2019 Serafin Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$104.00USD

Serafin has always been a great source of "value" in Burgundy although "value" in Burgundy is relevant.  Ruby in color, a bit flat though clear.  The nose has cherries, some rhubarb, but it is ripe (nothing green).  Also a bit of spice.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is a bit one dimensional.  Perhaps it is just young.  Nice cherry fruit and some toasted oak.  Moderate finish.  A bit disappointing as there is little value left.  drink over the next seven to ten years.  Better with food.  This would work well with roasted chicken.  

2017 La Pousse d'Or Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Le Cailleret, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$165.00USD

Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is smoky with lemon notes.  Medium to full bodied.  Slightly oily texture.  On the palate, lemons and lemon candy with a bit of minerality.  A bit lower in acidity than expected but enough.  Nice finish.  This is drinking well now and should continue for another ten to twelve years.  It drinks well on its own but is better served with food.  This would be nice with grilled Salmon.  

2001 Louis Latour Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles Grand Cru, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2001
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$400.00USD

Great showing for this wine!  At age 21, it is showing just a bit of age.  No signs of any real oxidation (too old to be premox).  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with smoke, grapefruit, slight lemon and a bit of minerality.  A lovely, oily texture.  Medium bodied.  Light tannins which were surprising.  On the palate, this has a lemon hard candied quality to it with plenty of acidity to counter it.  Long finish.  Based solely on this bottle, this could  have gone another ten to fifteen years.  Good on its own, but better with food, this went very well with Baba Ghanoush

2018 Château de Poncié Fleurie 949, France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$36.00USD

Purchased off the list at The Arbor in Pasadena California.  Kudos to them for this inspired and affordable choice.  $65 or so off the list.  Purple in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is deep with black raspberries, slight blueberries, hints of bubble gum and black licorice.  Medium bodied.  Nice texture.  On the palate, this is young but tasty.  Blueberries and black raspberries with a slight sour note.  Nice finish.  This is drinking well now and should drink well for the next five to eight years.  It went very well with Pappardelle Pasta, Pesto and Burrata.  

2018 Sebastien Dampt Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

As prices for white Burgundy in general and Chablis in particular continue to rise, it is nice to find still affordable producers making great wine.  This is one such producer.  the wine is made in a concrete egg and sees no oak.  Light golden in color with some green hues, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with crushed shells, slight chalk/minerality and lemon.  Medium bodied.  Lean and racy texture.  Good acidity.  On the palate, lemons and crushed shells.  Long finish.  This is drinking well now and should continue to drink well for another ten to twelve years.  Nice on its own, this w

2020 Domaine Rémi Jobard Santenay Sous Roche, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$65.00USD

This is not your typical Santenay.  For one thing, it is white.  For another, this is one of the best.  100% Chardonnay.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  Vibrant nose of peach, apple and slight tropical fruit.  Medium bodied.  Slightly viscous.  Crisp acidity.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Deep and complex with peach, apple, minerality and slight salinity.  Long finish.  This is drinking well and should for the next five to eight years (and maybe more).  Better with food, this will go well with chicken or tuna salad.  

2005 Dominique Laurent Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaumonts Vieilles Vignes, France, Burgundy, Cotes du Nuits, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

Great showing for this Premier Cru from the excellent 2005 vintage.  Ruby/purple in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with cherries, chervil and spice.  Medium bodied. On the palate, this is bigger than on the nose.  Cherries, black cherries with some spice.  Long finish.  Drinking well at age 17, this should go another ten to fifteen more years.  Better with food, this would work well with a seared Tuna Steak with a seared crust.

2020 Maison Albert Bichot Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

These wines don't seem to get the respect that other Bourgogne's get and that is a shame.  This was delicious.  It is more understated, but that is not a bad thing in Burgundy.  Light ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with cranberries, rhubarb, cherries and slight char.  Medium bodied.  A bit riper on the palate with cherries and slight rhubarb.  Light tannins.  Sour/tart cherries on the finish.  This works better with food than on its own.  Sweet and sour Pork would work well. 

2018 Paul Thevenin Volnay 1er Cru, France, Burgundy, Cotes du Beaune, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$70.00USD

This is from a small producer in the south of burgundy.  Light ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with cherries, char and slight green/herbal notes.  Medium bodied.  Wispy tannins.  This is better on the palate with elegant cherry fruit.  Slightly complex.  Good finish.  This is a delightful Pinot Noir that drinks well on its own and is also great with food.  A nice wine for Roasted Duck.  

2014 Joseph Drouhin / Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Gold/green in color, clear and bright.  The nose has chalk, salinity and green apples.  Medium bodied.  Moderate acidity.  No sharp edges.  On the palate, red apples with slight chalk.  Easy drinking.  Moderate finish.  Drinking well now and should for another five to eight years.  This would work well with shell fish.  

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