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Great Burgundy Values from the Lovely 2014 Vintage: Rapet, Rateau, Bart, Jane et Sylvain and More!

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As we have noted before, the words "value" and "Burgundy" are not often successfully associated. We do our best at Chambers Street, however, to feature delicious Burgundies from growers that, for one reason or another, are somewhat under the radar and whose wines offer outstanding value. Today we are featuring the 2014 vintage, a year that was somewhat difficult but with beautiful weather  from the end of August onwards, producing wines with lovely fruit and a perfect balance of ripeness, acidity and alcohol. Many of the wines will drink well young and the Premier Crus will be ready within four or five years and will provide beautiful, balanced enjoyment for another ten years or more. No doubt, the 2015s will be bigger, more powerful wines, but will they drink as well as the lovely 2014s? Time will tell.

We've added two of our favorite values from the Côte Chalonnaise - and please note that the "village" level wines in this email will drink beatifully on Thanksgiving! (All wines arrive Tuesday 11/8)

The 20 hectare Domaine Rapet has been in existence since 1765, and quality here has increased steadily since Vincent Rapet joined his father in 1991. Vineyard work has steadily improved with new equipment for the different types of plowing, fewer treatments and extremely careful handling of the harvest, with no pumping. The average age of the vines is maintained at a high level and the use of new oak is kept at around twenty percent. The Grand Crus and Premier Cru reds here are outstanding, of course, but the village Pernand-Vergelesses is a delightful wine and the whites are unique in the Côte de Beaune for their intensely mineral character and intriguing aromas.

Jane et Sylvain No Mercedes in the drive, no grand Chôteau, no fancy tasting room, just two lovely hard-working people who farm organically and make delicious wines. They have a great parcel in Gevrey "Fontenys," a lovely Côte de Nuits vineyard next to Fixin "Queue de Hareng" and they make wonderful Bourgogne Rouge and Passetoutgrain. These are old-fashioned wines of terroir that have a much different, earthier character than most modern Burgundies - we urge you to try them.

Domaine Martin Bart The affable Martin Bart inherited part of the Clair-Dau estate including vines in Bonnes Mares and Clos de Bèze but the principal holdings are in Marsannay, including the fine lieu-dit of "Champs Salomon."  Here the style is a bit more concentated, with the full, ripe character balanced well by the brightness of the vintage - the 2014s here are particulaary lovely and balanced. The "Champs Salomon" is a great expression of this fine mid-slope parcel, while the "Les Saints-Jacques," higher and exposed more to the north, is especially pretty, a bit lighter and drinks beautifully young. 

 

Rapet, Père et Fils 2014 Aloxe-Corton

From old vines on fairly deep iron-rich soils south of the village in three different parcels, Les Boutieres, Les Citernes and Les Combes. Always a ripe, powerful wine, the 2014 Rapet Aloxe-Corton is well-structured for aging and beautifully balanced with firm acidity and the pretty fruit of this vintage that was saved by ample sunshine from mid-August into October. The wine shows elegant aromas of ripe black cherry and blackberry with hints of violet and earth. On the palate there is an intense fusion of mineral flavors with ripe blackberry and red currant fruit, sappy and long,  framed in firm acidity and ample tannin. This is a big, age-worthy Aloxe that will be quite beautiful when mature, best perhaps 2020 - 2030 and beyond. Quite enjoyable now in its intense youth, decant well in advance or open the night before... David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

Rapet, Pere et Fils 2014 Beaune 1er Cru Beaune-Grèves

Upon opening Rapet's Grèves is a bit circumspect: initially showing a lot of hedge fruit, wood smoke, soil notes. Nose and palate open to reveal dark fruits, a bit of bramble, sous-bois, spice, cherry pit, and mineral spice. Some structure here, but with fine poise. There's a lovely sweetness within the tannins which bodes well for some time in the cellar to allow all the elements to knit. Near term patience should be well rewarded. Decant now or cellar for 3-5 years and enjoy over the next 10 years. Made a fine pairing with a salad of frisée, duck confit, toasted pecans, and a sherry vinaigrette. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

Rapet, Père et Fils 2014 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses

Ile des Vergelesses is certainly one of the best premier cru vineyards in Burgundy - a perfectly exposed mid-slope vineyard on limestone and iron-rich soils, steep enough for ideal drainage, producing wines that age beautifully for 15 to 20 years - considered by many to be grand cru quality. The 2014s from Vincent Rapet are lovely, beautifully balanced wines. The 2014 Ile des Vergelesses shows very bright perfume of wild strawberry, black raspberry, rose, pepper and licorice. The palate is very dense with elegant, chalky red fruits that coat the palate. This should develop beautifully - it's perfectly balanced at 13% alcohol with firm acidity - well structured for aging. Fun to taste now, especially if decanted or opened the night before, probably best 2022 - 2035. David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

