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Arguably the world's most revered wine region, the name Burgundy is evocative of so many superlatives that's its futile to list them all. The red Pinot Noir wines and white Chardonnay wines from France's landlocked, continental east stand squarely in the pantheon of the world's finest. The region's fame is centered on its various geographical and climatic expressions of very specific vineyard sites through the medium of two grapes. Indeed, the term terroir seems to be have coined specifically to describe this phenomenon. The broad Bourgogne AOC designation encompasses so many sub-zones, villages, and single-vineyards that entire tomes have been written throughout the centuries attempting to explain it in all its intricacies.

The region's finest wines come from the long, east facing slope of the Côte d'Or, which is further divided into two main sections. The northern section of Côte de Nuits contains the most cherished Pinot Noir vineyards in the world. Up and down the slope, differnt patches of marlstone and clay overlay the limestone crest of the Côte, and numerous pockets and gentle folds create an array of slope aspects. Travelling south down the Côte, the villages of Marsanny and Fixin are a good introduction to the landscape of the Côte de Nuits, and although the wines are not nearly as refined or revered as those further south, they offer a rustic, savage edge that is distinct to their particularly iron-rich soils. The village of Gevrey is the beginning of a truly stunning run of excellence, with wines known for power, depth, and the longest lives of any Pinot Noir in the world. The highlight is the Grand Cru complex of Chambertin. While all plots bearing the name are considered excellent, Chambertin itself is the apex of power in Burgundy. Morey-St-Denis is an afterthought sandwiched between its more illustrious neighbors, but this tiny commune boasts five of the twenty-two red Grand Crus on the Côte, and the overall village style is similar to that of Gevrey, but without quite such intense stucture. Chambolle-Musigny is one of the crown jewels of Burgundy, thanks in large part to the Musigny Grand Cru, one of the three or four greatest vineyard sites in the world, period. The wines from this village are the epitome of elegance and grace, quite the opposite of its neighbors to the north. Moving south through the village of Flagey and the lesser Grands Crus of Echezeaux and Clos de Vougeot, greatness again rears its head. The Grand Cru and Premier Cru plots in Vosne-Romanée are among the finest, most expensive lands under vine in the entire world, and rightly so. The wines of Vosne-Romanée combine elements of spicy concentration and sappy texture with the most suave finesse imaginable. The profile is truly indescribable. The commune of Nuits-St-Georges can claim no Grands Crus, but the best sites in this village can certainly rival the lesser Grands Crus for complexity and ageworthiness, as the wines display a certain fortitude reminiscient of Gevrey-Chambertin.

After a brief break in prime vineyard land, the Côte de Beaune resumes the line of great sites at Corton, a prominent, solitary, conical hill, which has vines on all sides. The eastern slope is covered by secondary red Grand Cru plots, but its true claim to fame are the white Grands Crus on the south slope, centered around Le Charlemagne. On the backside of the hill, across from its western slope, the small village of Pernand-Vergelesses is quietly producing racy, if a bit rustic, red wines from cool, east-facing vineyards. One of a handful of side valleys running west off the main slope of the Côte, Savigny-les-Beaune is another lesser-known village that is nonetheless making some of Burgundy's best value wines for their prices. The village of Beaune in the centerpiece of all of Burgundy, its commercial and cultural heart. The vineyards above the village are predominantly Pinot Noir, but there are also some very admirable Chardonnay plantings among the red vines. The wines are typically gentle, medium-full examples with plenty of charm and mid-term life spans, but without the depth or complexity of the Côte de Nuits. Pommard's iron-rich red soils impart a stern tannic streak to the wines, which is not generally countered by any level elegance. Rather, these wines are brooding, darkly structured, and stout, but just across the AOC line, the soils abruptly change to limestone, and the red wines from Volnay, though lighter and racier, are exemplary of the perfumed elegance that this terroir brings to its wines. Up another side valley outside of the town of Meursault, the villages of Monthelie, Auxey-Duresses, and St-Romain are produce compelling red wines and very enjoyable whites. The Meursault AOC itself is on the same limestone bed as Volnay and, although there are no Grands Crus here, the best premier cru sites yield white wines of softer, richer texture and long, perfumed flavour profiles. The next two village AOCs lay claim to the greatest white wine vineyard in the world. Puligny-Montrachet, just south of Meursault, is apogee of refinement, elegance, and finesse in white Burgundy. Beginning with the ultimate white Grand Cru, Le Montrachet, the top vineyards here produce wines with bright structure, medium weight, and ethereal mineral and floral character. Chassagne-Montrachet to the south contains about a third of the area of the Montrachet Grand Cru complex, but this village is at least as well known for its rustic red wines. The white wines do not display the richness of Meursault or the finesse of Puligny, but they still show tremendously appealing floral and nutty components backed by firm, acidic structure. The red wine village of Santenay marks the southern terminus of the Côte d'Or, where the wines are generally well-made, but lack the profundity of those from the best villages to the north.

To the immediate south of the Côte d'Or lies the rolling, pastoral hills of the Côte Chalonnaise, similar to Beaune in soil type, but at a higher elevation and without the defined ridge line. A great volume of both red and white wines are produced here, with wide ranges of quality, but the best tend to come from the villages of Montagny, Rully, Givry, and Mercurey. Some 35km south is the white wine hotbed of Mâconnais. Limestone bedrock and slightly warmer climate favor Chardonnay over all else, and some of the Côte d'Or's best producers are now staking claims around the villages of St-Véran, Viré-Clessé, and most notably, Pouilly-Fuissé.

