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Burgundy sale, Fine & Rare Wine

by Tom Cannavan, 02/02

Like most merchants at this time, Fine & Rare Wines are in the midst of their Burgundy 2000 campaign, but they are also having a bit of a clear-out of older vintages, with some attractive discounts on Burgundies from the previous few vintages, as well as odd parcels of older wines. These include top-notch domaines as you will see below.

Fine & Rare sent me up a few sample bottles from the sale, and my notes on these follow, along with a run-down of some other wines that look particularly interesting. The sale prices are given in pounds sterling (approximately £5=$7.50US), and the original price is shown in brackets. Please note: these prices are in bond, and ex-VAT. That means approximately £14 must be added per case, plus 17.5% VAT added to this total. The sale includes cases and odd bottles, and approximate quantities available are given for each wine. Fine & Rare's minimum order value is £200 ex-VAT, and delivery is £10 per order. Overseas delivery is available.

Colin-Deleger Maranges la Fussière 1er Cru 1996
£76 per case (£95); £6.35 per bottle (£8.00)

I'm a huge fan of Colin-Deleger's much better-known whites, where they are one of the leading Burgundy estates. Maranges is in the Côte-de-Beaune, close to Santenay. Nice garnet colour with a little warmth. Decent red cherry fruit on the nose, hints of spice and nuances of exotic incense and briar. The palate is crisply defined by good acidity, some tannins and plenty of juicy black fruits, showing just a little smoky oak warmth in the finish. Balanced and tangy, this is actually delightful stuff - especially at less than £9 a bottle including VAT. Very good indeed. 28 cases, 6 Bottles available.

Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Clos des Porrets 1998
£185 per case (£225) ; £16.00 per bottle (£19.00)

This very fine estate has produced a lovely medium-density, ruby coloured wine with an immediately appealing nose of spicy oak and warming berry fruits, with just a hint of tobacco and leather. There's also a little nuance of a higher, floral or perhaps raspberry fruit note. On the palate it is quite grippy and serious at first, as an initial thrust of tight, dry, oaky tannins and good acidity grip, but then a broad, soft red fruit character floods over the palate. Creamy and densely-textured, this has good concentration and bags of class. Lovely stuff. Very good indeed/excellent - and £32.95 a bottle in Harrods earlier today! 5 Cases, 8 Bottles available. The Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers 1998 is equally impressive and has perhaps a touch more minerality and length at £210 per case (£245) ; £18.00 per bottle (£21.00). 2 Cases, 9 Bottles available.

Henri Perrot-Minot Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru La Riotte 1998
£240 per case (£295)

My first tasting of a wine from this estate, said to be impressively transformed in recent years. Beautifully vivid ruby/crimson colour. Quite subdued, but warm, feminine, elegant nose. Gentle floral notes, strawberry, soft raspberry and just a little undertow of hedgerows and forest floor backed up by gentle oak. Quite a silky, savoury palate with creamy oak emerging over elegant but ripe red and black cherry fruit. Little spice nuances of clove and pepper, and a tobacco-tinged warmth. Really very nice Burgundy, and works out at less than £25 per bottle include taxes, whilst it is £36 in another UK merchant. Very good indeed. 2 Cases available.

Comte Senard Corton Grand Cru Clos des Meix 1991 - (£20.00) £15.00
Lovely pale, ruby red trurning tawny on a broad rim. Fine, delicate Burgundy perfume of undergrowth and truffle, spices and damp earth, with little notes of autumnal berry fruits. Beautiful sweet attack on the palate, followed up by quite a firm structure with incisive tannins and crisp acidity. This wine is very composed, offering a savoury, svelte, tight black fruit and black olive character, some minerality and a nicely silky texture. Spicy elements show through into the finish, and there is good length with power and precision maintained into the finish. A focused and tight style, rather than open and flamboyant, but really rather good and £15 ex-VAT for a 10-year-old Grand Cru is quite a price. Drink now and over the next three years in case the fruit does not outlast that tannin/acid axis. Very good/very good indeed. 10 Bottles available.

