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A Sleeper From A Burgundy Benchmark
2017 Lamy St. Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes

The 2017 Frionnes is animated by a sleek elegance and near perfect balance that defines Lamy's 2017s. Expect a white Burgundy of silky harmony and driving minerality. Subtle shavings of sweet herbs and ripe citrus add even more nuance to this extraordinary example of what Frionnes can bring to the table.

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.

"Lovely and built-to-age"
2017 Germain Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

Germain's 2017 collection is brilliant.

Today, we're happy to offer one of the top wines of the collection, the Meursault 1er Cru Charmes. 

Chablis Laid Bare:
2015 Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons

When Dauvissat's Vaillons hits the mark, it's an amazing bottle of Chablis.

It might not be the grandest expression, but its mineral focus is really thrilling.

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.

2018 Dauvissat Chablis

Dauvissat produced an amazing cast of 2018s. They combine power and richness with snap, tension, and Chablisien minerality.

”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. 

"Chiseled and energetic"
2017 Henri Germain Meursault

Henri Germain's Meursaults may cruise under the radar, but they are some of the most exciting examples of the appellation.

"A wonderfully complete wine that impresses for its exceptional balance"
2017 Moreau-Naudet Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons

We have been beating the drum for Moreau-Naudet for the past five years. Still, the dazzling quality of the 2017s shocked us. This is a break out vintage that places them among the best of Chablis.

2018 Coche-Dury Meursault

I'll keep this quick. Coche-Dury's wines possess a singular magic that's obvious.

They are intense, incredibly refined, and are insanely well balanced. The wines offer up an improbable combination of depth, verve, and power. 

Brilliant Equilibrium:
2018 Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Abbaye de Morgeot Cuvée Clement et Emma

Pierre-Yves Colin is one of the masters of white Burgundy; he's right up there with Roulot and Coche. He also has a magic touch with Chassagne, and the Abbaye de Morgeot Clement et Emma is a prime place to witness it. 

"Readers who can find the 2012 should not hesitate, as it is truly magical"
2012 Roederer Cristal Rosé

For me, any vintage of Cristal Rosé is one of Champagne's greatest wines. The 2012 is simply brilliant.

It is an utterly beautiful wine delivering finesse, length, and delicacy. 

"One of the finest grower-producers"
Marie-Noëlle Ledru Brut Grand Cru

Ledru produces some of the most lovingly made and terroir-expressive Champagnes around.

"It's no secret that Lamy has been on a roll... "
2017 Lamy Chassagne-Montrachet "Le Concis du Champs"

It's clear that Olivier Lamy is at the top of his game.

Every time that I taste one of Lamy's wines, what's in my glass is thoroughly exciting. They are grandly sculpted wines with eye-opening rigor.

"Punchy and powerful flavors that brim with minerality"
2018 Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons

As we said a couple of weeks ago, Dauvissat nailed the 2018 vintage.

Dauvissat's Vaillons always impresses with its pointed minerality and intensity. The 2018 is an extreme expression of the wine. 

The Stars Align:
2014 Génot-Boulanger Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières

I jumped all over this parcel. Génot-Boulanger's 2014s are absolutely stunning.

The wines are a pitch-perfect expression of the vintage, with amazing concentration, clarity, and harmony. The lineup perfectly captures all of the precision and lifted elegance that made 2014 a home run for White Burgs. 

Saving The Best For Last:
2018 Tribut Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet

Côte de Léchet has a sleeker and more pointed minerality. It delivers a deeply etched saline minerality and bright cut. 

Burgundy Royalty:
Ramonet 2013-2017

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.

"There is a really lovely sense of verve"
2018 Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

Dauvissat nailed the 2018 vintage.

Vincent Dauvissat compares the vintage to the legendary vintages of 1947 and 1959. 

A Perennial Overachiever:
2018 Tribut Chablis

When it comes to classic Chablis AC, Tribut is one of the most important names to know.

Tribut's Chablis is, without a doubt, one of the best village level wines in the region.

Macle 1993-2015:
Côtes du Jura & Château-Chalon

Macle has long stood as a benchmark for the Jura. The explanation is simple: no one in the region captures elegance the way that they do.

 

"The only problem with these wines is finding them"
- Lilbert-Fils Le Brut Perle Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs

Production of Lilbert's Perle is somewhere around 165 cases per release - a mere drop in Champagne terms.

It's a shame that finding the wine is so difficult. Perle stands as one of the greatest and most fascinating expressions of the Côte des Blancs.

Brilliance in the Côte des Blancs - 2013 Agrapart:
Mineral, L'Avizoise & Venus

Pascal Agrapart’s Champagnes are some of the most terroir expressive wines being made today.

From his vineyards in Avize, Agrapart makes three wines from what he considers to be the region’s three main terroirs: the up-slope, down-slope, and mid-slope. He then vinifies each wine in the exact same way to highlight their differences in terroir. Today, we focus on these three wines from the stunning 2013 vintage. 

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