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2020 Macon Milly Lamartine
RRP: $55 Offer: $49
The vineyards of Milly-Lamartine sit on the Maconnais' west facing slopes, and are influenced by the cooling temperatures of the Upper Maconnais micro-region. The vineyards are grown in various soil types, especially limestone, clay and marl.
The wine displays a brilliant golden yellow colour, peach and apricot on the nose followed by chalky flint. The palate bursts with fullness and yeast lees complexity.
2020 Petit Chablis
RRP: $66 Offer: $59
The Petit Chablis vineyards are essentially found to the north and northwest of Chablis. The vines are often planted on plateaus or soft slopes.
Green apple, lemon and a pleasant minerality. Round and generous on the palate due to good ripeness and healthy fruit.
RRP: $71 | Offer: $64
"The 2021 Chablis Village has a clean and fresh bouquet with cooking apple, orange zest and light citrus peel scents. The palate is well balanced with a fine thread of acidity, orange rind and light saline notes towards the finish that feels cohesive and quite persistent. Well-crafted." 89 Points - Antonio Galloni
RRP: $71 | Offer: $64
These vineyards stretch out in an approximately twenty-kilometre radius around the village of Chablis. The vines are planted on rather gentle slopes, facing various directions.
Fresh and graceful on the nose with lemon zest and mineral notes. Lovely overall balance with remarkable 2022 power, generosity and length.
2018 Gevrey Chambertin
RRP: $137 | Offer: $123
"There is a sense of sumptuousness on the nose of pure dark cherry, cranberry and tangerine. The palate is well balanced with grippy tannins, a fine bead of acidity and satisfying tension and vivacity on the edgy, stony finish." 92 Points! - Neal Martin, Vinous
2019 Pommard Clos des Ursulines
RRP: $159 | Offer: $139
"This is also brooding and restrained and requires vigorous swirling to reveal its softly earthy aromas of black pinot fruit and lovely floral elements. There is fine punch to the unusually refined middle weight flavors that conclude in a mildly rustic and austere finale. This is very tightly wound and will need at least a few years to bottle aging to become more approachable." 88 points - Allen Meadows, Burghound
2018 Nuits St Georges
RRP: $157 | Offer: $141
The Nuits-Saint-Georges is produced from vineyards grown on brown limestone over Jurassic limestone slopes. The grapes are hand picked, vatted for 20-28 days and then the wine is aged in 20-30% new oak barrels for 14-16 months.
The nose opens with notes of deep dark berries, iodine, sweet damp earth and twiggy / dry pine needle forest floor, followed by lingering long red cherry. The palate also offers Asian spices and more red fruit. The finish is long, nicely structured and aromatic.
2019 Meursalt Domaine de Pavillon
RRP $177 | Offer: $159
"Ripe and fresh aromas offer up notes of hazelnut, white orchard fruit and a whiff of citrus confit. The delicious, round and caressing middle weight flavors possess reasonable vibrancy while displaying good length on the very dry, and moderately austere finale." 90 Points! - Allen Meadows, Burghound
2020 Meursault Domaine de Pavillon
RRP: $177 | Offer: $159
"Ripe and nicely fresh aromas of hazelnut, white orchard fruit and a hint of acacia blossom give way to delicious and nicely voluminous flavors that possess a seductive texture before concluding in a clean, dry and balanced finale." 88 Points - Allen Meadows, Burghound
2020 Morey St Denis 'Les Sorbets'
RRP $181 | Offer: $163
A bargain in the line up! "... very ripe pepper, ripe plum, dark raspberry and warm earth" 92 Points! - Allen Meadows, Burghound
2018 Chambolle Musigny
RRP: $188 | Offer: $169
"It has a feisty bouquet, with a little iodine emerging with time...The fleshy palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and attractive roundness, as a Chambolle ought to have, leading to a simple and slightly opulent finish." 88 Points - Neal Martin, Vinous
2021 Chambolle Musigny
RRP $188 | Offer: $169
The vineyard is based at the mouth of a valley in Chambolle Musigny. The clay content of the soil is inferior to the other villages, which could partly explain the "femininity" frequently pointed out in Chambolle's wines. 35% new oak for 14-16 months.
Ethereal and delicate, dark cherry and violets. Soft on the palate, exhibiting smooth tannin and a well balanced structure.
2021 Chablis Vaucopins 1er Cru
RRP $98 | Offer: $88
Located on the right bank of the Serein River, this vineyard is in the commune of Chichée, 3 kilometers east of Chablis. Its terroir has an uncanny resemblance to the Grand Crus: southern exposure, steep slopes and numerous Kimmeridgian outcrops. 10 months in oak barrels and vats; Final aging in stainless steel vats 2 months, on fine lees.
Powerful, predominantly mineral nose. Apricot, candied fruit and quince on the palate, Full bodied, generous and silky,
2018 Morey San Denis 1er Cru 'Les Sorbets'
RRP: $189 | Offer: $163
"The 2018 Morey-Saint-Denis Les Sorbets 1er Cru, matured with 40% whole bunch, has an earthy nose... The palate is well balanced with chunky ripe tannins..." 88 Points - Neal Martin, Vinous
2018 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Chateau Gris
RRP: $230 | Offer: $207
This is a historic and well-reputed site, beautifully sited looking east just above and south of the Nuits village.
