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February 2017

Purity and Finesse at Domaine Leflaive
The first vintage of Chardonnays under Brice de la Morandière shows exciting potential
Posted: Feb 28, 2017 11:50am ET
Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson got a preview of the 2015 vintage in Burgundy with Brice de la Morandière at Domaine Leflaive. Here are his thoughts on the young Chardonnays.
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Brilliant Chardonnays from Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey
Working the old way in a new cellar
Posted: Feb 22, 2017 12:50pm ET
Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson got a preview of the 2015 vintage in Burgundy with Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey. Here are his notes on the young Chardonnays, including his Meursaults, Montrachets and Corton-Charlemagne.
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The Maestro of Mazis
With the flagship Mazis-Chambertin leading the way, Olivier Bernstein has created a stable of stellar red Burgundies
Posted: Feb 15, 2017 4:40pm ET
Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson got a preview of the 2015 vintage in Burgundy with Olivier Bernstein. Here are his notes on the young Pinot Noirs, including his Bonnes Mares, Clos de la Roche and Chambertins.
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A Burgundy Tour de Force
An exceptional range from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in 2015
Posted: Feb 10, 2017 10:00am ET
Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson got an early look at the 2015 vintage in Burgundy at the famed DRC. Here are his notes on the young Pinot Noirs, including Romanée-St.-Vivant, Richebourg, La Tâche and Romanée-Conti.
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Bouchard Père & Fils, Part II: A Balancing Act
For winemaker Frédéric Weber, the key to successful whites in 2015 was balancing freshness with ripe grapes
Posted: Feb 7, 2017 4:40pm ET
Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson got a preview of the 2015 vintage in Burgundy at Bouchard Père & Fils. Here are his notes on the young Chardonnays, including a jaw-dropping Montrachet.
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Bouchard Père & Fils, Part I: Fine-Tuning the Range in 2015
Winemaker Frédéric Weber learned from Burgundy's past warm vintages for his 2015 reds
Posted: Feb 6, 2017 4:40pm ET

I was still a little jet-lagged and wanted a short nap, but there wasn't time. I was due to taste a wide range of reds and whites with winemaker Frédéric Weber at Bouchard Père & Fils, one of Burgundy's venerable négociants. Once into the tasting, I felt invigorated by the wines, their freshness and energy. And this is one characteristic of Burgundy's 2015 Pinot Noirs: At the end of a tasting, there is little to no fatigue.


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Renewed Focus at Domaine Simon Bize
Chisa Bize continues the work of her late husband, Patrick, with a fine range of 2015 reds and whites
Posted: Feb 1, 2017 1:40pm ET

It's hard to believe it's been five years since my last visit chez Bize. Sadly, Patrick Bize died in 2013, but his wife, Chisa, who worked alongside him, continues to run the estate, with the help of winemakers Guillaume Bott (whites) and Nicolas Gordo (reds) and Patrick's sister Marielle Grivot. On this return visit to Domaine Simon Bize, I tasted a fine range of 2015s, from Bourgogne to grand cru.

"Two days of rain at the end of August kick-started the ripening, and we began the harvest Sept. 12," Chisa told me. "There is 20 percent less crop due to small berries that had thick skins, but the grapes were healthy. The wines are high in alcohol but fresh, and the acidity is very stable."


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