Because this region of unrivaled renown is always a delight for amateurs, Burgundy Prestige Arrivals are back with even more cuvées from coveted producers: Raveneau, Rousseau, Ponsot, Joblot and many more, not to be missed starting August 19.
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If you didn’t get a chance to buy the products you wanted after the two draws, stay tuned. After the 2nd round, products that weren’t sold after all will be put back on sale, on a first come, first served basis.
B 91-93 (Coup de cœur, Sweet spot Outstanding), V 93-95
“Like several wines in the range, if tasted blind this could not be mistaken for anything other than Chablis. There is excellent typicity to the ripe white orchard fruit nose that displays notes of oyster shell, iodine and lemongrass. There is outstanding volume to the dense, powerful and serious larger-scaled flavors that deliver impressive length on the complex finish that also possesses a discreet suggestion of warmth. This beauty should drink well after only 5-ish years of bottle age.”
B91-94 (Sweet spot), V 94-96
Cellaring potential: 2027-2048
“The 2019 Chablis Valmur Grand Cru was cropped at 25hl/ha from 45- to 70-year-old vines and matured in a mixture of 1- to 4-year-old barrels, for bottling in 2021. This has a very perfumed and slightly better-defined bouquet than the Blanchot. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry, ripe but tense with superb mineralité already in evidence. Focused all the way through to the lingering finish, this is an outstanding Valmur in the making.”
B 90 (Coup de cœur, Outstanding), WA 88-90, RVF 92
Cellaring potential: 2025+
“Here too there is good freshness to the slightly riper aromas of grapefruit, quinine and sea breeze. The overtly rich and lush medium-bodied flavors possess an opulent mouthfeel along with a lovely texture while offering markedly better complexity on the balanced and lingering finish. This is really quite pretty and a wine that should amply reward mid-term cellaring.”
B 93 (Coup de cœur, Outstanding), V 92-94, RVF 95
“The 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux is another of the highlights chez Raveneau this year, wafting from the glass with a bouquet of green apples, iodine, lemon rind, oyster shell and white flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, with promising cut and tension, good concentration and a long, mineral finish. This looks to be one of the most classically proportioned wines in the cellar in the 2018 vintage.”
B 89-91 (Coup de cœur, Outstanding top value), WA 92, RVF 93
Cellaring potential: 2022-2045
“The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Village has turned out very nicely in bottle, mingling notes of cherries and berries with nuances of rose petals, spices, sweet soil tones and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, layered and velvety, it's charming and precise, with a beautifully integrated, balanced profile. This is one of the vintage's real successes at the communal level, and it's already disarmingly drinkable.”
V 94-96 , RVF 96
Cellaring potential: 2022-2045
“The 2017 Clos-de-la-Roche Grand Cru comes from a single 0.43-hectare parcel in the lieu-dit of Les Mochamps, along the perimeter wall of the vineyard. It has a fragrant bouquet of gorgeous, pure, violet-infused black and blue fruit that gains intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and a fine bead of acidity. Very harmonious, displaying a satin-like texture toward the finish. This is the standout from the domaine this year.”
B 94, WA 96, RVF 98
Cellaring potential: 2028-2065
“Offering up aromas of cherries, wild berries, licorice and loamy soil that only hint at the aromatic range to come with a little bottle age, the 2018 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru is full-bodied, layered and sumptuous, its deep and multidimensional core fruited by rich but refined tannins and lively balancing acids, concluding with a long, beautifully defined finish. This is a serious, concentrated Charmes that—as I wrote last year—fully vindicates Loïc Dugat-Py's decision to harvest early, as well as his move to a reduced percentage of new oak (only 66%) for this cuvée.”
B 95, WA 95-97 , RVF 99 (Coup de cœur)
“Vinified without any destemming, Trapet's 2018 Chambertin Grand Cru is showing superbly, unfurling in the glass with a profound bouquet of cassis, cherries and red berries mingled with notes of dark chocolate, rose petals, licorice and exotic spices. Full-bodied, supple and enveloping, it's effortless and complete, with an ample chassis of exquisitely fine, powdery tannins and lively acids, concluding with a long and penetrating finish. This is a stunning Chambertin in the making—and an ineffably elegant one at that.”
B 94, V 95-97, RVF 97
Cellaring potential: 2036+
“An absolutely gorgeous nose reflects cool and pure aromas of the essence of red berry liqueur, spice and soft floral scents. The lilting and mineral-driven middle weight flavors retain excellent delineation and a sophisticated mouthfeel while the sneaky long if decidedly firm finish possesses outstanding complexity. This powerful yet sophisticated and refined Zen-like effort is exceptionally promising.”
B 95 (Coup de cœur Outstanding), V 96-98, RVF 98
Cellaring potential: 2038+
“An attractively fresh nose features cool and relatively high-toned red cherry, pomegranate and hints of rose petal, the sauvage and humus, all of which is trimmed in admirably discreet wood influence. The mouthfeel of the precise, intense, equally fine and mineral-driven medium weight flavors is remarkably sophisticated, all wrapped in an impressively long and superbly complex finish that flashes focused power. This is terrific and should age accordingly as it's very firm and compact.”
B 97, WA 95-97+, RVF 100 (Coup de coeur)
“With its notes of fresh mint, liquorice and zan, its extra freshness, its athletic and tapered substance, its crisp and refined tannins, it sits in the pantheon of Burgundy and is one of the greatest wines of the vintage."
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