Rateau 2014 Beaune Les Prevoles

Jean-Claude Rateau's domaine has been Biodynamic since 1979 and produces lovely light-bodied, old fashioned Burgundies. The 2014 Beaune Les Prévoles (a lieu-dit below 1er Cru Chouacheux and les Tuvilains) shows beautiful aromas of cherry and berry fruits with rose, blood orange and brown spice.  The palate is chalky, ripe and sapid while remaining light and fresh with berry fruits and tart citrusy acids. This develops nicely with aeration, becoming more supple and round, and finishes with stone, mineral and ripe fruits. Serve this delicious wine a bit cool with any mild chicken or white meat dish and goat cheeses, morbier, tomme de savoie. This should age nicely, best perhaps 2020 - 2026.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin

From 45 to 60 year-old vines, certified organic, mostly in En Pallud (below 1er Cru les Corbeaux). The 2014 Gevrey shows a light red/black color, aromas of morello cherry, red currant and raspberry with hints of earth, stone, violets, black pepper and licorice. The palate is dense but light with cherry, red-currant, earth, citrus and mineral flavors with berry fruits and saline minerals lingering in the finish. Ripe but not a fruit-bomb - a red Burgundy of terroir that is delicious now, but should become a beautiful, old-fashioned wine when mature, best perhaps 2021 - 2030. On day two the wine has deepened with very sappy black and red fruits,  quite dense and earthy.  Lovely wine from living soils and quite a different style than modern Burgundies.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Fonteny

Jane et Sylvain have a superb, tiny parcel of Gevrey 1er Cru "Fonteny", high up in the southwest corner, separated from Grand Cru Ruchottes by a dirt track, certified organic. Four barrels of 2014 Fonteny were produced, of which one was new. Tasted last February the wine showed dense, deep strawberry and black chery fruit with round supple tannins and a very long firm, palate coating finish. Re-tasted in November 2016, the round strawberry fruit is framed in chalky minerals, quite dense and palate-coating, balanced with soft tannins - a very young wine that will be delightful to drink now but best to wait five to ten years for the velvety complexity to come, best perhaps 2021 to 2035. David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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Rapet, Père et Fils 2014 Pernand-Vergelesses Les Belles Filles

The Pernand-Vergelesses vineyard "Les Belles Filles" is a northern extension of the 1er crus  "Iles des Vergelesses" and "En Carradeux," facing east and always giving a bright, refreshing style of Pinot Noir. Thanks to the warm, sunny weather in late August and early September, the 2014 shows lovely ripeness with aromas of tart  cherry, raspberry and violets with earth, smoke and mineral notes. There are sappy red and black fruits on the palate in a bright mineral frame with a long, lively finish. This is an elegant, very pretty Pinot Noir that will be lovely, served cool, with chicken and pork dishes, charcuterie and mild cheeses.

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $29.99

Rapet, Père et Fils 2014 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Fournaux

Aux Fournaux is a gently sloping, southwest-facing vineyard bracketed by the Les Lavières and Vergelesses  premier crus, whose rocky iron-rich marl and limestone soils produce Burgundies with a fine balance of earthiness and elegant fruit. Rapet farms 50+ year old vines from the premier cru portion of the climat. Expressive aromas of black cherry, violets, woodsmoke, black currant, and Lapsang Souchong: the palate is ferrous and mineral with bright acidity providing lift to the layered, spicy dark fruit, game, and earth flavors. There's a real density to the fruit, wrapped around a sapid mineral core, with good freshness and balance and a detailed, persistent finish. Decant now or give this a few years to flesh out, but this is delicious, Burgundy with the material to offer real pleasure (and terroir expression) at a quite affordable price. A fine pairing with polenta and a mushroom ragu, duck magret, or other autumnal fare. -John McIlwain

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $37.99

Rapet, Père et Fils 2014 Pernand-Vergelesses Les Combottes

Another cracking 2014, Rapet's Combottes has bright aromas of white flowers, honeysuckle, Meyer lemon, citrus pith. The mid-weight palate offers layers of stone fruit, chalk, lemon peel, and quinine, which persist on the long, lithe finish. This is great Combottes and a bargain in white Burgundy. John McIlwain

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $34.99

Bart 2014 Bourgogne Pinot Noir

The Bart Bourgogne Rouge shows a deeper color than usual, as  abundant sunshine in August and September brought nice ripeness to this difficult vintage. The aromas of black cherry and raspberry are ripe but fresh and balanced with pretty hints of violet, pepper citrus and cocoa. The red currant and raspberry fruits on the palate are round and pretty and finish with nice citrusy acids. This is a lovely everyday Pinot Noir that will drink beautifully with burgers,  grilled chicken and mild cheeses, served nicely cool.

