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    Domaine de la Romanée-Conti  2015


    Grand Cru Red 750 ml

    Score: 99+

    Tasted: Jan 15, 2018

    Drink: +/2040+

    Issue: 69

    Producer note: Co-director Aubert de Villaine described the 2016 growing season as "one that did not start well as the winter was too warm with no vineyard cleansing deep frosts to kill various pests taking refuge in the soil. The predictable result of the warmer and wetter than normal spring was a precocious bud break. To provide an idea of just how wet it was, 516 mm of rain fell in Vosne between January 1st and the end of May, which would be the most ever recorded since 1910, which was the rainiest year ever in Burgundy. [There was basically no harvest in 1910 and the cellars flooded to the point that barrels were floating in the streets!] There were very few days without rain and it was very difficult to organize the vineyard treatments as conditions made it all-but-impossible to enter the vineyards with machinery. This was a critical period because some 35 cycles of the redoubtable vineyard enemy mildew were reported, which is the most we have ever seen. Again, to provide perspective, normally we have only one cycle and in certain vintages, such as 2015, none at all. As if this weren't bad enough, at the end of April the North Wind cleared the skies of protecting clouds, the temperatures fell rapidly to zero and we woke to find our vines in Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet, Echézeaux and Grands Echézeaux badly burned by frost. Thankfully our other vineyards were basically untouched so we were lucky compared to many vignerons in other communes. The mildew remained relentless and despite the unceasing efforts of our vineyard workers, and our unwavering commitment to our biodynamic farming principles, we did suffer some losses because of it. Not surprisingly, all the wet weather and mildew weren't propitious for the unusually extended flowering that lasted from the 9th to the 25th of June. This engendered quite a bit of shatter which is good for quality but at the cost of reducing yields still further. This is what we dealt with until about the 15th of July and then, as if by divine providence, the weather changed for the better and would continue as such until the harvest. We were exceptionally fortunate in that these clement conditions essentially allowed the vines to recover from the spring and early summer challenges and bring the fruit to an excellent level of ripeness. We chose to begin picking on the 22nd of September with our parcels in Corton which are always the first to mature. Then on the 23rd and 24th we picked the Richebourg, La Tâche on the 24th and 25th, Romanée Conti on the 25th, Romanée St. Vivant on the 27th and 28th and finished on the 29th in only one day with our 8.25 ha of Echézeaux and Grands Echézeaux as neither had much fruit to harvest. In fact losses in those two vineyards alone were about 90% compared to a normal vintage! On the plus side, there was almost no sorting required as the fruit was exceptionally clean with excellent maturity levels and perhaps just as importantly the ripeness levels were largely uniform. The skins were thick and there was a high incidence of shot berries that just added to the density of the musts. We used on average 70% whole clusters during a total cuvaison that lasted about 20 days. In the end it was almost as though we had two growing seasons in one in that the first part was genuinely terrible and exhausting and frankly we were dispirited and without much hope. By contrast the second, and most important, was tranquil and calm and left us happy with the results. Speaking of which, I can observe that each time I taste the 2016s I am surprised by how they keep improving month by month. I am honestly surprised by how good the wines are as I certainly didn't expect this level of quality based on the difficulties of the growing season. They aren't as powerful as the 2015s but they have an extraordinarily good level of finesse and terroir transparency. And the Echézeaux may be the best that we have ever made. While I am of the view that each vintage is necessarily unique, if I had to choose another recent year to compare with 2016, I might suggest 2012." With respect to the now in-bottle 2015s, de Villaine added that "the year gave us perhaps the best growing season that I have ever seen together with the best fruit that I have ever seen. 1966 and 1999 might rival it but either way, it is a spectacular vintage." De Villaine also noted that as was the case in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, there will be no Vosne "1er" cuvée Duvault-Blochet in 2016; lastly, the 2015s revisited below, were bottled between February and April 2017. I would observe that while the Domaine's 2016 are genuinely wonderful wines, and particularly so for their refinement, they simply cannot match the magnificent quality of their 2015s. Beg, borrow or steal but do yourself a favor and find a few bottles for your cellars. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com and Planet Wines, www.planetofwine.com, all UK).

