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Burgundy En-Primeur 2018

 

 The 2018 vintage in Burgundy was marked by very warm weather during the growing season, an early harvest and high yields. Work in the vineyards was crucial, as were picking dates. Decisions made in the cellars concerning the inclusion of stems and oak regimes also played their part. The result of all this hard work is an array of high quality wines, both red and white which deserve a place in any Burgundy lover’s cellar.

 

The Growing Season
Before addressing the quality and style of the 2018 Burgundies we have to deal with the two dominant features of the vintage: a very hot growing season and an increase in the volume of wine produced. Summer temperatures rose to over 40 degrees, bringing inevitable comparisons with the 2003 vintage, but closer investigation shows that there were crucial differences between these years. While 2003 was a relatively low producing vintage, in 2018 the production of red wines in the Cote d’Or was up 16% from the average for the previous five years. Production of whites from the same region was up by a dramatic 28%.

Yields
The big difference between 2003 and 2018 from a vignerons perspective is when the rainfall occurred. The rain in 2003 fell mostly in the winter but 2018 was marked by a wet spring which continued until June, ensuring an adequate water supply in the soil, unlike the drought conditions of 2003. Harvesting began relatively early, with most domains starting in the last week of August. Picking dates vary between producers and not everyone got it exactly right. The run up to harvest was for the most part drama-free, with the exception of outbreaks of mildew in spring, which posed a particular challenge to organic viticulturists. A hailstorm which affected parts of Nuits St Georges in July was the only other minor blight on an overall healthy picture.

The Wines
The naturally high yields had the effect of retarding the ripening of Chardonnay, so the wines do not show excessive alcohols. Acidities are generally below average but there are plenty of wines which show a classically balanced profile and should have no problem ageing gracefully in the long term. Decisions on picking dates were crucial to the success or otherwise of the red wines but other factors also played a part, such as the inclusion of stems and in what proportion, as well as the type of oak used. Despite relatively high alcohol and low acidities, there are plenty of wines which display rich, sensuous (hedonistic?) characteristics although some verge on overripeness.

 

Terms and conditions
•Subject to remaining unsold
•All prices are per bottle in HK Dollars
•Offer valid until 31 March, 2020
•Minimum order of HK$1,500 or 6 bottles (can be mix)
•Shipping to Hong Kong is free of charge and ETA by end of January 2021
•Complimentary storage until 31 December 2022

*Denotes limited availability

 
     

Domaine Antoine Jobard
Antoine Jobard Bourgogne Blanc 2018, blanc
$185/Bottle
Antoine Jobard Meursault 2018. blanc
$360/Bottle
Antoine Jobard Meursault En La Barre 2018, blanc
$410/Bottle
Antoine Jobard Meursault Les Tillets 2018, blanc
$410/Bottle
Antoine Jobard St. Aubin 1er Cru Sentier de Clou 2018, blanc
$410/Bottle
Antoine Jobard Meursault 1er Cru Poruzot 2018, blanc
$620/Bottle
Antoine Jobard Meursault 1er Cru Charmes 2018, blanc*
$850/Bottle
Antoine Jobard Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres 2018, blanc*
$890/Bottle

 

Domaine Billaud Simon
Billaud Simon Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2018, blanc
$200/Bottle
Billaud Simon Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu 2018, blanc
$235/Bottle
Billaud Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montee Tonnerre 2018, blanc
$265/Bottle
Billaud Simon Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2018, blanc
$460/Bottle
Billaud Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2018, blanc*
$495/Bottle
Billaud Simon Chablis Grand Cru Blanchots Vieille Vigne 2018, blanc*
$560/Bottle

 

Domaine Caroline Morey
Caroline Morey Chassagne Montrachet Village 2018, rouge
$260/Bottle
Caroline Morey Santenay Les Cornieres Village 2018, rouge
$260/Bottle
Caroline Morey Beaune 1er Cru Greves Blanc 2018, blanc
$295/Bottle
Caroline Morey Chassagne Montrachet Village Chambrees Blanc 2018, white
$435/Bottle
Caroline Morey Beaune 1er Cru Greves 2018, rouge
$455/Bottle
Caroline Morey Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumees 2018, blanc*
$695/Bottle

 

Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon
Comtes Lafon Macon Milly Lamartine 2018, blanc
$135/Bottle  $280/Magnum
Comtes Lafon Macon Uchizy les Maranches 2018, blanc
$155/Bottle
Comtes Lafon Macon Milly Lamartine Clos du Four 2018, blanc
$175/Bottle
Comtes Lafon Vire Clesse 2018, blanc
$280/Bottle

 

Domaine d'Eugénie
Domaine d'Eugenie Vosne Romanee Village 2018, rouge
$495/Bottle
Domaine d'Eugenie Vosne Romanee Clos d'Eugenie 2018, rouge*
$950/Bottle
Domaine d'Eugenie Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Aux Brulees 2018, rouge*
$1,490/Bottle
Domaine d'Eugenie Clos Vougeot 2018, rouge
$2,390/Bottle
Domaine d'Eugenie Echezeaux Grand Cru 2018, rouge*
$2,490/Bottle

 

Domaine Faiveley
Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Combe Aux Moines 2018, rouge
$485/Bottle
Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Gain 2018, blanc
$485/Bottle
Domaine Faiveley Beaune 1er Cru Clos de l'Ecu 2018, rouge
$315/Bottle
Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2018, rouge
$645/Bottle
Domaine Faiveley Nuits St-Georges 1er Cru Les Porêts Saint-Georges 2018, rouge
$475/Bottle
Domaine Faiveley Nuits St-Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes 2018, rouge
$485/Bottle
Faiveley Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Aux Beaux Bruns 2018, rouge
$615/Bottle
Faiveley Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes 2018, rouge
$750/Bottle
Domaine Faiveley Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018, blanc
$1,290/Bottle
Domaine Faiveley Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru 2018, blanc*
$2,245/Bottle
Domaine Faiveley Corton Grand Cru Clos des Cortons 2018, rouge
$1,190/Bottle
Domaine Faiveley Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2018, rouge
$1,190/Bottle
Domaine Faiveley Echézeaux Grand Cru 2018, rouge*
$1,190/Bottle
Domaine Faiveley Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2018, rouge
$1,190/Bottle
Domaine Faiveley Latricières Chambertin Grand Cru 2018, rouge*
$1,290/Bottle
Domaine Faiveley Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru 2018, rouge*
$1,575/Bottle
Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru 2018*, rouge
$2,065/Bottle

 

Domaine de L'Arlot
Domaine de L'Arlot Cote de Nuits Clos du Chapeau 2018, rouge
$215/Bottle
Domaine de L'Arlot Nuits St. Georges La Gerbotte 2018, blanc
$310/Bottle
Domaine de L'Arlot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Mont des Oiseaux 2018, rouge
$425/Bottle
Domaine de L'Arlot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos des Forets St. Georges 2018, rouge
$585/Bottle
Domaine de L'Arlot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de L'Arlot 2018, rouge
$610/Bottle
Domaine de L'Arlot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de L'Arlot 2018, blanc
$610/Bottle
Domaine de L'Arlot Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Suchots 2018, rouge
$925/Bottle

 

