Burgundy's Monopoles / Clos des Lambrays 2015

 
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A monopole is a vineyard with one owner. With the constant division of vineyards in Burgundy over the centuries it is quite an unusual occurrence. Burgundy's two most famous vineyards - La Romanee-Conti and La Tache - are both Monopoles. However, there are numerous other monopoles that may be sampled for far less money.

Today, we present eight Monopoles from the Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits.
Most wines are still available at Pre Arrival discounts. This is 15% for most wines but for some newly featured additions to our portfolio we have increased this to 25%.
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Domaine Pascal Bouley Volnay 1er Cru Les Grands Champs Monopole 2014 
Landed Price $138.50
Pre Arrival Price $117.50
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Bouley Grand Champs 2014 Label
Burghound: 
(a monopole of only .24 ha that is part of the climat Les Mitans). Like the Teurons this is attractively perfumed while offering up spicy and softly earthy aromas of lilac, pomegranate and sandalwood. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension to the delineated and discreetly mineral-inflected medium weight flavors that are shaped by refined tannins on the lingering and well-balanced finale. This isn't quite as concentrated as the Ronceret, and it's a bit less structured, but it's even finer. 91/2021+.  A Sweet Spot Wine. 
91 Points

Domaine Pascal Bouley Volnay 1er Cru Les Grands Champs Monopole 2015  
Landed Price $151.95
Special Pre Arrival Price $113.95

Bouley Grand Champs 2015 Label
The Fine Wine Review: 
Les Grands Champs is one of those lieux-dits that is part premier cru and part village. Bouley is the sole owner of the premier cru portion. The wine has floral and dark fruit aromas. The mouth is smooth and long with dark fruits and plenty of finesse. The wine seems not quite as tannic as the Robardelles. 90-93 Points

Domaine du Pavillon Corton Clos des Marechaudes Grand Cru Monopole 2015
Landed Price $262.95
Pre Arrival Price $223.50

Pavillon Marechaudes GC Label
Tim Atkin MW:  
Located in the same clos as the Premier Cru of the same name, this comes from the upper part of the vineyards where the soils are very poor indeed. It's a very pure expression of the Grand Cru, with pepper spice and red berry flavours, chalky acidity and fine tannins, especially for a Corton. 2024-30. 94 Points

Domaine Jean Chartron Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Pucelle Monopole 2015
Landed Price $212.95
Special Pre Arrival Price $180.95
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Chartron Pucelles Label NV
John Gilman, View from the Cellar: The old vines in the Clos de la Pucelle (planted in 1917) have really succeeded in the 2015 vintage and this is a superb wine in the making. This is still more primary in personality than the Folatières and will want a few years in the cellar to blossom, but it will be superb, as it offers up a nascently complex aromatic blend of pear. White peach, chalky minerality, orange blossoms, hints of the crème patissière to come and a deft framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and vibrant, with a fine core, lovely cut and grip and a long focused and very classy finish. Gorgeous juice. 2018-2035
. 93+ Points

Domaine Bertagna Vougeot 1er Cru Clos de la Perriere Monopole 2015  
Landed Price $22995
Special Pre Arrival Price $172.50
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Bertagna Vougeot Perriere label
Darren Harris: A monopoly of the domaine measuring a substantial 2.2 hectares in size. The vineyard is surrounded on three sides by Musigny, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses and Clos Vougeot. Deep colour. Aromatic nose of violets, dark fruits, spice and minerals. Mouth-filling and supple with sophisticated flavours and a long, precise mineral finish. This is really very stylish and fine with restrained power. If you were to imagine a hypothetical blend of the three serious vineyards surrounding Clos de la Perriere it would taste something like this.
 

