Five winos excellent adventure , mostly in Burgundy

Beaune, France

Tasted June 7, 2019 - June 15, 2019 by dcwino with 899 views

Introduction

To repeat our excellent adventure in France two years ago, RJ, Justin, Kelly and I started planning for a mostly Burgundy trip in January. We were joined by Birdie whom we met through Kelly during the 10th edition of Villa D'Este Wine Symposium.

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I quickly learned that visiting DRC, Rousseau, Coche will no longer be possible. Therefore, I actually had to work hard to set up the visits this time. My special thanks goes to everyone who made the visits possible.

Billy Weiss, the proprietor of North Berkeley Imports. He and I had never met but he went above and beyond to help setting up the appointments at Boyer-Martenot and Mugneret Gibourg.

Christy at Zachys Auction who helped to set up the visit at Douhin.

Stan at Moet Hennessy to set up the visit at Moet & Chadon

Mike at Wilson Daniel to set up the visit at Leflaive

And now the producers

Vincent at Boyer-Martenot

Marie-Andree at Mugneret-Gibourg

Veronique at Drouhin

Pierre at Leflaive

Erwan at Faiveley

Louis Michel at Comte Liger-Belair

Etienne at Jean Grivot

Frederic at Mugnier

Here are some of my thoughts:
2018 is a great red vintage, beautifully ripe and concentrated yet very fresh and pure. Some producers thought a repeat of the 09 but significantly more freshness.

2018 whites are quite ripe.

2017 reds can be very pure and classic, slightly less concentrated than the 18 but more pure fruit.

2017 whites are excellent though not as good as the 14, i.e. slightly riper fruit and slightly more concentrated.

2015 reds are drinking incredibly well.

2015 whites can be excellent but not all, Raveneau were excellent.

As expected, Mugneret-Gibourg, Faiveley, Comte LIger-Belair, Grivot and Mugnier all made incredible reds in 2018.

Boyer-Martenot is making very good whites, very pure in style, not too much sulphur.

Domaine Leflaive made incredible wines in 2017. If the domaine has addressed the premox issue, I will be a buyer once again. FWIW, the 14s which I had last year, seemed fresh and energetic.

Comte Lafon is at the top once again.

We tried a lot of Roulots and none of them were exceptional. There is absolutely no reason to chase.

Flight 1 - June 7 - Lunch at Vantre (4 notes)

The owner Marco Pelletier served as the head sommelier at several Grand Award winners in Paris, including Taillevent and Le Bristol. The list was really deep, only third were listed, but not cheap. The dishes were simple but solid.

White
2014 Domaine Roulot Meursault Les Vireuils France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
91 points
Medium expressive nose displaying ripe dense citrus fruit, lemon curd, sweet and spice spices, wet sox and wet stone. Excellent concentration, dense slightly coiled yellow citrus, deeply toned and rich, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a medium to long dense and coiled citrus fruit driven finish. Good concentration and structure but a bit straightforward which can be expected from a village Meursault. Three times costlier than Bouchard or Girardin Meursualt 1er crus and less interesting.
Red
2015 Domaine de Galouchey Le Vin de Jardin France, Bordeaux
91 points
Marco’s project made from 4 white and 5 red Bordeaux varietals. He ponders whether to server the 13 or 15 but since we are drinking the Roulot which is concentrated, he opts to go with the 15. Expressive nose displaying ripe red fruit, plum and cherry, chocolate and sweet spices. With air, it really opens up, blackberry, black cherry, blueberry, rose, dark milk chocolate, sweet spices, lead pencil and mineral. Excellent concentration, nicely layered blue fruit, silk and round, good acidity, strong mineral, fine tannins and a long cassis fruit driven finish. This is a sort of Bordeuax that most people can love including natural wine lovers. Very youthful but very approachable.
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Red
2009 Domaine du Bel Air (Pierre et Rodolphe Gauthier) Bourgueil Clos Nouveau France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Bourgueil
95 points
Expressive nose displaying rich and luxurious black fruit, blackberry, a hint of raspberry, perfume, rose, milk chocolate, light caramel, cedar and limestone. Excellent concentration, beautifully layered rich black and red fruit, silky and sensual, warm and round, beautifully detailed, medium acidity, strong mineral and a long rich black fruit driven finish. The rich yet precise style reminds me Clos Rougeard Les Poyeux but perhaps even more interesting for my palate. Exceptional showing.
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White
1991 Domaine Adhémar et Francis Boudin Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
93 points
We requested Marco to serve blind a bottle that is not on the list. Beautiful rich light yellow color. Expressive nose displaying lemon curd, slight unripe peach, burn sugar, caramel, lanolin and strong wet stone. Exceptional concentration, nicely layered dense and rich yellow citrus fruit, very precise, mouth puckering acidity, strong mineral and a long ripe citrus fruit driven finish. Kelly guesses Savagnin for the bright acidity. One of my guesses is a mature Clos St Hune but there is no petrol. It is a neutral grape, i.e. not overtly aromatic, where the complexity comes from exceptional cellaring. Perhaps Chardonnay. Marco reveals the wine. This is a beautifully mature Chablis.

Flight 2 - June 7 - Afternoon Drink at Willi's Wine Bar (1 note)

This was the only Raveneau on the list. The glory days are gone.

White
2011 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Valmur France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
95 points
Expressive nose displaying cool citrus fruit, lemon curd, a hint of the 11 green, mint, honeysuckle, sap, cool mountain stream, sea breeze and limestone. Excellent concentration, layers upon layers of concentrated yellow citrus, dense, excellent focus and precision, bright acidity, strong mineral and a long beautifully focused mineral finish. This is drinking beautifully.

Flight 3 - June 7 - Dinner at Le Bon Georges (6 notes)

The list is way overpriced, mostly more than the Michelin three stars.

White - Sparkling
2010 Bérêche et Fils Champagne Premier Cru Le Cran Ludes France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru
93 points
Expressive nose displaying slightly oxidized apple, apricot, a hint of red currants, honey, cinnamon, brioche and limestone. Beautifully integrated palate, rich yet precise, medium fine medium generous mousse, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long rich yellow fruit driven bone dry finish. This is a rich oxidative champagne, perhaps a bit like the aged vintage Krug.
White
2015 Hubert Lamy Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Saint-Aubin 1er Cru
92 points
Cool clean nose displaying ripe white fruit, apple, pear, lemon, a hint of spearmint, honeysuckle and limestone. Excellent concentration, nicely layered sweet white fruit, clean and delicious, medium acidity, good limestone mineral and a medium to long ripe white fruit driven finish. Really enjoyable.
White
2016 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Cuvée Marguerite France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Saint-Aubin 1er Cru
92 points
Clean and energetic nose displaying cool white fruit, pear, apple, lemonade, honeysuckle, a hint of flint and limestone. Clean harmonious palate, nicely layered cool white fruit, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long cool white fruit driven finish. Drinking nicely.
Red
2012 Serafin Père et Fils Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Millandes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru
89 points
Medium expressive black fruit driven nose, blackberry jam, black cherry, animal, sap, rose and earth. Excellent concentration, packed black fruit, unctuous, medium acidity, earthy mineral, slightly coarse tannins and a medium to long ripe black fruit driven finish. There is a hint of fizz which is slightly bothersome. This is a big scale wine that lacks finesse.
Red
2015 Thibault Liger-Belair Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
91 points
Expressive nose displaying bright red fruit with a hint of black, strawberry, blackberry, rose, dark spices and earth. Excellent concentration, packed sweet red fruit, unctuous and rich, good acidity and mineral and a long sweet black fruit driven finish. It is a big scale wine that needs another decade or two
Red
2013 Rotem & Mounir Saouma Châteauneuf-du-Pape Omnia France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
94 points
Expressive nose displaying opulent jammy red fruit, cherry liqueur, strawberry jam, incense, dark spices, a hint of garrique, black pepper and limestone. Excellent concentration, nicely layered intense red fruit, silky and polished, good acidity and mineral, and a long sweet red fruit driven finish. This is a big scale but nicely balanced CDP.
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Flight 4 - June 8 - Lunch at The Glue Pot (2 notes)

We walked to Racine, a new hot spot with a Japanese chef in Reims. Unfortunately, Kelly made a mistake and the reservation was made for the next day. The hostess kindly recommended this weird crazy place, a dive bar with an incredible wine list.


Notre-Dame Cathedral, breathtakingly beautiful!

Front view


Speechless! Jamet Cote Rotie, far right.


Kelly smiling as the Zaltos arrive!


The menu!


What we drank.