Domaine Leflaive
Domaine Leflaive Auxey Duresses 2018, blanc
$325/Bottle
Domaine Leflaive Macon-Verze 2018, blanc
$250/Bottle
Domaine Leflaive Macon-Verze Les Chenes 2018, blanc
$280/Bottle
Domaine Leflaive Macon-Verze Les Monte 2018, blanc (Magnum)
$680/Magnum
Domaine Leflaive Pouilly Fuisse 2018, blanc
$325/Bottle
Domaine Leflaive Pouilly Fuisse La Chaneau 2018, blanc
$350/Bottle
Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc 2018, blanc*
$395/Bottle
Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 2018, blanc*
$765/Bottle
Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Le Clavoillon 2018, blanc*
$1,090/Bottle
Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres 2018, blanc*
$1,750/Bottle
Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles 2018. blanc*
$2,190/Bottle
Domaine Leflaive Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2018, blanc*
$4,500/Bottle
Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru 2018, blanc*
$5,750/Bottle

 

Domaine Henri Boillot
Henri Boillot Meursault 2018, blanc
$390/Bottle
Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet 2018, blanc
$420/Bottle
Henri Boillot Volnay 1er Cru Les Chevrets 2018, rouge
$595/Bottle
Henri Boillot Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets 2018, rouge
$595/Bottle
Henri Boillot Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres 2018*, blanc
$850/Bottle
Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles 2018*, blanc
$850/Bottle
Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet 1er Clos de la Mouchere 2018, blanc
$890/Bottle
Henri Boillot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2018*, rouge
$1,100/Bottle

 

Domaine de la Pousse d'Or
La Pousse d'Or Chambolle Musigny Village 2018, rouge
$495/Bottle
La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets 2018, rouge
$515/Bottle
La Pousse d'Or Pommard 1er Cru Les Jarollieres 2018, rouge
$550/Bottle
La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets 60 Ouvrees Cuvee Amphore 2018*, blanc
$695/Bottle
La Pousse d'Or Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes 2018*, rouge
$830/Bottle
La Pousse d'Or Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2018
$695/Bottle
La Pousse d'Or Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru 2018, rouge
$720/Bottle

 

Domaine Hubert Lamy
Hubert Lamy Bourgogne Les Chataigners 2018, blanc
$190/Bottle
Hubert Lamy Saint Aubin La Princee 2018, blanc
$240/Bottle
Hubert Lamy Chassagne Montrachet La Goujonne 2018, rouge
$290/Bottle
Hubert Lamy Chassagne Montrachet La Concis Du Champs 2018, blanc
$410/Bottle
Hubert Lamy Saint Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes 2018, blanc
$310/Bottle
Hubert Lamy Saint Aubin 1er Cru en Remilly 2018, blanc
$410/Bottle
Hubert Lamy Puligny Montrachet Les Tremblots 2018, blanc
$410/Bottle

 

Domaine Jacques Cacheux
Jacques Cacheux Vosne Romanee Les Genaivrieres 2018, rouge
$395/Bottle
Jacques Cacheux Vosne Romanee Les Chalandins 2018, rouge
$395/Bottle
Jacques Cacheux Vosne Romanee Aux Reas 2018, rouge
$395/Bottle
Jacques Cacheux Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Plantes 2018, rouge
$780/Bottle
Jacques Cacheux Vosne Romanee 1er Cru La Croix Rameau 2018, rouge
$1,190/Bottle
Jacques Cacheux Echezeaux Grand Cru 2018, rouge
$1,080/Bottle

 

Domaine Francois Lumpp
Francois Lumpp Givry Clos des Vignes Rondes 2018, blanc
$195/Bottle
Francois Lumpp Givry 1er Cru Crausot 2018, blanc
$250/Bottle
Francois Lumpp Givry 1er Cru La Brulee 2018, rouge
$240/Bottle
Francois Lumpp Givry 1er Cru Petit Marole 2018, rouge
$240/Bottle
Francois Lumpp Givry 1er Cru A Vigne Rouge 2018, rouge
$250/Bottle
Francois Lumpp Givry 1er Cru Clos du Cras Long 2018, rouge
$265/Bottle

 

Domaine Michel Niellon
Michel Niellon Bourgogne 2018, blanc
$165/Bottle
Michel Niellon Chassagne Montrachet 2018, blanc
$290/Bottle
Michel Niellon Chassagne Montrachet 1er Clos St. Jean 2018, rouge
$295/Bottle
Michel Niellon Chassagne Montrachet 1er Clos St. Jean 2018, blanc
$395/Bottle
Michel Niellon Chassagne Montrachet 1er Clos de la Maltroie 2018, blanc
$395/Bottle
Michel Niellon Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru 2018, blanc*
$2,690/Bottle

 

Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron
Jean-Jacques Confuron Cote de Nuits Village La Montagne 2018, blanc
$255/Bottle
Jean-Jacques Confuron Cote de Nuits Village La Montagne 2018, rouge
$255/Bottle
Jean-Jacques Confuron Cote de Nuits-Villages Les Vignottes 2018, rouge
$290/Bottle
Jean-Jacques Confuron Nuits St. Georges Les Fleurieres 2018, rouge
$360/Bottle
Jean-Jacques Confuron Chambolle Musigny 2018, rouge
$425/Bottle
Jean-Jacques Confuron Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Chaboeufs 2018, rouge
$695/Bottle
Jean-Jacques Confuron Vosne Romanee 1er Les Beaux Monts 2018, rouge
$860/Bottle
Jean-Jacques Confuron Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2018, rouge*
$1,190/Bottle
Jean-Jacques Confuron Romanee St. Vivant Grand Cru 2018, rouge*
$3,950/Bottle

 

Domaine Pierre Yves Colin Morey
Pierre Yves Colin Morey Pernand Vergelesses Village Les Combottes 2018, blanc
$295/Bottle
Pierre Yves Colin Morey Saint Aubin Village Le Banc 2018, blanc
$295/Bottle
Pierre Yves Colin Morey Santenay Vieilles Vignes Rouge 2018, rouge
$350/Bottle
Pierre Yves Colin Morey Saint Aubin 1er Cru les Champlots 2018, blanc
$460/Bottle
Pierre Yves Colin Morey Meursault Narvaux Village 2018, blanc
$620/Bottle
Pierre Yves Colin Morey Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Chenevottes 2018, blanc*
$890/Bottle

 

Domaine Antoine Jobard

 

Antoine Jobard Bourgogne Blanc 2018, blanc
$185/Bottle
The 2018 Bourgogne Blanc has a pretty orange blossom and lime bouquet that seems well defined. The palate is nicely balanced with good acidity.

 

 

Antoine Jobard Meursault 2018. blanc
$360/Bottle
Vin 90-92... The 2018 Meursault Village comes from three parcels: Sous La Velle, Les Corbins and Les Chaumes. It has an elegant bouquet of fresh white peaches, citrus lemon and light wet limestone aromas, reminiscent of a Jean-Marc Roulot. There is a light tangy orange peel note on the entry of this well-balanced, quite deep wine. The persistent ginger-tinged finish fans out gently in a satisfying manner. Excellent.

 

 

Antoine Jobard Meursault En La Barre 2018, blanc
$410/Bottle
Vin 90-92... The 2018 Meursault En La Barre comes from a 1.3-hectare parcel. It has a complex bouquet of orange peel, Granny Smith apples, wet limestone and just a hint of Thai fish oil in the background, indicating the concentration of the growing season. The palate is well balanced with a fine thread of acidity, a hint of sour lemon lending tension, and good weight and intensity on the finish. Impressive focus here. A Meursault that should age with style.