    Tasting note: Sometimes, try as I might, words fail to communicate adequately those few transcendent experiences where a wine is just so amazing that it's impossible to capture it. The 2015 Romanée-Conti would be one of those experiences so you will simply have to accept the limitations of the written word. The breathtakingly beautiful nose is restrained to the point of being almost mute yet aggressive agitation eventually reveals an exotically broad-range of highly perfumed floral, spice, tea and incense-like nuances. The opulently textured, concentrated and equally mineral-driven flavors accentuate the perfumed character of the nose as the inner mouth perfume just adds to the what is roughly akin to an sensorial assault, all wrapped in a finish that lasted for seemingly several days as I had no trouble recalling it over the next 48 hours. If there's any imperfection that I could detect, there is a hint of warmth but otherwise, this is pretty close to perfect. The word spectacular comes to mind but then again so does brilliant, fabulous and splendid. You get the idea - pretty damn remarkable.


    Domaine Coche-Dury 2014


    Grand Cru White 750 ml

    Score: 98

    Tasted: Jun 11, 2017

    Drink: 2029+

    Issue: 67


    Note: from a .67 ha parcel from Le Charlemagne in Aloxe-Corton

    Producer note: Jean-François Coche's son Raphaël, who has largely taken over the day-to-day responsibilities of the domaine, described 2014 as "yet another growing season where the hail really reduced the quantities. Moreover there was enough disease pressure at different times that it was absolutely necessary to always be in your vineyards. We chose to begin picking on the 10th of September and brought in ripe and mostly clean fruit that didn't require much sorting. The quantities though were sufficiently low that we did buy in some fruit to augment our production. As to the wines, I find them very surprising in the sense that they were initially disappointing but as the élevage progressed they changed radically and in a positive direction. One of the other aspects that I find interesting is that they are super fresh yet borderline tannic which I attribute to the fact that the fruit had such thick skins. As such I think they're going to age particularly well." I tasted 3 different cuvées of Meursault and while the vineyard for each is not cited on the label, I have put the information in parentheses. As to the quality, the 2014s are among the best wines, when taken as a group, that I have seen from Coche and as fans of the domaine already know, that is saying something! (Kermit Lynch, www.kermitlynch.com, CA, USA; Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com and Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, both UK).

    Tasting note: This is aromatically all but mute and it required very aggressive swirling to gradually coax the grudgingly nose of wood, mineral reduction, petrol, green apple, white rose and spice elements to reveal themselves. In the same vein as the nose, the dense and well-muscled broad-shouldered flavors are very, very tightly wound while delivering an abundance of minerality on the massively persistent finish. This potentially ranks as the wine of the vintage and that is no small statement given just how good the best 2014 whites are. With all of those justifiably merited compliments though, note well that this masterpiece in the making will not only age effortlessly for years to come, it's going to need time and I wouldn't even think about touching a bottle for at least a decade. In a word, brilliant.



    Domaine Billaud-Simon  2001

    Chablis - Les Clos

    Grand Cru White 750 ml

    Score: 90

    Tasted: Oct 01, 2003

    Drink: 2007-12

    Issue: 12

    Producer note: I met with Bernard Billaud who commented that neither 2000 nor 2001 were ideal at harvest time. He went on to explain that in his view, heat brings sugar but it is light that brings finesse and both vintages could have used a bit more of one or the other. Billaud surprisingly describes 2001 as producing average yields and wines that are "good but fragile and without the structure for long aging." He further explained that he was worried about the vintage at the beginning but that the slow malos have brought harmony plus enough structure and balance that it should be an above average, if not necessarily great, vintage. Interestingly, Billaud believes that 1991 is the best vintage parallel because they too were a bit thin at first but with age, put on weight. By contrast, Billaud describes 2000 as a much more structured and classically styled vintage that should age well but one that has sufficient fat to be approachable young. While he likes the 2000 vintage and is of the view that 2000 is certainly superior to 2001, he does not claim greatness for it either. Interestingly, Billaud went on to say that while 2000 is clearly better at the Petit Chablis and Chablis levels, it is only marginally better at the premier and grand cru levels. There is a large, modern, state-of-the-art cuvérie and for the 2001 vintage, Billaud proudly showed me the new conveyor belt system which replaces the old pumps to move fruit to the presses. The grapes at this 20 ha domaine are harvested by hand and machine though Billaud takes pains to point out that all of the premiers and grands crus are harvested exclusively by hand. After a relatively long, low temperature débourbage (though Billaud said that he extended the period even longer in 2001 because he was worried about the quality of the lees), fermentation takes place in tank (though a few cuvées are partially vinified in cask though none are new) with minimal bâtonnage over the 18 month élevage period; the élevage itself is also largely in steel tanks but a few of the cuvées (so noted below) see wood. The wines are then bottled after a light fining and filtration. Note: Billaud-Simon has 4 grands crus but neither the Blanchots nor the Preuses had yet finished their malos at the time of my July visit. (Langdon Shiverick Inc., Ohio, USA).