White
2016 Domaine Roulot Meursault Les Luchets France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
92 points
Very focused nose displaying granny smith, a slight hint of oxidized apple, fresh lime, a hint of pineapple, spicy spices, honey and mineral. Very good concentration, slightly coiled citrus fruit, good energy and focus, bright acidity, strong mineral and a medium to long coiled yellow fruit finish. This is a solid village Meursault.
Red
2014 Domaine du Bel Air (Pierre et Rodolphe Gauthier) Bourgueil Clos Nouveau France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Bourgueil
93 points
Showing more Cabernet Franc typicity than the 09 from the night before. Medium expressive nose displaying fresh black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, a hint of bell pepper, smoked meat, lactic, dark spices and mineral. Very refine palate, nicely layered fresh black fruit, silky and polished, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral, fine tannins and a medium to long sweet black fruit driven finish. This will need another decade to reach the peak.
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Flight 5 - June 8 - Moet & Chandon visit (2 notes)

We had a great visit at Dom Perignon. Yumie san had been working with Moet Chandon for over ten years and was incredibly knowledgeable.

Dom Perignon in the middle.

Cave

220,288 bottles of Dom Perignon.

50 plus year old Doms!

Beautiful garden where Napoleon met Jean Remy Moet.


Courtesy of Moet Hennessey.

White - Sparkling
2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne France, Champagne
98 points
Typically, it takes twenty years for Dom Perignon to shine. The 08 is an exception. Perfectly harmonious nose displaying fresh white fruit, pear, lemon, honeysuckle, cool mountain stream and limestone. Perfectly harmonious palate, very finely layered pure white fruit, incredibly fine abundant mousse, elegant, harmonious and energetic, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a seamless long white fruit and mineral driven finish. The 08 has to be the best young Dom Perignon of my life, epitome of elegance and refinement.
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White - Sparkling
2000 Dom Pérignon Champagne P2 France, Champagne
95 points
Beautifully mature Dom Perignon nose displaying ripe yellow fruit, peach, apple pie, burnt sugar, light caramel, honey and limestone. Fully integrated palate, finely layered decadent yellow fruit, fine medium abundant mousse, good acidity and mineral, and a seamless long decadent yellow fruit driven finish. This seems richer than the original release. Really enjoyable.
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Flight 6 - June 8 - Dinner at Le Millenaire (1 note)

The dinner was supposed to be at L'Assiette, a three star Michelin, but Kelly made it for the next day once again. It actually didn't turn out too bad as we had a great dinner and a memorable after dinner wines.


Beautiful day. People all drinking Champagne! Beautiful site!


The name, Millenaire, scared me a bit. This was the best pork of my life, so tender, flavorful and perfectly marbled.

Not so good wine list so we decided to eat quick and go back to the wine bar where we found a bunch of Rayas.

White
2016 Hubert Lamy Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Saint-Aubin 1er Cru
93 points
Very energetic nose displaying fresh clean white fruit, pear, apple, a hint of white flower, spicy spices and wet stone. Already showing beautifully integrated palate, nicely layered sweet but cool white fruit, clean and refreshing, bright acidity, strong mineral and a long pear and mineral driven finish. Drinking beautifully.

Flight 7 - June 8 - Nightcaps at Le Wine Bar (3 notes)


The dead soldiers!


With Nicolas, the young proprietor.

White
2014 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Brézé France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur
94 points
Quiet rich and ripe yet incredibly focused nose displaying yellow tropical fruit, pineapple, yellow and white peach, lemon curd, honey, a hint of flint, spicy spices and earth. Excellent concentration, nicely layered concentration yellow fruit, sweet and unctuous yet very focused and precise, mouth puckering acidity strong mineral and a long sweet yellow fruit and spicy spices driven finish. Very similar to the Clos Rougeard version at quarter of price. Excellent showing.
Red
2005 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
98 points
Explosive complex nose displaying opulent jammy red fruit, raspberry liqueur, cherry compote, sap, tobacco, garrigue, leather, lightly smoked meat, black pepper, dark spices and limestone. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of hedonistic red fruit, fluid and sensual, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and an incredible long decadent red fruit driven finish with tobacco and leather at the end. This is a youthful big scale Rayas. Although incredibly enjoyable already, it can easily improve for another two decades or more. A hedonistic experience.
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Red
2008 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
98 points
Intoxicating exotic kinky nose displaying cherry liqueur, dry red cherry, strong cannabis, garrigue tobacco, stem, leather, sweet spices and crushed rocks. Beautifully integrated palate, layers upon layers of dry cherry fruit, silky and fluid, beautifully detailed, perfect amount of acidity, strong mineral and a long sweet cherry fruit driven finish with cannabis and tobacco at the end. This has really improved, gaining concentration and becoming more expressive. Although it doesn’t have the material of the 05, it is equally enjoyable at the moment, i.e. more expressive and exotic.
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Flight 8 - June 9 - Lunch (3 notes)


This was a memorable lunch!

White
2011 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
95 points
Incredibly focused nose displaying concentrated yellow citrus fruit, lemon curd, light honey, lactic, a hint of the 11 green, spicy spices, sea breeze, oyster shell, cool mountain stream and wet stone. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of yellow citrus fruit, cool, energetic, laser like focus, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long concentrated yellow fruit and mineral driven finish. This is a classic Raveneau Les Clos showing laser like focus and precision.
White
2015 Coche-Dury Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
98 points
Absolutely gorgeous nose displaying pure fresh white fruit, pear, white peach, candied lemon peel, a hint of Coche flint, honeysuckle, cool mountain stream and crushed rocks. Perfectly harmonious and balanced palate, very finely layered pure white fruit, exceptional energy and freshness, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a seamless long pure pear and citrus fruit driven finish with a hint of Coche flint at the end. This is unbelievably tasty yet very serious wine. So youthful yet so perfectly delicious!
Red
2013 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Bonnes Mares France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
97 points
Expressive nose displaying sweet black fruit, crushed blackberry, black cherry, beautifully perfumed, rose, black truffle, cinnamon, light caramel and limestone mineral. Excellent concentration, layers upon layers of intense sweet black fruit, rich and warm but also fluid and precise, bright acidity, strong mineral, noticeable but very fine tannins and a long sweet black fruit driven finish. It reminds me the 07 version a bit. It is already very expressive and incredibly delicious but will improve for another decade.
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Flight 9 - June 9 - Before Dinner Drink at Bissoh (1 note)

This was one of the restaurants that I was thinking of eating. Since we had a half hour, we wanted to grab a quick drink. The hostess/sommelier kindly let us come in with one condition, leave before the restaurant opens. Pierre Rovani was coming in as we were heading out.

White
2007 Jean-François Ganevat Côtes du Jura Les Vignes de Mon Père France, Jura, Côtes du Jura
95 points
Expressive nose displaying succulent yellow citrus and tropical fruit, lemon crud, a hint of pineapple, fresh OJ, candied orange peel, light caramel, beeswax and limestone mineral. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of concentrated succulent yellow fruit, dense, rich and deeply tone yet incredibly focused, mouth puckering acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long dense succulent yellow fruit driven finish. This is a big scale wine. I really love the dense yet focused expression. It reminds me the Clos Rougeard Breze a bit, i.e. dense and concentrated yet incredibly focused.

Flight 10 - June 9 - Dinner (3 notes)

Another Japanese chef owned restaurant. The dishes were perfectly executed.

The young proprietor Nicolas was a passionate wine lover. We had a blast!


Amuse Bouche


Foie Gras



The Roumier was a bit off but the Rousseau was exceptional. We were tempted to order the 14 La Tache but decided to drink the next day when RJ and Justin join us. We told the young manager that we would come back and he got us a table. Since the Roumier was a bit off, he comped the bottle which was a nice gesture.

White
2015 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
94 points
Slightly coiled energetic nose displaying ripe yellow citrus fruit, lemon curd, granny smith, a hint of pineapple, honey, honeysuckle, a hint of spearmint, rainwater, beeswax and limestone. Excellent concentration, slightly coiled concentrated yellow fruit, dense yet pure and energetic, bright acidity, strong mineral and a long slightly coiled yellow citrus fruit driven mineral finish. This shows better focus than the December, 2018 bottle as the tropical fruit expression has subsided, i.e. more citrusy.
Red
2014 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Bonnes Mares France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
flawed
There is no TCA yet the wine seems medicinal and not expressive. This bottle reminds me the 05 Roumier Musigny that I drank two years ago, i.e. no obvious flaws but very muted. We try it again the next day and remains muted.
Red
2016 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
97 points
Gorgeous youthful nose displaying opulent yet pure black fruit with a hint of red, crushed blackberry, black cherry, strawberry and rhubarb tart, licorice, sap, smoked meat, red flowers, roasted coffee bean and crushed rocks. Excellent concentration, layers upon layers of perfectly ripe crushed blackberry, flamboyant yet pure and energetic, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, very fine tannins and a long pure black fruit driven finish. This is concentrated yet very pure. Excellent showing.
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Flight 11 - June 9 - After Dinner Drink at Bissoh (1 note)

We served a glass of the Ganevat. Pierre thought it was flaw, secondary carbonation. I and Kelly didn't notice any fizz and we actually loved the wine. Oh, well!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Champagne Premier Cru Lieux-dits Extra Brut Mareuil-sur-Ay Sous le Mont France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru
96 points
Expressive nose displaying succulent yellow and red fruit, sour cherry, cherry soda, lemon curd, strawberry candy, smoke, brioche, sweet spices, cinnamon and limestone. Very good concentration, nicely layered succulent red fruit, fine medium generous mousse, rich and warm yet bright and energetic, mouth puckering acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long rich succulent red fruit driven finish. Very rich and succulent showing. A bit of natural wine like impression, Ganevat with bubbles, pretty serious Champagne.
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Flight 12 - June 10 - Boyer-Martenot Visit (11 notes)

Vincent was a gracious host. The domaine that I was not familiar with. The wines were solid. I asked for a favor to buy the 14 Perrieres but it was not available. Vincent kindly gifted the 15 Perrieres. The wines were pure, no matchstick/sulphur for those who love it.