 

 

Antoine Jobard Meursault Les Tillets 2018, blanc
$410/Bottle
Vin 91-93... The 2018 Meursault Les Tillets comes from 0.66 hectares of vine. It is tighter and more backward on the nose compared to the En La Barre, and slightly earthier in style, with flinty, chalky notes reluctantly unfolding. The well-balanced palate delivers good concentration on the entry and notes of orange zest, white peaches and a healthy dash of lemongrass. Great tension and wonderful spiciness surface on a finish that is more outgoing than the aromatics at the moment. Excellent.

 

 

Antoine Jobard St. Aubin 1er Cru Sentier de Clou 2018, blanc
$410/Bottle
Vin 89-91... The 2018 Saint-Aubin Sur Le Sentier du Clou 1er Cru offers apple blossom, gunflint and light nectarine aromas on a nose that requires a little encouragement from the glass. The palate is well defined, with good tension on the entry, and quite weighty in the mouth, displaying notes of ginger, shaved almond, orange peel and a hint of menthol on the persistent finish. Very fine. Drink over the next decade.

 

 

Antoine Jobard Meursault 1er Cru Poruzot 2018, blanc
$620/Bottle
Vin 92-94... The 2018 Meursault Poruzots 1er Cru comes courtesy of 0.79 hectares of vine planted between 1972 and 1994. It is well defined on the nose, offering scents of hazelnut and grilled walnut, hints of orange blossom and a very faint menthol notes. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, a judicious tang of ginger that lends tension, and impressive depth toward the finish, which lingers in the mouth. Superb.

 

 

Antoine Jobard Meursault 1er Cru Charmes 2018, blanc*
$850/Bottle
Vin 92-94... The 2018 Meursault Charmes 1er Cru conveys more discipline on the nose compared to the Genevrières, offering walnut and light nutmeg notes, a hint of lanolin in the background and later a discreet petrolly note. The palate possesses the taut line of acidity necessary to counterbalance the intensity and richness of this Charmes. It feels long and generous toward the finish, where hints of stem ginger and grilled almonds linger on the aftertaste. This should offer 12–15 years of drinking pleasure, possibly more.

 

 

Antoine Jobard Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres 2018, blanc*
$890/Bottle
Vin 89-91... The 2018 Meursault Genevrières 1er Cru comes from a single 0.50-hectare parcel of vines. This has a very feisty bouquet, quite feral compared to its peers, showing just a touch of warmth compared to the more refined Poruzots. The palate is more "controlled" but still quite rich and maybe overly generous at the expense of tension and nervosité, especially on the finish.

 

 

Domaine Billaud Simon

 

Billaud Simon Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2018, blanc
$200/Bottle
Burg 89-91... A more elegant and airier nose speaks of mineral reduction, citrus zest, spice and plenty of white pepper and floral nuances. There is actually a bit less volume to the more finely detailed middle weight flavors that deliver fine length on the precise and chiseled finale.

 

 

Billaud Simon Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu 2018, blanc
$235/Bottle
Burg 90-93... There is a top note of matchstick character to the moderately exotic nose that includes whiffs of white peach and orange peel. The mouth feel of the medium-bodied flavors is also quite supple and round though there is ample punch and minerality to the well-detailed and youthfully austere finale.

 

 

Billaud Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montee Tonnerre 2018, blanc
$265/Bottle
Burg 90-93... Along with the Blanchots, this is the most floral-suffused wine in the range with its aromas of white peach and discreet Chablis elements that are trimmed in just enough wood to comment upon. The succulent but impressively intense middle weight flavors are somewhat less generous but even finer while exhibiting very fine length on the bone dry finale.

 

 

Billaud Simon Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2018, blanc
$460/Bottle
Burg 91-93... A cool, pure and retained nose is wonderfully elegant with its aromas of white fruit compote, lemon zest, spice and a whiff of sea breeze. The supple and refined flavors are on the lighter side though this is not to say dilute while delivering fine length on the racy and attractively dry finale.

 

 

Billaud Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2018, blanc*
$495/Bottle
Burg 92-94... The nose is difficult to read as it's still showing secondary fermentation aromas. Otherwise there is once again excellent size, weight and richness to the equally powerful yet finer big-bodied flavors that exude plenty of minerality on the citrus, dry and linear finish.

 

 

Billaud Simon Chablis Grand Cru Blanchots Vieille Vigne 2018, blanc*
$560/Bottle
Burg 91-94... This too is ultra-floral with its exceptionally pretty array of petrol, sea breeze and tidal pool whiffs. The delicious, voluminous and energetic medium weight flavors possess a highly beguiling texture that contrasts somewhat with the bold, robust and powerful finish.

 

 

Domaine Caroline Morey

 

Caroline Morey Chassagne Montrachet Village 2018, rouge
$260/Bottle
A pungent nose is comprised by notes of moderate reduction and wood. There is a bit more volume and richness, all wrapped in a moderately firm and rustic finish where a trace of dryness emerges.

 

 

Caroline Morey Santenay Les Cornieres Village 2018, rouge
$260/Bottle
A subtle application of wood frames notes of citrus, matchstick and pear. The racy and intense middle weight flavors possess excellent punch and a lovely minerality while delivering fine length on the clean and dry if not especially complex finish. This should be approachable young but also repay 4 to 7 years of cellaring.

 

 

Caroline Morey Beaune 1er Cru Greves Blanc 2018, blanc
$295/Bottle
A more elegant nose features notes of various white orchard fruit, lemon peel and a floral suggestion. The rich and round but decidedly vibrant medium weight flavors that possess markedly better complexity on the bracing citrus-inflected finish.

 

 

Caroline Morey Chassagne Montrachet Village Chambrees Blanc 2018, white
$435/Bottle
There is good richness to the round and caressing flavors that possess a juicy palate impression before concluding in a solidly complex and persistent finish that is just a bit more tightly wound.

 

 

Caroline Morey Beaune 1er Cru Greves 2018, rouge
$455/Bottle
An exuberantly fresh and relatively high-toned nose features a ripe array of cherry, raspberry and spice. There is fine richness to the round and attractively textured flavors though a hint of dryness that's enough to compromise the overall sense of balance.

 

 

Caroline Morey Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumees 2018, blanc*
$695/Bottle
There is both good density and freshness to the solidly powerful medium-bodied flavors that terminate in a juicy and bone dry finish. I like the balance and this should age very well.

 

 

Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon

 

Comtes Lafon Macon Milly Lamartine 2018, blanc
$135/Bottle  $280/Magnum
Burg 87-89... The nose was dominated by sulfur. Otherwise the intense and highly energetic flavors possess excellent delineation, indeed they're chiseled, before culminating in a bone dry grapefruit-inflected finish.

 

 

Comtes Lafon Macon Uchizy les Maranches 2018, blanc
$155/Bottle
Vin 90... The 2018 Mâcon-Uchizy has an understated bouquet that gains intensity with aeration, scents of honeysuckle and mirabelle emerging with time. The taut, linear palate is well balanced with fine definition and crisp acidity. A delicate touch of spice appears on the saline finish. Excellent.