    Tasting note: Bigger and richer than the Vaudésir with beautifully intense and nicely pure aromas that have less obvious sweetness to them. The flavors are thick, indeed almost chewy in texture with a wet stones and intense minerality character to them and this has a fine, long, persistent finish. This is very good if not exceptional for the vintage and if offers excellent delineation. It should repay 4 to 6 years of cellar time.


    Domaine Henri Boillot 2015


    Villages Red 750 ml

    Score: 91

    Tasted: Apr 15, 2017

    Drink: 2021+

    Issue: 66

    Outstanding Top value

    Note: from declassified Clos de la Rougeotte

    Producer note: Henri Boillot's son Guillaume is now overseeing the production of the reds for both the Maison (see immediately below) and Domaine operations. The younger Boillot, who is already displaying an unusually sure touch for someone so young, described 2015 as a "vintage that was easy to manage as we made only six treatments that entire season as opposed to the 9 to 15 we usually make. We chose to begin picking the whites on the 26th of August and then picked the reds from the 1st to the 7th of September. The fruit was strikingly clean and quite ripe yet not overly so as we are very conscious of the acid levels in our wines. The potential alcohols were excellent and we chaptalized nothing. With the exception of the Clos de Vougeot where I chose to use 30% whole clusters, I did my normal vinification that lasted from 15 to 20 days with no punch downs at all. The skins were so thick and there was so little juice in the berries that it would have been easy to over extract the structural elements in the fruit. In fact, to give you an idea we actually had trouble crushing the fruit. The absence of juice in the berries contributed greatly to the low yields we obtained and while it's hard to believe, we actually realized lower volumes in 2015 than we did in 2014 even with the hail damage! Overall, 2015 produced ripe but balanced reds that should age well over the medium-term though a few may surprise people with how well they last." This domaine rarely seems to miss anymore and 2015 is certainly no exception and this is true of not only both colors but I include the négociant wines in this statement. Boillot noted that the reds were bottled in December 2016. (Chelsea Ventures, LLC, www.chelseaventures.us, IL, Milton Road Trading Corp, LLC, www.miltonroadtrading.com, CA and Massanois Imports, www.massanois.com, NY, all USA; Enotria Winecellars Ltd., www.enotria.co.uk, Lea & Sandeman, www.leaandsandeman.co.uk, and Georges Barbier of London, www.georgesbarbier.co.uk, all UK).

    Tasting note: A deft application of wood sets off the ripe aromas of plum, cassis and violet. The medium weight flavors are notably finer as well as much more precise with an appealing bead of minerality on the beautifully textured finish that delivers excellent depth and length. This is a first-rate villagesthough in fairness, it's a premier cruin all but name. Recommended.


    Maison Henri Boillot 2015


    Grand Cru White 750 ml

    Score: 97

    Tasted: Jun 11, 2017

    Drink: 2027+

    Issue: 67

    Don't miss!

    Note: from Puligny fruit

    Producer note: Henri Boillot continues to make stunning wines from his négociant operation and he has arguably become the finest pure négoce specializing in white burgundy today; yes there are other very fine négociants but the huge majority of them are really domaines hidden inside a "Maison" facade that buy in fruit or must to supplement their proprietary wines. Please see the comments for Domaine Henri Boillot (above). (Chelsea Ventures, LLC, www.chelseaventures.us, IL, USA; Enotria Wine Cellars Ltd., www.enotria.co.uk, Lea & Sandeman, www.leaandsandeman.co.uk and Georges Barbier of London, www.georgesbarbier.co.uk, all UK).

    Tasting note: A reserved and all but mute nose requires extended aeration to grudgingly reveal highly complex aromas that are presently composed by notes of pear, apple, white flower and an impressive array of citrus aromas that include tangerine, lemon and red grapefruit. There is seriously good concentration and an overt power to the very muscular flavors that brim with dry extract while delivering the longest finish in the entire range. This is a dramatic and huge example of Montrachet yet there is nothing heavy about it; indeed this too is inimitably classy.


