CHRISTOPHER PIPER WINES LTD. 1, Silver Street, Ottery St. Mary, Devon, EX11 1DB Tel: 01404-814139 Fax: 01404-812100 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Interim Burgundy En Primeur Offer 2009 A particularly impressive ‘red vintage’ and a very good year for whites WHY AN INTERIM OFFER? John Earle and I set out on our trip to taste and review the 2009 Burgundy vintage on Sunday, 28th November last year. These are critical visits as it is through these extensive tastings at each of our principal domaines that we put together our thoughts and tasting notes for such offers as this. By 7.00pm on that Sunday, whilst transferring to the TGV at Charles de Gaulle airport, our plans were completely annihilated when my brief case, containing my passport, wallet, credit cards, phone etc. etc., was stolen from our baggage trolley. The result was that we had to spend the next 48 hours in Paris, waiting for the British Embassy to organise a new passport and trying to replace some of the other stolen possessions. We had no choice but to abandon our trip down to the Côte d’Or. Rather than delay our offer of the undoubtedly very fine 2009 Burgundies, we have decided to make an ‘interim’ selection of all the key wines from our family of growers. We will be publishing full tasting notes in March when we will hopefully have a less eventful trip to visit these domaines! In the meantime, you can be assured that in all cases, these are wine-makers who we have been working with for many years and have every confidence that their 2009’s will continue in the same vein as previous vintages. AN INITIAL VIEW OF THE 2009 VINTAGE The growing season prior to the 2009 vintage was largely ideal with a clement winter and a successful floraison (flowering) followed by a sunny, warm summer without any extreme heat or long periods of rain (except for a wet mid-July weekend). The communes of Morey St. Denis and Gevrey-Chambertin (especially the southern sector) saw some significant hail damage during May, which reduced final harvest levels here, but certainly not the quality. These perfect conditions continued through to the end of the harvest with the critical month of August seeing endless days of warm sunshine followed by an almost as sunny September, with a prevalent northerly wind, which helped to cool and dry the vines, allowing acidity levels to remain almost perfect. The harvest started around the 10th September in some of the Côte de Beaune vineyards and by the middle of the month most growers were fully underway. The Pinsons started picking their Chablis vineyards on 17th September, following a week of rain. There was considerably less malic acidity than in 2008 and the malolactic (secondary) fermentations took place without a hitch at the end of May and beginning of June 2010. 2009 is not another 2005 vintage and is widely regarded to be more like the 1999’s The reds have huge, concentrated fruit and a sensuality that the 2005’s, with their firm tannins and classical ‘taughtness’, did not show in their youth. The 2009’s have a succulent ripeness and easily dealt with silky tannins, coupled with excellent balance, ensuring that the reds will start to drink earlier than their 2005 counterparts. There may also be a little less consistency than the 2005’s but we will hold judgement on that until we return from Burgundy. The 2009 whites are very good but do not hit the same peaks as their red counterparts. They are definitely deliciously ripe and full of expressive fruit and appear to have an attractive balance. Our great friend and now retired colleague, David Sommerfelt, made an extensive visit to all our growers during May of last year and came back totally blown over by the sheer quality and ripeness of the wines that he had tasted. He rated it as one of the “most exciting” vintages that he has tasted. David is amongst some of the most experienced Burgundy tasters in the business, having been visiting and buying wines from the region since the 1950’s! The 2009 harvest was large but has been followed by a small 2010 vintage. Prices in Burgundy have hardly moved since the 2005 vintage and given the quality of the 2009’s and the shortfall in crop of the 2010’s, it is reasonable that