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Burgundy 2018

En Primeur

January is the time of year for us to turn our attention to the new vintage from Burgundy and with 2018 we have made an outstanding selection of wines which really deliver at every level.

There is no doubt that once again, it pays dividends to be working with top growers who understand that the only way to make great wine is by first putting in the meticulous work required in the vineyard. The next step is to put our strict selection criteria, tasting skills and experience of our team to best use and produce a list of wines that we feel are really worth buying now “En Primeur’’ at the earliest opportunity.

Take a look at our full range of Burgundy and the producers that make them. You can buy online, call us on 01206 713560 or email [email protected]

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Burgundy 2018 Overview

A vintage of high-toned intensity, dynamic controlled opulence and a symphony of terroir-true expression

January is the time of year for us to turn our attention to the new vintage from Burgundy and with 2018 we have made an outstanding selection of wines which really deliver at every level.

Read Johnny Wheeler's full review of the vintage here.

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Domaine Samuel Billaud

Samuel Billaud is a producer of exceptional Chablis, and the undoubted driving force within the famed Domaine Billaud-Simon following the estate’s division during the last decade. Having reclaimed several hectares of the original estate’s vineyards and set out on his own, Samuel has rapidly reinforced his reputation and become one of the region’s most dynamic and respected growers. Samuel makes precise, elegant and terroir-true expressions of every vineyard in his care. His wines are electric and simply crackle with the tension and vibrancy for which the region is so well known. Offering scintillating wines from the refreshing, steely fresh Petit-Chablis through to bold and dynamic Grand Crus, Samuel Billaud is a master of his craft. These are singular Chablis and the sheer embodiment of purity and poise.

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Domaine Séguinot-Bordet

Domaine Séguinot-Bordet can trace its history back to 1590, although the winery, now run by Jean-Francois Bordet, is anything but dated. The wines are made in a well-equipped modern winery, with vinification taking place in stainless steel vats. The domaine’s vineyards occupy some of Chablis’ most prime sites, and following 3-5 months ‘lees ageing’, the wines have a wonderful luscious and pristine style.

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Domaine Long-Depaquit

New to the Mr.Wheeler list; Domaine Long-Depaquit can be traced back to 1791 when Jean Depaquit and his brother Simon moved to Chablis. They purchased vineyards and developed their domaine into one of the most renowned producers of Chablis today. Now owned by Albert Bichot in Beaune, Domaine Long-Depaquit offers an impressive range of Premier and Grand Crus. A sustainable approach, limited yields and skilful winemaking creates incredibly invigorating and mineraledged wines. ‘La Moutonne’, a monopole in the heart of the Grand Cru vineyards, between Vaudésir and Les Preuses is one of their most celebrated cuvées, known for its incredible precision, elegance and staying power. Whichever cuvée you choose, these are delicious, mineral-rich Chardonnays of the highest order.

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Domaine Gérard Thomas et Filles

Gérard Thomas’s wines have become firm favourites of ours over the last few years. Winemaking at this excellent domaine is now handled by Gérard’s two daughters Anne and Isabelle. The Thomas house style is one of purity, freshness and precision, with very well-judged use of oak, whilst from a consumer point of view there is great value to be had. Their superstar release is most certainly the impressive St Aubin 1er Cru Murgers des Dents de Chien; a beautifully sited Premier Cru vineyard located a mere stone through from the sublime Grand Cru vineyards of Puligny-Montrachet.

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Domaine Hubert Lamy

Olivier Lamy runs what is widely considered the finest estate in Saint-Aubin. The wines here are of the quality of Olivier’s neighbours in Puligny-Montrachet but at a mere fraction of the cost. Clearly one of Burgundy’s greatest talents, Olivier’s overriding pursuit of purity and definition in each and every cuvée yields wines of scintillating freshness, brilliant terroir expression and superb age worthiness. A Domaine to follow year in, year out, and in scintillating form in 2018.

