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2017 Red Burgundies
Allen Meadow's Burghound Reviews
“Henri Boillot described 2017 as an “excellent vintage and potentially even a great one in white and a very good one in red provided that yields were kept reasonable, something not everyone respected. We chose to begin picking on the 25th of August and the fruit really could not have been much cleaner. Ripeness levels were good but not really high and as such we chose not to use any whole clusters during the vinifications. Stylistically, the 2017 reds make me think of a combination of 2014 and 2016.” As the comments and ratings confirm, I was very impressed with the Boillot 2017s. Boillot noted that the reds were bottled in November and December 2018. ” - Allen Meadows,  Burghound, Issue 74
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2017 Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir
Burghound  Score: 87
"from vineyards in Santenay, Marsannay and the lower portions of Volnay). A pretty and expressive nose offers up notes of various red berries, earth and a whiff of the  sauvage . The succulent, rich and juicy middle weight flavors possess a beguiling texture before concluding in a moderately rustic finish. This isn’t elegant but it’s both complex and delicious – worth checking out. Drink 2020+"- Allen Meadows,  Burghound, Issue 74, 4/19
2017 Volnay Village - Limited
Burghound  Score: 89
" A perfumed and airy nose features essence of raspberry and soft spice elements, the latter of which can be found on the pure and energetic lighter weight flavors that possess a seductive texture, all wrapped in a sneaky long bitter cherry pit-inflected finish. A quality Volnay  villages . Drink 2022+"- Allen Meadows,  Burghound, Issue 74, 4/19
2017 Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets
Burghound  Score: 93
" (from a .60 ha parcel). A whiff of spiced herbal tea sits atop the array of naturally exotic red and dark pinot fruit where an interesting hint of tangerine skin lurks in the background. The round, rich and very seductively textured medium weight flavors brim with minerality on the complex and beautifully persistent finish. This moderately firm effort possesses unusually good density for the vintage and is a wine to consider. Drink 2027+"- Allen Meadows,  Burghound, Issue 74, 4/19
2017 Volnay 1er Cru Les Chevrets
Burghound  Score: 91
"( from 25+ year old vines). An elegant, airy and cool nose is also attractively perfumed and is composed of essence of red cherry, lavender and soft spice aromas. The elegant, even lilting middle weight flavors evidence notably more minerality on the wonderfully textured, refined and well-balanced finale. This is a lovely Chevrets fashioned in a style that should permit reasonably early accessibility. Drink 2023+"- Allen Meadows,  Burghound, Issue 74, 4/19
2017 Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets
Burghound  Score: 91
" A more deeply pitched nose reveals notes of dark cherry, plum and raspberry along with pretty spice and violet wisps. The supple and quite round medium-bodied flavors possess a bit more volume if less finesse on the impressively persistent and slightly firmer finish where a trace of wood appears. Drink 2025+"- Allen Meadows,  Burghound, Issue 74, 4/19
2017 Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens - SOLD OUT
Burghound  Score: 93
"( from equally sized parcels in both Rugiens Hauts and Bas that measure ~1 ha). A super- fresh if restrained nose speaks of ripe aromas of poached plum, violet and black cherry. The highly energetic and intensely mineral-driven middle weight plus flavors are at once tautly muscular and precise while the youthfully austere finish is shaped by quite fine-grained tannins. Like all examples of Rugiens worth of their name, this is built-to-age and will need it. Drink 2029+"- Allen Meadows,  Burghound, Issue 74, 4/19
NEW  - 2017 Latricieres Chambertin Grand Cru (6-pack)
Burghound  Score: 94
" There is a whiff of post-bottling reduction that is just enough to push what appears to be ripe and clean fruit to the background. The finer and almost delicate middle weight flavors possess even more minerality on the lingering, balanced and ultra-pure finale. This is a Latricières of lace and grace yet the supporting tannins are fine but dense and should have no trouble seeing this through an extended aging curve. Drink 2032+"- Allen Meadows,  Burghound, Issue 74, 4/19
NEW  - 2017 Echezeaux Grand Cru (6-pack)
Burghound  Score: 93
"( from En Orveaux). Cool yet ripe aromas of spicy deeply pitched fruit, earth, game and a background touch of wood precede the impressively rich, sleek and tautly muscular flavors that brim with minerality on the firm, detailed and lingering finish that is also youthfully austere. There is a touch of wood evident but I suspect that it will be rapidly integrated with a few years of bottle age. Drink 2029+"- Allen Meadows,  Burghound, Issue 74, 4/19
2017 Chambertin Grand Cru - VERY LIMITED (6-pack)
Burghound Score: 96
"(near the very top of the vineyard and atypically, the rows are planted North-South). A spicy if decidedly inexpressive, pure and cool nose blends highly complex aromas of cassis, violet, lavender, earth and game. There is an overt muscularity and obvious power to the big-bodied and concentrated flavors that terminate in an austere, palate staining and wonderfully persistent finish that is very clearly structured for mid-term plus cellaring. In a word, terrific. Drink 2034+"- Allen Meadows,  Burghound, Issue 74, 4/19
NEW  - 2017 Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru - SOLD OUT
Burghound  Score: 95
"A gorgeously spicy nose features elegant red berry, Asian-style tea and a hint of violet aromas. The succulent and seductively textured medium weight plus flavors coat the palate with plenty of sap while delivering excellent length on the strikingly long finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. This will need a few years to develop more overall depth but this should be seriously good when it finally reaches its apogee. Drink 2033+"- Allen Meadows,  Burghound, Issue 74, 4/19
2017 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru (6-pack)
Burghound  Score: 95
"(from Chambolle fruit). Here too the nose is quite restrained with its admirably pure aromas of red cherry, dark currant, spice and earth along with notes of violet and lavender. I very much like the sense of underlying tension to the succulent, indeed even juicy, medium weight plus flavors that exude a subtle salinity on the tautly muscular and firm finish that flashes just a hint of youthful austerity. This isn’t quite as complex as the Chambertin but it’s close and it may well close the gap over time as this is also very clearly structured for mid to even longer-term keeping. Drink 2035+"- Allen Meadows,  Burghound, Issue 74, 4/19
2017 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (6-pack)- Limited
Burghound  Score: 94
"from a ~.34 ha parcel in Grand Maupertuis). A brooding deeply pitched and softly spicy nose reflects plenty of earth and  sauvage  characters to the dark berry aromas that are trimmed in soft wood nuances. There is excellent size, weight and power to the muscular flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the imposingly structured and youthfully austere finish that is sneaky long. This is a big 2017 that is supported by chewy but not really rustic tannins that make clear that at least some patience is advisable. Drink 2032+"- Allen Meadows,  Burghound, Issue 74, 4/19
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