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  • Domaines Leflaive Macon-Verze Les Chenes 2018

    £35.99

    “The 2018 Mâcon-Verzé Les Chenes is airy and gracious in the glass. Ripe pear, apricot, jasmine and passionfruit give the 2018 an exotic, floral feel that is impossible to miss. On the palate, the Chenes is airy and nicely lifted, not to mention super appealing. This is such a refined Burgundy. Drinking window: 2020-2026. 90 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/20)

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  • Gerard Boulay Sancerre 2020

    £27.99

    “This is a fruity, fragrant and fresh Sancerre, but there’s a little more to it than that. 40-year-old vines grown on limestone and clay-limestone yield a subtle and tender expression that caresses the palate before bright acidity zips the 2020 Sancerre together in a linear finish. It offers plenty of primary brightness, including florals, pear and just-ripe pineapple notes that linger on the medium-length, chalk-like finish. Enjoy in youth for both its vivacity and its succulent embrace. Drinking window: 2021-2028. 88 points”

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (08/21)

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  • Gerard Boulay Sancerre Clos de Beaujeu 2019

    £39.99

    “The unfiltered 2019 Sancerre Clos de Beaujeu comes from vines averaging 45 years of age in a southeast-facing vineyard on loamy Kimmeridgian chalk and opens with an herbal and brightly fruity bouquet. On the palate, this is a clear, fresh, round, fruity and structured Sancerre with bright fruit, some hazelnut nuances and long grip and salinity. Entirely vinified in used barriques for 12 months. Tasted in February 2021. Drink: 2021-2033. 92 points

    Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (03/21)

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  • Gerard Boulay Sancerre La Cote 2019

    £44.99

    “From a southeast-facing plot, the 2019 Sancerre La Côte is pure, deep and intense yet also fresh on the iodine-scented nose, with grip, lemon and tropical notes. The wine opens bright, clear and almost tropical on the nose and then shows tight, tense and lingering salinity and firm grip. Tasted in February 2021. Drink: 2021-2035. 93 points”

    Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (03/21)

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  • Gerard Boulay Sancerre Monts Damnes 2020

    £44.99

    Review to follow

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  • Henri Bourgeois Pouilly-Fume La Demoiselle de Bourgeois 2018

    £29.99

    “Based in the village of Chavignol, Domaine Henri Bourgeois is one of Sancerre’s biggest and most savvy producers. Not only does it have parcels in some of the finest vineyards in Sancerre, but it also produces wines from Pouilly-Fumé and other Centre-Loire appellations like Menetou-Salon, as well as Marlborough, New Zealand. The entry-level styles offer a clean, crisp, uncomplicated expression of their appellations, but things get more interesting higher up the scale. If you want to discover the spectrum of terroirs, whether it’s Kimmeridgian marls (try the cuvées Le MD de Bourgeois and Jadis), chalky clay (Les Côtes aux Valets) or flint (Les Ruchons), the Bourgeois tasting room would be a good place to start. The on-site restaurant is also worth putting on your must-dine-at list in the region, dishing up possibly the best beef tartare I’ve ever had, as well as the full spectrum of Chavignol cheese.

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (08/21)

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  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre d’Antan 2018

    £39.99

    “Tasted in early March, the 2018 Sancerre d’Antan offers a deep, rich and concentrated yet pure and flinty bouquet with characteristic sur-lie aromas and a bouquet that is pretty reminiscent of a fine Burgundy. Based on up to 80+-year-old, very low-yielding vines and aged in used barrels (including two rackings), this is a full-bodied, rich and juicy Sancerre with textural salinity and a long, intense and mouth-filling finish. This is a rich and intense yet also refined and vital 2018 and one of the exciting wines of the vintage. Bottled without fining or filtration. Drink; 2021-2029. 93 points

