St Aubin has got to be one of the best value wines in Burgundy. This is a full-bodied, generous and precise wine. Easily accessible, it is the perfect accompaniment for aperitifs or a simple cooked meat (charcuterie), poultry or fish dishes.
From an excellent small family producer in Meursault, this wine hails from a vineyard that sits adjacent to Meursault and benefits from the same terroir, treatment and character. Classic Burgundian flavours.
The only thing ancient about this wine is the name - here is the new generation of Beaujolais-Villages
Once tasted, forever conquered. Its creator is a genius: Jean-Paul Brun, a counter-conventional winegrower, has reinvigorated the reputation of Beaujolais wines. Of a quality equal to the wines of Côte de Beaune, its winery, Terres Dorées, offers excellent quality for the price.
To quote Allen Meadows; the quality of these wines is nothing short of phenomenal
compared to the usual quality of the respective appellations. Claude Marechal makes his
wines as naturally as possible, taking his inspiration from his late friend Henri Jayer who he
trained with early in his career. In common with Jayer he makes wines above and beyond the
expectations of his terroirs. His wines are pure and sleek with vibrant fruit and great
potential to age. In the vineyard ripeness is the watchword and the vines are maintained in
order to maximise phenolic maturity every vintage whatever the conditions. No chemical
fertilisers are used and the harvest is hand picked each vintage, Claude says he is usually the
last in each appellation to pick which shows on the ripe fruited nature of his wines. After
harvest the bunches are sorted by hand and gently de-stemmed before vinification using
natural yeasts. The fermenting must is pumped over twice daily and once alcoholic
fermentation is finished the wines are placed into oak barrels where they mature for between
10 and 15 months. From tastings of back vintages at the domaine it is clear these are wines
that are built to age well. Claude has not changed his prices for the 2021 vintage.
Remi Jeanniard is the 'real deal' and a treasure for the Burgundy lover. An under-the-radar producer making fantastic wines in the heart of Burgundy's greatest vineyards. And they are affordable.
"Fruit compote on the nose. Big and juicy. Quite charming and floral at the same time. A lot of structure, creamy towards the finish.."
Domaine Belleville was created in Rully by the Dumont family at the beginning of the 20th century, and now has 28 hectares spread out from North to South Burgundy. Impressive winery equipment ensures only the best grapes are selected for vinification and the wines are pure and precise. The estate was purchased by two Americans (one an academic at Harvard, one in finance), and already changes are being made including a refresh of the packaging. Young winemaker Charles is highly enthusiastic about the new direction of the estate. With a terroir, plot focused portfolio, Belleville is creating wines of great concentration at great prices.Charles asserts that the move to organic practice has resulted in higher natural acidity in the wines.
Generous. Baked lemon, peach, melon. Slightly smoky, with high acidity, fat mid palate (25% new oak), and a tropical finish. Very good
This 'baby Meursault' is derived from two small, advantageously positioned parcels of old vines just outside the village of Meursault. The 2021 is an excellent vintage that offers immense concentration and a more forward expression in the glass. It boasts opulent, rich qualities and focused minerality that mirror what we love in the wines of the appellation.The vineyards of 35 to 60-year-old vines lie just outside the AOC border of Meursault, which dramatically lowers the price while allowing for one of the greatest White Burgundy values we have. This wine is ready to drink now and doesnt need aging. Zesty, bitter citrus, lemon, and grapefruit characters, with a biscuity, yeasty character all held together by a spicy acidity, and a lean mineral salinity. Serious integration, sheer quality.
Red Declicious apple come clothed in a berryish, fruity guise. The smooth, rounded palate also homes in on Red Delicious ripeness, layering rich fruit onto berry charm and citrus brightness. This wine is easy, generous, bold and fruity, with a dry finish. Anne Krebiehl MW 90/100
Family estaste based in Beine near Chablis, with 50 hectares under vine. 100% Chardonnay fermented and aged in stainless stell tanks to retain freshness.
Classic Chablis. Pebble dry, floral and vibrant. Great seafood wine, particularly oysters.
