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2015 Burgundies

Scrumptious comes to mind, delicious also. The utterly engaging charm of 2015 Pinot Noir from Burgundy was on parade last week. The wines showed fresh and rich.
January 3, 2018


As Pinot Noir often does, they shape-changed through the tasting, each flaring or receding in intensity at different points in the tasting.

           Nonetheless three wines seemed to catch most of the tasters’ attention.

           The cooler Hautes Cotes wines, although lighter in affect showed supple richness that made them immediately approachable. By a very slight margin people preferred the slightly lighter and more forward Bouley Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune. David Duband’s Hautes Cotes de Nuits Louis Auguste, a critics’ favorite showed a a bit more oak reserve and followed close behind.

           Later in the tasting Drouhin’s very well–priced Santenay stole the show with its chunky punch of Pinot spice and just a grace note of Santenay’s gamey terroir.

           Two wines of opposite sensibility showed themselves ageworthy. I particularly liked Duband’s linear and precise Cote de Nuits Villages. It is from Brochon, near Fixin and had the echo of that commune’s breed.

           Critic Micahel Apstein had told me that he liked Virgil Lignier-Michelot’scommune old vine Morey St. Denis and Chambolle-Musigny. He would not have been disappointed in the richness, depth and character the former showed in our tasting. It si Very Good – Excellent, may be the latter after a few years of age.


2015 Coillot Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir; Color: light red black; Aroma: rather deep very full, bright cherry cranberry overtones later closing up nice depth; Mouth: bright & clean, firm, deep, peppery tannin, Gevrey like smooth very clean a touch of acidity, dense fine tannins, light smoke; Very Good Plus 24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49; Case, 21.24 limited

2015 Bouley Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune           

"A slightly cooler and more elegant nose offers up liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, kirsch and violet undertones. The mouth feel of the middle-weight flavors is slightly finer though at the expense of a bit of richness and this refinement continues onto the focused, saline and well-balanced finish. Burghound

Good dark red. Enticing minerality to the aromas of redcurrant and tobacco. Sweeton the palate r, conveying a strong impression of acidity but more pliancy of texture. Very pure and precise. Tanzer $42; Mixed Case, 37.8; Case, 35.7

2015 David Duband Hautes Cotes de Nuits Louis Auguste

"rich and supple, with an excellent fresh maturity in the expression of its fruit, finely spiced, shines with its balance - RVF

"A fresh and pretty nose features notes of red currant, cherry, earth and ample floral influence. The racy and intense middle weight flavors display a subtle minerality on the attractively textured, balanced and lingering finish. This is a lovely effort for its level and worth a look." Burghound $45; Mixed Case, 40.5; Case, 38.25

2015 David Duband Cote de Nuits Villages

Steve Tanzer "Bright medium red. Some very ripe liqueur-like and chocolatey qualitites to the black raspberry aroma. Nicely concentrated and firm, with the wine's ripe blackberry and black raspberry fruit flavors leavened by a more tart cranberry note and complicated by salty minerality. The firmly tannic finish shows good sneaky length."

53; Mixed Case, 47.7; Case, 45.05

2015 Drouhin Santenay; Aroma: Very rich very dense, pretty forward; Mouth: Clean smooth. Rather dense sweet , very rich; Very Good Plus 36; Mixed Case, 32.4; Case, 30.6

2015 Lignier Michelot-Morey St. Denis Vieilles Vignes

"An even more complex nose offers up broad-ranging aromas of plum, red currant, spice, violet, lilac and earth. The excellent depth continues onto the rich, full-bodied and muscular middle weight flavors that possess very good mid-palate concentration, all wrapped in a solidly persistent finish that exhibits virtually no rusticity. This is a terrific Morey villages and well-worth your interest." Burghound

 $75; Mixed Case, 67.5; Case, 63.75

2015 Burgundy Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $470

2015 Burgundy Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $249

2015 Burgundies on Sale

Some wines are in bottle quantity only and are offered subject to presale.

                                      Regularly                     Sale

Bouley Volnay          $64.00                         50

"Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry and licorice aromas are accented by a pungent stony element. Densely packed, concentrated, chewy wine with an almost chocolatey richness leavened on the back by saline mineral grip. Tanzer

Bouley Volnay Vieilles Vignes                   $85.00     67

"Bright, dark red-ruby. Redcurrant aroma along with a distinct fresh blood note from the iron-rich soil. At once dense and juicy, conveying a lovely inner-mouth floral quality and a light touch. Delivers very good definition and flavor intensity for village wine. There's a tiny-berry creaminess and generosity of texture here that's perfectly supported by a strong saline spine. Tanzer

Bruno Clair Bonnes Mares Grand Cru     $599.00  468

Bruno Clair Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru  $575.00        449

Bruno Clair Gevrey Chambertin Clos du Fonteny  $199.00        156

Bruno Clair Gevrey Chambertin Clos St. Jacques $345.00        270

Bruno Clair Gevrey-Chambertin Cazetieres $245.00        192

d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru                         Sold out

d'Angerville Volnay Clos des Ducs 1er Cru  $285.00        223

d'Angerville Volnay Fremiet 1er Cru         $169.00  132

de Vogue Chambolle Musigny                   $189.00  148

de Vogue Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru    $300.00  234

Domaine Dujac Chambolle Musigny        $90.00     71

Domaine Dujac Charmes Chambertin     $350.00  273

Domaine Dujac Gevrey Chambertin Combottes   $275.00        215

Domaine Dujac Morey St. Denis               $90.00     71

Dominique Lafon Beaune Epenottes 1er Cru          $109.00        86

Drouhin Cote De Beaune                             $47.00     40

Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin                       Sold Out

Drouhin Nuits St Georges Proces            $99.00     78

Drouhin Pommard   $59.00                         47

Drouhin Santenay   $36.00                         31

Lignier Michelot Chambolle Musigny       $75.00     59

Pousse d'Or Chambolle Musigny              $85.00     67

Pousse d'Or Chambolle Musigny Les Feusselots 1er Cru          $152.00        119

Pousse d'Or Santenay Clos Tavannes 1er Cru      $72.00          57

Pousse d'Or Volnay Caillerets Amphora $119.00  93

Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos 60 Ouvrees 1er Cru        Sold Out

Sylvain Pataille Marsannay Clos du Roy      $65.00          51


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