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Domaine Jacques Carillon

We have been visiting the Carillon cellars in Puligny for many, many years, and this is undeniably one of the very greatest domaines in the village. These are classic, ‘grown-up’ burgundies, exhibiting a unique fusion of mineral linearity and supreme tension. Up there alongside the greatest winemakers in the world, Jacques’ wines speak so clearly of their unique terroir and so eloquently of their ‘place’. “I admire the precision and terroir expression in Jacques’ wines, pure and fizzing with energy. They come highly recommended”. Neal Martin, Vinous.com

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Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot

A truly brilliant winemaking force and a winemaker very dear to the heart of Mr.Wheeler; Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot is one of the very best sources of fine Burgundy. Whilst his reds clearly demonstrate why Chassagne first established its reputation as a red wine commune, Jean-Marc’s whites are seductive and richly-textured with superb precision, opened aromatics and flawless balance. From modest Santenay and St Romain to the exalted Chevalier-Montrachet, there is also something to suit all budgets – only one thing is certain: we all need one (or three) of Jean-Marc’s wines in our Burgundy selection.

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Domaine Dominique Lafon

Already responsible for some of the very finest white wines in the world at his family Domaine in Meursault, and for some of the best value the world of wine has to offer in their Maconnais outfit; Dominique Lafon has also been making his own wines for 11 years now, from vineyards he either owns or manages. The Dominique Lafon wines, produced at the Château de Bligny winery, are superb, showing the value of Dominique’s talent, experience and meticulous attention to detail. Simply, these are wines produced by one of the world’s greatest vinous talents.

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Domaine Henri Darnat

At the helm of the family estate since 2000, Henri Darnat and his wife Marion manage their vineyards, including family Monopole (and smallest 1er Cru in Meursault) Clos Richemont with the utmost care, following the principles of organic viticulture. The proportion of old vines within their holdings means that they can leave the fruit on the vine a little longer without losing essential acids in the grapes, so the style of the estate is one of rich, seductive and opulent whites with excellent balance and harmony

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Domaine Patrick Javillier

Over the past five decades Patrick, and now his daughter Marion, have built an impressive (and deserved) following and reputation, as not only one of the best Meursault producers out there, but also as one of the most consistently brilliant and good value producers in the entire Côte d’Or. Their Bourgogne Blanc cuvée Oligocène is a very strong contender for the title of Best Value White in Burgundy year in, year out. These are meticulously crafted wines of superb balance and harmony.

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Domaine Boyer-Martenot

Domaine Boyer-Martenot is run by Vincent Boyer who recently inherited the running of famous Meursault domaine BoyerMartenot from his father Yves. Thanks to his drive, enthusiasm, investment and talent, the wines are now reaching dizzying new heights. The estate continues to make rich Meursault that drinks well relatively young, but Vincent has enhanced greatly the estate’s elegance and by picking earlier than his father, using concrete eggs for the ageing and lengthening that part of the process from 12 months to 24, Vincent is now making wines that have greater acidity, brilliant minerality, length and ageing potential. This is an estate to watch!

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Benjamin Leroux

Benjamin has been a good friend of ours since his days at Comte Armand, and his powerful, impressive winemaking style shines through in 2018 where concentration meets with backbone and guile in the Volnay commune. Recalling his first ever visit to the UK back in 1999 during our recent tastings, Benjamin spent some time reminiscing about his stay with Richard Wheeler, not least for the friendly dispute regarding the relative merits of local Mersea native Oysters versus their French counterparts! Benjamin’s Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans reflects the greatest attributes of this excellent vintage. Density, richness and structure are all to the fore in a cuvée which gets better with every passing vintage.

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Domaine Joseph Voillot

Domaine Joseph Voillot holds 10 hectares of vineyards spanning the communes of Volnay and Pommard. Jean Pierre Charlot’s wines offer understatement and elegance, and in 2018 they have also delivered fruit richness and an intensity rarely captured in Volnay and Pommard. These wines are impossible to ignore, showing modern classicism whilst perfectly expressing the wine’s unique terroirs. These are wines which speak so eloquently of their individual sites and are the essence of pinot noir. For buyers keen to experience the purity and poise of Volnay and Pommard in a great vintage, look no further than Domaine Joseph Voillot.