2015 Perrieres

White
2018 Yves Boyer-Martenot Bourgogne Blanc France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc
87 points
Medium expressive nose displaying ripe yellow fruit, pear, peach and apple. Good acidity. Already delicious. I prefer the 17 version which is a bit fresher and brighter.
White
2018 Yves Boyer-Martenot Meursault en l'Ormeau France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
90 points
Medium expressive nose, pear and apple, spicy spices and medium mineral. Medium concentration, good precision and balance. Delicious village wine.
White
2018 Yves Boyer-Martenot Meursault Les Narvaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
91 points
Ripe yellow fruit, lemon curd, peach, caramel and mineral. Good concentration, rich yellow fruit, good acidity and mineral, and a medium long rich yellow fruit driven finish.
White
2018 Yves Boyer-Martenot Meursault 1er Cru Charmes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
92 points
Expressive nose displaying rich sweet yellow fruit, peach, lemon curd, light caramel, a hint of oak and limestone. Very good concentration, nicely layered ripe yellow fruit with a hint of lemon curd, rich yet showing good focus, medium acidity and a long ripe yellow fruit driven finish.
White
2018 Yves Boyer-Martenot Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
93 points
Expressive nose displaying succulent white fruit, pear, lemon curd, spicy spices, a hint of oak and limestone. Good concentration, focus and precision, bright acidity and strong mineral, and a long pure white fruit driven mineral finish.
White
2017 Yves Boyer-Martenot Bourgogne Blanc France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc
89 points
Medium expressive nose displaying fresh pure white fruit, pear and lemon curd. Very good concentration, clean and pure sweet white fruit, good acidity and a medium long sweet white fruit driven finish. Really delicious.
White
2017 Yves Boyer-Martenot Meursault en l'Ormeau France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
91 points
Medium expressive nose displaying rich white fruit, pear, pear preserves, lemon curd, honey, vanilla and limestone. Very good concentration, nicely layered sweet white fruit, rich and round, medium acidity and mineral, and a medium to long sweet white fruit driven finish.
White
2017 Yves Boyer-Martenot Meursault Les Narvaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
91 points
Expressive nose displaying pure ripe white fruit, pear, lemon curd, almond paste, mint, beeswax and mineral. Very good concentration, nicely layered pure white fruit, rich and round, bright acidity and mineral, and a medium to long sweet white fruit driven finish. Slightly richer and riper than the l'Ormeau. Really nice showing.
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White
2017 Yves Boyer-Martenot Meursault 1er Cru Charmes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
93 points
Expressive nose displaying rich yellow fruit with a hint of white, lemon curd, white peach, pear and limestone. Excellent concentration, nicely layered rich white fruit, nice precision and focus, bright acidity and mineral, and a medium to long sweet white fruit driven finish. Nice showing.
White
2017 Yves Boyer-Martenot Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
93 points
Expressive nose displaying ripe yellow fruit, white peach, lemon curd, pineapple, apple, sap and mineral. Excellent concentration, nicely layered sweet yellow fruit, full and rich, good acidity and medium mineral, and a medium to long ripe yellow fruit driven finish.
White
2015 Yves Boyer-Martenot Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
92 points
Medium expressive nose displaying ripe yellow fruit with a hint of white, light caramel, spicy spices and limestone. Excellent concentration, slightly coiled sweet yellow fruit, rich and full, medium acidity and mineral, and a medium to long ripe yellow fruit driven finish. This may need a few more years to lessen the ripe fruit expression and gain better precision.
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Flight 13 - June 10 - Lunch (2 notes)

RJ and Justin arrived from CDG and joined us.

White
2013 Coche-Dury Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
95 points
Very focused but ripe nose displaying rich ripe yellow fruit, lemon curd, peach, sour apple, a hint of coche flint, light caramel, spicy spices and crushed rocks. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of decadent ripe yellow fruit, good focus and precision, bright acidity, strong mineral and a long ripe yellow fruit driven finish. With air, it gets fresher and also richer. This is slightly riper style of Coche Perrieres.
White
2014 Arnaud Ente Meursault 1er Cru Gouttes d'Or France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
95 points
Incredibly focused and perfectly precise nose displaying subtle fresh white fruit, fresh lemon, granny smith, saline, rainwater and crushed rocks. Exceptional focus and purity, slightly lean fresh white fruit, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long fresh white fruit driven finish with strong mineral at the end. Beautifully and accurate expressing the house style.

Flight 14 - June 10 - Mugneret-Gibourg Visit (6 notes)


Original piece of the domaine label.


Cellar

Red
2017 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Vosne-Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée
91 points
Very perfumed nose, perfectly ripe blackberry, black cherry, lavender, spicy spices and limestone. Very good concentration, nicely layered concentrated black fruit, round and generous, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a medium to long sweet black fruit driven finish. Very pure, especially for a village Vosne, really delicious.
Red
2017 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
92 points
Very floral and earthy nose displaying perfectly ripe black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, sap, sweet spices and earth. Already showing very harmonious palate, nicely layered pure black fruit, silky and polished, bright acidity, good limestone mineral, fine tannins and a medium to long sweet black fruit driven finish. Very pretty and pure for a NSG.
Red
2017 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
94 points
Beautifully perfumed nose displaying perfectly ripe pure black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, lavender, light caramel, sweet spices and limestone. Excellent concentration, very finely layered pure black fruit, silky and fluid, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long perfectly ripe black fruit driven finish with violet and crushed rocks at the end. It is so darn delicious but also very pure and serious.
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Red
2017 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
95 points
Expressive nose displaying bright red fruit, essence of raspberry, strawberry jam, sour cherry, clove, rose and limestone mineral. Beautiful harmonious palate, layers upon layers of bright red fruit, excellent precision and purity, bright acidity, limestone mineral and a long sweet red fruit driven finish with sweet spices at the end. Already so delicious and approachable.
Red
2017 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Ruchottes-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru
95 points
Exquisite nose displaying perfectly ripe blackberry, black cherry, a hint of strawberry, sweet spices, rose and mineral. Beautiful harmonious palate, very finely layered warm black and red fruit, round and broad yet silky and precise, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, very fine tannins and a long decadent yet pure black fruit driven finish. Incredibly enjoyable in a youthful way but can easily improve for two decades or more.
Red
2017 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Clos Vougeot France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
97 points
Expressive perfumed nose displaying perfectly ripe sweet black fruit with a hint of red, crushed blackberry, raspberry, candied rose petal, dark spices, caramel and mineral. Beautiful sensual palate, very finely layered pure black fruit, warm and round yet perfectly refined and detailed, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and an incredibly long pure black fruit driven finish. As much as I love the Echezeaux and Ruthottes, this is even more compelling.
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Flight 15 - June 10 - Before Dinner Drink at La Maison du Colombier (1 note)

Red
2015 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
98 points
Incredibly hedonistic yet perfectly balanced nose displaying concentrated black fruit, crushed blackberry, blackberry liqueur, black cherry, licorice, rose and acacia, sweet spices and crushed rocks. Unbelievably sensual palate, layers upon layers of opulent pure black fruit, silky and weightless, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a seamless perfectly ripe black fruit driven finish with mineral and Chambolle perfume at the end. Clearly expressing the ripe vintage and the perfumed terroir. Although very primary, It is a stunningly beautiful wine that is drinking incredibly well. However, It can easily improve for another two decades or more.

Flight 16 - June 10 - Dinner 1 at Cave Madeleine (2 notes)

The list was pretty much picked over.

White
2016 Domaine Roulot Meursault 1er Cru Clos des Bouchères France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
92 points
Very ripe sweet nose displaying lemon curd, candied lemon peel, peach, sugar candy, almond paste, lanoline, sweet spices and mineral. Very good concentration, impression of residual sugar, medium acidity and mineral and a medium long sweet yellow fruit driven finish with a hint of sugar candy at the end. This is really sweet which is a bit strange. Not worth the price.
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Red
2004 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
95 points
Classic Rayas nose displaying decadent slightly dry red fruit, strawberry jam, dry red cherry, cherry liqueur, tobacco, tapenade, garrigue, leather, baking spices, tree bark and earth. Fully integrated yet youthful palate, finely layered slightly dry red fruit, silky and polished, good acidity and mineral, and a long sweet red fruit driven finish with tobacco and garrigue at the end. Drinking beautifully but no need to hurry.

