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Good evening Orange County, here are this month’s top stories. A flood of wine from the southern most northern part of the middle of a country called "France" is threatening our existence.  Our only chance of survival, in the wake of this devastating flood, is for you to grab your chalice and be a hero! By the beard of Zeus, we all have to do our part. I have heard rumors of a place tucked away in a town called Costa Mesa (which interestingly enough translates to... let’s not get into that now) that has all the necessary provisions for times like these. So gather your friends, family and loved ones, fill your golden chalices and help save us all from imminent danger. We can do it if we work together. One delicious sip at a time. I know I’ll be doing my part. Will you? Stay Classy Orange County! I’m Rhône Burgundy.

 

OLIVIER HILLAIRE 2012 CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE CUVEE CLASSIQUE

ROBERT PARKER 93-95 POINTS - “Looking at his traditional cuvee, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape (a blend of mostly Grenache) is a thick, massive effort that got a big “wow!” in the notes. Showing spectacular aromas and flavors of raspberry, spice, licorice and Provencal herbs, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, layers of sweet tannin and fantastic mid-palate depth. Fruit loaded and a hedonistic dream, it should dish out tons of pleasure over the coming decade. Drink 2014-2023.”

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OLIVIER HILLAIRE 2012 CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE LES PETIT PIEDS D’ARMAND

ROBERT PARKER 95-98 POINTS - “Even better, and possibly the wine of the vintage, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Petits d’Armand is about as fabulous an expression of old vine Grenache as you’re likely to find. Massive and decadent, yet lively and fresh, it offers up a sweet bouquet of berry fruits, licorice, incense, flowers, garrigue to go with full-bodied richness and depth, thrilling purity, good freshness and blockbuster length. Gorgeous all around, it should drink well on release, yet last for 15+ years. Don’t miss it! Drink 2014-2027.”

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CLOS SAINT JEAN 2011 CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE V.V.

ROBERT PARKER 94 POINTS - “More rich and layered, with fantastic notes of blackberry liqueur, strawberry, garrigue and lavender, the 2011 Châteauneuf--du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (85% tank-aged Grenache and the balance Syrah and Mourvedre, fermented with some stem inclusion) is full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and has pure, polished tannin framing the finish nicely. It’s a gorgeous, even elegant, 2011 that will drink well for 12-15 years. Drink now-2027.”

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PIERRE USSEGLIO 2012 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE TRADITION

ROBERT PARKER 89-92 POINTS - “As a group, the 2012s should surpass the 2011s. A blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah and the rest Cinsault and other varieties, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape is a medium to full-bodied, fruit-loaded effort that has beautiful texture and richness. Sweet black raspberry, cassis, leaf tobacco and violets all come together nicely. This beauty should be approachable on release, yet evolve gracefully through 2024. Drink 2014-2024.”

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PIERRE USSEGLIO 2012 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE CUVEE DE MON AIEUL 1.5LT

ROBERT PARKER 94-96 POINTS - “Easily one of the top wines in the vintage, the superstar 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée De Mon Aieul is 100% Grenache that was aged 90% in concrete tank and 10% in demi-muid. Gorgeous all around, with incredible polish and purity, it offers up copious kirsch, licorice, toasted spice and crushed flowers with a seamless, full-bodied profile. Elegant, remarkably fresh and with fine tannin, it’s hard to resist even now. Nevertheless, it should benefit from a year or three in the cellar and have 15 years of longevity. Drink 2016-2027.”

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VIEUX TELEGRAPHE 2011 CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU- PAPE

ROBERT PARKER 90-93 POINTS - “With respect to the Vieux Telegraphe, the 2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault and other grapes, from vines that average 65-years of age. It is aged in both concrete tanks and old wood foudres. This beautifully made 2011 offers immediate drinkability, which is unusual for Vieux Telegraphe. A deep ruby color is accompanied by notes of pepper, roasted meats, Provençal herbs, black cherries, black currants, tapenade, seaweed and salty sea breezes. This complex, delicious, full throttle Châteauneuf-du-Pape should drink well for 10-15 years.”