    Domaine Boyer-Martenot 2010

    Meursault "Les Charrons"

    Villages White 750 ml

    Score: 90

    Tasted: Jun 01, 2012

    Drink: 2015+

    Issue: 47

    Outstanding Top value

    Producer note: Yves and Marie-Cécile's Boyer's son Vincent has now completely taken over the responsibility for day to day operations. He explained that while 2010 is an "excellent vintage that surprised us by its quality, the quantities were painfully restricted. On average we were down 33% but it was as much as 50% in some parcels. We began picking on the 18th of September and brought in extremely clean fruit that had potential alcohols that ranged between 12.8 and 13.5%. There was a superb concentration of both sugars and acidities, which means that the resulting wines are very fresh and tangy yet they are ripe and beautifully well-balanced." As the scores and commentaries suggest, 2010 is a first-rate vintage for the domaine and while their 2009s were lovely wines, it's clear that 2010 is a superior vintage chez Boyer. And while the Perrières and Caillerets are, as usual, the class of the cellar, do your pocketbook a favor and don't ignore several of the villagesefforts as they're terrific, in particular the Charrons and Reuchaux. (North Berkeley Imports, www.northberkeleyimports.com, Berkeley, CA; Michael Skurnik Wines, www.skurnikwines.com, Syosset, NY; Charles Taylor Wines, E-mail: charles@charlestaylorwines.com, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk and Peter Graham Wines, www.petergrahamwines.com, all UK).

    Tasting note: This is also notably ripe yet the nose remains quite fresh and airy with a pretty mix of peach, apricot, acacia blossom and citrus hints. There is good richness to the lively medium weight flavors that possess good mid-palate fat and a lovely touch of minerality on the balanced, vibrant and utterly delicious finish. Worth a look.


    Domaine Buisson-Charles 2015

    Meursault Vieilles Vignes

    Villages White 750 ml

    Score: 90

    Tasted: Jun 11, 2017

    Drink: 2022+

    Issue: 67

    Outstanding Top value

    Producer note: The domaine is directed by 4th generation Michel Buisson, his daughter Catherine and son-in-law Patrick Essa, who is now responsible for the winemaking and élevage. Essa noted that "in contrast to several recent vintages, we enjoyed a relatively easy growing season in 2015. July and August were extremely hot, indeed enough so that some of our parcels suffered from hydric stress. I believe that it was necessary to wait to pick because when many growers started, the fruit still didn't yet have the optimal level of phenolic maturity. We chose to begin the harvest with the reds on the 5th of September and then continued with the whites on the 7th. The thick-skinned fruit was impeccably clean and possessed excellent ripeness levels, which is to say with potential alcohols in the 13%+ range. As to the quality, I would call 2015 a great vintage and particularly so in Meursault. The 2015s were bottled in January 2017 and Essa noted that he's now using corks of 25 mm in diameter rather than the standard 24 mm; several domaines have recently done this and the rationale behind it is to have a tighter seal against oxygen ingress. I would categorize the domaine's 2015s as having outperformed in the context of the vintage and in particular with their Corton-Charlemagne but don't overlook some of the Meursault cuvées. (Vintner Select, www.vintnerselect.com, OH, Milton Road Trading Corp, LLC, www.miltonroadtrading.com, CA, Caveau Selections, www.caveauselections.com, OR, Martine's Wines, www.martineswines.com, CA, Import Wines, WI, Old World Importing, Inc., www.oldworldimporting.com, CO, all USA; Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, Latimer Vintners, www.latimervintners.com, Roberson Wine, www.roberson.co.uk, and Anthony Sarjeant, all UK).

    Tasting note: A smoky nose consists of petrol, apple and pear notes that are trimmed in subtle wood nuances. There is fine density to the mouth coating and vibrant medium-bodied flavors that deliver outstanding length for a villageslevel wine. This is at once seductive yet serious and offers terrific quality for its level.


