Archive for January, 2017

  • Burgundy 2016: Overview
    January 2nd, 2017
    Review of the 2016 Vintage in the Côte d’Or What to Expect from this Report My aim is to give a relatively comprehensive guide to the 2016 vintage in Burgundy. I have visited around 100 producers and completed notes on around 1350 wines. In future years I hope to add...
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  • Côte de Nuits
    January 1st, 2017
    Read about the villages of the Côte de Nuits each with Jasper's pick of the best vineyards and producers including: Chambolle-Musigny Fixin Gevrey-Chambertin Marsannay Morey-St-Denis Nuits-St-Georges Vosne-Romanée Vougeot  
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  • Côte de Beaune
    January 1st, 2017
    Read about the villages of the Côte de Beaune each with Jasper's pick of the best vineyards and producers including: Aloxe-Corton Auxey-Duresses Beaune Chassagne-Montrachet Chorey-lès-Beaune Ladoix Maranges Monthelie Meursault Pernand-Vergelesses Pommard Puligny-Montrachet St-Aubin St-Romain Santenay Savigny-lès-Beaune Volnay
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  • Pernand-Vergelesses
    January 1st, 2017
    Probably the most characterful of the three villages which share Corton. The whites have some Corton-Charlemagne stony character while the reds have a delicious freshness and purity of fruit, though with less body or tannin than Aloxe-Corton. Grands Cru: Corton-Charlemagne (white) Other Vineyards: Ile de Vergelesses (red), Clos Berthet (red),...
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  • Vougeot
    January 1st, 2017
    Best known for its grand cru Clos de Vougeot, with some good 1ers crus alongside, especially Le Clos Blanc in white. The reds are sturdy wines with power and tannins, but individual character takes a decade or more to show. Grand Cru: Clos de Vougeot Other Vineyards: Cras, Clos de...
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  • Vosne-Romanée
    January 1st, 2017
    Including Flagey-Echezeaux. The grandest appellation of all, marrying finesse and power. Noble wines at all levels, not just the greatest of the grands crus. There are not many underperforming producers either, but they know their own worth and usually charge accordingly. Grands crus: Echezeaux, Grands Echezeaux, Grande Rue, Richebourg, Romanée,...
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  • Nuits-St-Georges
    January 1st, 2017
    Three appellations in one. Lighter, fine-boned reds to the south; deeply coloured powerful wines with sturdy tannins in the centre, and a thrilling concentration of Nuits St Georges weight and some of the heady qualities of Vosne-Romanée to the north. Nuits deserves more love and can be excellent value. Vineyards:...
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  • Morey-St-Denis
    January 1st, 2017
    Too often described as intermediary between the structure of Gevrey and the grace of Chambolle, Morey deserves more recognition in its own right. The wines have a raw rather than refined silk thread to them, middleweight but with excellent structure. Some interesting whites too. Grands Crus: Clos des Lambrays, Clos...
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  • Chambolle-Musigny
    January 1st, 2017
    There is more limestone than clay in the soil, giving wines of exceptional grace as well as depth of flavour. They should be attractively perfumed, sometimes offering violets, and have a dense rich fruit on the palate. Grands Crus: Musigny, Bonnes Mares Other Vineyards: Amoureuses, Cras and Fuées Producers: Roumier,...
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  • Marsannay
    January 1st, 2017
    Promoted to village status (for all three colours) in 1988, Marsannay is discussing adding some 1ers crus. The reds are affordable and accessible while the best wines have the structure and ageing potential to merit more interest. The rosé needs a year or two of bottle age, and requires food....
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  • Gevrey-Chambertin
    January 1st, 2017
    There is something of everything in Gevrey-Chambertin. These are mostly red-fruited wines with a savoury character, delivering softer fruit or more rustic tannins depending on location. There are also various schools of winemaking here, some seeking darker colours and more concentration. In any case the wines should age extremely well....
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  • Fixin
    January 1st, 2017
    Fixin and Marsannay used to sell most of their wine to customers in Dijon, and ran their businesses accordingly. Now there are some more adventurous names interesting the international market. Skilful winemakers can avoid the former rustic tannins and deliver fruit of weight and velvet texture. Vineyards: Clos de la...
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  • Volnay
    January 1st, 2017
    The hallmark is elegance. Floral notes, refined fruit, balanced acidity, few tannins from soil types favouring limestone more than clay. Once considered lighter and shorter-lived Volnay, has a tensile strength to deliver wines which not only last but develop the haunting qualities of the Côte de Nuits with age. Vineyards:...
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  • Savigny-lès-Beaune
    January 1st, 2017
    Sitting a little back from the main Côte, the vineyards of Savigny are unnecessarily under the radar. The reds can have juicy red fruit along with a savoury character, and good ageing ability. Occasional exceptional whites but mostly stick with the red wines. Vineyards: Dominode, Lavières, Vergelesses Producers: Simon Bize,...
