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Burgundy 2020 En Primeur

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We are delighted to you offer to you the excellent 2020 Burgundy vintage, with wines from fourteen domaines, including two for the first time this year; Antoine Jobard in Meursault and Jean Collet et Fils, from Chablis.  2020 is an excellent vintage for white wines and an very good one for reds. 

We began offering the vintage last November, with all domaines releasing their wines by early January.  Allocations are even more limited this year than usual and some wines have already sold out, but you will find a wealth of brilliant burgundies still available.  With unprecedented worldwide demand, rising prices and a tiny harvest to come in 2021, there has never been a more compelling argument for buying en primeur.

You will find our thoughts on the vintage as a whole and the wines in list format below.

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Introduction 

Visiting Burgundy in the autumn to taste the new vintage is always a great pleasure, but in November 2021 it was particularly delightful.  The Côte-d'Or seemed more beautiful, unique and beguiling than ever, after being absent for two vintages.  Anxiety around filling out additional Covid-related travel documents was soon displaced by the familiarity of people and places we have been visiting for twenty-five years.  To find that we were also tasting a great vintage made the experience even more memorable, with the wines showing almost miraculous balance and elegance, after the warm summer of 2020.

Clearly, the domaines have been busy during the lockdown, taking advantage of reduced visitor numbers to build new cellars, with large cranes looming over several villages, particularly Pommard.  Happily, most of this modernisation is internal and in sympathy with the beautiful local architecture.  We saw more signs of modernization at one domaine, where we were proudly shown their bijoux, ultra-high-tech new bottling line, housed in an ancient Burgundy cellar.  An NFC chip in the label allows each bottle to be tracked as it makes its way around the world and can even inform the winery when the bottle has been opened and drunk!  Thankfully, the influence of nature and the individual was more evident at all the other domaines we visited. 

Despite the ancient landscape and architecture, there is a huge amount of innovation on the Côte-d'Or, with a continual exchange of ideas and knowledge between the brilliant winemakers who work there.  These conversations are especially lively in November when the harvest is over.  We arrived at the end of the weekend of 'Les Trois Glorieuses', the three events celebrating the harvest; the grand dinner at the Clos de Vougeot, the Hospices de Beaune Auction and the 'Paulée de Meursault', an enormous bacchic 'BYOB' dinner for around 700 winemakers, who vie with each other to bring the most outstanding bottles to the dinner.  The weekend is a collective celebration of the harvest, but also a time to compare notes and hear what your neighbours have been up to.

Whilst we were in the Côte-d'Or to taste the 2020 vintage, it was the 2021 harvest that had just been brought in and inevitably this was at the forefront of the minds of the growers, with such huge reductions in volume due to frost and mildew.  The final figures will not be known until February, but it was common to hear figures of a 60% reduction, leaving empty cellars and barrel rooms, which we saw everywhere.  There will be a severe scarcity of burgundy over the next couple of years and the 2020 vintage will have to tide us all through (luckily it is a brilliant one!).  Release prices have already risen anywhere from a few euros per case to up to 50% for some grands crus.

Harvest

2020 was the earliest harvest on record, with many growers picking from the middle of August, sometimes even picking their pinot noir before their chardonnay, to retain acidity levels and freshness.  The growing season overall was not as short as the picking dates might suggest, as it began early in 2020, with bud-break in mid-March, compared to early April in 2019.  Rainfall was an issue throughout 2020, but the year did at least begin with some useful winter rains topping up the reserves of groundwater.  With a mild spring, frost, for once, was not a major concern.

The hot summer was different to the summers of 2018 and 2019, with consistently high temperatures but fewer extreme heat spikes.  Nevertheless, the heat and lack of water created sufficient hydric stress on the chardonnay vines to send them into a physiological shutdown.  This paused the 'sugar accumulation phase' where tartaric acids in the grape are converted into sugars.

Not only were the acids preserved, they were also concentrated, as the overall water content of the berries fell.  This is the miraculous aspect of the 2021 harvest, a unique set of conditions that occurred quite unexpectedly over the space of a couple of weeks in August.  With very few diseases of the vine during 2020 (unlike the mildew-ridden 2021 harvest) the grapes were harvested in excellent condition.

Winemaking

The consequent concentrated, thick-skinned grapes required careful handling in the winery.  This is the first year we have heard the term 'infusion' to describe red winemaking, a term which appears to be all the rage amongst some winemakers, but which is also a source of some raise eyebrows and leg-pulling from others!  Essentially, with such thick-skinned grapes, the usual techniques of remontage (pumping the juice from the bottle of the vat over the top of the cap of skins, to extract colour and tannins and pigeage (punching the cap down into the juice, to similar effect) had to be used carefully, to avoid over-extraction.

Instead, reduced maceration times and gentle handling were required.  The use of whole bunch fermentation was also more widespread, with even the more traditional domaines, like Tortochot, using up to 30% whole bunches.  Whole bunch fermentation is complex, one of the numerous techniques which can convey the personality of the winemaker in the wines, depending on how it is handled.  The stalks add tannins and other phenolic compounds to the juice, but can also have an unpredictable impact, creating air spaces in between the bunches which can slow the fermentation time or have other outcomes.

Whilst the winemaking approach was important, in general, it was picking dates that determined success in 2020, with those picking earlier usually producing fresher and more balanced wines.

Antoine Jobard looks very pleased with the 2020s at his domaine in Meursault: "I do not think I will see another vintage like this in my life".

The Wines

We loved tasting the 2020s.  The whites had a really unusual combination of freshness, tension and ripeness, so unusual it made us question our palates...how can wines like this come from such a warm year?  They were almost classical in their balance.  Or perhaps these are 'new classics'.

The reds had their own distinct profile, often very aromatic on the nose, with ripe black fruits and floral (rose) aromas, and a fine tannic structure leaving an impression of elegance.  We enjoyed the fact that despite the ripeness, many of the reds finished dry (often a consequence of whole bunch fermentation).

Quality was pretty even across most appellations, with the variation between producers (depending on the aforementioned picking dates).  The Côte de Beaune reds stood out, but we may be influenced by the growers we visited.  In general, cooler climats, which might struggle to achieve full ripeness in less warm vintages, really shone in 2020.

As with other recent vintages, the wines were very open and easy to taste, though some growers speculated that the 2020s may need a little more time in the cellar.  They should age very well.  It is well worth remembering that, compared with Bordeaux, the wait for en primeur burgundy is relatively short, with many Bourgogne Rouges and Blancs landing by summer of next year and immediately ready to enjoy.

Stock currently lying ex-cellars in France, wines due to land in the UK by late 2022.  Prices are shown in bond (IB) per 6 or 12 bts (unless stated otherwise). Onward delivery within the UK not included.  Stock and orders are subject to confirmation.

