Frederic Lafarge in his cellar, July 2013

Red Burgundy 2011, Part 2

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2011 is a fantastic vintage for Red Burgundy. These wines are delicious to try now and will age beautifully. As we stated in our recent email about the vintage, some of the Burgundy winegrowers have compared the 2011s to such great vintages as 1952, 1985, and 2002. This offer features wine from some of the greatest vignerons - d'Angerville, Jacques Frederic Mugnier, Simon Bize, Michel Lafarge and many more. Do not hesitate to buy 2011s - these are wonderful wines with great fruit, balance, and character.
 
I emailed Guillaume d'Angerville to ask his opinion of the vintage, and he wrote back: "As for the '11s, the first thing that strikes me is that it is a classic pinot vintage, perhaps even more so in Côte de Beaune than in Côte de Nuits. The wines are long and pure, and very "directional", meaning they are linear, clean and with a lot of energy. Indeed the flowering was early and so was the harvest (1 September), but the acidity backbone is such that the wines do not appear flat or jammy as sometimes early vintages do. I am very happy with the vintage because of its style: fresh fruit attack, linear in the mouth, long and fluid finish. In recent years, closest to 08 in my mind.This vintage is likely to be underestimated." JBT

 

Lafarge 2011 Beaune 1er Cru Grèves

The Beaune-Grèves is more powerful than the Aigrots; it is earthier and has darker fruit. There is a lot of mouth-weight and tannin, and that wonderful 2011 acidity that comes out on the finish. Like most of Lafarge's wines, this could age for a long time. A great effort! JBT

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Lafarge 2011 Bourgogne Aligoté Raisins Dorés

Aligoté is the other white grape of Burgundy. This wine is flowery and citrusy but not lean. It has good ripeness and spice, crisp acidity, and good concentration. This is one wine from Lafarge that you can enjoy immediately. JBT

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Lafarge 2011 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain l'Exception

Passetoutgrain is a very Burgundian thing, a lighter wine made of a combination of Gamay and Pinot Noir. The locals will refer to it as "rinse cochon", something to have with simple fare at lunch. Of course the Lafarge version is much, much more—50% Pinot Noir and 50% Gamay, all from vines more than 80 years old! This is a very complex wine; it is super fresh and has a very long finish. There is a lot of tension and energy; it is a medium bodied wine with great, tangy fruit flavors, and crisp acidity. You could drink this over the next ten years. An exceptional wine from perhaps the greatest producer of Passetoutgrains on the whole Côte d'Or. I used to buy Meo-Camuzet's Passetoutgrains but they ripped out their Gamay vines. Boo hoo. JBT

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Lafarge 2011 Volnay

The Lafarge Volnay AC is closer to Meursault and closer to Pommard than the Volnay Vendange Selectionées, which comes from vines located below the village of Volnay. This wine is dominated by red fruit and spice. It is very pure and clean and has great balance and nice crisp acidity on the finish. Lafarge makes textbook Volnays across the board and this is their entry level wine, which is to say that it is one of the best Volnays produced. Lafarge wines have the ability to age for years and years. JBT

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Lafarge 2011 Volnay Vendanges Selectionnées

Volnay Vendange Selectionées comes from vines located below the village of Volnay. This wine is powerful and rich, and very similar to the Volnay AC but it is bigger and has more fruit. Medium bodied, red and black fruits, lots of minerality, good tension, and a long finish. JBT

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Lafarge 2011 Beaune 1er Cru Les Aigrots

The 1er Cru Les Aigrots is on the mid-to-upper slope on the Pommard side of Beaune, as opposed to the Savigny-les-Beaune side. Aigrots is bordered by Les Clos des Mouches, Les Vignes Franches, Pertuisots, Les Sizies, and Champs Pimont. Domaine Lafarge's vines are about 40 years old and Frederic Lafarge says the vines are very unusual; they are growing in a different way from vine to vine to vine, some are very bushy and some have sparse foliage, which may be because of the great variety of plant material in this vineyard. He said that while some growers removed leaves to promote better air circulation, he likes to leave them on to protect the grapes from the near inevitability of a hailstorm. This wine has great fruit upfront and then tannins and astringency—a big structure and all of the components for a long life. JBT

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D'Angerville 2011 Volnay 1er Cru

Dark berry fruit, medium-bodied, minerals. This has lots of energy; it is big and powerful and has a real persistence of flavor and a very long finish. Lovely wine. JBT

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D'Angerville 2011 Volnay 1er Cru Champans

Super complex bouquet, spice, red fruits, great purity and length.  Will age beautifully and blossom. Reminds me of the 2000 vintage. JBT

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Bize, Simon 2011 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Les Serpentières

This has dark berry fruit, lots of minerality, supple tannins and good tension. Very lively. Will age well. JBT

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Bize, Simon 2011 Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru Marconnets

Ripe red fruits, supple ripe tannins. This is full flavored and forward and will drink well young. JBT

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Bize, Simon 2011 Savigny-Les-Beaune "Les Bourgeots"