our growers have increased their prices somewhere between 5% and 10%. THE CPW ‘FAMILY OF GROWERS’ Having been involved in buying fine Burgundy for over thirty years, we have always followed the basic principle that applies to all other regions which is that we deal with producers not because they have a famous name but because they produce outstanding wines. We always look out for the young, up-and-coming growers who are striving to move up into the top division through the sheer quality of their wines. As time has gone on, some of these men and women have achieved this although it is interesting to note that the majority of growers who we work with have greater reputations in France and the USA than they have in the UK. Jean-Louis Chavy is becoming well-known for his excellent range of Pulignys on both sides of the Channel whilst Didier Chevillon (Domaine Dupont-Tisserandot) and Dominique le Guen (Domaine Hudelot-Baillet) have both been widely acclaimed as rising stars by the likes of Michel Bettane, la Revue du Vin de France, Gault et Millau and Robert Parker. Our old friend, Jean-Marc Morey, is a law unto himself and has never courted the press but to get an allocation of his much sought-after wines takes many years of acquaintance. The youngsters are there too, with the meticulous Xavier Durand now taking over from father, René, and Pierrick Bouley having more and more influence at Domaine Réyane et Pascal Bouley. New ‘kids on the block’, Chantal and Michel Martin, are causing a big stir in the Chorey appellation whilst Jo-jo and Pascale Chicotot are now well supported in the UK. Paul Garaudet’s wonderful red and whites do not appear on this offer as he stubbornly refuses to offer his 2009’s en primeur as he believes that his wines should only be sold when they are ready for drinking! In Chablis, Laurent Pinson continues his remarkable progress and sits reassuringly amongst the top five producers in the commune. per dozen unmixed per dozen mixed In Bond UK In Bond UK The Wines DOMAINE MATHIAS - CHAINTRÉ (MACONNAIS) We first started dealing with Gilles Mathias’ father, Jean, back in the mid-1980’s and the first-class quality that we originally found has been further enhanced by Gilles, with his father nowadays taking a back-seat, advisory role. This is a Pouilly-Fuissé that exhibits great clarity and classicism and comes from 55 year- old vines. 20% of the wine is aged in a mix of new and 1-4 year old oak. The 2009 has a great purity of fruit with floral and white-fruit aromas and a silky, ripe roundness and a fine lift of acidity. It will age well over the next three to four years. BGYEP001 Pouilly-Fuissé « Tradition » £102.00 (£8.50) £9.00 DOMAINE PINSON - CHABLIS (AUXERROIS) Laurent runs the wine-making side and the cellars whilst his brother, Christophe, is in charge of the 10 hectares of vineyards. Laurent and his wife, Corinne are both fanatical supporters of Auxerre FC whilst Christophe is more introverted and spends his free time walking. Both brothers are immensely proud of what they do and are passionate about their numerous different terroirs. This is a domaine that concentrates on very low yields, believes wholeheartedly in authentic Chablis, is one of the few that still picks their entire vineyard area by hand and manages to achieve one of the purest, most highly defined style of wines. These are wines that are a remarkable reflection of their terroirs. BGYEP002 Chablis, 1er Cru Mont de Milieu £133.20 (£11.10) £11.60 BGYEP003 Chablis, 1er Cru la Fôret £133.20 (£11.10) £11.60 BGYEP004 Chablis, 1er Cru Montmain £133.20 (£11.10) £11.60 BGYEP005 Chablis, 1er Cru les Fourchaumes £133.20 (£11.10) £11.60 BGYEP006 Chablis, Grand Cru les Clos £236.40 (£19.70) £20.20 DOMAINE JEAN-LOUIS CHAVY - PULIGNY-MONTRACHET (CÔTE DE BEAUNE) Up until the 2003 vintage, Jean-Louis and his brother, Alain, had been running their father’s vineyards together and we had been dealing with them for nearly fifteen years. From the 2003 harvest onwards, these are now two very separate estates and we decided to follow Jean-Louis because, we felt, his wines had rather more definition and concentration than those of his brother’s. Recently, Jean-Louis’ 2008’s received rave reviews in