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GUIGAL 2011 SAINT-JOSEPH  VIGNES DE L’HOSPICE

ROBERT PARKER 91-93 POINTS - “Scheduled to be bottled this coming February and slightly lighter in style, the 2011 Saint-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice (100% Syrah aged 30 months in 100% new French oak) offers perfumed spice, red currants, blackberry and bouquet garni-styled aromatics, medium to full-body and an overall seamless, forward and silky profile. It should be ready to go on release, yet evolve gracefully for 10-15 years.”

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PIERRE GELIN 2011 FIXIN CLOS NAPOLEON 1ER CRU

A monopole planted between ‘55 and ‘59 - it had been abandoned and was rescued from scrub brush.
WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - “Shows finesse and fine length, with stern tannins underneath. Offers black cherry and blackberry fruit, accented by hints of iron and earth. Finishes long. Best from 2016 through 2023. 200 cases imported.”

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PASCAL MARCHAND 2011 BOURGOGNE ROUGE

This is fairly serious wine for a Bourgogne-- but coming from Marchand (who partnered with Moray Tawse, winery owner in Ontario, Canada, friend and collaborator, in 2011) we are not the least bit surprised. The nose has notes of dried cherries, light spice, white pepper, paraffin wax and a dusting of light florals. The palate continues with dried fruit, cherries and cranberries, kreik lambic, that leads to light minerality, forward acidity, spice and subtle earth. Big, austere and serious for most Bourgogne wines, the level of quality, depth of flavors and overall zeitgeist of this Bourgogne is about what we expect when enjoying wines from Pascal.

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BRUNO CLAIR 2011 MARSANNAY LES VAUDENELLES

BURGHOUND 86-88 POINTS - “A very pretty, fresh and distinctly cool red berry fruit nose leads to detailed and energetic flavors that display a dusty mouth feel and fine balance. This is not especially complex but it is delicious and fashioned such that it could easily be enjoyed almost immediately.”

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ROBERT CHEVILLON 2011 NUITS- SAINT- GEORGES

BURGHOUND 88 POINTS - “A discreet touch of wood sets off fresh and bright red berry fruit and soft earth aromas. There is a seductive texture to the mouth coating, delicious and vibrant medium-bodied flavors that possess good mid-palate concentration, all wrapped in a balanced and solidly persistent finish. This moderately austere effort could be enjoyed young.”

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A Midsummer's Champagne Dream - New Arrivals from Bereche et Fils

Raphael and Vincent Bereche are rightfully included among the leading minds behind the quality revolution that is sweeping across Champagne today. Working with their father Jean-Pierre, the duo represents the fifth generation of their family to grow and make Champagne. Though the brothers produce a diverse range of Champagnes, they are all impeccably crafted and share a heightened sense of purity and place. The use of herbicides in the vineyards was eliminated immediately after Raphael joined the firm in 2004. He believes this is vital in maintaining the proper PH and acidity in the finished wines. In the cellar, Raphael blocks malolactic fermentation and keeps dosage levels as low as possible. This philosophy results in bracing, vinous Champagnes that are simultaneously deeply expressive of ripe fruit as well as the soils from which they spring. It should be noted that if your palate fancies a softer style of Champagne, say along the lines of Veuve Clicquot, Bereche’s offerings probably won’t be to your liking. Another one of the family’s quality tenets is to restrict crop yields to about two-thirds of the regional average, a practice which results in a total annual production of just 7000 cases from their 24 acres (divided into 21 parcels) of vineyards. Unfortunately only a tiny slice of this modest production reaches the U.S. and our allocation is lamentably miniscule. Given this scarcity, this offer is really more of a public service announcement for hard core Champagne enthusiasts than a bona fide sales pitch.