At either end of the main stretch of Burgundy lie two highly distinctive AOCs with very particular specialties. Approximately 100km northwest of Dijon is the village of Chablis, where ancient sea beds form the distinctive Kimmeridgian limestone soils that give the Chardonnay wines their highly specific character — clean, chalky minerality and dancing, electric acidity. The finest premier cru wines, and even some Grands Crus, are among the greatest price-to-quality wines in Burgundy, and the regional style has attracted a devoted, almost fanatical following from aficionados. The nearby red wine AOC of Irancy does much the same for Pinot Noir.

South of Mâcon, the Beaujolais AOC is technically part of Burgundy, but really only on paper. The heavy, granitic soils are best suited to the Gamay grape, yielding lightly fruity, highly mineral, elegant wines, in general. Vineyard plantings are widespread, but the best wines come from ten specific communes under the Beaujolais Cru designation. Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, and Côte de Brouilly produce the most profound wines with the best aging potential, while Fleurie and Regnie are the epitome of elegance and finesse here.

Burgundy is without question the most complex, byzantine, and often confusing region in France, but it's also without question the most rewarding. Every serious wine lover can point the moment in which they discovered the impossible greatness of these wines. When one descends down the Burgundy rabbit hole, the world wine is turned on its head.

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92-94 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Lavières has a pastille-like quality to the nose: strawberry, red plums with just a hint of cassis in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with a sensual opening that almost catches you off-guard. The tannins… ...

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Pavelot Savigny-les-Beaune 1er cru Lavieres 2015  (#332201)

Pinot Noir from Savigny-lès-Beaune, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 3 available
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92 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2017). 91-92 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (tasted from tank; from a hillside site rich in white marl soil): Bright, light yellow. Musky lemon and lime aromas are complicated by white flowers and chalk. Densely flavored and intense, showing inviting sweetness to its… ...

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Lamy/Hubert St-Aubin 1er cru Derriere Chez Edouard 2015  (#332348)

Chardonnay from St.-Aubin, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 12+ available
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97 points Tim Atkin, MW: If you love this wine -- and can afford to buy it -- do your utmost to get hold of some, because there won t be any in frost-ravaged 2016. This is the latest in a succession of stunning Montrachets from this domaine: tight, backward and still closed, but with depth and power… ...

JG 98
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Comtes Lafon Montrachet 2015  (#331809)

Chardonnay from Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available
JG 98
FWR 95-98
TA 97
$2195.00

93 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2017). 90-92 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): ...from vines on hard limestone and some parts suffered some hydric stress... It has a rather austere bouquet at the moment with reluctant flint and smoky scents developing in the glass. The palate is fresh and crisp on… ...

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Lamy/Hubert St-Aubin 1er cru Clos de la Chateniere 2015  (#332347)

Chardonnay from St.-Aubin, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 9 available
TA 93
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91 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2014 Vosne-Romanée AC... is another very strong villages this year, with excellent purity and nascent complexity. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a blend of raspberries, cherries, cocoa, a fine base of minerality, woodsmoke and new oak. On the… ...

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Felettig Vosne-Romanee 2014  (#332115)

Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanée, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 8 available

92 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): Les Lavrottes... lies just below the southern end of Bonnes-Mares, sandwiched between les Baudes and Gruenchers on the slope... The 2014... offers up a fine bouquet of red plums, cherries, cocoa, violets, a nice base of soil tones and a fine framing of… ...

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Felettig Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru Lavrottes 2014  (#332097)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

92-94 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): ...One of the highlights in this range, the 2012 boasts stunning power, depth and harmony. The lifted aromatics recall the Ursules, but here the fruit possesses more volume and creaminess. An explosive, layered finish rounds things out in style. Some of the… ...

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Jadot Beaune 1er cru 153rd Anniversary 2012  (#332138)

Pinot Noir from Beaune, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

93 points and 'Outstanding,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): A reserved, even reticent but beautifully elegant nose reluctantly offers glimpses of plum, black cherry, violet and stone. The stony character continues onto the bold, taut and mineral driven medium-bodied flavors that possess focused power… ...

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Billard-Gonnet Pommard 1er cru Rugiens Bas 2012  (#332014)

Pinot Noir from Pommard, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 7 available

91 points and 'Outstanding,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (40% whole cluster). This is charmingly airy and expressive with admirably pure aromas of red currant, plum and dried floral elements. There is a bit more volume and mid-palate concentration to the medium-bodied flavors that also possess a… ...

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Amiot-Servelle Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru Les Plantes 2011  (#332003)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available

Felettig s flagship workhorse bottling from a blend of some 20+ village level vineyards, all over 50 years of age. The best village Chambolle value on the market. Period. 90-92 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes, aged in 30% new oak with the same… ...

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Felettig Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2016  (#331718)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 12+ available
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90-92 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Prieur has a clean and fresh raspberry and cranberry leaf-scented bouquet, delicate at first but gaining intensity with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp red berry fruit, nicely poised and so… ...

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Roy/Marc Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur 2016  (#332753)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 8 available
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98 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2018). 95-98 points Fine Wine Review: But even more of a star in this vintage is the Clos Saint-Denis. The wine is spicy (nutmeg) and pure with red currant and other red fruits. It is perfectly balanced and so light on the palate. About 90% whole clusters here, and about… ...

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Dujac Clos-St-Denis 2016  (#332703)

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 3 available
TA 98
FWR 95-98
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