 

 

Comtes Lafon Macon Milly Lamartine Clos du Four 2018, blanc
$175/Bottle
Vin 90... Like the Milly-Lamartine, sulfur dominates the nose today. Otherwise the punchy and caressing medium-bodied flavors possess an attractive mouth feel that carries over to the lemon, clean and bone dry finish that is on the austere side today.

 

 

Comtes Lafon Vire Clesse 2018, blanc
$280/Bottle
Burg 89-92... A relatively high-toned nose combines notes of pear and apple compote with those of floral and citrus scents. Once again there is very good volume to the caressing but almost painfully intense flavors that coat the palate on the textured and sneaky long finish. Good stuff.

 

 

Domaine d'Eugénie

 

Domaine d'Eugenie Vosne Romanee Village 2018, rouge
$495/Bottle
Burg 89-91... Moderate wood influence surrounds the overtly spiced and ripe plum, dark currant and violet scents. The attractively textured, rich and sappy medium weight flavors possess very good depth on the lengthy finish where a touch of wood appears. This is quite good for its level and is a wine that should drink well on the younger side if that's your preference.

 

 

Domaine d'Eugenie Vosne Romanee Clos d'Eugenie 2018, rouge*
$950/Bottle
Vin 91-92... The 2018 Vosne-Romanée le Clos d'Eugénie is matured in around 30% new oak this year and includes 50% whole clusters. It has a very attractive bouquet of well-defined cranberry and wild strawberry fruit, and fine mineralité and tension are on display. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, darker fruit vis-à-vis the Vosne Village and a saline, black-pepper-tinged finish. Recommended.

 

 

Domaine d'Eugenie Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Aux Brulees 2018, rouge*
$1,490/Bottle
Vin 93-95... The 2018 Vosne-Romanée Aux Brûlées 1er Cru contains 60% whole cluster. It has a crisp, focused bouquet of vivacious raspberry, morello cherry, crushed chalk and light marine aromas, very ethereal in style compared to the same wine a decade ago. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle grip and flavors blackberry mixed with raspberry, dovetailing into a very tertiary, peppery finish defined (at the moment) by the whole-bunch contribution.

 

 

Domaine d'Eugenie Clos Vougeot 2018, rouge
$2,390/Bottle
Vin 94-96... The 2018 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru has a gorgeous bouquet of dark cherry fruit, black currant, crushed stone and light iodine aromas, very pure and seductive. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and good acidity, the whole cluster (70%) lending a touch of pepperiness toward a finish that is precise and persistent. Superb.

 

 

Domaine d'Eugenie Echezeaux Grand Cru 2018, rouge*
$2,490/Bottle
Vin 92-94... The 2018 Echézeaux Grand Cru includes 60% whole cluster. It has a very detailed, mineral-driven bouquet of black cherry, briar, wet limestone and subtle wilted rose petal aromas - perhaps the most elegant that the domaine has produced... and in this kind of growing season! The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and a little chalky at the moment, and the 75% new oak is nicely integrated. The crisp, slightly compact finish will need some time.

 

 

Domaine Faiveley

 

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Combe Aux Moines 2018, rouge
$485/Bottle
‘La Combe aux Moines’ means ‘The Monks’ Combe’. It is said that during the construction of the castle of Gevrey, after a hard day’s work, the monks of Cluny would gather together in the combe.

 

 

Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Gain 2018, blanc
$485/Bottle
In 1879, Puligny added its name to that of its more renowned Grand Cru: Montrachet. The exceptional  terroirs  of  Puligny-Montrachet  offer  optimum  conditions  for  the  Chardonnaygrape variety. The "Champ Gain" climat covers 10 hectares of vines situated just below "La Garenne"  on  the  upper  parts  of  the  hillside.  The  name  of  this  parcel  signifies  "landreclamation on the forest". The domaine has owned this climat since the 2014 vintage.

 

 

Domaine Faiveley Beaune 1er Cru Clos de l'Ecu 2018, rouge
$315/Bottle
The appellation ‘Clos de l’Ecu’ most probably comes from the Middle Ages: this clos or walled vineyard allowed the owners to pay the taxes they owed the Dukes of Burgundy, in the unit of currency of the time the ‘Ecu’. This monopole or single-estate vineyard of Domaine Faiveley, was acquired in 2003.

 

 

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2018, rouge
$645/Bottle
Burg 90-93... The term "Cazetier" may come from ‘Castel’ and indicate this plot’s geographical position in the village, as it lies above the castle of Gevrey.

 

 

Domaine Faiveley Nuits St-Georges 1er Cru Les Porêts Saint-Georges 2018, rouge
$475/Bottle
Burg 91-93... ‘Les Saint-Georges’ is considered to be one of the most ancient plots of vines, already planted in the year 1000. At the end of the nineteenth century, the village of ‘Nuits’ was given the authorisation to add the famous ‘Saint-Georges’ cru to its name.

 

 

Domaine Faiveley Nuits St-Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes 2018, rouge
$485/Bottle
Burg 89-92... The name ‘Les Damodes’ may come from a female trinity presiding over the good of the earth, or perhaps refers to some druidesses who were established in this area.

 

 

Faiveley Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Aux Beaux Bruns 2018, rouge
$615/Bottle
The plot "Aux Beaux Bruns" is situated in the north of the village, and just below "Les Groseilles" climate.

 

 

Faiveley Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes 2018, rouge
$750/Bottle
The plot "Les Charmes" is located in the center of the village, in the extension of "Amoureuses", equidistant between Musigny and Bonnes-Mares.This plot gives wines "charming, subtle and delicate".

 

 

Domaine Faiveley Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018, blanc
$1,290/Bottle
Legend has it that the Corton hillside was once planted exclusively with red grape variety andthat Charlemagne himself had a penchant for these wines. Unfortunately, the red wine leftscarlet stains in the Emperor's flowing beard and his wife feared that this would bring shameupon the royal dignity. Charlemagne therefore decided to pull out the red vines and replantthe vineyards with white grape variety in order to continue drinking his favourite wine. The Faiveley  family  purchased  this  parcel  in  1874  along  with  the  Corton  "Clos  des  Cortons Faiveley" Grand Cru Monopole. The two parcels are situated side by side just above Ladoix-Serrigny.

 

 

Domaine Faiveley Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru 2018, blanc*
$2,245/Bottle
The story goes that when the Lord of Puligny had to share out his lands between his children, he gave his legitimate son the plot which was to become the 'Chevalier-Montrachet' and his illegitimate son, three plots named 'Bâtard-Montrachet', 'Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet' and' Criot-Bâtard-Montrachet'. As for his daughters, they were to receive a plot named 'Les Pucelles' (The Maidens).

 

 

Domaine Faiveley Corton Grand Cru Clos des Cortons 2018, rouge
$1,190/Bottle
Burg 93-95... The Clos des Cortons Faiveley is the only Grand Cru to bear the name of its owner. After a long legal battle, led by Georges Faiveley, this appellation was confirmed by the Court of Appeal in 1937.

 

 

Domaine Faiveley Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2018, rouge
$1,190/Bottle
Burg 92-94... This  charming  Grand  Cru  is  situated  on  the  most  northern  part  of  the  hillside,  in  thecommune  of  Gevrey-Chambertin.  The  production  areas  for  the  Charmes-Chambertin  andMazoyères-Chambertin  appellations  are  the  same  and  it  is  the  Charmes-Chambertinappellation that is usually specified.