    La Chablisiènne 2001

    Chablis - Preuses

    Grand Cru White 750 ml

    Score: 90

    Tasted: Oct 01, 2003

    Drink: 2007-14

    Issue: 12

    Producer note: As was detailed in Issue 8, La Chablisiènne is actually a collection of growers under the form of a cooperative that was founded in 1923. So great is the reach of this co-op that they now reportedly vinify and market between 25 and 33% of all the wine made in Chablis, a remarkable volume that is now approaching one million cases according to the director of marketing Hervé Tucki with whom I met this visit. M. Tucki, who is also responsible for overseeing the vinification of the wines, is a plain talking, no nonsense fellow who seems to enjoy telling it like it is, which is frankly rare when one talks to marketing types from big wines cooperatives. In rapid fire succession, he called the 2000 vintage "perfectly good but not great because of excess yields," 2001 a "sweat and blood vintage that was difficult seemingly from day one," and with a wink, described 2002 as a "vintage where we quite honestly lucked out by having a simply incredible September and indeed we thank St. Vincent for blessing us!" (St. Vincent is the patron saint of wine in Burgundy).  More precisely, Tucki explained that 2001 required hard choices. "The fruit was such that we had to either hold our breath and hope that our usual approach would hold up with fruit that was clearly below average or radically change things by taking risks and trying to make the most out of what we had to work with. We couldn't risk an entire vintage so we did a bit of both. We changed what we could and in particular, we shortened the élevage period for all wines and particularly so for those appellations that we raise in oak. We also worked less with the lees than usual and in some cases, we eliminated them altogether," he noted. By contrast, he described 2002 as being completely different. "July and August were not especially favorable but September managed to right most of those ills. In contrast to 2001 which is already quite golden, the color in 2002 is absolutely classic with the pale yellow and green reflections. In short, I like the vintage and for the moment I suppose we could say that it's the vintage of the century," wryly noting that there have only been two.
    As a general observation, the wines of La Chablisiènne are quite good considering the scale on which they are produced. Purists should take note that some of the upper level wines can be quite oaky and please read closely the following notes as I will point out those that strike me as being overtly oaky. That said, La Chablisiènne does not bottle its grands crus until at least 18 months after the vintage, which is to its credit though in some vintages, this can obviously serve to contribute more rather than less oak influence. (Monsieur Henri Wine Company, New Orleans, LA, USA; Howard Ripley, Marks & Spencer and Stevens Garnier, Ltd, all of the UK).

    Tasting note: This is noticeably oaky on the expressive, detailed and nicely complex nose, followed by very clean and ripe, medium weight flavors of superb intensity and first rate length. What sets it apart from the other '01s is the outstanding precision and focus and this is really lovely stuff, especially for the vintage. Great Chablis character.


    Domaine Daniel Dampt 2008

    Chablis "Côte de Léchet"

    1er Cru White 750 ml

    Score: 92

    Tasted: Oct 01, 2009

    Drink: 2012+

    Issue: 36

    Outstanding Top value

    Producer note: Daniel Dampt calls 2008 a vintage that is "relatively similar to 2007 analytically but quite different in terms of the wines and interestingly, it had exactly the same acidity levels as 1996. We began picking on the 30th of September, bringing in exceptionally clean fruit with sugar levels that ranged between 11.5 and 13% but one nuance is that the ripeness definitely favored the premiers crus, in fact none of them were chaptalized. Yields were down roughly 20% however, mostly due to the evaporative effects of the north wind before the harvest." I asked Dampt where his free SO2 target levels were these days and he told me that he has raised them to about 42 ppm at bottling. As I have stated in these pages before, the Dampt wines offer outstanding value and excellent quality. And both of Daniel's sons have begun taking over some of the family's vineyards and issue their own wines. As a consequence, I call your attention to the fact that each of the Vaillons cuvées now originate from different climats. Note: identical wines to the Daniel Dampt examples also appear under the Jean Defaix label. (Daniel Dampt label - Vinalia Imports, www.vinaliaimports.com, CA, ABC Fine Wines & Spirits, www.abcfws.com, FL and T. Edwards Wines, www.tedwardwines.com, NY, all USA; Jean Defaix label - Michael Skurnik Wines, www.skurnikwines.com, Syosset, NY; Ballantynes of Cowbridge, www.ballantynes.co.uk, Georges Barbier and Vine Trail, www.vinetrail.co.uk, all UK).

    Tasting note: It would be almost impossible to mistake this for anything other than Chablis as the pungent nose oozes Chablis character and the precise, even chiseled flavors are brimming with oyster shell and stone notes that carry over to the equally understated, textured and refined finish. If there is a nit, this is not presently highly complex but it appears that there is sufficiently good material to permit that to develop with time in bottle.


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Allen Meadows, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  17 Wines  from  8 Producers 

Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2018/ A ripe and super-fresh nose offers up notes of black raspberry, plum liqueur, Asian-style tea and a whiff of incense. The racy, intense and mineral-driven big-bodied flavors retain outstanding delineation as well as an abundance of palate soaking dry extract before delivering stunningly good length. This incredibly powerful effort is both classy and highly complex and like the Bonnes Mares, is a wine that will live for decades. With that said, it's not so backward and compact to preclude it being approachable after only 10 to 12 years. 
Barrel Sample: 94-97

1m 28d ago

Allen Meadows, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  18 Wines  from  4 Producers 

Romanée-Conti La Tâche 1990 / A stunning, massive, full-on and completely classic La Tâche nose that displays almost unbelievable complexity so with many different elements that it is impossible to even begin to describe them all; the primary components include ethereal and still fresh pinot fruit, clove, knock out spiciness, anise, hoisin, soy and a trace of earth but these elements only hint at the sheer depth. The flavors are big, rich, refined, classy, penetrating and superbly powerful yet everything is in perfect balance and there is more than sufficient sève to balance off the still considerable tannins. The finish is intense, pure and so long that it is haunting; I could literally still taste this wine days later after I had it because it had such a dramatic and emotional impact. In its youth, this was one of the finest young Burgundies that I have ever been privileged to try and it only seems to get better with each passing year. For my taste, this is getting close to arriving at its peak but it's not quite there though again, I stress that this is to my taste and some may find it to already be in its sweet spot of maturation. In short, this is absolutely brilliant.

