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Marquis d’Angerville: Volnay Clos des Ducs 1920-2010

France: Burgundy, featured

Jay McInerney, Dec 2016

This past July I organized a vertical tasting of d’Angerville Clos des Ducs. It’s a wine I’ve loved and followed for many years. I’ve been tasting at the estate and collecting Clos des Ducs for a number of years. When Guillaume d'Angerville told me he was going to be on the East End of Long Island I decided it was time to conduct a vertical. One of the qualities demonstrated by our tasting was remarkable consistency.

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Cellar Favorite: 1978 Maison Leroy Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru

Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Kelli White, Oct 2016

The 1978 Maison Leroy Mazis-Chambertin is one of the most profound wines I’ve had in recent memory.

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Mâconnais: The Headspinning 2015s and The Classic 2014s

France: Burgundy, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Oct 2016

As on the Côte de Beaune, the Mâconnais produced classically taut, mineral-driven 2014s followed by very rich and in some cases exotic 2015s from a very warm, dry, early growing season. In short, the two vintages offer intriguing choices for every Chardonnay lover.

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The 2014 White Burgundies: What’s Not To Like?

France: Burgundy, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2016

Two thousand fourteen is a modern classic for white Burgundy, having produced concentrated, vibrant wines with uncommon balance, aromatic complexity, pure fruit flavors and compelling saline minerality.

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J. F. Coche-Dury & Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2016

All too often, white wines are relegated to second-tier status, a sort of warm up for the reds that inevitably follow during most meals. I have long believed that white wines deserve a little more respect than that. Over the years, many of the most riveting experiences I have had have been with aged white wines. The objective of this tasting was to take a look at two of Burgundy’s benchmark whites across a number of vintages in order to gain a better understanding of how the style of the wines is expressed in those years.

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The 2015 White Burgundies: A Year of Sunshine

France: Burgundy, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2016

The very warm, dry growing season of 2015 yielded Burgundy’s fleshiest, most opulent white wines since at least 2009. The 2015 whites are clean, pure and rich, favoring ripe orchard and soft citrus fruits over minerality, as is typical of very warm, sunny years.

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Chablis Gets the Côte de Beaune Treatment from Mother Nature

France: Burgundy, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2016

The very warm, early growing season of 2015 yielded ripe, rich wines that lead with their fruit, but the harvest was complicated by a hailstorm just before picking began. Meanwhile, 2014 has turned out to be a modern classic for Chablis.

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The Awful 2016 Spring in Chablis

France: Burgundy, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2016

While the late-April frost may have been less damaging in Chablis than it was on the Côte de Beaune, large additional swaths of the greater Chablis region were ravaged by two hailstorms in May. This map shows how extensively the Chablis region suffered from frost and hail this spring (grêle is hail and gel is frost). Note that the Grand Cru slope in the heart of the appellation was virtually untouched.

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Domaine Rousseau Chambertin-Clos de Bèze and Chambertin

France: Burgundy, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2016

It is always fascinating to taste Rousseau’s Chambertin-Clos de Bèze and Chambertin side-by-side, as they are flagship wines for the domaine and also reference points for Burgundy more broadly. These eight wines set the stage for an animated discussion of terroir, vintages and a handful of other subjects that are near and dear to the hearts of Burgundy lovers.

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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair: La Romanée 1865 – 2014

Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Burgundy, featured

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2016

The phrase ‘once-in-a-lifetime,’ so often overused, has never been more apt. This tasting, held to celebrate Liger-Belair’s 200th anniversary, was the most comprehensive retrospective of La Romanée ever staged. When all was said and done, a group of thirteen tasters surveyed an eye-popping 74 different bottlings of the family’s crown jewel La Romanée going back to 1865.