 

 

Domaine Faiveley Echézeaux Grand Cru 2018, rouge*
$1,190/Bottle
The first trace of Echezeaux dates back to the end of the 13th century. This Côte de Nuits Grand Cru has long been recognised for the high quality of its terroir and its wines. The monks from the Abbey of Citeaux actually exchanged some plots in order to possess a few ‘ouvrées’ of Echezeaux.

 

 

Domaine Faiveley Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2018, rouge
$1,190/Bottle
Burg 92-94... The monks of Cîteaux, on their arrival, decided to create this clos. The last acquisition dates back to 1336. It took them more than 2 centuries to make the clos as we know it. The demarcation of the clos only comes from the 14th century and the surrounding wall was probably built in the 15th century.

 

 

Domaine Faiveley Latricières Chambertin Grand Cru 2018, rouge*
$1,290/Bottle
Burg 92-95... In the Middle Ages, people would call this plot ‘Petite Merveille’ (Little Marvel), the wines producedthere being of such quality….. Although no-one really knows when this clos or walled vineyardwas created, we know that it already existed in 1508.

 

 

Domaine Faiveley Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru 2018, rouge*
$1,575/Bottle
Burg 92-95... This Grand Cru gets its name from some little houses or "Mazis", that once stood on this plot.

 

 

Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru 2018*, rouge
$2,065/Bottle
Burg 93-96... This plot, which is very rich in limestone, existed before ‘Chambertin’ existed. In 640, the Duke Amalgaire gave lands to the Abbey of Bèze and the monks cleared a forest to plant vines. In the seventeenth century the yield was estimated at 25 hl/ha: two times less than that of the vines on the plain. The renown and the quality of the wines from Clos de Bèze was such, that in the eighteenth century, they were 20 times more expensive than a century before.

 

 

Domaine de L'Arlot

 

Domaine de L'Arlot Cote de Nuits Clos du Chapeau 2018, rouge
$215/Bottle
Vin 89... The 2018 Côte de Nuits Village Clos du Chapeau has an open-knit, generous bouquet of red cherries and crushed strawberry fruit, hints of crushed rose petal emerging with time. The medium-bodied palate offers fine tannin. Taut and crisp with a vivacious, tart red cherry finish and a lightly spicy aftertaste. Delicious.

 

 

Domaine de L'Arlot Nuits St. Georges La Gerbotte 2018, blanc
$310/Bottle
Vin 87-89... It has a well-defined bouquet with scents of apple blossom, sliced pear and crushed stone, quite Puligny-like in style. The palate is well balanced, the 20% new oak lending midpalate weight. Light walnut and fumé notes define the finish, which displays moderate length. Fine.

 

 

Domaine de L'Arlot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Mont des Oiseaux 2018, rouge
$425/Bottle
Burg 88-90... A cooler and slightly more elegant array is comprised by the essence of violet, plum and various dark berry fruit elements. There is fine energy if only moderate density to the medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a bitter cherry and slightly edgy finish.

 

 

Domaine de L'Arlot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos des Forets St. Georges 2018, rouge
$585/Bottle
Vin 92-94... The 2018 Nuits Saint-Georges Clos des Fôrets Saint Georges 1er Cru, one of the two monopoles of the domaine, is completely de-stemmed and sees around 45% new oak. Funnily enough, it has a very Vosne-like bouquet with floral aspects permeating the blueberry and wild strawberry fruit. The medium-bodied palate offers supple tannins and fine depth. Very smooth in texture, with impressive harmony. It just needs a little more tension and personality toward the blackberry-driven finish; the Clos de l’Arlot is imbued with a little more charm at present.

 

 

Domaine de L'Arlot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de L'Arlot 2018, rouge
$610/Bottle
Vin 91-93... The 2018 Nuits Saint-Georges Clos de l’Arlot 1er Cru was very backward when I tasted it at the domaine and demanded some time in the glass. Introspective black fruit and touches of menthol and spices emerge with aeration. The medium-bodied palate offers quite firm tannins that lend impressive backbone. This is a more masculine Clos de l’Arlot than I have encountered in the past, quite grippy but maintaining balance, with a slightly chalky-textured finish.

 

 

Domaine de L'Arlot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de L'Arlot 2018, blanc
$610/Bottle
Vin 90-92... The 2018 Nuits Saint-Georges Clos de l’Arlot Blanc 1er Cru is matured in 20% new oak. It has a well-defined and fragrant bouquet, subtle scents of marzipan and orange pith unfurling with aeration. The well-balanced palate offers orange peel and a touch of bitter lemon on the entry. This delivers more weight and a little more density than the La Gerbotte, finishing with pleasing salinity and a hint of toffee apple.


 

 

Domaine de L'Arlot Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Suchots 2018, rouge
$925/Bottle
Vin 93-95... The 2018 Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots 1er Cru contains 35% whole-bunch fruit this year, matured in 40% new oak. It has a gorgeous bouquet that is typical Les Suchots, featuring opulent dark cherries, raspberry coulis and impressive mineral notes. The wood is very well assimilated here. The medium-bodied palate offers fine tannins, crisp black and red fruit and touches of dark chocolate toward the structured, almost Malconsorts-like finish. This is a fascinating and well-crafted Vosne-Romanée that will age with style.

 

 

Domaine Leflaive

 

Domaine Leflaive Auxey Duresses 2018, blanc
$325/Bottle
A discreet amount of wood can be found on the ripe and fresh white orchard fruit aromas that are liberally laced with citrus nuances. The delicious and seductive if somewhat rustic and frank middle weight flavors conclude in a bone dry, focused and sneaky long finish.

 

 

Domaine Leflaive Macon-Verze 2018, blanc
$250/Bottle
Vin 87-89... The 2018 Mâcon-Verzé comes from nine different vineyards over 13 hectares and is matured in stainless steel, concrete and a small amount of used oak. This was scheduled to be bottled toward the end of 2019. It has pretty Granny Smith apple and wet limestone aromas that are well defined. The palate is crisp and fresh, with a strong citric element and a touch of sour lemon toward the powerful finish.

 

 

Domaine Leflaive Macon-Verze Les Chenes 2018, blanc
$280/Bottle
Vin 89-91... The 2018 Mâcon-Verzé Les Chênes comes from a west-facing 3.5-hectare parcel that is designed to be a Côte de Beaune take on the Mâconnais. It has a steely bouquet of apple blossom, granite and sea cave aromas, focused and intense. The palate is clean and precise, displaying a superb line of acidity and impressive nervosité toward the persistent finish and a saline tang on the aftertaste.

 

 

Domaine Leflaive Macon-Verze Les Monte 2018, blanc (Magnum)
$680/Magnum
Both creamy and mineral on the nose. Spicy and chewy on the palate with lovely green fruit and citrus freshness. Smooth and rounded with a tight bright finish. Moreish and mouth-watering, deep and long.

 

 

Domaine Leflaive Pouilly Fuisse 2018, blanc
$325/Bottle
Vin 89-91... The 2018 Pouilly-Fuissé comes from two hectares on Solutré rock and is aged in barrel with 15% new oak. It has a lively hazelnut and walnut bouquet, oddly reminiscent of a Meursault Genevrières, which is not a bad thing when you think about it. The palate is well balanced with hints of peach and pineapple on the entry, fine weight in the mouth and a precise if not overly complex finish. Very fine.

