambolle with style. The palate is medium-bodied with a sharp, penetrating entry, a keen line of acidity that lends this freshness and tension, and underneath the dark berry fruit a linear finish with tangible mineral tones lingering on the aftertaste. Excellent. Drink: 2020-2032. (Dec 2017) ] Felettig s flagship workhorse bottling from a blend of some 20+ village level vineyards, all over 50 years of age. The best village Chambolle value on the market. Period. 90-92 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles…

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91+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): This was another of the fortunate cuvées at Domaine Felettig in 2016, as there was virtually no frost here and the wine has also turned out very, very well for its level. The nose is pure and expressive, wafting from the glass in a classic blend of… ...
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Felettig Vosne-Romanee 2016  (#331717)

Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanée, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

[ 91+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): This was another of the fortunate cuvées at Domaine Felettig in 2016, as there was virtually no frost here and the wine has also turned out very, very well for its level. The nose is pure and expressive, wafting from the glass in a classic blend of black raspberries, black cherries, gamebird, Vosne spices, a lovely base of dark soil tones and a touch of cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very mineral in profile, with a sappy core of black fruit, excellent focus and balance, fine-grained tannins and impressive lift and backend tension on the wellbalanced finish. Another really good villages. 2023-2060. (Mar/Apr 2018) ] 91+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): This was another of the fortunate cuvées at Domaine Felettig in 2016, as there was virtually no frost here and the wine has also turned out very, very well for its level. The nose is pure and expressive,…

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92-94 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): ...One of the highlights in this range, the 2012 boasts stunning power, depth and harmony. The lifted aromatics recall the Ursules, but here the fruit possesses more volume and creaminess. An explosive, layered finish rounds things out in style. Some of the… ...
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Jadot Beaune 1er cru 153rd Anniversary 2012  (#332138)

Pinot Noir from Beaune, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

[ 92-94 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): ...One of the highlights in this range, the 2012 boasts stunning power, depth and harmony. The lifted aromatics recall the Ursules, but here the fruit possesses more volume and creaminess. An explosive, layered finish rounds things out in style. Some of the parcels in the blend are Avaux, Cent Vignes, Pertuisots, Vignes Franches, Perrières, Toussaints and Chouacheux. Drink: 2022-2042. (Jan 2014) ] 92-94 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): ...One of the highlights in this range, the 2012 boasts stunning power, depth and harmony. The lifted aromatics recall the Ursules, but here the fruit possesses more volume and creaminess. An explosive, layered…

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92 points John Gilman: ...The bouquet jumps from the glass in a ripe blend of black plums, dark chocolate, roasted pigeon, a touch of Savigny spice tones, vanillin oak and fairly complex minerality... deep, full-bodied, long and nicely balanced, with plush fruit on the attack, a fine core and… ...
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Pavelot Savigny-les-Beaune 1er cru Serpentieres 2015  (#331438)

Pinot Noir from Savigny-lès-Beaune, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

[ 92 points John Gilman: ...The bouquet jumps from the glass in a ripe blend of black plums, dark chocolate, roasted pigeon, a touch of Savigny spice tones, vanillin oak and fairly complex minerality... deep, full-bodied, long and nicely balanced, with plush fruit on the attack, a fine core and impressive mineral drive on the long and ripely tannic finish. I really like the interplay between the generous fruit and the underlying minerality in this wine. 2022-2055. (Nov/Dec 2016) ] 92 points John Gilman: ...The bouquet jumps from the glass in a ripe blend of black plums, dark chocolate, roasted pigeon, a touch of Savigny spice tones, vanillin oak and fairly complex minerality... deep, full-bodied, long and nicely balanced, with…

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95 points Tim Atkin, MW: Influenced by the proximity of the village, which provides a little more heat and protection, this vineyard is now 60 years old. The resulting wine is typically subtle and aromatic, with delicate tannins, sweet red cherry and wild strawberry fruit. Wonderfully subtle. 2016… ...
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Barthod/Ghislaine Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru Les Gruenchers 2014  (#332127)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

[ 95 points Tim Atkin, MW: Influenced by the proximity of the village, which provides a little more heat and protection, this vineyard is now 60 years old. The resulting wine is typically subtle and aromatic, with delicate tannins, sweet red cherry and wild strawberry fruit. Wonderfully subtle. 2016-24. (Jan 2016) ] 95 points Tim Atkin, MW: Influenced by the proximity of the village, which provides a little more heat and protection, this vineyard is now 60 years old. The resulting wine is typically subtle and aromatic, with delicate tannins, sweet red cherry and…

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97 points Tim Atkin, MW: It s always interesting to compare this tiny production of Clos des Lambrays (all 180 litres of it) with what s produced in the rest of the Grand Cru. Super fine and ethereal, this is sappy and refreshing with no whole bunches and layers of sweet summer berry fruit.… ...
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Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2014  (#326710)