WHITE 2020 Antoine Jobard - Bourgogne Blanc 75cl £135 per case of 6 Antoine Jobard
Bourgogne Blanc
2020 / / 75cl
£135 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"This Bourgogne includes declassified young vines (2015) from St-Aubin 1er Cru Derriere Chez Edouard. Pale lemon yellow. Rather a classic bouquet, with plenty of white fruit energy behind. Interesting dichotomy on the palate where there is a classic Jobardian austere tension and then some plumper fleshier white fruit behind. Very good length for a Bourgogne. Tasted: 11/1/2021. (5 star wine) 88-90 points" Jasper Morris, insideburgundy.com
WHITE 2020 Antoine Jobard - Meursault Blagny 1er Cru 75cl £495 per case of 6 Antoine Jobard
Meursault Blagny 1er Cru
2020 / / 75cl
£495 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Pretty lemon and lime colour. The robust bouquet needs a little aeration. This is on the muscular side. There is a wealth of mainly white fruit, one or two plums, with thick skins, almost a sense of tannin at the back. Just a question of further maturation, this is going to be a high class Meursault-Blagny with time – well worth a considerable wait. Tasted: 11/1/2021. 92-95 points" Jasper Morris, insideburgundy.com
WHITE 2020 Bachey-Legros - Bourgogne Blanc 'Saint Martin' 75cl £180 per case of 12 Bachey-Legros
Bourgogne Blanc 'Saint Martin'
2020 / / 75cl
£180 per case of 12
IB
WHITE 2020 Bachey-Legros - Chassagne Montrachet 75cl £340 per case of 12 Bachey-Legros
Chassagne Montrachet
2020 / / 75cl
£340 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesFresh lime, lemon, pear and hazelnut on the nose, some light toast notes from the elevage, very accessible and immediate palate, a total crowd-pleaser, will make lots of friends very quickly! RKL
RED 2020 Bachey-Legros - Chassagne Montrachet 'Les Plantes' Momières Vieilles Vignes 75cl £260 per case of 12 Bachey-Legros
Chassagne Montrachet 'Les Plantes' Momières Vieilles Vignes
2020 / / 75cl
£260 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesOpen, ripe, expressive, succulent redcurrant fruit, fine tannins. There is an elegance and perfume to the fruit and an earthiness to the palate which marks this out as a Chassagne rouge. Good potential for cellaring too. RKL
RED 2020 Bachey-Legros - Maranges Rouge Vieilles Vignes 75cl £160 per case of 12 Bachey-Legros
Maranges Rouge Vieilles Vignes
2020 / / 75cl
£160 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesLovely open expressive nose, explosive even! Intense dark cherry and raspberry fruits leap out of the glass, but balanced on palate by excellent tannins, very fine and with a lively energy, another crowd-pleaser. There is also some crushed-rock minerality on the finish, for those who care to look for it. The finish is pleasingly savoury after all the fruit concentration on the palate. Brilliant value. RKL
WHITE 2020 Bachey-Legros - Meursault Les Chevalieres 75cl £420 per case of 12 Bachey-Legros
Meursault Les Chevalieres
2020 / / 75cl
£420 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesThis is a 'negociant' wine, from bought-in fruit, but that doesn't really do it justice. The detail is that the brothers exchange grapes with friends, in this case they give some of their Chassagne fruit in exchange for 'Les Chevalieres' fruit, allowing them to add this appellation to their range. Wonderfully rich and open, with a glycerine-texture and evident oak (25-30% new). This will delight lovers of traditional Meursault. Ripe, luscious fruit, almost a whiff of California, but with great energy, in perfect equilibrium. RKL
WHITE 2020 Bachey-Legros - Santenay Blanc Clos Les Gravières 1er cru 75cl £280 per case of 12 Bachey-Legros
Santenay Blanc Clos Les Gravières 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£280 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesFrom younger vines in the lower, northern part of Santenay and is mostly a young vine cuvée. The style is similar to Chassagne-Montrachet with lots of richness and texture, presumably influenced by the use of lees stirring and ageing in 30% new wood. Closed on the nose at present (the wines were racked yesterday) but with a huge attack on the palate, opening out to an even bigger mid-palate. Citrus and pineapple fruit character, but still with lots of freshness and a lovely salinity at the end. RKL
WHITE 2020 Bachey-Legros - Santenay Blanc 'Sous La Roche' 75cl £220 per case of 12 Bachey-Legros
Santenay Blanc 'Sous La Roche'
2020 / / 75cl
£220 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesThe 'Sous La Roche' lieu-dit is a small vineyard, less than half a hectare, quite high up on the slopes above the village of Santenay, with strong limestone-influence to the soil. Citrus and floral notes on the nose, powerful and intense, lovely intregration to the oak. Ripe exotic fruits on the palate and tending towards buttery notes, with excellent length, given this is a lieu-dit. 20-25% new oak. A superb start to the tasting! RKL
RED 2020 Bachey-Legros - Santenay Rouge 'Clos des Hâtes' Vieilles Vignes 75cl £195 per case of 12 Bachey-Legros
Santenay Rouge 'Clos des Hâtes' Vieilles Vignes
2020 / / 75cl
£195 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesFrom one the domaine's oldest plots, the vines were planted in 1935, 2 hectares in one parcel, described by Sam as the best of all of the Santenay Villages plots. Excellent, structured tannins and tending more towards black fruit character than the first two wines. RKL
RED 2020 Bachey-Legros - Santenay Rouge Clos Rousseau 75cl £260 per case of 12 Bachey-Legros
Santenay Rouge Clos Rousseau
2020 / / 75cl
£260 per case of 12
IB
RED 2020 Bachey-Legros - Santenay Rouge 'Clos Rousseau Les Fourneaux' Vieilles Vignes 75cl £280 per case of 12 Bachey-Legros
Santenay Rouge 'Clos Rousseau Les Fourneaux' Vieilles Vignes
2020 / / 75cl
£280 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesVines planted in 1914. Les Fourneaux is a lieu-dit within the Clos Rousseau Premier Cru, one of the Santenay's best sites. 30% new wood. Tasted directly from tank, hence the nose is more restrained than the previous wine. Still very expressive, with a huge tannic structure, more powerful than the straight Clos Rousseau, less chalky, more clay influence, a broader-shouldered wine. Very long ageing potential. RKL
RED 2020 Bachey-Legros - Santenay Rouge Vieilles Vignes 75cl £195 per case of 12 Bachey-Legros
Santenay Rouge Vieilles Vignes
2020 / / 75cl
£195 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesA blend of climats, from Santenay-Le-Haut. Refined, pure summer fruits on the nose, raspberry and strawberry, very intense; then equally refined tannins and concentrated dark cherry on the palate. Not at all in the rustic style associated with Santenay (of old), this has lots of elegance. RKL
WHITE 2020 Borgeot - Bourgogne Blanc Clos de la Carbonade 75cl £130 per case of 12 Borgeot
Bourgogne Blanc Clos de la Carbonade
2020 / / 75cl
£130 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesFrom a walled vineyard in Bouzeron, owned entirely by the Borgeots, hence this is a monopole for the domaine. Clean, green orchard fruits on the nose, pear and green apple, with a fresh citrus note. Notably ripe fruit on the palate, with some richness and a pithy texture, but still retaining the orchard fruit character. Based on how cask samples of previous vintages have fleshed-out in bottle, this will be one of the best Clos Carbonades we have tried. RKL
RED 2020 Borgeot - Bourgogne Pinot Noir 75cl £130 per case of 12 Borgeot
Bourgogne Pinot Noir
2020 / / 75cl
£130 per case of 12
IB
WHITE 2020 Borgeot - Chassagne Montrachet Clos St Jean 1er cru 75cl £245 per case of 6 Borgeot
Chassagne Montrachet Clos St Jean 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£245 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesThe Clos St Jean premier cru is known best-known for pinot noir, but the Borgeots are unusual in having an excellent holdings of 60-year old chardonnay vines here. The Clos has Benedictine origins dating back a thousand years and faces east, protecting it from some of the hottest temperatures in summer. The 2020 has notable aromas of white flowers and some hazelnut, with very pure white stone fruit and orchard fruits. After this elegant impression, the intensity on the palate is astounding. The Vieilles Vignes is superb every year, but this is the most compelling Clos St Jean we have tasted. RKL
