Our Winning Vineyards

Friday
Special

Classic WHITE BURG from 'seriously delicious' 2016

In a nutshell:  As Jasper Morris MW says – ‘The average quality of the whites is better in 2017 but, the very best come from 2016.’  We searched hard for just  that, and now present you with some of the very best 16’s.

 

As for specials, today all of the cases are on offer at R6k below market.

 

Background information on two of the less-commonly available Domaines follows:

 

BONNEAU DU MARTRAY

 

Domaine Bonneau du Martray is based in Pernand Vergelesses in the Côte de Beaune. This historical estate is remarkable for being the only Burgundian estate to solely make grands crus, using two vineyard sites, Corton and Corton-Charlemagne. Having been in the hands of long-time owners, the le Bault de la Morinière family, the domaine was sold in 2017 to American businessman Stanley Kroenke, who also owns Screaming Eagle in California’s Napa Valley. He is now the fifth owner of the estate, which can be dated back to the French Revolution. Day to day, the estate is managed by Thibault Jacquet who has seamlessly continued the impeccable work that Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière started before him, while the rest of the team remains largely unchanged. Domaine Bonneau du Martray is one of the most well-known biodynamic estates in Burgundy and in 2018, a small parcel of Chardonnay vines in Corton-Charlemagne was leased to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, leaving them just under seven hectares of prime grand cru vines to focus their meticulous biodynamic methods on. Their Pinot Noir plantings of Corton cover just over 1.5 hectares.

 

 

HUBERT LAMY

 

The Lamy family has been working in the local vineyards since 1640.  Domaine Hubert Lamy was created by Hubert Lamy in 1973.  Before creating his own domaine Hubert worked with his father, Jean Lamy.  At that time the domaine was around 8 hectares in size,   planted mainly in 'regionale appellations'.
Most of the development of the Domaine was during the 1990's when new vines were bought or rented (Clos de la Chatenière,  Derrière Chez Edouard, Murgers des dents de Chien, Clos du Meix, Santenay Clos des Hâtes) or planted (En Remilly).  One would be hard pressed to find a better white wine maker in all of Burgundy than Olivier Lamy. Most of his holdings are located in the so-called “secondary” appellation of Saint-Aubin, with only a few wines outside of the appellation. What Olivier is able to accomplish in Saint-Aubin makes you wonder what he could do with prime spots in Meursault, Corton-Charlemagne, the Montrachets or even Chablis. Olivier is intense, and his wines are the same. It used to be said that his wines are expensive for Saint-Aubin, but for wines this great, I say they are the best deal in Burgundy. For us, he is as special as it gets. Sadly, the quantities of his wines that we get are minuscule as high demand for the wines worldwide make it difficult for anyone to acquire much. Thanks to his fanatical dedication to his vineyards, a penchant for high density planting and a fully organic approach, Olivier is regarded as a winemaker to watch.

 

 

VINTAGE 2016

Jancis Robinson MW, 2016 - A seriously delicious vintage.  The best retain the tension that characterises exemplary white burgundy.

Neil Martin, Vinous Media - the better wines are precise, fresh and classic. Overall production was sharply lower than normal, so the wines will also require serious effort to hunt down.

 

Today’s 6-pack offer comprises single bottles of each of the fine vintage 2016 wines listed below.  Then, there are two bottles of Neil Martin’s ‘finest Viré-Clessé  I have encountered’, the Chagnoleau 2019.   All are drinking superbly now and can be cellared further.  The attached notes offer full information on each wine.

 

 

  • Bonneau du Martray Grand Cru, Corton Charlemagne 2016

Cellartracker 2023 - Very beautiful and complex bouquet with butter, stone fruits and a light dose of fireworks. On the palate expressive with beautiful fruits, very tasty, beautiful acidity, minerals, a very small touch of sweetness, well dosed oak and a great length. A beautiful and complex wine.  96/100

 

  • Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Village, Chassagne Montrachet 2016

Jancis Robinson MW - Creamy and a touch of orange pith on the nose. Rich and quite open on the nose, then more spice and salinity/minerality on the palate.  Pulls in to a long finish with just a gentle creaminess to the texture to clothe the arrow-like freshness. Has both intensity, elegance, length.17.5/20                            

 

  • Hubert Lamy 1 Cru Clos Du Maix, Ct Aubin 2016

Cellartracker 2020 -  Lamy is rapidly becoming my favorite white Burgundy; this wine was just killer; yes it is young, but the nose is so pure and fresh... lemon peel, fresh pear, green apple, crushed stone, and high toned floral notes lead into a palate that is laser like in precision; very crisp and juicy, but has density hidden in there with a stellar long finish. For the price, white Burg does not get better than this. Fresh clean elegant; reminds me of 2014 not 2016.  94/100 

                           

  • Hubert Lamy 1 Cru En Remilly, St Aubin 2016

Cellartracker 2019 - Very energetic nose displaying fresh clean white fruit, pear, apple, a hint of white flower, spicy spices and wet stone. Already showing beautifully integrated palate, nicely layered sweet but cool white fruit, clean and refreshing, bright acidity, strong mineral & long pear end beautiful. 93/100                               

 

  • Chagnoleau Vire Clesse Les Raspillères, Maconnais 2019

Neil Martin 2021 - Conjuring top-drawer wines from their 8 hectares scattered across Mâcon, Viré-Clessé, Saint Véran and Pouilly Fuissé. In 2019, the finest wines from Viré-Clessé that I have ever encountered. This 2019 disproves the theory that this appellation cannot produce mineral-driven wines. This reeks of wet limestone and flint on the nose. The palate is saline on the entry, concentrated with very good acidity and a kiss of wild honey on the finish before the salinity kicks back in on the aftertaste. An outstanding Viré-Clessé that comes highly recommended.  2022 - 2031.  92/100                            

 

 

Special offer termsIt’s just four cases that we can offer you today, at R18 250  each.  The current market price per case is R24 320, so all cases on offer are, really, rather special.

 

About
Weekend Wines

Weekend Wines imports a diverse range of European fine wines. Top quality is always the key feature. Yet good value also plays a role. Generally we have around 500 unique and different wines in our SA cellars. Each week we email a ‘Friday Special Offer’ to our customers. This features a 6-bottle case of assorted fine wines, with a focus that may include either region, vintage or simply be an ‘adventure’. Alternately contact Robin with your interests, requests, or for assistance.