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  • Julien Guillot Macon Cruzille Blanc Au Quin Chateau 2022

    £36.75

    “In a sense, a visit to Julien Guillot’s Domaine des Vignes du Maynes is like stepping back in time. Farmed organically since the Second World War, these vineyards have never seen pesticides or herbicides. The Guillot family also never planted clonal selections of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay, preferring to keep the lower-yielding local selections that have since died out elsewhere. Even the estate’s cellars are constructed on the ruins of a Roman villa. Yet for all the weight of history here, Domaine des Vignes du Maynes is also decidedly innovative. Guillot is a pioneer of biodynamics in Southern Burgundy: when he made the shift in 1998, his neighbors referred to his endeavors as “les conneries de Guillot”—”Guillot’s bullshit.” He vinifies with little or no sulfur dioxide. And he’s a darling of the so-called natural wine movement, his wines coveted by Parisian cavistes and East Coast sommeliers alike. They merit all the attention, because Guillot is far from a follower of fashion; wander through the vineyards of Cruzille in springtime, and the chances are you’ll run into him on a tractor. Complex and textural, the whites are exotic examples of white Burgundy that will surprise anyone habituated to aseptic commercial Mâcon. And the reds are superb—satiny and perfumed expressions of Pinot Noir and Gamay that disappear dangerously rapidly. This is an iconic estate in the Mâconnais, and readers shouldn’t hesitate to experience these singular wines for themselves.”

    William Kelley, Wine Advocate (249)

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  • Julien Guillot Macon Cruzille Manganite 2020

    £46.95

    “The 2020 Mâcon-Cruzille Manganite is a worthy follow-up to the otherworldly 2019. Unwinding in the glass with notes of dark berries, plums, peonies, spices, mint and cracked pepper, it’s medium to full-bodied, layered and fleshy, with tangy acids, powdery tannins and a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink: 2023-2040. 94+ points”

    William Kelley, Wine Advocate (09/22)

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  • Julien Guillot Megamix N.V.

    £34.99

    Review to follow

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  • Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Ampelopsis 2019

    £56.95

    “The 2019 Pouilly-Fuissé Ampelopsis is a blend of different climats on the Roc de Vergisson, a barrel selection with around 20 months’ ageing on the lees. It has an overtly liquorice-scented bouquet with real chutzpah. No messin’ around here – this grabs your senses by their lapels. The palate is well balanced with a very concentrated, almost viscous entry counterbalanced by the acidity. There is something almost Germanic about this Pouilly-Fuissé and it improves in the glass, gaining harmony all the time. Drinking window: 2023-2032. 91 points

    Roger and Christine Saumaize-Michelin have overseen a raft of top-notch Pouilly-Fuissé from this winery perched on the foothills of the Roc de Vergisson. We were joined by their daughter Lisa for the tasting. “We started the picking on 5 September compared to 2021, which started on 21 September. I prefer the 2020 over 2019. It has more directness. The vintage was easy to work, and the wines just give so much pleasure, whereas the 2019 was very warm. We started picking 25 August that year. The nights were fresher in 2019. Alcohol levels are between 13.0% to 13.5%. They are just more drinkable.” These tend to be fresh, nimble expressions of their vineyards, using minimal new oak, often quite saline on their finish. Whilst I felt that the Les Ronchevats needs a pep up on the nose and perhaps showed why it was not granted promotion in 2020, their Courtelongs and La Roche are outstanding. But it’s their Les Courtelongs that blew me away with its entrancing bouquet with supremely-well delineated palate that displays thrilling tension from start to finish.”