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Domaine du Pavillon

An exciting new addition to our offer this vintage, Domaine Du Pavillon is located south of Pommard in the Côte de Beaune. Just as at Domaine du Clos Frantin in Nuits-Saint-Georges, they practice organic viticulture with an ongoing respect for the complex equilibrium found in nature. The winery was modernized in 2016, allowing the vinification of more of the Côte de Beaune’s star single vineyard wines. From the 2018 vintage, all the wines from the estate will bear the certified “organic wine” label.

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Domaine Jean-Jacques Girard

One of Savigny’s oldest domaines, originally founded in 1529. Jean-Jacques has been producing wine here as the sole proprietor since 1998, and with significant recent investment in the cellar and winery, is producing outstanding wines. With his long experience of viticulture, Jean-Jacques firmly believes that the best wines are made in the vineyard and thus focuses his efforts on optimising the quality and health of the grapes themselves. This effort is reflected in his delightfully supple, elegant and classic wines, with his Savigny and Pommard releases of particular note in 2018.

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Maison Albert Bichot

An embarrassment of riches does not adequately sum up the holdings of Maison Albert Bichot. This venerable Burgundy house boasts four separate estates and has provided one of the region’s true success stories over the past decade. A genuine resurgence has been underpinned by the focus of owner, Albéric Bichot. Albéric is the 6th generation of his family in wine and in 2018 the estate has hit some of its greatest highs in a generation. These are essential Burgundy buys emanating from some of the finest terroir on earth, yet conversely prices remain fair. Our advice is to secure a case or two whilst allocations allow

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Dujac Fils et Père

In 2000 Jeremy and Jacques Seysses of Domaine Dujac launched a new venture that redefined the role of the négociant. Under the name Dujac Fils et Père, the son and father team established partnerships with some of the top growers in Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey Saint-Denis and Chambolle-Musigny. Capturing the essence and terroir-focussed expression of Domaine Dujac, the Dujac Fils et Père wines offer effortless precision and depth whilst offering value for money. Each wine is made with the same care and attention that the family lavishes on their Domaine Dujac bottlings. From a region where it is critical to “know your grower”, there can be very few estates which carry as much kudos as that of Dujac. Mr.Wheeler are delighted to receive a direct allocation of these exceptional wines.

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Domaine Michel Magnien

Frédéric Magnien is the fifth generation to run this biodynamic family estate in Morey-Saint-Denis. This is one of the finest estates in the region with wines of extraordinary aroma, purity of fruit and elegance partnering the trademark Magnien richness and depth, with subtle use of new oak. Under any normal circumstances these are burgundies to make you sit up and take notice, but in 2018 this compliment has been taken to another level!

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Domaine Lécheneaut

Offered by Mr.Wheeler for only the second vintage and one of the most exciting additions to our portfolio, Philippe and Vincent Lécheneaut’s ten-hectare estate in Nuits-St-Georges was created by their father, Fernand Lécheneaut in the 1980s. An extensive range of the finest villages of the Côte de Nuits is produced here; all were delicious in 2018 - perfect expressions of pinot noir – rich, sumptuous and elegant, these are modern wines made with minimum intervention that combine purity of fruit with stunning terroir expression. Hands down one of our best visits this year, this is an address to watch!

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Domaine du Clos Frantin

Officially recognised as organic from the 2018 vintage, Domaine du Clos Frantin is the star estate within the wider Maison Albert Bichot Group. The domaine holds an exceptional range of Grand Cru and Premier Cru sites in the Côte de Nuits and in recent years, a reduction in yields, carefully judged extraction and prudent wholebunch fermentation means that the wines now compete against those from some of the very best producers in Burgundy, whilst remaining fantastically well-priced. Mr.Wheeler is delighted to have secured a small allocation of a range of dizzying Premier and Grand Cru cuvées in 2018 and as such, an early indication of interest is highly recommended.

