Benjamin Leroux

Not only was it the biggest vintage in production terms, Ben declared that 2017 is so good, it’s the kind of vintage he would sign up for every year. Having avoided the spring frosts, the growing season was straightforward, and he began picking on the 30th August with the whites, moving straight on to reds. The quality of fruit was outstanding, and the wines have gained in complexity with age. Ben loves his whites in particular, describing them as “beautiful, with balance, purity, finesse and definition, rich and fine at the same time”, and the reds as “pretty, with plenty of appeal, and the fruit and body to support decent ageing”.

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Domaine Felettig

This fabulously run domaine has experienced a meteoric rise in its reputation over the last few vintages and is now one of the most highly reputed in the village. According to Gilbert, “In 2017, there was no frost and the vintage is about the same size as, but much better than, 2014. It was an easy, ideal, classic vintage – with maturity, freshness, sufficient acidity, no solaire aromas and very healthy fruit, which hardly needed to be sorted. The wines have taken on even more precision during elevage”. Chambolle was heavily frosted in 2016 and the vines compensated in 2017 – which he controlled by both de-budding and green harvest. Gilbert began harvesting on 8th September and concluded a week later. He destemmed entirely in 2017.

Bourgogne Aligote Domaine Felettig 2018

France

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Bourgogne Rouge Domaine Felettig 2018

France

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Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Domaine Felettig 2018

France

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Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Charmes' Domaine Felettig 2018

France

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Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Fuees' Domaine Felettig 2018

France

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Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Gruenchers' Domaine Felettig 2018

France

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Chambolle-Musigny 'Clos Le Village' Monopole Domaine Felettig 2018

France

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Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes Domaine Felettig 2018

France

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Domaine FEUILLAT-JUILLOT, Montagny les Buxy

Françoise Feuillat-Juillot continues to make exemplary wines from her 16 hectares of prime vineyards in Montagny. Francoise told us "Summer 2017 was very dry, particularly in August and the expected rains only arrived in mid-September. The grapes matured very quickly and we had to harvest in haste at the beginning of September. There was little juice in the grapes and we were therefore down about 30% in volume. Despite the conditions, the wines have remained fresh, yet ample and rich."

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Eric Forest

A majority of Eric’s vines are on the limestone hill of Vergisson side, rather than the granitic, opposite hill. In 2017, yields were lower, due to frost, but his domaine now comprises 6 hectares. He picked between 31st August and 7th September. According to Eric “2017 is an extremely good vintage with beautiful, rich textures and good acidity, lots of fruit and freshness – very warm, but not as hot as 2003 or 2009 – which are drinking wonderfully now”. He believes that levels of acidity matter for the first three years after harvest but are not important thereafter, provided one practices long elevages. “There was 25mm of rain on 26th August, but the soil was so dry that the vines hardly took up any water. Most growers rushed to pick, fearing rot, but the grapes were not ripe. By mid-November, any grapes left on the vines still did not have any trace of rot!”- vindicating Eric’s decision to wait.

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Francois Buffet

Whilst this domaine continues to fly under the radar, it is telling that Marc-Olivier’s wines came out particularly well in a recent blind tasting of 2015 wines, several of his Premiers Crus coming top of their respective flights. After experimenting with varying levels of whole bunches and different vinification techniques and struggling to work with small volumes as a result of hail and frost, it feels as though Marc Olivier is now at ease and in the groove, and this was one of the most impressive red cellars of the vintage.
Harvest here began on the 5th September, finishing on the 15th with Marc Olivier taking his time to pick his 8 hectares as each parcel achieved perfect ripeness. After 5 catastrophic years in volumes terms, he is delighted with the yield in 2017, as well as the quality of the wines, which he feels have ripeness of both tannins and fruit, along with great acidity which, he argues, gives freshness and ageing potential. Whole bunches do not exceed a third on any wine, and the proportion of oak rarely passes a quarter. This is a confident and elegant range of wines which all have a touch of Volnay finesse, alongside their individual characters.

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Heritiers du Comtes Lafon

The hot and dry conditons in summer 2017 have yielded mixed blessings; the wines are deliciously ripe but the volumes have suffered a little due to drought stress. Picking began early at the end of August, with the resulting wines being described by Caroline as of really high quality, with good balance and maturity. Dominique and Caroline take great care to pick each parcel (and indeed sub-parcel) at precisely the right time to ensure optimum ripeness.

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Jean Chauvenet

‘Christophe Drag was a happy man when we visited, explaining that 2017 is the first full vintage since 2009. He was delighted with the wines as well, opining that they possess fruit, freshness and energy. The season was simple, with a little frost threatening at the end of April; the proximity to the town of Nuits meant that burning bales was not an option, but the dry conditions (in contrast to 2016) meant that there was limited damage. He began picking on the 9th September and finished on the 15th, bringing in the grapes between 12 and 13 degrees and using 15% new oak on the village wines and 20 to 30% on the Premiers Crus, essentially according to the number of barrels per cuvée. This is a genuinely impressive range of wines, one of the highlights of the vintage, and these wines continue to offer excellent value, particularly in comparison to some of their more fêted neighbours’.

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Jean Fournier

The scars of the 2016 vintage appear to have healed, although with Laurent’s positive attitude that was never in doubt. Having had to compromise his organic status last year to fight the mildew which followed the frost, he has begun organic certification again. Since 2016 Laurent has made a conscious effort to “have faith in the grapes”, and extract less from them, allowing the terroir to speak clearly. The results are exciting, the wines showing more grace, elegance and purity than ever before, and it is clear that this is one of the success stories of the vintage.

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Joseph Voillot

This fine family-owned domaine, comprising 9 hectares of vines, has been run impeccably since 1995 by Jean-Pierre Charlot, son-in-law of Joseph Voillot who sadly passed away in July 2014. Over recent years Jean-Pierre has refined the quality and style of wines produced here. Sustainable viticulture holds sway. He has dispensed with the inclusion of stems, as he prefers the essence of fruit, and he has shortened the length of time the wines spend in barrel – typically 14-16 months followed by 1 month in stainless steel prior to bottling. Jean-Pierre has also reduced the percentage of new oak - now 10-20% depending on the cru. He prefers a light filtration, but no fining. Jean-Pierre is excited by the quality of his 2016s, understandably.

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La Croix Senaillet

Richard and Stéphane Martin are making some of the most delightfully, crystalline-pure wines in the Mâconnais, from their 25 hectares of organic vineyards around Davayé.

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