    Henri Bourgeois, run by the 10th generation, namely Arnaud, Lionel and Jean-Christophe Bourgeois but still also their father, Jean-Marie, remains a reliably outstanding producer in the Sancerre appellation. I tasted numerous wines from several vintages (2015-2019) in the past few weeks and months and didn’t detect any weak or disappointing bottling but several superb Sancerres. Two of the finest are the Côte des Monts Damnés and the Chapelle des Augustins, but I’d also recommend La Bourgeoise, the more so since all these are Sancerres in the lower or medium price range of the series, whereas the more expensive single-vineyard wines (Famille Bourgeois, yellow capsules) still don’t fascinate me in the same way. I find more purity, coolness and drama (or tension) in the nervy Henri Bourgeois bottlings yet more fruit intensity and richness in the special Famille selections from vineyards that are roughly one or more hectares in size, planted in the later 1980s (Le Cotelin, Les Côtes aux Valets) or in the 1970s (Les Ruchons on silex-ich soils). Please don’t forget that the Chavignol-based Bourgeois family, which works on a mosaic of many plots that are worked in respect of and in order to express their particular origins in the wines, not only produces a reliably excellent Pouilly-Fumé as well, La Demoiselle de Bourgeois, but also a remarkably fine Sancerre Pinot Noir from the Kimmeridgian marls of the Monts Damnés slopes, 2015 Le Graveron. There are many more Pinots from Bourgeois available that I haven’t tasted yet, though.

    From what I have tasted, Bourgeois represents the superb qualities of the last five vintages exemplarily. I have no idea about the 2020s yet, though, but I also appreciate the 2016s and 2015s and even the delicacy of 2014 a lot. 2019, 2018 and 2017 were all abnormal early vintages, and namely 2018 and 2019 were characterized by an “exceptional sanitary state” of the grapes during the harvest. The 2019 harvest started on September 13 under slightly cooler conditions than in 2018, when the first grapes were picked on September 10. Whereas the 2019 harvest went until October 3rd, the harvest was slightly shorter (yet more generous in terms of quantity) the year before, when the last press ran on September 28. In 2017, the harvest started on September 11 and was finished 15 days later but, due to severe spring frost, brought the smallest yields since 1945. Whereas the 2018 wines are similar to the 2015s and 2009s (or, speaking of red wines only, even to the legendary 1947s), the Bourgeois family compares 2017 with the excellent 1996, “one of the top 10 vintages of the 20th century.”

    2019 was the first vintage when Henri Bourgeois used their own, terroir-specific yeast selections. The domain is currently in the process to become a certified organic producer, so further improvements are very likely to come, even though the so-called “classic vintages” seem to be over. Global warming is finally also affecting the wine style of the Sancerrois.”

    Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (03/21)

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  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Etienne Henri 2017

    £42.99

    “Based in the village of Chavignol, Domaine Henri Bourgeois is one of Sancerre’s biggest and most savvy producers. Not only does it have parcels in some of the finest vineyards in Sancerre, but it also produces wines from Pouilly-Fumé and other Centre-Loire appellations like Menetou-Salon, as well as Marlborough, New Zealand. The entry-level styles offer a clean, crisp, uncomplicated expression of their appellations, but things get more interesting higher up the scale. If you want to discover the spectrum of terroirs, whether it’s Kimmeridgian marls (try the cuvées Le MD de Bourgeois and Jadis), chalky clay (Les Côtes aux Valets) or flint (Les Ruchons), the Bourgeois tasting room would be a good place to start. The on-site restaurant is also worth putting on your must-dine-at list in the region, dishing up possibly the best beef tartare I’ve ever had, as well as the full spectrum of Chavignol cheese.

