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BURGUNDY & CHABLIS

Burgundy has always fascinated and frustrated in equal measure. For every eulogising, life-changing proclamation from someone realising wine nirvana, there is some poor soul somewhere bashing their head in perplexity. At its best, Burgundy can provide the ultimate- the transcendental, mystifying, unexplainable pleasure that only truly great wine can bring. But at its worst, it can be an expensive mistake, bring disillusion and even provoke anger.

For sure, Burgundy is not the region of choice for the unadventurous or risk averse! How then to navigate the minefield? Our advice has always been, and still is, to get to know the...

growers. It sounds like simple advice but with so many producers, from powerful négociant houses to the new breed of micro négociants, from large, historic estates to tiny family domaines, you need to know where to turn and who can be relied upon.

At Armit Wines we work with growers who we count amongst our friends who are by definition, people who won't let you down. These are personal contacts gleaned from years of visiting, talking, tasting and building relationships. Some friendships grow whilst others fade of course but the great ones endure: legendary, ground-breaking growers such as Anne-Claude Leflaive and Guillaume d'Angerville; superstars such as Pascal Lachaux, Christophe Roumier, Jean-Marc Roulot and the Raveneau brothers; under-appreciated talents such as Patrick Bize and Richard Fontaine.

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2009 Auxey Duresses Blanc

Maison de Montille

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Bottle 75cl £25.14

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The Deux Montille vineyards are in south of the village of Auxey Duresses. The vines are facing east and are located just below the 1er Cru appellation “delimitation”. This gives the grapes maximum sun exposure and in 2009, the vines benefited from good weather conditions (maybe the best of the decade?), this gives the wines all its buttery roundness and...

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Case 3 x 150cl £303.60

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Case of 6 £297.60

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2014 Beaune 1er Cru Les Grèves

Domaine de Montille

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Case 6 x 75cl £309.60

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Case of 12 £353.98

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2012 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Les Thorey

Domaine de Montille

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Case 6 x 75cl £315.60

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This is a delightful, textured Nuits that appeals with its charm and fragrance rather than its grip and muscle. In 2012, there is of course an extra degree of concentration but the fruit still has a certain plushness, red in tone with accompanying spice and never ponderous or heavy. Drink from 2017.

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2015 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Charmes

Maison Roche de Bellène

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Case 6 x 75cl
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2013 Aloxe Corton Le Suchot

Domaine Simon Bize

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Case 12 x 75cl £319.18
£395.98

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2012 Pouilly Fuissé En Vergisson

Maison de Montille

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Bottle 75cl £27.10

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The Mâconnais was largely spared the devastating effects of hail but here too a small crop resulted from the cool and wet conditions at flowering. This cuvée remains one of the more mineral-laden and tightly-wound in the region and really comes into its own after a couple of years in bottle. Drink from 2015.

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2010 Pouilly Fuissé En Vergisson

Maison de Montille

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Bottle 75cl £27.10

Case of 12 £325.06

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Bottled since August, this is showing the character of a wine that is comfortable expressing itself, "bien dans sa peau" as they say in French. Ripe apple and cinnamon aromas followed by more spice on the palate from the elevage in barrels, you feel the warmth of sunshine ripened fruit in this wine, balanced by Alix's characteristic freshness. Drink from...

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2011 Auxey Duresses Blanc

Maison de Montille

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Bottle 75cl £27.10

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2012 Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru Fournaux

Domaine Simon Bize

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Bottle 75cl £27.40
£33.60

Case of 12 £328.78
£403.18

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2013 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeots

Domaine François Parent

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Case 6 x 75cl £332.40
£411.60

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2016 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur

Domaine JP & B Droin

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Whilst the winemaking here is the same as the Vaudésir, the finished wine is very different. The Valmur is a powerful wine, with bundles of energy. The oak is arguably more prominent at this youthful stage suggesting it needs more time to age, but the brooding minerality beneath the veneer is unmistakable and hints at a wine with great potential....

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