 

 

Domaine Leflaive Pouilly Fuisse La Chaneau 2018, blanc
$350/Bottle
A background whiff of sulfur is present on the essence of pear, apple and lemon zest-suffused nose. There is better vibrancy to the well-detailed and nicely intense medium weight flavors that exude more evident minerality on the chiseled, clean, balanced and appealingly dry finale.

 

 

Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc 2018, blanc*
$395/Bottle
A serious Bourgogne of verve, depth and plenty of "Puligny" finesse. Notes of yellow plum, butter and greengage. This comes from two small vineyards; 'Les Houilleres' and 'Les Parties', lying just south and west of Puligny-Montrachet. Aged in oak barrel (10% new) for 12 months followed by six months in steel tank.

 

 

Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 2018, blanc*
$765/Bottle
WA 89-91... Aromas of citrus oil, crisp green apple, Anjou pear, dried white flowers and wheat toast introduce the 2018 Puligny-Montrachet Village, a medium to full-bodied, lively and precise wine that's elegantly textural, fine-boned and penetrating. It possesses excellent potential.

 

 

Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Le Clavoillon 2018, blanc*
$1,090/Bottle
WA 90-92... Aromas of fresh peach, white flowers, citrus oil and green apples preface the 2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon, a medium to full-bodied, elegantly satiny wine that's racy and fine-boned, with lively acids, a delicate core of fruit and a chalky finish. This has none of the blockiness of yesteryear's Clavoillon.

 

 

Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres 2018, blanc*
$1,750/Bottle
The nose is characteristically sexy, with a nougat, hazelnut, biscuity perfume which is so attractive. The palate however dances very elegantly indeed and lifts this debauchery into something that is tensely structured, very pure and sustained to the finish. A sensual and intellectual Folatières.

 

 

Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles 2018. blanc*
$2,190/Bottle
Vin 93-95... The 2018 Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 1er Cru was one cuvée that was showing a little more reduction when I tasted the barrel sample. Skipping the aromatics, the palate is very well balanced with notes of orange peel and white peach, and a little more lime toward the finish compared to Les Combettes. Good length on the aftertaste and a little more viscosity. Very fine.

 

 

Domaine Leflaive Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2018, blanc*
$4,500/Bottle
Vin 95-97... The 2018 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru has a touch more pungency compared to the Bienvenue, but perhaps not quite the same alluring charm, at least at this primordial stage. The palate is where it’s at: supremely well balanced, exuding a sense of coiled-up energy countered by a dense, persistent finish.

 

 

Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru 2018, blanc*
$5,750/Bottle
Vin 96-98... The 2018 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru has an intense bouquet of lemon thyme, crushed limestone, and traces of orange pith and citrus peel that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is underpinned with a fine, almost razor-sharp bead of acidity. There is a wonderful crescendo of flavor here, leading to a multifaceted, lemongrass-tinged finish that lingers with a saline aftertaste. This is sheer class, a tremendous Chevalier-Montrachet.

 

 

Domaine Henri Boillot

 

Henri Boillot Meursault 2018, blanc
$390/Bottle
WA 91... Aromas of pear, green apple, white flowers, fresh pastry and toasted hazelnuts introduce the 2018 Meursault Village, a medium to full-bodied, satiny and incisive wine that's chalky and structured, showing real depth and tension. As usual, it's a blend of superior lieux-dits, including Narvaux, En la Barre, Limuzin and Clos du Cromin.

 

 

Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet 2018, blanc
$420/Bottle
WA 91... The 2018 Puligny-Montrachet Village is superb, unfurling in the glass with aromas of white peach, clear honey, citrus oil and fresh pastry. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and textural, with lively acids and a long, precise finish. As I noted last year, it's derived from the superior lieux-dits of Les Houlières, La Rousselle, Les Charmes and Les Enseignères.

 

 

Henri Boillot Volnay 1er Cru Les Chevrets 2018, rouge
$595/Bottle
WA 92... The 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Les Chevrets is showing beautifully, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cherries, rose petals, cassis and violets. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with an ample chassis of powdery tannins, fine concentration and succulent acids. From a parcel of 58-year-old vines, this is a quintessentially elegant Volnay that should also drink well young.

 

 

Henri Boillot Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets 2018, rouge
$595/Bottle
WA 93... The 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Frémiets exhibits lovely aromas of raspberries and cherries mingled with orange rind, spice and raw cocoa. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, lively and fine-boned, from more calcium-rich soils than Les Chevrets and built around bright acids and fine, chalky tannins.

 

 

Henri Boillot Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres 2018*, blanc
$850/Bottle
WA 93... The 2018 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières reveals aromas of crisp green orchard fruit, peach, spring blossom, honeycomb and praline, followed by a medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated palate that's chalky and structured, built around lively acids and appreciable dry extract.

 

 

Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles 2018*, blanc
$850/Bottle
WA 94... Boillot's 2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles reveals aromas of orange oil, white flowers and peaches, complemented by classy top notes of nutmeg and warm bread. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and vibrant, with quite a tensile, tight-knit core for this typically enveloping premier cru. But looking back through my notes, that often seems to be the case chez Boillot.

 

 

Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet 1er Clos de la Mouchere 2018, blanc
$890/Bottle
WA 95... Boillot's emblematic 2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère has turned out brilliantly, wafting from the glass with aromas of pear, hazelnut, dried white flowers, citrus oil, blanched almonds and smoke. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, with terrific concentration, searing levels of extract and a long, mineral finish.

 

 

Henri Boillot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2018*, rouge
$1,100/Bottle
WA 94... The 2018 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru is showing very well, soaring from the glass with aromas of wild berries, rose petals, violets, orange rind and dark chocolate. On the palate, it's full-bodied, concentrated and muscular, with lively acids and a powdery but elegantly refined chassis of structuring tannins, concluding with a long and resonant finish.

 

 

Domaine de la Pousse d'Or

 

La Pousse d'Or Chambolle Musigny Village 2018, rouge
$495/Bottle
A pretty and very fresh nose combines notes of various red berry, spice and lovely floral elements. There is both good detail and energy to the refreshing middle weight flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the bitter cherry-inflected finish.

 

 

La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets 2018, rouge
$515/Bottle
A fresh, spicy and airy nose offers up notes of red and dark raspberry, kirsch and a hint of plum. The vibrant flavors flash plenty of minerality though the finish is mildly drying and a bit short.

 

 

La Pousse d'Or Pommard 1er Cru Les Jarollieres 2018, rouge
$550/Bottle
Here the nose flirts with hints of barnyard on the earthy and fresh red berry aromas. There is more volume if less refinement to the tautly muscular medium-bodied flavors that exude plenty of minerality on the lingering if not especially complex finale.

 

 

La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets 60 Ouvrees Cuvee Amphore 2018*, blanc
$695/Bottle
Here the nose is spicier still if even more restrained with its timid notes of red cherry, cranberry and soft floral nuances. The wonderfully elegant and lilting flavors pack good punch before terminating in a youthfully austere and markedly firm finish that exhibits notably better balance.