Domaine Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru Monopole 2014 
In Stock $322.00

Faiveley Corton Label
Burghound: A fresh, cool and moderately restrained nose speaks of various red and dark berries along with plenty of iron-inflected earth, animale and pretty floral nuances. The lush, even opulent flavors certainly don't lack for size, weight and power as they coat the palate while buffering the notably firm tannic spine on the muscular, driving and wonderfully persistent finish. This too is impressively concentrated and built-to-age. 93-95 Points

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Issarts Monopole 2014 
In Stock $161.50

Faiveley Issarts Label
Tim Atkin MW
A monopoly holding next to Ruchottes-Chambertin, acquired by Faiveley in 2003, this is a cool site that could work for whites as well as reds. Pure, fine and well balanced, with crunchy redcurrant and pomegranate flavours and stylish oak. Very polished. 2017-27. 95 Points

Domaine Fougeray de Beauclair Fixin Clos Marion Monopole 2015
Landed Price $114.95
Special Pre Arrival Price $85.95

Fougeray marion nv label
Darren Harris: A monopole of the domaine. Quite large at 3.16 hectares. Planted in 1946. A wild nose of blue-black fruit, spice, mineral. Floral - rose petals. Crunchy, juicy fruit and more complex than the Marsannay. A wonderful juxtaposition of fresh fruit and savoury elements. A serious wine with concentration from the old vines and a lively personality from the soil. 
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Lambray Label

Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 2015
In bottle and Magnum
It is not quite a monopole as Domaine des Lambrays own only 98% of this 8.84 ha Grand Cru. The other 0.18 belonging to Domaine Taupenot Merme.

Clos des Lambrays has an illustrious past. I have had the pleasure of drinking some magnificent bottles from the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. However, in the 1960's through 1990's the domaine lost its way. For a Grand Cru vineyard (which is almost a monopole) the wines simply weren't up to scratch.
 
Thierry Brouin arrived to manage the estate in 1980. The domaine was in disarray with entire vintages from the 1970's still unbottled (which Brouin had distilled into Fine de Bourgogne!). An extensive replanting program was undertaken to replace over 25% of the vines that had died or were diseased. By the end of the 1990's there were serious signs that this noble domaine was once again on the rise.
 
The recent sale of the domaine to the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy group for around 80 million Euros has no doubt seen an injection of capital that will surely see the domaine return to its lofty position of yesteryear. Today it remains the largest parcel of Grand Cru vines in the Cote de Nuits belonging to a single owner.  However, considering the amount of Clos des Lambrays produced each year it is a gigantic investment.

Clos des Lambrays is the steepest of the Morey Grand Crus. What many do not know is that the vineyard has three climats, each bringing a different character to the final assemblage. The soil contains many rocks and is rich in iron oxide which explains the elegant, blue fruit and mineral style of the vineyard. Thierry Brouin, responsible for the resurgence of the domaine, has been engaged for the next few years and has produced an outstanding 2015 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru. It is arguably the finest Clos des Lambrays of the last 50 years.
We have traded for a small parcel of the 2015 in bottle and magnum. The wine is very well reviewed.
John Gilman, A View from the Cellar: The 2015 Clos des Lambrays includes ninety-five percent whole clusters this year and is a stunning wine in the making. The bouquet is deep, pure and very expressive out of the blocks, soaring from the glass in a blaze of black plums, sweet cassis, espresso, woodsmoke, gamebird, raw cocoa, a great base of dark soil tones and a nice framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with laser like focus, great balance and grip and a very long, fine-grained and vibrant finish. This will take at least a decade to blossom, but it will be a great wine in the fullness of time. 2025-2075+. 96+ Points.

Vinous, Stephen Tanzer
: (made with 95% whole clusters; Brouin destemmed 5% of the fruit owing to the thick skins of '15): Healthy dark red. Subdued but complex, sexy scents of raspberry, mocha, brown spices and earth: a real essence of this distinctive grand cru. Sappy and wild, conveying terrific intensity and precision to its red berry and spice flavors. Tactile, savory, dense and very long, finishing with lovely energy and peppery lift and a lingering element of salty minerality. Beautifully integrated ripe tannins suggest that this will be an outstanding and long-lived vintage for Clos des Lambrays. The pH here is 3.6, which Brouin described as normal. Brouin added that potential alcohol levels following the sorting were around 12.5% in 2015, and that the finished wines will be between 13% and 13.2%. 93-95 Points
750ml Landed Price $570.00
Pre Arrival Price $485.00
1500ml Magnum Landed Price $1150.00
Pre Arrival Price $975.00
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