This is very earthy with red and dark fruits, good mouthweight, soft and forward.   This will drink well while young. JBT

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Bize, Simon 2011 Savigny-les-Beaune Aux Guettes

Velvety and supple, lots of red fruits, really user-friendly. This is very 2011 in that it reminds me of a 1985, very fruit forward. JBT

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Bize, Simon 2011 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Vergelesses

This is a brooding and powerful Savigny-les-Beaune with very supple but ample tannins and lots of complexity and acidity. This is a wine that will benefit from extended cellaring. A great wine. JBT

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Digioia-Royer 2011 Bourgogne Pinot Noir

This Bourgogne Rouge offers a ton of complexity — a lovely wine that combines the earthy, dark fruited muscularity of Morey-Saint-Denis with the bright, high toned flavors and finesse of Chambolle-Musigny. There is excellent breed and structure here. Great fruit upfront and a long finish with great acidity. A super bottle of red burgundy for not a lot of money. JBT

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Digioia-Royer 2011 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Gruenchers

This is a third generation Chambolle-Musigny based domaine that Michel Digioia has been running since 1999. When he took over, he quickly stopped using systematic treatments (preferring a lutte raisonnee approach) in his vineyards, with absolutely no herbicides, instead preferring to work the soil through plowing. Michel Digioia's wines are very pure and fine; he tries to grow the best grapes that he can and then do as little as possible in the cellar. He uses minimal new oak.

Gruenchers is a great 1er Cru of Chambolle Musigny located just below Les Fuées. The other producers of Gruenchers are Dujac, Fourrier, and Barthod. Here is a great example of les Gruenchers that you could buy today! JBT

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Digioia-Royer 2011 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Groseilles

This is the smallest domaine in Chambolle-Musigny. Chambers Street Wines gets one case of 1er Cru les Groseilles a year, the entire NY State allocation! You owe it to yourself to try these wines; buy some of the Bourgogne Rouge and cellar some of the 1er Crus. His wines have a remarkable purity and the unmistakable perfume of Chambolle. JBT

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Bachelet, Denis 2011 Bourgogne Rouge

Denis Bachelet is one of the greatest producers in Gevrey-Chambertin. This is just his Bourgogne Rouge – and like all of the GREAT growers of Burgundy, his Bourgogne Rouge is a very, very special wine crafted from low yields, great farming, and careful vinification. An extremely delicious wine that is certainly better than many, many wines labelled Gevrey-Chambertin. This wine can be cellared or enjoyed now. Decant. JBT

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Bachelet, Denis 2011 Cote de Nuits-Villages

Dark fruit, spice, earthy, woodsy – great minerality – this is an exceptional Côte de Nuits-Villages. It has that wonderful spine of acidity on the finish that is a hallmark of the 2011 vintage. It has great tension and energy. JBT  

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Mugnier, Jacques-Frédéric 2011 Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

Since Fred Mugnier regained possession of the Clos de la Maréchale vineyard in 2004 the wine has improved every year. His elegant and delicate style is so different from the old fashioned, rustic wine from the years when Faiveley made the Maréchale. The 2011 version is absolutely ravishing—it has great fruit up-front, real persistence of flavor, delicacy, and a long finish with a lovely tangy acidity on the finish. This is a great year for Clos de la Maréchale. JBT

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Chevillon, Robert 2011 Nuits St Georges Vieilles Vignes

On a very hot summer day in 2012, I visited Bernard Chevillon in his extremely cold cellar, which was built in the 18th Century. For his 2011 vintage, all grapes were completely destemmed, they had a one week soak, and three weeks of fermentation. About his Nuits St Georges VV he said, "My current baby, a nice surprise.” This wine has very rich red fruit and woodsy aromas good mouthweight and a long finish. A nice solid Nuits St Georges. JBT

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Chevillon, Robert 2011 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Roncieres

Red fruits dominate, yet this is powerful and earthy, very middle of Nuits. Good tannin and acidity, and persistence of flavor and length. JBT

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Chevillon, Robert 2011 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Pruliers

Primarily red fruits here and more structure, with the tannins more present and with nice acidity on the finish. JBT

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Chevillon, Robert 2011 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Perrieres

Very, very mineral from the rocks, the limestone, more power, red fruits and a long finish with a hint of bitterness on the finish. This will age brilliantly. Made from vines over 40 years old. JBT

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Chevillon, Robert 2011 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Chaignots

Red and dark fruits and medium bodied, less "sauvage", definitely Nuits St Georges leaning toward the Vosne Romanee side of the spectrum. JBT

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Chevillon, Robert 2011 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Cailles

This has real power under all of the fruit and lots of very ripe, silky tannins. Very supple and lots of energy and power lurking here. These are from Chevillon's oldest vines, over 75 years old. Bernard considers Vaucrains, Porret St Georges, Les St Georges and Cailles equals in stature as the best vineyards in Nuits St Georges. JBT

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Chevillon, Robert 2011 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Bousselots

Very good, very dark fruit like blackberries, very powerful and rich. "Tres mure, tres masculin" said Bernard.  JBT

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