BERECHE BRUT RESERVE

The Reserve is the least expensive (and most plentiful) Champagne in the family’s lineup and quite a showstopper in its own right. A fine example of the intense Bereche style, this release is composed of roughly equal parts Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier from the 2011 vintage blended with 30% reserve wines from 2010 and 2009. Antonio Galloni comments: “Warm, rich and resonant, the NV Brut Réserve wraps around the palate with notable grace and class. Almonds, dried pears, rose petals, wild flowers and spices are some of the notes that blossom in the glass. Chalky notes support the expressive, burnished finish. This is a lovely entry-level offering that is given a bit more richness by the generosity of the 2011 vintage... Dosage is 7 grams per liter. 89 Points. (5/14)”

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BERECHE EXTRA BRUT (2010) “RIVE GAUCHE” MEUNIER

Rive Gauche is a 100% Pinot Meunier cuvée from the vineyard of Les Misy in Port-à-Binson situated on the south (i.e. left) bank of the Marne River. The Meunier vines in this north-facing, chalk-clay parcel were planted in 1969, giving its resulting wine uncommon depth of flavor without the heaviness or overripeness than one typically associates with the varietal. It was vinified in barrel with indigenous yeasts and no malolactic. As with Bereche’s other upper-tier Champagnes, its lees aging was carried out under cork rather than capsule. Antonio Galloni writes: “The NV (2010) Rive Gauche is utterly beguiling from the very first taste. Dried rose petals, cinnamon, sage and mint are laced together in a Champagne of impeccable finesse and total class. Here it is the wine’s nuance and detail that are most striking. The Rive Gauche is quite a bit more open than the Beaux Regards and nearly as compelling, although it is fabulous just the same. This bottle was disgorged in December 2013. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. 92 Points. (5/14)”

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BERECHE BRUT NATURE (2010) “LES BEAUX REGARDS” CHARDONNAY

This Blanc de Blancs Champagne gets its name from one of the three parcels of very old Chardonnay vines that the family owns. The Beaux Regards vineyard is situated on pure white chalk and was planted by Raphael and Vincent’s grandfather in 1900. Many of Beaux Regards' original vines are still in production while its “young” vines are actually over 40 years of age. As with prior editions, this Champagne possesses a profound, kinetic minerality that should enthrall lovers of cool vintage white Burgundies as well as Champagne purists. Antonio Galloni raves: “[It] is gorgeous. Bright, chiseled and nuanced to the core, the Beaux Regards pulses with energy and class. Lemon peel, crushed rocks and white flowers jump from the glass in a striking, mid-weight Champagne loaded with personality. A wine of crystalline purity and total grace, the 2010 is gorgeous today, but promises to be even better with more time in bottle. This bottle was disgorged in February 2014. Dosage is 2 grams per liter. 93+ Points. (5/14)”

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BERECHE 2006 EXTRA BRUT “LE CRAN” 1.5 LITER

Respected Champagne maven Peter Leim inked this praise of the Le Cran 750 mls in February of 2013: “Made of equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, all from the village of Ludes, this is elegant and suave, its flavors of apricot, red cherry and citrus underlined by a stony, savory minerality. It’s a step up from the previous two releases, feeling finer in tone than the 2005 and more complex and more harmonious than the 2004, and its finish is particularly impressive, showing a subtle nuance and outstanding length. Rated 2 ½ Stars.” Disgorged 01/13 with a dosage of 3 grams per liter.

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RAPHAEL & VINCENT BERECHE CRUS SELECTIONNES (2007) COTE 1ER CRU

Now for something a little different. This “Côte” (i.e. Côte des Blancs) bottling is one of the debut release of the Bereche brother’s new négociant lineup of wines called Crus Sélectionnés. The concept here is to uncover gems made by other producers that vividly highlight specific terroirs of Champagne. This Chardonnay Champagne was disgorged in December of 2013 after aging for 62 months on the yeast and was finished with a dosage of 3 grams per liter. Peter Leim comments: “A blend of 70 percent Avize and 30 percent Grauves, this is leesy and rich, its girth enhanced even further by its vinification and aging in barrel. Its dense, waxy flavors are supported well by brisk acidity, and while it’s not hugely complex, it feels harmonious and inviting. It’s a bit much for an apéritif, so pair it with an equally rich dish for best results. Rated 1 Star. (11/13)” Apparently this bottle has flourished with a bit of aging on the cork as the sample we tried last month was considerably more compelling and nuanced than Leim’s notes from last fall suggest. We only wish there was more to be had.

