Next to the famous Clos des Mouches, in the middle of the hillside, our Aigrots are oriented to the East. This climate, with stony soil and rich in silt and clay, produces full-bodied and generous red wines (75 acres) to be enjoyed with grilled red meats or in sauce. "A higher-toned nose displays a note of freshly crushed cherry to the spicy dark pinot fruit-scented aromas. There is good detail and vibrancy if not quite the same density to the stony middle weight flavors that exhibit solid if not exceptional depth on the mildly warm finale." BH 90
This 1.27-hectare vineyard (3 acres) is located at the bottom of the slope. It enjoys a soil composed mainly of clay and loams. Pottery fragments found in this vineyard show that this was a farming settlement in Gallo-Roman times. After the farm disappeared, the site remained without vines for a long time before being planted again. “Sanvignes” [vineless] then changed to “Cent-Vignes” [hundred vines] – since a plot with vines cannot be “Vineless”! These reds are remarkable for their colour and the delicacy of their aromas. In the mouth, they combine complexity with mellowness. "A slightly cooler though still notably ripe nose...
This small plot (1.2 acres / 0.3 ha) is located at the foot of the slope. The name “Les Grèves” comes from the composition of the soil: light and stony. The red wines present fine fruit notes and delicate flavours. They are perfect with a wild mushroom quiche, red meats or cheeses such as Cîteaux, Reblochon, etc. "Here too there is a similar mentholated nose on the spiced plum, dark cherry and warm earth-suffused aromas that are trimmed in enough wood to mention. The delicious and energetic middle weight plus flavors display focused power on the moderately austere finish where a touch of dryness slowly emerges. I suspect that this will...
This plot of 67 acres is located at the top of the hill and looks to the southeast. It enjoys a limestone soil mixed with silt, sand and clay. This climat extends on both Beaune and Savigny communes. This name comes from Marcomans (lat marcomani or men of the border), a West Germanic tribe existing until the fourth century; this type of Germanic declination is frequently found after the invasion of the Franks for names of rivers around Beaune. It appears in literature in the form Marconain in 1270 and Marconnay in 1294; a stream thus took its source in this locality. Comparable to certain grands crus, the wines have distinction, power and...
Facing south-west, this plot of 77 ares (2 acres) has a soil combining loam, clay and limestone. This vineyard, “protected by all the saints”, produces rich wines with a nose of red fruits and good complexity in the mouth. It can be served with “jambon persillé”, red meats or goat’s cheese. "A mentholated top note is present on the notably ripe aromas of roasted plum, cassis and warm earth scents. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension to the delicious and well-detailed flavors that possess a sleek mouthfeel though there is enough warmth to notice on the otherwise lingering finish." BH 90
This small plot of 30 arces (0.7 acre), located at the foot of the slope, below Pommard Village, has a soil rich in loams, clay and sand. The word “port” in the appellation’s name, “La rue au Port”, meant “a passage”. Writing in 1955 the historian Augustin Collot said “La rue au Port seems to indicate the passage that wagons and carts had to follow so as to not pay the toll”. The plot produces wines that are characteristic of the Pommard appellation: dense, powerful reds that are an ideal accompaniment for dishes with a sauce, large game animals or birds, or cheeses such as Epoisses, Maroilles, Ami du Chambertin.
Burghound 90-93. "A cool, ripe and unusually elegant nose blends notes of pure essence of red cherry with those of dark raspberry and a hint of forest floor. The more typical character of a fine Fournières emerges on the palate however as the robust and powerful big-bodied flavors possess plenty of muscle on the very firmly constituted finish where a hint of warmth can be found. This is a very impressive showing and one that is highly recommended if you have the patience to cellar it." April 2017 ALOXE-CORTON 1ER CRU LES FOURNIERES SITUATION ALOXE-CORTON is one of the villages of the North of the Côte de Beaune. It benefits from an...
Burghound 88-91. "A pungent nose of wood and reduction renders the nose difficult to assess. Otherwise the mouth feel of the medium weight flavors is also relatively fine with a lovely sense of energy that carries over to the dusty and mildly austere finish that offers notably better depth and length. This is unusually ripe for a vineyard that is found at considerable altitude and is worth checking out. BEAUNE CLOS DE LA "CHAUME GAUFRIOT AREA The plots of BEAUNE CLOS OF THE CHAUME GAUFRIOT of the Domain extend on a surface of 77 ares. The CLOS DE LA CHAUME GAUFRIOT is a monopoly of the Domaine. SOIL AND GRAPE Clay and limestone soil. Grape...