    Neal Martin, Vinous (08/22)

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  • Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Aux Charmes 2021

    £44.95

    “The 2021 Pouilly-Fuissé Aux Charmes, previously labeled Les Ronchevats, has another lively bouquet with red apple, Anjou pear, blood orange and light Vervain scents. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity. There’s real tension here with a similar, saline finish as the Les Tilliers. Enjoy over the next decade. Drinking window: 2023-2034. 91 points

    Back to the veranda of Domaine Saumaize Michelin in the shadow of the Roc de Vergisson in the namesake village. Christine and Roger Saumaize tend over 9.5 hectares, all biodynamically farmed, with a focus on single vineyard parcels. We were joined by daughter Lisa Saumaize, who came aboard the domaine in 2020, together with her brother Vivien. “It was one of the smallest vintages of my career, between 25-30hL/ha after the frost,” Roger Saumaize rues. “We don’t usually suffer frost as our vines are located at altitude. It was -7°C and -8°C. It was so cold that it damaged the branches in the vine and the vessels inside. Vine growth was late and disorganized so for a long time, the vineyards looked as if it was winter. Spring was very wet. We used the second-generation fruit, which ripened slowly…but it ripened. Because the rain was continuous, it inhibited the spread of mildew because there was no time for the spores to contaminate. We didn’t start harvesting until the end of September. The parameters were for a very ordinary growing season, but the quality was uniquely good. For white wines, I’ve never seen a great vintage from visually perfect bunches…you need imperfections. Maybe only one-third of the fruit could be described as fully ripe. Everything was aged in barrel this year with very little new oak. We use the lunar calendar for the pruning, racking and bottling.”

    Readers should be alerted to the quality of the Pouilly-Fuissé Les Crays in 2021 – complex and engaging, whilst the domaine’s Saint-Véran and Mâcon-Vergisson will probably be more suited for earlier drinking.

    Neal Martin, Vinous (08/21)

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  • Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Clos Sur La Roche Premier Cru 2020

    £49.95

    From a 1.60-hectare parcel on white limestone soils at 360m altitude on the Roc de Vergisson, the 2020 Pouilly-Fuissé Sur La Roche 1er Cru has a gorgeous bouquet with crushed rock, white tea and wild peach scents all beautifully-defined. The palate is very well balanced with a fine spine of acidity, very cohesive, maybe just a little more malic than the Maréchaude, yet with just as much persistency in the mouth. Superb. Drinking window: 2024-2037. 93 points

    Roger and Christine Saumaize-Michelin have overseen a raft of top-notch Pouilly-Fuissé from this winery perched on the foothills of the Roc de Vergisson. We were joined by their daughter Lisa for the tasting. “We started the picking on 5 September compared to 2021, which started on 21 September. I prefer the 2020 over 2019. It has more directness. The vintage was easy to work, and the wines just give so much pleasure, whereas the 2019 was very warm. We started picking 25 August that year. The nights were fresher in 2019. Alcohol levels are between 13.0% to 13.5%. They are just more drinkable.” These tend to be fresh, nimble expressions of their vineyards, using minimal new oak, often quite saline on their finish. Whilst I felt that the Les Ronchevats needs a pep up on the nose and perhaps showed why it was not granted promotion in 2020, their Courtelongs and La Roche are outstanding. But it’s their Les Courtelongs that blew me away with its entrancing bouquet with supremely-well delineated palate that displays thrilling tension from start to finish.”

    Neal Martin, Vinous (08/22)

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  • Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Pentacrine 2020

    £34.95

    “The 2020 Pouilly-Fuisse Pentacrine comes from fossil-rich limestone soils, the vines oriented west, matured in 600-liter barrels. This has quite a seductive bouquet, touches of menthol and fennel merging with citrus fruit, becoming spicier with aeration. The palate is very well balanced, quite saline in the mouth with veins of stem ginger furnishing the persistent finish. Vibrant and engaging in style, this Pouilly-Fuissé comes recommended. Drinking window: 2024-2034. 93 points

    Roger and Christine Saumaize-Michelin have overseen a raft of top-notch Pouilly-Fuissé from this winery perched on the foothills of the Roc de Vergisson. We were joined by their daughter Lisa for the tasting. “We started the picking on 5 September compared to 2021, which started on 21 September. I prefer the 2020 over 2019. It has more directness. The vintage was easy to work, and the wines just give so much pleasure, whereas the 2019 was very warm. We started picking 25 August that year. The nights were fresher in 2019. Alcohol levels are between 13.0% to 13.5%. They are just more drinkable.” These tend to be fresh, nimble expressions of their vineyards, using minimal new oak, often quite saline on their finish. Whilst I felt that the Les Ronchevats needs a pep up on the nose and perhaps showed why it was not granted promotion in 2020, their Courtelongs and La Roche are outstanding. But it’s their Les Courtelongs that blew me away with its entrancing bouquet with supremely-well delineated palate that displays thrilling tension from start to finish.