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Domaine Aurélien Verdet

From his modest winery hidden away from the beaten path in the little village of Arcenant in the Hautes Côtes de Nuits, Aurélien Verdet crafts wines of astonishing purity and precision. A highly talented young winemaker whose following is growing steadily every year, Aurélien is no exception to the adage that “Great wine is created in the vineyard”. Indeed, he lavishes great care and attention on his 5.5 ha of vines, which he farms organically to produce fruit of superb quality. The winemaking is then all about respecting that fruit to bring the terroir through, which he does with great aplomb. A rising star to watch!

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Domaine Joseph Roty

New to Mr.Wheeler; Domaine Joseph Roty has one of the largest cult followings of any small Burgundy grower and has regularly produced some of the most exquisite wines of the region. Based in Gevrey-Chambertin, the family have been producing wine since the time of Louis XIV, a staggering eleven generations since 1710. It is now run by Joseph’s youngest son Pierre-Jean and particularly noted for the exceptional quality of its CharmesChambertin Très Vieilles Vignes, the vines of which are thought to date back to the end of the 19th century. The domaine’s wines are bold in the glass and exuberantly fruit driven, with a notable use of oak. Vintage after vintage, the wines of Joseph Roty are amongst the most sought-after in all of Burgundy. Here we are delighted to offer a range of their “late release” 2017’s.

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Domaine Heresztyn-Mazzini

Florence Heresztyn and her Champenois husband Simon Mazzini lead domaine Heresztyn-Mazzini, one of the most progressive, terroir-true of all Gevrey-Chambertin growers. A relative newcomer in Burgundian terms, the estate has delighted the Mr.Wheeler tasting team across numerous vintages, with 2018 the latest to enthral and excite. Most of the estate’s wines are made along biodynamic principles, with partial whole-bunch fermentation which has once again produced wines of notable perfume, richness, texture and depth of fruit.

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Domaine Rossignol-Trapet

Domaine Rossignol-Trapet produce some of Burgundy’s most sumptuous, exotic, complex and exciting pinot noir. Based in Gevrey-Chambertin, their wines offer great depth, concentration and exude a wealth of character. Always true to their terroir, these wines are stylish, accessible and beautifully made across the range.

We are thrilled to have secured an allocation of Nicolas and David’s splendid and highly sought-after 2018s, with their rich, pure and bold fruit flavours and extraordinary depth and texture. The sheer confidence in the glass and the fine balance between luscious fruit concentration and scintillating tension simply electrify Rossignol-Trapet’s wines – they are truly a joy. Nicolas and David converted to biodynamic viticulture in 2004, with around one third new oak is used for the premiers crus, rising to two thirds for their grands crus.

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Domaine Livera

A new find for Mr.Wheeler last vintage; Domaine Livera is widely considered the “next Burgundian star” tellingly both by consumers of their exceptional wines together with their winemaking contemporaries. The Livera family have been settled on the Domaine for almost 100 years, but Damien, who has been in charge for 13 years now, has taken the wines to a different level altogether. His style is one of purity, precision of fruit and impressive depth, quite reminiscent of the wines produced by Arnaud Mortet (who is a close friend and advisor). This is an up-and-coming address and very much one to watch.

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Domaine Sylvie Esmonin

Located in the old part of the village of Gevrey-Chambertin, at the foot of the legendary Clos-Saint-Jacques vineyard, since 1988 the scrupulous Sylvie cultivates 7 ha under her own name. Her deep knowledge of the vines and meticulous vinification techniques result in wines of great maturity and intensity, capable of great ageing potential. As you’d expect these wines are in very high demand and Mr.Wheeler are delighted to be offering a selection of Sylvie’s wines for only the second time. We urge you to snap up a case or two of these sensational wines, whilst you can.

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