Flight 17 - June 10 - Dinner 2 (2 notes)

As we promised the day before, we stopped by to drink the 14 La Tache. The restaurant was full but our table was ready. The young manager was incredibly kind and offered us DRC Marc, expressive but a bit hot.



We ordered two Galacian steaks, one of the best beefs of my life, appeared to be lean yet so tender and incredibly flavorful.

White
2015 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
93 points
Expressive nose displaying ripe yellow fruit, lemon curd, a hint of pineapple, honey, honeysuckle, a hint of mint, sea breeze, beeswax, rainwater and crushed rocks. Excellent concentration, nicely layered concentrated yellow citrus fruit, rich and dense yet cool and pure, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long rich sweet yellow fruit driven finish with honeysuckle and wet stone at the end. The generous pure fruit and energy make this really enjoyable.
Red
2014 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru
99 points
Intoxicating exotic nose displaying perfectly ripe pure black fruit with a hint of red, crushed blackberry, black cherry, sugar coated strawberry, liquid smoke, caramel, sap, violet, rose, Chinese medicine, clove and mineral. Despite being so young, perfectly harmonious palate, layers upon layers of opulent yet pure black fruit, silky and weightless, perfect balance, detail and precision, bright acidity and strong mineral and the finish that never ends. This particular bottle flirts with perfection. mesmerizing!
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Flight 18 - June 10 - After Dinner Drink at La Maison du Colombier (3 notes)

We tried hard to convince the young sommelier to open the 15 Rousseau Chambertin to compare but no soup for us! The 15 Rousseaus were remained very expressive. For such young wines, they showed exceptional complexity as well.

Red
2015 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
98 points
Hedonistic nose displaying concentrated rich black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, candied raspberry, a hint of licorice, toasted oak, violet, perfume, spicy spices and earth. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of perfectly ripe rich black fruit, unctuous and incredibly broad yet also silky and weightless, perfect amount of acidity, earthy mineral and an unbelievably long rich concentrated black fruit driven finish. Although very primary, concentrated and rich, it already displays incredible complexity, purity and balance. Absolute pleasure to drink.
Red
2015 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru
96 points
Expressive nose displaying rich pure black and red fruit, crushed blackberry, black cherry, raspberry, rose, perfume, light caramel, a hint of oak and earth. Excellent concentration, layers upon layers of bright pure black and red fruit, rich yet pure, silky and precise, bright acidity, earthy mineral and a long bright sweet black fruit driven finish. Slightly less concentrated but more precise and fresher than the CSJ. Despite clearly reflecting the opulent and ripe vintage typicity it also shows exceptional finesse and precision.
Red
2015 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Charmes-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
93 points
Expressive nose displaying ripe red fruit with a hint of black, cherry pie, raspberry concentrate, a hint of blackberry and black cherry, rose, sweet spices, tree bark and earth. Excellent concentration, packed ripe red fruit, dense and rich yet silky, bright acidity and medium mineral, and a long sweet red fruit driven finish. This doesn’t have the layering and finesse of the other two. Nevertheless, drinking beautifully in a very youthful way.
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Flight 19 - June 10 - Nightcap at Le Cep (1 note)

Red
2015 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
95 points
Expressive nose displaying opulent red fruit, cherry jam, black cherry, strawberry and rhubarb tart, cappuccino, light caramel, clove, cola and earth. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of unbelievably concentrated sweet red fruit, unctuous without being heavy, good acidity, earthy mineral, very fine tannins and a long intense ripe red fruit driven finish with caramel and roasted coffee bean at the end. For my palate, I really love Dujac wines in very ripe vintages. Excellent showing.
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Flight 20 - June 11 - Joseph Drouhin Visit (8 notes)

The tour was very informative.


Really old wine press that is used to make Clos des Mouches l'Ouvrée des Dames.


Cellar


Almost brand new! Drouhin doesn't recork where Bouchard does every twenty years also.

White
2017 Joseph Drouhin / Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
91 points
Very clean and energetic nose displaying ripe yellow fruit, lemon curd, a hint of yellow peach, honey, cool mountain stream and wet stone. Very good concentration, round sweet yellow fruit, cool and energetic and a medium to long clean yellow fruit driven finish. Ripe but clean and delicious.
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White
2016 Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Vinzelles France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Pouilly-Vinzelles
89 points
Medium expressive nose displaying ripe yellow fruit, a hint of mint and medium mineral. Good concentration, ripe sweet yellow fruit, round, good acidity and medium mineral and a medium long sweet yellow fruit driven finish. Well made easy drinking wine.
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White
2016 Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embazées France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
92 points
Very energetic nose displaying sweet white fruit, pear, sour apple, lemon curd, spicy spices and limestone. Very good concentration, nicely layered sweet white fruit, rich and good freshness, bright acidity and mineral, and a medium to long sweet white fruit driven finish with a hint of limestone at the end. Really enjoyable.
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Red
2016 Joseph Drouhin Fleurie France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie
90 points
Very Burgundian with only a hint of animal. Bright red fruit, sweet spices and crushed rocks. Very good concentration, generous sweet red fruit, good acidity, earthy mineral and a medium to long sweet red fruit driven finish. Really delicious already.
Red
2016 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Les Cras France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru
90 points
Vibrant red fruit driven nose, raspberry, strawberry, nicely perfumed and earthy mineral. Good concentration, really delicious but a bit straightforward.
Red
2016 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
91 points
Medium expressive nose displaying sweet red fruit, raspberry jelly, strawberry, rose, sweet spices and crushed rocks. Very good concentration, nicely layered sweet red fruit, silky, good acidity and mineral, fine tannins and a medium to long sweet red fruit driven finish. Slightly lacking finesse but delicious.
Red
2012 Joseph Drouhin Corton France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
93 points
Medium expressive nose displaying sweet red fruit, cherry preserve, a hint of strawberry, sweet spices and earth. Very good concentration, nicely layered sweet red fruit, good acidity, earthy mineral, slightly coarse tannins and a medium to long jammy red fruit driven finish. Still needs another decade or more to resolve tannins.
Red
1983 Joseph Drouhin Musigny France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
95 points
Served blind. Beautiful fully mature nose displaying delicate sweet red fruit with a hit of yellow, dry cherry, cherry liqueur, yellow cherry, grilled cep, strong sous bois, caramel, black truffle, cola and tree bark. Fully integrated palate, elegant subtle red fruit, silky and fluid, perfect amount of acidity, still a hint of coarse tannins and a seamless long subtle red fruit driven finish with strong sous bois at the end. There is a slight hint of the 83 rot. Since we are informed that the wine is from the 80s, my guess is 83. Perfectly mature Burgundy that is drinking beautifully.

Flight 21 - June 11 - Lunch (3 notes)


We loved them two years ago and we still do.


Really delicious pate.


Poulet de Bresse with Morels in Vin Jaune


Dead soldiers!

White
2016 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Les Forêts France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
93 points
Expressive nose displaying ripe yellow citrus, lemon curd, candied lemon peel, honey, beeswax, saline and wet stone. Excellent concentration, sweet citrus fruit, round, bright acidity, strong mineral and a long yellow citrus fruit driven finish. It is round and very sweet but also precise.
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Red
2009 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru
97 points
Beautiful expressive nose displaying ripe earthy black fruit with a hint of red, blackberry, raspberry, caramel, cinnamon, roasted almond, flowers, tree bark and earth. Excellent concentration, layers upon layers of slightly coiled blackberry, silky and fluid, perfect amount of acidity, strong mineral, very fine tannins and a long sweet black and red fruit driven finish with a hint of cinnamon at the end. It is drinking beautifully in a very youthful way with ample fruit but can easily improve for another three decades.
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Red
2005 Domaine Jean Grivot Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
97 points
Youthful expressive nose displaying perfectly mature black fruit, blackberry, raspberry, truffle, a hint of sous bois, sweet, mint, cherry cola and limestone. Perfectly balanced palate, very finely layered sweet black fruit, silky and airy, bright acidity, strong mineral and a long black fruit driven finish with mint and caramel at the end. It will be perfect in a decade or two.
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Flight 22 - June 11 - Leflaive visit (10 notes)

The 17s are any indication, Leflaive is back on track to be one of the top domaines.