Produced exclusively from Gamay grapes harvested from vines around 45 years old, and the vineyards are situated in a natural amphitheatre around the Château. It's matured in large oak vats before bottling, and the fruity, floral wine is an excellent pairing with cheese. The grapes are hand picked, sorted and de-stemmed before being put into temperature controlled stainless steel vats for a long (2-3 week) maceration period during which the chapeau de marc -the cap of the grape skins- is regularly pushed down into the juice (pigeage), to enhance the aromatics, colour and body of the finished wine. After pneumatic pressing, the malolactic fermentation takes place gently and slowly throughout the winter after which the wine is bottled in the spring. The wines are always aged for several months at the chateau before release.
A complex Beaujolais packed with alluring red-fruit and herbal elements that interplay across your palate in perfect harmony.
Medium-intensity ruby in colour, this wine has an aromatic, medium-plus-intensity nose of red plum, fig, hay rhubarb, raspberry, red currant, violet, black tea, and hibiscus.
On the palate the dry, medium-bodied Beaujolais has medium-plus-intensity, floral flavours suggested on the nose supported by medium acidity and completing with a black-tea-infused, long finish.
The midpalate sings, and you wont want the experience of enjoying this wine to end.
Intense ruby colour with hints of purple. A wide palette of aromas dominated by morello cherry and red fruits. Hints of smoke and leather, finely balanced with harmonious tannin. This wine may be enjoyed young and it is also ideal for laying down for a couple more years. Pinot Noir from the Chalonnaise region that borders the Cotes de Beaune to the North.
Alain Geoffroy's estate produces this old vine premier cru from the Beauroy vineyard, accepted as one of the region's best. This is a very classic style, with aromas of white flowers, tinged with honey and lemon and a rich, rounded palate with those benchmark flinty notes.
This Bourgogne is cherry red in colour, with ruby red reflections. The nose expresses notes of raspberry, blackcurrant, liquorice, with notes of violet. The palate is soft with crisp tannins. The fresh and saline finish is accompanied by aromas of liquorice and pepper. This is a delicate style and so much better than your average Bourgogne Rouge, punching way above it's weight, it is a very stylish and classy wine indeed,
Alexia Russo and Caroline Fyot pursued careers in the luxury industry for one and in insurance for the other before decided to reconnect with nature and fulfill a childhood dream: to create a wine estate.
The pair chose Burgundy, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Château de Garnerot to create the estate because of its deep historical roots in the winemaking tradition.
Gilles Remoriquet is not a winemaker who rests on his laurels. He is forever looking for ways to improve his wines. Most recently he has been to the Jura to see a specialist about selecting the right blend of manure and has bought a second sorting table which eliminates under-ripe berries by flotation! Cuvaisons are long, giving a light colour yet concentrated, intense fruit flavours. Remoriquet is one of the top estates in Nuits but the prices have yet to catch up. At the top of the range the Vosne-Romannée 1er Cru au dessous des Malconsorts is situated next to La Tâche and tastes like it is!
"Good meaty, powdery, cocoa dusted tannin through out. Persistent, savoury, ripe victoria plum and raspberry underneath. Long, serious, elegant"
An excellent Chardonnay from one of Burgundy's best small family producer - Domaine Bachey-Legros . White Burgundy from off the beaten track, coming from old vines in the increasingly sought-after appellation of Maranges.
Aromas of lemon, minerals with nutty and smoky hints. Fresh and concentrated on the palate with oaky hints of vanilla as well as zesty lemons. In the background are floral tones adding additional complexity to this fantastic white burgundy.
Fifty-year old vines, this has real grunt even at this age. Tawny, bold, savoury.
Organic, family estate, old vines. Parker says well priced and I look forward to investigating this domaine further in the future. An intense Pinot with an interesting ripe citrus nose and big broad body with plenty of tannin, flavour and structure remaining.
Bright ruby red with nose of violets and red fruits, this dry red wine from the Beaujolais region of Burgundy is bursting with ripe red berry fruit flavours. It is soft and fresh, with delicate light tannins. Good acidity with medium body, 13.5% abv and fine tannins. Flavours of bright blackberry and plum with a good length spicy finish. Very versatile food wine that can be enjoyed with meat, plant-based dishes and even fish like tuna.