"A spicy and quite peppery mix is comprised by notes of red and dark currant, soft wood and a floral top note. There is reasonably good volume to the stony and well-detailed middle weight flavors that terminate in a refreshingly saline-inflected finish. This high elevation vineyard is always better in warm vintages and 2018 is exactly that." 92 Points! - Allen Meadows, Burghound
2020 Charmes Meursault 1er Cru
RRP: $273 | Offer: $246
"There is a whiff of phenolic character to the ripe and vaguely exotic aromas of white peach, melon and passion fruit. The utterly delicious and nicely energetic medium-bodied flavors also possess fine volume while the lingering finish is supported by grapefruit-tinged acidity." 90 Points! - Allen Meadows, Burghound
2018 Vosne Romanee 1er Cru
RRP: $550 | Offer $425
"This has a high-class bouquet of pure red cherries, cranberry and wild strawberry scents, hints of rose petal and orange blossom emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp red berry fruit and a frame of quite firm tannins that should guarantee the longevity of this Malconsorts. It feels a little aloof on the finish, but it just needs time to soften its edges." 94 Points! - Neal Martin, Vinous
2020 Vosne Romanee 1er Cru
RRP: $550 | Offer: $494
" ...The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet entry, quite plush and decadent..." 90 Points! - Neal Martin, Vinous
2018 Chablis Vaudesirs Grand Cru
RRP: $201 | Offer: $181
"The 2018 Chablis Les Vaudésirs Grand Cru shows the richer, riper side of the year, all of that accented by 25% new oak that adds richness and volume. Apricot, orange peel and tropical fruit are all laced together in this lush, racy Chablis. This is a wine of real power, depth and density but also of energy." 94 Points! - Antonio Galloni
2020 Chablis Vaudesirs Grand Cru
RRP: $201 | Offer: $181
"Deep, smoky nose with fine Mirabelle and candied-lemon notes, plus a hint of fresh nuts. Rich and creamy, with excellent concentration, the chalky minerality building beautifully at the complex finish. Zero new oak and just 25% vinified in oak barrels. Drink or hold." 94 points" - James Suckling
2018 Corton Grand Cru 'Les Renards'
RRP: $279 | Offer: $246
This vineyard is positioned in the middle of the slope (280m altitude) of the hill of Corton. Vines are grown in brown limestone, and the grapes are handpicked and aged in 40-50% new oak for 14-16 months.
Aromatic notes such as red fruits, forest undergrowth, sweet spices such as cinnamon and clove. On the palate, a coexistence of roundness and delicacy, with a lot of persistence.
2020 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
RRP: $523 | Offer: $471
"Ripe and beautifully layered aromas are comprised by notes of Granny Smith apples, lemon-lime, mineral reduction and a plethora of floral wisps. There is excellent intensity to the muscular and palate staining larger-bodied flavors that culminate in a bone-dry, chiseled and superbly persistent finish..." 93 Points! - Allen Meadows, Burghound
2017 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru
RRP: $497 | Offer: $447
94 Points - Vinous
"An attractively layered and fresh nose merges aromas of red and dark berries with those of earth, leather and a whiff of spice. There is excellent verve to the equally fresh large-scaled flavors that also possess solid mid-palate density before terminating in a youthfully austere and sneaky long finish that is very firmly structured. Even so, the supporting tannins are finer than usual and overall, this is more refined than it typically is."
94 Points - Allen Meadows, Burghound
2019 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru
RRP: $497 | Offer: $447
"Moderate reduction is enough to knock down the expressiveness and nuances of the earthy and ripe dark berry fruit scents. There is by contrast very good freshness and energy on the delicious and nicely detailed middle weight flavors that also culminate in a youthfully austere, serious and very firmly structured finale." 93 Points! - Allen Meadows
2020 Echezeaux Grand Cru
RRP: $639 | Offer: $576
"...whole bunch here nicely integrated, imparting a subtle white pepper and clove aroma. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, quite firm tannins, a light marine influence at play here with a nicely proportioned towards the finish...." 92 Points! - Neal Martin, Vinous
2021 Echezeaux Grand Cru
RRP: $639 | Offer: $576
"There is enough wood to merit pointing out on the cool and ultra-fresh nose of overtly floral and attractively spicy red currant aromas. There is excellent verve to the medium weight flavors that are a combination of refinement and power, all wrapped in a markedly austere, compact and impressively long finish. As is usually the case, this is very firmly structured and, like the Malconsorts, clearly built-to-age." 93 Points! - Allen Meadows, Burghound
2020 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru
RRP: $788 |Offer: $669
"The 2020 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a lovely bouquet, beautifully defined with pure dark cherries, raspberry with touches of clove and white pepper. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grip, quite structured for a Charmes-Chambertin, lightly-spiced with a cohesive and quite persistent finish." 96 Points! - Neal Martin
2021 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 'Amoureuses'
RRP: $922 | Offer: $829
"A spicier and more floral-inflected nose is also more deeply pitched with its aromas of plum and dark currant. The tension-filled yet caressing medium weight flavors possess better density and excellent minerality which adds a sense of lift to the lingering and moderately austere finish that is supported by very bright acidity that stops short of being drying though there is a certain leanness all the same." 92 Points! - Allen Meadows, Burghound
2021 Chambertin Grand Cru
RRP: $1,437 | Offer: $1,293
"The curious kind of reduction that the Burgundians refer to as bourgeon de cassis (cassis blossom) masks the nuances of the fruit today. The succulent but almost painfully intense larger-scaled flavors retain excellent delineation as well as a bracing minerality that becomes more prominent on the beautifully persistence if somewhat lean and linear finale. I really like the underlying tension and complexity." 93 Points - Allen Meadows, Burghound!
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