Last of the Outstanding Domaine de Varoilles 2016 Burgundies. Now very limited

Last of the Outstanding Domaine de Varoilles 2016 Burgundies. Now very limited

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A stunning range of 2016's that you should not ignore
Last night's Domaine des Varoilles Dinner at Noir further reinforced my opinion that this is one domaine that should be on every Burgundy lovers radar. 
Rarely have I seen a lineup of wines so consistent in quality. The two Villages monopoles were just brilliant and then we saw a stairway leading upwards to the Grand Crus. Magnificent!
All of the wines have complexity and drive. The 2016 fruit is simply superb and the oak management so classy. The Villages wines drink like Premier Crus and the Premier Crus have Grand Cru intensity.
If you have not purchased any of these wines I really do urge to do so before our second shipment sells out.

Named after a 12th century Premier Cru vineyard, the Domaine des Varoillles has expanded over the years to cover 10 hectares in 8 special appellations.

The meticulous Gilbert Hammel is in charge of the vineyards which include 4 Monoples in Gevrey-Chambertin! The Premier Cru Monopoles Clos des Varoilles and La Romanee lie high in the cool combe near Lavaux St-Jacques and Clos St-Jacques and express a beauty and elegance seldom seen in Gevrey-Chambertin.

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This is a domaine for those partial to fine Burgundy from very interesting vineyards. And isn't that why we are all fans of Burgundy?

Until the end of the week you can buy these wines at what were our Pre Arrival Prices and save 25%. All wines are in stock for immediate delivery.

Gevrey-Chambertin Clos du Couvent Monopole 2016 
Landed Price $145.95
Pre Arrival Price $109.50
25 bottles available

Varoilles Couvent label
A half hectare Monopole.
Graceful, with noble tannins, tender and refined, the Clos du Couvent expresses fidelity to its terroir in fruity touches, dominated by cassis and blackberry.

Darren Harris: The domaine's "home block" Monopole located within the domaine's walls alongside the old convent on the property. The palest of the wines. An explosive nose of red fruit which is delightfully sweet and spicy. The palate is elegant but intense and utterly delicious. There is much of that lovely 2016 juiciness making this is a Gevrey wine with the mouthfeel I would expect from Chambolle.
Gevrey-Chambertin Clos du Meix des Ouches Monopole 2016 
Normal Price $167.50
Special $125.50
26 bottles available
Varoilles Clos du Meix
A 1 hectare Monopole. Beautifully located this wine combines liveliness and tannins with fine aromas of fresh wild berries and red fruits. With five years age becomes velvety smooth. 

Jancis Robinson: 
Monopole. Mid purplish crimson. Dark fruits and some oak sweetness are the first impression. Quite oaky but not excessive at this stage. Same oak sweetness on the palate and plenty of dark fruit, the tannins smooth and deep. Velvety and sweet-fruited to a long finish. Generous and rounded. 16.5/20

Darren Harris: 
Just bottled. Red-garnet colour. Plenty of aromatics - red-black fruits, a little liquorice, a touch of minerally earth. Fresh and bright with a fullness in the mouth. The tannins are fine and well coated leaving a lovely sense of roundness and balance.
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnet 2016 
Normal Price $191.95
Special $143.95
22 bottles available
Varoilles Champonnets label

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru La Romanee Monopole 2016
Landed Price $229.95
Pre Arrival Price $172.50
38 bottles available
Varoilles Romanee Label
A 1.06 hectare Monopole. With a great finesse, generous and opulent in mellow tannins, this premier cru cleverly mixes black fruits with the scent of humus and smoke to compose a voluptuous bouquet. Four to five years in the cellar to blossom.

Jancis Robsinson: Monopole. Mid cherry red. Again that attractive dusty/mineral nose, maybe whole-bunch influence, more noticeable than on the above. Super-moreish and extremely fine tannin texture. Finesse and harmony with a mouth-watering finish17/20

Darren Harris: 
A super monopole from high in the combe that influences the best 1er Crus of Gevrey-Chambertin. La Romanee is stony and south facing but the forest provides some shade and ensures a cool wine with great finesse.
60 year old vines. 100% destemmed. Very different to Champonnet served before it. A gorgeously restrained nose of cherry, earth and iron. The palate has crunchy red-black fruits and fine mineral notes that fan out in in the mouth. The tannins start late and provides a long and elegant finish. This is a wine of considerable finesse and style.