The vines, planted in 1945, delve deep and create a concentrated wine with an incredible inky black colour. Maranges is slightly off the beaten track but a really interesting source of fleshy, rich red Burgundy that look better and better value as prices rise for better known villages. Bachey-Legros makes one of the very best examples in the Maranges appellation from the single 'Le Goty' vineyard .
"Slightly purple. Savoury and plump. Quite spicy on the nose. Some notes of stems. Fairly grippy tannin. Savoury and expressive. Redcurrant acidity on the palate."
Complex nose, with nuts, tree fruit, some wax and honey too. Broad, creamy nose, yellow pear, peach, citrus. Very fine acidity. Quite full bodied and fleshy. Rich and persistent, very fine palate with lots of intensity and length. Sublime!
Jérôme and Elisabeth Billard are the 4th generation of his family to have managed Domaine Billard Pere & Fils. Their winery is located in La Rochepot, a village just west of Saint-Aubin. Jérôme has built up the estate's vineyard holdings to an impressive 18.5 hectares, with the largest area in Hautes Cotes de Beaune, as well as Beaune, St Romain, St Aubin, Auxey Duresses and Pommard.
Jérômes philosophy is "expressing the typicity of the terroir.". Yields are low and grapes are concentrated because of organic farming techniques, extensive pruning and cover crops between vines. His trusty Percheron steed, Raphael, ploughs the vineyards at the estate and for Domaine de la Romanee Conti. Grapes are hand harvested and sorted on a vibrating table to ensure only the best are selected. Winemaking is low intervention. Pinot Noir is foot trodden to gently extract tannins, only natural yeasts are used and wines are left on lees in oak barrels before bottling at the estate.
As a consequence of these meticulous efforts, Billard offers high quality wines with layers of complexity and concentration at surprisingly low prices.
Their Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune Rouge comes from a plot of 4 hectares with alluvial clay soil. After pressing the grapes by foot, the wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels.
Delicious! Complex but easy to drink (light bodied, not too bold, low tannins). Juicy plum flavours are bright but not too sweet, smoky tobacco adds warmth and balance.
Without doubt one of the most-respected family estates in Burgundy. Silky, fine, gorgeous.
Neal Martin MW, Pure, quite sumptuous red cherry and strawberry fruit, maybe obvious to some but just the right side of hedonistic for me. The palate is medium-bodied with a rounded and smooth opening, with a caresses pain dépices and crushed strawberry finish. There is just a little warmth on the back of the throat.
Pascal Fournillon is a sweet-natured man, always happy when people find him in the sleepy hamlet of Bernouil, some 10 miles north-east of Chablis town. His mum also makes the best gougeres if you need further incentive. Pascal's vineyards cover some 23 hectares of land in the appellations of Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru and Epineuil. He is bottling more and more of his own wine rather than selling in bulk and this means we have access to good allocations of Chablis that Pascal is happy to age for us for a few years till it is perfect to drink. This Bourgogne Chardonnay is from vineyards near Chablis and bears all the hallmarks of it; steely, lemony, fine and elegant.
100% Chardonnay grown on limestone slopes in the best areas of the Macon. Made by the excellent Buxy cooperative, in stainless steel tanks then bottled after several months on lees. Floral and citrus notes, mouthwatering acidity and lovely long flavour. A superb introduction to White Burgundy this overdelviers for its price.
Vines of average age 40 years. It is important to understand the subsoil and originality of the different parcels that make up the cuvée Terroir, seeking to be above all the full expression of Chardonnay. On the palate is developed the freshness of minerality peculiar to Pouilly-Fuissé.
Morgon offers a fuller expression of Beaujolais and takes on Pinot Noir-like maturity with a few years bottle age. A palate of juicy red fruit is introduced with floral aromas on the nose of rose and peony with flecks of cracked black peppercorns. The mouthfeel is fleshy with velvety tannins. Try with barbequed sausages or a fruity Moroccan tagine.
This wine is available for delivery, in shop purchase and click and collect from Thursday 16th November 2023. This delightful soft fruity red is more than just a marketing gimmick: intense ruby, purple colour with classic notes of raspberries, morello cherries, but also blackcurrants and wild strawberries.
Just 10% of Givry is white - a deliciously clean, dry Chardonnay that has an attractive spicy-buttery hint on the aftertaste. From such a good vintage as 2019, this has got to be one of the best bargains to be had.