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Basic Facts for those of you who are new to the program: Every two months we select two Burgundies, one red and one white. We include write-ups detailing the background of the grower, the vineyard source, and the wine. Finally we knock a significant percentage off the prices of the wines, making the Sampler price $89.98. If you would like us to add you to the Sampler Club and receive the wines regularly, please specify "store pickup" or "ship it" in the comments field, and we will charge your card accordingly. If you would like us to ship faster than the standard ground service, please specify this as well.

2012 Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre Louis Michel et Fils

Jancis Robinson MW recently wrote a serious piece about 2012 Burgundy, and her first bit of advice was, "Don't forget Chablis." We must have struck a chord with TOB subscribers with our last sampler, as the demand for fresh, crisp, mineral driven Chablis has hit fever pitch. The weather may have had its challenges, and production levels were further reduced compared to 2011, but the quality of the wines is superb. Vigneron Guillaume Gicqueau-Michel agreed, and we quote, "I love the 2012 vintage. Or perhaps I should say that I love the results." The Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre vineyard sits facing west-southwest on a rise just southeast of the cluster of Grand Cru vineyards including the mighty "Les Clos." Burghound's Allen Meadows called the 2012 Louis Michel Montée de Tonnerre "a wine of harmony and impeccably good balance." The rich finish is a seamless merge of citrus fruit and saline-like minerality. It will be at its best from 2016-2022 and beyond.

2011 Beaune Premier Cru Les Cent-Vignes Domaine Xavier Monnot
Our friend Xavier Monnot owns 17.5 hectares of vineyards scattered around the southern half of the Côte d'Or, which is a lot in Burgundy. His holdings in Beaune's Premier Cru Les Cent-Vignes consist of a hectare and a half. The vines were planted back in the 1960's in a vineyard with gravelly subsoils, which previously grew no grapes. According to Clive Coates MW, the 2011 vintage was a success in Burgundy, particularly for the red wines. Perhaps lighter in style compared to 2010 and less rich than 2009, the red wines exhibit pure Pinot Noir aromas, or what Coates calls, "one of the world’s most seductive vinous aromas." So a vintage like 2011 suits Xavier fine. His 2011 Premier Cru Les Cent-Vignes is an expression of exactly that: Pure Pinot Noir. Bright, elegant red berries, a hint of herbal rusticity, and gravelly minerals combine in a classy display of Burgundy elegance. If you try it now, we advise decanting, otherwise this wine will drink well from 2017 through 2027. - Peter Zavialoff
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