3m 23d ago

Allen Meadows, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  23 Wines  from  5 Producers 

Domaine Ramonet Montrachet 2012 / This already is dazzlingly complex yet the density of the nose is such that it?s seems all but guaranteed that much, much more is on the way. Interestingly the nose is not dissimilar from that of the Champs Canet though it?s much less petrol-inflected and with a bit more spice elements in play. There is superb concentration to the elegant, pure and equally complex flavors that deliver simply unbelievable length but do so effortlessly, in fact so much so that it?s genuinely mind-boggling that so much flavor authority can be delivered without almost any weight or heaviness. I was quite honestly stunned when I tasted this and I?m no stranger to young Montrachet but this is as potentially good as I have seen from the Ramonet brothers in a long time and I do not say that lightly; in fact you have to go back to the 1992 to find a young Ramonet Montrachet quite this promising. I should note that while this is certainly more than simply impressive today my score, as always, takes into account the quality that I believe this wine will ultimately deliver with 12 to 15 years of age under its belt. If you can find it, don?t miss it! 99/2024+

6m 20d ago

Allen Meadows, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  50 Wines  from  14 Producers 

Montrachet - Vintage 2005 Domaine de la Romanée Conti
“An opulent, ripe and moderately oaked in-your-face nose explodes from the glass, bringing incredibly com- plex and layered aromas that run from floral, citrus, spice and a full range of white and yellow fruit notes that complement to perfection the lush, rich and amazingly concentrated broad-scaled flavors that are underpinned by an intense minerality and a palate staining finish of simply unbelievable length. At this young stage, this is a massive Montrachet that is long on power and muscle and while it’s not as elegant as say the 2000, 2002 or 2004 versions, I believe that the refinement one typically finds in this wine will come in time. In sum, for sheer vi- nous fireworks, this is hard to beat and to call it a “wow” wine would be a considerable understatement. However, note that plenty of time will be required and it will be one of the longest-lived vintages in recent memory. A great, great effort.”(98pts BH)

1y 11d ago

Chambertin 1952, Domaine Armand Rousseau
Charmes-Chambertin 2016, Domaine Armand Rousseau
Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2005, Domaine Armand Rousseau
Chambertin Clos de Bèze 1992, Domaine Armand Rousseau
Clos-de-la-Roche Vieilles-Vignes 2002, Domaine Ponsot
Griotte-Chambertin 2002, Domaine Ponsot
Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux 2012, Méo-Camuzet
Chevalier-Montrachet 2009, Domaine Leflaive
Puligny-Montrachet Pucelles 2000, Domaine Leflaive
Romanée Conti 2001, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Romanée Conti 1966, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Romanée Conti 2004, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Romanée Conti 1997, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Romanée Conti 2005, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 2002, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Romanee Saint Vivant 2001, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 2006, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Romanee Saint Vivant 1993, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 2005, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Romanee Saint Vivant 2005, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
La Tâche 1973, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Echézeaux 1983, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Echézeaux 1999, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Echézeaux 2002, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Echézeaux 2005, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
La Tâche 2001, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Echézeaux 2006, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Grands Echézeaux 2006, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Richebourg 2000, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Grands Echézeaux 2004, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Richebourg 2005, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Grands Echézeaux 2002, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Grands Echézeaux 2005, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
La Tâche 1998, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
La Tâche 2004, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Richebourg 2006, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Romanée Conti 2000, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Romanée Conti 2006, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Grands Echézeaux 2014, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Romanée Conti 1998, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Romanée Conti 1990, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Musigny 1993, Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier
Clos-de-la-Roche 2015, Domaine Dujac
Meursault-Perrières 2000, Coche Dury
Bâtard-Montrachet 1999, Domaine Étienne Sauzet
Grands Échézeaux 1959, Maison Leroy
La Romanée 2006, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair
Ruchottes-Chambertin 2005, Domaine Christophe Roumier
Corton-Charlemagne 2008, Domaine Pierre Yves Colin-Morey
Echezeaux 2008, Domaine Bizot