New Cellar

White
2017 Domaine Leflaive Mâcon-Verzé Le Monte France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Mâcon-Verzé
90 points
Delicious nose, fresh white fruit, pear, lemon curd, banana, sweet spices and medium mineral. Very good concentration, rich yet refreshing, good acidity and mineral and a medium to long clean tasty white fruit driven finish. Very enjoyable.
White
2017 Domaine Leflaive Pouilly-Fuissé La Chaneau France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Pouilly-Fuissé
90 points
Medium expressive nose displaying fresh white fruit, pear, granny smith, a hint of pineapple, vanilla and limestone. Excellent concentration, ripe yellow fruit, rich and round, bright acidity, good mineral presence and a medium to long sweet white fruit driven finish.
White
2017 Domaine Leflaive Meursault 1er Cru Sous le Dos d'Âne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
92 points
Expressive nose displaying fresh white fruit, pear, white peach, golden delicious, very floral, vanilla, spicy spices and limestone. Excellent concentration, nicely layered fresh sweet white fruit, good focus and precision, bright acidity, strong mineral and a long sweet white fruit driven finish. I am typically not a fan of this bottling but loving the 17 version.
White
2017 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
92 points
Expressive energetic nose displaying perfectly ripe white peach, also pear, a hint of flint, vanilla and wet stone. Excellent balance and precision, good freshness, bright acidity, strong matchstick mineral and a long fresh white fruit driven finish. Typically, I find Clavillon to be a couple steps below the other 1er crus but not this time. Really enjoyable.
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White
2017 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
93 points
Beautiful energetic nose displaying rich yet pure yellow and white fruit, peach, pear, a hint of pineapple, banana, spicy spices and wet stone. Excellent concentration, nicely layered rich yellow fruit, exceptional purity and energy, very clean and precise, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long sweet yellow fruit driven finish. This is a rich yet pure and energetic wine.
White
2017 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
95 points
Beautifully detailed nose displaying pure white fruit, pear, apple, sap, flint, abundant spicy spices and limestone. Excellent concentration, very finely layered pure white fruit, exceptional finesse and precision, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long pure sweet white fruit driven finish. I typically prefer the Pucelles but not this time. Clearly demonstrating the greatness of Leflaive… hopefully the domaine adequately addressed the premox issue.
White
2017 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
94 points
Expressive nose displaying ripe white fruit, pear, banana, pineapple, lemon oil, sweet spices, light honey and limestone. Exceptional concentration, i.e. most concentrated 1er crus, dense sweet yellow fruit, rich and dense without being heavy, bright acidity, strong mineral and a long sweet yellow fruit driven finish. Really impressive but I slightly prefer the purity and exceptional detail of the Combettes.
White
2017 Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
96 points
Expressive nose displaying concentrated yellow fruit, yellow peach, candied lemon peel, light honey, sap, spicy spices, vanilla and crushed rocks. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of deeply toned concentration yellow fruit, dense and oily, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long ripe yellow pit fruit driven finish with sap and vanilla at the end. Excellent showing.
White
2017 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
96 points
Slightly coiled nose displaying dense ripe yellow fruit, yellow peach, lemon curd, light honey, sesame, sweet spices and limestone. Exceptional concentration, the most concentrated of the tasting, packed slightly coiled ripe yellow fruit, dense and oily but also incredibly focused, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long concentrated ripe yellow fruit driven finish. This is a classic powerful backward batard.
White
2017 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
98 points
Exquisite nose displaying perfectly ripe fresh white fruit, pear, apple, lemon, candied lemon peel, a hint of flint, subtle sweet spices and limestone. Already showing unbelievable finesse and balance, very finely layered pure white fruit, very precise and detailed, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a seamless long pure white fruit driven finish. Drinking incredibly well but can improve for two decades or more. For my palate, clearly the best wine. Perhaps Leflaive is at the top once again!
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Flight 23 - June 11 - Before Dinner Drink at Le Bout du Monde (2 notes)

Before heading to 1243 Bourgogne Society for a private dinner, we stopped by here. The list was solid but no real bargains. The proprietor was the wine/chef of Ma Cuisine.

White
2016 Coche-Dury Bourgogne Blanc France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc
91 points
Medium expressive nose displaying fresh white fruit, pear, fresh apple juice, lemon curd, a hint of coche flint and limestone. Medium concentration, fresh delicious pear fruit with a hint of citrus, bright acidity, medium mineral and a medium long clean white fruit driven finish. Very nice Bourgogne blanc but simply not possible to justify the current price.
Red
2015 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
92 points
Medium expressive rich nose displaying opulent sweet black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, red flowers, baking spices, cedar, tree bark and earth. Excellent concentration, nicely layered sweet black fruit, rich and warm, good acidity and mineral, and a medium to long rich sweet black fruit driven finish. This clearly reflects the vintage character and the Rousseau style. Really delicious wine that will age well.
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Flight 24 - June 11 - Dinner at 1243 Bourgogne Society (3 notes)

I emailed Bernard Hervet, the former CEO of Bouchard and then Faiveley, earlier to inform him that we would be in Beaune. He kindly invited us to the private wine club, 1243 Bourgogne Society. Unfortunately Bernard had to fly out to San Francisco and we were greeted by his son, Etienne. This was the second time that I had the pleasure to visit the club since the opening. It is a special place.

White
2011 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
93 points
Nicely detailed nose displaying dense yellow citrus fruit, also granny smith, honey, honeysuckle, a hint of the 11 green, spearmint, rainwater and wet stone. Very good concentration, nicely layered concentrated yellow fruit, rich yet very precise and beautifully focused, bright acidity, strong mineral and a long clean yellow citrus fruit driven finish. It has developed nice for the past five years.
Red
2007 Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
93 points
Beautifully mature nose displaying subtle red fruit, raspberry, strawberry jelly, nicely developed sous bois, light caramel, cola and earthy mineral. Fully integrated palate, nicely layered subtle sweet red fruit, silky and fluid, good acidity, medium mineral and a medium to long subtle red fruit driven finish with a hint of sous bois at the end. Drinking beautifully.
Red
1976 Caves Réunies du Couvent des Cordeliers Romanée St. Vivant France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru
93 points
Fully mature nose displaying subtle sweet red fruit, coffee, toffee, soy, black truffle and earth. Fully mature palate, subtle red fruit, silky and fluid, bright acidity, no noticeable minerality and a seamless medium to long subtle red fruit driven finish. Perhaps not displaying the complexity and spicy expression of RSV but drinking beautifully.

Flight 25 - June 11 - After Dinner Drink at Maison Colombier (2 notes)

Maison Colomiber is becoming our "Cheers"!

White
2014 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
97 points
Explosive nose displaying succulent dense yellow fruit, lemon curd, granny smith, a hint of pineapple, honey, spicy spices and wet stone. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of concentrated yellow fruit, unctuous and oily yet perfect balance and precision, bright acidity, strong mineral and the finish that never ends. It is richer and more opulent and has no flint like the Coche version but both is equal in quality. Dominique Lafon is making great wines since 2009, IMO.
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Red
2015 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Clos Vougeot France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
98 points
Hedonistic nose displaying perfectly ripe pure black fruit, crushed blackberry, blackberry concentrate, black cherry, light caramel, dark flowers, roasted coffee bean and crushed rocks. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of explosive black fruit, opulent and rich yet pure and refined, perfect amount of acidity and strong mineral, and an incredibly long seamless opulent pure black fruit driven finish. This is sexy, sensual and hedonistic.

Flight 26 - June 12 - Faiveley Visit (11 notes)

Erwan kindly hosted us. Faiveley is making some of the best Burgundies. The 18s are exceptional, Chambertin Clos de Beze was memorable.

The new cellar - vat room

The new cellar

Red
2007 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
92 points
Fully mature nose displaying subtle sweet red fruit, red cherry, strawberry, leather, sous bois, spicy spices and earth. Medium concentration, subtle red cherry fruit, slightly lean and precise, medium acidity and mineral, still noticeable fine tannins and a medium to long slightly dry cherry driven finish with sous bois at the end. Like the Cazetier from the night before, it shows good maturity via sous bois and other tertiary flavors. However, this needs time to resolve tannins.
Red
2014 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
94 points
Youthful medium expressive nose displaying bright red fruit, strawberry, sour cherry, a hint of smoked meat and mint, spicy spices, tree bark and earth. Very good concentration, finely layered pure red fruit, silky and polished, good acidity, earthy mineral, noticeable slightly coarse tannins and a medium to long bright red fruit driven finish with spicy spices at the end. The pure red fruit is very enjoyable but the slightly coarse tannins need to be resolved.
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Red
2015 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
95 points
Expressive nose displaying intense ripe black and red fruit, blackberry concentrated, black cherry, raspberry, lavender, caramel, a hint of mint, baking spices, charred rare steak and mineral. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of concentrated black fruit, dense, unctuous, silky, medium acidity, medium mineral and a long concentrated black cherry and blackberry driven finish with lavender and caramel at the end. This is very ripe and rich. Although enjoyable with the opulent primary fruit, this can easy improve for three decades or more.
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Red
2016 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
97 points
Expressive nose displaying pure concentrated red fruit, perfectly ripe strawberry, cherry, lightly smoked meat, spicy spices and limestone. Exceptional concentration, very finely layered concentrated pure red fruit, dense yet silky, precise and detailed, perfect amount of acidity and mineral and a seamless long bright red fruit driven finish. The best CDC of the flight. The wine to own!
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Red
2017 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
93 points
Expressive nose displaying pure black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, rose, sweet spices and limestone. Very good concentration, fresh and pure black fruit, silky and sensual, medium acidity, strong mineral, very fine tannins and a medium to long pure black fruit driven finish. I much the 16.
Red
2015 Faiveley Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
93 points
Medium expressive nose displaying ripe black fruit, fresh blackberry, blackberry liqueur, black cherry, spicy spices, smoke meat and limestone. Very good concentration, nicely layered concentrated black fruit, round, warm and silky, good acidity, earthy mineral, fine tannins and a long perfectly ripe black fruit driven finish. Although built to age, generous ripe fruit makes this enjoyable and approachable.
Red
2018 Faiveley Echezeaux En Orveaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
95 points
Per Erwan, whole cluster fermentation. Beguiling nose displaying subtle pure red fruit, fresh raspberry, cherry, stem, sap, rose, candied rose pedal and limestone. Really compelling sensual palate, very finely layered subtle red fruit, silky and creamy, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a seamless long subtle pure red fruit driven finish. This is a sensual and feminine wine that burgundy classicists can appreciate. Already drinking beautifully.
Red
2018 Faiveley Chambertin-Clos de Bèze France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
98 points
Exquisite nose displaying perfectly ripe black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, lavender, perfume and limestone. Perfectly harmonious palate, layers upon layers of rich yet pure black fruit, incredibly refined, sensual and detailed, perfect amount of acidity and mineral and a seamless incredibly long pure black fruit driven finish with very perfumed end. It is so sensual yet also truly noble. I dare say this is as good as Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze from a great year. Exceptional!
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Red
2018 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
96 points
Explosive nose displaying opulent concentrated black fruit, blackberry, blackberry liqueur, Chambord, lavender, baking spices and crushed rocks. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of intense black fruit, unctuous and dense yet silky and sensual, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long concentrated black fruit driven finish. This is the most concentrated wine of the tasting. Really impressive showing.
White
2018 Faiveley Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
93 points
Medium expressive nose displaying ripe white fruit, white peach, pear preserve, lemon curd, lanoline, coconut bark and a hint of limestone. Very good concentration, concentrated ripe white fruit, good finesse and precision, medium acidity, medium mineral and a medium to long ripe white fruit driven finish. Although ripe, it retains good balance.
White
2018 Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
93 points
Expressive nose displaying dense yellow fruit with a hint of white, lemon curd, apricot, white peach, coconut, sweet spices and earth. Excellent concentration, packed ripe yellow fruit, dense and oily, good acidity, strong limestone mineral, and a medium to long sweet yellow fruit driven mineral finish. Good focus.

