Ladoix, Côte De Beaune

Louis Jadot

Domaine Gagey Le Clou D'Orge Ladoix Chardonnay 2015

A one year departed check in since our last bottle.

Nose has buttered pineapple, ripe mango, toasted bread, ripe plantain and white flowers.

Palate has buttery ripe peach, over-ripe pineapple and a touch of flinty minerality. Medium acidity. Overall lacking some concentration that will come together with longer aging.

This wine should be ready for 93-95 points in 2021-23, all the pieces are there, just youthful today.

Decanted ~3 hours.
— 16 days ago

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Lalou Bize-Leroy

Domaine d'Auvenay Les Narvaux Meursault Chardonnay 2001

Seth Morgen Long

A rare bottle captured at a great time in its evolution. Not youthful in any sense but not even close to mature. Quite a dark glowing yellow, lots of CO2 and light sediments. The decanter was necessary to open this beast up to a point where the wood and the richness of fruit could mask the ever so slight volatility which was front and center at first, compacting the aromatics. After a couple hours this turned up to 11. Dense, savory and deep aromatics and flavors, tropical tinged stone fruit, extravagantly concentrated, mixed tea and white cocoa, firm wood spice. Quite long, bright acidity but overall a soft and generous, regal, and which doesn’t so much remind me of Meursault Narvaux as it does something with a grand cru designation, but then again in the hands of Lalou, the wines often transcend the appellation. — 2 days ago

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Jean Noel Gagnard

Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay 2013

Really quite a wine. Palate expanding in the best way, just don’t think I’ve had non Chablis white Burgundy of this quality before. Appearance is a deep dark lemon yellow. Unbelievable nose with a ton of depth and with a lot of white peach and some spicy notes. On the palate this is very mouth filling but still super precise. Loads of flavor waves over the tongue. Finish is crazy long and the acid level is obviously quite high but manages to express that while still staying very balanced. Perfect with a ”Zuni cafe” style roast chicken on a Sunday night. — 9 days ago

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Domaine Leroy

Les Vignots Pommard Pinot Noir 1991

Seth Morgen Long

Another almost perfect bottle; so fresh and clean but earthen and funky. In a wonderful place of maturity with red and black fruits and savory spice, deeply moored wood, just hauntingly present and long. Love Lalou’s work when it’s on. — 2 days ago

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Domaine Julien Cruchandeau

Les Ranches Ladoix Pinot Noir 2014

Would you just look at that crimson colour! So inviting; I almost wanted to wrap a Christmas present in that as I sat down by the fire awaiting old St. Nick. Of course, it’s July, so it’s more of a nostalgic thing. I decanted for a full hour prior to the first taste, but this was still tight and needed more time. Being a Ladoix, I was worried it would still present as too young; too powerful. I wasn’t wrong and this will continue to evolve for many more years. That said, I do think it has passed its first phase of evolution and, with time, it showed. Medium tannin. Medium alcohol. Nose dominated by cranberry, violets, garden soil and rhubarb. Solid, if not fantastic length. Perhaps lacking the most refined concentration but it’s not without focus. This is definitely a little more primal than the top tier of burgundy but it’s also half (or less) of the typical price tag. If you were in a mellow burgundy mood but also felt like you might get a little frisky, this is your wine. — 4 days ago

Domaine Jean Chartron

Clos du Cailleret Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Chardonnay 2015

Appreciation of wine is a personal thing for those of us uneducated as wine masters but this has been the most elegant poised and perfect Chardonnay I have tasted it had beautiful balance of fruit and oak, acidity and sugars it was way to young so perhaps as kiwi it was my new world palette but in no way was this a kiwi, Aussie or American Chardonnay it was white burgundy through and through — 3 days ago

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Aravind Asok

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This is maybe my favorite producer from their wines, especially the two monopole Puligny wines...never short of spectacular.

Domaine de Montille

Les Sizies Beaune 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2005

Gorgeous Beaune. Lovely sappy red fruits. Hard to put the glass down..... — 9 days ago

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Domaine Faiveley (Joseph Faiveley)

Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru 2008

Fairly structured but still light on its feet. Red cherry, fairly primary with a bit of game. Not the most complex. Had I not known what it was, I might have guessed a California Pinot made in a Burgundian style, given the overall sweetness and lack of complexity. Had high hopes for this but was truly unimpressed. Of course I’m probably drinking this a decade before it’s time, but still, a Grand Cru should really jump out at me more. I guess not every Grand Cru can be a revelation. — 7 days ago

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Pierrick Bouley

Abbaye de Morgeot Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Chardonnay 2016

Lyle Fass

I love this site. Pierrick’s debut vintage. What a debut. What a nose. Super mineral and deep nose. A hint of honey, ripe apple. Bosc pear. Huge fruit complexity as well. As it airs huge spice and sense of gout de terroir. Wow. Super spice. Only 547 bottles made! So much mineral and spice. Elegant and a sense of deepness. Palate is a smokehsow. Wow. Amazing refinement and intense minerality with energy and linearity for days. Super precise. Palate is lemony, rich and ripe with amazing tactile density yet also elegant and finesse driven. Powerful minerality expands on the finish. So so long. This never ends. Incredible. Genius. — 4 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Nice! Mine should be coming home soon.
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@Severn Goodwin even better on day 2.


Les Pucelles Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Chardonnay 1995

Unreal dark butterscotch or honey color. Marcona almonds and honeycomb on the nose with a very slight hint of citrus. I don’t think I have ever had a 24 year old white wine. Nice flavors of lemon on the front with butterscotch and honey flavors evolving mid-palate. Beautiful acidity with a very pleasant honey finish. Celebrating my birthday tonight and this wine was fantastic. — 6 days ago

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