Red Burgundy-Cote de Beaune

  • Here's the Burghound review: 'A slightly more elegant nose is attractively fresh and expressive with pretty red berry fruit and warm earth aromas where the latter element can also be found on the detailed, rich and utterly delicious flavors that possess much better than average concentration and length for the appellation. Recommended.' 86-88 points Of the best bourgogne level wines made in all of Burgundy.....actually used to be classified as Volnay, once upon a time....
  • Here's the Burghound review: 'Here the nose is presently marked by noticeable reduction but it's not so strong that the sheer complexity of the aromas cannot be appreciated. Moreover, this impressive depth continues onto the rich, full-bodied and very serious big-bodied flavors that ooze dry extract on the concentrated, intense and vibrant finish that seems to go on and on. I very much like the balance and while this is certainly extremely rich and ripe, there is absolutely no sense of heaviness or undue weightiness. This should be magnificent in time.' 93-95 points Here's Galloni's review: 'The 2009 Volnay Clos des Chenes is utterly brilliant from start to finish. Sweet, silky tannins caress the palate in this exceptionally beautiful Clos des Chenes. This shows striking tension and an expansive texture that is simply beautiful. High-toned floral notes underpinned by a vein of minerality give the wine freshness and dazzling finesse. The juicy finish lasts forever. Anticipated maturity: 2022-2039. ' 93-96 points
  • Here's the Burghound review: ' This is also exceptionally ripe yet again, the plum, cassis and wet stone aromas stop short of being surmature. There is excellent richness yet superb detail to the mineral-inflected, powerful and driving flavors that culminate in a dusty, precise, mouth coating and explosive finish. I very much like the balance even though the extremely firm but ripe tannins suggest that this stunning Rugiens may very well require 20 years of cellar time before it reaches its peak. A most impressive effort but I wouldn't buy this unless you have a lot of patience and cool storage.' 92-95 points From just two barrels made, this is an example of why Rugiens is indeed Grand Cru status worthy.  Terribly complete in all aspects.  WOW.  
  • Here is the Burghound review: "As it always is, this is much more refined and elegant with a really lovely nose of red pinot fruit, violets, stone and plum. The rich and mineral-driven middle weight flavors possess excellent precision and punch on the balanced, tightly focused and compact finish. This will require time to flesh out as the recent bottling seems to have caused the backend to harden somewhat though given how ripe the underlying tannins are I don't expect that this will persist for very long." 90 points In stock.  
  • Here is Allen Meadows's review: "Here the nose is very curious as there are the typical aromas of black cherry, plum and earth but also a completely unexpected note of sous bois yet there is nothing the least bit advanced on the palate to suggest why it might be present. In fact, there is excellent freshness and a real sense of underlying tension to the rich, full-bodied and extract-rich flavors that possess lovely refinement, balance and real finishing drive." 91-93 points In stock.
  • Here is Steve Tanzer's review: "Good full red.  Scented, very ripe aromas of cherry, game birds and animal fur.  Less voluminous than the Bressandes but juicy and intense, with lovely purity to its dark raspberry and spice flavors.  Impressively vibrant, youthfully imploded Corton, from a very low crop level." 92-94 points
  • Mounir's favorite red cru from the Cote de Beaune.....
  • Here is the Burghound review: "(from 85+ year old vines, also made from a 50/50 mix of pinot and gamay). Here the nose is clearly riper and more complex with compositionally similar aromas. There is fine depth as well to the rich, delicious and vibrant medium weight flavors that are more firmly structured as well as more persistent. As the description suggests, there is just more depth of material present though note as well that this will require a few more years of cellar time before it’s completely ready. Recommended. (86-88)/2017+" in stock.
  • One of the best Bourgogne rouge wines made in Burgundy, to my taste. Here is the Burghound review: "(from 40+ year old vines that were once classified as Volnay villages). There is an interesting smoky character to the earthy red berry fruit aromas that can also be found on the light to barely middle weight flavors that possess a beguiling mouth feel before terminating in a detailed and utterly delicious finish. As it almost always does, this boxes well above its weight and knocks on the door of villages level quality. (86-89)/2016+" In stock.
  • This was one of my unexpected "wow" moments when tasting in November '12 chez Lafarge.  It has a purity and elegance that was pure charm, which captured the tender freshness and prettiness of the '11 vintage wonderfully.  Under the radar in the Lafarge range, due to no specific lieu-dit vineyard being written on the label.... Here is the Burghound review: "(in 2011 this is 100% from Pitures). An exuberantly fresh, expressive and relatively high-toned extract of red pinot fruit notes coupled with a beautiful range of spice elements, earth, stone and floral hints. There is a cool, intense and focused quality to the gorgeously mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that exhibit an impeccably well-balanced finish that is supported by firm but refined tannins. This too is a really lovely combination of power and finesse. (91-93)/2021+" Wine arrives in early winter '13.  30% deposit to confirm, balance due prior to the wines' departure from Volnay.
  • Here is the Burghound review: "(from 50+ year old vines; a monopole of the domaine). A riper and more deeply pitched nose features moderately earthy aromas of red currant, dark cherry, plum and cassis hints. There is excellent vibrancy and outstanding detail to the generously textured, stony and complex middle weight flavors that finish in a mouth coating, persistent and delicately balanced finale. This is terrific. (91-94)/2021+" In stock.