We present six Grand Crus in this week's container that we think are are in the "Don't Miss!" category.
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2010 Jean Chartron Batard-Montrachet
Normal Price $350.00
Pre Arrival Price $299.00
John Gilman, View from the Cellar: Domaine Chartron's Bâtard-Montrachet hails from Domaine Ramonet's parcel, as the two domaines effect a swap of grapes each year at harvest time, with Noël Ramonet getting his Chevalier-Montrachet from Jean-Michel Chartron in exchange for Bâtard-Montrachet grapes. I believe the ratio is three parts of Bâtard for two parts Chevalier. The 2010 Chartron Bâtard-Montrachet is simply stunning, as it delivers a young, pure and classic nose of apple, tangerine, brilliantly complex soil tones, orange peel and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full bodied and magically transparent, with a rock solid core of fruit, a very youthful personality, racy acids and a stunningly long and pure finish of uncompromising precision and balance. This is a Lamborghini of Bâtard-Montrachet. 96+ Points
2010 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne
Normal Price $269.00
Pre Arrival Price $229.00
Burghound: This is presently sufficiently reduced that I would strongly recommend decanting it if you're tempted to try one young. Here the aromatic profile is distinctly different from any of the preceding grands crus as the primary fruit element is green rather than white or yellow though there are apple, pear and plenty of mineral notes in the background. The rich, powerful and focused big-bodied flavors exhibit almost painful intensity as there is a plethora of mouth coating extract that buffers the very firm tannic spine that allows all of this size and weight to remain exquisitely well-balanced. This is not quite as complex or persistent as the Montrachet but it's not far off and in any case, it does precisely what it's supposed to do which is to be an excellent example of Corton-Charlemagne, not Montrachet. Don't Miss! 95 Points
2009 Dubreuil-Fontaine Corton Clos du Roi
Normal Price $112.00
Special Price $95.00
Burghound: A very ripe and moderately somber nose of plum, black raspberry and distinct sauvage notes that are also reflected by the broad-shouldered and very robust, concentrated and serious big-bodied flavors that are supported by buckets of dry extract and extremely firm yet not aggressive tannins, all wrapped in a palate staining and superbly long finish. This imposing effort is certainly built to age though a decade or so should see it at its best. 93 Points
2010 Comte Senard Corton Clos du Roi
Normal Price $199.00
Pre Arrival Price $169.00
Burghound: Relatively strong reduction dominates the nose at present and prevents a thorough assessment. By contrast, there is good freshness and ample verve to the exceptionally rich, powerful and borderline massive flavors that enjoy support in the form of a very concentrated mid-
palate and a notably firm tannic spine that imparts a chewy texture to the hugely long, mouth coating and tannic finish. This is breathtakingly good though like any self-respecting Clos du Roi, to note that it will need plenty of bottle age is largely superfluous. 92-95 Points
2010 Clos Frantin Grands-Echezeaux
Normal Price $309.00
Pre Arrival Price $263.00
Decanter Magazine's Red Burgundy of the Year 2012.
Burghound: Here there is slightly more wood in evidence but also noticeably more aromatic complexity to the exceptionally spicy nose of ripe plum, earth and slightly animale scents. This is really quite refined for the appellation as the mid-palate is pure silk which disguises somewhat the underlying muscularity of the big-bodied flavors that are blessed with both excellent concentration as well as plenty of palate coating dry extract. This is a powerful but balanced effort that offers outstanding length and is unapologetically built to age. 92-94 Points
2010 Alex Gambal Latricieres-Chambertin
Normal Price $265.00
Pre Arrival Price $199.99
Darren Harris: This was one of the most delightful wines of my last trip. Latricieres-Chambertin can, all too often, be a little light and lacking complexity. This cuvee, made from a small patch of old vines high on the slope, delivers that rare combination of power, style and lightness. Jasper Morris in Inside Burgundy quotes Faiveley and Rossignol-Trapet as using the French term arien to describe their Latricieres, a word that sits somewhere between airy and ethereal. This wine certainly is both intense and light on its feet, lacy in structure, with a gentle sweetness of fruit seen in the best Burgundies. The finish is very fine and long. I have written stylish and that sums up this terrific wine. It is a beautiful wine with the balance that makes it very pleasing to drink now, but with the structure to allow the wine time to develop those gorgeous nuances the vineyard is capable of. 93-94 Points
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