Burghound 87-89. CHOREY-LES-BEAUNE SITUATION CHOREY-LES-BEAUNE is located in the north of Beaune, opposite Aloxe-Corton. AREA The plots of CHOREY-LES-BEAUNE of Domaine GUYON extend on a surface of 1 hectare 20 ares. SOIL AND GRAPE Clay and limestone soil. Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir. Age of the vines: 35 years. HARVEST AND VINIFICATION Manual harvest in small crates and sorting in the cellar. Long winemaking in wood vats, with punching and temperature control. BREEDING Aging in oak barrels and bottling after 15 months. CHARACTER AND GUARD A beautiful ruby color with aromas of morello cherry and raspberry. A beautiful harmony with a...
Burghound 89-92. "A deft touch of wood sets off brooding and deeply pitched aromas of dark currant, violet and a hint of humus. There is excellent power and concentration to the sleek, intense and stony flavors that evidence obvious muscle that really comes up on the palate coating finish. This robust effort manages to stop short of displaying any overt rusticity but at least some patience will be required." BH April 2017 PERNAND-VERGELESSES 1ER CRU LES VERGELESSES SITUATION PERNAND-VERGELESSES is located between the municipalities of Aloxe-Corton and Savigny-lès-Beaune. This Premier Cru is one of the best, very close to the Ile des...
Jeb Dunnuck 95-97 points. Wine Advocate 94 points. Because of its rich tannic structure, I expect the 2017 Châteauneuf du Pape A la Gloire de Mon Grand-Père to be among the longer-lived wines from this estate. It's loaded with concentrated notes of plums, raspberries and cherries, all delivered on a full-bodied, velvety palate and ending with chewy tannins and salted licorice. JC Aug 2019.
Wine Advocate (93-95). A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes comes from vines that are more than 80 years old. It offers up wonderful scents of Asian five spice powder, layered over raspberry and kirsch notes. Full-bodied, velvety and rich, it's concentrated and long on the finish, with plush tannins and nary a hard edge. JC Aug 2019
Wine Advocate 92. The 2017 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Tradition is a top effort for an entry-level wine. Bottled in March, it features peppery notes, dried spices and ripe cherries on the nose. Full-bodied, rich and velvety, it finishes long and intense, adding hints of salted licorice. It should drink well for at least a decade. JC Aug 2019 .
WA 97 The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape la Folie is a special cuvée that has only been made three times: in 2007, 2015 and 2016. As Nicolas Boiron points out, it's a "modern style" of Châteauneuf, completely destemmed and aged in demi-muids and barriques, with a fair proportion of those barrels being new. Mocha cedar notes mark the nose at this early age, while the flavors resemble caramelized cherries and baking spices. Full-bodied, rich, creamy and undeniably plush, it's still recognizable as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, showing velvety hints of chocolate on the long finish. The assemblage is 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre. JC Sep 2018. The best...
Best CDP of 2019....New York Times. WA 97. The all whole-bunch 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes is 85% Grenache, with the balance a mix of Mourvèdre and Syrah. The vines are all 80 to 90 years old, selected from parcels in Brusquières, Gardiole, Mont-Redon and Pignan. Glorious raspberry and cherry fruit picks up hints of mint and some stemmy notes, but they're remarkably well-integrated and should be completely absorbed within a couple of years. Full-bodied, rich and creamy in texture, this tour de force remains lively, silky and long on the finish. With 1,000 cases produced, it should be reasonably priced and...
Wine Advocate 97-99 points. I was blown away by the prodigious fruit in the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes. Quantities are only maybe half of the 2016, so you can imagine how concentrated and rich this baby is. Waves of raspberry and cherry fruit are seductive on the nose, then crash over the palate with a tsunami of concentration and power. If time in the cellar can coax some additional elegance out of the wine, it could be a candidate for perfection. JC Sept 2018.
Wine Advocate 91 points. Completely destemmed and raised entirely in concrete, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Domaine Nicolas Boiron is a serious Côtes du Rhône. The blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Cinsault is full-bodied and rich, with hints of tar and black olive layered over ripe black cherries. A bit of licorice emerges on the long, silky finish. Drink this beauty over the next 5-7 years. JC Sept 2018.