Allen Meadows, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  26 Wines  from  11 Producers 

Louis Jadot Batard-Montrachet 2017 / A less elegant and slightly more wood-influenced nose offers up restrained aromas of essence of white flowers that includes rose petal, lavender and acacia blossom as well as discreet citrus nuances. There is both more volume and richness to the large-scaled, intense and powerful flavors that evidence seriously good punch and power on the muscular and wonderfully long finish. This is an impressive built-to-age Bâtard.
Barrel Sample: 92-95

1y 7m ago

Allen Meadows, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  20 Wines  from  7 Producers 

Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2005 / Prepare to be transported. A positively brilliant nose of violet and rose petal shines against a background of intensely spiced extravagant red and black pinot fruit nuanced by hints of earth and stone and this minerality continues onto the surprisingly supple flavors that convey a remarkable sense of energy and power on the almost unbelievably intense, focused and structured finish that seems to go on and on without end. And the '05 VV has what all truly great burgundies have which is that extra dimension of power without weight as this carries terrific punch and power yet delivers that explosiveness with impeccable class and grace. While I am duly mindful of the many legendary wines this domaine has produced (see the database for all vintages reviewed dating to 1919), the 2005 could very well join the list of the all time greats, there is really that much potential here. Whether it will ultimately transcend the heights achieved by the 1919 or the 1949 (among many others) remains an open question, I have zero doubt that 2005 will be a genuinely great vintage for this wine. Brilliance personified and absolutely a 'wow' wine, in fact, this merits a double 'wow'.

1y 11m ago

Allen Meadows, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  7 Wines  from  6 Producers 

Bouchard Père & Fils Le Corton 2015 / 92-95 points : Here the wood treatment is a bit more discreet though it's still not subtle on the exceptionally cool and fresh but ripe nose that offers up plenty of sauvage and earth hints that suffuse the black cherry and lilac scents. The dense, bold and overtly muscular and powerful big-bodied flavors possess an abundance of sappy extract that coats the palate and buffers the extremely firm tannic spine on the immensely persistent finish that is less austere than it usually is. This is breathtakingly good and despite my extended drinking window, it should be approachable after only 7 to 8 years.

1y 11m ago

Allen Meadows, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  9 Wines  from  8 Producers 

Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles-Vignes 2005 / 99 points / All the superb and dramatic complexity that this displayed from barrel has made it into bottle as an extremely ripe and fantastically broad nose soars from the glass, merging seamlessly into dense, pure rich and powerful flavors that are opulent, sweet and dripping with so much extract and sap that the combination stains and saturates the palate on the hugely proportioned yet impeccably balanced finish that is so long that it doesn't seem possible. Given how many reference standard vintages Domaine Ponsot has produced of the Clos de la Roche over the years, it would be presumptuous to anoint this as the best ever but if it isn't, it will certainly take its rightful place among the very greatest. In sum, a 'wow' wine that makes you shake your head in sheer amazement. However be aware that this is a buy and forget wine as it will require at least 15 years to shed its considerable tannins and it will see 50 years without difficulty.

As is his usual practice, Laurent Ponsot was one of the last growers to begin picking reporting that he began on "September 27th, which is the same day that we began in 2005. The July 27th hail storm cost us greatly in terms of yield as we suffered heavy losses in Griotte, Chapelle and Charmes. But my vineyard team organized immediately and within 3 hours after the end of the storm, they were in the vines spraying to protect against rot. There was wind with the storm, which means that the hail hit the vines from the side. Now that's bad for the grapes but good for the leaves, which allowed the vines to recover more quickly as the leaves were able to continue photosynthesizing to provide energy to both heal wounds and ripen the grapes properly. Sugars were actually high at between 13 to 14%. I think that it's partially because of the low yields that we aim for and in the hail damaged sectors, very low yields and partially because there was still a good leaf canopy. Because we harvested late and had good phenolic ripeness, I didn't change anything with respect to my vinification. I love the '06s and they are, in my view, every bit as good as the 2002s." Fans of the domaine will note that there is no Morey villages Cuvée des Grives as the vineyard was replanted in 2006. As to the Ponsot '05s, Ponsot was unexpectedly called away on an urgent matter just as our cellar visit was ending and unfortunately I did not have the chance to taste the full range of the prior vintage in bottle as I usually do. However, I did manage to get to three '05s and they confirm the brilliance of the Ponsot '05s. I'm not sure why this wine seemed to have so completely captured the imagination of burg lovers in 2005 but in my various travels after the release of Issue 25, no one wine was so asked about and discussed. Just as with the 2005 Mugnier Musigny and the DRC monopoles, I am very happy to be able to report that in my view, the 2005 old vines Clos de la Roche is every bit as great as its performance last year from barrel suggested it would be. It is a profound effort destined to make very old bones indeed. While the price for this gem has unfortunately spiked considerably, for those who bought I only say congratulations, you should be very, very happy. Lastly, it's not me taking a bit of journalistic license by adding the modifier "Très" to the 2006 Clos St. Denis. Ponsot told me that effective with the 2006 vintage, the new name for the Clos St. Denis is Très Vieilles Vignes.

