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  1. CLOS DE TART 2017 GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_352762
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 96-98
    Decanter: 96
    VINOUS 96-98 POINTS: "The 2017 Clos de Tart Grand Cru was matured in around 80% new oak, the barrels toasted chauff blonde. Jacques Desvauges mentioned that the wine needed oxygen ingress during maturation that only new oak can give. I tasted the component parts (as usual) as well as the blend. This has a very detailed, delineated bouquet offering mainly black fruit mixed with sous-bois, tobacco, clove and bay leaf, the typicité of the appellation showing through nicely. It feels very succinct and yet so fresh. The palate is beautifully balanced on the entry with a killer line of acidity. Pure black cherry fruit is joined by bilberry, hints of black olive and a marine/oyster shell tincture that comes through quite strongly toward the persistent, saline finish, which fans out with confidence. This is a brilliant follow-up to the benchmark 2016 by Jacques Desvauges and his team."

    DECANTER 96 POINTS: "Despite what has been written about high yields in the Côte de Nuits in 2017, Jacques de Vauges made less Clos de Tart than he did in 2016. Picked much earlier than it used to be when Sylvain Pitiot was in charge, this is a fine, focussed, nuanced wine that expresses the complexity of this monopole grand cru. With deftly integrated 60% whole bunches and 80% new wood, it's elegant, floral and precise with chalky freshness."
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    $619.99
  2. COMTE VOGUE 2017 MUSIGNY VIEILLES VIGNES

    Item #: i_351370
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93-95
    Vinous Media: 94-96
    Decanter: 96
    DECANTER 96 POINTS: "The older vines in de Vogüé's extensive 7.2ha in Musigny date back to 1953 and make a wine that's considerably weightier than the young-vine cuvée. This is very deep and intense in colour, exhibiting layers of dark bramble and black cherry flavours and a backbone of precise, chalky, mouthwatering acidity. A wine that needs time to digest its 35% new wood."

    VINOUS 94-96 POINTS: "The 2017 Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru has a very expressive, complex bouquet, the mélange of red, blue and black fruit making it difficult to identify a single dominant color. Blueberry, wild strawberry and black currant intermingle, and hints of sea spray and touches of orange blossom develop with time. The harmonious, silky palate is almost like a Romanée-Saint-Vivant in texture, offering great depth and an energetic, peppery finish that lingers long in the mouth. A divine Musigny that will deserve some bottle age."

    BURGHOUND 93-96 POINTS: "An openly exotic nose offers glimpses of black cherry liqueur, ginger, Asian-style tea, sandalwood and orange peel. The tighter and much more mineral-driven big-bodied flavors also possess evident muscle on the powerful and dense yet beautifully refined finish that goes on and on. This is also a bit less structured though with that said, this is going to need at least 15 years to reach its apogee. In a word, terrific."
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    $799.99
  3. DENIS MORTET 2017 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1.5 LAVAUX ST JACQUES 1ER CRU

    Item #: i_352753
    Bottle Size: 1.5L
    Decanter: 96
    DECANTER 96 POINTS: "The Mortets' five parcels here cover 1.2ha in all, and run from the top of the Combe de Lavaux to the bottom, close to the Clos St-Jacques. Fermented without whole bunches, this is another superb red from Arnaud Mortet, now established as one of the best red winemakers in Burgundy. It's juicy, textured and crunchy, with the acidity that's typical of the terroir and deftly handled 80% new wood."
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    $499.99
  4. DOMAINE DENIS MORTET 2017 MAZIS CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_350608
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93-95
    Decanter: 97
    DECANTER 97 POINTS - "Like the domaine's Bonnes Mares parcel, this 0.25ha block used to belong to Domaine Newman, but has hit even greater heights under the hand of Arnaud Mortet. Beautifully judged, this is the work of a winemaker at the peak of his game, showing subtle (40%) whole-bunch notes with black cherry and blood orange fruit, sinuous tannins and a bright, tangy finish."

    WINE ADVOCATE 93-95 POINTS: "2017 Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru is the fourth vintage of this grand cru that Arnaud Mortet has produced and it's a lovely wine, offering up notes of dark wild berries, orange rind, peonies and spices. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ample and layered, with excellent depth and dimension, framed by fine-grained tannins that assert themselves on the elegantly chalky finish. Mortet manually destemmed a quarter of this cuvée, cutting out the stems and retaining the pedicels."
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    $599.99
  5. DOMAINE DENIS MORTET 2017 BONNES MARES