Buy 6 or more and pay 49sgd per bottle. Gold Medal, International Wine Challenge France, 2016. Gold Medal and Trophy, Elle Magazine Concourse des Vins Awards 2016. This little family owned gem is located on the hillsides of St Emilion. Only 6000 cases are produced from the 8 hectares of vines, which are planted with 75, 50 and 35 year old vines. The wine is a blend of 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc. Traditionally made to the same meticulous Grand Cru Classe formula for 6 generations. It spends 12 months in French oak, 30% new before being bottled. Intense dark crimson colour. A deep, rich nose of ripe red berries and a whiff of vanilla....
Buy 6 or more and pay 49sgd per bottle. James Suckling 93 points. Blend: Merlot 75%, Cabernet Franc 25%. Average age of vines: 75 years old (20%), 50 years old (20%), 35 years old (60%). Aging: 12 months in barrels (French oak, 3 coopers), with 50 % new barrels every year. Tasting notes Dense ruby color with bluish aspect, signs of a beautiful youth. On the nose, fruity notes or fruits (strawberry, blackberry, morello cherry) mixed with the freshness of liquorice. We find a beautiful harmony of fruit and oak. Aeration allows the appearance of roasted aromas, mocha, ground coffee on a vanilla background. In the mouth, a tender attack and a...
James Suckling 92 points. Buy 6 or more and pay 49sgd/bottle. This little family owned gem is located on the hillsides of St Emilion. Only 6000 cases are produced from the 8 hectares of vines, which are planted with 75, 50 and 35 year old vines. The wine is a blend of 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc. Traditionally made to the same meticulous Grand Cru Classe formula for 6 generations. It spends 12 months in French oak, 30% new before being bottled. Dense ruby color with bluish reflect, signs of a beautiful youth. On the nose, fruity notes or even cooked fruits (strawberry, black- berry, morello cherry) mixed with the freshness of...
James Suckling 92 points. This little family owned gem is located on the hillsides of St Emilion. Only 6000 cases are produced from the 8 hectares of vines, which are planted with 75, 50 and 35 year old vines. The wine is a blend of 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc. Traditionally made to the same meticulous Grand Cru Classe formula for 6 generations. It spends 12 months in French oak, 30% new before being bottled. Dense ruby color with bluish reflect, signs of a beautiful youth. On the nose, fruity notes or even cooked fruits (strawberry, black- berry, morello cherry) mixed with the freshness of liquorice. A bit of swirling aeration allows...
17.5/20 Jancis Robinson Wine Reviews There’s a lovely greenness to the fruit here, manifesting as nettle and basil on the nose. Tobacco and spice too – very inviting! Awesome cranberry fruit on the palate. Light chewiness to the tannin – this won’t need years before it can be enjoyed, but it has the purity of flavour to last a long while. (RH) Richard Hemming MW WINERY NOTES: In the vineyard... Gently sloping, located in the upper portion of the Clos Vougeot, this parcel of 55 ares shows at the same time qualities of exceptional soil and of the grape variety. The vines are 40 years old. The stony and silty-claey soil consists of...
WINERY NOTES: A thin few dozen meters, but a with greater altitude than Clos Vougeot, the soil is completely different : the ground is rather deep, not very stony, although there is bajocian marl in some places. The vines, planted on a surface of 34 ares, are about 60 years old. In the glass... During the breeding, appreciably the same one as that of Clos Vougeot, the differences are clear. Echezeaux is characterized by its tenderness and breadth. It is often open and expressive early. It reveals a great flexibility, with a constant velvety mouth feel. Raspberry flavors along with those of wild rose characterize it in its youth. It matures...
In the vineyard... This parcel of 46 ares consists of a kind of terrace on a steep slope, in mid slope (275m). The shallow ground of brown-limestone, consists of gravel, clayey silts, on hard limestone. The forty year old vines are of sufficient age to produce balanced and concentrated grapes. In the glass... The name derives from small wild plum trees found in certain waste lands and whose tannins cling to the gums. This Nuits is thus a sensual and sharp wine, with a rather masculine personality, perhaps not pleasing to the untrained amateurs. Its power confers an excellent potential of aging. With age, it will develop dry prune flavors. At...
Rich and deeply colored, with wild fruit flavors: blackberry, blackcurrant, with elegant and present tannins. Its intense dark color announces the powerful and complex flavors that mix blackcurrant, blackberry and bilberry. The tannins are firmer for the parcels located at the South and more flexible for those of the North of the town of Nuits Saint Georges, a solid structure. In the vineyard... The Grandes Vignes, 30 to 80 years old, are on limono-clayey colluviums of the bottom of the slope (230m of altitude), calcareous and very stony, which rest on marls. The parcel of Lavières, at an altitude of 250m, is slightly sloped. Its calcareous...