2y 5m ago

Allen Meadows, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  11 Wines  from  11 Producers 

Krug Vintage 2002 / 97 points / There is a distinctly phenolic character to the secondary-tinged yet super-fresh nose reflects notes of bread, yeast, pear, baked apple, spice and a hint of citrus. The bold and full-bodied flavors possess superb complexity while being underpinned by a notably fine but dense mousse, all wrapped in a gorgeously persistent finish. This is a seriously impressive effort and one of the best of the Krug Brut vintage series released in many years. Note that while this should continue to age effortlessly, it could certainly be enjoyed now.

After being a partner at Jacquesson, the house of Krug was founded by the visionary Joseph Krug in 1843, an accountant who had traveled the world and from the outset was determined to learn all he could to create outstanding champagne and he knew from the outset that required quality vines and grapes. The legacy has been passed down for generations, including his son Paul who moved Krug in 1868 to Reims, where the cellars have been since that time. In the 1960s Krug began to buy its own vineyards. One of the originators of non-vintage champagne, the original "Private Cuvée" became the Krug Grand Cuvée in 1979. Following the original founder's hand-written notes which emphasized "good terroirs" such as Le Mesnil sur Oger, in 1971 Krug was able to purchase 15 acres of vineyards. In 1986 Krug released a single vineyard champagne with the Clos du Mesnil fruit from the 1979 harvest. After the success that followed, they chose to make a single vineyard champagne from Ambonnay, which they purchased in 1994 releasing the first Clos d'Ambonnay from the 1995 vintage in 2007. At the helm of Krug today is Olivier Krug who became director in 2009. In 1999 Krug was acquired by the luxury goods group Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy.

2y 8m ago

Allen Meadows, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  4 Wines  from  3 Producers 

Domaine Jean-Claude Ramonet 2015 Montrachet / Score: 98  Even with extended aeration the nose remains restrained but it is wonderfully complex as it combines notes of moderate amounts of oak, acacia blossom, lemon zest and a pretty array of spice elements. The exquisitely textured broad-shouldered flavors possess seemingly endless levels of underlying material that impart a sappy mouth feel to the powerful, concentrated and hugely persistent finish that reflects the same superb complexity as the nose. If one wanted to pick just a little, there is a hint of warmth but overall, this is seriously impressive.

Producer note: There has been an important change in the operations of this storied domaine as Noël Ramonet has withdrawn, ostensibly because of succession planning. The vineyards remain with the domaine however and I was told that Noël is still farming them and then selling the fruit to Jean-Claude. As a practical matter not much has changed as Jean-Claude was essentially in charge for several years now. This has also resulted in a change of names as the domaine is now called Domaine Jean-Claude Ramonet. We will see if this portends other changes going forward but I seriously doubt that there will be anything major. Note that all Ramonet wines carry the appellation on the capsule and the corks, plus the corks carry the vintage indication on the top, bottom and side. 

Tasted: Oct 15, 2018
Drink: 2030+

2y 10m ago

Allen Meadows, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  8 Wines  from  7 Producers 

DRC Romanée-Conti 2015 / Sometimes, try as I might, words fail to communicate adequately those few transcendent experiences where a wine is just so amazing that it's impossible to capture it. The 2015 Romanée-Conti would be one of those experiences so you will simply have to accept the limitations of the written word. The breathtakingly beautiful nose is restrained to the point of being almost mute yet aggressive agitation eventually reveals an exotically broad-range of highly perfumed floral, spice, tea and incense-like nuances. The opulently textured, concentrated and equally mineral-driven flavors accentuate the perfumed character of the nose as the inner mouth perfume just adds to the what is roughly akin to an sensorial assault, all wrapped in a finish that lasted for seemingly several days as I had no trouble recalling it over the next 48 hours. If there's any imperfection that I could detect, there is a hint of warmth but otherwise, this is pretty close to perfect. The word spectacular comes to mind but then again so does brilliant, fabulous and splendid. You get the idea - pretty damn remarkable. 99+ points

2y 10m ago

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