    Item #: i_350609
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Decanter: 96
    DECANTER 96 POINTS: "This remarkable 0.35ha parcel used to belong to Domaine Newman but is now an established part of the Mortet range. All located on white soils on the larger Chambolle-side of Bonnes Mares, this is showing its 70% new wood at the moment but has the structure and concentration to soak it up. It's sappy, savoury and fine, with a palate-pleasing red fruit sweetness and underlying minerality."
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    $749.99
  6. DOMAINE DENIS MORTET 2017 CLOS DE VOUGEOT GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_350607
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 96
    DECANTER 96 POINTS: "Located just below Château de la Tour in what Arnaud Mortet calls 'the best part of the lower part of the Clos', the domaine's parcel runs to 0.35ha. Made with 30% stems and 70% new oak, it's very much a clay-derived style with plenty of texture, smooth tannins and layers of sweet, sensuous red berry fruit."
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    $409.99
  7. DOMAINE DUJAC 2017 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_334046
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    $319.99
  8. DOMAINE DUJAC 2017 ECHEZEAUX GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_354100
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    $449.99
  9. HENRI BOILLOT 2017 BONNES MARES GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_361659
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    BURGHOUND 95 POINTS: ""Here too the nose is quite restrained with its admirably pure aromas of red cherry, dark currant, spice and earth along with notes of violet and lavender. I very much like the sense of underlying tension to the succulent, indeed even juicy, medium weight plus flavors that exude a subtle salinity on the tautly muscular and firm finish that flashes just a hint of youthful austerity. This isn't quite as complex as the Chambertin but it's close and it may well close the gap over time as this is also very clearly structured for mid to even longer-term keeping."
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    $329.99
  10. JACQUES FREDERIC MUGNIER 2017 BONNES MARES

    Item #: i_352974
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    DECANTER 96 POINTS - "Fred Mugnier's Bonnes Mares comes mostly from white soils and is among the freshest and most elegant expressions of the grand cru - this may explain why it's poured before Les Amoureuses at the domaine. This is true to type, even in a warm year, showing fine red berry aromas, fine-grained tannins and just a whisper of pepper spice."

    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2017 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru is also showing brilliantly from bottle, unwinding in the glass with aromas of cassis, wild berries and plums mingled with notions of peonies, grilled squab, spices and musk. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, velvety and layered, with good concentration and ripe acids, framed by an ample endowment of fine, powdery tannin that renders this more structured than the corresponding Amoureuses but not in any sense more austere. While this is quite charming and expressive for young Bonnes Mares, at least a decade's patience will be warranted."

    BURGHOUND 93 POINTS - "A relatively high-toned nose speaks of various red and blue berries, violet and a whiff of earth. There is a really lovely texture to the impressively dense flavors that brim with sappy dry extract before culminating in a powerful, balanced and sneaky long finish. This is a big wine in the context of the 2017 vintage though it's not particularly austere."
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    $899.99
  11. JEAN GRIVOT 2017 ECHEZEAUX

    Item #: i_322661
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    $400.00
  12. JEAN GRIVOT 2017 RICHEBOURG GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_322662
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    $1,349.99
  13. LE MOINE 2017 BONNES MARES GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_351042
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 96
    WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS - "This is complex and evokes both fruit and vegetal flavors. Black cherry, black currant, tomato leaf and beetroot combine, along with floral and spicy top notes. It's all supported by a firm, even scintillating structure, with chalky tannins lining the resonant finish. Best from 2022 through 2040. 25 cases imported."
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    $499.99
  14. LE MOINE 2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY LES AMOUREUSES

    Item #: i_353760
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    $459.99
  15. LE MOINE 2017 CLOS DE BEZE

    Item #: i_353759
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    $499.99
  16. LE MOINE 2017 ECHEZEAUX GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_353761
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    $379.99
  17. LE MOINE 2017 ROMANEE ST VIVANT GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_352739
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    $869.99
  18. MEO CAMUZET 2017 CLOS DE VOUGEOT PRES LE CELLIER

    Item #: i_350456
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    $369.99
  19. MEO CAMUZET 2017 CORTON LES PERRIERES GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_350457
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Burghound: 91-94
    $349.99
  20. MICHEL LAFARGE 2017 VOLNAY LES PITURES 1.5 1ER CRU

    Item #: i_353115
    Bottle Size: 1.5L
    BURGHOUND 91 - 94 POINTS - "Once again there is a bracing freshness to the cool and much more deeply pitched nose of plum, red berries, floral and newly turned earth. As one would expect, there is notably more volume and power to the muscular and mineral-inflected large-scaled flavors that conclude in a delicious, mouth coating and very firm finale that coats the mouth with sap. Note that my projected drinking window is based on the large format bottling."
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    $429.99
  21. MUGNIER 2017 NUITS CLOS DE LA MARECHALE 3L

    Item #: i_352979
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    $600.00

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