If you are looking for well priced, top notch Burgundy, this is worth your attention!
Domaine Janotsbos, as the few of you that attended our tasting recently will be aware, are a new-comer to the UK scene, and an exclusive to Ditton Wine Traders. Based in Meursault, wine-making team of two, Thierry Janots (part time wine-maker at Comtes Lafon) and Richard Bos have been producing exceptionally high quality wines since 2005, and we are delighted to be able to offer the exceptional 2010's.
Produced in extremely limited quantities, the Janotbos wines punch well above their price tag and deliver incredible value for money. In fact, we are not lying when we tell you that these wines were very close to ending up on the books of one of the world's leading wine merchants. But, then again, we consider ourselves pretty capable when it comes to making wine judgements, and we are very proud to be working with Janotbos.
If you are looking for beautifully drinking Burgundy, then you really need look no further.
The 2012 vintage in Burgundy is going to be even more minuscule than previous vintages, and prices will reflect this, making the 2010's, where you can find them, a very wise buy right now. These wines already have a large following in the US and Japan – we urge you to pick them up while they are still available.
Bourgogne Blanc 2010 - Our Pick!
£120/ case (12x75) IB
Is this a Meursault in disguise!? Beautiful concentration of fruit, and a lovely freshness. Fruit sourced from nearby Meursault. Great depth for the appellation.
Pouilly Fuisse 2010
£155/ case (12x75) IB
Rich with lovely tropical and stone fruit, sweet spice and well rounded.
Saint Aubin, 1er En Creot 2010 - Our Pick!
£115/ case (6x75) IB – very limited quantity
Never considered a fashionable spot, this is a real bargain. The Saint- Aubin is showing wonderfully well at the moment – our tasters joint wine of the night! Brilliantly expressive nose, which leads to a complete and balanced palate. Wonderfully rounded fruit, floral notes and a great lasting acidity on the finish. Incredible quality for the price here.
£129/ case (6x75) IB
Inviting nose of stone fruit, and a hint of smoke. Rich fruit on the palate, but a lovely "minerality" running through it keeps it perfectly balanced.
Meursault, 1er Les Bouchéres 2010- Our Pick!
£183/ case (6x75) IB – very limited quantity
Alongside the Saint Aubin, this was the top choice. Such class and refinement – a nigh impossibly well made wine for the price! Floral notes on the nose, and an almost weightlessness to the feel of this wine – stone fruit, some spice, and a lovely intensity that simply makes you smile!
Chassagne Montrachet 2010
£138/ case (6x75) IB
A hint of citrus to the nose, and followed with nectarine and honey on the palate. This is a lovely Chassagne that will reward a couple of years in the cellar.
Chassagne Montrachet, 1er Les Chevenottes 2010
£174/ case (6x75) IB
Lovely battle between fruit and acidity going on here, with some spice in the background. Excitingly complex, with a light but lasting finish.
Bourgogne Rouge 2010
£120/ case (12x75) IB
Stunningly fruit driven, pure Pinot delicacy on the nose, with just a hint of earthy terroir. Lovely floral tones to the nose with some spice and backed by light red fruit on the palate. This is a great introduction to the reds of the 2010 vintage.
Volnay 2010 – Our Pick!
£123/ case (6x75) IB – very limited quantity
As the Bourgogne rouge, pure flirty Pinot fruit, with a great depth and complexity. There is a hint of forest floor, lots of red fruit, and the tannins are beautifully sweet, while adding even more complexity. This is an amazing wine to drink now, or in 36 months time.
Stop Press: After a tasting of various Burgundy whites yesterday, we are even more convinced of the quality of Janotsbos. We tried several wines of "top producers," and as far as Burgundy value goes, we honestly believe these wines are impossible to beat!