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Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin Grand Cru 2017

"Discreet wood is present on the ultra-fresh and incredibly spicy though even more restrained nose that reflects notes of red berries, the sauvage, earth, floral and exotic tea wisps. The gorgeous mouthfeel of the imposingly constituted and admirably concentrated flavors is one of contrasts as the mid-palate is quite supple yet the powerful, driving, austere and muscular finish is robust, serious and austere. This almost painfully intense wine is jaw droppingly good and somewhat curiously relative to how the Chambertin and the Clos de Bèze typically show at this stage, the Chambertin is the flashier of the two. We'll see in time though as it's usually the Chambertin that goes into a shell only to emerge 20+ years later. Be that as it may, today this is a genuine 'wow' wine." - Allen Meadows, Burghound

Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru 2017

"While the wood treatment is certainly evident it remains reasonably subtle on the overtly cool and restrained nose that is markedly spicy with its broad-ranging combination of exuberantly fresh aromas of dark cherry, raspberry, rose petal, violet, plum and a suggestion of earth. There is excellent power and punch to the large-scaled flavors that are a combination of power and refinement while being blessed with an abundance of sappy dry extract that imparts a seductive quality to the mouthcoating, hugely long and firmly structured and chiseled finish. While the Chambertin appears to have a slight edge at this very early juncture due to having slightly better complexity, it's going to be interesting in 20 to 25 years' time to see which is the better wine!" - Allen Meadows, Burghound

Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin “Clos du Chateau” Village 2017

"An expressive and quite aromatic nose freely offers up notes of red and dark berries laced with earth and a whiff of forest floor. The supple, round and delicious lighter weight flavors possess good verve while offering acceptable depth and persistence. This easy-going effort could easily be enjoyed young." - Allen Meadows, Burghound

Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin “Clos St. Jacques” Premier Cru 2017

"Here the wood treatment is equally subtle on the restrained nose that displays fresh and cool aromas of red currant, wet stone, tea and forest floor. Like the Ruchottes the mouthfeel of the middle weight flavors is quite sleek and ultra-intense while flashing plenty of minerality on the strikingly well-detailed finish that displays focused power and superb length. This is an exercise in harmony and grace and while it should be approachable after only 6 to 8 years, it should age effortlessly for several decades." - Allen Meadows, Burghound

Domaine Comte de Vogüé Musigny “Vieilles Vignes” Grand Cru 2017

"An openly exotic nose offers glimpses of black cherry liqueur, ginger, Asian-style tea, sandalwood and orange peel along with plenty of floral elements. The tighter and much more mineral-driven big-bodied flavors also possess evident muscle on the powerful and dense yet beautifully refined finish that goes on and on. This is also a bit less structured though with that said, this is going to need at least 15 years to reach its apogee. In sum, this is relatively refined though still a very serious wine." - Allen Meadows, Burghound

Domaine Georges Roumier Chambolle-Musigny “Les Cras” Premier Cru 2017

"A whiff of reduction detracts slightly from the appeal of the overtly floral-inflected nose that reflects notes of violet, lilac, lavender and rose petal along with a fresh mix of red and dark cherries. The sleek, intense and almost pungent mineral-driven medium weight flavors possess terrific delineation on the dusty, firm and youthfully austere finish that goes on and on. This is decidedly backward and compact at present and is going to require at least some patience first." - Allen Meadows, Burghound

Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny Village 2017

"A cool, pretty and airy red berry fruit-suffused nose displays additional background nuances of herbal tea, violet and lavender. There is good vibrancy to the detailed and attractively textured lighter weight flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the saline, clean and focused finale. This delicious effort should drink well young but age well too though I would note that the green tea aspect of the nose may not be for everyone." - Allen Meadows, Burghound

Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges “Clos de la Maréchale” Rouge 2017

"A markedly earthy nose features notes of various dark berries and hints of game and similar green tea nuances. There is both good detail and a lovely underlying tension to the middle weight flavors that are not quite as refined but offer a bit more complexity on the lingering finish where the intensity and power really build from the mid-palate. This delicious effort should amply repay mid-term cellaring." - Allen Meadows, Burghound

Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2017

"A cool, reserved and elegant nose reflects notes of acacia blossom, green apple and plenty of citrus influence. Once again there is very good vibrancy and mid-palate density to the delicious and noticeably saline-infused flavors that exhibit very fine length on the clean, dry and refreshing finish. A high quality Puligny villages that should repay up to a decade of cellaring." - Allen Meadows, Burghound

Marchesi Antinori “Solaia” 2002

R3,500.00 inc. VAT
"Blackcurrants and cherries on the nose with slight oaky hints. The palate is soft, well-balanced and very lingering. This wine can be drunk immediately but has excellent ageing potential. I would be surprised by the 2002 Solaia had I not recently tasted a number of wines from that vintage that continue to exceed expectations. In 2002 production was down sharply because of the cold, rainy growing season, which precluded the Sangiovese from being used. The 2002 was bottled with a different label that included the words ‘Annata Diversa' i.e. ‘Different Vintage.' Tasting the 2002 next to the other vintages, it doesn't really seem all that different." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Marchesi Antinori “Solaia” Magnum 2008

R10,995.00 inc. VAT
"The 2008 Solaia is richer and darker than the Tignanello, but it isn’t an appreciably more complex or complete wine. It shows gorgeous depth and textural richness to match an expressive core of blackberry jam, smoke, scorched earth, crushed rocks and cassis. This is a beautiful wine, but not as great as I had hoped. The 2008 Solaia is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc, aged in 100% new oak." - Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Marchesi Antinori “Solaia” Magnum 2011

R8,995.00 inc. VAT
"Blackberry jam, cassis, grilled herbs and melted road tar meld together in the 2011 Solaia. Another super-exotic, racy 2011 from Antinori, Solaia is supremely beautiful. Mocha, espresso and sage are some of the many notes that add complexity. Hints of white truffle, lavender, smoke and licorice are laced into the exotic, racy finish. In 2011, Solaia has a dollop more of Cabernet Franc in the blend, added to give the wine a touch of freshness. Ripe and flashy to the core, the 2011 needs time to lose some of its youthful exuberance. At times, the 2011 could be easily mistaken for a wine from Napa Valley, such is its intensity." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous