PREMIER CRU RED LOVERS UTOPIA
In French, the word cru traditionally translates to "growth." Put that together with the word premier, and you get "first growth." Applied to vineyards that fall in this classification, 1er Cru wines are known to be high-quality, from producers well-known throughout Burgundy. Yes, these wines are not to be missed.
Does your cellar need a restock of 1er Cru wines, or are you looking to explore new producers without commitment to a full case?
Enjoy this unique case of 12 red Burgundy 1er Cru wines: a nice range of vintages, from 12 different producers, AND 12 different villages.
Includes one bottle of each PLUS GROUND SHIPPING INCLUDED
Capitain-Gagnerot Ladoix 1er Cru 'La Micaude' 2018
The Capitain Ladoix 1er Cru 'La Micaude' is a 'monople', meaning they own the entire 4 acres of vines themselves. This is and has been for nearly 30 years, our benchmark Pinot Noir. Roger Capitain used this wine to show us that if you are looking for color in Pinot Noir, you are asking the wrong question. He showed us here that a wine can be delicate and powerful at the same time, And he showed us that pretty little red fruits can age as well (and usually better) than concentrated extracted fruit bombs. Racy and well-structured, 'La Micaude' is at the same time discreet with delicate black berry fruits. It's one of those wine that will surprise you as it ages, growing in elegance and nuance with each passing year.
Marchand-Tawse Nuits St Georges 1er Cru 'Perrieres' 2012
Any vineyard named ‘Perrieres’ produces a light and delicate style of its appellation. The name implies ‘gravel’, ‘light soil’. And that’s what we have here: an elegant, delicate Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru . Juicy, with good high acidity, orange that will be cherry. With 2011 charm and finesse, and mineral tension, this is a wine for now, but which will be one of those great surprises not so far down the road.
Jean-Jacques Girard Beaune 1er Cru 'Clos du Roi' 2018
Beaune 1er Cru 'Clos du Roi' is, as the name suggests, one of the best parcels in the hills above Beaune. Beaunes can have the spice of Savigny, so the style plays well into Jean-Jacques Girard's hands, but the Clos du Roi has the oomph of the Corton mountain. Red fruit ans spice, great building intensity, round, fleshy and persistent, It's a fist in a velvet glove.
Hospice de Beaune Volnay-Santenots 1er Cru Cuvee Gauvin 2013
2013 was a difficult harvest for the folks at the Hospices de Beaune. Many of their vineyards are in the zone that suffered hail damage. But for the vineyards that escaped unscathed, the results were fabulous. And such is the case with ‘our’ Volnay-Santenots. There is a deep complexity here, toasty and spicy, with structure meant to last. It’s fleshy, dense and round. A luscious glass of wine that makes you want more.
Gilles Bouton Saint Aubin 1er Cru 'en Creot' 2018
Garnet robe with bright fruits, raspberry, black currant, black cherry, seasoned with spice and coffee. Full bodied
Domaine De Suremain Monthelie 1er cru 'Le Clou des Chenes' 2015
Of the two De Suremain Monthelie 1er Cru 2015, this ‘Clou des Chenes’ would be the one to lay down. You immediately sense the structure: the vanilla and black pepper; the tender tannins, integrated but present. And then you get the fruit, frank, foursquare and generous. You can go for the immediate pleasure, but better to wait a few years to get the full show.
Domaine Mouton Givry 1er Cru 'Clos Jus' 2018
Domaine Mouton's aptly-named 'Clos Jus' ('jus' means 'juice') is the Mouton wine we go to first. Always ripe and juicy, ready to drink relatively early. Minerality is the key here, from a vineyard with different soil make-up to the rest of the appellation. Dark fruit, earth notes, delicate structure fleshed out to fullness. We appreciate the finesse in the winemaking, an unstinting perfectionism that has been communicated across a generation. The self-effacing Moutons would be the last to admit it, but for us their wines are nearly always perfect.
Domaine Marchand-Freres Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Sentiers' 2018
Deep purple because of the new oak, sumptuous dark classy red fruit. Denis Marchand calls it a little Bonnes Mares, but the vineyard ‘Les Sentiers’ is noble enough on its own. 80-year-old vines here.
Domaine Jean Marechal Mercurey 1er Cru Clos l'Eveque 2018
Delicate pinot color, rich fresh strawberry fruit with hints of undergrowth. Fine tannins show a silky texture, and the balanced acidity brings the red fruit notes high on the palate. Elegant finish.
Regnaugot Maranges 1er Cru 'Clos des Loyeres' 2017
This much-awarded wine, from an appellation you have probably never heard of, is the standard-bearer for the Maranges. When we first arrived in Burgundy, neighboring Santenay was considered rustic and undrinkable. All that has changed. And now it’s the turn of Maranges to come into the fold. Producers like the Regnaudots have been making it happen for a decade now. This premier cru ‘Clos des Loyeres’ is black cherry in color and black cherry in flavor, which is considered typical of the vineyard. It’s a gutsy wine, full-bodied, round and balanced. There’s a touch of cocoa on that fruit that is persistent right through to the finish. A classy example of what Maranges can be. You have to try this.
Domaine Borgeot Santenay 1er Cru 'Les Gravieres' 2018
Not surprisingly, this Borgeot Santenay 1er Cru 'Gravieres' red comes from the same vineyard as their Santenay 1er 'Gravieres' white, just further down the slope where the soil becomes denser and red. ‘Gravieres’ is one vineyard with two different soil types, apt for two different wines. Sadly, many producers have succumbed to the temptation of the bottom line, and have replanted Chardonnay where there should be Pinot Noir. But not the Borgeots! Their 'Gravieres' red is their signature Pinot, with ripe dark fruits tinged with chocolate and coffee, rich, powerful and fat right through the lingering note of pure blackberry.
Domaine Jean Fery Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru 'Les Vergelesses' Rouge 2018
Yes, we admit, it can be complicated! There is this red Savigny-les Beaune 1er Cru 'Les Vergelesses', but the domain also makes both a red Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru ‘Les Vergelesses’ and a white Savigny-les Beaune 1er Cru both called 'Les Vergelesses' as well. To make things even more complicated, the Pernand 'Vergelesses' and the two Savigny 'Vergelesses' touch another Pernand premier cru called 'Ile des Vergelesses'! Sorry! We do our best to keep it all simple and clear. In addition to being the most complicated corner of the Savigny valley, it is also the most interesting. This Savigny is deeply colored due to the clay and iron content in the soil. It is elegant and powerful, with dominant black cherry fruit, but also blackcurrant, raspberry and the trademark Burgundy wild undergrowth. Delicate with discreet tannins.
Note: These wines are sourced from small producers, and so quantities are very limited. If ever we run out of a particular wine, we will substitute a wine of equal or greater value.