In the vineyard... This plot of vineyard of 2.24 ha, gently sloped, presents a argilo-muddy ground of brown-red, not very stony, on lava limestones of Callovien and Oxfordien. The vines, located on the communes of Prémeaux and Comblanchien, are between 30 and 50 years old. In the glass... Ooften deeply colored, this wine presents the red flavors of fruits (cherry), of liquorice and almost always of fur flavors. Our Côte de Nuits Villages is raised out of barrels of one or more wines, and can age 7 or 8 years - even more in the great vintages. At the table... According to characteristics of the vintage, it will match nicely with a boiled...
In the vineyard... Resulting from several parcels representing 1.90 ha, one of these is gently sloped to an altitude of 250 m, in ground of rather deep silt on clay, with vines from 35 to 55 years old. The other part, 25 years old, comes from a parcel on the top of the slope (300 with 325m), which is steeply sloping, on humus-bearing black soil, gravelo-stony, very calcareous. In the glass... Vinified separately, the wines resulting from these 2 parcels are assembled just before the bottling, after a breeding on dregs in 50% of new barrels. Vosne Romanée is the flower of the domaine. Scents of cherry and rose, this wine becomes complex with...
The Burgundy Pinot Noir from the Justin Girardin estate 2018 offers a beautiful ruby colour and a fresh and elegant nose. We find aromas of red fruits. It is a supple, slightly robust and fruity wine. A lingering bouquet of ripe fruit and subtle flavours.
Justin's Tasting Note: "An elegant wine with a character all of its own! Bright, vivid, red colour. Intense and fruity nose where notes of wet undergrowth and wild nature can be detected. Fleshy and well structured on the palate. A little chunky in its youth, it becomes rounder and delicious to drink as it gets older. Very flavourful aftertaste."
Justin's tasting note: "An elegant wine with a character all of its own! Bright, vivid, red colour. Intense and fruity nose where notes of wet undergrowth and wild nature can be detected. Fleshy and well structured on the palate. A little chunky in its youth, it becomes rounder and delicious to drink as it gets older. Very flavourful aftertaste." #TOP12
Beauregard Premier Cru Perfumed and with smoother fruit than the Clos Rousseau. Fully ripe and full of appeal. So sweet with a little inkiness on the end. Great Value. 16.5 points. Jancis Robinson.
Clos Rousseau Premier Cru Quite a gamey nose – edgy and finely etched minerally nose but pretty youthful. Wait! GV for those with patience. 16.5+ points. Jancis Robinson.
La Maladière Premier Cru Quite rich and velvety on the nose. Mouth-filling and very positive but perhaps a little less subtle than the Beauregard. Quite a bit of fine tannin and fruit that is almost purple fruit-tasting. Elderberry? 16.5 points. Jancis Robinson.
Justin's Tasting Note: "An elegant wine with a character all of its own! Bright, vivid, red colour. Intense and fruity nose where notes of wet undergrowth and wild nature can be detected. Fleshy and well structured on the palate. A little chunky in its youth, it becomes rounder and delicious to drink as it gets older. Very flavourful aftertaste." Jancis Robinson Wine Reviews : 15% new oak. Not as immediately aromatic as the Bourgogne Pinot Noir but lovely and juicy on the palate. Light tannins, just a little chewy. Has more depth but less fragrance than the Bourgogne. (JH) Drink 2021-2024.
Justin's Tasting Note: "Medium red with blackberry, redcurrant and a lovely floral lift on the nose. Quite peppery and spicy, with nicely integrated acidity keeping this quite firm and stylish. Finishes with a note of fruity peppercorn."
Justin's Tasting Note: "This wine delivers delicate notes of redcurrant, blackcurrant and blackberry mixed with fine spices. Its style and finesse form a beautiful classic set that will appeal to all." Grape variety Pinot noir Average age of the vines 30 years Maturation 15 months in oak barrels Tasting notes A delicate wine, discreetly tannic.
Winery Notes: The reds are quite dark in colour, their shades varying from deep rubythrough crimson to garnet. While young, the wine’s aroma suggests a spring garden with small red fruits (raspberry, strawberry) and black fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry). These intensify with age and evolve into peony and jasmine, preserved and brandied fruits, pistachio, prune, leather, truffle, mushroom and cinnamon. The deep soil begets a vigorous, full-bodied Pinot Noir, robust yet refined. Tender and fruity, this wine reaches its peak after 3 to 5 years in the cellar, revealing a firm and well-built body, richly chewy and with pleasing tannins.
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