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  • Santenay
    January 1st, 2017
    From the southern end of the Côte, these vineyards were more famous in the past and could become so again. The best red wines have a depth of fruit and a velvet texture which bears comparison with the Côte de Nuits, and they can age well. Occasional whites can be...
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  • St-Romain
    January 1st, 2017
    Situated at higher altitude than the other villages and tucked away behind the main line of the Côte d’Or, St-Romain produces fresh medium-bodied whites usually best drunk in their youth and slightly angular reds. There are no 1ers crus at this stage, though the subject is under discussion. Vineyards: Sous...
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  • St-Aubin
    January 1st, 2017
    Since the millennium, St-Aubin has come to be considered as the fourth major white wine village of the Côte d’Or, not just the best of the lesser names. The style is pure and linear, similar to Puligny-Montrachet and the limestone parts of Chassagne. Some attractive lighter reds too. Vineyards: En...
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  • Puligny-Montrachet
    January 1st, 2017
    Great wines but few producers. These are the most perfumed of the great white wines with a firm, steely backbone to support the fruit. Lighter wines from 1ers crus at the top of the slope, and it is rare to see single vineyard village wines. Grands Crus: Bâtard-Montrachet (part), Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet,...
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  • Pommard
    January 1st, 2017
    Volnay’s gruff neighbour with little in common. Complex clay soils, often iron rich, deliver powerful wines with depth of colour, firm fruit and fairly substantial tannins which require time. The Gevrey of the south? Rugiens has most power, Epenots is more graceful. Vineyards: Rugiens, Epeneaux,Epenots, Producers: Comte Armand, de Courcel,...
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  • Monthelie
    January 1st, 2017
    Located behind Volnay and Meursault, a red Monthelie is similar to a mini-Volnay but a little bit more rustic, mostly for drinking in the first ten years. Expect a little more flesh on the bones than from neighbouring Auxey-Duresses. Whites are rarely interesting except in youth. Vineyards: Les Duresses Producers:...
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  • Chorey-lès-Beaune
    January 1st, 2017
    Beaune’s neighbour on flat land mostly below the main road. But it is good earth for easily accessible red wines and occasional whites. Look for pleasure in the fruit more than complexity. Vineyards: Individual vineyards are rarely specified Producers: Tollot-Beaut For further information and tasting notes on the top producers...
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  • Meursault
    January 1st, 2017
    Fine 1ers crus, but also the best source of single vineyard village level white Burgundy. Rarely as buttery and nutty as in the past, but offering satisfying weight if grown on the lower slopes, or a tingling mineral character at the top of the hill. See also Blagny. Vineyards: Perrières,...
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  • Maranges
    January 1st, 2017
    The end of the line as the Côte turns from east-facing to the south. Tannins can be on the firm side but there is usually good red fruit concentration. A good choice when looking for value. Occasional whites. Vineyards: Le Croix Moines, La Fussière Producers: Bachelet-Monnot, Chevrot For further information...
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  • Chassagne-Montrachet
    January 1st, 2017
    A handful of often intermarried families furnish many quality growers, each with a raft of 1ers crus which range in style depending on location- racier up the hillside, weight and staying power from Morgeot. The reds have the potential to be better than they have been. Grands Crus: Bâtard-Montrachet (part),...
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  • Ladoix
    January 1st, 2017
    The least known of the Corton villages but they have had the sense to specify one colour only for some of their newer 1ers crus. The reds are succulent and lively, without the tannins of Aloxe-Corton. Whites have character, sometimes mineral, sometimes more exotic. Grands Crus: Corton (mostly red); Corton-Charlemagne...
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  • Blagny
    January 1st, 2017
    A hamlet between Puligny and Meursault, using its own name for reds (mostly 1er cru) in an austere but pleasing style, or sold as Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru for the whites which show weight and character in warmer vintages. Vineyards: La Genelotte, La Pièce sous le Bois Producers: Comtesse de Cherisey,...
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  • Beaune
    January 1st, 2017
    The capital of the region, undervalued for its own vineyards and wines. The large producers often make a 1er Cru blend. Elegance and suppleness are the hallmarks, though with more muscle and tannin in and around Grèves. Some good whites (especially Clos des Mouches) but others lack character. Vineyards: Grèves,...
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  • Auxey-Duresses
    January 1st, 2017
    This side valley may be benefitting from global warming as the wines become less austere, eschewing the hard edge which Duresses might imply. The best reds are on the south-facing slopes while lovely fresh whites can be found near Meursault where the slope turns north, or at the far end...
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  • Aloxe-Corton
    January 1st, 2017
    Best known for its grands crus Corton & Corton-Charlemagne. The village and 1er Cru wines have an earthy character with evident tannins in youth. They are best drunk with traditional hearty Burgundian dishes of the Coq au Vin type. Grands Crus: Corton (mostly red); Corton-Charlemagne (white) Other Vineyards: Clos du...
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