WHITE 2020 Borgeot - Chassagne Montrachet Vieilles Vignes 75cl £225 per case of 6 Borgeot
Chassagne Montrachet Vieilles Vignes
2020 / / 75cl
£225 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesThe Borgeots have excellent holdings in Chassagne, with Chardonnay vines up to 60 years old, producing low yields of very concentrated fruit. The elevage is in up to 25% new oak, which is very much in the background, with the pithy texture and 'ciselé' (chiselled) fruit giving this wine its fresh but structured character. Great intensity in 2020, with green orchard and citrus fruits predominating, despite the ripeness of the year. A very classical expression of village-level Chassagne. RKL
RED 2020 Borgeot - Santenay Rouge Vieilles Vignes 75cl £180 per case of 12 Borgeot
Santenay Rouge Vieilles Vignes
2020 / / 75cl
£180 per case of 12
IB
WHITE 2020 Château de Chamilly - Bouzeron 'Les Bouchines' Aligoté 75cl £160 per case of 12 Château de Chamilly
Bouzeron 'Les Bouchines' Aligoté
2020 / / 75cl
£160 per case of 12
IB
WHITE 2020 Château de Chamilly - Montagny 'Les Jardins' 1er cru 75cl £210 per case of 12 Château de Chamilly
Montagny 'Les Jardins' 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£210 per case of 12
IB
WHITE 2020 Château de Chamilly - Montagny 'les Reculerons' 75cl £160 per case of 12 Château de Chamilly
Montagny 'les Reculerons'
2020 / / 75cl
£160 per case of 12
IB
WHITE 2020 Domaine J.A. Ferret - Pouilly-Fuissé "Clos de Prouges" Tete de Cru 75cl £170 per case of 6 Domaine J.A. Ferret
Pouilly-Fuissé "Clos de Prouges" Tete de Cru
2020 / / 75cl
£170 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesSituated right in the centre of the village of Fuissé, this Clos is just over two "hectares" in size and is planted on a shallow slope that faces east. Although a small parcel of vines was planted in 2003, most of the vineyard dates back to 1956, and is therefore more than 60 years old, making it one of the oldest owned by the domaine. The soil is derived from limestone-rich marls deposited during the upper Bathonian. Fermentations and ageing take place in casks, of which 25% is new and 75% is one to three years old, for 10 months. Ageing is completed in stainless steel tank, on lees, for a further 7 months. The 2020 vintage will be bottled in February 2022.------"Once again moderate wood is present on the nose of ripe white orchard fruit that exhibit background spice and quinine nuances. The rich and relatively full-bodied are quite generous yet not so such as to be blurry or lacking focus on the delineated, energetic and balanced finale that offers just a bit more depth along with sneaky good length. 2026+. 91-93 points." Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 84
WHITE 2020 Domaine J.A. Ferret - Pouilly-Fuissé "Les Perrieres" 1er cru 75cl £185 per case of 6 Domaine J.A. Ferret
Pouilly-Fuissé "Les Perrieres" 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£185 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesThe 1.15-hectare Les Perrières vineyard is situated to the south of the amphitheatre, on mid-slope just beneath the parcel of Le Clos. Exposed south-south-east, the slope here is steeper than it is on the Clos. The vineyard was planted in 1972-1974. The soil, which is derived from alluvial deposits, consists of a mix of deep silt and stony clay. The subsoil features streaks of limestone and limestone marls, while the top layers are littered with stones on the surface. Fermentation and elevage are handled as for the Clos des Prouges. The 2020 vintage will be bottled in February 2022.------"Here too the wood treatment is more prominent still with notes of vanilla and toast fighting a bit with the ripe aromas of poached pear and anise. There is impressive size, weight and power to the bigger and equally generously proportioned flavors that brim with both dry extract and minerality before culminating in an elegant but powerful finish. Patience advised here too. 2027+. 91-93 points." Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 84------"This wine is from east-facing vines behind Mme. Ferret’s house, and is thus called by the domaine ‘Clos de Jeanne’ although it is in premier cru Les Perrières. It delivers a substantial wine; here the cask ferment (20% new) is more apparent, yet it holds this will and shows approachably toasty ripe apple aromas. There is abundant extract here but the wine remains impressively fresh and lingers seductively on the finish. 92 points." Charles Curtis MW, Decanter------“The 2020 Pouilly-Fuissé Les Perrières 1er Cru has a very focused, almost steely bouquet, beautifully defined with neatly integrated oak. White flowers emerge with time in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity and wonderful salinity with a vibrant and energetic finish. I cannot wait to taste the finished wine. 91-93 points.” Neal Martin, Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Nov 21
WHITE 2020 Domaine Michelot - Meursault Clos St Felix, Monople 75cl £230 per case of 6 Domaine Michelot
Meursault Clos St Felix, Monople
2020 / / 75cl
£230 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"A touch of lemon in the colour while the bouquet is a mite sterner than the blended Meursault. This has good mid palate weight, riper citrus notes, slight bitterness behind, the terroir talking, clay and gravels, drains well. Very interesting. Tasted: 10/1/2021. 90-92 points" Jasper Morris, insideburgundy.com
WHITE 2020 Domaine Michelot - Meursault Genevrières 1er cru 75cl £380 per case of 6 Domaine Michelot
Meursault Genevrières 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£380 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Two plots, one spilling over into lower Porusot. Clear lemon and lime colour. A little bit of gunflint reduction, a mild case, then excellent intensity behind, a touch of liquorice, some fresh pears, a fraction of ripe citrus zest, long and complex. Tasted: 10/1/2021. 92-95 points" Jasper Morris, insideburgundy.com
WHITE 2020 Domaine Michelot - Meursault Les Charmes 1er cru 75cl £360 per case of 6 Domaine Michelot
Meursault Les Charmes 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£360 per case of 6
IB
WHITE 2020 Domaine Michelot - Meursault Les Grands Charrons 75cl £245 per case of 6 Domaine Michelot
Meursault Les Grands Charrons
2020 / / 75cl
£245 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The Michelot rows run top to bottom, which makes quite a difference. But the wider plot is at the top where the slope is steeper. Seems to start in the citrus mould but there’s something much riper beneath that wants to come out. Very light gunflint reduction and Nicolas pulls out the saline word for the finish, which is very harmonious. Tasted: 10/1/2021. 90-92 points" Jasper Morris, insideburgundy.com
WHITE 2020 Domaine Michelot - Santenay Blanc Les Gravières 1er cru 75cl £190 per case of 6 Domaine Michelot
Santenay Blanc Les Gravières 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£190 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Lovely lemon and lime colour. The nose is most appealing, that lovely mix of fresh citrus and graceful riper fruit, little touches of grenadine. This is grown on compact white marl, which lends itself well to chardonnay. Tasted: 10/1/2021. 91-93 points" Jasper Morris, insideburgundy.com
RED 2020 Drouhin-Laroze - Fixin, Laroze de Drouhin 75cl £295 per case of 12 Drouhin-Laroze
Fixin, Laroze de Drouhin
2020 / / 75cl
£295 per case of 12
IB
RED 2020 Hudelot Baillet - Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits 75cl £210 per case of 12 Hudelot Baillet
Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits
2020 / / 75cl
£210 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits Rouge has a more powerful bouquet compared to the Bourgogne Rouge with cassis and violet scents bursting from the glass. The palate is well balanced with caressing tannins, fine weight and acidity, rounded with a touch of baking powder on the finish. Fine. 86-88 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"A brooding and timid nose grudgingly reflects notes of dark currant, pungent earth and a whiff of spice. By contrast, there is fine verve to the delicious and intense middle weight flavors that exude a bracing salinity on the racy, refreshing and linear finish. One to consider. Outstanding. 86-89 points" Allen Meadows' Burghound