Flight 27 - June 12 - Lunch (3 notes)


Foie Gras Torchon

Veal

Dead Soldiers!

White
2016 Coche-Dury Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
97 points
My immediate impression is “Very Perrieres”, great minds think alike as Mr. Tanzer thought so as well. Incredibly approachable and hedonistic yet perfectly focused nose displaying pure yellow fruit with a hint of white, lemon curd, fresh lemon juice, a hint of pear, Coche matchstick, sweet spices, cool mountain stream and wet stone. Perfectly focused and harmonious palate, very finely layered yellow citrus, exceptional finesse and precision, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long perfect ripe yellow citrus driven finish with Coche flint at the end. Although young, drinking incredibly well.
Red
2008 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
94 points
Medium expressive complex nose displaying subtle sweet red fruit, raspberry, strawberry and rhubarb tart, plum, strong soub bois, rose, mint, cappuccino, Chinese medicine and earth. Beautifully integrated palate, finely layered subtle red fruit, good balance, bright acidity, earthy mineral and a medium to long subtle slightly dry red fruit driven finish with sous bois at the end. There is a hint of stew/overripe impression. Not as expressive as the previous bottle.
Red
2009 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
97 points
Hedonistic nose displaying ripe black fruit, blackberry preserve, black cherry, very floral, black truffle, grilled meat, sesame, sap and earthy mineral. Exceptional concentration, very finely layered concentrated ripe black fruit, rich and concentrated yet silky and detailed, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long opulent black fruit driven finish with fat and rose at the end. Despite being young, drinking magnificently.

Flight 28 - June 12 - Comte Liger Belair Visit (14 notes)

The visit with Louis Michel is always the highlight of our Burgundy visit. He is making some of the best wines in Burgundy. His 18s were incredible, expressive yet also sensual.

White
2018 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos des Grandes Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
91 points
Very rich nose displaying opulent yellow fruit, banana, lemon curd, pineapple, crème brulee, light caramel and limestone. Excellent concentration, rich oily yellow fruit, very creamy, a hint of fizz, good acidity and mineral and a medium to long ripe yellow fruit driven finish. This is a very ripe and rich wine.
Red
2018 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée
92 points
Beautiful floral nose, perfectly ripe pure black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, violet, lavender, perfume, sweet spices and crushed rocks. Very good concentration, very finely layered pure black fruit, silky, exceptional finesse and detail, medium acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long perfectly ripe black fruit driven finish. It beautifully and clearly expresses the vintage typicity and the producer style.
Red
2018 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée La Colombiere France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée
93 points
Expressive nose displaying rich yet pure black fruit, crushed blackberry, black cherry, Vosne spice, sweet spices, lavender and limestone. Excellent concentration, nicely layered rich black fruit, unctuous and rich yet silky and polished, good acidity, strong mineral and a long sweet black fruit driven finish with a hint of Vosne spice and mineral at the end. I have not been too impressed by this crus in the past but this shows exceptionally well.
Red
2018 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Nuits St. Georges Aux Lavières France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges
92 points
Youthful expressive nose displaying ripe red and black fruit, cranberry sauce, black cherry, crushed black pepper, lavender and limestone. There is a hint of Vosne spice which is interesting. Excellent concentration, packed jammy red and black fruit, medium acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long concentrated red and black fruit driven finish.
Red
2018 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée Clos du Château France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée
93 points
Expressive nose displaying vibrant pure red fruit, strawberry jam, fresh strawberry, black cherry, rose, Vosne spice and limestone. Already showing beautiful balance and harmony, finely layered pure red fruit, silky and beautifully detailed, medium acidity, strong mineral and a long sweet red fruit driven finish. It is perfectly enjoyable already. By far, my favorite Vosne Romanee village wine that is often drinking like 1er crus.
Red
2018 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Chaumes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
94 points
Expressive energetic nose displaying bright sweet red fruit, strawberry candy, raspberry preserve, black cherry, sap, sweet spices and limestone. Medium concentration, finely layered pure candied red fruit, silky, exceptional finesse and precision, bright acidity, strong mineral and a long sweet red fruit driven mineral finish. Really nice showing but a step below the other Vosne 1er crus which are exceptional.
Red
2018 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
96 points
Hedonistic nose displaying perfectly ripe black fruit, crushed blackberry, black cherry, a hint of licorice, roasted nuts, Vosne spice, lavender and limestone. Beautiful harmonious palate, layers upon layers of pure crunch black fruit, incredible silkiness and precision, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a seamless long pure black fruit driven finish with a hint of Vosne spice at the end. Exceptional showing.
Red
2018 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Brulées France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
96 points
Exquisite nose displaying intense black and red fruit, blackberry, Chambord, black cherry, a hint of licorice, baking spices, a hint of milk chocolate, violet and limestone. Beautifully detailed sensual palate, very finely layered sweet red fruit, silky and fluid, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long sweet black fruit driven finish. The fruit expression is rich yet the palate is beautifully detailed and sensual.
Red
2018 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Reignots France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
97 points
Mouthwatering nose displaying perfectly ripe pure black fruit, crushed blackberry and black cherry mix, crushed rose petal, Vosne spice, a hint of cedar, spicy spices and crushed rocks. Incredibly detailed sensual palate, layers upon layers of pure black fruit, silky and fluid, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a seamless long pure black fruit driven finish with Vosne spice and mineral at the end. As usual, my favorite Vosne 1er crus from Louis Michel. Loving it!
Red
2012 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
95 points
From Barrel, I wrote “If you can smell silk, this is it.” and my impression remains identical. Incredibly refined yet hedonistic nose displaying pure sweet black fruit, blackberry liqueur, fresh blackberry, black cherry, a hint of licorice, dark milk chocolate, rose, a hint of Vosne spice, spicy spices and crushed rocks. Perfectly harmonious palate, very finely layered pure black fruit, silky and fluid, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a seamless long pure black fruit driven finish with a hint of licorice at the end. Drinking beautifully.
Red
2012 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Cras France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
93 points
Expressive nose displaying sweet black and red fruit, blackberry jelly, cherry preserve, a hint of flint, spicy spices, lavender and earth. This is a hint of Vosne spice which is interesting. Excellent concentration, packed sweet red and black fruit, unctuous and warm yet silky and nicely detailed, medium acidity and earthy mineral, and a long sweet concentrated red and black fruit driven finish. I seem to underrated it from barrel. Really enjoyable.
Red
2012 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Brulées France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
96 points
Beautifully detailed nose displaying pure sweet black fruit, blackberry, blackberry liqueur, a hint of licorice, spicy spices and limestone. Gorgeous sensual palate, very finely layered pure black fruit, fluid and almost weightless, perfect amount of acidity and mineral and a seamless long pure black fruit driven finish. Despite being primary, incredibly complex and delicious.
Red
2012 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
97 points
Expressive nose displaying sweet red and black fruit, cranberry sauce, raspberry candy, blackberry, black cherry, light caramel, rose, sweet spices and limestone. Beautifully integrated palate, nicely layered sweet red and black fruit, warm and round and silky and nicely detailed, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a seamless long sweet red and black fruit driven finish. There is more red fruit compare to the Brulees. Drinking beautifully in a youthful way.
Red
2006 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair La Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Romanée Grand Cru
96 points
The last bottle from two years ago was off…. Not this time! Absolutely gorgeous nose displaying pure black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, lactic, black truffle, rose, Vosne spice and limestone. Perfectly harmonious and balanced palate, very finely layered pure black fruit, sensual and fluid, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a seamless long black fruit driven finish. I am not a big fan of the 06 vintage but this is drinking incredibly well.