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Varoilles Monopole 2016
Landed Price $229.95
Pre Arrival Price $172.50
35 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
Landed Price $256.95
Pre Arrival Price $192.50
11 bottles available
Varoilles Prestige label The cuvee "Prestige hundred percent" from the Clos des Varoilles 1er Cru comes from a plot selection of old vines, raised about 18 months "100%" in new barrels specially selected for this reserve.

The wine is concentrated, complex, and of a remarkable power. Vin de gard par excellence, it merits 10 to 15 years of patience.
Bottled without fining or filtration. Decanting is advised.

It is an exceptional wine that reflects the quintessence of the terroir and all the complexity of new oak.
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 mgnifying 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!
Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016 
Landed Price $378.50
Pre Arrival Price $283.95
26 bottles available
Varoilles Charmes label
A 3/4 hectare holding. Charmes-Chambertin combines the proverbial vigor and robustness of Chambertin with elegance and finesse. Intensity of aromas, with animal scents, well-established tannic structure and power are the hallmarks of this grand-cru.

Jancis Robinson: Deep cherry red. Deep in sweet fruit and oak sweetness. Smooth, velvet tannins and has plenty of freshness under the (currently) very obvious oak. Needs time for the oak to recede but it has plenty of stuffing to do that. 

Darren Harris: 
Charmes-Chambertin remains a bit of an enigma. It is by no means the most popular Grand Cru of Gevrey but when it is good, it can be very, very good. Domaine des Varoilles Charmes-Chambertin is a supremely impressive wine. It is bigger and much deeper than all of the Premier Crus. The nose displays dark fruits, smoke and minerals. On the palate there is more with dark chocolate and a rich, creamy texture. There is new oak (60% used here) and some powerful but not coarse tannins. Needs some time in the cellar. Great Charmes!
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2016 
Landed Price $378.50
Pre Arrival Price $283.95
7 bottles available

Varoilles Vougeot label A 1 hectare holding. 

Darren Harris: I have said on many occasions that the 2016 vintage produced some exceptional Clos Vougeot. This is another one. Intense nose of blue-black fruit. A hint of menthol in the background. Darker and deeper than the Charmes-Chambertin. The fruit is fine and long combining 2016's inherent character with the power and drive of Vougeot. The wine is extremely long and intense with a twist of refreshing citric acidity on the finish and fine grained tannins. This is going to age, and age, and age. Really super.
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Great wines at super prices! All are available at a 25% Discount for the next week. We have wines from 2015, 2014 and 2013 - but quantities remaining are tiny. Stock the cellar up! You can view them on our website here.

Qty Description Normal Price $ Special  
4 Domaine des Varoilles Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2014  362.95 271.95
4 Domaine des Varoilles Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2015  393.50 294.95
2 Domaine des Varoilles Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2014  362.95 271.95
2 Domaine des Varoilles Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnet 2014  179.95 134.95
2 Domaine des Varoilles Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnet 2015  204.95 153.50
3 Domaine des Varoilles Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru La Romanee Monopole 2014  218.95 163.95
3 Domaine des Varoilles Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Varoilles Vieilles Vignes Monopole 2014  218.95 163.95
1 Domaine des Varoilles Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Varoilles Vieilles Vignes Monopole 2015  240.95 180.50
2 Domaine des Varoilles Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Varoilles Monopole Cuvee Prestige 100% Vieilles Vignes 2013  268.95 201.50
3 Domaine des Varoilles Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Varoilles Monopole Cuvee Prestige 100% Vieilles Vignes 2014  249.50 186.95

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Understanding the intricacies of Burgundy Dinner
Thursday 26 September at Yagiz
10 Seats left

It is quite a way off but we have had a terrific response to this dinner and only have 10 seats left.

How do you learn more about Burgundy? Reading is informative and a trip to the vineyards can be very constructive. But nothing is better than tasting and comparing wines and talking about them with like minded, enthusiastic wine lovers.

Our Understanding the intricacies of Burgundy Dinner is going to do just that.

We have assembled 7 Pairs of wines. Each Pair has everything in common - well, except for one variable. 