RED 2020 Hudelot Baillet - Bourgogne Pinot Noir 75cl £180 per case of 12 Hudelot Baillet
Bourgogne Pinot Noir
2020 / / 75cl
£180 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Pretty and nicely layered aromas of slightly riper various dark berries and warm earth give way to slightly finer medium weight flavors that possess very good volume before concluding in a raspy, youthfully austere and slightly short finish. This may well better harmonize as it seems quite primary relative to the other wines. 86-88 points" Allen Meadows' Burghound------"The 2020 Bourgogne Rouge has blackberry and redcurrant scented nose, the 15% new oak lending cohesion. The palate is ripe and sweet, plenty of red and blueberry fruit with a gentle, caressing finish. Sappy and mouth-fillingly delicious. 86-88 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2020 Hudelot Baillet - Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes 1er cru 75cl £340 per case of 6 Hudelot Baillet
Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£340 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"A very ripe nose speaks primarily of poached plum, dark currant, spice and the barest whisper of oak. There is again good density and punch to the saline-suffused medium-bodied flavors that are supported by bright acidity and firm tannins on the lingering and slightly warm finale. 89-92 points" Allen Meadows' Burghound-----"The 2020 Chambolle-Musigny Les Charmes 1er Cru is very pure on the nose, quite intense like the Vieilles Vignes with verging on ostentatious black cherry and cassis fruit, very floral and not shy in the slightest. The palate restores order with some gorgeous red berry fruit, slightly gourmand in style, almost gamey towards the finish that feels very long. Succulent ‘n sexy. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2020 Hudelot Baillet - Chambolle Musigny Vieilles Vignes 75cl £240 per case of 6 Hudelot Baillet
Chambolle Musigny Vieilles Vignes
2020 / / 75cl
£240 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Ripe and reasonably layered aromas of poached plum, spice and dark currant complement the nicely rich and voluminous flavors that possess excellent punch if limited refinement as the firm and almost chewy finish is borderline rustic. Delicious but not particularly Chambollesque. 87-90 points" Allen Meadows' Burghound------"The 2020 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes, from 60 to 80-year old vines, has a powerful bouquet with ebullient dark cherry, violet and cassis notes, a hint of melted chocolate in the background. The palate is well balanced, quite intense with sappy black cherry and boysenberry fruit vying for attention on the finish. You get the feeling this is holding something in reserve so give it 5-6 years in the cellar. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
WHITE 2020 Jean Collet & Fils - Chablis 75cl £135 per case of 12 Jean Collet & Fils
Chablis
2020 / / 75cl
£135 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"This is a representative blend over 15 hectares, largely from Valvent, Pargues and Fleys. Clear pale lemon colour. Not much nose as yet, juicy fruit style. But the minerals come out on the palate along with a little lemon juice. Certainly makes one salivate. Medium to long finish. Tasted: June 2021. 89-91 points." Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy
WHITE 2020 Jean Collet & Fils - Chablis Les Forets 1er cru 75cl £140 per case of 6 Jean Collet & Fils
Chablis Les Forets 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£140 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Made in cement eggs, plus 10% barrel. Fine mid lemon yellow. A particularly classy nose, with a certain depth of fruit lemon scented, very elegant yet with intensity and persistence. Perhaps the best aftertaste to date in this cellar. Tasted: June 2021. 92-94 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com
WHITE 2020 Jean Collet & Fils - Chablis Montée de Tonnere 1er cru 75cl £130 per case of 6 Jean Collet & Fils
Chablis Montée de Tonnere 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£130 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesA blend of Chapelots and the central triangle of Montée de Tonnerre. Some coconut here, some rich ripe bacon with yellow fruit too. One of the more powerful wines, all vinified in wood (though quite harmonious) then racked after malolactic, with the part in newer wood going into tank and the older wood to newer barrels. Tasted: June 2021. 90-93 points." Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy
WHITE 2020 Jean Collet & Fils - Chablis Vaillons 1er cru 75cl £120 per case of 6 Jean Collet & Fils
Chablis Vaillons 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£120 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"A Vaillons blend covering Epinottes, Chatains, Sur les Vaillons, Minots and Roncières. This is partially vinified in young wood then aged for one third each in barrel, foudre and stainless steel after the malolactic. Pale lemon colour. A hint of the vegetal. Clean clear and fresh on the palate, with a fair weight of flesh through the middle. Persistent again. Tasted: June 2021. 89-92 points. " Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy
WHITE 2020 Jean Pascal at Fils - Auxey Duresses Blanc 75cl £230 per case of 12 Jean Pascal at Fils
Auxey Duresses Blanc
2020 / / 75cl
£230 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesWow, intense orchard and stone fruits on the nose balanced by pronounced new oak aromas, giving an impression of classic white burgundy. A very complete wine, delivers a huge amount of flavour and structure, great value. RKL------"Pure, piercing citrus toned down by a stony impression. But it’s the fruit that fills the palate. Generous, creamy, mealy and giving so much pleasure already. Bone dry, of course, but creamy and long. 13%. Drink 2023 – 2030. 16.5 points" jancisrobinson.com (JH)
WHITE 2020 Jean Pascal at Fils - Bourgogne Cote d'Or Chardonnay 75cl £150 per case of 12 Jean Pascal at Fils
Bourgogne Cote d'Or Chardonnay
2020 / / 75cl
£150 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesLess expressive than the 2019, more linear, more elegant, with exceptional purity of aroma and fruit on the palate. Pear and citrus on the nose, with a saline finish and that familiar lemon pith note which you often find here at Jean Pascal. RKL
WHITE 2020 Jean Pascal at Fils - Puligny Montrachet Les Enseignères 75cl £195 per case of 6 Jean Pascal at Fils
Puligny Montrachet Les Enseignères
2020 / / 75cl
£195 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesMore elegant than the 2019, more delicacy and fine floral aromas. The fruit aromas are slightly muted for now, but this is a good sign, suggesting lots of development to come. Wonderful tension, mineral character and energy. Will flesh-out beautifully in bottle and age well for a decade or so. RKL
WHITE 2020 Jean Pascal at Fils - Puligny Montrachet Les Folatières 1er cru 75cl £270 per case of 6 Jean Pascal at Fils
Puligny Montrachet Les Folatières 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£270 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesIn previous vintages this has been quite closed on tasting from cask, but the 2020 is delightfully open, showing complex, layered floral, hazelnut and acacia aromas. There is plenty of ripe, concentrated fruit, but the wine gives an impression of weightlessness. The star wine of the domaine this year. RKL
RED 2020 Jeannin-Naltet - Mercurey Clos des Grands Voyens 1er cru 75cl £250 per case of 12 Jeannin-Naltet
Mercurey Clos des Grands Voyens 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£250 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesA beautiful walled vineyard site. All 5 ha are owned by Jeannin-Naltet, making this a 'monopole'. Planted at a very high density, 10,000 vines per hectare. 25-30% new oak. Like many producers, Benoit used less pigeage and remuage than in previous vintages. Quite closed on the nose at first, but showing dark cherry and bilberry on the nose and palate, with firm tannins and a tremendous finish. A more refined expression than in 2019 and 2018. RKL