Decanter magazine, winning a Decanter 5 star award and no less than three 4 star awards. They offer outstanding value for money. BGYEP007 Puligny-Montrachet £169.20 (£14.10) £14.60 BGYEP008 Puligny-Montrachet, les Charmes £183.60 (£15.30) £15.80 BGYEP009 Puligny-Montrachet, 1er Cru les Folatières £232.80 (£19.40) £19.90 BGYEP010 Puligny-Montrachet, 1er Cru les Clavoillons £232.80 (£19.40) £19.90 BGYEP011 Puligny-Montrachet, 1er Cru les Perrières £232.80 (£19.40) £19.90 BGYEP012 Puligny-Montrachet, 1er Cru les Champs Gains £232.80 (£19.40) £19.90 DOMAINE JEAN-MARC MOREY - CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET (CÔTE DE BEAUNE) We have been buying Jean-Marc’s wines since the early 1980’s and our loyalty to this remarkable wine maker is second-to-none. A visit to his cellars is always a lengthy affair, not only because he has such an array of wines to taste but really due to his infectious sense of humour and broad knowledge of the world of wine-making. Jean-Marc eschews the press and believes firmly in his long-established customer base. He must be taking the right approach as it is impossible to get an allocation of his wines unless you are ‘part of the club’! A rare wine maker who is brilliant at making white or red wines. Jean-Marc is very ably assisted by his daughter Caroline who is married to Pierre-Yves Colin. WHITE WINES BGYEP013 Santenay, les Cornières £159.60 (£13.30) £13.80 BGYEP014 Beaune, 1er Cru les Grèves £207.60 (£17.30) £17.80 BGYEP015 Chassagne-Montrachet £207.60 (£17.30) £17.80 BGYEP016 Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru les Champs-Gains £291.60 (£24.30) £24.80 BGYEP017 Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru les Chenevottes £291.60 (£24.30) £24.80 BGYEP018 Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru les Caillerets £315.60 (£26.30) £26.80 BGYEP019 Batard-Montrachet, Grand Cru LIMITED £915.60 (£76.30) £76.80 RED WINES BGYEP020 Chassagne-Montrachet « Vieilles Vignes » £129.60 (£10.80) £11.30 BGYEP021 Santenay, 1er Cru Grand Clos Rousseau £183.60 (£15.30) £15.80 BGYEP022 Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru Clos St. Jean £183.60 (£15.30) £15.80 BGYEP023 Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru les Champs-Gains £183.60 (£15.30) £15.80 per dozen unmixed per dozen mixed In Bond UK In Bond UK DOMAINE GÉRARD THOMAS ET FILLES - ST. AUBIN (CÔTE DE BEAUNE) Gérard Thomas took over the domaine from his father in 1982 and has built-up a core of top vineyard sites since then. He is ably assisted by his two daughters, Anne-Sophie (now the winemaker) and Isabelle, producing top class St. Aubin and Meursault Blagny, the latter coming from a tiny parcel of 50 year old vines with an ideal south-facing aspect. The 1er Cru la Chatenière is fruit-driven but with a zingy raciness and plenty of freshness. The Meursault 1er Cru Blagny is rich and stylish with a good follow-though, showing just a touch of new oak. WHITE WINES BGYEP024 St. Aubin, 1er Cru la Chatenière £141.60 (£11.80) £12.30 BGYEP025 Meursault, 1er Cru Blagny £213.60 (£17.80) £18.30 RED WINE BGYEP026 St. Aubin, 1er Cru les Frionnes £ 99.60 (£8.30) £ 8.80 DOMAINE MICHEL MARTIN - CHOREY-LES-BEAUNE (CÔTE DE BEAUNE) A husband and wife team that has turned this very small 4½ hectare family domaine in to one of the most highly regarded producers in the Beaune region. Michel is in charge of the vineyards whilst his younger wife, Chantal (who crossed the Rubicon from being a nurse to a very accomplished wine-maker, as well as full time mother and house wife!) is making some superbly pure and delineated Pinots. Their vines in Chorey are, on average, forty years’ old and the reduced yields, with some highly intelligent wine making, make for some spectacular wines. The Beaune 1er Cru les Teurons has always been something of a masterpiece and, in 2009, it is a wine that has been widely acclaimed by the French press. RED WINES BGYEP027 Chorey-les-Beaune £120.60 (£10.05) £10.55 BGYEP028 Beaune, 1er Cru les Teurons £183.60 (£15.30) £15.80 DOMAINE RÉYANE ET PASCAL BOULEY - VOLNAY (CÔTE DE BEAUNE) The Bouleys’ house and cramped cellars are situated in the Place de l’Eglise in Volnay. Réyane is quite simply one of the most animated