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2016 Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Myglands Domaine Faiveley   2015 Corton Clos des Cortons Domaine Faiveley   2016 Puligny-Montrachet Paul Pernot et ses Fils   2015 Chassagne-Montrachet Château de la Maltroye   2017 Saint-Véran Joseph Drouhin  
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2016 Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Myglands Domaine Faiveley

(from classic red Mercurey soil; tasted from tank): Bright, dark ruby-red. Lively scents of black cherry, licorice and flowers. Round and sweet but penetrating in the mouth; less showy than the Framboisière but more firmly structured. This juicy midweight offers a solid core of dark cherry and licorice flavor and finishes with rising floral length and a distinctly dark cast. Rated (88-90). - Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com January, 2018

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of 6

2015 Corton Clos des Cortons Domaine Faiveley

Full medium red. Deep, soil-driven aromas of raspberry, dark cherry, redcurrant, coffee and underbrush; not quite as black as it was from barrel in late 2016 but still conveys a brooding menthol quality. Enters the mouth plush and utterly seamless, but terrific soil-driven saline minerality gives definition to the middle palate. A bit reticent today but the slowly mounting, extremely long finish saturates everything in its path. The tannins are huge but plush, saturating the front teeth and incisors. I recall technical director Jérôme Flous telling me last year that this wine has an IPT (indice polyphenols totaux) of 90, compared to a normal 50. This outsized grand cru shows the sweetness of the vintage's best examples and appears to possess the stuffing and structure to go on in bottle for 25 years; in fact, it shut down rather dramatically with time in the recorked bottle. Rated 95+. - Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com January, 2018

$262.50 the bottle  $1,338.78 the case of 6

2016 Puligny-Montrachet Paul Pernot et ses Fils

Bright light yellow. Slightly meaty scents of mirabelle, menthol and noble herbs suggest a wide range of ripeness. Surprisingly juicy on the palate but less dense than the 2017 version, and a bit herbal as well. This youthfully medicinal village wine finishes with a faint bitter edge that calls for a year of patience. Drink 2019-2024. Rated 88. - Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com September, 2018

$62.50 the bottle $637.56 the case

2016 Chassagne‑Montrachet Château de la Maltroye

(bottled last November; from a crop level of 30 hectoliters per hectare): Reticent aromas of pear, menthol, anise and flowers. Firm and a bit reduced on the palate but not hard, dominated in the early going by flavors of medicinal menthol and saline minerality. The mineral finish is softened somewhat by a subtle touch of sweetness. Drink 2019-2025. Rated 89. - Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com September, 2018.

$57.50 the bottle $586.56 the case

2017 Saint-Véran Joseph Drouhin

The lovely village of Saint-Vérand (note the different spelling) is located half-hidden amongst the hills in the Mâconnais region of southern Burgundy, between Pouilly-Fuissé and the Beaujolais. Its Jurassic chalky soils are a continuation of the limestone strata found in the Côte d'Or and are ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes. Harvested by hand the grapes are immediately and gently pressed, then passed into stainless steel to undergo a slow and cool fermentation. The wine is bottled the following spring to retain its inherent freshness, fruitiness and roundness. Green-gold in color with discreet and pure Chardonnay aromas suggesting flesh of crisp green apple, citrus and stone; fine, elegant Chardonnay flavors are refreshingly crisp and mineral, but at the same time broadening on the tongue, becoming more sumptuous and satisfying, delivering a nice wallop of excellent dry white Burgundy wine for the price of mere everyday Chardonnay.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case


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