RED 2020 Jeannin-Naltet - Mercurey Clos des Grands Voyens 1er cru Magnum £265 per case of 6 Jeannin-Naltet
Mercurey Clos des Grands Voyens 1er cru
2020 / / Magnum
£265 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesA beautiful walled vineyard site. All 5 ha are owned by Jeannin-Naltet, making this a 'monopole'. Planted at a very high density, 10,000 vines per hectare. 25-30% new oak. Like many producers, Benoit used less pigeage and remuage than in previous vintages. Quite closed on the nose at first, but showing dark cherry and bilberry on the nose and palate, with firm tannins and a tremendous finish. A more refined expression than in 2019 and 2018. RKL
RED 2020 Jeannin-Naltet - Mercurey Les Naugues 1er cru 75cl £265 per case of 12 Jeannin-Naltet
Mercurey Les Naugues 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£265 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesLes Naugues (pronounce, rather disconcertingly, with a hard 'g') is a 1 ha south-facing site, with 46 year-old vines, on limestone-marl. The aspect means that the grapes here ripen early. Aged 100% in oak barrels, of which 30% are new. Deep, spciy and multi-layered on the nose, great intensity of aroma, richly textured, dark fruit but with some notes of redcurrant adding maintaining the freshness. Grand Voyens is usually the more immediate wine, but it in 2020 Les Naugues gives it a run for its money and will ultimately have more complexity. RKL
RED 2020 Joseph Voillot - Beaune Les Coucherias 1er cru 75cl £250 per case of 6 Joseph Voillot
Beaune Les Coucherias 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£250 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Beaune Aux Coucherias 1er Cru has a pure, quite perfumed bouquet with red cherries and crushed strawberry fruit. The one-third new oak is nicely integrated here. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, dark berry fruit with hints of black olive and balsamic, moderate length, though perhaps a little rustic. 87-89 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"An overtly spicy and moderately cool yet ripe nose freely reveals its aromas of red currant, raspberry, violet and a hint of just turned earth. There is evident minerality suffusing the generously proportioned medium weight flavors that tighten up on the lingering finale. This is very Beaune and a wine that should drink well young but also with up to a decade of aging. 90 points." Burghound.com
RED 2020 Joseph Voillot - Pommard Les Epenots 1er Cru 75cl £440 per case of 6 Joseph Voillot
Pommard Les Epenots 1er Cru
2020 / / 75cl
£440 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Pommard les Epenots 1er Cru, which has no new oak, has a ripe, expressive nose with red cherries, crushed strawberry and a touch of incense. Fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy, silky opening - almost Volnay-like in style. Entrancing purity here with candied orange peel on the sweet and generous finish. This will be difficult to resist in its youth. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2020 3 cases Joseph Voillot - Pommard Les Rugiens 1er Cru 75cl £440 per case of 6 Joseph Voillot
Pommard Les Rugiens 1er Cru
2020 / 3 cases / 75cl
£440 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Pommard Les Rugiens 1er Cru, matured with 25% new oak, has a tightly-wound bouquet with black cherries, raspberry coulis, undergrowth and quite a strong saline influence. The palate is medium-bodied with a concentrated opening, a mixture of red and black fruit, fine acidity with a lilting, very cohesive finish and peppery aftertaste. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2020 Joseph Voillot - Volnay Les Champans 1er Cru 75cl £320 per case of 6 Joseph Voillot
Volnay Les Champans 1er Cru
2020 / / 75cl
£320 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Cask sample. Mid cherry. Peppery dark-red fruit. Marked acidity, just enough flesh to balance. A tight, energetic and sinewy wine that becomes more and more scented in the glass. This builds to a real beauty of balance, it is tight, fine-boned, delicious and not to be rushed. 13.5%. Drink 2027 – 2042. 18 points" jancisrobinson.com (JH)------"The 2020 Volnay Les Champans 1er Cru, matured in 20% new oak, has an expressive and quite open, floral bouquet with red cherries, undergrowth, crushed strawberry and a touch of black tea. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity, harmonious and poised with good substance towards the finish. This is very refined and classy. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2020 Louis Jadot - Beaune Boucherottes 1er cru 75cl £180 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Beaune Boucherottes 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£180 per case of 6
IB
RED 2020 Louis Jadot - Beaune Clos des Ursules 1er cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) 75cl £285 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Beaune Clos des Ursules 1er cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot)
2020 / / 75cl
£285 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Beaune Clos des Ursules 1er Cru has a very dense and quite intense bouquet, a melange of red and black fruit, tobacco and a touch of graphite. An underlying marine element becomes more prominent with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, fresh and vibrant but with quite a sturdy backbone and certainly the spiciest on the finish of the six Beaune Premier Crus from Jadot. Long term potential here. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"The most reserved of these Beaune cuvées is the 2020 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot), a medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated wine evocative of orange rind, red berries, plums, warm spices and peonies. Lively and structured, it will require and reward patience. 92-94+ points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com------"Solid deep crimson purple. Magnificent deep rich imperial purple and feels much the same way on the nose. The fruit profile is a fraction darker than the estimable Boucherottes and perhaps with even more intensity, less heart on the sleeve, more wait for me in twenty years’ time. Tasted: November 2021. 5 STAR WINE. 92-94 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com
RED 2020 Louis Jadot - Beaune Theurons 1er cru (Domaine Gagey) 75cl £180 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Beaune Theurons 1er cru (Domaine Gagey)
2020 / / 75cl
£180 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Beaune Les Theurons 1er Cru has a much more introverted bouquet compared to the Grèves, with an attractive marine element, hints of kelp and shucked oyster shell percolating through the red fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine line of acidity, lightly spiced with a detailed and quite peppery finish. Excellent. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2020 Louis Jadot - Bonnes Mares grand cru 75cl £975 per case of 3 Louis Jadot
Bonnes Mares grand cru
2020 / / 75cl
£975 per case of 3
IB
Tasting Notes"Brisk deep purple, this is a solid multi-textured wine with depth of flavour and a certain darkness to it but it remains superbly balanced, tannins and acidity present but behaving, and with a fine long aftertaste. Dark raspberry, mulberry without the over richness, dark plums too. Tasted: November 2021. 94-96 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com------"A wine with huge potential is the 2020 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru (Domaine Louis Jadot). Unwinding in the glass with notes of raspberries, red cherries, vanilla pod, exotic spices and raw cocoa, it's full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, with an immensely concentrated core, powdery tannins and a tightly wound profile. This will be among the slowest to evolve of all the wines in the cellar, and also among the most long-lived. 94-96+ points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com------"The 2020 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru is very pure and harmonious on the nose with plush black cherry and cassis fruit, well-integrated oak and a floral aspect that becomes more prominent with time. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, taut and fresh, lightly spiced with quite a vivacious, mineral-driven finish that retains superb definition. This is very impressive and bloomin’ delicious (already!) 96-98 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2020 Louis Jadot - Charmes Chambertin grand cru 75cl £1,150 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Charmes Chambertin grand cru
