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  1. DOMAINE DE MONTILLE 2016 POMMARD RUGIENS 1ER CRU

    Item #: i_351618
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 94
    TIM ATKIN 95 POINTS - "Damaged by hail in 2014 and by frost in 2016, this is not the luckiest of Côte de Beaune vineyards but there’s no denying the exceptional quality of its best wines. Made with 66% whole bunches and 40% new wood, it’s a rich, smoky, densely layered wine with bloody, ferrous tannins and supporting fruit sweetness. 2022-32."

    VINOUS 94 POINTS - "(one-third vendange entier; 40% new oak; just racked following a very late malo): Healthy medium red. Compelling aromas and flavors of redcurrant, iron, rose petal and minerals. At once silky and penetrating, with its sweetness perfectly balanced by harmonious acidity. Shows captivating rose petal perfume throughout. The seriously tannic, floral finish displays real length and grip. This wine should age beautifully but even today there's no hardness. The crop was reduced by about 30% due to the frost, noted winemaker Sieve.'

    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "The 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens Cuvée Hubert apparently had a very late malolactic that did not finish until September or October. Similar to the previous two vintages, it comes from the lieu-dit "Les Rugiens-Bas." It has a complex and inviting bouquet with black cherries, crushed rose petals and undergrowth aromas, just a suggestion of dried blood emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied, the 40% new oak is absorbed by the fleshy red fruit, and it is adorned with a lovely, ferrous finish. Drink over the next 15 or 20 years."
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    $179.99
  2. DOMAINE FOREY 2016 ECHEZEAUX GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_351887
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This small but outstanding domaine was created in 1840 by the great-grandfather of Régis Forey, the current proprietaire.

    This fine Grand Cru is from a Forey-owned parcel of three-tenths of a hectare. The precise site is in the climats of “Les Treux” and “Clos Saint Denis” which generally are geographically between “Les Suchots” and “Les Grands Echezeaux”. One third of the vines were planted in 1949 with the rest being planted in two waves: 1974 and again in 2004.

    The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered after spending 16 to 20 months in small oak barrels and demi-muids (used primarily for the village and simple Bourgogne appellations) with 20% to 50% new oak used depending on the structure and the character of the vintage as well as the amount produced of each individual cuvée.
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    $179.99
  3. DOMAINE FOREY 2016 NUITS ST GEORGES 1.5L

    Item #: i_351885
    Bottle Size: 1.5L
    $149.99
  4. DOMAINE MICHEL LAFARGE 2016 BEAUNE 1ER CRU LES AIGROTS BLANC

    Item #: i_351207
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Lafarge's have been vignerons in Volnay since the 18th century. They started bottling in the early 1900's, a rarity for a small estate. They have had loyal customers for generations, selling their own wine in barrels to Parisian restaurants as far back as the 1850's. Their history may not be as visible as a Domaine de la Romanee-Conti but is perhaps even more remarkable. For it is easier, if not less honorable, for people whose income does not solely depend on an estate to pursue quality. And it is also harder to allow oneself to slip when one is constantly in the limelight. The greatness of these wines will hit you after you've visited the whole vintage, after you're familiar with everybody else's take. It's a year later and you've tasted back and forth throughout the Cote, you've done your work, you're intellectually armed. You spot that bottle of Lafarge. You know the estate intimately, you're a fan. What could possibly surprise you more than it being excellent. But at the first sip, the word genius escapes in a whisper. Because these wines are exactly what the vintage should be. And this, vintage after vintage, come rain or shine. The wines of Domaine Michel Lafarge are infallible. And they are so great they don't come to you, you have to work up to them.
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    $114.99
  5. HENRI GOUGES 2016 NUITS ST GEORGES 1ER CRU LES VAUCRAINS

    Item #: i_351458
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    BURGHOUND 91 - 94 POINTS - "A brooding nose only reluctantly reveals notes of ripe and ultra-fresh dark currant, earth and a smoked game nuance. There is outstanding density to the powerful, robust and bold big-bodied flavors that possess seriously good concentration where the sap does a good job of buffering the very firm tannic spine shaping the superbly persistent finish. This is textbook Vaucrains and as such, it's going to need extended."
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    $159.99
  6. LE MOINE 2016 NUITS SAINT GEORGES VAUCRAINS

