Same maker, same vintage, same vineyard! The 2 remarkable Clos des Varoilles Monopoles from 2016


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Same maker, same vintage, same vineyard!
The 2 remarkable Clos des Varoilles Monopoles from 2016
There are not too many wines in Burgundy where the owner produces two separate cuvees. Indeed, the vineyard holdings are often so small that multiple vineyards must be blended to create one wine.
Domaine des Varoilles are the sole owner of the Clos des Varoilles from which the domaine takes its name. 
The vineyard is the most westerly of the great Premier Crus in the Combe Lavaux. It has an ancient history being purchased by the Chapter of Langres between 1272 and 1329 and maintained as a clos by it until it was dispossessed during the French Revolution.
It is 5.97 hectares in size (almost as big as Clos St-Jacques) yet few wine lovers have heard of the vineyard.
With such a large holding it is perhaps not unexpected that the domaine has chosen to produce two cuvees. And what wines they are! 
The "standard cuvee" (if you can call it that) is produced from 45-65 year old vines (truly Vieilles Vignes) and sees 40% new oak.
The second cuvee is the domaine's Cuvee Prestige 100%. Here the vines are 100 years old and the wine sees 100% new oak. It is a Grand Cru in everything except name.

Yesterday, for the first time, I tasted both wines alongside each other with a group of Burgundy lovers. To say they were impressive would be a gross understatement.

Both wines showed depth, intensity and balance that is rarely seen at Premier Cru level. Most people thought the wines were from Vosne-Romanee and quite a lot opted for Grand Cru.

We have very small quantities of both cuvees in stock. I urge you to try these wines. They are exceptional. Until sold we offer them at 15% discount. Buy them both and do the comparison yourself.

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Varoilles Monopole Vieilles Vignes 2016
Normal Price $229.95
Special $195.50
20 bottles available

Darren Harris: 
Immediately south of La Romanee, high in the combe. Clos des Varoilles in a significant monopole of almost 6 hectares that was planted in the second half of the 13th century by the Chapter of Langres before it was dispossessed during the French Revolution. 
45-65 year old vines, 40% new oak. Deeper and richer than La Romanee with more breadth and complexity. Darker fruits with some liquorice-scented floral notes and a hint of wildness. There is a fine spine of acidity running through the wine which ensures, despite some weight, it remains balanced and captivating.  A Premier Cru to add to your must buy list.
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Varoilles Monopole Cuvee Prestige 100% Vieilles Vignes 2016
Normal Price $256.95
Special $218.00
7 bottles available
Varoilles Prestige label
The domaine produces 2 barrels of this wine from century old vines. They don't show it to critics and I know the reason why - if they did it would all be gone in a flash.

Darren Harris: 
There are only 2 barrels of this special cuvee produced from the oldest vines in this Monopole. I think the domaine likes to keep it a bit of a secret but we have managed to snare a few cases.
Tasted after the regular cuvee. Incredibly deep colour. Still purple. Powerful and layered nose taking all the elements from the regular cuvee and magnifying them, and then adding nuances of its own. Small, crunchy dark fruits, liquorice and flowers. Fresh spices. So so deep. The century old vines add texture, intensity and power. The palate has the weight and depth of a serious Grand Cru. 100% new oak but totally surrounded by complex fruit flavours. Thirty minutes in the glass saw the wine go to another level as the true character of this great parcel really blossomed. Exceptional. A must have!
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Fourrier Gevrey VV label
Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne 2005
11 bottles available

The wines of Domaine Fourrier are fast becoming cult wines.

We have 11 bottles of the old vines Gevrey-Chambertin from the great 2005 vintage in stock.
Special $215.00
Click here to order on line In stock for immediate delivery.

Dugat Claude Gevrey label
Domaine Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin 2014
11 bottles available

It would be accurate to say that the wines of Domaine Claude Dugat already have a cult following. Production is tiny and wines are allocated and sold in a blink of the eye. Jasper Morris MW say "A tiny domaine with cult status, and the quality to match....The key to quality here is the raw material, from vines which naturally produce small berries through control of vigour."
We have 11 bottles of the 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin left from our allocation.
Even at Villages level these are incredible wines and I would highly recommend adding a few to the cellar. In future years our allocation will increase and include other cuvees and buyers of this first release will be at the top of the list for future offers.

Landed Price $235.00
Pre Arrival Price $175.00

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