Burgundy 2020

An Outstanding Vintage

Without doubt the wines of the 2020 harvest in Burgundy are very good indeed, in some cases even outstanding, for both white and red. A week-long visit in mid-November confirmed what we had started to hear, across the region from Chablis to the Mâconnais – there are some terrific wines. Yields were variable across the region with some coming close to ‘average’, whilst others were down to less than 20 hl/ha. As a region that continues to impress and with demand increasingly outweighing supply now is the time to buy, especially as there will be very little 2021 available next year due to a torrid season.

 

THE BIG PICTURE

For many growers it proved to be the earliest harvest on record, even earlier than in 2003, another vintage dominated by hot weather, though there the comparison ends for these two vintages  – in 2020 the nights were cooler allowing fresher fruit character to be preserved. The lack of rainfall and heat seem by all accounts to have stopped the vines, as they sought to preserve water, halting the rise in sugars, keeping alcohol levels down, and crucially, the diminution of the acids in the grape. It is this that has made the vintage so unique. Vintage comparisons from growers were rare this year, like 2014 or 2017 said some... but with more weight.

 

THE WINES

The wines this year have something of Jekyll and Hyde about  them  – the reds are intensely coloured with a nose of rich black fruit. However, on the palate there is a freshness and energy that surprises with zip and life supporting all that fruit. The tannins are fine and well rounded but present and, amongst our growers certainly, well integrated. It is this combination of fruit, acidity and tannins that will allow the wines to age well, for many years in some cases, but the ripeness suggests they should  give  pleasure  throughout  their  evolution.  The whites too show similar character, but they are fresher on the nose exhibiting some delicate floral notes amongst the orchard fruit but carry the same warmth of the season and freshness onto the palate.

 

THE CONDITIONS

The winter of 2019 was quite damp which proved crucial in allowing the vines to cope in the dry, hot conditions that were to follow in the summer. The new year started mild, even warm, so the vines leapt into action. This paved the way for the rest of the season, which was earlier, drier and warmer than average. Flowering took place in near ideal conditions particularly for the Pinot Noir. June was a little more variable with some wind which reduced any disease pressure. July and early August were hot and dry with a few heat spikes but the growers we spoke to all said it was the lack of water rather than the heat which shaped the vintage. This lack of water gave very concentrated berries with thick, ripe skins but very little juice, reducing the yields for some by up to 50%.

Alain Gras

Type

White

Notes

Honeysuckle and white peaches with a bright, rounded palate and a little...

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case of 6

Price

£114.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Very smoky and ripe, almost black, fruits. The palate has lighter fruit...

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case of 6

Price

£114.00

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Type

White

Notes

Honeysuckle and white peaches with a bright, rounded palate and a little...

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case of 3 magnums

Price

£123.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Very smoky and ripe, almost black, fruits. The palate has lighter fruit...

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case of 3 magnums

Price

£123.00

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Bernard Dugat-Py

Type

Red

Notes

From 30 to 50 year old vines, this 'village' Gevrey is very rich and very...

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case of 3

Price

£270.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Pack Size

case of 3

Price

£315.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Pack Size

case of 3

Price

£336.00

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Buisson-Charles

Type

White

Notes

Lemony and buttery with some white flowers and a flinty note too. There are...

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case of 3

Price

£210.00

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Type

White

Notes

Honeysuckle and acacia abound with notes of lemon shortbread and lemon verbena...

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case of 3

Price

£210.00

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Type

White

Notes

An open and attractive nose wih a wonderful honey character. big, weighty...

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case of 3

Price

£210.00

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Type

White

Notes

20% new oak with whole bunches from vines that range between 45-100 years old...

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case of 6

Price

£240.00

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Type

Red

Notes

From vines over 50 years of age grown in this very special part of Volnay...

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case of 6

Price

£420.00

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Type

White

Notes

Made by Patrick's 25 year old son, Louis, from vines just on the edge of Meursault...

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case of 6

Price

£93.00

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Château-Fuissé - Famille Vincent

Type

White

Notes

Beautifully ripe, yellow peaches and nectarine with an almost tropical...

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case of 6

Price

£81.00

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Chanson Père & Fils

Type

Red

Notes

Another big holding for Chanson at 5.4 ha, this site has produced a...

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case of 6

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£129.00

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Type

Red

Notes

The chalky soils of this north-east facing vineyard produce wines...

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case of 6

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£132.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Chanson's Monopole, meaning they own the whole 3.8 ha vineyard...

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case of 6

Price

£267.00

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Type

White

Notes

A major holding of this excellent site, Chanson have 4.5 ha. A wonderfully...

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case of 6

Price

£276.00

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Type

White

Notes

White Savigny is not that common, but the chalky limestones soils lend...

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case of 6

Price

£105.00

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Etienne Sauzet

Type

White

Notes

Citrussy, limey, flinty aromas. Really nice balance with orchard fruit and...

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case of 6

Price

£108.00

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Type

White

Notes

Floral on the nose with honeysuckle and jasmine, along with a smokier touch...