and talkative people we know (we had been warned by Paul Garaudet, who is not too bad at it himself!) whilst her husband, Pascal, is more reserved. In 2005, they were joined by their son, Pierrick, who represents the sixth generation of the family. The average age of the Bouleys’ vines is over 50 years and Pascal’s wine-making is traditional in every sense, so if you are looking for a soft, lighter style of Volnay, then this is not the place for you. The 1er Cru Clos des Chênes is deep, intense and concentrated - the soil here is light-coloured, stony limestone situated on a south-facing, steep slope and is probably the finest of Volnay’s premier crus. The Bouley’s Clos des Chênes sees 30% new oak and due to really low yields (35hl./ha.), is extremely concentrated but also manages to combine this with charm and an exquisite freshness. BGYEP029 Volnay, 1er Cru Clos des Chênes £242.40 (£20.20) £20.70 DOMAINE RENÉ ET XAVIER DURAND - COMBLANCHIEN (CÔTE DE BEAUNE and CÔTE DE NUITS) Every region needs its eccentric and, in René Durand Burgundy has certainly got one! For those of our customers who remember André Vignal at Domaine St. Georges, in the Côtes du Rhône, René is a brilliant understudy! He lives in a past era but still manages to make some of the most delectable wines that you can imagine. Making an order chez Durand can be something of a minefield as he’s always out in the vineyards, hates technology and would prefer to speak person to person. We live with this as we would really miss not having his wines on our list. René has now been joined by his son, Xavier, who is a meticulous wine-maker and is propelling this 12 hectare estate to new levels. RED WINES BGYEP030 Côte de Nuits Villages £114.72 (£9.56) £10.05 BGYEP031 Côte de Beaune Ladoix £115.92 (£9.66) £10.16 BGYEP032 Aloxe-Corton £166.08 (£13.84) £14.34 BGYEP033 Corton, Grand Cru le Rognet £363.60 (£30.30) £30.80 DOMAINE JEAN MARECHAL - MERCUREY (CÔTE CHALONNAISE) The late Jean Marechal’s son-in-law, Jean-Marc Bovagne has now been joined by his two sons, Quentin and Thomas, and the current quality of their wines reveals a more modernistic approach without at all losing the all important backdrop of terroir. Their Bourgogne Rouge is sourced from 50 year-old vines on the perimeter of the Mercurey appellation and is always round and soft with a hint of the classic Mercurey ‘structure’. The village Mercurey, from the lieu-dit les Chazeaux, is concentrated and ripe with black cherry and cassis overtones whilst the two 1er Cru sites produce wines that are always intense and powerful, clearly revealing their roots in a limestone terroir. RED WINES BGYEP034 Bourgogne Rouge, Pinot Noir £ 69.60 (£5.80) £ 6.30 BGYEP035 Mercurey, les Chazeaux £ 98.40 (£8.20) £ 8.70 BGYEP036 Mercurey, 1er Cru Clos Barraults £120.00 (£10.00) £10.50 BGYEP037 Mercurey, 1er Cru Clos l’Evêque £120.00 (£10.00) £10.50 per dozen unmixed per dozen mixed In Bond UK In Bond UK DOMAINE CHICOTOT - NUITS ST. GEORGES (CÔTE DE NUITS) A visit to the cellars of Georges and Pascal Chicotot is never short. In fact, it’s best done at the back end of the day when you have more time! They are such a lovely couple with an impish sense of humour and a passion for what they do. When it comes to wine making, they split the vineyards up between themselves and run an annual competition as to who can make the best wine! Meticulous attention to detail and a deep understanding of their separate terroirs make this one of the finest estates in Nuits. BGYEP038 Nuits St. Georges, les Charmottes £187.20 (£15.60) £16.10 BGYEP039 Nuits St. Georges, les Plantes au Baron £193.80 (£16.15) £16.65 BGYEP040 Nuits St. Georges, 1er Cru Rues de Chaux £294.00 (£24.50) £25.00 BGYEP041 Nuits St. Georges, 1er Cru les Pruliers £310.20 (£25.85) £26.35 BGYEP042 Nuits St. Georges, 1er Cru les Vaucrains £339.00 (£28.25) £28.75 BGYEP043 Nuits St. Georges, 1er Cru les St. Georges £339.00 (£28.25) £28.75 DOMAINE DUPONT-TISSERANDOT - GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN (CÔTE DE NUITS) Great finds these days, especially in the Côte de Nuits, are hard to come by but a chance recommendation from “Mimi” who, eleven years’ ago, was still running the “Cultivateurs” in Nuits