The difference might be maker, vintage, vineyard or level. But apart from that one element the wines are fundamentally the same - at least on the surface.

We will taste and compare each Pair of wines and discuss what makes the wines different. It should be a great exercise and I am sure will increase everyone's understanding of the intricacies of Burgundy. We'll do it over dinner at Yagiz where the food will be a great counterpoint to the wine.

School was never this much fun!
The wine list:
Domaine Jean Chartron St Aubin 1er Cru Les Perrieres 2017
Domaine Jean Chartron St Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien 2017
Domaine de Suremain Mercurey 1er Cru Les Croichots 2016
Domaine de Suremain Mercurey 1er Cru Les Croichots 2015
Domaine Roblot-Marchand Chambolle-Musigny 2015
Domaine Roblot-Marchand Chambolle-Musigny 2012
Domaine Christophe Vaudoisey Volnay 2016
Domaine Christophe Vaudoisey Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans 2016
Domaine Coste-Caumartin Pommard 1er Cru Les Fremiers 2016
Domaine Coste-Caumartin Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Boucherottes Monopole 2016
Domaine Jerome Chezeaux Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Aux Boudots 2015
Domaine Michel Noellat Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots 2015
Albert Bichot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux-St-Jacques 2014
Albert Bichot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux-St-Jacques 2012
Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Time: 7pm
Venue: Yagiz Restaurant
22 Toorak Rd, South Yarra 3141
Cost: $195.00 per Person 

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solitude constanza 2015 label
Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Cornelia Constanza MAGNUM 2015
3 available
100% old vine Grenache.
Wine Spectator: This has great energy from the start, with notes of bay leaf, warm brick and juniper leading the way, backed by a solid core of red currant, raspberry and plum coulis flavors. The long finish lets sanguine and iron accents flow through while still leaving plenty of room for the fruit. Best from 2020 through 2035. 96 Points

Normally $348.50
Special $296.25

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Bichot Lavaux Label
Albert Bichot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux-St-Jacques 2014
9 bottles available

One of the great appellations of the Côte de Nuits both in terms of size and of reputation, Gevrey Chambertin is characterised by a wide variety of different terroirs. No white wines are found here, only pinot noir is cultivated. These vines are situated along the slopes lining the exit of the Lavaux combe and are orientated southeast to east-southeast. The soil is shallow and light with brown limestone on the upper section and brown calcite towards the lower portion. The presence of clay is abundant on thick limestone beds dating to mid- to late-Paleozoic.
Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast: This rich wine is dense with dark tannins and concentrated structure. The vineyard, with cool winds from the valley behind, gives wines that demand aging with their tannins and fragrant fruit. The aftertaste is full of promise. Drink after 2022.
94 Points

Bill Nanson "The Burgundy Report": 
Beautifully perfumed nose, exquisitely perfumed over deeper fruit. Large-scaled, faintly saline, a little tannin at the base but also supple, energetic and engagingly complex. What a lovely wine...Mouth watering, almost mouth staining flavour. A bigger, slightly broader wine than the Vosne (1er Cru Malconsorts), and today, maybe better! 93 Points
Normally $199.95
Special $169.95
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Magnien Estournelles label
Domaine Henri Magnien Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Estournelles St-Jacques 2014
13 bottles available
A small 2.04 hectare vineyard alongside the upper portion of Clos St-Jacques.
Darren Harris:
Deep colour. Nose of cool, red fruits with a mineral tang. Elegant, yet intense palate with fresh red fruits; currant, cherry, a cool floral note and lots of minerals. Not particularly earthy like many Gevreys. The overall impression is a wine of elegance with considerable power lurking below.  Fine and punchy. A lovely wine. 

Normally $249.95
Special $149.95

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Roblot-Marchand Croix Champs label
Domaine Roblot-Marchand Gevrey-Chambertin La Croix des Champs 2015 
5 bottles available
A bargain from our Bin Ends List!
Darren Harris: Les Croix des Champs is located on the eastern side of the D974. More weight and power than the Chambolle-Musigny Les Pas de Chats and a different aromatic profile with mineral and earth in addition to the red-black fruits. The palate is racy and fresh with good intensity and fine acidity adding to the finish. I like the vibrancy very much. This too is very representative of its village and a great comparsion with the Chambolle.

Normally $92.95
Special $65.00

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