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case of 6

Price

£4,080.00

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Type

White

Notes

Buttery, lemon shortbread with lemon verbena and lime, a wonderful underlying...

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case of 3

Price

£255.00

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Type

White

Notes

Candied lemon and orange peel, hazelnut and almond. This has a mouth-watering...

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case of 3

Price

£345.00

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Type

White

Notes

Richer style, though with fresh lemon curd coming through. Bigger, textured...

Pack Size

case of 3

Price

£255.00

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Type

White

Notes

Big, bold and rich aromas with spice and almond, hazelnuts, peaches and nectarine...

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case of 6

Price

£540.00

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Héritiers du Comte Lafon

Type

White

Notes

An aromatic fruit salad of a wine with a great blend of orchard and...

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case of 6

Price

£108.00

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Henri Prudhon et Fils

Type

Red

Notes

Richly fruited red cherry and red plummy nose. Soft, ripe, red...

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case of 6

Price

£105.00

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Type

White

Notes

Aromatic nose with custard apples and pears. The palate has a really lovely...

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case of 6

Price

£120.00

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Henri Germain et Fils

Type

Red

Notes

Dark, smoky, black fruits ? damsons and mulberry. Lovely mouthfilling concentration...

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case of 6

Price

£234.00

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Type

White

Notes

Plush stone fruits and pineapple with smoky, almond aromas. Ginger and...

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case of 6

Price

£180.00

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Domaine Borgeot

Type

White

Notes

A really lovely entry point into the wines of Burgundy. Quince, juicy...

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case of 6

Price

£63.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Smoky black fruit aromas but with a nice, fresh, mineral note too...

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case of 6

Price

£90.00

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Type

White

Notes

Lovely freshness with crisp apple and pears. 20% new oak gives body...

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case of 6

Price

£93.00

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Type

White

Notes

Richer yellow fruits on the nose with the crisp apple skin too. Lovely palate...

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case of 6

Price

£120.00

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Type

Red

Notes

One of the first parcels the Domaine owned, the oldest vines are now...

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case of 6

Price

£120.00

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Domaine Bachelet-Monnot

Type

Red

Notes

Some of the grapes are from a half ha parcel of 30 year old vines in Puligny...

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case of 6

Price

£84.00

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Type

White

Notes

All stone fruits and spice, white peaches and nectarines. Nice richness...

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case of 6

Price

£93.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Lovely fragrant and floral nose with smoky and savoury notes. Juicy...

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case of 6

Price

£120.00

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Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils

Type

White

Notes

Lemon sherbet, bristling with buttery richness. Great freshness and verve...

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case of 6

Price

£330.00

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Type

White

Notes

Wow, this is an absolute delight to the senses already! Rich, spicy, honeyed...

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case of 6

Price

£330.00

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Type

White

Notes

Hawthorn and lime-flower scents abound along with buttery lemon curd. Such...

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case of 6

Price

£330.00

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Type

Rosé

Notes

Bright, grapefruit and lime with a floral fragrance too. Intense and powerful...

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case of 6

Price

£348.00

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Type

White

Notes

Rich and powerful with exotic fruits and a mineral concentration. Plenty...

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case of 6

Price

£420.00

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Domaine Louis Boillot et Fils

Type

Red

Notes

A savoury leafy edge with black currants and elderberry plus sweet red....

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case of 6

Price

£198.00

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Type

Red

Notes

A bold, generous style with bramble and cassis and a nice savoury touch...

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case of 6

Price

£222.00

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Type

Red

Notes

The fragrance is a little reluctant at first but with a little coaxing...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£276.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Scents of violets, elder- and loganberries and a little spice. Juicy and...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£255.00

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Domaine Drouhin-Laroze

Type

White

Notes

Ripe, creamy stone fruits, this feels warm and supple. There is great...

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case of 6

Price

£81.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Very ripe, kirsch and cherry stones which come through on the palate...

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case of 6

Price

£81.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Wonderfully ripe and intense, with mulberry and fresh figs. So much...

Pack Size

single bottle

Price

£145.00

Qty.

Type

Red

Notes

Liquorice, bright cherries and almond like cherry stones. Chewy tannins...

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single bottle

Price

£145.00

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Type

Red

Notes

A ripe beautifully scented perfume with delicate floral notes. Really lovely...

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case of 6

Price

£204.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Smoky, fruit pastille, almost cassis notes. Wonderful forest flour and...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£252.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Elegant smoky nose with an undertow of hedgerow fruit, ripe slightly spicy...

Pack Size

case of 3

Price

£315.00

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Type

Red

Notes

A big, powerful, structured wine with plenty of concentration. Rich...

Pack Size

case of 3

Price

£357.00

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Domaine Jacqueson

Type

White

Notes

Planted in 1992 this excellent vineyard offers attractive pear and apple...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£120.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Full of bright, fresh, black fruit character with a lovely perfumed aroma...

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case of 6

Price

£120.00

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Type

White

Notes

Showing lovely depth and complexity, the palate is rich, almost creamy...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£120.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Ripe and juicy red cherry with a lovely hit of spice and a sense of richness...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£96.00

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Domaine Michel Gros

Type

Red

Notes

Iodine, mineral style which comes round to juicy forward fruits on the...