2020 / / 75cl
£1,150 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a very seductive, quintessential nose with plush blueberry and black cherry fruit, well defined, sumptuous in style. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, fine acidity, dense and grippy with an almost Mazis-like structure on the finish. Excellent, but it will require time in bottle. 94-96 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
WHITE 2020 Louis Jadot - Chassagne Montrachet Abbaye de Morgeot 1er cru (Domaine) 75cl £325 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Chassagne Montrachet Abbaye de Morgeot 1er cru (Domaine)
2020 / / 75cl
£325 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Chassagne-Montrachet Abbaye de Morgeot 1er Cru has a very harmonious bouquet, fine mineralité and tension, focused and displaying impressive energy. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity quite complex and poised with just the right amount of bitterness on the finish to urge you back. Very fine. This should age with style. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"Fullish, yellowish colour, while the bouquet shows a fair amount of oak. The full weight of Morgeot is lurking. It all works though. If you want a white Burgundy with significant volume of flesh without forcing the ripeness too far, this will do the job. Just the right balance here. Tasted: November 2021 91-94 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com------"One of the standouts of the range is the 2020 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Abbaye de Morgeot (Domaine Louis Jadot), a medium to full-bodied, layered and seamless wine evocative of pear, orange oil and pastry cream. Bright and chalky, it's beautifully balanced and built to age. 92-94 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com
WHITE 2020 Louis Jadot - Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle 1er cru 75cl £325 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£325 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The swan song for this cuvée is the 2020 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle (Duc de Magenta), a muscular, concentrated wine that exhibits aromas of orange oil, peach, buttery pastry and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and textural, with a fleshy core of ripe fruit and bright balancing acids, it offers a classic expression of Morgeot in all its exuberance. 91-93 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com------"The 2020 Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle 1er Cru has a taut, fresh, vibrant bouquet with yellow flowers intermixed with light citrus scents, gravel and jasmine. The palate is smooth and harmonious, tangerine and nectarine on the entry, moderate weight with a slightly pithy finish. I am intrigued to see how this will develop. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"The last vintage of this wine chez Jadot as the vineyard has been sold. Medium yellow in colour. There is a little less overt power and perhaps a touch more terroir in this wine. Then the full weight kicks in, nicely married with its wood, and a sense of managed opulence behind infiltrated by good acidity. Tasted: November 2021. 92-94 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com
RED 2020 Louis Jadot - Clos St Denis grand cru 75cl £1,480 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Clos St Denis grand cru
2020 / / 75cl
£1,480 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes(Domaine) "The 2020 Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru possesses one of the finest aromatics from Jadot this year with pixelated red bery fruit and perfectly integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, mainly red fruit laced with tobacco, mocha and white pepper, gentle grip on the finish and a persistent aftertaste. Superb. 95-97 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2020 Louis Jadot - Clos Vougeot grand cru 75cl £570 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Clos Vougeot grand cru
2020 / / 75cl
£570 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru is deep in colour. It comes across a little oaky on the nose at the moment, a bit impenetrable. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannins, ripe and fleshy, quite sweet on the finish, but maybe missing the noblesse of its peers at the moment. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
WHITE 2020 Louis Jadot - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) 75cl £925 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot)
2020 / / 75cl
£925 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru has a lifted, liquorice-tinged bouquet that opens beautifully in the glass (and has not problem following on from Jadot’s Montrachet!) The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity that cuts through the crisp citrus fruit laced with orange pith, stem ginger and white pepper. There is real cohesion and persistence on the finish - just an excellent Corton-Charlemagne. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"The 2020 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) is broad and muscular, unfurling in the glass with aromas of lime cordial, orange zest, white flowers and pastry cream. Full-bodied, rich and textural, it's a thick, fleshy wine with terrific concentration and tangy balancing acids. 93-95+ points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com------"Pale lemon yellow. The bouquet is quite quiet though with promise. This is classic on the palate, rippling stones dusted lightly in lemon. The oak in support is well judged. Perfect acidity to finish – it is there but ripe not trenchant. Fine and quite nuanced finish with some floral notes. Tasted: November 2021. 93-96 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com
WHITE 2020 Louis Jadot - Meursault Les Charmes 1er cru 75cl £340 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Meursault Les Charmes 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£340 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Meursault 1er Cru Charmes (Domaine Louis Jadot) exhibits aromas of popcorn, green apple, pear and orange oil. Medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, it's a rich, open-knit rendition of this site, derived from the holdings of the erstwhile Domaine Prieur-Brunet. 89-91 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com------"The 2020 Meursault Les Charmes 1er Cru was showing a bit of reduction on the nose that made it difficult to read. The palate more expressive with a fine bead of acidity, lightly spiced citrus fruit laced with dessicated orange peel and stem ginger, the finish quite spicy and satisfying. Give this 4-5 years in bottle. 90-92 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"A slightly fuller yellow, plumper, some vanilla, offering the expected Charmes amplitude, rounded, with pear and peach notes, not over exotic but a full mouthful nonetheless. Tasted: November 2021. 91-93 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com
WHITE 2020 Louis Jadot - Meursault Narvaux 75cl £235 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Meursault Narvaux
2020 / / 75cl
