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"This is lovely"
-2021 Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru 5 Climats

Due to the small quantities, Lafarge made the decision to blend his five 1er Cru vineyards into a single wine. This is the first time ever that Lafarge has blended these sites, and this is a long established domaine. 

Burgundy Royalty - Lowest Price:
2020 Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Ruchottes

Ramonet's Ruchottes overachieves to such an extent that it can compete with many Grand Crus.

"This beauty is textbook."
2021 Ballot Millot Meursault 1er Perrières

We've been huge fans of Ballot Millot in recent vintages, but their 2021s are mind-blowing. This is a dynamite bottle of white Burgundy.

"This is potentially brilliant and very much worth your interest"
2020 Lafarge Volnay Premier Cru Clos des Chenes

There's something magical and captivating about Lafarge's wines and their understated grace.

"This is lovely and a wine that should age accordingly."
2022 Tribut Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet

What makes 2022s at Tribut so exciting is how the wines combine power and presence with verve and minerality. Tribut's 2022s have an incredible amount of punch and finesse.

Hitting The Bullseye:
2017 Simon Bize Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Vergelesses

These are some of the most authentic, thoughtful, and often overlooked wines we know. Bize’s wines are such soulful and long-aging expressions of Burgundy that they are “must-buys.”

Not To Be Missed:
2022 Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon

This all-too-often overlooked bottle can deliver some serious value relative to Leflaive's other 1er Crus.

Grand Cru In All But Name:
2008 Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les St-Georges

We love Chevillon's 2008s, and of course, the Les St-Georges leads the pack. Across the range, they are beautifully clear, and for all of their muscle, they are poised and lifted.

"In a word, brilliant."
- 2019 D'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs

Clos des Ducs produces some of the most intense, mineral-driven, and deeply complex examples of red Burgundy.

"I very much like the focused power... " -2020 Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

At their best, the 2020s combine power and richness with snap, tension, and Chablisien minerality. Raveneau has clearly produced some of the top wines of the vintage.

A Legend In Top Form:
2017 Gouges Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru 'Les Saint Georges'

Les Saint Georges- a combination of stony limestone and clay soils, is renowned for its impressive structure, muscle, and longevity. In Gouges' hands, this site is totally captivating, simultaneously noble and wild.

"Impressive and recommended"
2021 Tribut Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy

Tribut's 2021s are dazzling and crystal-clear expressions of Chablis' unique minerality.

"Very fine." -2022 Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru

Drouhin's Chambolle 1er Cru offers a pedigree and elegance that may be unrivaled for the price.

"In sum, this is terrific."
Lowest Price: 2019 Bertheau Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses

It struts a spellbinding level of refinement and ethereal complexity.

"Leflaive 2021s are brilliant" -2021 Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon

For the past decade, Leflaive has really kicked things into overdrive. They are producing some of the greatest wines that I've tasted from the domaine. 

Grace and Understatement - Revisited:
2020 Jouan Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Clos Sorbé

Jouan's Clos Sorbé possesses a haunting mixture of perfume and delicacy.

"Impeccably well-balanced"
2020 Paul Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St. Jean

Thierry Pillot has emerged as one of Burgundy's most talented white Burgundy producers.

Wine of the Year
Bobby's Pick

For my wine of the year, it was imperative for me to choose a top-flight Burgundy for under $100.

2017 Lafarge Volnay:
1er Cru Clos du Château des Ducs & 1er Cru Clos des Chênes

These two wines dramatize what makes Lafarge so great.

Purity In Chablis Revisited:
2017 Tribut Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy

Tribut's 2017s offer an incredible completeness. They have presence and an intense salty, Chablisienne minerality coursing through them.

Extreme Purity:
2018 Colin-Morey St. Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly Nicholas et Mathis

It wouldn't be out of line to say that Pierre-Yves Colin's work in St. Aubin has been crucial in establishing the domaine's cult status.

”Genuinely Great”
2017 Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc Magnums

Clos des Mouches is a very important site for Drouhin.

This prime mid-slope vineyard was one of the first purchases of Maurice Drouhin when he essentially established domaine bottlings in the 1920s. 

The Stars Aligned, Part II:
2014 Genot-Boulanger Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers

Genot-Boulanger's 2014s are seriously impressive. It marks the vintage when quality jumped to a profound level. 

“I like the balance and transparency”
2016 Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Rouge

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been blown away by a bottle of Drouhin’s Clos des Mouches.

It's a confounding wine. It's a 1er Cru from Beaune, an area known for a certain rusticity. Yet Mouches dazzles with its elegance and overall breeding.

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