St. Georges, led us to Didier Chevillon at this 21 hectare estate. Having taken over from his father-in-law, about 15 years’ ago, Didier has transformed these prime-site vineyards and is now selling 75% of the production in bottle. Jadot, Latour and Laurent buy the rest. He is a very fine red wine-maker and has the advantage of some decent old vine vineyards. The wines are exceptionally true to their terroir but also have a depth and structure that make him one of the village’s rising stars. BGYEP044 Marsanny, les Echezeaux £121.20 (£10.10) £10.60 BGYEP045 Gevrey-Chambertin £200.40 (£16.70) £17.20 BGYEP046 Gevrey-Chambertin, 1er Cru la Petite Chapelle £325.20 (£27.10) £27.60 BGYEP047 Gevrey-Chambertin, 1er Cru Lavaux St. Jacques £325.20 (£27.10) £27.60 BGYEP048 Gevrey-Chambertin, 1er Cru les Cazetières £325.20 (£27.10) £27.60 BGYEP049 Charmes-Chambertin, Grand Cru £484.80 (£40.40) £40.90 BGYEP050 Mazis-Chambertin, Grand Cru £516.00 (£43.00) £43.50 DOMAINE HUDELOT-BAILLET - CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY (CÔTE DE NUITS) We’re told by our female colleagues on the buying team that Dominique le Guen (wine maker and son-in-law of Joël Noëllat) is one of the best-looking Burgundians that we deal with. We can’t possibly comment but what we do know is that he is one of the most talented wine makers in our portfolio, which is saying something. Having retired early from the French air force (hence the in-house nickname, “Top Gun”), he took over the running of the domaine in 2004, having completed a degree in viticulture and oenology at Dijon. Dominique is some one who has come from the outside with a serious passion for wine but has not been indoctrinated with modern or traditional bias, simply the desire to create his own “thing”. He is greatly helped by the fact that the quality of the vineyard sites that he has to play with are exceptional - premiers crus les Cras and Charmes, grand cru Bonnes-Mares and crazily old 60 year- old village Chambolle vines. WHITE WINE BGYEP051 Bourgogne Blanc, Chardonnay £ 75.48 (£ 6.29) £ 6.79 RED WINES BGYEP052 Chambolle-Musigny « Vieilles Vignes » £181.92 (£15.16) £15.66 BGYEP053 Chambolle-Musigny, 1er Cru les Charmes £260.04 (£21.67) £22.17 BGYEP054 Chambolle-Musigny, 1er Cru les Cras £260.04 (£21.67) £22.17 BGYEP055 Bonnes-Mares, Grand Cru £543.60 (£45.30) £45.80 Terms and Conditions of the Burgundy En Primeur 2009 Offer MINIMUM ORDERS: The minimum order is 12 mixed bottles. The Unmixed Case price is only available on orders of 12 bottles of the same wine. All orders must be made using the enclosed order form (which may be faxed or posted) or by e-mail. We cannot take orders over the telephone. All wines are offered subject to availability. PRICES: All prices are quoted In Bond UK in Sterling and are listed exclusive of excise duty (currently £20.25 per dozen 75cl bottles plus VAT) and VAT at 20%. You will receive two invoices: one shortly after you have ordered which will be for the value of the wine in bond and exclusive of VAT. A further invoice will be raised at the time of shipment to cover the value of the VAT on the wine only as well as the excise duty plus the VAT on these charges. VAT and excise duty will be levied at the current rates prevailing at the time of shipment. DELIVERY: ALL PRICES INCLUDE DELIVERY to one UK mainland address. We reserve the right to raise a charge for delivery to certain areas not served by our regular transporters. In such cases we will discuss this with you. STORAGE: Many customers elect to store their purchases in bond. Such reserves are held separately from the company’s trading stocks and are clearly identified as the property of the customer. Storage charges are invoiced annually in arrears at a rate of £8.20 plus VAT per case per annum. Insurance is charged at 1.25% of the original invoiced value of the goods. PAYMENT: Payment should be on receipt of invoice for all account customers and in the form of cheque with order or credit card number and details for non-account customers. No delivery will be effected until payment of all charges has been made in full. All other terms and conditions apply as per our current wine list. This offer is made on a first-come-first-served basis.