£235 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Meursault Narvaux has a fragrant bouquet with white peach, Granny Smith apples, a touch of grilled walnut and smoke, quite complex and involving. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, fresh and quite tensile, maybe just missing some complexity that the aromatics augured on the finish 88-90 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"The 2020 Meursault Narvaux (Domaine Louis Jadot) is excellent, offering up aromas of pear, orange oil, freshly baked bread and almonds. Medium to full-bodied, layered and textural, it's rich and concentrated, with racy acids and a long, saline finish. This is a cuvée that goes from strength to strength. 89-91+ points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com
RED 2020 Louis Jadot - Nuits St Georges Les Boudots 1er Cru 75cl £370 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Nuits St Georges Les Boudots 1er Cru
2020 / / 75cl
£370 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Boudots 1er Cru has a conspicuous fish scale scent on the nose that complements the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, sappy red fruit, lightly spiced with a sinewy finish that just about manages to retain an essence of finesse. This could evolve nicely in bottle. 90-92 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"Notes of rich berry fruit, blood orange, rose petals and spices introduce the 2020 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots (Domaine Gagey), a medium to full-bodied, velvety and ample wine that's layered and lively, with bright acids and a saline finish. This is promising. 91-93 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com
WHITE 2020 Louis Jadot - Pernand Vergelesses Clos de la Croix de Pierre 75cl £270 per case of 12 Louis Jadot
Pernand Vergelesses Clos de la Croix de Pierre
2020 / / 75cl
£270 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Pernand-Vergelesses Clos de la Croix de Pierre shows a little more reduction than the Combottes, nicely focused, notes of Nashi pear and citrus peel, a touch of cold stone. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, quite taut and tightening up towards the finish where it needs a little more flesh. Maybe that will develop during the remainder of it élevage? 87-89 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"Pale to mid yellow. This time there are some floral notes to the bouquet, good acidity, a little more oak, lightly buttery, but a lovely balance with some intensity on the mineral side. Tasted: November 2021 89-91 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com------"The 2020 Pernand-Vergelesses Clos de la Croix de Pierre Blanc (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) is especially good this year, wafting from the glass with notes of waxy citrus rind, crisp orchard fruit, pastry cream and smoke. Medium to full-bodied, bright and precise, with tangy acids and a pretty core of fruit, it's beautifully balanced. 91 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com
WHITE 2020 Louis Jadot - Puligny Montrachet Les Referts 1er Cru 75cl £330 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Puligny Montrachet Les Referts 1er Cru
2020 / / 75cl
£330 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts 1er Cru showed just a touch of reduction on the nose, although there is clearly some wonderful vibrant fruit here. The palate is well balanced, quite refined in style, one of Jadot’s more understated white ‘20s with (again) some new oak to be subsumed on the finish. Very fine. 90-92 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"This is very substantial on the nose. The oak is quite prominent too, at least in this sample. There is significant weight on the palate too, but in a sumptuous rather than heavy style. Fills out the back too with light acidity as well. Tasted: November 2021 91-94 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com------"The last vintage for a site that's due for replanting, the 2020 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts (Domaine Louis Jadot) wafts from the glass with aromas of freshly baked bread, buttered popcorn, citrus zest and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, taut and concentrated, it's chiseled and mineral, with tangy acids and a chalky finish. 92-94 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com
RED 2020 Louis Jadot - Volnay Clos de la Barre 1er Cru 75cl £275 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Volnay Clos de la Barre 1er Cru
2020 / / 75cl
£275 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Barre Monopole (Maison Louis Jadot) opens in the glass with notes of sweet red berries, orange rind, peonies, cinnamon and cloves. Medium to full-bodied, it's more introverted and tightly wound than the seductive Les Mitans. 89-91+ points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com------"The 2020 Volnay Clos de la Barre 1er Cru has a well-defined and quite precise bouquet, perhaps more so compared to the Mitans and the Santenots. The palate is medium-bodied with silky tannins, a fine bead of acidity, vibrant and fresh with a slightly candied finish. There is something very seductive and more-ish about this Volnay - excellent. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"Medium to deep purple, beautifully ripe, so much going on, plump lush raspberry but never losing its thread, more character in this warmer vintage rather than drying it. This is a very good Clos de la Barre, as good as I can remember. Tasted: November 2021. 92-94 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com
WHITE 2020 Michelot - Bourgogne Cote d'Or Chardonnay 75cl £195 per case of 12 Michelot
Bourgogne Cote d'Or Chardonnay
2020 / / 75cl
£195 per case of 12
IB
RED 2020 Rossignol-Trapet - Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 75cl £225 per case of 6 Rossignol-Trapet
Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
2020 / / 75cl
£225 per case of 6
IB
RED 2020 Taupenot Merme - Chambolle Musigny 75cl £260 per case of 6 Taupenot Merme
Chambolle Musigny
2020 / / 75cl
£260 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Bright purple with a ripe, cherry-laden nose. Sweet bright fruit, roses and cherries, actually very attractive and well balanced at the finish, with clean, resolved tannins and enough acidity. Tasted: December 2021 89-91 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com------"The 2020 Chambolle-Musigny Village, matured in around 25% new oak, has quite a perfumed bouquet with red cherries and rose petal scents, quite airy and nicely focused. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, slightly creamy in texture, gaining weight towards the finish that feels quite caressing. 89-91 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"This also offers a noticeable step up in elegance with its pretty mix of red currant, plum, dark cherry and pretty spice wisps. I very much like the texture of the middle weight flavors that possess both good density and minerality that become more apparent as the lingering and youthfully austere finish sits on the palate. Lovely and very Chambollesque. 89-91 points. Outstanding." Burghound
RED 2020 Taupenot Merme - Charmes Chambertin grand cru 75cl £1,020 per case of 6 Taupenot Merme
Charmes Chambertin grand cru
2020 / / 75cl
£1,020 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Touches of wood and menthol can be found on the ripe aromas of black cherry, raspberry and the sauvage. The supple, seductive and very suave larger-scaled flavors possess really lovely intensity that carries over to the dusty, palate coating, powerful and mildly warm finale. This too is definitely built-to-age. 91-94 points" points" Allen Meadows' Burghound------"Rich, exuberant purple. A cheerful nose, flamboyantly perfumed which is as Charmes should be. I very much like the balance of this, which is all in red fruit, succulent strawberry and raspberry, good acidity, no feeling of excess heat. 14.1% but holds it without difficulty. Tasted: December 2021. 93-95 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com------"The 2020 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru was very closed on the nose despite encouragement. This feels very introverted. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fine acidity, more expressive here in the mouth than on the nose with black pepper, bay leaf and clove towards the finish. Give this a few years in bottle and wait for the aromatics to blossom. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2020 Taupenot Merme - Gevrey Chambertin 75cl £250 per case of 6 Taupenot Merme