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case of 6

Price

£99.00

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Domaine Odoul Coquard

Type

Red

Notes

60 years. old vines, that yielded very small berries this year so...

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case of 6

Price

£180.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Black and blue fruits, sweet spices and those refreshing mineral notes again...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£348.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Light, delicate red fruits with touches of fenugreek on the nose...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£510.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Dark concentrated fruits on the edge of black cherry with kirsch...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£534.00

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Domaine Rollin Père et Fils

Type

White

Notes

A creamy and inviting nose with a floral richness. Exotic fruits come to...

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case of 6

Price

£78.00

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Type

White

Notes

Rich, creamy, buttery and enticingly exotic. The palate is pure and precise...

Pack Size

single bottle

Price

£82.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Darker, inky nose with a graphite note. The palate has a lovely concentration...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£111.00

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Type

White

Notes

Appealingly floral aromas with Comice pear, apple skin and lanolin...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£126.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Brooding, black and inky on the nose with lots of concentration....

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£168.00

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Domaine Tollot Beaut

Type

Red

Notes

Such finesse on the nose with silky chocolate notes.The blue and black...

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case of 6

Price

£279.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Hedgerows, bramble and damson fruit all vie for attention on the nose with...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£456.00

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Méo-Camuzet

Type

Red

Notes

Dark, black fruited style with cassis too, the tannins are tight and...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£150.00

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Type

White

Notes

Classic Bourgogne Blanc. This is a recent addition to the range...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£150.00

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Type

White

Notes

White stone fruits and bright floral notes. There is a lovely refreshing...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£180.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Very black fruits and lots of structure and concentration. A surprisingly...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£198.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Smoky and earthy with black fruits and truffle aromas. The palate has inky...

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single bottle

Price

£250.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Plenty of concentrated black cassis fruit, with good depth and some...

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case of 6

Price

£330.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£216.00

Qty.

 

Type

Red

Notes

Already very open and inviting with great elegance and finesse. An almost...

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single bottle

Price

£225.00

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Type

Red

Notes

A little air really releases the savoury and earthy aromas. Juicier on...

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case of 6

Price

£435.00

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Michel Prunier et Fille

Type

Red

Notes

Ripe cherry notes from the warming morning sun of this east facing...

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case of 6

Price

£69.00

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Type

White

Notes

Creamy, citrus notes with concentrated floral notes and lime blossom...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£108.00

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Type

Red

Notes

This is a blend of three different 1er Crus, all blended together as the...

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case of 6

Price

£120.00

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Type

Red

Notes

This is a blend of three different 1er Crus, all blended together as the...

Pack Size

case of 3 magnums

Price

£132.00

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Type

Red

Notes

This is a half ha plot from just behind their house. It has lovely spicy...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£135.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Spice, brambles and damsons are bound together with grippy tannins...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£216.00

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Moreau-Naudet et Fils

Type

White

Notes

A fine example from this super estate. The only one of their...

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case of 6

Price

£84.00

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Type

White

Notes

Forêts is part of the larger Montmains 1er cru, being in...

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case of 6

Price

£138.00

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Type

White

Notes

A large vineyard this domaine has 1.6ha here, the site is...

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case of 6

Price

£138.00

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Type

White

Notes

Pargues is a 1ha lieu-dit with the same exposition as Vaillons...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£102.00

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Roche & Domaine de Bellene

Type

White

Notes

This wine punches well above its weight and village level. It has bright...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£75.00

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Type

White

Notes

Inviting elderflower nose with underlying stone fruits. Wonderfully juicy...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£111.00

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Type

Red

Notes

A little closed on the nose at time of tasting but plenty of concentrated...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£111.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Plenty of ripe cassis and dark raspberry fruit as well as being peppery...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£111.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Framboise and wild strawberry aromas. Spicy with a good concentration of...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£147.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Parma violets and fruit pastilles abound. There is lots of concentration...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£228.00

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Type

White

Notes

Rich, creamy, smoky and concentrated. There is such great finesse to this...

Pack Size

single bottle

Price

£245.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Bright, red fruits with tight spicy tannins. The delicate red cherry notes...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£246.00

Qty.

 

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Type

White

Notes

Creamy, lemon shortbread style with a great mineral note too. Long, fresh...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£258.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Freshly made strawberry jam, yum! Big, structured and spicy on the palate...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£282.00

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Type

White

Notes

Rich and creamy with yellow fruits. Great balance, this is really lovely...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£312.00

Qty.

 

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Type

Red

Notes

Pack Size

single bottle

Price

£370.00

Qty.

 

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Type

Red

Notes

Riper, darker fruits and black currant and blueberries, with creme caramel...

Pack Size

single bottle

Price

£370.00

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Type

Red

Notes

Restrained, more subtle fruits. This is elegant and complex with great...

Pack Size

case of 3

Price

£441.00

Qty.

 

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Type

Red

Notes

Mulberry, framboise and bramble notes all vie with the creamy, vanilla...

Pack Size

single bottle

Price

£730.00

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