 

 

La Pousse d'Or Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes 2018*, rouge
$830/Bottle
Here the nose is slightly more deeply pitched with its plum and dark berry aromas that offer a wider range of spice and floral elements. The seductive and refinement middle weight flavors also exude a subtle minerality on the slightly warm but persistent finish.

 

 

La Pousse d'Or Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2018
$695/Bottle
This too flirts with barnyard nuances but in this case they are even subtler on the very fresh essence of red currant and warm earth scents. There is very good size, weight and punch to the large-scaled flavors that are at once muscular yet refined, all wrapped in an impressively persistent if firm finish.

 

 

La Pousse d'Or Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru 2018, rouge
$720/Bottle
This too reflects extremely subtle barnyard hints on the spicier aromas of red and dark cherry, humus and earth. The relatively supple and forward flavors exude a lovely minerality on the impressively complex and persistent finish that also reflects a hint of acid tang.

 

 

Domaine Hubert Lamy

 

Hubert Lamy Bourgogne Les Chataigners 2018, blanc
$190/Bottle
The 2018 Bourgogne Les Chataigners delivers aromas of lime cordial, white flowers and crisp green apple, followed by a medium to full-bodied, pure and mineral palate, framed by chalky dry extract. This beautifully made wine is a superb introduction to one of the Côte de Beaune's finest domaines.

 

 

Hubert Lamy Saint Aubin La Princee 2018, blanc
$240/Bottle
WA 89-91... The 2018 Saint-Aubin La Princée is showing well, opening in the glass with aromas of citrus zest, white flowers and crisp Anjou pear. Medium to full-bodied, elegantly textural and precise, it's saline and incisive, Lamy observing that some two-thirds of this parcel is decidedly cool and windy.

 

 

Hubert Lamy Chassagne Montrachet La Goujonne 2018, rouge
$290/Bottle
WA 90-92... A beautiful bouquet of peonies, wild berries, spices and forest floor prefaces the 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet La Goujonne, a medium to full-bodied, layered and complete wine that's deep and elegantly muscular, framed by lively acids and powdery tannins. The best renditions of red Chassagne number among the finest values to be found in the contemporary Côte d'Or, and this cuvée definitely numbers among them.

 

 

Hubert Lamy Chassagne Montrachet La Concis Du Champs 2018, blanc
$410/Bottle
Vin 89-91... The 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet La Concis de Champs had wild variations in potential alcohol and acidity levels, caused by differing rootstocks, vine ages, pruning techniques, etc., that made it difficult for Olivier Lamy to pick. This has a bright red apple and lime bouquet that feels well defined. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity and very pure. A lovely touch of bitter lemon enlivens and lends edge on the finish. Excellent.

 

 

Hubert Lamy Saint Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes 2018, blanc
$310/Bottle
Vin 91-93... The 2018 Saint-Aubin Les Frionnes 1er Cru comes from deep limestone soils. It has a lifted nose, not unlike the Clos de Meix but slightly more marine-influenced, with touches of shucked oyster shells. The palate is very harmonious on the entry, offering grapefruit and hints of pineapple and leading to a poised, lightly spiced finish. Very fine.

 

 

Hubert Lamy Saint Aubin 1er Cru en Remilly 2018, blanc
$410/Bottle
Vin 92-94... The 2018 Saint-Aubin En Remilly 1er Cru has a pixelated, mineral-driven bouquet that manages to effortlessly offset the warmth of the growing season. Shucked oyster shell and limestone aromas develop in the glass. The well-balanced palate delivers wonderful harmony and a fine bead of acidity. Almost caressing in texture, with supremely well integrated oak toward the finish. Outstanding.

 

 

Hubert Lamy Puligny Montrachet Les Tremblots 2018, blanc
$410/Bottle
WA 91-93... Lamy's superb 2018 Puligny-Montrachet Les Tremblots delivers a striking bouquet of citrus oil, Anjou pear, wet stones and nutmeg, followed by a medium to full-bodied, layered and searingly mineral palate that's long and penetrating.

 

 

Domaine Jacques Cacheux

 

Jacques Cacheux Vosne Romanee Les Genaivrieres 2018, rouge
$395/Bottle
Splendidly situated vineyard immediately below premier cru Clos des Réas. Rich and aromatic, a lovely expression of pinot noir.Combines a lovely, succulent texture with excellent backbone.

 

 

Jacques Cacheux Vosne Romanee Les Chalandins 2018, rouge
$395/Bottle
Lies just to the north of Les Ormes in the direction of Clos Vougeot. Beautiful freshness allied to dense, ripe, concentrated fruit. Alovely, harmonious wine, complete and elegant.

 

 

Jacques Cacheux Vosne Romanee Aux Reas 2018, rouge
$395/Bottle
Adjacent to, and at the same level on the slope, as premiers crus Chaumes and Clos des Réas. Wonderful freshness and powerwith tremendous length on the finish. Premier cru quality.

 

 

Jacques Cacheux Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Plantes 2018, rouge
$780/Bottle
The delicious, vibrant and solidly well-detailed medium weight flavors exude a subtle minerality on the rich, sappy and moderately firm finish where the wood telegraphed by the nose resurfaces. To be sure the wood remains in the background and overall, this is really quite good.

 

 

Jacques Cacheux Vosne Romanee 1er Cru La Croix Rameau 2018, rouge
$1,190/Bottle
Patrice Cacheux owns the central portion of this tiny (0.6 ha) enclave within grand cru Romanée Saint Vivant. Rich andsumptuous with masses of red cherry and blackberry fruit.

 

 

Jacques Cacheux Echezeaux Grand Cru 2018, rouge
$1,080/Bottle
Aged in 50% new oak. Splendid depth and concentration with spicy notes and a spectacularly long finish.

 

 

Domaine Francois Lumpp

 

Francois Lumpp Givry Clos des Vignes Rondes 2018, blanc
$195/Bottle
Burg 87-89... A cool and fresh nose is clearly ripe with its aromas of white peach, citrus and a soft wisp of wood. The delicious and attractively textured middle flavors exude a subtle minerality on the bitter lemon-inflected finish that exhibits just a touch of warmth.

 

 

Francois Lumpp Givry 1er Cru Crausot 2018, blanc
$250/Bottle
Burg 89-91... A deft application of wood sets off very fresh aromas of apple, acacia blossom and a variety of citrus nuances. There is better volume and mid-palate density to the delicious and relatively powerful medium-bodied flavors that flash touches of salinity and youthful austerity on the clean, dry and sneaky long finish.

 

 

Francois Lumpp Givry 1er Cru La Brulee 2018, rouge
$240/Bottle
Burg 88-91... Here too there is just enough wood present to comment on setting off the spicier if otherwise similar aromas. There is better body and volume to the solidly concentrated and powerful flavors that terminate in a notably complex and persistent if decidedly firm and rustic final.

 

 

Francois Lumpp Givry 1er Cru Petit Marole 2018, rouge
$240/Bottle
Burg 89-92... A pungent nose of smoky reduction and wood dominate the underlying fruit at present. Otherwise there is a finer if still decidedly punchy and powerful medium-bodied flavors that exhibit slightly better depth and persistence.

 

 

Francois Lumpp Givry 1er Cru A Vigne Rouge 2018, rouge
$250/Bottle
Burg 91-93... A similar if somewhat cooler and more restrained nose that introduces succulent and concentrated yet energetic middle weight flavors that possess surprisingly good mid-palate density considering the young vines while delivering solidly powerful and lingering finish.

