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Chambolle Benchmark: 2017 Barthod Chambolle-Musigny

I've been on a Chambolle kick lately, and frankly, I feel no need to stop. The village makes some of the most beautiful expressions of red Burgundy. Today, I'm happy to offer Barthod's 2017 Chambolle. It's been quite some time since we've been able to offer Barthod, and it feels like a real luxury to be able to offer them today.

2017 Bertheau Chambolle-Musigny

Bertheau's are some of the Burgundies that I'm most fond of. They thrive on nuance and understatement. The wines are archetypes of just how graceful and pure Burgundy can be.

Blazingly Mineral - Value in 2017 White Burgundy:
2017 Rapet Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc Les Combottes

Rapet makes my style of Burgundy. They are stony and unadorned wines, direct and full of charm.

Chassagne Magic:
2017 Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet

Ramonet is one of the time-tested greats of white Burgundy. Catch a Ramonet in top form, which is usually the case, and you'll find a case study in tension and intensity.

Thriving on Grace - Revisited: 2017 Jouan Clos St-Denis

Jouan’s wines are famous for possessing a captivating mixture of perfume and delicacy. The Grand Cru Clos Saint-Denis is celebrated for its class, purity, feminine grace, and simultaneously, for its intensity. It’s a perfect match for Jouan.

"Lovely stuff." - 2017 Mugneret-Gibourg Vosne-Romanée

Whenever I see Mugneret-Gibourg's 2017 Vosne-Romanée, I click buy immediately. I'm a huge fan of their Vosne-Romanée, but the 2017 is a very compelling example and utterly delicious.

Puligny Benchmark: 2017 Carillon Puligny-Montrachet

Jacques Carillon produces some of our favorite expressions of white Burgundy. We have a particular soft spot for Carillon's Puligny Villages. Regardless of the vintage, the Puligny serves as a perfect summary of Carillon's style and seriously overachieves for the category.

0.34HA, Uncommon Grace - Lowest Price:
2015 Bertheau Bonnes-Mares

Bertheau's 2015s are absolutely stunning. As always, the Bonnes-Mares represents one of the high points of Bertheau's 2015 lineup. Bertheau's parcel in Bonnes-Mares is 0.34 ha. It's a rare bottle, and that fact is all the more painful because it's a wine that I love.

"In a word, terrific" - Lowest Price:
2016 D'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs Magnums

"While d'Angerville rarely misses, I was particularly taken with the quality I found here; indeed the word classic would aptly describe their 2016s." We have to agree with Burghound. This is simply a stunning collection of wines.

Under-The-Radar, For Now - 2017 White Burg Stunner:
2017 Génot-Boulanger Meursault 1er Cru Les Bouchères

Génot-Boulanger has become a pillar of the store. In 2017, they hit a new level that demanded an offering. When you factor in price and complexity, the Meursault 1er Cru Les Bouchères is the star of Génot-Boulanger's 2017 lineup. 

Ramonet In Top Form - Revisited:
2017 Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Ruchottes

Ramonet's Ruchottes overachieves to such an extent that it can compete with many Grand Crus. In 2008, Allen Meadows tasted a 1978 that was in great shape. Ruchottes is dense and tactile with a sleek chiseled minerality and a soaring tension that is Ramonet's signature. It's a wine that is ruthlessly focused with a gripping concentration.

Burgundy As It Should Be - Revisited:
2017 Jouan Chambolle-Musigny

Few producers capture my imagination like Jouan. His wines are some of the most mysterious, beautiful, and subtle Burgundies I know.

White Burgundy - 1993-2017:
Coche-Dury, Dauvissat, Lafon, Raveneau, Roulot & Much More

Last week, I put together a long red Burgundy offering. Today, I put together a similarly sized list of white Burgundies.

I tried to highlight Burgundy's many top white producers ranging from Dauvissat and Raveneau to Coche, Lafon, and Roulot.

“Textbook Charmes" - Lowest Price:
2016 Bertheau Chambolle-Musigny 1er Charmes

Bertheau's wines are personal favorites. They exemplify how graceful and pure Burgundy can be. Sadly, it's a small domaine, and finding the wines has become challenging. It's been almost two years since I've been able to offer the wines.

"I found the quality of the Carillon 2017s to be generally excellent"
- 2017 Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrières

Carillon's are some of our favorite white Burgundies. As Burghound makes clear, their 2017s are great.

Back-Vintage Grand Cru - 0.23ha:
1996 Drouhin Bonnes-Mares

Drouhin's lineup is dizzying in its breadth. The Bonnes-Mares is one of the greatest, and with a 0.23ha parcel, one of the most elusive.

"A gorgeous combination of finesse and class. Marvelous"
- 2017 Roulot Meursault 1er Cru Clos des Bouchères

In 2017, Roulot took things to another level. The collection dazzles, reaching a point that flirts with perfection.

Eye-Opening Burgundy - Refinement and Value:
2017 Fornerol Côte de Nuits Rouge

It's rare for Burgundies to nail the combination of deliciousness, rigor, and affordability like Fornerol's Côte de Nuits Villages does. The wines are simply shocking in this regard. This is one of the more eye-opening and irresistible everyday Burgundies that I've tasted.

Red Burgundy 1996-2018:
D'Angerville, Fourrier, Lafarge, Mugneret-Gibourg, Roumier, Rousseau & More

It's been a couple of months since I've put together a long list of red Burgundy. I'm very happy to return to it today with a long list of recent purchases and a wide cast of favorites.

Burgundy Royalty - Revisited: 2017 Maison Leroy Bourgogne Blanc

The wines of Lalou Bize-Leroy respect no boundaries. Wherever you turn, the wines leave you astonished.

"Sleek, intense and well-detailed”
- 2016 Berthaut-Gerbet Vosne-Romanée

Since her first vintage in 2013, Amélie Berthaut has been making waves in Burgundy. At just 25 years old, Amélie started creating a lot of buzz when she took over her family’s domaine and released a line of top-quality wines from the forgotten village of Fixin. The wines were so compelling that everyone seemed to take notice.

Hitting The Bullseye - 2017 Simon Bize Savigny-les-Beaune:
1er Cru Aux Guettes, 1er Cru Les Fournaux, & 1er Cru Aux Vergelesses

If you’re after red Burgundies with stony cores, finesse, and just the right amount of wildness, then this is an essential address to know. Simon Bize makes red Burgundy exactly as we like it.

Volnay Distance Runner - Bookend Vintages:
2013 & 2015 D'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Champans

Volnay is one of the more feminine and velvety expressions of Burgundy. With that said, the magic of Champans is the way it combines muscle and density with a gorgeous finesse. Today, I'm excited to celebrate d'Angerville's work in Champans with two radically different vintages.

"This is lovely and a classic example" - Revisited:
2017 Heitz-Lochardet Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières

It's been fun to watch Heitz-Lochardet start to really take off. It seems like everyone I give a bottle to comes back wanting a half-dozen more.

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