Juicy Details with David Larson: Titans of White Burgundy

I hope by now you have heard about our December sale. 3401 lots. That is a lot of lots. This is such a spectacular sale on so many levels that it is hard to focus when looking through our titanic catalog. After some serious concentration, a number of things stand out to me. I will share a couple of them with you here: Coche-Dury and Domaine Raveaneau. Between these two giants of Burgundy, we have 152 lots to choose from. So, basically one out of every 22 lots will be from one of these two producers.  I’ll let that sink in for a minute…

RaveneauI would argue you can’t name a Meursault or Chablis producer who can consistently match the greatness of these historic domains. Neither producer needs much of an introduction, so rather than tell you what you already probably know, I will share a few of my tasting notes to whet your appetite. Both producers make wines of great concentration and power, and patience is most certainly required for the wines to reach their apex. This is especially true of the wines from Coche-Dury where the wines can be monolithic in their youth (PSA-decant your young white burgundy!). I have a particular soft spot for Meursault Perrières and Chablis Les Clos (who doesn’t?), so here are a few notes on these incredible vineyards from these incredible producers.

07 Coche-Dury Meursault Perrières – The essence of Perrières – exceptionally pure nose of white flowers, and mouth watering minerality. Palate is  laser sharp and focused with abundant mineral and citrus flavors; the power of the wine is obvious but subtle; remarkably long finish. A truly great wine. (tasted 2/28/13) Lots 2804-05

08 Coche-Dury Meursault Perrières – A bit riper than ’07; remarkably similar nose to the 2007 while also showing a touch of oak. Palate is full of ripe citrus notes, and possesses and incredible spine of acidity; broad but focused with layers of complexity. This wine could be from nowhere else…a testament to terroir! (tasted 3/1/13) Lot 2808

2009 Domaine Raveneau Les Clos – Discreet nose belies a massive palate – a cornucopia of citrus, mineral and white flower notes unfold slowly as the wine opens up and (almost incomprehensibly) gets bigger and bigger (but never ponderous); long, long finish. Superb wine; wait to drink this one. (tasted 3/11/12) Lot 2898

2006 Domaine Raveneau Les Clos – Open, pure and fresh; ripe but not heavy with lush citrus and balancing white flower and mineral notes. Despite it’s rather large scale the wine remains lovely and elegant. This will require less patience than the 2009 (tasted 2/28/13) Lots 2882-83

We have 18 lots each of Coche-Dury Perrières and Raveneau Les Clos (!!) available in our December sale so if these vintages don’t suit your fancy, there are plenty of other options to choose from.


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