Flight 29 - June 12 - Dinner at Le Terroir (2 notes)

I didn't mention a few of the restaurant names and this is why. Within two years, La Tache prices had increased 2.5X.

White
2014 Hubert Lamy Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Saint-Aubin 1er Cru
92 points
Refreshing energetic nose displaying ripe white fruit, pear, white peach, granny smith, lemon crud, rain water and limestone. Very good concentration, nicely layered sweet white fruit, bright acidity, strong mineral and a medium to long clean white fruit driven finish. Really enjoyable.
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Red
2015 Bachey-Legros Santenay Clos des Hâtes Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Santenay
84 points
Slightly harsh red fruit, pretty straightforward.

Flight 30 - June 12 - After Dinner Drink at Maison Colombier (3 notes)

Cheers! everybody knows your name!

White
2012 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
96 points
This has developed beautifully. Expressive nose displaying succulent yellow fruit, lemon curd, yellow peach, apple candy, a hint of honey, spicy spices, vanilla and crushed rock. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of succulent sweet yellow fruit, dense and rich yet pure and focused, bright acidity, strong mineral and a long succulent yellow fruit driven finish. This is drinking incredibly well. Absolutely no sign of premox. For my palate, Dominique Lafon is making some of the best white Burgundies since the 09 vintage.
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Red
2015 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
96 points
Beautifully detailed nose displaying perfectly ripe red fruit, raspberry, cherry compote, sweet spices, rose, sap and limestone. Excellent concentration, very finely layered bright red fruit, silky, polished and beautifully detailed, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a seamless long bright red fruit driven finish. Not as opulent and concentrated as the Clos Vougeot from two nights ago, also more red fruit. Drinking beautifully.
Red
2015 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru
95 points
Expressive nose displaying perfectly ripe black and red fruit, blackberry, black cherry, cranberry, subtle flowers, light caramel and limestone. Excellent concentration, very finely layered sweet red fruit, silky and polished, beautifully balanced and detailed, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long sweet red and black berry driven finish. Consistent with the bottle from two nights ago. Another excellent showing.

Flight 31 - June 13 - Jean Grivot Visit (13 notes)

M. Etienne kindly received us. He is a passionate wine maker. The wines were very classic ad pure.



View from Jean Grivot

Red
2018 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée
90 points
Medium expressive nose displaying pretty red fruit, strawberry, cherry soda, spice spices and limestone. Medium concentration, nicely layered, round yet precise, medium acidity, medium mineral and a medium to long subtle pretty red fruit driven finish. Slightly lean but pretty and delicious.
Red
2018 Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Roncières France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
92 points
Bright red fruit, cherry, strawberry, Chambolle like perfume, spicy spices and mineral. Very good concentration, finely layered red fruit, elegant and refined, medium acidity and mineral, fine tannins and a medium to long bright red fruit driven finish with perfume at the end.
Red
2018 Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
92 points
Much richer compare to the Roncieres, red fruit, raspberry, a hint of Chambord, blackberry, a hint of animal and green, sweet spices and earth. Excellent concentration, nicely layered sweet red fruit, rich and round, medium acidity and mineral, noticeable but fine tannins and a medium to long rich red fruit and earth driven finish.
Red
2018 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
93 points
Beautiful complex nose displaying pure black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, roasted coffee bean, sweet spices and earth. Very good concentration, nicely layered pure black fruit, very refined and precise, good acidity and mineral, and a seamless long pure black fruit driven finish. Slightly lean and very polished.
Red
2018 Domaine Jean Grivot Clos Vougeot France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
93 points
Expressive nose displaying rich ripe black fruit blackberry, black cherry, a hint of licorice, baking spices, and earth. Excellent concentration, nicely layered sweet back fruit, rich and warm, fine tannins and a long concentrated black fruit driven finish with a hint of licorice at the end. Perhaps the most concentrated and masculine wine of the line up.
Red
2018 Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
95 points
Beautiful nose displaying generous warm red fruit, strawberry candy, raspberry, sweet spices and mineral. Excellent concentration, layers upon layers of sweet red fruit, silky, round and warm, fine tannins and a long sweet red fruit driven finish. This is a really good warm and rich Echezeaux.
Red
2018 Domaine Jean Grivot Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
98 points
Stunningly beautiful nose displaying perfectly ripe black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, light caramel, strong Vons spice, sweet spices and limestone. Perfectly harmonious palate, incredibly layered pure black fruit, sensual and precise, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a seamless long sweet black fruit driven finish. It is the epitome of sophistication.
Red
2017 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée
91 points
Really pretty nose just like the 18 Vosne but more black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, rose, perfume, sap and limestone. Very good balance and precision, nicely layered pure black fruit, silky and polished, good acidity and mineral, and a medium to long pure black fruit driven finish. I slightly prefer the detail and precision of this vs the 18 version.
Delicious.
Red
2017 Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Roncières France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
93 points
Expressive nose displaying bright red fruit, strawberry concentrated, raspberry, cherry compote, sweet spices and limestone. Excellent concentration, finely layered sweet red fruit, round and warm yet silky and polished, good acidity and mineral, very fine tannins and a medium to long sweet red fruit driven finish. Nice showing.
Red
2017 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
94 points
Expressive nose displaying rich red fruit, strawberry candy, raspberry, red currant, sap, rose, sweet spices and earth. Excellent concentration, finely layered sweet red fruit, rich and broad yet silky and nicely detailed, medium acidity and mineral, and a long bright sweet red fruit driven finish with rose and sweet spices at the end. This is a classic Vosne 1er crus with good precision and detail.
Red
2017 Domaine Jean Grivot Clos Vougeot France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
94 points
Expressive nose displaying rich black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, spicy spices, tree bark and earth. Excellent concentration, concentrated black fruit, rich and round, good acidity, earthy mineral and a long concentrated black fruit driven earthy finish. Nice showing.
Red
2017 Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
95 points
Expressive youthful nose displaying pure red fruit with a hint of black, cherry pie, fresh cherry, strawberry, black cherry, a hint of mint, sweet spices and limestone mineral. Youthful yet very harmonious palate, very finely layered sweet red fruit, round, silky and sensual, bright acidity, medium mineral and a long sweet red fruit driven finish with a hint of red at the end. Really enjoyable already.
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Red
2017 Domaine Jean Grivot Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
98 points
Absolutely gorgeous nose displaying perfectly ripe pure black fruit, blackberry, blackberry concentrate, intoxicating perfume, rose, Vosne spice, sap, black truffle and subtle limestone. Perfect balance and incredible detail, so finely layered pure black fruit, intense yet weightless, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a seamless long perfectly ripe black fruit driven finish with a hint of Vosne spice at the end. Already a hedonistic experience.
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Flight 32 - June 13 - Lunch (2 notes)

Truly farm to table!

Before

After, Pintade aka Guinea Fowl

The 15 La Tache was simply perfect!

White
2015 Domaine Roulot Meursault 1er Cru Clos des Bouchères France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
92 points
Medium expressive nose displaying ripe yellow citrus fruit, lemon curd, candied lemon zest, clementine, lactic, sweet spices and limestone. Very good concentration, ripe sweet citrus fruit, rich, fat and slightly cloying, medium acidity and mineral, and a medium to long sweet yellow fruit driven finish. Not worth the current market price.
Red
2015 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru
100 points
Simply perfect nose displaying opulent yet pure black fruit with a hint of red, crushed blackberry, blackberry liqueur, black cherry, black plum, Chambord, already showing complex sous bois, light caramel, truffle, a hint of Chinese medicine, espresso bean, Ti Kuan Yin tea, sweet spices and subtle limestone mineral. There is a hint of DRC stem in the background. Unbelievably concentrated yet perfectly balanced, layers upon layers of perfectly ripe opulent black fruit, incredibly dense yet perfectly precise and detailed, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and the finish that never ends that resonates with tea and Vosne spice. Despite being primary, it displays mindboggling complexity and perfect balance. Sharing a bottle with a great friend is simply priceless!
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Flight 33 - June 13 - Frederic Mugnier Visit (9 notes)

The 18s were exceptional at Mugnier which was not surprising.