 

 

Francois Lumpp Givry 1er Cru Clos du Cras Long 2018, rouge
$265/Bottle
Burg 90-93... Here the nose is clean with a very ripe combination of plum liqueur, cassis, spice and violet scents. The rich, palate coating and highly seductive flavors possess a velvety mouth feel thanks to the copious amount of dry extract that imparts a sappy quality to the beautifully long finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth.

 

 

Domaine Michel Niellon

 

Michel Niellon Bourgogne 2018, blanc
$165/Bottle
Pungent aromas of straw, petrol and citrus lead to nicely energetic and agreeably textured flavors that possess just enough depth and persistence to be interesting.

 

 

Michel Niellon Chassagne Montrachet 2018, blanc
$290/Bottle
JR 16+... Loads of smokiness on the nose with a real drive of fresh peachy fruit. Quite dry at the moment on the mid palate, pleasant but needs time to deal with the oak.

 

 

Michel Niellon Chassagne Montrachet 1er Clos St. Jean 2018, rouge
$295/Bottle
A more elegant nose is comprised by notes of various red berries, and in particular cherry, along with hints of freshly turned earth and soft humus nuances. The succulent and juicy middle weight flavors possess an attractive vibrancy though, like the straight Chassagne, the lingering finish is not particularly complex.

 

 

Michel Niellon Chassagne Montrachet 1er Clos St. Jean 2018, blanc
$395/Bottle
A gentle touch of wood sets off aromas of green fruit, citrus, petrol and a similar whiff of soft floral nuances. There is both good volume and richness to the middle weight flavors that also exude a subtle minerality on the focused, intense and impressively lengthy finish.

 

 

Michel Niellon Chassagne Montrachet 1er Clos de la Maltroie 2018, blanc
$395/Bottle
JR 17... Rather old-fashioned and almost artless – in a good way. Straightforward, backward and tight but not austere, with the promise of much to come. Chewy end.

 

 

Michel Niellon Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru 2018, blanc*
$2,690/Bottle
A ripe and attractively fresh nose combines elegant aromas of essence of various white orchard fruit, spice, acacia and citrus peel. The large-scaled flavors are rich to the point of opulence thanks to the abundant level of dry extract that coats the palate and buffers the firm acid spine shaping the overtly mineral-driven finish that exhibits excellent depth and persistence.

 

 

Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron

 

Jean-Jacques Confuron Cote de Nuits Village La Montagne 2018, blanc
$255/Bottle
Concentrated, dry and full, this is a lovely expression of white from the northern part of the Cote d'Or.  Serious, ageworthy white Burgundy with a distinct smoky edge to it. 

 

 

Jean-Jacques Confuron Cote de Nuits Village La Montagne 2018, rouge
$255/Bottle
More interesting are the velvet-textured light weight flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the mildly rustic finish that offers similar depth and persistence.

 

 

Jean-Jacques Confuron Cote de Nuits-Villages Les Vignottes 2018, rouge
$290/Bottle
The underlying herbal tea-inflected fruit seems fresh. The palate impression of the lighter weight flavors is sleek and bright along with ample minerality that emerges on the slightly rustic finish.

 

 

Jean-Jacques Confuron Nuits St. Georges Les Fleurieres 2018, rouge
$360/Bottle
A relatively deeply pitched nose offers up notes of plum, violet, earth and whiffs of oak and the sauvage. The underlying sense of energy to the nicely detailed and lightly stony flavors that conclude in a mildly rustic and moderately austere finish that is a bit angular and spiky.

 

 

Jean-Jacques Confuron Chambolle Musigny 2018, rouge
$425/Bottle
The mouthfeel of the medium-bodied and sleek flavors is notably finer, all wrapped in a firm and dusty finish that possesses more evident minerality as well as slightly firmer acid support. A quality villages.

 

 

Jean-Jacques Confuron Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Chaboeufs 2018, rouge
$695/Bottle
Mild reduction masks the fruit but not the suggestion of warm earth which also appears on the supple, round and agreeably rich medium-bodied flavors that offer good verve if only average density on the balanced and lingering finish. This wine's strong point is its complexity.

 

 

Jean-Jacques Confuron Vosne Romanee 1er Les Beaux Monts 2018, rouge
$860/Bottle
Subtle. A mild touch of reduction push the discreet spice elements to the background. Otherwise the super-refined and sleek flavors possess a satiny mouthfeel before culminating in a slightly lean mineral-inflected finale.

 

 

Jean-Jacques Confuron Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2018, rouge*
$1,190/Bottle
A discreet application of wood easily allows the cool and pure essence of red currant, herbal tea, earth and humus-suffused aromas to be appreciated. The medium weight flavors possess a lovely sense of verve and excellent delineation while delivering impressive length on the complex, youthfully austere and serious finish.

 

 

Jean-Jacques Confuron Romanee St. Vivant Grand Cru 2018, rouge*
$3,950/Bottle
A beautifully spicy nose exhibits aromas of plum, dark cherry, sandalwood and a hint of Asian-style tea along with background notes of menthol and wood. The beautifully textured middle weight flavors possess a super-sleek, indeed even lacy, texture as well as a refreshing salinity, all wrapped in a well-detailed, refined and focused finale.

 

 

Domaine Pierre Yves Colin Morey

 

Pierre Yves Colin Morey Pernand Vergelesses Village Les Combottes 2018, blanc
$295/Bottle
A touch of cedary spice. Lifted citrus and stony mineral. Spicy and intense on the palate, totally mouth-watering, with depth as well as length. Long spicy/mealy finish. A serious baby.

 

 

Pierre Yves Colin Morey Saint Aubin Village Le Banc 2018, blanc
$295/Bottle
Very slightly reductive giving a flinty note on the nose. Typical for St-Aubin in this vintage. On the palate, tight and juicy and generous in citrus but also that flinty note. There’s a depth and ripeness of citrus but also that lovely tension, rounded off with a gentle creaminess.

 

 

Pierre Yves Colin Morey Santenay Vieilles Vignes Rouge 2018, rouge
$350/Bottle
Mid cherry. Peppery dark-red fruit. Lithe and fruity but not simple. Chalky tannins. Tight and fresh.

 

 

Pierre Yves Colin Morey Saint Aubin 1er Cru les Champlots 2018, blanc
$460/Bottle
A little more obvious oak here in spice and cedar but not intrusive. Really intense fruit, more green fruits than citrus. Tight and coiled but generous in fruit. Not as long as some but all in balance.

 

 

Pierre Yves Colin Morey Meursault Narvaux Village 2018, blanc
$620/Bottle
JR 17... Broader and riper fruit character compared with the Garenne. Dusty lemon and lime, with clementine and a touch of cedar. Stony dustiness balances the generous fruit. Creamy, smooth, tight and long, rounded in that creamy character.

 

 

Pierre Yves Colin Morey Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Chenevottes 2018, blanc*
$890/Bottle
JR 17.5... Deliciously creamy aroma with a light spice and clementine notes. But chalky too. Intense and quite open. Super-intense bright, ripe lemon, with just a hint of charry reduction on the aftertaste. Great purity of fruit that holds its head above the oak but the oak contributes to the texture and fabulous length.