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July 14, 2021


Len writes;

Two clear favorites last week: the Gueguen Chablis Cuvee 1975was the most loved white. People liked that its classic Chablis chalk nicely underlay a very pretty fruit. It's a great summer Chablis, light on both palate and wallet.

The Parize Givry stood out among the reds for its breadth, definition, and classic burgundian sauvage fruit. it was impressive without even showing its full potential. It had arrived a couple of weeks prior and it was still travel-sick and muted from the ocean swells of its trip compared with the bottles I had tasted from a previous shipment. Even so tasters found it impressive. I recommend it strongly, but you might wait another week or two for it to recover fully from its ocean voyage.

Tasters liked all the other wines also. Many people hadn't had the aligote grape and found the 2019 Marc Morey Bourgogne Aligoté's touch of wood pleasing mingled with the broad softness of the wine's fruit. The Manciat-Poncet Macon Charnay showed more ripely assertive and spicier than the other two whites.

Both the Perrachon Julienas and the Raquillet Mercurey were well-liked also,. Both showed softer and a bit more generous than the Givry. The Mercurey had arrived along with the Givry and like it was a little muted, but it still showed a nice broad wood-accented pinot fruit. Like the Julienas it makes for nice drinking in the short term and age nicely for a few years yet.

We just got the last few cases of Chablis. The other wines are still in good supply.



2019 Marc Morey Bourgogne Aligoté

  Aroma: heady & creamy relatively dense pretty, dense & heady; Mouth: clean relatively rich nicely tactile, a little wood, well tight sweet wood light clean long; Very Good Plus 21.99; Mixed Case, 19.79; Case, 18.99

2018 Gueguen Chablis Cuvee 1975

Aroma: heady rich & spicy, attractive, liltingly floral; Mouth: light lemony bright, sweet acid fleshy & forward, long, bright, good substance spicy forward, finely drawn; Very Good Plus 25.99; Case, 21.99

2020 Manciat-Poncet Macon Charnay Les Chenes

  Aroma: heady mineral rather deep intense, firm, mineral, slatey, heady dense; Mouth: fresh, grapey dry, dense grapey, rather full, nice balance, firm, apple pear, springy finish, rich deep; Very Good Plus 19.99; Case, 16.99



2018 Raquillet Mercurey Chamirey;

We have a little of his wonderful 2018 left and will show what promises to be a very fine 2019

   Color: medium-dark, ; Aroma: nicely elegant, rather fine, herbal, firm with subtle wood notes; Mouth: clean finely delineated, elegant precise, firm, not too fleshy, very pretty nice now, it still has a way to go, very pretty; Very Good Plus 32; Mixed Case, 28.8; Case, 25.99

2019 Perrachon Julienas Vignes des Centenaires Cuvee Special

    Color: Black center ruby edge; Aroma: heady, finely delineated acid over a richly plummy center, nice interplay between granite and fruit; Mouth: clean acid granite drive, fine direct edge, ripe black plum crisp & stony finish, beautifully balanced, long; Very Good - Excellent 27.99; Mixed Case, 25.19; Case, 23.99

2019 Domaine Parize Givry Clos des Grands Vignes 1er Cru

  Color: very dark black; Aroma: heady very dense, plummy yet bright, heady, wild raspberry, firm, Mouth: very rich, very dense, thick deep plum fruit, very rich over-stuffed, very satisfying and long; Very Good - Excellent 34; Case, 28.99

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