    Neal Martin, Vinous (08/22)

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  • Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Premier Cru La Marechaude 2020

    £49.95

    “The 2020 Pouilly-Fuissé La Maréchaude ler Cru comes from two parcels, around half a hectare together, one particularly steep, which makes it hard to farm and so everything has to be done manually, backpacks to spray and so on. A little deeper in colour than other cuvées, this has a more concentrated, almost petrolly bouquet that manages to maintain impressive delineation and focus. The palate is beautifully balanced, very complex, a killer spine of acidity with outstanding tension on the finish. Very composed, I had to have a sneaky sip of this nectar. Drinking window: 2023-2040. 95 points

    Roger and Christine Saumaize-Michelin have overseen a raft of top-notch Pouilly-Fuissé from this winery perched on the foothills of the Roc de Vergisson. We were joined by their daughter Lisa for the tasting. “We started the picking on 5 September compared to 2021, which started on 21 September. I prefer the 2020 over 2019. It has more directness. The vintage was easy to work, and the wines just give so much pleasure, whereas the 2019 was very warm. We started picking 25 August that year. The nights were fresher in 2019. Alcohol levels are between 13.0% to 13.5%. They are just more drinkable.” These tend to be fresh, nimble expressions of their vineyards, using minimal new oak, often quite saline on their finish. Whilst I felt that the Les Ronchevats needs a pep up on the nose and perhaps showed why it was not granted promotion in 2020, their Courtelongs and La Roche are outstanding. But it’s their Les Courtelongs that blew me away with its entrancing bouquet with supremely-well delineated palate that displays thrilling tension from start to finish.”

    Neal Martin, Vinous (08/22)

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  • Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Premier Cru Vers Cras 2021

    £47.95

    “Back to the veranda of Domaine Saumaize Michelin in the shadow of the Roc de Vergisson in the namesake village. Christine and Roger Saumaize tend over 9.5 hectares, all biodynamically farmed, with a focus on single vineyard parcels. We were joined by daughter Lisa Saumaize, who came aboard the domaine in 2020, together with her brother Vivien. “It was one of the smallest vintages of my career, between 25-30hL/ha after the frost,” Roger Saumaize rues. “We don’t usually suffer frost as our vines are located at altitude. It was -7°C and -8°C. It was so cold that it damaged the branches in the vine and the vessels inside. Vine growth was late and disorganized so for a long time, the vineyards looked as if it was winter. Spring was very wet. We used the second-generation fruit, which ripened slowly…but it ripened. Because the rain was continuous, it inhibited the spread of mildew because there was no time for the spores to contaminate. We didn’t start harvesting until the end of September. The parameters were for a very ordinary growing season, but the quality was uniquely good. For white wines, I’ve never seen a great vintage from visually perfect bunches…you need imperfections. Maybe only one-third of the fruit could be described as fully ripe. Everything was aged in barrel this year with very little new oak. We use the lunar calendar for the pruning, racking and bottling.”

    Readers should be alerted to the quality of the Pouilly-Fuissé Les Crays in 2021 – complex and engaging, whilst the domaine’s Saint-Véran and Mâcon-Vergisson will probably be more suited for earlier drinking.

    Neal Martin, Vinous (08/23)

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  • Domaines Leflaive Macon-Ige 2020

    £39.95

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  • Domaines Leflaive Macon-Verze 2020

    £37.99

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  • Domaines Leflaive Macon-Verze Les Chenes 2020

    £41.95

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