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (08/21)

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  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Jadis 2018

    £38.95

    “Henri Bourgeois, run by the 10th generation, namely Arnaud, Lionel and Jean-Christophe Bourgeois but still also their father, Jean-Marie, remains a reliably outstanding producer in the Sancerre appellation. I tasted numerous wines from several vintages (2015-2019) in the past few weeks and months and didn’t detect any weak or disappointing bottling but several superb Sancerres. Two of the finest are the Côte des Monts Damnés and the Chapelle des Augustins, but I’d also recommend La Bourgeoise, the more so since all these are Sancerres in the lower or medium price range of the series, whereas the more expensive single-vineyard wines (Famille Bourgeois, yellow capsules) still don’t fascinate me in the same way. I find more purity, coolness and drama (or tension) in the nervy Henri Bourgeois bottlings yet more fruit intensity and richness in the special Famille selections from vineyards that are roughly one or more hectares in size, planted in the later 1980s (Le Cotelin, Les Côtes aux Valets) or in the 1970s (Les Ruchons on silex-ich soils). Please don’t forget that the Chavignol-based Bourgeois family, which works on a mosaic of many plots that are worked in respect of and in order to express their particular origins in the wines, not only produces a reliably excellent Pouilly-Fumé as well, La Demoiselle de Bourgeois, but also a remarkably fine Sancerre Pinot Noir from the Kimmeridgian marls of the Monts Damnés slopes, 2015 Le Graveron. There are many more Pinots from Bourgeois available that I haven’t tasted yet, though.

    From what I have tasted, Bourgeois represents the superb qualities of the last five vintages exemplarily. I have no idea about the 2020s yet, though, but I also appreciate the 2016s and 2015s and even the delicacy of 2014 a lot. 2019, 2018 and 2017 were all abnormal early vintages, and namely 2018 and 2019 were characterized by an “exceptional sanitary state” of the grapes during the harvest. The 2019 harvest started on September 13 under slightly cooler conditions than in 2018, when the first grapes were picked on September 10. Whereas the 2019 harvest went until October 3rd, the harvest was slightly shorter (yet more generous in terms of quantity) the year before, when the last press ran on September 28. In 2017, the harvest started on September 11 and was finished 15 days later but, due to severe spring frost, brought the smallest yields since 1945. Whereas the 2018 wines are similar to the 2015s and 2009s (or, speaking of red wines only, even to the legendary 1947s), the Bourgeois family compares 2017 with the excellent 1996, “one of the top 10 vintages of the 20th century.”

    2019 was the first vintage when Henri Bourgeois used their own, terroir-specific yeast selections. The domain is currently in the process to become a certified organic producer, so further improvements are very likely to come, even though the so-called “classic vintages” seem to be over. Global warming is finally also affecting the wine style of the Sancerrois.

    Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (03/21)

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  • Jacques Puffeney Vin Jaune 2011 (620ml)

    £164.95

    “The style of the 2011 Arbois Vin Jaune from Puffeney is usually the powerful and concentrated style found around Arbois, aged in a warm and dry cellar that provokes a higher evaporation and thus concentration of the wine. This 2011 was released in 2018 (and it’s being offered again now), but I have not yet seen the 2012. I intended to uncork a bottle of the 2010 to report on it, but I couldn’t locate it in the mess of my cellar. But I found this 2011 and decided to share it with some friends along with some 42-month aged Comté cheese. I was very surprised at how elegant and subtle this is. It has a wonderfully tender and delicate nose, and then the palate is an explosion of flavors and has more clout and power than what the nose points out. This is one of the wines that made me decide I found 2011 to be a great vintage for vin jaune, better than 2010 in the cases where I also tasted the 2010. This is a great legacy from Monsieur Puffeney, and I’d stock a few (more) bottles in the corner of my cellar. If kept properly, this has all that it needs to develop for 50 years in bottle. Epic! Drink: 2019-2050. 98 points

    Even after retirement, some homeopathic quantities of wines from Puffeney keep arriving in some markets. I had the luck to catch two of them…”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (243)

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  • Julien Guillot Macon Cruzille Aragonite 2019

    £44.99

    “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 Blanc Au Quin Chateau 2019

    £32.95

    “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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