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2016 & 2015 White Burgundy

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Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2017

It was quality over quantity in 2016, as a fraught growing season with sharply reduced production appears to have produced charming, aromatically appealing wines that will give early pleasure. The best 2015s are denser, deeper and more serious but rarely show the austerity of wines from more classic high-acid years.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

France: Burgundy, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

Raveneau’s 2002 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre is gorgeous. Rich, oily and beautifully textured on the palate, the 2002 shows all the depth that is typical of the year.

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Domaine Armand Rousseau: Chambertin 1988 - 2002

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Antonio Galloni, Aug 2017

This tasting of Rousseau’s Chambertin spanned eleven vintages back to 1988. As so often happens with Burgundy, there were a few surprises. In this case, those surprises came in the form of several wines that were far more expressive and rewarding than the pedigree of their vintages might have suggested.

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Chablis 2016 & 2015: Quality Over Quantity

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Stephen Tanzer, Aug 2017

Extreme weather conditions vexed growers in Chablis in 2016 and 2015, but both vintages produced many very good to excellent wines that avoid the tooth-rattling acidity and forbidding austerity of examples from more classic years. Today the 2016s appear to be more transparent to their terroirs but the best ‘15s may surprise us with their vineyard specificity after they’ve had a chance to burn off some of their considerable baby fat.

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Cellar Favorite: 2001 Armand Rousseau Chambertin-Clos de Bèze

France: Burgundy, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Rousseau’s 2001 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze offers stunning aromatics and striking purity of fruit, along with notable brightness, especially for a wine of its age. Silky, gracious and super-polished, the 2001 is drinking well today, although ideally it could use a few more years in bottle to shed some tannin. Even so, the 2001 is utterly captivating today.

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Cellar Favorite: 1999 Alain Hudelot-Noëllat Clos de Vougeot

France: Burgundy, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

Hudelot-Noëllat is one of my favorite Burgundy domaines, as I love their highly refined, almost ethereal style of red Burgundy. The domaine was run for roughly thirty years by Alain Hudelot-Noëllat, who stepped down in 2008 and handed over the stewardship of the domaine to his grandson Charles van Canneyt.

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The Undiscovered Burgundy

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Antonio Galloni, Jun 2017

Burgundy remains one of the most fascinating and alluring regions in the world. Although it is unquestionably thrilling to taste at Burgundy's top domaines, as a wine consumer myself, these days I find just as much pleasure in discovering emerging vignerons - the best of whom are making wines the average consumer can afford to buy and drink - as well as appellations that still fly under the radar and offer value.

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Vinous Table: Au Fil du Zinc, Chablis, France

France: Burgundy, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, May 2017

It’s not often that you stumble upon a truly great bistro where there’s someone with real talent behind the stoves. But so it is with Au Fil du Zinc in Chablis. A pretty interior, lovely views, precisely cooked flavorful foods and a great wine list make this place an absolute winner.

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Domaine Lignier: Clos de la Roche 1978-2014

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Antonio Galloni, May 2017

Domaine Lignier’s Clos de la Roche is one of Burgundy’s most renowned wines. This remarkable vertical of twenty vintages went back to 1978 and encompassed three distinct eras of the domaine’s distinguished history.

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The 2001 Red Burgundies at Age 15

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Burgundy

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2017

Owing to tricky weather conditions during the weeks leading up to the harvest, the 2001 red Burgundies received mixed reviews at the outset. Growers themselves expressed reservations about the wines. But the 2001s have evolved gracefully and the better examples are pure, classic red Burgundies with noteworthy transparency to site.