Burgundy's Monopoles / Clos des Lambrays 2015

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.
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Domaine Pascal Bouley Volnay 1er Cru Les Grands Champs Monopole 2014 
Normally $138.50
Special $117.50
9 bottles left
Bouley Pascal Grand Champs label
(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  
Normally $151.95
Special $129.15

Bouley Pascal Grand Champs 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
Normally $262.95
Special $223.50
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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 Bertagna Vougeot 1er Cru Clos de la Perriere Monopole 2016 
Normally $239.95
Special $206.95

Bertagna Vougeot Perriere label
Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss: This vineyard, wholly owned by the producer, lies next to the north end of Clos de Vougeot. Old vines and low yields give the wine a dense texture. The ripe, smoky character is dark, firm and needs several years more aging. Drink from 2024. 93 Points
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. Complex nose displaying wild strawberry, violets and an array of spices and herbs. Multi-layered with an enticing note of musk in the background. Texturally interesting with a long, refined finish displaying minerals and fine grained tannin. This is always one of the most intellectual wines at Bertagna that seems to combine a little of the three serious vineyards that surround it.

Domaine des Varoilles Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru La Romanee Monopole 2016 
Normally $229.95
Special $195.50
16 bottles left

Varoilles Romanee Label
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 forst provides some shade and ensure 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 provide a long and elegant finish. This is a wine of considerable finesse and style.

Domaine des Varoilles Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Varoilles Vieilles Vignes Monopole 2016
Normally $229.95
Special $195.50

Varoilles varoilles label
Tim Atkin MW: Just down the hill from La Romanée - another monopoly vineyard for this domaine - the Clos is a six-hectare vineyard that has made a delectable wine in 2016. It's deliciously scented and appealing, couched in a lighter style, with poise and finesse, redcurrant and red cherry fruit and filigree tannins. 2022-28. 94 Points

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.

Domaine Pierrick Bouley Volnay 1er Cru Les Grands Champs Monopole 2016
Normally $153.95
Special $115.50

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Darren Harris: Buffet's Monopole is just half a hectare in size. More aromatic and layered than Le Village with strong notes of raspberry and minerals. The palate builds in the middle with juicy fruit followed by a reasonably firm finish.
24 Feb 2019: Tasted blind. Intense nose of dark fruits and minerals with a back note of fine herbs. The palate is long and complex with texture and freshness. A little more savoury than Taillepieds. A most interesting Volnay.
Domaine Fougeray de Beauclair Fixin Clos Marion Monopole 2015
Normally $114.95
Special $86.00

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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
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

Tim Atkin MW: Made with 100% whole bunches, at it nearly always is, this is one of the most recognisable Burgundies of all in a blind tasting, with notes of peaty Islay malt whisky, sappy, stemmy tannins and complex, savoury, meaty red berry and tobacco notes. The underlying acidity brings a welcome freshness to the finish. 2022-30. 95 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
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