The following Burgundies are also in this stock-clearance sale:

Simon Bize
1997 1 Cs Savigny Les Beaune Vergelesses (£185) £100

Robert Chevillion
1998 7 Cs Nuits St Georges Vaucrains (£235) £188
1998 4 Cs Nuits St Georges Les St Georges (£250) £200

Clos de Lambrays
1997 6 Bts Clos de Lambrays (£22) £18 ea

Colin-Deleger
1996 14 Cs Santenay Rouge la Gravière 1er Cru (£110) £88

Françoise Dugat (Claude's sister)
1998 5 Cs Bourgogne Rouge (£175) £160

Rene Engel
1998 3 Cs Vosne Romanée Les Brulées (£280) £240
1998 5 Cs Clos Vougeot (£450) £360
1998 6 Bts Clos Vougeot (£38) £30 ea

François Gaunoux
1990 3 Cs Beaune Clos des Mouches (£250) £195
1988 3 Cs Volnay Clos des Chênes (£265) £195

Robert Groffier
1998 4 Cs Chambolle Musigny Sentier 1er Cru (£340) £272

Michel Lafarge
1996 1 Cs Beaune Grèves (£375) £310
1996 3 Bts Beaune Grèves (£31) £26 ea

Comte Lafon
1998 6 Bts Volnay Santenot-du-Milieu (£30) £20 ea

Hubert Lignier
1998 3 Cs Gevrey Chambertin (£190) £160

Momessin
1998 1 Cs Clos de Tart (£525) £450

Hubert de Montille
1988 2 Cs Pommard Les Rugiens (£480) £395

Albert Morot
1988 9 Mgs Beaune Grèves (£40) £35 ea

Denis Mortet
1997 1 Cs Gevrey Chambertin au Velle (£295) £260
1997 1 Cs Gevrey Chambertin Combe de Dessus (£295) £260
1988 4 Bts Chambertin (£100) £84 ea

JF Mugnier
1998 2 Cs Chambolle Musigny (£240) £210
1998 1 Cs Chambolle Musigny Fuées (£360) £295

Henri Perrot-Minot
1998 2 Cs Morey St Denis Vergy (£180) £145
1998 6 Bts Morey St Denis Vergy (£15) £12 ea
1998 4 Cs Chambolle Musigny (£195) £160
1998 2 Cs Charmes Chambertin (£420) £345

Domaine Ponsot
1997 1 Cs Clos de la Roche (duty paid) (£795) £665

André Ramonet
1996 5 Cs Chassagne Montrachet Rouge (£180) £115 1996 5 Cs Chassagne Montrachet Boudriottes Rouge (£230) £145

Armand Rousseau
1998 3 Cs Charmes Chambertin (£380) £310
1998 2 Cs Clos de la Roche (£420) £360
1998 1 Cs Mazy Chambertin (£500) £400
1998 1 Cs Gevrey Chambertin Clos St Jacques (£650) £520
1998 6 Bts Gevrey Chambertin Clos St Jacques (£54) £44 ea
1995 1 Cs Gevrey Chambertin Cazetières (£375) £300
1995 4 Bts Gevrey Chambertin Cazetières (£31) £25 ea
1995 2 Cs Clos de la Roche (£480) £400
1995 3 Cs Mazy Chambertin (£585) £475
1995 3 Cs Ruchottes Chambertin (£630) £520
1995 3 Cs Charmes Chambertin (£595) £530

Comte Senard
1991 10 Bts Corton Bressandes (£20) £15 ea
1990 1 Cs Corton Clos des Meix (£295) £230
1990 5 Bts Corton Clos des Meix (£25) £20 ea
1989 1 Cs Corton Clos des Meix (£260) £195
1988 8 Bts Corton Clos des Meix (£24) £19 ea

Tollot-Beaut
1997 1 Cs Corton (£265) £210

Georges de Vogué
1998 4 Bts Chambolle Musigny (£28) £23 ea
1997 4 Bts Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru (£50) £45 ea
1988 1 Cs Musigny Vieilles Vignes (£1700) £1575
1984 1 Cs Bonnes Mares (£700) £560