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Burgundy…why not?

Updated: Jul 31, 2020


Our subscribers might have noticed we do not list many Burgundy wines in our inventory. That has nothing to do with the preferences of our personal palates as indeed we love Burgundies. The difficulties lie in:


  1. - We want to offer wines of good quality and are rated 95 points or higher

  2. - We want to offer wines that are affordable to most

  3. - Production of the better Burgundies are tiny, and to put that into perspective…






As a result of the foresaid, good Burgundies by reputable producers are difficult to find and can be very costly, to the extent we often have second thoughts carrying them. And the hard reality is that their prices have been trending up a lot faster than all other fine wines.


Having said that, we have kept trying and now manage to get the following (not all rated 95 points but close enough) from reasonably good producers to hopefully give you a sense of what this great wine region can offer:


White


2015 Michel Bouzereau Meursault 1er Cru les Genevrieres (VN95) at $630/bottle – As we mentioned in a previous newsletter, this is a great white wine with a sophisticated bouquet of lemon thyme and white peach, wrapping up with a good and slightly saline finish.


2016 Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet les Vergers Clos St. Marc (VN94) at $680/bottle – With a floral lift and flavours of citrus and minerals, the wine is one with energy and precision but not the burden of weight, ending with a good finish.


2009 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (VN95) at $1,600/bottle – Simply brilliant, with its signature minerals, slate and citrus note all wrapped in a rich wine. The fact that Domaine Romanee Conti has more recently leased a parcel of their vineyard just adds to the cachet (and unfortunately, price too) of this excellent producer.


Red


2015 Albert Bichot Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St. Jacques (WA93) at $650/bottleWith a fragrant bouquet and supple tannin, it offers a very balanced palate, fleshy but harmonious, and an elegant, suave finish.


2009 Robert Chevillon 1er Cru les Pruliers (WA94) at $800/bottleThe wine opens with expressive aromas of red berries, cut flowers, mild spices and gives a promise of inner purity, sweetness, breadth and a finish of substance.


2012 Frederic Esmonin Ruchottes Chambertin Grand Cru (VN94+) at $980/bottle – With enticing scents of raspberry, cherry liqueur, violet and licorice, the wine finishes long and very perfumed. Could well be under-rated with good potential of further development.


2012 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets (VN95) at $1,200/bottle – A stunning, gorgeous wine with sweet red fruits and floral notes, supported by fine tannins, minerals and energy.


Thank you for reading and you can click www.vinopolis.com.hk to see our full wine list. If you want to buy anything, do that through the website, or send us a request via e-mail, or WhatsApp 9195-7383.

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