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

[ 97 points Tim Atkin, MW: It s always interesting to compare this tiny production of Clos des Lambrays (all 180 litres of it) with what s produced in the rest of the Grand Cru. Super fine and ethereal, this is sappy and refreshing with no whole bunches and layers of sweet summer berry fruit. Delicious. 2019-28. (Jan 2016) ] 97 points Tim Atkin, MW: It s always interesting to compare this tiny production of Clos des Lambrays (all 180 litres of it) with what s produced in the rest of the Grand Cru. Super fine and ethereal, this is sappy and refreshing with no whole…

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93 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): ...There is elevated ripeness to the openly exotic nose of yellow fruit, lemon and white flower aromas... possesses exceptionally rich, overtly powerful and imposing big-bodied flavors that despite the impressive size and weight, retain a fine sense of precision… ...
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Long-Depaquit (Albert Bichot) Chablis Les Clos 2010  (#330658)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

[ 93 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): ...There is elevated ripeness to the openly exotic nose of yellow fruit, lemon and white flower aromas... possesses exceptionally rich, overtly powerful and imposing big-bodied flavors that despite the impressive size and weight, retain a fine sense of precision and detail on the linear and explosive finish where a touch of menthol surfaces. This dramatic if not entirely typical effort should deliver up to a decade's worth of upside development potential. Drink: 2018+. (Sep 2012) ] 93 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): ...There is elevated ripeness to the openly exotic nose of yellow fruit, lemon and white flower aromas... possesses exceptionally rich, overtly powerful and imposing big-bodied flavors that despite the impressive…

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93 points and 'Outstanding,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): A reserved, even reticent but beautifully elegant nose reluctantly offers glimpses of plum, black cherry, violet and stone. The stony character continues onto the bold, taut and mineral driven medium-bodied flavors that possess focused power… ...
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Billard-Gonnet Pommard 1er cru Rugiens Bas 2012  (#332014)

Pinot Noir from Pommard, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

[ 93 points and 'Outstanding,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): A reserved, even reticent but beautifully elegant nose reluctantly offers glimpses of plum, black cherry, violet and stone. The stony character continues onto the bold, taut and mineral driven medium-bodied flavors that possess focused power and plenty of punch on the saline, intense, dusty and chewy finish. This is a big but not rustic wine that despite the size and weight remains perfectly balanced... Drink: 2027+. (Apr 2015) ] 93 points and 'Outstanding,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): A reserved, even reticent but beautifully elegant nose reluctantly offers glimpses of plum, black cherry, violet and stone. The stony character continues onto the bold, taut and mineral driven…

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95 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): ...riper and denser mix of both white and yellow orchard fruit, petrol, spice and sea breeze scents to shine. The ripeness exhibited by the nose continues onto the juicy, even succulent yet beautifully focused flavors that deliver superb complexity on the… ...
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Fevre Chablis Vaudesir 2014  (#332246)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

[ 95 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): ...riper and denser mix of both white and yellow orchard fruit, petrol, spice and sea breeze scents to shine. The ripeness exhibited by the nose continues onto the juicy, even succulent yet beautifully focused flavors that deliver superb complexity on the impressively lingering finale. This should age effortlessly and I would expect the minerality to develop even more with age. A 'wow' wine. Drink: 2024+. (Oct 2016) ] 95 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): ...riper and denser mix of both white and yellow orchard fruit, petrol, spice and sea breeze scents to shine. The ripeness exhibited by the nose continues onto the juicy, even succulent yet beautifully focused…

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92-95 points Fine Wine Review: Chevillon provided one of my most memorable visits to taste 2015s. Each wine was a jewel; that, of course, is not totally unexpected, as Chevillon is as consistent a producer as I know in Burgundy. Nevertheless, these wines exceeded my already high expectations... the… ...
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Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er cru Les Roncieres 2015  (#332029)

Pinot Noir from Nuits-St.-Georges, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

[ 92-95 points Fine Wine Review: Chevillon provided one of my most memorable visits to taste 2015s. Each wine was a jewel; that, of course, is not totally unexpected, as Chevillon is as consistent a producer as I know in Burgundy. Nevertheless, these wines exceeded my already high expectations... the Roncières has black raspberry fruit with freshness, purity, extraordinary precision, and as one would expect, a more tannic structure than that in the preceding wines. (1/28/17) ] 92-95 points Fine Wine Review: Chevillon provided one of my most memorable visits to taste 2015s. Each wine was a jewel; that, of course, is not totally unexpected, as Chevillon is as consistent a producer as I know in Burgundy. Nevertheless, these…

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