Red
2018 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny
91 points
Very pretty and delicious, sugar coated red fruit, sweet spices, rose and limestone. Medium concentration, nicely layered sweet red fruit, ripe yet linear and precise, bright acidity, medium limestone mineral and a medium to long sweet red fruit driven finish with rose and limestone at the end. It will be a really delicious yet pretty wine.
Red
2018 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
94 points
Expressive nose displaying opulent black fruit with a hint of red, blackberry, black cherry, cherry liqueur, sap, very floral, spicy spices and limestone mineral. Excellent concentration, nicely layered opulent black fruit, rich and sappy, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a seamless long ripe black fruit driven finish with sap and spicy spices at the end. Much deeper and more black fruit driven than the village Chambolle.
Red
2018 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Bonnes Mares France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
95 points
Beautifully detailed nose displaying very fine pure black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, a hint of licorice, baking spices, lavender and limestone. Very polished palate, finely layered pure black fruit, silky, energetic and fluid, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a seamless long sweet black fruit driven finish with lavender and licorice at the end. I have not been a big fan of this crus but this is excellent.
Red
2018 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
96 points
Exquisite nose displaying decadent yet pure black fruit, crushed blackberry and black cherry, diluted blackberry liqueur, cornucopia of flowers especially lavender, spicy spices and limestone mineral. Very sensual palate, very finely layered perfectly ripe pure black fruit, silky and fluid, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a seamless long perfectly ripe black fruit driven finish with resonating floral note. Beautifully expressing the ripe vintage and the delicate floral terroir.
Red
2018 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Musigny France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
98 points
Exquisite nose displaying prefect ripe pure black fruit, essence of blackberry, blackberry liqueur, licorice, sap, lavender and violet, sweet spices and limestone mineral. Perfect balance and harmony, so finely layered opulent yet pure black fruit, incredible finesse, sensual and weightless, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a seamless long pure black fruit driven finish with licorice and lavender at the end. This is like a great Chevalier Montrachet, subtle yet incredibly detailed nose with very precise sensual palate.
Red
2018 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
91 points
Expressive nose displaying concentrated ripe red and black fruit, baking spices, a hint of licorice and earth. Excellent concentration, packed ripe red and black fruit, unctuous and rich, good acidity and mineral, and a long ripe red and black fruit driven finish. This may improve in barrel to provide better precision and detail.
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Red
2017 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
92 points
Expressive nose displaying ripe red fruit, strawberry jam, Chambord, cherry, grilled steak, dark spices, tree bark and earth. Excellent concentration, packed sweet red fruit, rich and round, bright acidity, medium earthy mineral and a medium to long sweet red fruit driven earthy finish. Drinking nicely in a youthful way.
Red
2013 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Musigny France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
97 points
Beautifully perfumed nose displaying subtle pure black fruit, blackberry liqueur, black cherry, rose and lavender, clove, cinnamon and limestone. Very sensual palate, so finely layered subtle pure black fruit, exceptional finesse, energy and precision, perfect amount of acidity, medium mineral, and a seamless long subtle black fruit driven finish with cinnamon and rose at the end. This will be the next Musigny release. Drinking magnificently already.
White
2017 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale Blanc France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
91 points
Very opulent nose displaying ripe yellow fruit with a hint of white, pineapple, peach, a hint of pear, coconut, sweet spices and mineral. Excellent concentration, concentrated yellow fruit, rich and dense, good acidity, strong mineral, and a medium to long sweet yellow fruit driven finish.

Flight 34 - June 13 - Hostellerie de Levernois (3 notes)

We originally planned to dine in Dijon but we were a bit too tired and had to leave for Paris in the morning. We opted to dine here instead.
My first time visiting this beautiful property. The cooking was exceptional and the service was perfect. This should be easily two stars. We ordered the 13 Coche Corton Charlemagne which was slightly corked. The sommelier initially thought it may blow off but later came back to take the bottle which was nice.

Escargot and Frogs Legs


Foie Gras

Poulet de Bresse

Nice line up.

White
2013 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Valmur France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
95 points
Expressive nose displaying ripe tropical yellow fruit, lemon curd, a hint of pineapple, lemon oil, pine needle, sap, a hint of mint, beeswax, cool mountain stream and crushed rocks. Excellent concentration, nicely layered rich yellow fruit, rich yet nicely focused and energetic, bright acidity, strong mineral and a long ripe yellow fruit driven finish with beeswax and limestone at the end. Despite being ripe, it shows nice focus, precision and energy. Drinking beautifully.
White
2016 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Valmur France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
95 points
Very focused nose displaying slightly coiled opulent white fruit, pear, lemon curd, granny smith, honeysuckle, rose, cool breeze and we stone. Excellent concentration, packed concentrated white citrus fruit, rich and dense yet good focus and precision, perfect amount of acidity, good wet stone and mineral, and a long slightly coiled ripe white fruit driven finish. Although very youthful, it is drinking beautifully with generous fruit and good precision. I ever so slightly prefer the 13 which is more precise as it shed some of the primary fruit.
Red
2014 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
97 points
Youthful expressive nose displaying perfectly ripe pure black fruit, crushed blackberry and black cherry, a hint of caramel, beautifully perfumed, crushed rose petal, cedar, dark spices and earth. Already showing exceptional balance and complexity, very finely layered pure black fruit, silky and fluid, bright acidity, strong earthy mineral and a seamless long pure black fruit driven finish. It is drinking incredibly well in a very youthful way. Like the 14 La Tache, very expressive and classic.

Flight 35 - June 13 - Nightcap at Le Cep (1 note)

Justin bought a bottle of the 96 Dugat Py - GC earlier. Unfortunately, it was poorly stored and he exchanged with the 09 Faiveley CC. The last bottle of wine in Beaune.

White
2009 Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
91 points
Medium expressive very ripe yellow fruit driven nose, peach, apricot, a hint of lemon curd, roasted nuts, honey, sweet spice and medium mineral. Excellent concentration, rich and ripe, a bit heavy, medium acidity and mineral, and a medium long ripe yellow fruit driven finish.

Flight 36 - June 14 - Le Willi's Wine Bar (1 note)

Red
2005 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie Côte Brune France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
95 points
Slightly tight nose initially but opens up nicely, intense black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, smoked meat, tapenade, garrigue, caramel, truffle, leather and crushed rocks. Excellent concentration, layers upon layers of dark cherry fruit, bright acidity, strong mineral, still displaying very pronounced slightly coarse tannins and a long intense black fruit driven finish with garrigue and leather at the end. The nose is quite complex but the palate remains youthful. It can easily improve for another decade or two. Decanting is highly recommended.

Flight 37 - June 14 - Dinner at Bistrot du Sommelier (2 notes)

The restaurant owned by Philippe Faure-Brac, the 92 world champion sommelier.

Red
1974 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
94 points
Fully mature color. Complex fully mature nose displaying dry black fruit, subtle blackberry, dry cherry, dry fig, licorice, garrigue, smoked meat, balsamico, madeira, toffee, black truffle and rose. With air, coffee and dark milk chocolate emerge. Fully integrated palate, subtle black fruit, silky and fluid, bright acidity, subtle mineral, fully resolved tannins and a long subtle sweet black fruit driven finish. The nose constantly changes. Although very enjoyable, there is no reason to wait.
Red
2005 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands-Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru
98 points
Exquisite youthful yet complex nose, bright sweet red fruit, raspberry, strawberry and rhubarb tart, sour cherry, rose, sap, a hint of stem, a good amount of sous bois, Chinese medicine, tea, baking spices, truffle and earth. Beautifully integrated sensual palate, layers upon layers of sweet red fruit, very precise and detailed, silky and fluid, bright acidity, strong mineral and a seamless incredibly long sweet red fruit driven finish with sous bois and caramel at the end. This bottle is a bit more ready than the last October bottle. Perhaps not as complex as La Tache but it is showing magnificently. If one prefers a lot of sous bois, it can easily improve for another two decades.

Flight 38 - June 14 - After Dinner Drink at Hotel Bristol (2 notes)

We were seated in the courtyard. This was a nice way to end the memorable trip.

Red
2009 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur-Champigny Le Bourg France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur-Champigny
95 points
Gorgeous floral nose displaying perfectly ripe sweet black and red fruit, crushed blackberry, blackberry jam, a hint of strawberry, rose, caramel, dark milk chocolate, black truffle, cedar and earth. Beautifully balanced palate, very finely layered sweet black and red fruit, very broad, warm and round, silky and fluid, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long sweet black fruit and caramel driven finish with a hint of rose at the end. The palate is really sensual. Drinking deliciously yet it can easily improve for a couple more decades.
White
2008 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
96 points
Incredible focused energetic nose displaying pure yellow citrus fruit, lemon curd, candied lemon zest, granny smith, honeysuckle, acacia, a hint of spearmint, beeswax, sea breeze, cool mountain stream, spicy spices and limestone. Exceptional balance and precision, layers upon layers of concentrated yellow citrus fruit, laser like focus, exceptional energy and freshness, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long slightly coiled yellow citrus fruit driven finish with flower and mineral at the end. Drinking magnificently.

Closing

This was truly a memorable trip. Five winos sharing one crazy passion in wine, especially Burgundy!

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