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The 2011 Burgundy Report

The 2011 vintage in Burgundy was a difficult one, to say the least.  Summer arrived in early April and continued on through May. It was definitely the hottest year that I have personally experienced in my five years traveling to France. I remember being in Bordeaux for the 2010 en primeur campaign (which took place in April 2011) in a full suit and tie, drenched from head to toe in sweat, in the overcrowded UGC tastings, wanting nothing more than a cold beer and a pair of shorts.  I headed to Burgundy for the first time after a week in Bordeaux.  The one thing that really got my attention was how far along the vines were.  It was green everywhere! Being my first time to the region, I thought it was the norm.   After going back the next 3 years in a row I know now that it was not.

This had all the producers I visited hopeful and worried at the same time. They knew that the threat of frost was still very possible and with vines so far along it could be devastating. It also brought the hope of an early harvest and an easy vintage.  June and July brought cooler but more humid weather so the threat of rot was now a concern. The inevitable hail came through and did its damage to some localized vineyards. August came with spots of heat and rain which had producers ready to get the harvest under way.  It was the earliest harvest since 2004.

The styles of wines produced in 2011 (for the reds at least) are very pure and elegant. They don’t have the concentration of 2010 or the massive fruit of 2009.  What they do have is clean and pure Pinot fruit and accessibility at a young age. These are wines that can be enjoyed now while you wait for the 2009 and 2010s to evolve in your cellar.

Don’t take my word for it. Come and taste for yourself at our wine bar on August 16th! - Josh Hoover

“Overall, across red and white wines, Decanter’s conclusion is that Burgundy 2011 is an early-drinking vintage with elegance and charm, the whites with great aromatic appeal and expressiveness, the reds with ‘a brightness to the fruit that recalls 2010 encased in a lighter body’.” - Decanter Magazine

“The reds, lighter than the 2010s and less exotically rich than the 2009s, are delicious. They may not have enormous backbone, but there are many which have a delightful purity of Pinot fruit – and pure Pinot is one of the world’s most seductive vinous aromas. They should not take too long to come round. But while delicious then, I do believe they will last, at least in the medium to long term. Yes, at least in red, 2011 is a success.” - Clive Coates

PIERRE GELIN 2011 GEVERY CHAMBERTIN

WINE SPECTATOR 89 POINTS - “Leafy, floral and sweet spice flavors match with currant and rhubarb notes. This shows more briar and underbrush notes than fruit, with a chalky, minerally finish. Best from 2015 through 2022. 195 cases imported.” –BS

BURGHOUND 88 POINTS - “Here the nose is more aromatically complex with both red and dark wild berry fruit scents that display hints of earth and underbrush. There is a lovely intensity to the lightly mineral-driven medium weight flavors that possess fine length on the vibrant, balanced and saline finish. A good villages.”

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PIERRE GELIN 2011 CHAMBERTIN CLOS DE BEZE GRAND CRU

BURGHOUND 90 POINTS - “An overtly spicy nose of very fresh, cool and airy aromas of red berries and dark currants gives way to highly energetic, delicious and mineral-inflected medium-bodied flavors that possess a seductive texture before culminating in a linear, intense and lingering finish where the supporting acidity is sufficiently prominent to be somewhat drying. Like the Les Hervelets my score offers the benefit of the doubt that this will harmonize with a few years of bottle age.”

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TOLLOT-BEAUT 2011 CHOREY LES BEAUNE

BURGHOUND 87 POINTS - “A pretty, ripe and airy nose of red pinot fruit liqueur, plum and violets leads to delicious, round and seductively textured middle weight flavors that possess a succulent mid-palate before terminating in a firm, reasonably complex and mildly austere finish.”