    Item #: i_351050
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    $139.99
  7. LE MOINE 2016 VOLNAY CAILLERETS 1ER CRU

    Item #: i_351051
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Burghound: 92-95
    STEPHEN TANZER, VINOUS 91 - 93 POINTS - "(this fruit was picked in early October, destemmed but not crushed, and vinified with virtually no extraction, according to Mounir Saouma, who added that production was down 50% from a normal year): Bright red-ruby. Pure but restrained aromas of dusty stone and violet; I thought I smelled something of volcanic origin, but perhaps it was just a remaining touch of reduction. The palate conveys excellent depth to the flavors of raspberry, spices, violet and milk chocolate. Very complete Volnay if a bit youthfully bound-up. Finishes with serious, broad, dusty tannins and excellent length."
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    $129.99
  8. LE MOINE 2016 VOSNE ROMANEE AUX REAS

    Item #: i_352727
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    $169.99
  9. MICHEL GROS 2016 VOSNE ROMANEE 1ER CRU AUX BRULEES

    Item #: i_351391
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    BURGHOUND 90 93 POINTS - "A restrained and beautifully spicy nose offers up notes of purple fruit, violet, anise and a hint of wood toast. There is good muscle, punch and power to the middle weight plus flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the beautifully persistent finish. This is a blend of power and refinement though at least some patience will be necessary. *Outstanding*"
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    $149.99
  10. NICOLAS ROSSIGNOL 2016 VOLNAY 1ER CRU SANTENOTS ***LOCATED AT WAREHOUSE***

    Item #: i_352084
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Decanter: 90 to 95 point score
    DECANTER 92 POINTS - "The Santenots is a success this year, with a classic bouquet of creamy cassis and black fruit, followed on the palate by a rich, powerful wine with a firm chassis of tannin and good balancing acidity. While this will need time, it should reward the patient."
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  11. PYCM 2016 NUITS SAINT GEORGES BOUDOTS

    Item #: i_351318
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Allen Meadows writes: "Pierre-Yves Colin described the 2016 vintage as "one where the growing season is still painful to think about as we had almost no vines that were spared from frost damage. It's depressing to know at the very beginning that your yields are going to be seriously reduced, which in this case means that they were off between -20 and -90%. Add to this a virulent attack of mildew that kept all of us constantly on edge as the wet weather made it difficult to treat exactly when we wanted. Thankfully the second half of July, August and September were basically ideal and in the end the vines managed to ripen what fruit remained to more than respectable levels. In fact, the way I choose to look at it is that the fine weather in the second half of the growing season didn't save the quantities but it did save the quality. We chose to begin picking on the 22nd of September and the fruit was so clean that there was essentially no sorting of any consequence. Sugars were very good as were the associated acid levels. Despite this some wines refused to cooperate in the cellar as some didn't want to finish their alcoholic fermentations and others balked at finishing their malos. As to the quality, I would describe my 2016s as ranging from very good to excellent though they're not monuments."
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    $139.99
  12. ROBERT CHEVILLON 2016 NUIT ST GEORGE LES CAILLES 1ER CRU

    Item #: i_345844
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Burghound: 92-94 "SWEET SPOT, O
    BURGUNDY 92 - 94 POINTS - "A strikingly pretty, even perfumed, nose is comprised by aromas of spiced plum, dark currant, tea and a discreet but not invisible application of wood. There is both more refinement and minerality present on the caressing yet quite powerful medium-bodied flavors that also culminate in an equally firm and lingering finish. This too is built-to-age but in contrast to the Pruliers, the natural refinement of a classic Les Cailles will permit it to be approached after 6 to 8 years."
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    $179.99
  13. ROBERT CHEVILLON 2016 NUITS ST GEORGES RONCIERES 1ER CRU

    Item #: i_333205
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Burghound: 90-92
    $129.99
  14. ROBERT GROFFIER 2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY HAUTS DOIX

    Item #: i_351677
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    THE FINE WINE REVIEW 91 - 94 POINTS - " The nose here is floral. The mouth is medium-weight and shows good density to its dark plum fruit. The texture is velvety and the wine shows good length. It is a delicious wine, already. 40% new oak, 50% whole clusters."
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    $199.99
  15. THIBAULT LIGER-BELAIR 2016 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY

    Item #: i_352026
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    $129.99

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