Gevrey Chambertin
2020 / / 75cl
£250 per case of 6
IB
RED 2020 Taupenot Merme - Morey St Denis La Riotte 1er cru 75cl £480 per case of 6 Taupenot Merme
Morey St Denis La Riotte 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£480 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Dark purple, the bouquet is not the freshest and there’s a touch of oak. Quite a volume of fruit with a slightly dry finish despite the indisputable volume of dark fruit, which comes back behind. Not the freshest sample perhaps because I think this is potentially a really good wine. 14.5% alcohol Tasted: December 2021. 90-93 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com------"Touches of wood and menthol are present on the nose of black pinot fruit, spice, violet and warm earth where the latter element is picked up by the delicious middle weight flavors that are suave and mouth coating before concluding in a raspy but not really rustic finale that also delivers fine depth and persistence. There is a touch of warmth but overall, this too should repay a decade plus of keeping. Outstanding. 90-93 points" Allen Meadows' Burghound------"The 2020 Morey-Saint-Denis La Riotte 1er Cru is expressive on the nose with dark berry fruit, sous-bois, just a touch of tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet entry, ripe red cherry mixed with allspice and white pepper, segueing into a quite a concentrated finish with a long spicy after that might deceive you into think there are stems here. One of my picks from Taupenot-Merme this year. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2020 Taupenot Merme - Morey St Denis La Riotte 1er cru Magnum £495 per case of 3 Taupenot Merme
Morey St Denis La Riotte 1er cru
2020 / / Magnum
£495 per case of 3
IB
Tasting Notes"Dark purple, the bouquet is not the freshest and there’s a touch of oak. Quite a volume of fruit with a slightly dry finish despite the indisputable volume of dark fruit, which comes back behind. Not the freshest sample perhaps because I think this is potentially a really good wine. 14.5% alcohol Tasted: December 2021. 90-93 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com------"Touches of wood and menthol are present on the nose of black pinot fruit, spice, violet and warm earth where the latter element is picked up by the delicious middle weight flavors that are suave and mouth coating before concluding in a raspy but not really rustic finale that also delivers fine depth and persistence. There is a touch of warmth but overall, this too should repay a decade plus of keeping. Outstanding. 90-93 points" Allen Meadows' Burghound------"The 2020 Morey-Saint-Denis La Riotte 1er Cru is expressive on the nose with dark berry fruit, sous-bois, just a touch of tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet entry, ripe red cherry mixed with allspice and white pepper, segueing into a quite a concentrated finish with a long spicy after that might deceive you into think there are stems here. One of my picks from Taupenot-Merme this year. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2020 Taupenot Merme - Nuits St Georges Les Pruliers 1er cru 75cl £450 per case of 6 Taupenot Merme
Nuits St Georges Les Pruliers 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£450 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Cask sample. Deep cherry; rich, dense nose of cherries, mulberries and blueberries; round and full. Elegant and suave. Fine tannins. 17 points" jancisrobinson.com (MH)------"Once again there is very good ripeness to the notes of poached plum, dark berry liqueur and more prominent earth and game wisps. There is very good volume to the dense, delicious and palate soaking big-bodied flavors that deliver very fine length on the robust, powerful, rustic and built-to-age finale. Patience. Outstanding. 91-93 points" Allen Meadows' Burghound------"Black centre, peaches and dark plums on the nose, wealthy and ripe, luxurious in style, a little too much for me but it is not unbalanced for those who like the riper style. Is showing a little on the massive side today. Under 14% though. Romain had some holes dug and found a surprising depth of clay on top of the mother rock, thus holding the water supply well. Tasted: December 2021. 91-94 points" Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com------"The 2020 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Pruliers 1er Cru was only slightly touched by the hail in early August. Lucky escape. The bouquet has a well-defined bouquet with dark berry fruit, white pepper and just a hint of menthol in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, quite minty towards the open and quite feisty finish. Good persistence here. Very fine. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2020 Tortochot - Charmes Chambertin grand cru 75cl £650 per case of 6 Tortochot
Charmes Chambertin grand cru
2020 / / 75cl
£650 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesLots of complex, delicate and refined aromas of herbs, flowers and earth on the nose, contrasting with the palate which fans out and shows real depth. Mme Tortochot says this is a very elegant Charmes and it's hard not to agree. Excellent length on the finish. RKL
RED 2020 Tortochot - Clos de Vougeot grand cru 75cl £780 per case of 6 Tortochot
Clos de Vougeot grand cru
2020 / / 75cl
£780 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesTortochot own just seven rows of 80-year-old vines in Clos de Vougeot, running from the road to around two thirds of the way up the Clos. Restrained on the nose, taut but with great density on the palate. Mme Tortochot says this needs 20 years to come around and I can believe it would be superb then...but personally I would enjoy it much sooner! RKL
RED 2020 Tortochot - Gevrey Chambertin Lavaux St Jacques 1er cru 75cl £340 per case of 6 Tortochot
Gevrey Chambertin Lavaux St Jacques 1er cru
2020 / / 75cl
£340 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesThe Lavaux St Jacques premier cru is one of the best sites in Gevrey, sitting in a small valley (the Combe de Lavaux). Benefiting from a south-facing exposure, it is nevertheless cooler than the famous Clos St Jacques, due to cool winds which funnel down the valley. Tortochot's 0.64 ha parcel produces their finest Gevrey wines (aside from the grands crus). The 2020 has an intense nose displaying mineral and chalky aromas, some reduction (animal aromas) and an intense, assertive and austere palate, with firm but wonderfully polished tannins. Refined and will be very long-lived. RKL------"Cask sample. Elegant, classy wine with fine structure, good acid and tannin framework. Not over-sweet but all the better for that. Will age very nicely. Drink 2024 – 2034. 17.5 points" jancisrobinson.com (AWH)
RED 2020 Tortochot - Gevrey Chambertin Les Corvées 75cl £195 per case of 6 Tortochot
Gevrey Chambertin Les Corvées
2020 / / 75cl
£195 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesLes Corvees' is an 0.86 ha lieu-dit vineyard is at the end of the 'combe' (valley) formed by the slopes of Gevrey, with 50-year-old vines. Chantal has used just 10% new oak in her village wines. Some wild, animal, reductive aromas, generous and intense red and dark fruits, supple tannins, lively acidity and minerality on the finish, so easy and enjoyable even from cask. RKL
RED 2020 Tortochot - Mazis Chambertin grand cru 75cl £995 per case of 6 Tortochot
Mazis Chambertin grand cru
2020 / / 75cl
£995 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesPLEASE REQUEST ALLOCATION------A great contrast to the Charmes, this is much more intense on the nose, powerful and plush on the palate. Lots of dark fruits but with layers of coffee and earth too. Richly-textured, vibrant and with a saline character on the finish which gives vibrancy and freshness, despite all that power. RKL------"Cask sample. Fine, great balance here between the ripe fruit characters, fine tannin and excellent acidity. Doesn't suffer from any excessive over-sweetness but balances the ripeness of the vintage with freshness and concentration. Will age very well. Drink 2023 – 2040. 17.5++ points" jancisrobinson.com (AWH)

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