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TOLLOT-BEAUT 2011 ALOXE CORTON

BURGHOUND 88 POINTS - “A very fresh and expressive nose features a pretty mix of various wild red berries, pungent earth and sauvage hints that are reflected by the delicious, vibrant and well-detailed middle weight flavors that possess a beguiling mouth feel. There is a hint of minerality to the firmly structured but not hard or especially austere finish that will require a few years of bottle age to round out. A fine villages.”

WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - “A rich, robust red, with black cherry and blackberry flavors augmented by hints of spice and tar. Smooth and dense, featuring a lingering aftertaste of cherry and spice, supported by civilized tannins. Best from 2016 through 2025. 50 cases imported.” –BS

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TOLLOT-BEAUT 2011 CORTON  BRESSANDES GRAND CRU

BURGHOUND 93 POINTS - “This is both slightly riper and notably more refined with its elegant mélange of mostly cool red berry fruit aromas that are liberally seeded with stone, spice, earth and black tea hints. There is excellent richness, intensity, energy and focused power to the attractively well-delineated flavors that display the same fine complexity as the nose. The sleekly muscular, beautifully balanced and impressively lingering finish is shaped by relatively fine-grained tannins and this should amply reward 12 to 15 years of cellar time.”

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ROUMIER 2011 CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY

BURGHOUND 89 POINTS “OUTSTANDING” - “A wonderfully expressive and highly perfumed nose of red and blue berry fruit aromas leads to attractively textured, precise and detailed middle weight flavors that possess plenty of energy and a lovely hint of finishing minerality. Recommended.”

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JEAN GRIVOT 2011 NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES LES CHARMOIS 1ER CRU

BURGHOUND 88-91 POINTS - “Here too reduction renders the nose impossible to properly evaluate. The delicious, vibrant and well-detailed flavors possess a silky mouth feel before culminating in a moderately firm, balanced and lingering finish. This clearly offers a qualitative step up relative to the Vosne villages.”

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JEAN GRIVOT 2011 NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES BOUDOTS 1ER CRU

BURGHOUND 90-93 POINTS “OUTSTANDING” - “An expressive nose combines both wood and natural spice elements that add considerable interest to the notably ripe nose cassis, plum and violets. There is excellent richness, size and weight to the very round and suave medium-bodied flavors that possess beautiful depth on the mouth coating finish where the abundant dry extract renders the supporting structure more pliant than it really is. Lovely potential here.”

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DOMAINE DE COURCEL 2011 POMMARD GRAND CLOS DE EPENOTS 1ER CRU

BURGHOUND 93 POINTS “OUTSTANDING” - “This is also quite ripe yet retains a lovely freshness to the cassis, black cherry, lavender and warm earth scents. There is excellent power and volume to the concentrated, intense and mouth coating big-bodied flavors that culminate in an impressively long and balanced finish. This possesses both good power and superb length and is absolutely one to consider.”

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DOMAINE DE COURCEL 2011 POMMARD LES FREMIERS 1ER CRU

BURGHOUND 90-93 POINTS “SWEET SPOT, OUTSTANDING” - ”This is also agreeably fresh but even more refined with intense floral notes on the red pinot, plum and moderately earthy aromas. There is a suave and lush mouth feel to the medium weight flavors that possess fine mid-palate concentration as well as plenty of underlying tension to the powerful but balanced and highly persistent finish. Despite the solid size, weight and punch, this is a Pommard of relative finesse.”

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DOMAINE DE COURCEL 2011 POMMARD RUGIENS 1ER CRU

BURGHOUND 92 POINTS “OUTSTANDING” - “There is really lovely complexity to the cool, restrained and elegant aromas of ripe red and blue pinot fruit and wet stone nuances that enjoy added refinement from the presence of dried floral elements though the stems are presently visible. There is a suave, round and sophisticated mouth feel to the intensely mineral-driven flavors that are shaped by firm and dense yet fine-grained tannins, all wrapped in a mocha-inflected finish. This is an unusually ripe 2011 and interestingly it doesn’t have the same level of complexity as the Epenots, or in any event not yet. Note well that plenty of patience will be required.”

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