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $18.99

Bart 2014 Marsannay Les Saints-Jacques

Martin Bart, now joined by nephew Pierre, makes lovely Marsannay from many different single-vineyards. One of our favorites is always the light and lovely "Saint Jacques" from vines at the top of the slope near Couchey on thin stony soils. The wine shows good ripeness in 2014 while retaining its fresh. floral character, showing pretty aromas of ripe wild-strawberry and tart cherry with hints of earth, violet, citrus and brown spice. The palate shows rich but lively red and black fruits with a bit of grilled meat and earth balanced nicely by citrusy acids. This gains elegance and purity with time open and has a nice mineral kick in the finish. This is a very pretty young Burgundy that will benefit from a few years in the cellar. Decant if drinking now, serve cool with chicken and mushrooms, guinea hen, duck and mild cheeses. Great value! David Lillie

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $24.99

Bart 2014 Marsannay Au Champ Salomon

When it comes to Marsannay, Domaine Bart's selection of crus is an embarrassment of riches. Au Champ Salomon, one of their best, is located in a prime spot on the mid-slope, producing wines which marry power with elegance and longevity. The grapes from 35-year-old plus vines are hand harvested, fermented with native yeasts, aged for 18 months in barrel of which only 30% are new. The 2014 is another lovely expression. The nose offers cool-toned aromas of red and black cherry, red plum, brambles, and hints of cedar evolving to show dark soil notes. On the full-bodied and structured (in terms of Marsannay) palate, flavors of red and black stone fruit dominate with wild cherry and plum, giving way to grilled meat and earthy notes on a long, succulent,  and persistent finish. There is a deft interplay between the pure fruit, tangy acid, and tannins which should evolve to show greater complexity still with 5-7 years in the cellar and beyond. This is not only a splendid 2014, but a great value in Burgundy. John McIlwain

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Jane et Sylvain 2014 Côte de Nuits Villages Queue de Hareng

The vines are in the lieu-dit "Queue de Hareng" below an old quarry at the top of the slope in Brochon, next to Fixin 1er Cru "la Perrière," on red/brown soils of mountain silt and limestone pebbles over the limestone bedrock. Always giving an earthy and mineral-infused wine, the 2014 is a bit more fruit-forward but is still primarily a Burgundy of terroir. There is reduction when first opened so please decant or open in advance. With aeration the wine shows subtle aromas of red currant, strawberry and tart cherry with violet, brown spice and earth - really quite complex and pretty. The palate is well-structured with chalky mineral flavors underlying the earthy  raspberry and strawberry fruit. The finish is long with firm acidity and mineral notes. This is a lovely and beautifully balanced Burgundy for those who enjoy minerals as much as fruit! Note: The wine improves dramatically  over 3 to 4 days, re-corked in the fridge, for those with enough patience - or cellar for five to fifteen years.

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2014 Bourgogne Rouge (Arrives 11/7)

Jane et Sylvain: A refreshingly unpretentious name for a small organic estate in Gevrey-Chambertin. Their Bourgogne Rouge is from young vines in a parcel that has never been chemically treated and always tended organically. The 2014 is simply delicious! The bright aromas are of raspberry and wild strawberry with violet and spice; the palate shows deep earthy berry fruit, quite ripe but balanced with very firm acidity. The finish is long and refreshing with citrusy red currant and raspberry. Drink this beautiful wine over the next five to eight years. Highly recommended!

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Champs de l'Abbaye 2014 Mercurey La Brigadière

From a 1/2 hectare parcel of 35 to 40 year-old Pinot Noir vines on poor chalky soil with clay/limestone below, certified organic since 1999 and with biodynamic methods. Yields of 20 hl/ha, elevage in barrique, 50% new. The great farming of Isabelle and Alain Hasard gives wines of great density and character and the 2014 Mercurey "Brigadiere" is a great example. A bit of toasty oak frames deep strawberry and ripe cherry aromas with violet, blood orange and spice. The palate is supple and bright with lush, earthy blackberry and strawberry fruit that lingers in the long finish framed in saline minerals and good acidity. At 12% alcohol the wine combines ripeness and density but retains a bright refreshing character. Enjoy now served cool with roast chicken and lighter beef and pork dishes. Best perhaps 2018 to 2025 - lovely wine!

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevrot 2014 Maranges Sur le Chêne Rouge

Certified organic and farmed with biodynamic methods, Domaine Chevrot is one of the gems of Maranges. The lieu-dit Sur le Chêne is a south-facing plot on gravelly limestone on the eastern side of the appellation. The fruit from the 50-60 year old vines is hand-harvested, fermentation is 50% whole cluster, and the wine aged for 11 months in 15% new oak. The 2014 has aromas of red fruits, black tea, and orange peel with hints of smoke and spice. The medium weight palate balances red cherry and raspberry flavors with earthy notes and medium-grained tannins on a medium long finish. This offers a nice balance of fruit and Maranges minerality at an affordable price point. Decant now before serving or cellar for 5-9 years. -John McIlwain

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic